The Four Shields of Dreaming
A dream comes from the same source as a tree or a wild pig—Nature itself.
—Marie-Louise von Franz
Dreams are like the mycelium of the psyche, birthed from an underground network of ancient interconnected patterns. Dreams come from nature; they are expressions of our oldest humanity, bodily responses, and our relationship with the more-than-human realm. And like nature, dreams are alive – living images – acting with autonomy and self-determination. Dreams appear to us for specific and individual reasons, but they also remind us that we share in unseen collective networks emerging in our lives as myths.
Humans have relied on dreams for thousands of years for physical and spiritual sustenance. When given proper attention, they inform us how to live according to natural laws and rhythms. While dreams have significantly been dismissed in modern society, they still offer much-needed guidance for our lives and the continuance of our planet. More so, they long for our attention and willingness to listen deeply to what they have to share.
one another. It can be a great gift to witness and be witnessed in our dreaming and much wisdom comes
the result of dream sharing. In this program, we will have the opportunity to lean into all of these
connections as we encounter our dreams individually, collectively, and with the land on which we dream.
Program Overview: This seven-day program will focus on the Four Shields of Dreaming. We will begin in the south, the place of the embodied dream; from there, we move into the west, the home of the dream and the shadow; into the collective dreaming of the north; and finally, into the east, where dream and spirit converge, giving birth to vision. Each day will involve crossing the threshold into ceremonial time on the land (Usually, 2 hours a day), adhering to the three taboos of solitude, fasting, and exposure to the elements, followed by sharing and mirroring our dream stories. The week will also include a (non-mandatory) guided overnight solo.
We invite you to bring a specific dream you’d like to explore. It could be a recurring dream, a current dream, or a dream from the past. If you are unsure about a dream but feel drawn to this offering, we invite you to turn your attention to your nightly dreams by keeping a dream journal and noticing what might be asking for your attention. The dream may be brief and initially seem insignificant. It could be one image or sentence, or feeling. Whatever you wish to share will be enough. The main thing is to foster the practice of listening to your dreams.
This offering is both experiential as well as educational. We will explore different ways of working with and relating to dreams. We will dive deeply into the individual and collective dreamscapes of the imaginal realm between psyche and nature.
Program Questions Contact: Kim Belair [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
We ask that you arrive the day before, Sunday March 1st, 2024 and check-in with us by phone (number to be provided) when you arrive, and we'll direct you to our specific camp spot. We will begin at 10:00AM on March 2nd and finish by early afternoon on March 9th. Detailed logistics will be sent upon enrollment.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fee $100. All additional fees will be collected at the time of the program.
You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather.
To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
All participants must submit the required health questionnaire and liability form.
If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.
There is no required reading for this program.
Tüpippüh (also known as Death Valley) is home of the Timbisha people and is the name of their ancestral and contemporary homeland. Miners came to this area in 1849 and the Timbisha’s land was stolen to create Death Valley National Monument in 1933. The Timbisha were allotted a 40 acre reservation in the park and also forced onto other reservations and into towns in the area.
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