The Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild is pleased to offer a new 100-hour professional Certification in Dream Symbolism for aspiring dreamworkers.
Dream interpretation is one of the most challenging aspects of dreamwork, requiring intuitive development, wide-ranging study, and years of practice. On the one hand, humans are infinitely diverse, and the same symbol of a car or dog will have different meanings depending on the context. On the other hand, we are all interconnected, making it possible to tune in deeply to each other and feel into the images our dreams present. Learning how to interpret dreams is useful for:
a) Healing your body & mind
b) Skillfully engaging clients who share dreams with you
c) Resolving nightmares & repeated dreams
d) Supporting friends & family
e) Alchemy & spiritual development
The intention of this 100-hour professional Certification in Dream Symbolism is to provide an easily-accessible starting point on this journey, no matter where you live. After 100 hours of live, experiential training, we believe you will be able to skillfully intuit the meanings in almost any dream you encounter–your clients’ dreams and your own. The series is currently hosted on Monday evenings via Zoom at 5pm EST, with the link accessible via our Meetup.
Examples of workshops in this series so far have included (see below for a list of upcoming events):
Rising Waters & Tidal Waves
Birds & Feathered Friends
Toilets & the Alchemy of Manure
Deer & Forest Dwellers
Dream Portals & Doorways
False Awakenings & Hypnagogia
Cars & Drivers
Butterflies & Moths
For each symbol, we focus on multiple layers of meaning, including psychological, spiritual, archetypal, and states of awareness. A facilitator with the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild will provide examples of each type of dream, and then we will focus on sharing dreams as a group. Some sessions will be in a small group, and some will be in larger groups with the option of splitting into break-out groups. We will occasionally invite special facilitators to share their expertise on topics such as Astrological Symbology, Religious Iconography, Dream Art, and more.
We plan to have at least 150 different topics in this training series for you to choose among. We get ideas for upcoming sessions from you, based on your dreams!
The curriculum is simple and flexible. Through our Meetup and using Zoom, we will host 4-5 workshops per month that qualify toward the hours of this Certification. You may pick and choose, and are eligible for Certification after meeting all of the following criteria:
a) Active participation in 67 of our Dream Symbolism Training events. Most of these events will be 90 minutes long.
b) Payment in full for all 67 sessions (no work-trade or missing payments, since we are using payment to verify attendance.)
c) These 67 sessions shall occur within a period of 5 consecutive years (due to the difficulty of tracking accurately beyond that time frame). You are in charge of tracking which sessions you attend and requesting the Certification. We will check attendance against our records.
d) Participation in 1 Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild in-person weekend retreat -or- the 6-month Sleep & Dream Mastery Coaching Program.
e) Keeping a personal dream journal throughout the Certification period.
f) Read 3 books of your choice on the topic of dreams (note: this does not include dream dictionaries). We are glad to suggest fascinating reading based on your interests, and provide opportunities during our sessions to apply what you are learning to the dreams we are sharing. Many books on dreams are also available as audio books.
These requirements make it possible to receive 100-hour Certification in approximately 15 months of study, although we encourage you to take it slow and integrate the material. The purpose of the retreat requirement is for you to experience dreams in a long-format, immersive workshop, where the meanings of dream symbols blossom over the period of several days. We believe seeing symbols in action, serving personal development, is essential for understanding dream symbolism. We reserve the right to modify these requirements to correct errors and ensure the quality of our Certification Program, and have the intent to keep these requirements stable over two-year increments to support your completion.
This 100-hour Certification in Dream Symbolism counts as 1 of the 9 elective credits toward Level II Certification through the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild (technically 2 credits, including the required retreat). For those who wish to continue their studies, the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild will offer Advanced Certification in Dream Symbolism at a later date. Our intention for this Advanced Certification in Dream Symbolism is to further develop the criteria for certifying professional dreamworkers specialized in 1-on-1 dreamwork.
As a related note, Level I Certification in Alchemical Dreamwork consists of completing the in-person Level I: Alchemical Dreamwork Initiation course which takes place each spring. We highly encourage anyone living in North Carolina to attend this comprehensive training program in addition to the online trainings in Dream Symbolism, as the two courses have minimal overlap.
Unless stated otherwise, all payments should be made via Paypal to http://paypal.me/benjaminwhitehurst or by personal check made out to Navigate Change, L.L.C. Please mail checks to:
Navigate Change, LLC
PO BOX 21371
Durham, NC 27703
How to Begin:
To enter the 100-hour Certification Program, simply attend one of the events in our Dream Symbolism Training series and pay for the session. Upon completion of 100 hours and attendance of one of the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild in-person retreats, inform us of completion with the list of sessions you attended. Upon verification of completion, we will issue a high-quality certificate appropriate for display in professional settings, issued by the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild.
Upcoming Dream Symbolism Trainings: