Your Creativity Dreamcatcher Workshop
by Jackie Alan
Giuliano, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Studies
to Native American Ojibwe tradition, when a little child was
born, its mother would weave a dreamcatcher to place in the
cradle. Only the good dreams would be able to pass through the
web, and all of the bad dreams would become entangled. When
the sun rose and the first rays of sunlight touched the dreamcatcher,
all the bad dreams would dissolve.
Today, dreamatchers have captured the imagination of people
of many beliefs. In this workshop, we will create beautiful
dreamcatchers adorned with objects that you bring or others
that will be available to choose from. Using writing experiences,
drawing, and dreamcatcher making, we will look into the way
that we use artistic expression to put form to our explorations
into the spirit, soul and our connections with the web of life.
Join Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D., a professor of environmental
studies who integrates art experiences into his teaching about
our relationship to the natural world, for an exciting workshop
about how to create beautiful dreamcatchers and get in touch
with our participation in the web of life.
Workshop participants will leave with
a reinforced belief that we are all part of the same thing and
that profound personal change is necessary to feel a part of
the Earth again.
All tribes throughout history have had a story
of their creation, a story that unifies them as a people and
a culture. Western culture has not had such a unifying story
until today, as modern theories of physics, astronomy, and ecology
have given us a tale that tells of the creation of our planet
and the universe - a creation story for an Earth Tribe. Today
we know that the Earth and everything on her was born in a primordial
fireball and remnants of that fireball are present in each of
us and every animal, rock, and waterfall on the planet. We are
all intimately connected.
Through writing, drawing, mask making, movement,
weaving, and discussions, we will explore the many ways we are
connected to the earth, the air, the water, and ourselves.
By the end of this workshop, you will definitely
feel more a part of our awesome universe.
To answer the question "how are we connected
to the web of life?"
- Explore the human artistic experience as
a way to understand the meaning and place of creativity in
our own lives.
- Explore the ways that the arts and creative
expression have reflected our society's changing concepts
of and relationship with the natural world.
- To provide personal answers to the following
questions: What is art? How does artistic expression fit into
my life? How can I make artistic expression a part of my life?
- Use the dreamcatcher as a means to reweave
ourselves back into the cycles of the natural world.will leave
with techniques in meditation, observation, perception, and
mindful living that could transform their lives and the way
they relate to others.
- To encourage alternative ways of thinking
about human's place in nature.
- To examine models for relating to nature
and to spirit.
- Seed, John, et. Al.,
Thinking Like A Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings,
New Society Publishers, Philadelphia, 1988.
- Roszak, Theodore, et. al.,
editor, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the
Mind, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1995.
- Glendinning, Chellis, My
Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization,
Shambhala Publications: Boston, 1994.
- Nhat Han, Thich, The
Miracle of Mindfulness, Parallax Press: Berkeley