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Paul McCartney’s song “Yesterday,” Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" are just a few creations that have come from dreams. But are the symbols of language and dreams arbitrary? Allegorical? Archetypal? How do dreams inform the creative process? This workshop looks deeply at the symbolism of dreams and the language of the subconscious, primarily from a Jungian perspective. Participants will share and discuss individual dreams* and learn how to deconstruct these dreams to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of story that inherently lives within each of us. Within a safe workshop space, each writer will uncover the symbolism of their personal dream landscape and use this information to compose new, meaningful written work.
*Please note that each participant must be prepared to discuss one to three dreams that they have experienced and recorded in order to be able to participate.
Original image credit: "The Dream," Pierre Puvis de ChavannesAbout Kelly Lydick
Kelly Lydick received her bachelor's in writing and literature from Burlington College and her master's in writing and consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at California Institute of Intregral Studies). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky and many others. Lydick’s articles have appeared in Natural Awakenings, Java, Western Art Collector, Santa Fean and True Blue Spirit magazines as well as on the home page of ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the chapbook "We Once Were" and the experimental "Mastering the Dream," and she is a contributing author to "Dreams That Change Our Lives." She is a member of the cofounding editorial board and associate editor of Immanence Journal.
Lydick holds certifications as a meditation facilitator, Reiki master, crystal Reiki master, past life healer, animal Reiki master, and Gateway Dreaming coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops and offers private consultations through her company, Waking the Dream. Her signature workshops have been featured at Burlington College, ASU’s Piper Center for Creative Writing, the International Association for the Study of Dreams and others. In 2016, Lydick was honored by the internationally renowned Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, New York, with a Juno Award for excellence in women’s leadership for her service-based business. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.