‘THE DREAM TAROT’
A Seven-Day Residential Workshop Presented by The Fool’s Dance Gestalt Company – Paul Rebillot School in Ireland
Waterville Lake Hotel, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland – February 14th to February 20th, 2015.
THE DREAM TAROT: Do you sometimes wake up puzzled by strange or haunting images from a dream that you have just had? Do those images nag at you during the waking day, hinting that they have something important to tell you – if only you could find a way to decode them? If so, you are not alone – the mix of puzzlement and fascination that our dreams evoke has a very long history. The first known examples of recorded dreams were written down in cuneiform on baked clay tablets by scribes working in what is now modern-day Iraq and Syria about 5,000 years ago. There is good reason to believe that curiosity about the significance of dreams is far more ancient still.
Opinions about the meaning of dreams have varied from century to century and from culture to culture. In classical Greece and Rome, for instance, it was believed that dreams were direct prophetic messages from the gods or from the dead. In our own time a consensus favours a psychological interpretation in which dreams are products of our unconscious mind. Sigmund Freud famously described the interpretation of dreams as ‘the royal road to the unconscious’, a view broadly shared by C.J. Jung and by Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt Therapy. In both Jungian and Gestalt practice the images in dreams are seen as providing us with a creative outlet for hidden psychic material, a voice for important messages to ourselves that surge upwards into awareness from our deepest unconscious.
In this workshop you will experience a new approach to the exploration of the significance of your dreams that is firmly rooted in the images of those dreams themselves and which does not rely on interpretations from anyone else. To achieve this Paul Rebillot has combined the basic elements of a classical Tarot ‘Life Reading’ with his own powerfully original ‘hyper-Gestalt’ methodology – a fusion of Gestalt process with ritual, drama, art, movement, music and meditation.
Within the process you will:
- Use the images from your dreams (rather than from the Rider-Waite or other classic Tarot set) to create your own unique personalised deck of Tarot cards.
- Learn an expanded form of Gestalt process that you can apply, not only to reading your dream cards, but to the classic Tarot as well.
- Stage your dreams as you would a play, with yourself and other members of the group playing the rôles.
- Dance your dreams to completion, discovering what they are telling you in relation to the most important questions of your life.
PAUL REBILLOT was born in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. Following a successful academic and professional career in the performing arts as musician, writer, actor, director and teacher he trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist with Dick Price (an influential early pupil of Fritz Perls) at the Esalen Institute where he also came into contact with the mythologist Joseph Campbell. From these two influences – and his own uniquely creative insights – Paul developed the ‘Hero’s Journey’, the first of a unique series of therapeutic structures which drew inspiration equally from his training in Gestalt and from his background in the world of music and theatre. Annually from 1991 to 2008 Paul presented a series of very successful workshops in Ireland, among them this workshop and ‘The Hero’s Journey’, ‘The Lover’s Journey’, ‘Owning the Shadow’ and ‘Death and Resurrection’. In March 2008, he retired from work in Europe and he died at home in San Francisco in February of 2010.
THE FOOL’S DANCE GESTALT COMPANY – PAUL REBILLOT SCHOOL IN IRELAND is a group of people in Ireland who have worked for many years with the late Paul Rebillot, are graduates of his Advanced Training and have been authorised by him to lead the processes that he developed.
FURTHER INFORMATION: This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in self-exploration or personal development. Although it is based on the Gestalt approach to psychotherapy no previous experience of Gestalt is required or assumed. To request a more detailed printed workshop brochure or for any other queries e-mail to Fergus Lalor at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 021-4505711