WORKSHOPS

Dream Workshops with Tristy Taylor

“I cannot say enough about Trismegista Taylor and the healing power of her practice! If you’ve ever been interested in exploring your dreams and connection to self, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for.” ~ Kellie Mae

“Tristy is an incredible teacher with a remarkable depth of expertise drawn from psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural studies, art history, and her own fascinating artwork. When working with her students, she has a delightful exuberance and a seemingly limitless well of kindness and empathy. Tristy’s class helped me collaborate with my dreams to better understand my waking life, process unresolved grief, and enrich my creative practice.”

– Virgil Wong, Artist and Digital Technologist

Morbid Anatomy Academy Classes in 2022

I am very happy to be teaching for the wonderful Morbid Academy in 2022, including classes about Dream Art, Lucid Dreaming, Trickster & Shadow Work, and my very popular Introductory class on Dreamwork.

All the details are below, and you can sign up for any and all of these classes by visiting Morbid Anatomy Academy.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot attend these classes live, that’s okay! All classes are recorded and will be shared with students within 24 hours of class time.

Harness the Creativity of Your Dreams Through Art Making: A Three-Week Online Course

Saturdays, June 4, 11, and 18, 2022
3 to 5 pm ET, Noon to 2 pm PT, 8 to 10pm London

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Our dreams are a treasure trove of information, guidance and insight that we are gifted with every single night. Everybody dreams (whether you remember your dreams or not!) and the imagery, feelings, and stories our dreams show us can be harnessed in our waking lives for healing, guidance and transformation.

Creativity and art making is one of the tools that can quickly bypass our linear mind and open up vast fields of inspiration, intuition, and new insights from our dream world.

There is a long history of artists taking inspiration from their dreams. From the pre-Raphaelites, to the Impressionists, to the “Manifesto of Surrealism,” artists have been weaving together their dreams and reality. Salvador Dalί In his 1948 book 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, explained in detail how he used sleep and dreaming to invigorate his work. Modern poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, and film-makers have also spoken of the value of dreams for their artistic inspiration. Even those who are not seen as “creative,” like famed dream analyst Carl Jung, created vibrant, colorful drawings and paintings in their dream journals.

In this class, educator, dream worker, artist, and interfaith minister Tristy Taylor — daughter of renowned dream worker Jeremy Taylor, co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams — will provide powerful and accessible tools you can use right now to start (or enrich!) a creative dream art practice. Together, you will begin to understand your own personal dream archetypes, and learn how to make art in waking life that your dream life will respond to, thus creating a living creative conversation with your unconscious realms.

Whether you are a professional artist, a dabbler in creative pursuits, or fear that you aren’t creative at all, this class series has something vibrant and valuable to offer you. There will also be space in the class for students to share their own dream art to explore with the group, if desired (but not required). By the end of the class, students will have a solid foundation to make art with their dreams, and be able to live a richer and wiser life through this powerful creative practice.

“Where does a dream class begin and a witches’ circle end? Tristy is a born teacher and guide. She brings intuitive talent and an incredible body of knowledge and experience beyond her own fascinating life’s work to the art of teaching and exploring unknown realms. Tristy holds space with compassion, hilarity and realness–working with her immediately opened up new portals for me. Working with her is such a gift!”

–DBP, Founder of Spinster Design, Inc.

Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung felt that the ultimate nature and function of dreaming is to promote the basic evolutionary process of bringing consciousness and the unconscious into balance, creating wholeness and integration – a process he called “individuation.” When we work with our dreams to discover the hidden gifts our unconscious present to us every night, we can speed up and deepen the individuation process significantly.

When we consciously work with the nightmares and “monsters” of our dreams, we are doing some of the richest work possible with our dreams, which translates to stunning transformations in waking life.

Our nightmare characters show up as manifestations of what Jung called the “Shadow,” which are the parts of our personality that are relegated to the darkness of our unconscious, because we refuse to own their power in our waking, conscious lives. One way the Shadow shows up is through the Trickster archetype, which appears in the stories, mythology, and fairy tales – and yes, dreams – of cultures around the world.

However unpleasant the experience with the Trickster might be, they always force us out of our comfort zone into a new state of awareness and integration.

In this class, we will explore more deeply what Carl Jung meant by The Shadow, including revisiting some well known (and not so well-known) myths and fairy tales featuring Trickster characters. With this groundwork, we will then dive into the land of our personal nightmares, and unpack several powerful dreamwork tools that you can use tonight to befriend your Shadow selves, play with your inner Trickster, and hug your Monster, so you can receive the secret and sacred gifts they all have in their pockets, just waiting to be discovered.

