Join us in deep November as we regather in person to contemplate the rich potential of our inner landscapes. In these unprecedented times, it is so important to plum the depths of our hearts and minds to find places of refuge as well as inspiration for individual and collective healing. As always, we will call on the Circle to hold us, the beauty of Grace Cathedral to fill us, and this year, the extraordinary images of Johanna Baruch to guide us.
The 35th annual Women’s Dream Quest offers a group of up to 80 women the rare opportunity of spending the night in Grace Cathedral. Join us overnight for large and small group ritual, song, meditation, art and healing.
Led by Judith Tripp, Veriditas Faculty and Women's Dream Quest Leader
Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, is a transpersonal psychotherapist, teacher and musician. She is on the board and faculty of Veriditas and leads yearly pilgrimages to the Celtic Lands. To read more about Judith and her work, go to her website: www.circleway.com
Historically, the Women's Dream Quest has been a women's overnight experience in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral with the following format:
The format of the Dream Quest is quite simple. We gather as a group -- usually about 70 women. We learn several beautiful chants that we will use throughout the experience. We spend time greeting each other and preparing to enter the sacred space of the Quest. We then move to the Labyrinth and do a ceremony with song, movement and guided meditation that sets the tone and creates a safe and expansive environment for each woman to have her "dream" as well as a warm and nurturing environment for us all to experience a community of heart.
We then move into small groups facilitated by able women in the community. We choose these groups by randomly drawing a card representing a quality that creates a theme in each group. The small groups are an essential part of the experience. Here women are invited to share their stories and to be witnessed as they quest for their dreams. We encourage women to consider all their experiences in the event as part of their dream.
After an hour of small group interaction, it is time for walking the Labyrinth, receiving healing, meditating, praying, journaling, singing, creating art or dolls, or even going to sleep. We want women to feel free to follow their hearts and experiences. This period lasts until the lights dim, but some women choose to walk the Labyrinth during the night or continue their vigil or meditation.
In the morning, the women are awakened with a song, and spend the first morning hour in meditation, body prayer, (movement, Yoga stretches etc.), or journaling. They then meet in the small groups again. A final large group ceremony is held on the Labyrinth and the process of taking what we've learned back into the world is begun. We meet in the same small groups over breakfast and prepare a skit to communicate the message each group wants to share. After the performance, each woman receives a gift and we dance and sing a final closing.
Join us at the moment of the year when the veils are thin and the ancestors near as we contemplate the Great Mystery at the heart of all the spiritual traditions. We will form the sacred circle, dance through the veils, walk the labyrinth, and deepen our dreaming of the Mystery. Come, wake up with us in Grace!
Serves as a Qualifying Workshop for Facilitator Training.
To view images from earlier Women's Dream Quests, click here