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Dreamwork/Bodywork: Eugene Gendlin's Experiential Approach


'The basic touchstone of the method is your own bodily experience of something opening up in you.' Eugene T. Gendlin. Dreams come to help, they can give support and clarity or bring something new in one’s life. They offer opportunities to develop. The differences between approaches to dreams centres mostly on how the dream’s ‘meaning’ is treated. Hence, interpretation of dream content plays a large role in most approaches.


Gendlin is more interested in the experience of the dream—which comes, especially, in how the waking person interacts with the dream. 'We don't have to figure it out - it helps to enjoy the dream and give it our attention.' (Eugene T. Gendlin. Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams.)

Gendlin’s Focusing-Oriented approach emphasises the waking person’s bodily interaction with the dream report. The body’s felt sense tells us whether an interpretation is helpful, or not— or needed, or not.

In this workshop we will interact with our dreams by learning the skill of Focusing (felt-sensing). In this way, participants can not only recount dream situations, but experience their significance directly.


Participants are encouraged to bring a dream to the workshop. There will be an opportunity to share a dream as well as the option to explore a dream without sharing personal content.


Facilitator: Christopher Ash (Mclean)


The Grail
22 Mchatton St
North Sydney, NSW 2066

The Grail is a peaceful and spacious meeting space with a large garden, easily accessible by car, train or bus and with ample street parking available. For those participants not wishing to bring their own lunch, the Waverton cafes are nearby. 

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Dr Susannah Benson

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