Six-Week Evening Dreams and Dreaming Class Begins Sept. 28, 2011 in Berkeley!

posted Jul 29, 2010, 1:55 AM by lael gold   [ updated Feb 24, 2012, 10:22 AM ]
“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 a division
of Her Jaunty Tune 

Discussion and reading 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. 

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, owner, East Bay pilates studio, Berkeley, CA

"I can't recommend Lael's dream workshops highly enough. She is such an erudite, passionate, funny, and profound respondent, and your own dreams - even small fragments - will sing to you if you let her (and the other workshop members) share them. It's like if psychoanalysis was kind and generous and optimistic. It's also like a really smart, lively literature class, where the topic is (finally!!) you!"   --Jane Glaubman, poet   

"I went to see Lael originally at the suggestion of a friend.  I arrived at my first session with a skeptical but open mindset, as I have always felt dreams were important but not had a way to concretely work with them. Lael’s intuition, intelligence and humor immediately put me at ease. Her amazing knowledge of symbols and historical references gave me so much more to work with in thinking about dreams. She was able to compassionately give guidance on ways to integrate and work with dreams. This truly had a positive effect on my waking life. Things actually changed as a result!  Later I decided to enroll in Lael’s Dreams and Dreaming class after being so impressed with the individual work.  I loved this class!  Not only did I learn many tools for working with dreams and creativity, but I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time."
                                                                                                                --Sarah Kurtz, video editor, Oakland, CA

"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."
                                                                                                -- anonymous (but very real!) former student, Berkeley, CA


The class will meet in Oakland's Lake Merritt neighborhood from 7:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m. for six Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 28.  For the exact address, call (510-883-9932) or email Lael.

To receive the early sign-up discount, register on or before Sept. 21, 2011.  (See details below.)


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. 

Sign up by Sept 21, 2011 and pay by check to receive the discounted rate of $299 for the entire
6 week course,
a savings of $31 off the regular $330 tuition.

To register, mail your contact information along with a check for $330 ($299 before Sept. 21) to:
Lael Gold, 2639 College Ave., #1, Berkeley, CA 94704

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