Marion Dunlea

BodyDreaming: Alchemy for our Time – the Interface of Emotions and Nervous Systems with the Mythopoetic and the Self.

Emotions are at the “nexus between matter and mind, going back and forth between the two and influencing both”(Candace Pert, 1997).

BodyDreaming is an approach that explores the neurophysiology of our particular nervous system AND its impact on our complexes and behaviour patterns. It offers us a means to re-pattern our habitual responses of fight, flight, freeze through the attunement and tracking of the body’s responses. “I regard affect on the one hand as a psychic feeling-state and on the other as a physiological innervation-state, each of which has accumulative effect on the other” (Jung, 1921, p.412).  The attention we give to regulating the nervous system supports the psyche to move in more creative ways. Images and dreams emerge which invite the possibility of new neural pathways.  BodyDreaming builds alignment with the regulation function of the Self and supports the bodypsyche to ‘go on dreaming the dream’.

In this workshop we will explore the dynamic relationship between our nervous system and the mythopoetic and symbolic life.


Marian Dunlea M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst and Somatics practitioner who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 30 years integrating body and soul. She is head of the BodySoul Europe training programme, part of the Marion Woodman Foundation. With the development of her unique approach BodyDreaming, Marian incorporates developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy, attachment theory with Jungian psychology, and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her trainings include Jungian Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis, Infant Observation, BodySoul Rhythms, and Somatic Experiencing.

Her book, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma , Routledge won the Gradiva Award for best book, 2019, with NAAP - National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Co-Winner of The International Association for Jungian Studies, Best Book award 2019.


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