“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. We will explore archetypal images in the caves, in our dreams, and in the beautiful landscape and villages of the Dordogne Valley, France, with instruction from an artist accomplished in many forms of artistic expression.
The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious we experience each night in dreams. Art is a visual language of symbol and metaphor – the language of humans since the first dawning of consciousness.
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.
On a typical day we will have a dream workshop/drawing session after breakfast to connect/elucidate our own images. We will then visit one of the painted caves in the area. 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 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-making, mixed-media techniques, music, movement, and guided imagery.
We will stay at La Tour de Cause and at Auberge du Pont de Cause which are adjacent to one another. Both properties are renovated stone houses with lovely grounds that are near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-la-Chapelle near Pont de Cause, France.
Please visit the La Tour de Cause website http://www.latourdecause.com and 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.
LODGING: 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. Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms with one large oversized queen bed. (One room has twin beds convertible to a king with a bath in the hall). Rooms AND beds are very comfortable for 2 people and she can assign a roommate if you so desire and one is available. There is one room that can accommodate either 2 or 3 people (one oversized queen bed and one twin bed)
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 and Art
Dream Amplification with Music, Art, Movement, Imagery
Active Imagination and its Historical Context in Art
Dreams Influence on Major Artists and Artistic Movements
Historical Context of the Cave Art and its Influence
Who should attend: The workshop is appropriate for psychotherapists and lay persons interested in the use of dreams in psychotherapy; beginning artists as well as advanced: anyone interested in dreams, art and archetype. 26 CEU’s 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 CEU’s from your state board.
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.
The journey to the caves is both physical and psychological. With the proper mindset we will be able to take the amazing and sometimes perilous journey to our inner selves through the world of art.