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