Body as Compass: Dreams and the Soul

Dreams carry treasures that enhance the meaning and depth of our life’s journey. Illuminating our inner landscape, they help us come to know disowned parts of ourselves, point to what we value, and provide guidance on our life path. Dreamdancing® engages you in the inner world of body sensation, feelings, dreams, memories, and images as movement helps build a bridge between body and psyche. Join us in nourishing body and soul through natural movement, drawing, and writing—inner guidance so needed in these challenging times!

Dreams and Your Personal Journey: Free Online Dreams Summit

You’re invited to the Jung Platform’s FREE online Dreams Summit!

During this 4-day event, you will hear from 12 Jungian analysts and expert dream workers who’ll navigate the transformative power of dreams with you. They will share varied perspectives, techniques and make old wisdom accessible as they guide you in how your application of these expressions from the other world can aid your own unfolding journey.

Join us in incubating, embodying, and living your dreams in new ways!

Soul’s Body®: Embracing the Body, Nourishing the Soul

“This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have [not yet] known.” ~ Marion Woodman

What does it mean to live a vital, embodied life in our contemporary world, which is so devoted to power, division, speed, technological advancement, and materialism? This webinar will explore the Soul’s Body® approach to healing through presentation, discussion, and guided embodied exploration.

Soul’s Body® is a unique integration of Jungian Depth Psychology and embodied practices including Authentic Movement, elements from BodySoul Rhythms®, Somatics, the Creative Arts Therapies and other conscious practices that engage body, brain, psyche, soul, and community. This approach can assist you in re-inhabiting your body, engaging your authenticity, exploring new ground in the psyche, and returning to daily life with the treasures discovered there. This transformative process supports access to body wisdom, enhances healing and growth, and nourishes a sense of presence and compassion with oneself, others and the natural world.

In preparation, I invite you to allow a healing image to come to mind – something comforting, warming, or sacred that’s meaningful for you from any part of your life – from a dream, from nature, or perhaps an object on your altar, or something from your daily life. Says Jung, “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you – are you there? I have returned, I am here again.”

Please join us as we welcome soul’s body, working with the healing energies of the creative imagination in conscious embodiment.

Soul’s Body®: Embracing the Body, Nourishing the Soul

“This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have [not yet] known.” ~ Marion Woodman

What does it mean to live a vital, embodied life in our contemporary world, which is so devoted to power, division, speed, technological advancement, and materialism? This webinar will explore the Soul’s Body® approach to healing through presentation, discussion, and guided embodied exploration.

Soul’s Body® is a unique integration of Jungian Depth Psychology and embodied practices including Authentic Movement, elements from BodySoul Rhythms®, Somatics, the Creative Arts Therapies and other conscious practices that engage body, brain, psyche, soul, and community. This approach can assist you in re-inhabiting your body, engaging your authenticity, exploring new ground in the psyche, and returning to daily life with the treasures discovered there. This transformative process supports access to body wisdom, enhances healing and growth, and nourishes a sense of presence and compassion with oneself, others and the natural world.

In preparation, I invite you to allow a healing image to come to mind – something comforting, warming, or sacred that’s meaningful for you from any part of your life – from a dream, from nature, or perhaps an object on your altar, or something from your daily life. Says Jung, “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you – are you there? I have returned, I am here again.”

Please join us as we welcome soul’s body, working with the healing energies of the creative imagination in conscious embodiment.

Coming Home to the Body: A 5 Meeting Online Course With Jung Platform

Blossoming Spirit by Mara Friedman

*Classes 1-4 are pre-recorded webinars which you can access following the release of the videos every Saturday (dates below), and then join us Live for Class 5 on November 10 at 5pm PT. (The live session will also be recorded in case you cannot make that time slot, though I encourage all to come if you can, as I’d love to e-meet you and hear your questions & experiences!).

What does it mean to live a vibrant, embodied life in our turbulent, challenging world? How can we rediscover the sacredness of our bodies and the Eros in everyday life? When we don’t listen to our bodies, we feel disconnected and lost in the world. As our loyal “soul-friend”, the body expresses its wisdom in each moment.

This course explores how we can come home to our bodies, fostering a feeling of safety, resilience, and ease, while opening a connection between body, psyche, and spirit. Embodied active imagination facilitates this descent into the inner world of the psyche through bodily experience, natural movement, and creative arts.

Tina Stromsted integrates Jungian Depth Psychology, Somatics, Dance/Movement Therapy, and creative arts therapies. Through presentation, case examples, embodied exploration, and practical tools, this course can help you to reconnect with deeper instinctual resources. Join Tina as she guides you on a path of learning how to recognize vital messages from your body, and how to integrate lost parts of yourself through the practice of conscious embodiment.

