The Dreamers' Den: Dreamwork in Good Company

The Dreamers' Den: Dreamwork in Good Company

You + your dreams: what's this relationship got to do with your health, creativity, and personal growth, and navigating these challenging times? In these conversations, I dive deep with experienced dreamworkers. We help you engage your dreams for insight, inspiration, and connection with community. Subscribe now and listen in. New episodes every New Moon and Full Moon. Show notes: www.thedreamersden.org Music by East Forest.

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May 11, 2021 36 min

The pizza dreams. The grocery store dreams. The Thanksgiving dinners and wilting vegetable gardens. The empty fridge. Of all the “food” dreams I’ve heard, the steak dream I share in this episode is one of my favorites. When the dreamer and I explored this dream, plenty happened, not all of it related to food.

But the ah-ha moment that reached her right where she needed it most -- that had to do directly with the steak. We wouldn’t ...

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My fellow acupuncturist, dreamworker, and NUNM grad Joseph Fiala joins me to talk about dreamwork in his clinical practice, in his personal life, and in nurturing the thoughts we choose to grow in the gardens of our minds.?I loved hearing his enthusiasm and wise insights, and I'm guessing you will too.

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I met Joseph when we were both students at the National University of Natural Medicine. I remember hi...

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Do you track the details in your dreams? Bambi Corso-Steinmeyer talks with me about why to track the recurring details in our dreams. Those themes are like footprints left behind by the qualities moving through our dreamscape - and we’re well-served by following their trails.

Bambi and I cover a lot of dreamscape ground in this episode. I realized after we spoke that I talked more than I usually do, caught up in shared enthusiasm ...

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Kelly Lydick first caught my attention with her work on “dream incubation,” which is the practice of setting an intention or asking a question before going to sleep at night. I love dream incubation and turn to it frequently in my ongoing conversation with my own dreams. When Kelly and I planned this interview, though, we were drawn to talk about two other subjects dear to us both: colors in dreams, and how dreams relate to our c...

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This one touched me extra deeply. Mary Jo Heyen, practitioner of Natural Dreamwork and author of Dreaming into the Mystery: Explorations into Being with the Dreams and Visions of the Dying, companions dreamers and their families in hospice care. Each one of her stories touched me, as did her way of speaking, and her way of listening. Click Play to hear about:

  • Her childhood relationship to dreams, including a dream of her own at age...
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    I’ve packed this Full Moon episode full of gems that I hope will bring you a few “ah-ha moments” about your own dreams. Listen in to hear highlights from three of the Members’ Episodes from the past 6 months.

    Each month, The Dreamers’ Den Membership Community gets a bonus podcast episode. These are generally a little more casual, and also a little more focused, diving in deep on one particular theme. If you’d like to hear more lik...

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    Ready to hear about dreaming with a "pack," the language of wild nature, initiation into manhood, and why dreams are a trustworthy source of navigation and wisdom? Yes? That's what I said, too. Click Play now to listen to my conversation with Matt Cochran, a dreamworker and a dear friend of mine. He has been engaging with dreams for decades and currently offers dreamwork, one-on-one and in groups, focusing on working wi...

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    When you meet a menacing dream character, do you shudder, and skip writing that dream in your journal? Or do you get excited and dive in, because there's such dreamwork juiciness there? Either way, have you ever looked closely at the moment right BEFORE the threatening figure appears?

    My guest Alyssa Polizzi loves that practice. It even brings out an "ah-ha moment" for her in our conversation. Listen in to hear my "...

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    What happens when adults get out their colored pencils and freely draw their dreams? “Ah-ha moments,” all over the place. Life-shifting, and even life-saving, ah-ha moments.

    Click Play now to listen to me talk with Walter Berry about his dream groups, where participants draw their dreams and share the drawings. I loved every one of his stories.

    Walter has been called “The Wizard of Awes.” His upcoming book, Drawn into the Dream, wi...

