The course provides a thorough introduction to lucid dreaming. We begin by exploring the many physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of lucid dreaming; the science behind it, and the stages of sleep and how to use them to optimize lucid dreaming.
We’ll review the conditions that provide the foundation for lucid dreaming, such as good sleep hygiene, strong dream recall, and day-time practices that induce lucidity. Additional tools such as natural agents that heighten dreams, electronic gadgets that wake you up to your dreams, and the latest apps will be explored.
You’ll also learn how to manage common obstacles to lucid dreaming, and how to transform insomnia and reduce nightmares. Using talks, meditations, discussion groups, videos, and “napping practice,” participants will come away with knowledge of how to induce lucid dreams, and what to do with them.
The true magic of lucid dreaming is that the insights cultivated during the night can be used to transform your day. Lucid dreaming leads to lucid living. We spend about a month each year dreaming, and enter the dream world up to half a million times over the course or our lives. Think about how much you could learn if you had an extra month each year.
The Garrison Institute was founded on the belief that action in the world is more effective and compassionate when infused with the wisdom and skill cultivated in contemplative practices. Overlooking the Hudson River in a beautifully renovated former Capuchin monastery, the Institute convenes and supports those who are exploring the wisdom, values and insight gained through contemplative practices to catalyze personal and social transformation.The Garrison Institute is located directly off Route 9D in Garrison, New York, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. Major highways nearby include Interstate 84, Route 9, the Palisades Parkway and the Taconic State Parkway. We offer on-site parking for those who will arrive by car. For more information and map and directions visit www.garrisoninstitute.org
You will need to register separately on the The Garrison Institute website for your lodging. They offer single and double rooms, and a limited number of 3 and 4 person rooms. All rooms are located on the second, third or fourth floors. On the ground floor, there are two handicapped accessible rooms that share a bath. All rooms have windows and many face out to the Hudson river. The building is not air-conditioned. It has high ceilings, thick masonry walls, and tall windows that insure comfortable temperatures. Fourth floor bedrooms have ceiling fans. They provide sheets, a pillow, a blanket, a bedspread and a hand and bath towel for each person. Commuter rates are available.
“Andrew Holecek is the best lucid dreaming teacher in the West. His teaching on
this fascinating and important topic is clear, contextual, relevant, practical, engaging, and comprehensive. He is the only lucid dreaming teacher whose teaching spans both secular and religious origins of the practice, and with students, he is respectful, encouraging, and cheerful.”
Chris Thatcher- Attorney/Acting Coach/Somatic Psychotherapist
“Andrew’s Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga program was fantastic. He interweaves traditional dream yoga practices and perspectives with modern Western lucid dreaming methods and techniques, not simply as some intellectual endeavor to bridge East and West, but as a pragmatic approach to lucid dreaming and spirituality that focuses on what works. He is a clear speaker who brings humor to what and how he teaches. He covers the spectrum of practice and theory well, and makes it all practical and useful. I cannot recommend it enough.”
“The lucid dreaming and dream yoga seminar with Andrew Holecek is some of the deepest and most profound dream work I have ever experienced. I continue to learn more as I practice. I am in awe and most grateful of the results that can be achieved and felt in everyday life through dream yoga practices. Most of which have been self-empowerment, calm presence and a deeper sense awareness for all I experience. Andrew Holecek is a very gifted and wholehearted teacher and facilitator of dream yoga.”
The only prerequisite is that you have an interest in exploring the amazing world of sleep and dreams. More specifically, you will likely find this course valuable if you find yourself drawn to lucid dreaming and dream yoga as vehicles for awakening or spiritual expansion.
Although there are no prerequisites or reading assignments required for attendance to the dream programs, for those that are interested, there are several resources:
Or his 6 hour audio program, Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge.
Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen Laberge
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal
Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying by The Dalai Lama
Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Namkhai Norbu
Space is limited in these programs and your reservation, if cancelled last minute, may mean another person can’t attend.
Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between one and seven days before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any program for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
We reserve the right to cancel a program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
For individuals cancelling attendance at a retreat when Garrison Institute collects room and board fees directly from guests, they assess a $50 processing fee up to a week in advance of a retreat.
For cancellations within a week of the event, in addition to the $50 processing fee, they will assess a fee of $40 per day for the length of the retreat to cover our direct costs for food, which will have already been ordered. If you cancel after 4pm the night before a retreat starts, there will be no refund. It is in your best interest to be certain of your intention before registering for a program.
If you have any questions please contact Cindy Wilson at (760)899-2813 or [email protected]