I am delighted to let you know that my book BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach has won the 2019 Gradiva Award, NAAP (the World Organization and Public Education Corporation of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis), and is co-winner of the IAJS Book Award for Best Book published in 2020 (International Association for Jungian Studies Awards Program).

Each year, NAAP acknowledges the literary and artistic achievements of those who have created works that represent and promote psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. There were 50 entrants and 6 finalists in the Best Book category.

The IAJS Awards Program aims to recognize the best of academic scholarship, analytic and psychotherapeutic practice, and outstanding contributions to the analytical psychology community worldwide.

I am very happy that BodyDreaming, an approach which integrates somatic, Jungian and psychoanalytic theory and practice, has won these prestigious awards.

National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis


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Please join us at an international gathering in solidarity with Ukrainian Analysts and trainees, and those colleagues working on the frontline:

Ukraine and Jung’s Red and Black Books
“Making the Unsayable Experiential” (BB 7, p.191)
A Series of Reflections

12 noon New York: 5pm London BST: 6pm Warsaw: 7pm Kyiv

-Social Dreaming Matrix

2pm New York: 7pm London BST: 8pm Warsaw: 9pm Kyiv

-Welcome Ukrainian colleagues and colleagues working on the frontline
-Auction Lounge with Donald Kalsched, Joe Cambray, Sonu Shamdasani, Ursula Wirtz, George Hogenson, Dale Mathers, Ann Shearer, Marian Dunlea and Susan Schwartz – followed by auction of an hour with prominent Jungians
-Ann Ulanov presentation

* Booking closes 9am London BST Wed 18th May

Ann Ulanov’s talk will be recorded for those unable to attend.
Simultaneous interpretation into Ukrainian.
All proceeds will go directly to Ukrainian Analysts and Routers.

You do not need to attend to donate!

For more information and to buy tickets or donate, visit: https://forukrainianjungians.com

BodyDreaming is an embodied practice that helps to ground psychotherapy, and ensoul somatic practice. BodyDreaming offers a unique combination of the psychology of C.G. Jung, BodySoul Rhythms® of Marion Woodman, SomaticExperiencing of Peter Levine, Neuroscience, Attachment and Developmental Theory.

The training programme is anchored in the teachings in Marian Dunlea’s book, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach. The work is experientially based and allows participants to learn the somatic skills necessary to follow and regulate the currents of the Autonomic Nervous System as we dance with psyche in dreams, images and body.

In these challenging times we can draw on Jung’s vision of a guiding intelligence, that has to be rooted in the body. When our nervous system has coherence we have capacity for more curiosity, compassion, joy and resilience. We will work with and explore the inner world of the psyche, dreams and images which resonate with the cellular wisdom of the body; the autonomic nervous system prompts and feeds the mythopoetic.

BodyDreaming offers us the possibility to gain coherence in our particular systems, and this helps us to hold a less polarised view of the world. When we can meet ourselves and the world with compassion, we are less likely to stay in overwhelm. We will draw on Jung’s psychology and Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms, as well as SomaticExperiencing to connect with our dreams, the mythopoetic, the symbolic and our nervous systems to bring our psyche/soma into alignment with greater ease and pleasure. Woodman often quoted the saying ‘as above so below’, reminding us that the macrocosm of the universe is mirrored in the microcosm of our physiology and psyche.

The training is designed for those interested in healing, the arts, and living well – ecologists, psychologists, psychotherapists, somatic therapists, bodyworkers, counselors, healthcare professionals, teachers, coaches, artists and creative minds.

Requirements and Recommendations

The BodyDreaming training is based on modules taught over a 3-year period, 3 modules per year. Each of the 9 modules can stand alone and each also builds incrementally on the previous one. If you have missed a Module, you will be offered the opportunity to watch it online before partaking in the next Module once you have registered. However, before final completion, you will be required to attend another module or workshop in its place.

In order to receive the Certificate of Completion participants are required to participate in all 9 modules, which will be held online. In addition, participants are required to attend one in-person BodyDreaming / BodySoul workshop – either mask or fairy tale.

The training weekends will comprise of theory and practice, experiential learning and embodied practice sessions, dream work, movement, voice work, ritual and art. We will work in large group sessions and in small break-out practice sessions. We have a large group of assistants providing containment and guidance for the small break out practice sessions. Each small break-out group will have an assistant present.

The faculty, Marian Dunlea and Abigail Whyte, will be joined on a rotation basis by one or two assistant faculty for each module.

We recommend that you have at least one personal session with one of the Assistants or an approved Provider inbetween each module. For completion we require that you have 7 personal sessions over the three year period.

We also recommend that you form study groups where you can read the material together and practice the exercises to build confidence and gain experience. Some groups may wish to invite an Assistant to guide their learning – that is the choice of each group.

2022 Module Dates

Module 2: 8-10th April

Friday April 8th from 2 to 8 pm GMT; Saturday April 9th from 2 to 8 pm GMT, Sunday April 10th from 2 to 5 pm GMT.

Please plan on attending all sessions.

Venue: Online via Zoom
Tuition Fee: €390
CPDs: 15 hours

Please contact us at BodyDreaming [at] gmail [dot] com to receive the application form.
Instructions about payment will be provided once your application has been processed.

Module 3: 16-18th September

Module 4: 9-11th December

BodyDreaming Book Cover

BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma
An Embodied Therapeutic Approach
by Marian Dunlea

Published June 2019: 234×156: 320pp (1st Edition)

Innovative and practical, and with a foreword by Donald Kalsched, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach will be essential reading for psychotherapists, analytical psychologists and therapists with a Jungian background, arts therapists, dance and movement therapists, and body workers interested in learning how to work with both body and psyche in their practices.

The book is available here.

Poem for Brigid

Today in Ireland  (1 February) we celebrate La Feile Bhridhe – Brigid’s day. Artist Grace Wells has created Imbolc/Vision, a truly beautiful lyrical film poem, a meditation on Brigid evoking the symbols and metaphors of her energy at this time of year. The film poem is dedicated to the work of a dear friend and scholar Dr Mary Condren, who has devoted her life’s work to the research, writing and teaching of indigenous stories, ritual practices and academic sources on Brigit.


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