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Caves of Painted Dreams – Dreams, Symbolism and ART in the Painted Caves of France

Carol Aalbers

September 10, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Pont de Cause, France

This workshop will be taught by Carol Aalbers and Resident Artist, Kirah Van Sickle

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

This workshop is an amplification of the original “Caves of Painted Dreams” workshop. Let’s explore multiple forms of artistic expression in the context of connecting to our prehistoric ancestors. With archetypal images of the caves, our dreams, and the beautiful Dordogne Valley landscape as our inspiration, our artist-guide will provide creative pathways for mark-making, working with each participant, novice or advanced to connect with their personal iconography.

“I’m no longer afraid of art” (from a 2019 workshop participant)

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the journey to the unconscious we take each night in dreams. Relying on art as a visual language of symbol and metaphor – the language of us to others. Utilizing active imagination and recording our own dream images with various art mediums, enhances our experience and aides in our inner journey.

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. Utilizing active imagination and recording our own dream images with various art mediums, will enhance our experience and aid in our inner journey.

Each day begins with breakfast. Some days will include a dream workshop/art session to connect/elucidate our own images. We will then visit one of the painted caves in the area. Four days we will have all-day creative sessions learning to amplify dream images and those from the caves. Lunch together provides time for discussion with some afternoons free to hike, kayak, bike, rest, or visit some of the other wonderful sights in this area. We will reconvene in the evening to experience ways to further amplify dreams with group process, music, movement, and guided imagery.

This workshop is suitable for professionals as well as lay persons, both men and woman interested in dreams symbolism and archetype.

Dreams in History and Pre-history
Importance of Honoring and Working with One’s Dreams
The Nature of Symbol
Common Archetypal Imagery in Dreams
Dream Imagery Amplification with Music, Art, Movement, Imagery and Active Imagination
Historical Context in Art-Making
Dream Influence on Major Artists and Artistic Movement
Historical Context of the Cave Art and its Influence

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. This small group will allow for discussion and a very personalized experience. Reserve as soon as possible.

Dates: September 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - September 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am

Led by

Carol Aalbers

$3,395 per person for double occupancy
$4,095 for private room

Fee includes accommodations, most meals and site admissions and guide services. (Airfare and ground transportation not included)

26 CEUs are available for Nevada MFT’s and Psychologists. Documents are available to request your state’s acceptance of CEUs. $50 administration fee for therapists wanting CEUs.

For More Information or To Register:
Contact Carol Aalbers, Ph.D. at 775-882-0687 or carol.aalbers@gmail.com, or http://www.westcenter205@att.net for a full brochure.


September 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
September 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am
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Carol Aalbers


La Tour de Cause
24250 Castelnaud La Chapelle
Pont de Cause, France
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