BodyDreaming® and Alchemy: the Splendor Solis – An Online Zoom Series of 4 Experiential Workshops

Splendor Solis-Alchemical Treaty-Venus-the Peacock’s Tail. Reproduction of the French National Library copy. ca. 1582

This workshop will be offered online through Zoom – the link will be provided once you have signed up.

Marian and Wendy have offered this workshop in the past both in the UK and in Ireland. With the current state of global turmoil and the challenges facing us as individuals and collectively, we feel that the Splendor Solis workshop can offer us powerful images to contemplate and consider.

This workshop will focus on the 22 images of the 1582 illuminated manuscript in the British Library called the Splendor Solis by Salomom Trismosin. This amazing sequence of pictures graphically denotes the alchemical process of what Jung called the “objective psyche”, which is linked to the archetypes and the collective unconscious. It is a visual representation of the transformation of the psyche, a process which is both highly symbolic and has to be experienced. We will ask what this richly crafted series of illuminations, from a turbulent era over 450 years ago have to offer us at this present time of the Global Pandemic and look at its relevance for us collectively as we undergo profound change.

BodyDreaming® focuses on supporting the nervous system which impacts the immune system directly. When we strengthen our practices to deal with overwhelm, isolation, trauma and grief and use tools that support greater resilience, ease and flow, we are more present to the Self-regulatory aspect of our dreams and of the collective psyche at this time.

Dates: Fridays, November 20, 27, December 4 and 11, 2020; 4-7 pm GMT (UK time)

BodyDreaming® and “The Handless Maiden”: An Online Zoom Series of 4 Experiential Workshops

This workshop will be offered online through Zoom – the link will be provided once you have signed up.

We have been offering BodyDreaming® and the Handless Maiden as a workshop for the past 3 years in Ireland, each year focusing on a particular section of the tale. Although we have been working sequentially through the tale, each workshop is independent of the other.

As in prior years, we will concentrate on one part of the tale throughout the online series, exploring the motifs and themes in depth.

Drawing on the fruits of our exploration we will examine any parallels with the unique circumstances of our time: lock down, isolation, physical distancing, social unrest and economic turmoil.

What, during this pandemic and lock down time, are the comparisons in our individual stories to the “Handless Maiden”?

How might this tale which mirrors an “entire life experience”, sustain and inspire us in this time of uncertainty, fear, and courage, guiding us to embrace new possibilities?

BodyDreaming® focuses on supporting the nervous system which impacts the immune system directly. When we strengthen our practices to deal with overwhelm, isolation, trauma and grief and use tools that support greater resilience, ease and flow, we are more present to the Self-regulatory aspect of our dreams and of the collective psyche at this time.

Dates: Saturdays; October 10, 17, 24 and 31st, 2020, 4-7 pm GMT (UK time)

BodyDreaming® and Qigong – Self-Regulation and Dreams (An Online Zoom Series of 6 Experiential Workshops)

This workshop will be offered through Online Zoom – the link will be provided once you have signed up.

Right now in this time of crisis and trauma, Marian and Wendy are coming together to offer resources to support you and your families and communities in a series of 6 online experiential workshops.

BodyDreaming® focuses on supporting the nervous system which impacts the immune system directly. When we strengthen our practices to deal with overwhelm, isolation, trauma and grief and use tools that support greater resilience, ease and flow, we are more present to the Self-regulatory aspect of our dreams and of the collective psyche at this time.

Qugong is a means of increasing our body energy or qi. These ancient movements work with the mind and body to enhance our health, calm our minds, regulate our nervous system and strengthen our immune system.

Dates: Tuesdays, 4-5:45 pm (UK time), April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 and 19, 2020

Samhain BodyDreaming™ and Clay Mask Workshop

“We come of age as masks, Our true face never speaks”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

(In response to the call from previous participants and in line with their feedback we are extending this popular workshop by one night; we have managed to secure another day along with the use of an additional art room.)

