Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

Sacred Mexican Plants and the Crystalline Seed April 4 - 18, 2009

This Shamanic training course is designed to give self-healing and healing other tools, so that participants can release from their personalities to the place of the clear conscious channel.

The Centre of the Conscious Dream grew out of the Shamanic School of Dreaming, founded in 1995 in England by Daniel Stone. Established in 2000, the centre is located in the desert of San Luis Potosi, Mexico towards the end of the sacred ancient pilgrimage route called the Wirrikuta. It is an extraordinary multi-dimensional field of energy, which drew or “called” Daniel to build his centre here. The course would be suitable for anyone who wants to know who they are, why they are on the planet, and what is their soul purpose and journey through time and space. READ MORE

Tour Leader Daniel Stone (Chu-Ra)

Through his study with indigenous shamans, Daniel Stone established The Centre of the Conscious Dream in 2000. In addition to leading retreats, he is an author, musician, and international artist. 

Tour Leader Arbolita Pashak

Time traveller. Visionary. Eagle Woman connecting worlds. Her Grandmother initiated her into the worlds of intuitive wisdom and shamanic knowledge from the age of a young girl.


The trip to Mexico at Daniel and Arbolita's centre was quite profound for me as it really helped me to reconnect with the earth and, ultimately, with parts of me that I had neglected or forgotten.Tara Alain, Squamish, BC


Centre of the Conscious Dream

The Centre of the Conscious Dream, in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, is run by Daniel Stone and Arbolita Pashak. 

Centre of the Conscious Dream dome
The studio at the desert site

The work is based on Shamanic, Buddhist, and intuitive energetic techniques to re-connect the human being with other parts of him/her self in order to become a conscious dreamer. The practice involves both traditional and modern forms of shamanism, but the base of the work comes from the Toltec traditions, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Australian aboriginal traditions.

Courses are designed to give self-healing and healing other tools, so that participants can release from their personalities to the place of the clear conscious channel. The conscious dreamer can channel useful and potent frequencies and the most powerful healing force of all - love. 

The advanced work is through the connection with our crystalline intelligence - the inner crystal skull - and this work takes place within the context of the Mayan Calendar, and the coming end of the fifth sun. 

red dome at centre of the conscious dream
Domes at the desert site

Beyond the courses, there are ongoing conscious dreaming circles, and an international internet circle which connects people in different countries.

The courses and retreats are for anyone interested in developing their knowledge of shamanism, Buddhism and conscious dreaming, for those who want to develop their own consciousness of who they are, where they are going, and why they are here on planet Earth. They are very useful for healing practitioners who wish to develop their authentic intuitive healing abilities. They are also for creative people of all types who wish to deepen their connection with their creative fire.

Course Description

In this course we open to beings and energies of healing and transformation: breath, the four elements, plants, trees, rocks, crystal, colours, the planet earth, stars, and the universe. The focus is to learn how to channel the energies of different levels or vibrations that come from these sources. We are learning how to open the heart and keep the heart open in order to channel the unconditional love in the universe. 

centre of the conscious dream teachers and participants
Daniel Stone and fellow teachers

We learn about the use of medicinal plants and open to these plants as teachers of consciousness. We will be working with the plants in a very practical way – learning to identify them, to make oils and creams, as well as work with them through the conscious breath and ceremony. We are looking for the origin, the root of the healing. The origin comes from various intents, and we bring together those intents in the seed of healing, the seed of the plant, of crystal, of the star – the seed of healing. We plant the seed in the sun, the stars, the air, in water, in earth, and also in movement, sound, vibrations, colour, magic, creativity and ceremony. 

The course is suitable for anyone on the path of self-healing and healing others; for those who are interested in going beyond techniques of healing to sense the root spirit of healing; for those who wish to learn to be clear channels of the current transformation of planet Earth and the time movements in the universe.

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View to the mountains at the desert site

The course takes place at the Centre of the Conscious Dream situated in part of the Huiricuta pilgrimage route, in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The land is geographically classified as ‘semi-desert’. Cactus country, mountains, rocks. 

The centre is literally in the middle of nowhere, with the nearest neighbour an hour’s walk. The most important physical aspect of the site is space - you can walk as far as you like in any direction. The site has been developed deliberately to be basic but sufficient, so that you can have a direct experience of the elements but not be found wanting on essential living conditions. The site consists of a medicine wheel made of four round houses, two of which are the temple and studio spaces. There is also a dining area, two kitchens, a building for bathing, a dry ecological toilet, and four adobe sleeping domes. There are no showers at the site; bathing is by heated water and bucket bath. Accommodation is tented camping, or in adobe houses, depending on your needs. Domes are primarily reserved for those who require them most, but can be shared based on rotation along with the studio space to give everyone an occasional break from their tent. Food is brought by vehicle from the village or cooked on site. The setting and atmosphere is one of community, whereby all participants will be expected to assist with daily chores such as wash up, tidying up spaces, helping with meals, etc. The intention is to learn to live in community and be of service to others.

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Day 1 Sat, Apr 4: Arrival, Opening Ceremony

Make your way independently to the remote desert of San Luis Potosí. Upon arrival, find your place, your power spot to sleep. When everyone has arrived we will gather for our opening ceremony.

Day 2 Sun, Apr 5: Meditation

Meditation. The breath as the magical tool. The breath as the healer. Walking meditation. Opening to the spiral.

