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Caves of Painted Dreams: Dreams and Symbolism in the Painted Caves of France
October 01, 2016 - October 08, 2016
Dordogne Valley, France
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 in 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
There is a pre-workshop visit to the replica of the Chauvet Cave in the Ardeche region of France available September 28, 29 and 30.
Dates: October 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am
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. There are 5 rooms which can accommodate 10 people. Please visit the website at http://www.latourdecause.com to see the B&B, pictures of the area and a map to orient you.
Two persons in a room: Workshop fee $1400 each, plus approximately $400 each in Euros paid directly to the B&B. Workshop fee includes all meals, site entrance fees, and archeologist/guide services.