Come and create a clay mask at Samhain, the time of year when the Cailleach, the Old Hag of Winter, makes her descent into the Underworld to incubate the seeds of the new life that will emerge at Imbolc, the Celtic spring.

We meet the Cailleach at the threshold of Winter in working with the damp, dark clay, learning to trust our impulses, listening to our dream images, feeling our senses engage with the prima materia of the raw clay. The mask begins to reveal herself and we begin to relate to the mask energy, the hidden face of the feminine.

Using a combination of Qigong and BioDynamic Craniosacral work we will deepen into our bodies to see how our energy is moving and resonating at this time in the year’s cycle. The bodywork will prepare us to meet a body of “matter” – the clay – and to make contact with the Cailleach energy.

And we will experience BodyDreaming™,  a way of working with dreams and images that tracks the pathways in the body where the energy of the dream is held. It invites us into the place of healing between body and dream, where old traumas, symptoms and complexes hold fast in the neural pathways of the body. When supported, the body may be ready to release this blocked energy and be restored to its inherent organic wisdom. Image and impulse align with greater ease and fluidity. We feel the ground of our sensing body interweaving with psyche, recovering our connection with the living earth in a mutual participation.

Come and discover the mask that will take you into Winter, be your guide and companion in the times of descent and incubation.

The Handless Maiden – A BodyDreaming™ Ongoing Professional Development Module

“Only a girl like this can know
what’s happened to you.
If she were here she would
reach out her arms towards
you now, and touch you
with her absent hands
and you would feel nothing,
but you would be touched all the same.”
~ Margaret Atwood

 

“The Handless Maiden offers material for a woman’s entire life process, and covers a many- years-long journey. It is about women’s initiation through the rite of endurance, meaning to harden, to make sturdy, to make robust, to strengthen. Endurance means we are making something substantial.”      ~ C. Pinkola-Estes

 

What is it to be a woman today? What is it that is coming into consciousness individually and collectively at this time of great change? What are the values that we cherish? How do we embody this new consciousness? How might we find our own robust and sturdy action in a world which is crying out for the touch of the feminine?

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore these questions through the story “The Handless Maiden”, as well as through play, embodiment, art, discussion and BodyDreaming™.

BodyDreaming™ is a way of working with dreams and images that tracks the pathways in the body where the energy of the dream is held. It invites us into the place of healing between body and dream/image, where old traumas, symptoms and complexes hold fast in the neural pathways of the body. When supported, the body may be ready to release this blocked energy and be restored to its inherent organic wisdom. Image and impulse align with greater ease and fluidity and we can feel the ground of our sensing body interweaving with our dreaming psyche, which opens us to a connection with the living earth, in a mutual participation.

Discovering the Unlived Life with BodyDreaming™ and Mask Work

The workshop will be led by Sue Congram, Marian Dunlea and Pauline Sayhi

Working with BodyDreaming™, mask work, art, voice and movement, we will connect more deeply to our bodies and psyche allowing our imagination to flow freely. Surrounded by the beauty of Skites on the edge of the Aegean Sea, a source of calm and energy, we will give expression to the unlived life by making a mask. We will then explore how to live the new energy that arises.

If you have already made a mask in a previous workshop, you may wish to bring it and deepen your understanding and experience of your unfolding life. This deepening process opens up new dimensions in the mask. If you would like to learn more about the practicalities and deep processes of mask work, Sue and Marian will bring elements of this into the teachings of the week.

This popular workshop is in its 12th year. Numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment we encourage you to book early. The workshop will end late on June 16 (so it is suggested to stay until the morning of June 17).

Samhain BodyDreaming™ and Clay Mask Workshop

“We come of age as masks, Our true face never speaks”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Come and create a clay mask at Samhain, the time of year when the Cailleach, the Old Hag of Winter, makes her descent into the Underworld to incubate the seeds of the new life that will emerge at Imbolc, the Celtic spring.

