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Spiritual Guidance and the Transformative Power of Dreams

“When we keep track of our dreams we receive spiritual direction for life. We access our own inner wisdom and our personal point of contact with God.”

- Jeremy Taylor

Spiritual Guidance and the Transformative Power of Dreams:  An Introductory Workshop (part of The Institute for Spiritual Guidance)
There is a waiting list for this workshop.

Siena Retreat Center’s Institute for Spiritual Guidance offers opportunities for spiritual guides to further integrate the art and skill of companioning another. 

During this workshop, we will experience some practical ways of working with our dreams in order to discover the messages contained within our dream symbols.

Dreams are a unique and powerful resource for the spiritual/life journey.  They can provide us with insight as we seek to understand others and ourselves.  Dreams offer us guidance as we deal with everyday struggles and decisions.   Even dreams that seem confusing or frightening often contain within them a message that invites us  to wholeness and healing.                                       

Practicum experiences  in dyads, triads will aim to give participants an initial awareness of dream exploration in the Spiritual Guidance setting. 

Consider inviting a dream before coming to this workshop.  Before sleeping, journal about a particular issue you would like some guidance on or simply ask for a dream.  Write down this dream or any other dream you remember and bring it to the workshop.  It will be important to be able to attend to your own dreams during our day together!

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Cost of $60 Includes $10 non-refundable deposit and noon meal.


Mary Ellen Ryley, SCMM  (Sister of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy). Received her training in Spirituality and Dreams from the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago.  She has been involved in the training of Spiritual Directors for 29 years as staff member of the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, the Institute of Spiritual Companionship and the Center for Spiritual Direction at North Park Seminary.  She continues to be involved as a Spiritual Director, supervisor, retreat and workshop facilitator in the Chicago area.  Mary Ellen (Mel) holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.


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Institute for Spiritual Guidance

$10.00 deposit required
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