Caves of Painted Dreams

Dreams, Symbolism and Mindfulness in the Painted Caves of France

September 9-17, 2017

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious that we experience each night in dreams. Symbol and metaphor have been the language of humankind since the first dawning of consciousness and nowhere is that more evident than in these beautifully painted caves which likely functioned as sacred spaces for early humans. Jungian psychologists believe that by learning to remember and attend to our dreams, we can discover more about ourselves and our relationships to others. The practice of mindfulness will enhance our experience and appreciation of the caves.

We will stay at La Tour de Cause owned by Californians, Caitlin and Albert Woodbury, who have renovated a stone barn and manor house to a beautiful B&B near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-La Chapelle in Pont de Cause. Each day we will have a dream workshop after breakfast and will visit one of the painted caves in the area. We will eat lunch together for discussion and some afternoons you will be free to hike, kayak, bike, rest, visit some of the other wonderful sights in this area including castles of all sorts, duck farms, foie gras factories and wineries. We will reconvene in the evening to experience ways to further amplify dreams with art, music and movement, and guided imagery.

Please visit the La Tour de Cause website to see the B&B, pictures of the area and a map to orient you.

Enrollment is limited to 10 people lodging in 5 rooms. This small group will allow for discussion and a very personalized experience. Reserve as soon as possible.


  • Dreams in History and Pre-history
  • Importance of Honoring and Working with One’s Dreams
  • The Nature of Symbol
  • Common and Archetypal Imagery in Dreams
  • Establishing Mindfulness
  • Techniques to Practice Mindfulness
  • Dreams, Symbolism and Mindfulness as they relate to the caves

Who Should Attend: Workshop is suitable for professionals as well as lay persons interested in dreams, symbolism and mindfulness.

CEU’s 26 ceu’s are available for marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed psychologists.

More Information
Contact Carol Aalbers, Ph.D. at 775-882-0687 or