We meet the Cailleach at the threshold of Winter in working with the damp, dark clay, learning to trust our impulses, listening to our dream images, feeling our senses engage with the prima materia of the raw clay. The mask begins to reveal herself and we begin to relate to the mask energy, the hidden face of the feminine.

Using a combination of Qigong and Craniosacral work we will deepen into our bodies to see how our energy is moving and resonating at this time in the year’s cycle. The bodywork will prepare us to meet a body of “matter” – the clay – and to make contact with the Cailleach energy.

BodyDreaming Consciousness™ is a way of working with dreams and images that tracks the pathways in the body where the energy of the dream is held. It invites us into the place of healing between body and dream, where old traumas, symptoms and complexes hold fast in the neural pathways of the body. When supported, the body may be ready to reveal the mystery of the dream image and open to new possibilities and wholeness.

Come and discover the mask that will take you into Winter, be your guide and companion in the times of descent and incubation.

Discovering the Unlived Life with BodyDreaming™ and Mask Work

The workshop will be led by Sue Congram, Marian Dunlea, with Pauline Sayhi

Working with BodyDreaming™, mask work, art, voice and movement, we will connect more deeply to our bodies and psyche allowing our imagination to flow freely. Surrounded by the beauty of Skites on the edge of the Aegean Sea, a source of calm and energy, we will give expression to the unlived life by making a mask. We will then explore how to live the new energy that arises.

If you have already made a mask in a previous workshop, you may wish to bring it and work more deeply with it instead of making a new one.

This popular workshop is in its 11th year. Numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment we encourage you to book early.

Samhain BodyDreaming™ and Clay Mask Workshop

“We come of age as masks, Our true face never speaks”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Come and create a clay mask at Samhain, the time of year when the Cailleach, the Old Hag of Winter, makes her descent into the Underworld to incubate the seeds of the new life that will emerge at Imbolc, the Celtic spring.

We meet the Cailleach at the threshold of Winter in working with the damp, dark clay, learning to trust our impulses, listening to our dream images, feeling our senses engage with the prima materia of the raw clay. The mask begins to reveal herself and we begin to relate to the mask energy, the hidden face of the feminine.

Using a combination of Qigong and Craniosacral work we will deepen into our bodies to see how our energy is moving and resonating at this time in the year’s cycle. The bodywork will prepare us to meet a body of “matter” – the clay – and to make contact with the Cailleach energy.

BodyDreaming Consciousness™ is a way of working with dreams and images that tracks the pathways in the body where the energy of the dream is held. It invites us into the place of healing between body and dream, where old traumas, symptoms and complexes hold fast in the neural pathways of the body. When supported, the body may be ready to reveal the mystery of the dream image and open to new possibilities and wholeness.

Come and discover the mask that will take you into Winter, be your guide and companion in the times of descent and incubation.

The Handless Maiden – A BodyDreaming™ Ongoing Professional Development Module


“The Handless Maiden offers material for a woman’s entire life process, and covers a many- years-long journey. It is about women’s initiation through the rite of endurance, meaning to harden, to make sturdy, to make robust, to strengthen. Endurance means we are making something substantial.”
  ~ C. Pinkola-Estes

 

What is it to be a woman today? What is it that is coming into consciousness individually and collectively at this time of great change? What are the values that we cherish? How do we embody this new consciousness? How mght we find our own robust and sturdy action in a world which is crying out for the touch of the feminine?

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore these questions through the story “The Handless Maiden”, as well as through play embodiment, discussion and BodyDreaming™.

BodyDreaming™ is a way of working with dreams and images that tracks the pathways in the body where the energy of the dream is held. It invites us into the place of healing between body and dream, where old traumas, symptoms and complexes hold fast in the neural pathways of the body. When supported, the body may be ready to release this blocked energy and be restored to its inherent organic wisdom. Image and impulse align with greatere ease and fluidity and we can feel the ground of our sensing body interweaving with psyche, recovering our connection with the living earth in a mutual participation.