Dear Dream Tending Community,
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Susan. I am a Mentor of the Academy of Dream Tending and life-long dreamer and Dream Tender. One of the ways I connect to dreams and imagination is through setting and the spirit of the land.
Two days ago our dream community landed in the land of Montana. As we settled in, the dreams began to flow. The majestic mountains held in her hands the reverent valley bowl that contains all that lives here. Grandmother tree invited visitors to retreat under her welcoming branches. The babbling brooks meandered their songs of healing water flowing from long ago. The moose visited while grizzly bears dug up their roots from the valley floor, accompanied by the multitude of birds who danced from morning dawn until dusk. Then the magnificent night sky came alive with studded sparkles lighting up our cosmos. The Milky Way made its grand entrance by displaying a smoky rainbow of stars from one side of the valley floor to the other. The stars exploded in the near-black, moonless sky. Walking on these lands resembles a prayer of gratitude and love. Each step brings joy, healing, and deep reverence.

a) Go outside and walk about your home place each day for 20-30 minutes.

b) Three times, as you walk, pause and take three deep, cleansing breaths.

c) Allow dropping down into open noticing of what is around you. See the surroundings, hear the sounds, smell the aromas.

d) When you arrive back to your home place, write down what captured your attention.

e) Give thanks and gratitude.

I hope this exercise helps inspire you to listen to the landscapes and dreamscapes. It is up to us to pause and experience the spirit of place.
Susan Benaron
Mentor of the Academy of Dream Tending

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Stephen Aizenstat

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned professor of depth psychology, an imagination specialist, and an innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies and institutions, and as a depth psychological content advisor to Hollywood film makers. He has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations, where he has spoken. Professor Aizenstat is the Chancellor Emeritus and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.