This course is ideal if you want to:

  • Feel more deeply connected to your body, psyche, and soul.
  • Explore the relationship between your body, healing, and transformation.
  • Expand your capacity for empathy and compassion through resonating more effectively with yourself and others.
  • Gain practical tools and perspectives to continue your embodied journey. 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Enhance your awareness of and improve your relationship with your body.
  • Learn how to listen when your body ‘talks’.
  • Recognize polarities in the body & psyche and develop an awareness of the Shadow.
  • Understand Jung’s Active Imagination approach and how to embody it through movement.
  • Deepen your connection with others and the world around you through embodied experience.
  • Learn how to integrate conscious embodiment into your daily life.

 

Course schedule:

Class 1 – Saturday, Oct 10, 2020

We begin by exploring the importance of the body in healing and transformation. Tina introduces some of the pioneers who integrated the body with Jung’s Depth Psychology, examines the role of ego-inhibitions, and demonstrates how we access deeper parts of ourselves through embodied, creative explorations. She shares a story of a journey of embodied individuation and offers a guided experience.

Class 2 – Saturday, Oct 17, 2020

Let’s awaken and increase body awareness by getting to know the ‘languages’ of the body. Tina provides case examples on how to work with small and unconscious movements, recognizing body signals and guiding us into our bodies.

Class 3 – Saturday, Oct 24, 2020

Beginning with a story about how Jung discovered Active Imagination, we discuss the four steps of the Active Imagination approach and how to integrate our learnings into everyday life. We also hear an inspiring story about how Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman used natural movement and dream symbols to heal from her kidney disease and “addiction to perfection”. We conclude with an introductory exploration of active imagination in the body.

Class 4 – Saturday, Oct 31, 2020

Here we gently dive into the practice of Active Imagination in Movement (Authentic Movement). We explore how one of Jung’s early patients embodied this process and how Mary Starks Whitehouse pioneered the Authentic Movement approach. We discuss how dreams, images, symbols, and body symptoms can be used as starting points for movement. Tina demonstrates different polarities in the body and the importance of recognizing the Shadow. Then, we are guided in our own experiential movement journey, beginning with music and ending with drawing.

Class 5: Live Webinar – Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 at 5pm PST

Our final class reflects on the journey we’ve taken together throughout this course and emphasizes the importance of coming home to our bodies. Please bring your questions, reflections, and experiences! This is an opportunity for general Q&A, discussion, and further deepening of our embodied experience. How can you integrate these learnings into your daily life?

Become Who Your Truly Are (A Free Online Individuation Summit on the Process of Psychological Growth)

This Summit is a free online Global Event Podcast

Using Carl Jung’s process of psychological growth as the foundation, this Summit will take you on a journey to explore and utilize methods that can help you create a more conscious, rich, full and meaningful life. One which is true to your unique essence.

The series features 12 Jungian analysts from a wide variety of perspectives and areas of expertise including: dreams, myth, synchronicity, embodiment, movement, storytelling, and more. Individuation is a deep, embodied, life-long process that roots us in our ground, personally, culturally and archetypally both as individuals, and as world citizens. Living this paradox involves becoming more of who you really are, in order to make needed contributions to the wider community.

“Coming Home to the Body: A Path Toward Individuation”
Interview with Tina Stromsted, PhD

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
~ AnaÏs Nin

From an embodied perspective, Jung’s method of active imagination can engage natural, inner-sourced movement (such as BodySoul Rhythms® and Authentic Movement) and evoke shadow movements that are often out of awareness yet enriching when they can be explored, brought to consciousness, and integrated into one’s daily life.

Tina’s interview will explore:
1. How does your work with movement, body awareness, and creative arts therapies contribute to or influence individuation?
2. Why is your approach to and work on individuation and the body important to the world today?
3. How can people apply these ideas as they work toward individuation in a practical way in their daily lives, especially in these uncertain, vulnerable times

This Summit offers something for everyone, whether you are discovering Jungian Psychology for the first time or a Jungian expert, professional or therapist.

Come join us as we explore deep ground and centering in these deeply challenging, uncertain times.

Podcast times: You can access this podcast anytime between:
9 am May 14 – 12 am May 17, 2020 (access Summit any time for 24 hours through these dates – times are listed in Pacific Standard time)

Soul’s Body® Webinar Series with Tina Stromsted

Join Tina Stromsted’s webinar series related to Body/Psyche/Soul Work in the transformative process. Continuing education units are available.

