The Naropa Institute - Oakland Campus

Master of Liberal Arts in Creation Spirituality


Intermediate/Advanced Dreamwork


CSP 741 - 1 unit

Instructor: Jeremy Taylor

Phone:   415.454.2793

Email:      [email protected]


Class Schedule:

Spring 2003, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm


Course Description:

After a brief review of  the basic guidelines for working with dreams in groups, this course will move on to explore more advanced theories and techniques for exploring and identifying the salient features of unconscious life through a focus on the dream. This will provide a basis for extensive self-exploration and increased conscious self-awareness.


Course Objectives:

To cultivate leadership skills in group dream work; to further explore archetypal theory underlying the work; to explore intermediate and advanced individual and group expressive techniques for discovering deeper layers of meanings in dreams. In addition to the personal context, dreams and symbols are explored in an historical, cultural and political context.


Course Requirements:

1. Attendance - 65%

2. Weekly Reading, as evidence by discussion in class - 25%

3. Final Projects – 10%

Remaining current with dream recording; active, intelligent, open, helpful participation in group process; nature and quality of questions asked and answered; quality of attention to, concern and support for other seminar participants; ability to help others recognize the potential symbolic significance of shared dream material, and to relate these insights to established theories of unconscious dynamics.



Recommended Readings:

Taylor, Jeremy: The Living Labyrinth, New Jersey:Paulist Press, 1998

Taylor, Jeremy, Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill, New York, Warner, 1992

Taylor, Jeremy: Dream Work, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1983

Handout: The Basic Dream Work Tool Kit


Outline: Calendar of themes: (subject to the instructor's changes)

Themes will follow a natural intellectual progression and evolve out of class discussion. The following will be covered:

Review of basic guidelines for group dream work

Historical perspective on dream exploration

Scientific developments in the field of dream work and dream recall

Group dreamwork in class


Exploration of Jungian archetypes and the universal language of dreams and symbols

Exploration of types of dreams (nightmares, recurrent, etc)

Dreams and creation spirituality

Dreams and the body and health – the responsibilities of a facilitator

Dreams and therapy – how to understand when therapy is needed

Learning to facilitate difficult groups

Facilitating groups in environments such as hospitals, prisons, with the dying, the aged, with children and teens, with your spouse, etc.


Useful References:

Bulkeley, Kelly, (1997) An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming. Praeger 


Bulkeley, Kelly (1995) Spiritual Dreaming: A Cross Cultural and Historical Journey. Paulist Press


Beaudet, Denise (1990) Encountering the Monster: Pathways in Children's Dreams, Crossroad Pub. Co.


Berne and Savory, Louis, (1991) Dream Symbol Work - Unlocking the Energy from Dreams and Spiritual Experiences. Paulist Press


Cunningham, Scott, (1992) Sacred Sleep - Dreams and the Divine. Crossing Press


Eliot, Alexander (1990), Universal Myths. New American/Meridien


Foulkes, D (1982) Children’s Dreams, Wiley-Interscience


Garfield, Patricia (1984) Your Child’s Dreams


___________ (1988), Women’s Bodies, Women’s Dreams . Ballantine, NY


 Hopke, Robert, (1990) Men’s Dreams, Men’s Healing, Robert Hopke. Shambala, Boston & London


 Jung, C.G., & von Franz, M.L. (editor) (1964) Man and His Symbols. (continues to be in print)


Siegel, Alan and Kelly Bulkeley (1998) Dreamcatching: Every Parent's Guide to Exploring and Understanding Children's Dreams and Nightmares, Random House:Three Rivers Press


Signell, Karen (1990), Wisdom of the Heart: Working with Women’s Dreams. Bantam Books, NY


Storr, Anthony (editor) (1983), The Essential Jung. Princeton Press 


Wiseman, Anne Sayre  (1989), Nightmare Help, Ten Speed Press