Dreams and Dreaming Class
Beginning June 25, 2013! (Scroll down for registration info.)

“When presenting this material, I consider myself a teaching assistant who helps her students finally more regularly show up to and pay better attention in a class they’ve been enrolled in all of their lives. The real teachers in this class, in other words, are the students’ own dreams, and my role is to facilitate, intensify and make more meaningful their encounter with these utterly brilliant, deeply inspiring, breathtakingly well-informed instructors." 
                                --Lael Gold, Ph.D., creator of Productive Slumber 
 

Discussion will supplement experiential exercises in this primarily lab-style class geared toward students more fully realizing the transformative, liberating and enlivening potential of their dreams.  Novice and seasoned dreamers alike will gain tools for and practice in dream incubation, dream recall, dream interrogation and imaginative dream re-entry. 


WHERE:  Rudramandir in Berkeley (except for final class which will meet in a private home in the vicinity)

WHEN:  7:15pm-9:15pm for six Tuesdays beginning on June 25 (6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 and 7/30).   Payment information can be found after the course description below.  (Note:  Class sometimes runs 15 minutes long.  Please plan accordingly.)


TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

Dreams and the Body
We will explore ways to collaborate with our unconscious on the care of our physical form. Rather than a pleasurable practice of self-love and nurture, for many, choices related to food, health and exercise are internalized battles, skirmishes of resistance and judgment fueled by standards originating outside of the self. We will practice using dreams to deepen our appreciation for our bodies as they are, tune into the next right steps in their care and discover practices to optimize well-being.  

Dreaming our Vision

Whether already succeeding in a satisfying career or feeling unclear and stuck with regard to employment, students will learn ways their dreams can reveal new possibilities and ease work-related transitions.  When we pay attention, dreams can also aid us in identifying and realizing our life’s purpose.  However enormous or unlikely they initially may seem, ambitions that emerge from the depths of our being (whether through dreams or other forms of intuition) are realistic and realizable.  Dreams wonderfully embolden.  Sometimes startling us into new awareness, they tell a tale of hopeful possibility in which our most authentic, joyful and useful paths are one.

Nightmare Hospitality
Horrifying dream images we may wish to forget often contain the most powerful gifts of all.  Nightmare hospitality is inviting our shadow to the party.  Doing so—welcoming and attending to our darker impulses as expressed in dreams—frees up immense amounts of energy.  Dreamers who meet their demons head-on carry new-found courage into waking life.  Put simply, facing rather than running from our fears always expands our awareness of our true selves and inevitably boosts vitality and delight!  

Dreaming our Ancestors, Dreaming the Dead
By way of dreaming and dream-related exercises, students will practice drawing on the immense love and wisdom of the intense, often unacknowledged presences in their lives that are their ancestors.  They will learn simultaneously to make healthy, self-honoring boundaries with these same forebears. 

Muses on the Night Shift
 
Whatever their creative leanings or preferred expressive media, students will practice opening themselves to inspiration or sometimes very specific artistic direction that wells up from deep within, revealing itself in dreams.  For students more interested in non-artistic pursuits, these exercises and concepts are easily adapted to other activities such as sports, travel, parenting, mechanics, academic study, social action, etc. 

Dream Relationships 

We will explore dreaming as a means of achieving increased integrity, connection and harmony in relation to others and to ourselves as well.  We will consider how dreams may invite or ease the sometimes tender, seemingly threatening work of forgiveness so essential to our own well-being.  Encountering others—often our nearest and dearest—in the dream realm can allow even the most prickly, complicated, stuck and painful of relationships to express lovingly; for, in dreams, we willingly relinquish the self-protective armor we cling to in waking life.  Also, by revealing an individual's essence, our dreams can help us replace unrealistic expectations with acceptance, compassion, appreciation and respect.  

What former students are saying: 

"I loved it! The materials were so rich." 
 --Sue Johnson of Sue Johnson's Custom Lamps on Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA

"I highly recommend this class with Lael. It's a fabulous journey!"
--Peggy Judge, graphic designer, Berkeley, CA


"Lael Gold, Ph.D. has a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines which she combines with caring intuition and a willingness to research, play and explore. All this is melded into a thoroughly creative, engaging, and insightful course that drew me in completely to both the class and my dream-life. While all this is amazing enough, what make Lael and her class 'out of this world' are both her ability to inspire one's own attention, action, and belief in oneself and her ability to make you laugh spontaneously and fully! Her experiences, both personal and professional, and her skill as a guide over sometimes murky dream terrain give anyone in her presence an adrenalin shot of willingness to discover, explore, nurture, respect and listen to their inner wisdom. The class materials that she created are gold-nuggets of thought and, at times, very poetic prose that I will return to again and again to keep me centered and grounded in my life's true path. Thank you, Lael, for sharing your deeply honest gifts with us and supporting our relationships with our smartest selves. I wish the class could be an ongoing one." --Roya Arasteh, pilates studio owner


"I got just what I wanted out of the class -- a better sense of what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go, and how I really felt about things. I feel like my dreams are a resource for me now, as I live my life and make decisions going forward. But most of all, the class was really fun! Monday nights were the highlight of my week. Lael created a safe, supportive, fascinating and really enjoyable environment every week. I was sorry the class had to end."
-- former student, Berkeley, CA


Class meets  7:15pm-9:15pm for six Tuesdays beginning on June 25 (6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 and 7/30).  

Class costs $349.
All fees paid are non-refundable.


Your payment may be made by either Paypal (takes credit cards) or check:


Mail check made out to "Lael Gold"  for the full amount due to:  Lael Gold, Ph.D., P.O. Box 5801, Berkeley, CA  94705 .  Be sure to print out, complete and include this form along with your payment.

Or pay online first and complete and mail the enrollment form separately.