 

Soul’s Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split Through Conscious Embodiment
This 90-minute workshop explores the Body/Psyche/Soul aplit, how it manifests somatically, and how to engage conscious embodiment for healing.

 

Embodied Alcehmy Authentic Movement & the Somatic Unconscious
This 70-minute workshop explores the different stages and operations of the Alchemical process and how they relate to healing and development.

 

Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition
This 60-minute workshop follows the alchemical process from life’s earliest beginnings, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life illuminated through the work of a contemporary painter.

 

Embracing Your Body, Nourishing Your Soul

“The body is merely the visibility of the soul, the psyche; and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So it is really one and the same thing.” ~ C.G. Jung

How do we hear the call of the soul and the guidance of our inner voice to nourish ourselves in these volatile, polarized, fast-paced times? Join us as we engage Jung’s active imagination method, illuminating a pathway by sensing your body, exploring your dreams, and accessing your inner wisdom through movement, drawing and writing.

What does it mean to live a vital, embodied life in our modern world, which is so devoted to power, speed, technological advancement, and materialism? How can we rediscover the sacredness of our bodies and the Eros in everyday life?

Jung’s Active Imagination method provides avenues for receiving guidance from your inner landscape through body awareness, movement, dreamwork, drawing, and writing. These approaches allow access to rich inner resources —reawakening our natural rhythms, instinctual wisdom, and the songs of the soul. Integrating Jungian Theory, BodySoul work, Somatics, and the creative arts, we will explore bodily experience in the process of healing and transformation, so vital to therapeutic practice, daily life, and the wellbeing of the planet.

Join us for a day-long retreat to nourish your own voice and illuminate your path. Together, we can learn from and support each other in building toward a more resilient, resourceful community!

Prerequisite: No experience necessary. Clinicians, healing practitioners, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit are all welcome!

Active Imagination in Movement-Encountering the Other Within Us, Between Us and in the World

Interweaving theoretical, experiential, cultural and clinical material through presentations and discussion, this workshop will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analytic practice. By listening to the body to access and express the imagination, individuals may discover inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence.

Sometimes called “Authentic Movement,” this form of active imagination focuses attention on felt bodily sensations, impulses, multi-sensory images, feelings and emotions, which are then allowed to emerge as symbolic enactment. The work is done with one’s eyes closed in the presence of a witness, whose task it is to hold and contain the experience of the person moving.

Analysts and psychotherapists use the connection between body and psyche as a central clinical tool, yet there may be few opportunities to foster the development of this dimension. This workshop offers a structure within which analysts and psychotherapists can both have a practical experience of their own moving imagination as well as enrich their understanding of its application to verbal analytic practice.

Morning and afternoon sessions include introduction, bodily awareness, reflection, and movement experience, toward dialogue and exchange. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences.

Included in this Pre-Congress Day Workshop by Tina Stromsted, PhD
Bright Darkness: Facing ‘the Other’ Within

Transformation is an embodied, cellular process involving the reclamation of rejected parts of the self that are necessary for wholeness. Through exploring previously forbidden movement behaviors, experiencing the feelings associated with them, and verbally owning the experience, there is a release of energy that was previously needed to maintain the dissociation and repression of these rejected qualities. If these qualities can be brought to consciousness and re-integrated rather than simply being ‘acted-out’, the person’s sense of self and sphere of activity is increased and he or she is able to make better life choices and live a more soulful, meaningful life. Without this vital investigation, extreme projections can lead to denying, demeaning, and even annihilating the other – contributing to sexism, racism, xenophobia, and warfare. Through lecture, movement, creative arts exploration, and discussion we will rediscover the light in the darkness, burnishing the gold we have shunned.

Witnessing Practice: Body as Compass: An International Authentic Movement Retreat

How do we hold the tension between the opposites in today’s world, stay open to uncertainty, and cultivate curiosity about the unknown? Witnessing is the practice of seeing, being seen; hearing, being heard; and opening to other perspectives — developing more patience, respect, and comfort with paradox. Rooted in moving and witnessing practice, we will nurture creativity and further clarify through the exploration of gesture, touch, sound, words, song, art, dreams, and nature. Discovering ways to enrich yourself can deepen the centering, self-reflective capacities and compassion that allow you to find your place in the world. Nestled in Tuscany’s beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, the private retreat center offers a peaceful, inspiring setting for self-renewal. Walking trails, delicious Tuscan cooking and a swimming pool enhance the experience.

Prerequisite: This retreat is designed for those with a depth of experience in Authentic Movement, welcoming healing practitioners, clinicians, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit. Those with training in BodySoul Rhythms® and/or with a depth of experience in other conscious movement practices please inquire.