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

Carol Aalbers

September 02, 2019 - September 09, 2019

Pont de Cause, France

“What gives this art its power is that it makes us dream.”  ∼ Jean Clottes

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.

We will stay at La Tour de Cause and at Auberge du Pont de Cause which are adjacent to each other. Both properties are renovated stone houses with lovely grounds that are near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-la-Chapelle near Pont de Cause, France.

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, 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, movement, and guided imagery.

Please visit the La Tour de Cause website http://www.latourdecause.com and the Auberge website http://www.votregiteendordogne.com to see the B&B and the Auberge, as well as pictures of the area and a map to orient yourself.

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. This small group will allow for discussion and a very personalized experience. Reserve your space as soon as possible.

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 Music, Art, Movement, Imagery
Dreams, Symbolism and Mindfulness as they relate to the cave art

Who should attend: The workshop is suitable for psychotherapists wanting to work with dreams in the therapeutic process or for any person, women or men, interested in dreams, and symbolism.

CEUs: 26 CEUs are approved for Nevada MFT’s and Psychologists and are available for an extra fee of $50. Carol can give you the materials to request CEUs from your state.

Dates: September 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - September 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am

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Carol Aalbers

Workshop Fee
$2,425 Per Person Double Occupancy (see below)
$3,175 Private Room

  • Carol can assign a roommate if one is available. If your roommate cancels she may have to
 charge you the single room rate ( minus their deposit) unless another roommate can be found.
  •  Deposit of $500 of workshop fee due with registration
  •  1/2 of remainder of fee due March 1, 2019
  •  Balance of workshop fee due by June 1, 2019
  •  Some people find it easier to send some money each month
  •  $50 administration fee for therapists wanting CEU’s

FEE INCLUDES: All breakfasts at the B&B, all lunches at outstanding restaurants, 3 dinners prepared by the B&B chefs, all site entrance fees and guide fees. Dinners other nights will be snacks prepared by participants from local market finds.

LODGING: Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms with one large oversized queen bed – quite comfortable for two people. (One room has twin beds convertible to a king and a bath in the hall). There is one room that can accommodate either 2 or 3 people in two beds (one oversized queen bed and one twin bed)

NOTE: Carol is using a Euro exchange rate of $1.20 including the bank fee. If the Euro goes higher than 1.20 to the US dollar, she will have to charge you the difference for the items she has to pay for in Euros: the room, the entrance fees, meals, and guide costs. For instance if it goes to 1.24 including bank fees, she will have to ask you to pay approximately an additional $75.


LODGING FOR ADDITIONAL NIGHTS: Carol currently has the whole B&B and Auberge reserved for those dates and she will make your individual reservations when you send in your deposit.

You need to arrive by 4:00 pm on September 2, but because of transportation schedules, you may want to arrive on the evening of September 1 (additional room fee of $135.00 will apply.) Please advise me ASAP if you want Carol to reserve a room for you for September 1.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is not included in the cost of the workshop. Carol will be more than happy to help you figure out air, train or automobile transportation from London, Paris, Bordeaux or wherever else in Europe you are coming from.

Carol will have a car and we will need 1-2 more cars for the group, so please let her know if you are renting a car or arriving by taxi. Some of you may choose not to drive and will be able to ride with others. Carol recommends you contribute to the drivers rental costs and gas. She has found Auto Europe http://www.autoeurope.com to be a good reliable car rental agency and they have offices at the airports and train stations Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse and at a city office in nearby Sarlat.

Cancellation Policy: Your deposit is refundable until December 31, 2018. (After December 31, 2018, $300 of this deposit is refundable if you can be replaced). No refunds after June 1, 2019, unless you can be replaced.

Carol strongly advises you to purchase travel insurance to cover your travel and the cost of the workshop and lodging. If, for some unforeseen reason, Carol was not be able to complete the workshop, she would return the portion of the fee that covers the workshop but would not be liable for your travel or lodging expenses.

Accessibility: Because of the accessibility conditions in France this workshop is not necessarily suitable for persons with some disabilities. Please call Carol to discuss the feasibility if you have severely limited mobility.

To Register of For More Information: Contact Carol Aalbers at 775-882-0687, ext. 211, or 775-690-3247, or email her at carol.aalbers@gmail.com.


September 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
September 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am
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La Tour de Cause
24250 Castelnaud La Chapelle
Pont de Cause, France
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