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    December 14, 2020 62 min

    “My favorite part is when you and the guest talk about example dreams.” ← If you’re a listener who’s said that, this one’s for you. In this New Moon episode, I work one of my own dreams live with guest dreamworker Claudia DeBorde. She takes me on a Dream Tending walk through a dream I titled Time Travel.

    We talk briefly about her approach to dreams, our love of stories, and how we can play “host” to the figures in our dreams. Then...

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    Have you ever wondered, “Did that really happen, or was that a dream?" In some ways, every dream feels real. And, in some ways, all of our dreams ARE real. Kezia Vida and I begin this conversation, and circle back to, the question of what’s “real,” and how our dreams can bring what feels MOST real into our lives.

    Kezia Vida is a practitioner of the Natural Dreamwork process, which she’s been offering to clients since 2013. A Ne...

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    Have you ever had a massage, or acupuncture treatment, and gotten the, “Yep, that’s the spot,” feeling when a certain point on your body was pressed? We call those “ah shi” points. “Ah shi” roughly translates as, “Oh, that’s it.” These points tend to feel tender, or sensitive, or simply significant somehow.

    In this conversation with Katherine Bell, it occurred to us that the “ah-ha moment” in dreamwork is the same sort of thing. Th...

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    Click "Play" to hear my conversation with Nicole Torres, a dreamworker, psychotherapist, and medical anthropologist devoted to her own ongoing journey of decolonization, liberation, and learning to “honor the dream.”

    In this episode, she explains what all that means to her. Early in our conversation, I ask Nicole’s take on something I’ve wondered for a while: Why do some people explain that their families don’t talk about d...

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    This one's for you. You, who

  • believe you have (or might have...) a role to play in global healing
  • trust that your dreams bring wisdom
  • and want to dive deep with me on the Five Elements, dream examples, and how these SAME energies that tell us about PERSONAL health guide us toward COLLECTIVE well-being.
  • On board? Awesome. Press play to hear me share about:

  • the unique "spirit of genius" in every single person (with help fr...
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    Over 9,000 pandemic dreams. That’s how many Dr. Deirdre Barrett has read so far from her worldwide survey this year. These dreams are the subject of her latest book: Pandemic Dreams. We talk about the themes she’s seen - from catching the virus (bugs), to homeschooling (failing math), to possible cures (musical injections), and what the world might look like post-pandemic (robots in charge?).

    She shares trends in the emotional ton...

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    Do you believe that your dreams serve a purpose, even when you don't remember them? Do dreams help you, even if you don't "work" with them? Katherine Bell believes so, and she's read research studies to back that up. A scientist herself, Katherine blends her curiosity about the data around dreams with her deep respect for the experience of dreaming. You'll hear her talk about how dreamwork helped her shift f...

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    Can you think of a dream in which you felt surprised or confused? I love Billie's insight that this can signal movement into unfamiliar territory. Billie shares so many other gems, like her observation that ancestors frequently show up in dreams as "a large group of people, and I know they're there to see me, but I don't recognize them." Click Play now to hear our whole conversation - or read on to learn more ab...

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    You’re about to meet another teacher dear to my heart: Geraldine Matus, of Justisse College International. You’ll hear her insights from her decades of work in reproductive health and with dreams. I met Geraldine in 2006, when I began studying for certification as a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. When I talked to Geraldine about shifting my work over to dreams and Chinese Medicine, I was excited to hear more about her o...

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    Katherine Lawson speaks from experience about how dreams offer support during cancer treatment. She's been both a patient, and a practitioner. In this episode, she shares her journey with dreaming: her academic work at Pacifica Graduate Institute; the study of Dream Tending and Embodied Imagination; her own cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery; supporting other cancer patients at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic; and a respectf...

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    Teresa Vazquez still remembers a dream she had at age 5. She's always kept her dream journals from adolescence. Decades went by, though, as she was studying art and becoming a writer and educator, before she found her path as a dreamworker. Now, she describes herself as a "dream midwife." You might relate to the idea of re-birthing a relationship with your dreams. One of the reasons I reached out to Teresa was that she ...

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