Exploring the Alchemical Power of Dreams…
A Journey to the Left Side
July 6-9, 2017
In the Toltec worldview of Carlos Castaneda, human beings are fields of energy in interaction with a magical universe. Teachings for the right side – ordinary awareness – focus on handling the known in a non-ordinary way. Corresponding practices for the left side, called dreaming, involve stepping outside the self we know into a more fluid and mysterious reality. This workshop involves instruction and immersion in this ancient paradigm, including practices to invoke the presence and spirit of nature, and exercises for moving beyond the boundaries of personal reality into a broader and more fluid perception of self and world.
The workshop takes place in Putney, VT. For a fuller description, please contact us by mail or email, and we will send a flyer to you.
The cost is $700, which includes food, all guide fees, and tenting space. Indoor beds are available for an extra $100. To register, please send a deposit of $350 via PayPal or mail.
Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent directions as to where we will meet and a list of what to bring.
Full payment is due 30 days before the program starts. Barring exceptional circumstances, deposits cannot be refunded after that time.
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We sit in the present, at the axis where past and future meet. We have a decision to make: will our lives and identity be determined by where we have come from or where we are going?
The myth of modern psychology — its focus and truth — is that our lives are determined by our past: our personal history, wounds and childhood experience. The myth of the ancient world — its focus and truth — is that our lives are, or can be determined from another place: our future or destiny, if we follow the voice of the spirit, the whisper of dreams, the calling of our souls.
In the ancient maps of consciousness non-rational states were cultivated, and a cornucopia of methods were developed to achieve expanded energies and states of ecstatic union. Through simple but profound practices, we will reclaim and remember this natural heritage of being human, experiencing a larger sense of ourselves and the alchemy it can bring to our lives and people.
This week for men and women will open us to deeper levels of our being, to a vision beyond our personal stories. Facing and healing our past and personal history is a prerequisite for broader states of awareness, but by itself, insufficient. Dreams are an opening to a larger story, each one an invitation to explore beyond everyday boundaries. In dreams, life is limitless; time is fluid; our sense of self unbounded. What luxury to spend several days immersed in this realm as we approach the summer solstice!
We’ll experience processes to embrace the unknown and align ourselves with energies both immediate and eternal, finding our true nature in nature. Learning to perceive the ‘Spirit in all things’ as a living presence in our lives, we’ll dance with the ephemeral tracks of dream until we find solid footing on a path with heart.
Nature is the visible face of the spirit. It is to nature — the outer mother, Gaia, and our own internal nature — that the soul finds rest, renewal, and vision. There we come closer to the Source, the wellspring of life where Earth, Spirit, Nature, and God are one.
This workshop will be led by Sparrow Hart and Lauren Chambliss, with assistance from Len Fleischer. See the “About Us” page for guide bios.