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“Tristy creates a safe, loving space in her classes for students to share their dreams and experiences. With her wisdom and candor, she guides each class with laughter that lifts your spirit. I’m so grateful to have found Tristy’s dream classes! Her teachings have helped me embrace my intuitive side with more acceptance and more love.” — Victoria Ann

Waking Up in Dreamtime: The How and Why of Lucid Dreaming: A Three-Week Online Course

Saturdays, September 3, 10, and 17, 2022
3 pm to 5 pm ET, Noon to 2 pm PT, 8 to 10pm London

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If you have ever become aware that you were dreaming while still being in the dream, then you have experienced a lucid dream!

In a lucid dream, you can control any and all aspects of the dream, essentially doing whatever you want with no boundaries like gravity or linear time. It’s one of the most powerful tools you can use to be a powerful navigator of your dream time.

Lucid dreaming has been documented since at least the fourth century B.C.E in the writings of Greek philosopher Aristotle. Cultivating the ability to be aware while dreaming is also central to the ancient Hindu practice of Yoga nidra and the Tibetan Buddhist practice of dream Yoga. Scientific research of lucid dreaming began as early as 1913, and many theories and practices have emerged over the last 100 years. In this class, we will explore both ancient and modern theories of lucid dreaming, including tools you can implement in your own life to become more lucid in your dreams.

Lucid Dreaming offers endless possibilities to transform your waking life. For example, lucid dreaming has helped many people transform repetitive nightmares. It’s also great for problem-solving and decision making. Some lucid dreamers have worked on healing injured and diseased parts of their body in the dreamtime, which translated into actual documented physical healing in their waking state. Lucid dreaming is even good for practicing a skill you want to get better at in waking life, because it has been scientifically proven that when we lucidly practice a skill in dream time, we enhance our neuroplasticity in exactly the same way as practicing it in real life, because the brain believes it is actually doing that thing.

Whether you are already a skilled lucid dreamer, or fear that you will never be able to do it, this class series has something vibrant and valuable to offer you. There will also be space in the class for students to share their own lucid dreaming questions and experiences to explore with the group.

By the end of the class, students will have a solid foundation to start (or continue!) lucid dreaming, and be able to live a richer and wiser life through this powerful dreaming tool.

Our dreams are a treasure trove of information, guidance and insight that we are gifted with every single night. Everybody dreams (whether you remember your dreams or not!) and the imagery, feelings, and stories our dreams show us can be harnessed in our waking lives for healing, guidance and transformation.

Regardless of how you feel about Sigmund Freud, he was the first to bring the concept of tracking and working with dreams to the forefront of consciousness. Freud called dream interpretation the “royal road” to the unconscious, saying: “It is the ‘King’s highway’ along which everyone can travel to discover the truth of unconscious processes for themselves.” Through his initial work with Freud, Carl Jung then took dream work leaps and bounds further, saying “Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse.”

Whereas Freud saw dreams as a way to analyze and diagnose psychological disorders in others, Carl Jung took the practice of dream work leaps and bounds further, seeing our dream lives as a personal world that everyone could explore on their own, with or without a professional analyst. Jung in fact, had his own creative practice around working with his dreams, which is documented beautifully in The Red Book, which was Jung’s own private dream art journal 

In this class, educator, dream worker, and interfaith minister Tristy Taylor—daughter of renowned dream worker Jeremy Taylor, co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams–will provide powerful and accessible tools you can use right now to be more present and aware of your dream life. Together, you will learn how dreams communicate, how you can start to track and understand your own personal archetypes, and discover the jewels that can be found in a nightmare. Through practicing the tools you learn in this class, you can become an expert in your own personal dream language, and you may be surprised to discover that through your waking life actions, your dream life will respond, thus creating an authentic “living” conversation with your dream life that will last a lifetime.

We will begin with some history of how dreams have been worked with over the centuries, and then dive into the many ways you can work with your own dreams, including keeping a dream journal, making art with your dreams, and the basics of lucid dreaming. Handouts will be provided so you have reference guides for everything taught in this class.

There will also be space in the class for students to bring their own dreams and dream imagery to explore with the group, if desired (but not required). By the end of the class, students will have a solid foundation to work with their own dreams, and be able to live a richer and wiser life through the dance of dreamwork.    

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