Are you an avid dreamer? Fascinated by dream symbolism & unusual nighttime experiences? Interested in healing modalities such as yogic breathwork? This is your invitation to a powerful dreamwork immersion focused on dreamwork as an embodied Awakening practice. This intermediate retreat is open to all avid dreamers interested in deepening their practice.
To get a feel for the retreat, imagine yourself with an inspiring group of dreamers, artists, therapists, and healers for an entire weekend… connecting authentically, experiencing fascinating dreamscapes, and releasing blocks held deep inside ourselves through dreamwork. Venturing away from everyday life to the relaxation of the Blue Ridge mountains with breathtaking views. This is about lucid awareness, alchemical healing, and dreaming in service of personal growth & Awakening.
This retreat will include three days of exploring dreams and yogic breathwork in a small group with a maximum of 12 attendees. All participants will have the opportunity to work at least one personal dream in depth with the group. In addition to experiencing numerous dreams, we will explore topics such as:
Interpreting Mystical Dreams
Yogic Breathwork & Dream Embodiment Practices
Recurring Dreams & Nightmares
This is an intermediate-level retreat, and is a component of Level-1 Certification with the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild.
Dates & Tentative Schedule: July 17-19, 2020
NOTE: We are in the process of re-booking a venue and are about to announce our final choice in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Note: We ask all participants to be fully present during the retreat, with your phones turned off except during lunch break. This includes arriving on time by 12pm on Friday, July 17, and staying until 6pm on Sunday, July 19 for the closing ceremony. If you are flying in, please plan to fly out on Monday, July 20 (see travel notes, below). Please treat yourself to the full experience–a beautiful weekend in the mountains, surrounded by amazing people, depth-oriented meditations, and inspiring dreams.
Friday 12 PM: Arrival at mountain resort (No late arrivals–please plan to arrive on time or early.)
Friday 1:00 PM – 6 PM: Authentic Relating & Alchemical Dreamwork (dream circles)
Friday 6 PM – 7:30 PM: Vegetarian Dinner (Provided, GF & mostly organic)
Friday 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Ocean Meditation
Friday 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Nighttime Dream Induction Ceremony Involving Yogic Breathwork
Friday 10:00 PM: Relax & Dream
Saturday 8:30AM-9:15 AM: Yogic Breathwork (Soulful Breath–see description, below)
Saturday 9:15- 10:15 AM: Tea & Breakfast (Provided, GF & mostly organic)
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Alchemical Dreamwork. Don’t worry – we will have lots of breaks! (Group lunch on-site ~1:00 PM – 2:30 PM), bring your own food
Saturday 6 PM – 7:30 PM: Vegetarian Dinner (Provided, GF & mostly organic)
Saturday 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Ocean Meditation
Saturday 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Nighttime Dream Induction Ceremony Involving Yogic Breathwork
Saturday 10:00 PM: Relax & Dream
Sunday 8:30AM-9:15 AM: Yogic Breathwork (Soulful Breath)
Sunday 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Tea & Light Breakfast (Provided, GF & mostly organic)
Sunday 10:15 AM – approximately 5:00 PM: Alchemical Dreamwork & Closing Ceremony (Group lunch on-site at 1 PM – 2:30 PM, bring your own food)
Private mountain home with stunning views 4 hours from Raleigh, NC
Comfortable Room & Board in a double or triple room included on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please inquire for more details. All housing is on-site.
Includes on-site lodging & most meals!
$550 Early Registration until June 15 / $600 after June 15, 2020. Please register early.
Space is limited: Register early!
To register, contact us via email, text message or phone:
Benjamin Whitehurst at (303) 847-5263, email: email@example.com
Registration is via Check or PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/benjaminwhitehurst)
Please make checks out to: Navigate Change, LLC. Mailing address: PO Box 21371, Durham NC 27703
Our mountain retreat location is 4 hours from Raleigh, NC. You will need to leave Raleigh by 7:30 am on Friday, July 17 to make it to the retreat on time–pack your car the night before!
If you are flying in, we would suggest flying into Raleigh, NC (RDU) and carpooling with other retreat participants. Other possible airports are Greensboro, NC (GSO) and Roanoke, VA (ROA).
What Is Soulful Breath & Yogic Breathwork?
During our hour-long Soulful Breathwork Breathing Circles, we will practice a very specific yogic pranayama, or breathing exercise focused on releasing energy blockages and freeing up energy throughout the body. Yogic sutras teach that Prana, or vital energy, exists in the air we breathe and has an intelligence which moves through our subtle body. Soulful Breathwork moves prana through the body, gently releasing energy blockages or energy imbalances so energy can move freely. Benefits of the practice can include increased vitality, a sense of emotional balance, more restful sleep, and more vivid dreaming.
In Soulful Breathwork practice, we are taken on a roller coaster ride of subtle to intense experiences with the caring support of a trained facilitator. You may find yourself releasing suppressed emotions during Soulful Breathwork, suddenly becoming incredibly happy, sad, angry, blissful, etc. The practice may open you up to receive messages from guides, ancestors, or angels. You may gain insight or receive images. Perhaps you’ll release the stuck energies of suppressed memories. You may be let in on the big cosmic joke or unite with the cosmos in an orgasmically blissful way.
These experiences may be subtle or intense. Either way, the practice offers healing and prepares for dreamwork on several levels–physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual. And rest assured that anything you aren’t ready to deal with won’t surface. If it comes up, you’re ready–whether you believe it or not. We operate under the assumption that “All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness” (-Rev. Jeremy Taylor), meaning that the experiences we have are exactly what is needed for us to take the next steps in our development.
When you give yourself this incredible gift of healing, be sure to bring a yoga mat, blanket, small supportive pillow, and a blindfold. We look forward to sharing this amazing practice with you!
Benjamin Whitehurst, M.A. is Founder of the Alchemical Dreamers’ Guild and NC Regional Representative for the International Association for the Study of Dreams. In addition to serving as a skilled dreamwork facilitator and personal development consultant, Benjamin is a former Peace Corps volunteer and is proficient in Spanish, Portuguese and Kaqchikel Mayan. Benjamin holds a Masters of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and a Certification in Integral Circling from the Integral Center in Boulder, CO. Learn more about his work at NavigateChange.Org.
Todd Jost, LMT RYT, is founder at Inner Euphoria. A professional ballet dancer for 15 years,Todd became a certified yoga instructor in 2004 through the Sivananda Ashram. An avid yogi, Todd maintains advanced certifications in somatic healing modalities including Soulful Breathwork, Tantra, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, and Hatha Yoga. Based out of Miami, Florida, he travels widely by invitation, offering highly coveted men’s tantra and breathwork retreats. Learn more about Todd at his website, InnerEuphoria.Com.
The group will be small enough for all participants to work their dreams in small groups.
Learn More: Tel: (303) 847-5263 Web: DreamCircling.Com & NavigateChange.Org
Benjamin Whitehurst at (303) 847-5363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org