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Professional Development Training in BodyDreaming®

Module 3:

The irritant in the oyster shell becomes the pearl

with Marian Dunlea with Abigail Whyte and Pauline Sayhi

September 16 to 18, 2022

Online via Zoom

After Module 1 “Nature, Attachment, Soul” December 2021 and Module 2 "At the stillpoint, there the dance is" April 2022, we continue the BodyDreaming training journey with Module 3 "The irritant in the oyster shell becomes the pearl" September 2022.

Psychological Complexes can besiege us, tyrannize us and hold us, our communities, and our earth captive for a lifetime and over many centuries. We can see this archetypal happening in global terms with colonization, white supremacy, the rise of dictatorships and in the private domain with increased dependency on addictive behaviours and dissociative responses.

With our current understanding of neurobiology and in particular the mechanism of the Autonomic Nervous System, with practice, we can free ourselves from the vice grip of the complex. “The via regia to the Unconscious“, as Jung pointed out, “ not in the dream, as he (Freud) thought, but the complex, which is the architect of dreams and symptoms” (1934/1969, A review of the complex theory).

BodyDreaming works alongside the architect of dreams and symptoms to unhook us from the complex and thereby allow for greater coherence and wholeness in the system within and without.


This module will bring together our experience and understanding of a complex and its intimate relation to our nervous system, since the two are “essentially connected through reciprocal action” (Jung, 1972, On psychic energy II). By paying attention to our “feeling-toned complexes”, we will work somatically to free up bound energy, old patterned responses to personal and collective trauma. The work will bring more fluidity to our whole system, physically, mentally, emotionally, psychically, and culturally. The complex can shut us down, cause symptoms and illness, isolate and marginalize us or make us think we can dominate our world, our earth, and our planet. In bringing attention to the feeling–toned complex we uncover the depth of feeling that lies underneath, and begin the transformative healing work in the safe container of the witnessing other – the group. Taking the metaphor of the pearl in BodyDreaming, what was once the irritant in the shell, the complex, has the potential to become the pearl.​

The training weekend will comprise of theory and practice, experiential learning and embodied practice sessions, dream work, movement, voice work, ritual and art. We work in large group sessions and in small break-out practice sessions. We have a group of assistants providing containment and guidance for the small break out practice sessions. Each small break-out group will have an assistant present.​


Requirements and Recommendations:

BodyDreaming training is based on modules taught over a 3-year period, 3 modules per year. 

In order to receive the Certificate of Completion participants are required to participate in all 9 modules, which will be held online. In addition, participants are required to attend an in-person BodyDreaming /BodySoul workshop – either mask or fairy tale. 

Each of the 9 modules builds incrementally on the previous one. If you have missed Modules 1 and/or 2, you will be offered the opportunity to watch them online before partaking in Module 3 once you have registered. However, before final completion, you will be required to attend additional module(s) or workshop(s) in their place.

Module 3 Dates

Friday September 16th from 2 to 8 pm, Saturday September 17th from 2 to 8 pm, Sunday September 18th from 2 to 5 pm. Timezone: Dublin (Ireland Summer Time).


Please plan on attending all sessions.

Venue: Online via Zoom

Tuition Fee: €390

CPDs: 15 hours


Please contact us at to receive the application form.

Instructions about payment will be provided once your application has been processed.

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