Returning in 2016
Aldermarsh Retreat Center
6436 Maxwelton Road
Clinton, WA 98236
Explore the language of dreaming in a magical setting.

It is not enough to be able to drop your body as easily as a bathrobe,
take flight like the eagle, enter the hollow hills, talk with angels,
and dance among the stars.
We must make the return.
We must live in this world and be gardens
for the dreams that want to take root in it.
— Robert Moss

Why Dream Temple?

Dreams are deeply mysterious and enchanting forces that offer us wisdom, healing and vision. Through their poetic beauty, they reveal our unique talents, gifts and potential as well as our hidden fears and struggles, guiding us with a wisdom beyond our earthly perspectives. They call us to share our one true voice as an offering to the world.

In the Dream Temple, we will gather to incubate dreams together, cultivating their fleeting insights in the gardens of our souls.  Dream incubation is an ancient cross-cultural practice undertaken with deep reverence. Together, we will enter sacred space, a time-between-time in a Northwest wooded sanctuary. Nightly, each dreamer will open herself to the mysterious language of the dream time. By day, we will join together in circle to explore our dream messages and symbolism through creative work, movement, ritual, divination and storytelling.

This retreat draws on both the archetypal psychology traditions of dream tending as well as indigenous wisdom ways; these practices deepen our intuitive connections to the navigational system of dreaming. Join us for this rich, magical journey into our subconscious landscapes, entering into a living dialogue with our sometimes strange and often poetic dreams, with reverent curiosity and open-hearted joy.

“Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
— Khalil Gibran

The Temple is calling you if…

  • You are fascinated by signs, synchronicity and imagination, and are curious about how to decipher your own dream mythologies and symbolism
  • You would love to learn practical and playful ways to connect with your intuition and bring the color and wisdom of the dreams into your everyday life and actions
  • You are ready to slow down and listen to the inner voice of deep knowing, connecting with the regenerative power, healing and guidance available from your own unique spirit dream team
  • You are secretly a Temple Priestess ready to be in the flow of your own cycles and rhythms and acknowledge your ancestral connections, supported in sisterhood, on a land of timeless beauty
  • You yearn to engage all of your senses in creative, magical self-expression that will spark your imagination and make you feel alive

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Included in your experience…

3 nights accommodations on the sacred grounds of the Aldermarsh Retreat Center, a wooded sanctuary nestled in the heart of Whidbey Island.  Aldermarsh invites the senses with its acres of deeply magical wetlands, beautifully maintained gardens, cozy dream quarters, and thoughtfully designed meditation hall and common spaces.

Daily meditative and creative adventures, guided conversations and outdoor wanderings, facilitated and held by your Souldust Guides. These experiences are designed to support your personal dream exploration, access the wisdom of the land, and spark the energy of our sacred circle of Dreamers.

All-inclusive nourishment for the weekend, created with love by our dedicated chef using healthy, organic ingredients that feed the soul as well the body.

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
— Jack Kerouac

Your Guides for this journey of the soul…

Mellissae Lucia and Rachel Ford are lifelong apprentices to the language of dreams. Both are artists and adventurers who lead their lives based on dream wisdom. Mellissae has studied with a variety of indigenous elders on dreaming ways including Valerie Wolf, Maria Yraceburu, and Michael Ortiz Hill with his teacher Mandaza Kandemwa.

Rachel has studied the archetypal symbolism and dream work of Carl Jung, Robert Moss and others, and the world myth teachings of Joseph Campbell. Both Rachel and Mellissae balance the intuitive with the intellect, integrating the hearts of artists with the minds of modern mystics.

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