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JSSS Online with Dr. Rebecca Peterson: Dreaming the Dead and Embodied Imagination®

October 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm

$10.00 – $15.00
photo of Rebecca Peterson

Connect with dreams and memories to honor our ancestors and departed loved ones through Embodied Imagination® and creative expression.

Do you sometimes recall nighttime dreams or have vivid memories of those who have died? In this virtual gathering, Rebecca will share post-Jungian Embodied Imagination® methods for connecting with dreams and memories—with your departed beloveds, human or otherwise. We will meet on October 28th: this liminal time of the cross-quarter days between Equinox and Solstice provides an imaginal opening to the proverbial Underworld of post-Jungian archetypal psychology. This is the time of Samhein, of Dia de Muertos, of the visitation of souls—a thinning of the veils.

This presentation will have archetypal psychology at its root, particularly with Jungian analyst James Hillman’s thoughts in his seminal book The Dream and the Underworld. We will learn how the underworld is a perspective contained within the image; it is a perspective that invites us to experience dreams and memories with radically different insights from our usual understandings. We will expand upon these ideas using Robert Bosnak’s ideas in Embodied Imagination®. Bosnak did his Jungian training analysis with Hillman in Zurich; his work carries archetypal psychology into the body. Slow and careful attention to sensory elements within the dream environment, such as light, smells, visual elements, and movement, resonate somatically in the present waking moment, the dreamer sitting in the chair telling his dream. By such animation of the dream, the psyche itself animates and enlivens the connections between worlds.

Participants will be invited to doodle or scribble during the slide presentation of images and words, taking note of words and images or memories that might surface. Notice who presents themselves and how. You are invited to bring an art journal or notebook, colored pencils or crayons, and a dream. Participants will learn how to create a simple table of offerings to visiting souls; for this, you can bring a cup of water, a pinch of salt, and a candle… you might add a photo of the departed, even a taste of their favorite food or drink. A toast to their memory.   We will practice ways of greeting, of being with the imaginal visitors—and ways of saying goodbye.

Bio: Rebecca holds a doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies and is a registered Embodied Imagination® Practicioner.  Her doctoral research investigated dreamers’ relationships with nature. She lived in Mexico for 25 years, where she taught art classes in her Windows to the Soul Art Studio and worked in her studio-based expressive therapies practice. Her soul was transformed by living in that beloved Mexica land and culture, where she still has deep connections. She currently lives in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (Tanoan/Puebloan lands), where she continues her expressive arts and dream work practice and writing. Follow her blog at Windows to the Soul Art Studios and her soon-to-be-released web page, Nature is Dreaming, where you can schedule individual dream work and join group workshops; you can find her work on her Facebook page as well.


James Hillman, The Dream and the Underworld, (1970), Harper & Row.

Robert Bosnak, Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, (2007), Routledge.

 Rebecca’s dissertation is available with public access at ProQuest


October 28, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
$10.00 – $15.00
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