Dreams and the Individuating Soul

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Laurelwood, Oregon, USA
  • Oct 26 - 28, 2018 (3 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $800.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $710.00 Premium Queen - $580.00 Premium Twin - $540.00 Deluxe Twin - $530.00 Premium Full - $540.00…

About us

“Everything living dreams of individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness – and the greatest possible actualization of the Self is the aim of life.” — Carl Jung

Sponsored by C. G. Jung Inst. of Seattle – 10 CEU’s for Mental Health Professionals

This course has been approved for 10 CEU’s by the NASW Washington State Chapter.

Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

Provider number is 1975-172

In this workshop, you will:

  1. learn about C. G. Jung’s meaning of “individuation” and the life cycles that are a part of it and our soul callings.
  2. explore the various dream images that relate to these life cycles and what they may be communicating.
  3. learn how to use active imagination techniques, such as journaling, art, and dream sharing, in working personally and dynamically with images expressed in our dreams.

Explore, through guided imagery, journaling, art, and group dream sharing, symbols that come in our dreams during major life transitions. Retreat as you earn continuing ed. credit.

Referred to as the “individuation process,” or Self-realization, it is the ego’s constant striving to be in relationship with its true essence, that which is inherent in the greater Self. Archetypal images and symbols express this essence or potential and are revealed to us in our nightly dreams, fantasies and spontaneous expressions.

The value of these images, however, are gained only when we are willing to engage with them emotionally and by asking ourselves: “What is this leading to? Where is its goal?” Such a process of inquiry enriches our lives, expands our conscious awareness and provides meaning to a life that may seem painful or unfulfilling.



4:00-6:00 pm Room check-in

4:30-6:00 pm Yoga and meditation (opt.)

6:00-6:45 pm Dinner at Green Hill Café

7:00-9:00pm Introductions and presentation of the individuation process and life cycle dynamics


8:00-8:45 am Breakfast at Green Hill Café

9:30 am-12:00 pm Presentation and discussion of dreams and symbols of transformation

12:15-12:45 pm Meditation (opt.)

12:45-1:30 pm Lunch in Green Hill Café

2:00-4:00 pm Journaling, art and other forms of active imagination – experiential in art room

4:30-6:00 pm Yoga and meditation (opt.)

6:00-6:45 pm Dinner at Green Hill Café

7:00-9:00pm Group dream sharing at the Shubatani House


8:00-9:00 am Breakfast in Green Hill Café

9:30-11:30 am, Guided imagery, journaling and conclusion

12:15-12:45 pm Meditation (opt.)

12:45-1:15 pm Lunch at Green Hill Café

The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is an ideal environment to quickly “unplug” from life’s daily stresses and learn lifelong techniques for an improved quality of life. The retreat center has great energy, beautiful surroundings, and warm, open people. The food was excellent and the lodging comfortable.

Venue Highlights

The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is located 45 minutes west of downtown Portland in Oregon, surrounded by farmland, forest, and wetlands, with vistas of gently rolling hills stretching west to the coastal range. Quiet, serene, and inspiring, the landscape itself rejuvenates the soul.

The campus was originally designed and built as a residential high-school for the Seventh Day Adventist community. Retreat buildings are updated and comfortable, while retaining the charm and nostalgia of mid-century architecture.

Classrooms are sunny and bright, with plenty of room to stretch out and immerse yourself in a workshop, discussion group, or movement class.

Afternoon yoga classes are offered almost daily, year round.

Group meditations are held each morning and mid-day. Meditation instruction can be arranged.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All meals are vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Grace Kitchen tries to accommodate special dietary needs.


Most of the accommodations at the Center at Ananda Laurelwood are dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms down the hall. Most rooms have a sink in the corner. All rooms have ample closets and are quite spacious, light, and airy with good-sized windows looking out either across Laurelwood valley or onto the hillside above the retreat center.

You can choose your sleeping preference: twin, double, or queen bed. A small number of rooms have an en suite bathroom. A 2-bedroom apartment with kitchen and bath is also available.


From Portland airport (PDX), take the MAX light rail to the Beaverton Transit Station. Uber or Lyft are available for the picturesque, 30-minute drive to the Center at Ananda Laurelwood.

For GPS directions, enter Academy Way, Gaston OR.

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Dreams and the Individuating Soul

at The Center at Ananda Laurelwood

  • Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 (3 days)


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