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Marian Dunlea M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner, an international speaker, and an author.


She is the creator of BodyDreaming® (an embodied practice) and is Director and Teacher of the BodyDreaming training programme. BodyDreaming incorporates developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy, and attachment theory with Jungian psychology, and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness.

Details of the next BodyDreaming module can be found here.


Marian is Head of Training for the BodySoul Europe organisation, which is sister to the Marion Woodman Foundation, where she is core faculty.


She has been leading workshops for over 30 years integrating body, mind and soul. She lives in Ireland close to the sea.


Marian with her NAAP 2019 Gravida award
Marian with the NAAP 2019 Gravida Award
Marian’s book BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach provides a theoretical and practical guide for working with early developmental trauma. This interdisciplinary approach explores the interconnection of body, mind and psyche, offering a masterful tool for restoring balance and healing developmental trauma. The emphasis on attunement to build a restorative relationship with the sensing body creates a core sense of self, providing a secure base for healing developmental trauma.
 It is essential reading for psychotherapists, analytical psychologists and therapists with a Jungian background, arts therapists, dance and movement therapists, and body workers interested in learning how to work with both body and psyche in their practices.
The book forms the basis for the Professional Development Training in BodyDreaming. The current wave is due to finish in 2024; more details here.
Winner of the NAAP 2019 Gradiva® Award
Winner of the IAJS Book Award for Best Book published in 2019
BodyDreaming is published at a time when there is an appetite for a book which offers a new way of working. Highly recommended, it gives the reader the experience of integrating the recent insights of neuroscience into psychotherapeutic practice. This book is particularly recommended for a study group – so that participants may read, learn and practice together and it will be useful for therapists in training. Readers will be rewarded by insights which may readily feed back into their practice. Anyone who has attended Dunlea’s BodySoul workshops will find it provides the theory behind the work and explains the profound processes they have witnessed unfolding in the members of the group.”