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Dreaming pathways in psychotherapy. 'Shamanic Dreamwork'

Bernhard Schlage

How to use shamanic dreamwork an aproach to resources of our client's soul. All humans, in every culture and every country, dream...every night. During dreaming more areas of the brain are active than in our daily awareness. Artists and scientists trust in their dreaming to encourage their power and creativity. For about seven years, Bernhard Schlage has researched the dream abilities of indigenous cultures in northern america and Siberia. He has had lessons in dream practise from European Gypsies and he was astonished to find mystic traditions in Greek phytagorean culture who worked with dreams in total darkness! From this research he created his so called 'shamanic dreamwork' wich is more than psychoanalytic dream interpreteation: it uses 8 different ways of working with dreams: for example working with the dream body, lucid dreaming, and connecting with ancient dream teachers. In this workshop he will follow the interests of the participants to show some of his topics. Maybe it will be possible to evoke, for one night, the miracle of the ancient 'dream temple' from greek asclepios cult and to find a way to realise the deep, wide and complex structure of our consciousness.

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Bernhard Schlage

I come from a family where the traditional occupations are in  carpentry and in the field of healing arts. Our family was  burdened by the experience of World War II and the calamity of my  mother’s mental illness. I got involved in the direct democratic,  pacifist grassroot movement in the late seventies focusing on  taking on social responsibility (link: ) Taking over responsibility eventually developed into being  responsible in increasingly more realms of society, up to founding  and supporting autonomous residential communities and the  development of parallel economic structures (link: ) Shaken by the realization that these new social networks are also permeated by traditional patriarchal behaviours and after an  enlightenment experience, I completely turned toward the support  of individuals while using methods of humanistic psychology.
I  acquired the following qualifications: studying counseling  according to Harvey Jackins, as a group trainer with Fritz Karas,  Touch for Health and Craniosacral Therapy as well as taking  advanced trainings with Robert Schleip at the Rolfing Institute, Feldenkreis (among others with Amos Hetz) and NLP. I took my training in classical bodypsychotherapy with Jack  Painter in Postural Integration. I currently give supervisions,  trainings and advanced trainings in this method. I am a healing  practitioner for psychosomatics and psychotherapy. I acquired  clinical experience in the field of forensics and also in  addiction therapy. I am a member of the European Association for 2 Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and I am a certified psychotherapist  according to the eurocode (ECP-holder). Later, I studied the shamanistic healing methods of indigenous  peoples and recognized that I had realized my professional vision  after extensive traveling and getting to know these methods on  site.
My commitment continued to develop and is now directed at  qualifying committed people looking for a profession in the field  of health care, while also taking care of my professional  succession. In doing so, I am taking the step from social  engagement to preserving and handing on the knowledge and  experience that I have acquired. I see this „applied seniority“ as  a contribution to balancing my life’s work.

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