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Professional Development Training in BodyDreaming® Module 9:

An Approach to the Numinous

Part 3

 June 7th – 9th, 2024

Marian Dunlea with Patricia Llosa, Pauline Sayhi & Abigail Whyte

Module 9

In Module Nine, the final module, our focus is on the integration of the theory, practice and learning we’ve gained from the BodyDreaming Training. The integrative process is part of the higher functioning of the brain – helping to bring together different parts of our experience – sensing, feeling, thinking, creating. Integration establishes greater coherence in our whole system and deepens our connection to our body, psyche and to what surrounds us. We focus on integration to establish new neural pathways that are potential portals to connection, compassion, gratitude, and awe. These qualities help us to see ourselves in relation to the wider field, the 'unus mudus'. We recognise the creative life, the rainmaker’s notion of chi that is flowing – sensing it in our bodies; moments of illumination of awe, numinous moments. We look forward to you joining us for our final model as we 'bring the gold home'.

What We’ve Covered So Far

 The practice sessions in our modules have focused on two types of awareness or “attunement”: inner attunement, focused on our own bodily feelings – known as interoception; and outer attunement, towards the people, objects, and nature that impact us in our environment. By paying attention to the responses in our nervous system, we come to recognise habitual patterns and 'complexe' that are often activated. With the practice of 'titration', slowing down the activation, we learn to resource and reset our nervous systems from heightened states of activation. We experience a greater ease and spaciousness in the body and psyche, extending our capacity to tolerate old triggers and uncertainty. Because of this our receptors are more engaged, and we enter our images with greater curiosity. This newfound ease and agency mark a shift from a state of defensiveness to one of trust, openness, and receptivity. Something totally new presents itself, heralding the possibility for the numinous. BodyDreaming prepares us to receive the numinous. It allows us to be present in a way that expands our consciousness, bringing us into greater communion with all life. 

In the Final Modules

In these final three modules we further develop the somatic practices and theory – which affirm that our matter and all matter is alive and interconnected. By developing an embodied experience of our own matter as a secure base, we may engage in a participatory relationship with the world around us. Jung maintains that it is through an encounter with the numinous that “real therapy” is possible, and that “inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experience you are released from the curse of pathology” (Jung, 1973, p. 377). By establishing an embodied home for our soul, we begin to realise that our body 


Dates Time Zone

Friday June 7th from 2pm to 8pm

Saturday June 8th from 2pm to 8pm

Sunday June 9th from 2pm to 5pm

Time Zone

Dublin, Ireland (currently IST [Irish Standard Time] [GMT +1])


Online via Zoom

Please plan on attending all sessions.

Tuition Fee


Continuous Professional Development

15 hours


At the discretion of the faculty, each module can be taken as a standalone experience or as part of the BodyDreaming training. 

New participants will receive a recording of the online Introductory Workshop to view prior to the module. 

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. 

Each breakout group will have an assistant present, from our team of assistants, who all provide containment and guidance for the small break out practice sessions. 

To request an application form, or for more information about the training, please write to Julia and Cat at BodyDreaming@gmail.com. Instructions about payment will be provided once your application has been processed 

Module 9 – Recommended Reading

Reading“A Note to the Reader: How This Book Works". In BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An EmbodiedTherapeutic Approach, by Marian Dunlea (Routledge). "Conclusion: Let your hands touch something that makes your eyes smile". In BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach, by Marian Dunlea (Routledge). 


In-person mask workshop in Einsiedeln, Switzerland.

Wed. 27th Nov. – Sun. 1st Dec. inclusive. 

We will meet in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, near Zurich, at the ancient Benedictine Abbey, home to the Black Madonna.For the first time since we began the BodyDreaming training, we will meet in person and each create a mask, an embodied living act of imagination.

Attendance is not necessary for completion of the training but is highly recommended . 

Faculty for this Module