A ray of light enters the neolithic Newgrange monument on the shortest day of the year.

Professional Development Training in BodyDreaming® Module 4

December 9 to 11, 2022

Marian Dunlea with Wendy Bratherton, Patricia Grey Amante & Abigail Whyte

A ray of light enters the neolithic Newgrange monument on the shortest day of the year.

We continue the BodyDreaming training journey with Module 4: “Attunement and Attachment: Finding That Secure Base Within”. BodyDreaming highlights the relational aspect of regulation – co-regulation with the other. It is a process that connects us deeply to an embodied core sense of self in relationship to the other – to who/what it is that resources us in any moment. It breaks open the illusion of isolation and brings us into an interconnected field.


The attachment patterns and wiring of the brain are impacted by the relationship between the primary carer and the infant and earlier still by the environment of the womb that is the regulatory container for the period of gestation. It is the to-ing and fro-ing from times of calm to times of stimulation in the relationship between the infant and the environment that helps to establish the regulatory process in the infant’s nervous system.


We are not always met how we would wish, and insecure attachment patterns form as a result of life’s challenges, traumas and limitations, in particular in those early years of development.


In this module, we can learn to repair insecure attachment patterns through healthy co-regulatory dynamics and importantly through building a secure attachment to our body, which builds an embodied core sense of self.

The training weekend will comprise of theory and practice, experiential learning and embodied practice sessions, dream work, movement, voice work, ritual and art. We work in large group sessions and in small break-out practice sessions. We have a group of assistants providing containment and guidance for the small break out practice sessions. Each small break-out group will have an assistant present.

Module 4 Modalities

Module 4 Dates:

Friday December 9th from 2pm to 8pm

Saturday December 10th from 2pm to 8pm

Sunday December 11th from 2pm to 5pm.

Time zone: Dublin, Ireland (currently GMT)


Please plan on attending all sessions.


Venue: Online via Zoom


Tuition Fee: €390


CPDs: 15 hours


New participants will receive recordings from previous modules and are recommended to attend an introductory workshop.


Please contact us at BodyDreaming@gmail.com to receive the application form. Instructions about payment will be provided once your application has been processed.


Module 4: Recommended Reading Chapter Four: ‘Attunement: Learned Secure Attachment in the Body: “I’m yielding to it”’ in BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach by Marian Dunlea (Routledge, 2019).

Faculty for Module 4

Photograph of Marian

Marian Dunlea, M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 20 years integrating body, mind and soul. With the development of her unique approach BodyDreaming®, Marian’s work has expanded to incorporate the developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy with Jungian psychology and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her trainings include Jungian Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis, Infant Observation, BodySoul Rhythms® and Somatic Experiencing. Marian is head of training for BodySoul Europe, sister organization of the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is the author of BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach, Gradiva Award 2019, IAJS Book Award 2020.

Wendy Bratherton, IAAP, CSTA, has been a Jungian Analyst for over 30 years and recently retired. Her deep interest in early developmental trauma and psychosomatic illness led her to train as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist sixteen years ago. This introduced her to the developments in neuroscience which have recently been taken on by Psychotherapy. Where appropriate she integrated the Biodynamic Craniosacral work into her Psychotherapy practice, to work with body and psyche. She trained with Marian Woodman (Canadian Jungian Analyst) in BodySoul Rythmns and has co-led BodySoul workshops with Marian Dunlea for over ten years. She ran Infant Observation Seminars for over twenty years and trained in trauma work with Babette Rothschild. Wendy has lectured on the integration of psyche and soma and on Alchemy and work with borderline patients. She has contributed to Contemporary Jungian Analysis, ed. C. Hauke and I. Alister (1998), and a contribution n Disease as Shadow to a book on The Shadow, ed. C Perry and R Tower (forthcoming December 2022).

Patricia Grey Amante is a Somatic Movement Psychotherapist. With a background in psychology and counselling psychology, Patricia accredited as a Psychotherapist in 2004. Over the last 15 years, Patricia has completed three further professional trainings; BodySoul Leadership Training, with Marian Woodman Foundation, Origins, a 4-year Somatic Training in Embryology and Developmental Movement, with Joan Davis, Original Nature, a 3-year Somatic Training in Authentic Movement, assisting Joan Davis. Patricia’s therapeutic work nourishes Embodied Presence through Dreamwork, Developmental Somatic Movement, and Authentic Movement. She is currently offering a series of Embodied Menopausal Workshops. Through movement and stillness, Patricia brings a deep listening to what is here right now, opening through layers, to the innate wisdom that is so alive and palpable within our human body, and the greater body of nature.

Abigail Whyte is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Clin.Psychol.,Ps.SI). She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 1991 with young people and their families in public mental health services in Ireland. She is an experienced clinical psychology supervisor, and has been involved with both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin D.Clin.Psych Clinical Psychology Training programmes. Abigail finished her training as a Somatic Experiencing /Trauma Practitioner (SETI) in 2015 and has been working as an SEP in private practice in Dublin since then. She is a graduate of the Marion Woodman BodySoul Rhythms Training Programme (www.marionwoodmanfoundation.org) and has been facilitating regular BodySoul groups in Dublin since 2013.