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Caves of Painted Dreams: Dreams and Symbolism in the Painted Caves of France

Carol Aalbers

June 05, 2018 - June 12, 2018

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious that we experience each night in dreams. Symbol and metaphor have been the language of humankind since the first dawning of consciousness and nowhere is that more evident than in these beautifully painted caves which likely functioned as sacred spaces for early humans. C.G. Jung and Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman believe that by learning to remember and attend to our dreams, we can discover more about ourselves and our relationships to others. Neuro-psychologists now believe that these cave images are most likely dream or meditation images, reinforcing the value of dreams and the interior life humans have celebrated since the dawn of time. The practice of mindfulness will enhance our experience and appreciation of the caves and the beautiful images therein.

On a typical day we will have a dream workshop after breakfast and will visit one of the painted caves in the area. We will eat lunch together for discussion and some afternoons you will be free to hike, kayak, bike, rest, or visit some of the other wonderful sights in this area including castles of all sorts, duck farms, foie gras factories and wineries. We will reconvene in the evening to experience ways to further amplify dreams with art, music and movement, and guided imagery.

This workshop is suitable for professionals as well as lay persons interested in dreams, symbolism and mindfulness.

Dreams in History and Pre-History
Importance of Honoring and Working with One’s Dreams
The Nature of Symbol
Common and Archetypal Imagery in Dreams
Dream Amplification with Art, Music, Movement and Imagery
Dreams, Symbolism and Mindfulness as they relate to the caves

Dates: June 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - June 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Led by

Carol Aalbers

We will stay at La Tour de Cause, a beautifully renovated stone barn and manor house which is now a beautiful B&B near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-La Chapelle near Pont de Cause, France.  Please visit the website at http://www.latourdecause.com to see the B&B, pictures of the area and a map to orient you.

$3,000 (single occupancy); $2,250 per person (double occupancy)
Workshop fee includes accommodations, most meals, and all site entrance and guide fees. (Airfare and ground transportation are not included.) Enrollment is limited to 10.


26 CEUs are available for licensed Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and licensed Clinical Social Workers. $50 processing fee for CEUs.

For More Information or to Register:

Contact Carol Aalbers Ph.D, at 775-882-0687 or westcenter205@att.net or cjaalbers@yahoo.com for a full brochure.


June 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
June 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am
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