The dream as message from the depths  -Working with our dreams to integrate the unconscious –

 Venue: Les Gavatxes retreat centre in the stillness of the Spanish Pyrenees, close to the medieval village of Beget.

"The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is". C G Jung, The Practical Use of Dream Analysis” (1934).

 Our dreams reveal contents of the unconscious that are seeking to emerge into consciousness to bring us to greater wholeness. The psychology of C G Jung emphasises the spiritual significance of dream material for our development towards becoming the person we were born to be, the process he named ‘Individuation’. While the content of our dreams can at times seem insignificant or confusing, once we respect them as symbolic images, the dream material becomes a rich natural source of wisdom.

The course will include working with our personal dream material and developing the interpretive skills of compensation, association, image formation, symbol synthesis and active imagination.   We will touch on major themes of Jungian psychology including:

  • The psyche as conscious and unconscious
  • Ego, persona, shadow
  • Personal and collective unconscious
  • Theory of complexes and archetypes.

This course is aimed at counsellors and therapists who would like to develop their skills in working with dreams and learn more about Jungian psychology and its practical application.

The course will be limited to a maximum number of 10 participants. Les Gavatxes is situated in the Alta Garrotxa region of the lower Spanish Pyrenees and is a designated ‘Natural Reserve’. The retreat centre is set within 56 hectares of land that includes forest, meadows and two rivers (one with a natural bathing pool).  It invites stillness, rest, imagination and creativity. (for further information see

The fee 350 euros includes accommodation, all meals (vegetarian), teaching, optional qi gong and meditation in the morning and late evening.

Course leader:  Stephen Bushell.

Stephen is a Jungian Psychoanalyst. He trained in London with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP). He is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and has worked with clients and their dreams for over 20 years. He has many years of experience in teaching Jungian psychology and has a particular interest in the inter-relationship of psychotherapy and spirituality. He also leads meditation retreats at Les Gavatxes.

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