Dreaming at Kanuga
I have just returned from the Summer Dream Conference sponsored by the Haden Institute at the Kanuga Conference Center outside Hendersonville, North Carolina. The conference was terrific and included a series of exciting presentations and workshops by dream workers of all kinds: Jungian analysts, other types of therapists, clergy, artists, poets, and laypeople with years of experience in dream work. Presentations included Dream work: A New Spiritual Discipline for a New Time; The Blessings of Science on Your Dreamwork; Shadow Work; Introduction to Alchemy; Desire & Purpose: Eros & Meaning, the Jungian View. And that’s just a sample. Over 140 people from around the world attended, many of them clergy representing several denominations. As before, I heard new ideas about working with my own dreams and the dreams of my clients and groups. As always, I was deeply impressed by the intelligence, creativity and originality of thought offered in each presentation. Moreover, the mountains were cool, green, lush and beautiful. No air conditioning was needed, the food was good and I haven’t slept so well in a long time. I enjoyed driving there with three friends who value dream work as much as I do and talking about all we learned on the drive back.
Next year’s conference takes place May 30 – June 5, 2010. I’m going. Come go with me! Go to www.hadeninstitute.com and send Bob Haden an email that you’d like to sign up. While you’re there, order the CDs from this year’s conference. Jeremy Taylor’s talk entitled Dreams and the Evolution of Consciousness at Both the Individual and Collective Level was worth the entire cost of the conference.