Shamanism and dreamwork are two of the most ancient spiritual/healing practices of humankind, having maintained its influence since neolithic times. One of the most important ceremonies/techniques used by Shamans to engage with the spirit world to facilitate healing and divination has been the shamanic journey. Shamans used journeying to explore the “Dreamtime”, which they viewed as as a mystical and very real realm in which to interact with spirit guides. By working with our dreams and shamanic journeying we can bridge the gap between our waking and dreaming lives, as well as tap into the rich depth of knowledge available to us through sacred connection to earth and to that deep well of ancient wisdom within each of us.
In this immersive 3 hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a dream and develop or deepen a practice of working with their dreams using a simple shamanic journeying method. In a guided journey, supported by sacred drumming, basic journeying techniques will be taught. No prior journeying experience or dreamwork practice is needed. Please bring one or two recent dreams with which to work.
This workshop is offered by Mary Kay Kasper, a Druid Priestess and Ecotherapist and Laura Smith, an Archetypal Dreamwork Practitioner working with clients internationally (see detailed bios below).
Cost: sliding scale $20 – $35 includes cushions and blankets (bring your own eye covering and water bottle) and a certificate for a free one-on-one dream consultation (Skype, phone or in person) to be scheduled between you and either Laura or Mary Kay at a later date! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please register here.
Mary Kay Kasper works with the intellectually disabled, is an ecotherapist, dream practitioner, rites of passage & wilderness guide, Druid Priest, and ceremonial leader. She has worked with her dreams for over 25 years, facilitated shamanic dream groups and instructed college courses on The Psychology of Dreams and Ecopsychology. She has presented workshops on Shamanic and Integrative dreamwork as well as Pagan Spirituality. She is a seeker of pathways that guide us to wholeness through the deep invitation of our relationships to each other, our dreams, and the more than human world. “Way of the Birch” is a program created to share her passion for teaching and mentoring those who desire to seek this path to wholeness through the mysteries of our soul-rooted relationship to the earth.
Laura Smith is an Archetypal Dreamwork Practitioner, working with clients nationally and internationally. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her partner of 17 years raising heritage breed livestock on their 78 acre farm. When she’s not wrangling sheep, you can find her painting or writing in her studio, connecting to the healing energy of the earth, or engaged in laughter and general mayhem with her friends and family on various parts of the globe. She regularly blogs about her journey through dreams on the dream blog In Search of Puella and her art work has been has been published DeLuge Magazine (2011, 2012, 2015), Collective Magazine (2014), Still Point Arts Quarterly (2014), ARAS, The Poetry Portal (2014) and The Light Ekphrastic (2015). Find out more about Archetypal Dreamwork with Laura Smith on her website www.archetypaldreamworks.com.