Thomas Jefferson UU Church, Charlottesville, VA
February 24-25, 2017
Australian Women’s Dream Quests–Gathering the
Circles of Wise Women
September 4-8, Koora Retreat,
September 8-10, Nathanael’s Rest. Perth
September 15-17, Amberley Centre, Melbourne, Australia
September 22-24, Sydney, Australia
St. Joseph’s Center, Kincumber
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
November 17-18, 2017– Note the later date!
The format of the Dream Quest is quite simple. We gather as a large group- usually about 100 women. We learn several beautiful chants that we will use throughout the experience. We spend time greeting each other and preparing to enter the sacred space of the Quest. We then move to the Labyrinth and do a ceremony with song, movement and guided meditation that sets the tone and creates a safe and expansive environment for each woman to have her “dream” as well as a warm and nurturing environment for us all to experience a community of heart.
We then move into small groups facilitated by able women in the community. We choose these groups by randomly drawing a card representing a quality that creates a theme in each group. The small groups are an essential part of the experience. Here women are invited to share their stories and to be witnessed as they quest for their dreams. We encourage women to consider all their experiences in the event as part of their dream.
After an hour of small group interaction, it is time for walking the Labyrinth, receiving healing, meditating, praying, journaling, singing, creating art or dolls, or even going to sleep. We want women to feel free to follow their hearts and experiences. This period lasts until the lights dim, but some women choose to walk the Labyrinth during the night or continue their vigil or meditation.
In the morning, the women are awakened with a song, and spend the first morning hour in meditation, body prayer, (movement, Yoga stretches etc.), or journaling. They then meet in the small groups again. A final large group ceremony is held on the Labyrinth and the process of taking what we’ve learned back into the world is begun.
We meet in the same small groups over breakfast and prepare a skit to communicate the message each group wants to share. After the performance, each woman receives a gift and we dance and sing a final closing.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Women’s Dream Quest in your area, please contact Judith Tripp at 415-552-4546 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with detailed plans, guidelines for training small group leaders, telephone consultations and Judith’s services during the event, You will need a large space to accommodate the 36’labyrinth,preferably in a church, 6-12 facilitators trained in group dynamics, people to help advertise, organize, and dream.