Archive for September, 2009

Patricia Garfield

Patricia Garfield

Dream Salon

The Dreams of Hans Christian Andersen

In this month’s dream salon, I will be showing a video of Patricia Garfield speaking about The Dreams of Hans Christian Andersen.  His dreams have striking parallels with universal dream themes, as well as many personal connections with his own life. Learn more about this remarkable man and how he incorporated his dream material into his tales in a way that was not only creative but also healing.  If you weren’t able to see her in person at the 2004 IASD conference in Denmark, this is a good chance to hear her wonderful presentation once again.

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., a leading dream expert with a doctorate in clinical psychology, has written nine books on dreams and cofounded the Association for the Study of Dreams (President 1998-99). Her Creative Dreaming, a best-seller in print since 1974, appears in fourteen languages. Her work for teens, The Dream Book, won two prestigious awards.

When and Where

Friday September 25, 2009

Place: Monkey Bridge Arts
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
RSVP: E-mail Sheila Asato or telephone 952-412-4786

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六十余州名所図絵 甲斐 さるはしMonkey Bridge (Kai, Saruhashi), from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan] ([Dai Nihon] Rokujûyoshû meisho zue) 「六十余州名所図絵 甲斐 さるはし」

Monkey Bridge from the series Famous Places in Sixty-odd Provinces of Japan

Nothing replenishes my creative spirit more than a good walk.  The older I get, the more I find walking is essential not only to my physical health, but also to my creative process.  I learn so much from watching how nature moves from one season into the next with such grace and beauty.  There is no better teacher of color than nature herself.  As I watch her move from the intense greens and blues of summer into the golden yellows, browns and brilliant reds, I am awestruck.

Taking a daily walk is also an incredible source of pleasure for me, as it has been for many artists before me.  One of the things I love about Japan is the tradition of sketching and writing poetry while walking through the countryside.  This woodblock is an example from of one of my favorite Japanese artists -Utagawa Hiroshige.

This year in particular, the imminent arrival of fall with it’s shorter days reminds to me to slow down and savor the fruits of the harvest as I enter the next stage of my life.  Having just finished menopause, I am now looking forward to beginning a review of the creative work I have done so far. Through this process, I hope to have a better idea of where my creative work wants to go in the next half of my life.

While I was in Japan this past spring, I noticed so many books about walking and sketching or writing poetry.  With the most rapidly aging population on earth, as well as the longest life span, I think that the Japanese are on to something here.  As we age, taking time to connect with nature on a regular basis by walking while expressing ourselves in art and poetry seems to be a wonderful way to connect more deeply with ourselves while replenishing the creative well within.

The Joy of Bubbles

The Joy of Bubbles

This past week, as my son and I have been out walking by the light of the full moon, I have been amazed by how much the same terrain is transformed when bathed in mo0nlight.  Walking together has become a special time for us.  While we are out, he loves to recite his favorite cartoon dialogues for me, blow bubbles and dance in the streets with our dog.  As the mother of a child on the autistic spectrum, I have often found it difficult to share the kind of interactions that are more common for other families, like a conversation with eye contact.  To be honest, this used to make me feel very sad and left out.  Last night, however, as I watched his beautiful bubbles floating in the moonlight and listened to him joyfully hum bars from his favorite cartoon, I was filled with such gratitude.  Our lives may be atypical, but they are also filled with so much beauty and joy, if I only remember to slow down and savor this walk through life.

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Praying Figures - Kamakura

Stone Figures - Kamakura

Please join me for a virtual pilgrimage to the temples of Shikoku, Japan. All you need is a pedometer and a good imagination!

Click on this link to learn more about the 2009 Fall Walking Challenge to 88 Temples. Once you get to the website, download the spread sheet to record your daily walks. It will automatically calculate how far you have gone each day on your virtual pilgrimage.

As you record the number of steps you walk each day, be sure to check out the photos of the temples that you would have visited along the way if you were actually walking in Japan.   Remember that Japan is a mountainous country, so don’t forget to throw a few hills into your daily walk to help yourself imagine you are really walking in Japan!

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A new round of classes will begin on Sept. 8 at Monkey Bridge.  I will be offering the following classes at Monkey Bridge this fall.  To register call 952-412-4786 or e-mail me at SheilaAsato@comcast.net


Colored Pencil – Focus on Color Harmony

  • Tuesdays, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
  • Cost: $180

Drawing – Introduction to Portraits

  • Wednesdays, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
  • Cost: $180

Embodied Dreamwork Circle

  • Wednesdays, 1:30PM – 4:00PM
  • Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
  • Cost: $150

Design Basics for Photographers – 2 Day Intensive Workshop

  • Thursday Oct. 15 & Friday Oct. 16
  • 10 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost: $110 for two days


Creative Mentoring & Embodied Imagination Sessions

I currently have 3 openings for creative mentoring and/or embodied imagination clients.  If interested in doing one-on-one work with your dreams or creative development, contact me for more information.


Upcoming Dream Presentations at Abbott’s Institute for Health & Healing

Embodied Imagination

  • Thursday Oct. 22

Pain and Dreaming

  • Tuesday Nov. 10

Dreaming for Creativity & Health

  • Monday Nov. 30

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