“The Dreamer’s Art” is an exploration into the power of creative dreaming: bringing awareness into our dreams, and bringing our dreams to life. We all dream, but seldom remember. But it is possible to access this inexhaustible resource, this gateway to our deepest selves and our universal connection to all creation. We will learn about practice, process, and how we can free our creativity, enhance self-knowledge, and experience joy and discovery. We’ll talk about tools for recalling, intuition, dream incubation and cuing, lost memory, messages from the body, healing nightmares, personal mythology, archetypes and metaphor, and personal authenticity in the 21st century. There will be story, pictures, brief writing and memory exercises, and Q & A. Bring a dream to work on!
Gillian Whittle is an artist and writer who has been consistently remembering, recording, illustrating, and writing about her dreams since 1976. She has exhibited her artwork in conjunction with “dreaming classes,” and created her dreaming presentation with the help of a grant from CT Commission on the Arts & the Institute for Community Research, as a member of Urban Artists Initiative. This work has had various incarnations over the years, as her life and career have morphed from chef to disabled person to mature student to mental health professional to disabled person again. She has appeared with her artwork on local TV in Connecticut, twice been awarded writing scholarships to Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and has performed her poetry with the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre troupe. She has given this presentation as part of the TLA Network Power of Words Conference at Goddard College. She has been clean and sober for 29 years and offers her dreaming practice as a tool for recovery from addiction, trauma, and the challenges of personal integration in our beleaguered world.