The Art of Dreaming in Tuscany

Did you know that many artists created their works from their nightly dreams? Paul McCartney wrote songs based on his dreams. Federico Fellini made movies from his nocturnal visions. And Vincent Van Gogh said, "I dream my painting and then I paint my dream." Dreams can be the source of our creative expressions and also inspire us to imagine unlimited potential in our waking life. But you don't have to be an artist or a writer to learn how to utilize the wisdom of your dreams. We all dream, and when we connect with the images in our dreams and learn the language of their symbols, we can better understand ourselves and the universe at large.

Would you like to learn more about your dreams? Have you been wishing you could awaken your creativity in a unique way? Do you like indulging in pasta, gelato, and wine? If so, then join dream workers Amy Lloyd and myself as we help you understand your dreams through drawing and writing. No artistic experience is necessary during this self-exploration retreat in Italy on an olive oil farm in the heart of the Garfagnana Serchio Valley of Northern Tuscany.

Understanding our dreams is an effective way to begin to know who we are, why we are here, and what we need to do to evolve and grow during our life's journey. As members of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Amy and I will guide you through the symbolic territory that dreams represent. In addition to daily workshops that awaken your creativity, you will visit Florence's art museums, and eat and drink your share of pasta, gelato and wine at nearby vineyards and villages.

As a songwriter and author, I've been writing my dreams every morning in journals for the past twenty years. They inspire my creativity. It wasn't until I started documenting my dreams daily that I was able to make significant connections, solve problems in my waking life, and manifest my reality. A precognitive dream once led me to a small town in Italy where I found a fresco in a church revealing the scene from my dreamscape. The messages I receive in my dreams remind me that life is beautiful and magic is everywhere if we are willing to take notice.

My friend and fellow dream workshop leader Amy Lloyd is a classically trained, figurative painter and an eternal dream worker. Her painting just won the People's Choice Award at this year's annual IASD conference in Tuscon, Arizona. Some of our art making workshops will be held on Amy's olive farm in Italy. "I use my dreams as inspiration and cues to create work that expresses the visions and meanings within the dream space, a space that potentially reveals glimpses of the soul and universality. Through dreams, a window to a creative subconscious, the poetic primary imagination is opened. Through my work, I push the continuum between the current and the timeless, the exact and the blurred boundaries, the individual and the shared experience, the real and disrupted real. I strive to push myself to explore and exploit that space between. My art relies on research and experimentation, this freedom is what keeps me passionate about the process."

The dream tour in Tuscany is taking place April 14-23 in the spring of 2023. More details with full itinerary and pricing will be available soon. In the meantime, contact Niall Leogue to secure your dream tour and get on our wait list (space is limited). He will then arrange your travel from wherever you live across the globe.

Hope you will join us! Until then, sweet dreams.