She’s talking about archetypal dreamwork, a subject she explores in her new book, Terra Firma, to be published by Counterpoint Press in 2012. "Every other culture in the world has had its shaman, its portal, into the unconscious – and western civilization is no different – although we have forgotten that aspect of ourselves," she continues.
Irvine McHarg will be among the students attending a workshop at the Ah Haa School this weekend, titled Unfolding the Soul: The Promise of Archetypal Dreamwork, Feb. 10-13, as part of the school's Body and Spirit program. The class will be led by Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, founders of North of Eden in Vermont, an organization dedicated to Jungian-style archetypal dreamwork.
In the spirit of Carl Jung's recently published and widely acclaimed last work, The Red Book, the teachers and therapists of North of Eden will explore with participants how dreams “bring us into deeper relationship with ourselves, with others, and ultimately into personal connection with the Divine,” Irvine McHarg says. Using their unique “String Therapy,” Bregman and Lancaster will work with clusters of each participant's dreams, enacting the various elements “in a lively psychodrama that allows the unconscious to come alive in the moment.”
She points to the work of Rodger Kamenetz, a noted Jewish scholar and author of The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul (HarperOne, 2007 Collins), whose writing has recently been featured on Oprah's "Soul Series," in the New York Times, and on NPR. "Kamenetz reminds us that all of the prominent religions –including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism – began with the inspiration of personal revelation," she says. "There's nothing new-agey about it. And after all, we spend one-third of our lives in the dream state, and if it's meaningful and juicy and its contents offer guidance, then I don't want to miss out."
For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Ah Haa School at 728-3886, or see the NOE website, www.northofeden.com. Between the Covers Bookstore will also host a reading and signing of works by Bregman, Lancaster, and Irvine McHarg on Friday evening, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. High Alpine Coffee will have a selection of dream-inspired teas available. The event is free and open to the public.