BodyDreaming is an embodied practice that helps to ground psychotherapy, and ensoul somatic practice. It offers a unique combination of the psychology of C.G. Jung, BodySoul Rhythms® of Marion Woodman, Somatic Experiencing of Peter Levine, Neuroscience, Attachment and Development 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 understand and repattern the workings of the Autonomic Nervous System that govern our responses to life, our relationship to ourselves and the world we inhabit. The training is grounded in Jungian psychology and Jung’s belief that “if we can reconcile ourselves with the mysterious truth that spirit is the living body seen from within, and the body the outer manifestation of the living spirit – the two being really one – then we can understand why it is that the attempt to transcend the present level of consciousness must give its due to the body” (1933, p.220). BodyDreamingdraws on Jung’s vision of a guiding intelligence, Self-regulation, that is rooted in our body, often in the somatic unconscious. With BodyDreaming we become more conscious that we are part of one body, one interconnected field that is interdependent and inter-regulating. In the therapeutic setting, working from this place of embodiment and connection, we explore the dance of cellular wisdom and the mythopoetic through our interaction with the unconscious in dreams, images, movement, sound and art.

Teaching skills that promote techniques for Self-regulation, BodyDreaming brings about radical changes in our nervous system responses to developmental trauma and increases our capacity to respond to private or global crises that might otherwise overwhelm us. With the common global reactions of disorientation, dissociation and disembodiment to the constant crises that assail our world, it has become even more an imperative that we learn to support our nervous systems to regulate – to shift from hypervigilance, hyperactivity or shut down and freeze. BodyDreaming builds our ability to be more grounded in our body, to stay present, to tolerate the high levels of activation so that we can respond with greater attunement and flexibility. We find that we come into a more embodied sense of ourselves as participants in the world we inhabit.

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

Learning the skills needed to titrate emotional overwhelm deepens our sense of rootedness in our bodies and our surroundings. The capacity to regulate our systems is key to working with all manner of trauma. It supports us to experience life with greater ease and pleasure, to connect with our dreams, the mythopoetic and the symbolic. Jung and Marion Woodman are 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.

Requirements and Recommendations

BodyDreaming training is based on modules taught over a 3-year period, 3 modules per year.

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 an in-person BodyDreaming / BodySoul workshop – either mask or fairy tale.

Each of the 9 modules builds incrementally on the previous one. If you have missed Modules 1 and/or 2, you will be offered the opportunity to watch them online before partaking in Module 3 once you have registered. However, before final completion, you will be required to attend additional module(s) or workshop(s) in their place.

The training weekend 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 in between each module. For completion we require that you have a minimum of 8 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; Module 3: 16-18th September; Module 4: 9-11th December

Core Faculty for the Training

Marian Dunlea, M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 20 years integrating body, mind and soul. With the development of her unique approach BodyDreaming®, Marian’s work has expanded to incorporate the developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy with Jungian psychology andthe phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her trainings include Jungian Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis, Infant Observation, BodySoul Rhythms® and Somatic Experiencing. Marian is head of training for BodySoul Europe, sister organization of the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is the author of BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach, Gradiva Award 2019, IAJS Book Award 2020.

Abigail Whyte is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Clin.Psychol.,Ps.SI). She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 1991 with young people and their families in public mental health services in Ireland. She is an experienced clinical psychology supervisor, and has been involved with both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin D.Clin.Psych Clinical Psychology Training programmes. Abigail finished her training as a Somatic Experiencing /Trauma Practitioner (SETI) in 2015 and has been working as an SEP in private practice in Dublin since then. She is a graduate of the Marion Woodman BodySoul Rhythms Training Programme (www.marionwoodmanfoundation.org) and has been facilitating regular BodySoul groups in Dublin since 2013.

In addition, each Module will have a 3rd Faculty member trained in BodyDreaming® or BodySoul Rhythms®.