Mentors of the Academy
Name of Business
High Desert Dreaming
Summary of offerings
Monica is a physical therapist and dream guide specializing in the integration of psyche and soma. Her offerings are designed to assist the dreamer with grounding and yielding into one’s unique body rhythms, expanding the qualities of sensory perception, and embodying a witnessing presence that is capable of deeply listening and engaging with the subtle bodies of dream time images.
Services and Themes
Individual Dream Tending Sessions. Embodied Dream Tending: Somatic experiencing with emerging dream images and landscapes. Community Dream Tending. Accessing Active Imagination: Learning the skills and methods of Dream Tending to tend your dreams. Mentorship: Support in developing dream tending skills, assistance developing and sustaining a daily dream tending praxis. Services available to kids, teens, and adults. Individual Educational Sessions: Assisting professionals in hands-on healthcare fields with learning to integrate active imagination into their body work practice.
Believing that all beings, nature, and things are ensouled, Monica facilitates the relationships between the healing wisdom innate to the body and dreaming psyche as one journeys to meet the essences, the soul-bodies, of numinous figures and landscapes alive in the dream time consciousness. Moving into sacred relationship with dream images and landscapes in this body-centered and soul-centered way, allows one to enter into reciprocal, mutually beneficial and respectful relationship with dream images. Experientially engaging in activities of active imagination, somatic resonance, and expanded perception, we experience meeting the dream in the way of the dream. The messages of creativity, wisdom, and healing held within the images are shared. We also have the opportunity to experience the dream’s story as told by the dream itself, and to hear the dream’s request of us.
While experiencing, participants offer a witnessing presence to their body and to emerging dream images and landscapes. With curiosity and openness, with a whole-being, soulful presence…one is able to access deep healing, wisdom, and creativity innate to our and being and the dream time.
Monica has been working with dreams all her life. She has completed 4 years of education in the skills and methods of Dream Tending with Steven Aizenstat, PhD. Monica, a physical therapist of over 28 years, holds a depth and breadth of experience with clients of all ages from diverse populations. She specializes in craniosacral and somatoemotional release therapies for treatment of orthopedic injuries, post-surgical and dental procedures, brain injuries, PTSD, trauma, and concussion. In addition, Monica has completed a 2-year mentorship training in ancient Celtic shamanic traditions. The wisdom of the Celtic teachings is applied, when appropriate, with sacred reverence to support healing methods and dream work.
Monica is not a licensed counselor or mental health therapist, she is an independent dream guide and is not a representative of Dream Tending, LLC. Dream Tending is educational in nature. Dream Tending is not counseling and is not a substitute for professional psychotherapy or medical treatment.
Dream Tending Training
- Mentor of the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences Program with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat PhD. – November 2022
- Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program III – May 2021.
- Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program II – July 2020.
- Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program I – January 2019.
“Like mist, the soul cannot be forced, directed, or squeezed into a box where it does not belong. ….for the soul is a timeless, feathered thing that flies in more worlds than one.”
– Frank MacEowen, The Mist Filled Path
“No goals, no agendas. Be open-ended in order to allow anything to come through experience, through dreams, through a totally new sense of reality.”
– Marion Woodman, Bone: Dying into Life
“Dreams are answers to questions we haven’t yet figured out how to ask.’
– Fox Mulder, X-Files