A walking spiral has been planted in the desert with stones. By walking the spiral you open to the movements of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent. We will need this energy for healing ourselves and healing others.

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Domes at the desert site

Day 3 Mon, Apr 6: The Mayan Medicine Wheel

We open to this ancient shamanic balancing tool, balancing not only the four elements in the human, but opening to the four elements in the wider dream – sensing the balance of the four elements in the earth and in the universe.

Day 4 Tue, Apr 7: Plants

We listen to the plants and the beings or spirits that live in them. We open to the information they have for us, opening to the transformation taking place inside them as a reflection of the transformation taking place in the universe.

“We can establish a relation with plants from the place of their pure vibration. They have a direct and clear process of transformation which shows the connection between the planet and the universe and so when we reflect on them, we can understand the movements necessary to channel healing on many levels. They show us how to “be with the all.” Arbolita Pashak

Day 5 Wed, Apr 8: Trees

Breathing with the trees. Trees as channels of unconditional love. Ceremony of copal. Understanding the intent with the use of copal. Channelling the spirits of healing which pass through using this shamanic technique. 

“The trees teach us the song of pure love, of unconditional love. They teach us how to connect worlds and times, the sky with the earth, the ‘inframundo’ with the ‘supramundo’ the physical body with the dreaming body.” Arbolita Pashak.

sacred tree at conscious dreaming site
Our sacred tree

Day 6 Thu, Apr 9: Rocks

Opening to the seeds of dreams. Journeying through time. 

“Rocks hold dreams – past dreams and future dreams. Through them we can extend our dreaming body and journey through time. Plants look to rocks to deposit the seeds of their dreams that will not continue in this present dream of the earth. They are the bridges of evolution; they hold the secrets of our death and our transformation from one dream state to another - the secrets of our next home, the next dreamtime in the lives of this planet.” Daniel Stone

Day 7 Fri, Apr 10: The Crystalline Seed

“Crystal amplifies and clarifies. In this ceremony we open to the star seed, the eye of this dream of the earth and the eye of your personal dream. In essence we meet our own God/Goddess principle, the creative spark which made you, which made this earth. When we bring this star seed to your human skull, you are reminded of your original intent. Most dis-ease comes from forgetfulness of this intent. When we bring the star seed to the crystal skull inside of us, and inside of this planet, we are reminded of the planet’s original intent. Our personal dream lines are then aligned with those of the planet where we live. We can understand the human dream within the earth dream, and the earth dream within the universal dream. It opens us to a deeper level of balance and harmony.” Daniel Stone

crystal skull at centre of the conscious dream
Crystal skull

Day 8 Sat, Apr 11: Grounding the Dream

This day is for reflection and expression of the information so far received. We open to the grounding techniques through writing, drawing, painting, music, movement, dance, and simply silence. Listening. Digesting.

Day 9 Sun, Apr 12: Shamanic Use of Plants

We work with specific plants that have a particular vibration for ceremony and healing on an energetic (dreaming) level. There are plants that are of air, plants of fire, plants of earth and plants of water which all have specific ceremonial uses. We open to techniques of cleaning and clearing and healing with these plants. 

“Each ‘curandero’ (healer, shaman) has a special plant with which they work. This plant is deep inside the heart of the healer, it speaks with them from the heart. This plant has the power to heal because the healer has opened to it so much that it has become them. The plant and the healer work as one. How can we find our particular plant? How do we develop our relation with the plant? How do we use the plant?” Arbolita Pashak.

Day 10 Mon, Apr 13: Trees and Animals as Guides and Teachers

The healing of planet earth, the transformative movement of the universe. Entering into the wider aspects of healing, the most important work for the healer/shaman is the connection between healing and the movement in the universe. We open to channel energies and beings of vibration to connect with this level of work. The trees and animals teach us how to move between times and spaces.

Day 11 Tue, Apr 14: Colours

Colour therapy. Channelling energies of colours through meditation movement and sound. Ceremony of colour in the fire. Traveling through times and spaces, traveling through the spiral through the medium of colour. 

artwork by Daniel Stone
Detail from a Daniel Stone painting

Day 12 Wed, Apr 15: The Circle of Twelve

This is the next level of the work with the inner crystal skull. We are opening to a deeper understanding of the crystal seed. When we connect with the twelve original dreamers of the universe, we connect with the first principle, the unconditional principle, without design or intent. This is the free breath. We connect with the healing principle of energy given without condition. The completely open channel. It is from this place that we can release ourselves from our conditioning, and open to the new. The open heart.

Day 13 Thu, Apr 16: The Sacred Cactus

The desert cactus is often called “the gift from the stars”. We are opening to the use of this plant as a healer and not as a hallucinogenic experience. We explore the external healing uses of the plant as a cream and oil, and connect with the spirit of the plant through microdosis and ceremony.

Day 14 Fri, Apr 17: Integration

Once again we will spend the day grounding our dream through self expression. The day is devoted to practices such as, writing, painting, drawing, movement, and meditation with intent to understand how the information received during the retreat will influence your daily life.

Day 15 Sat, Apr 18: Closing Ceremony; Departure

The bond you will have made with the desert and your fellow dreamers will be a strong one. Today we gather for our final circle and Closing Ceremony. We then bid our farewells to all and begin our new journey.

Getting There

From Mexico City 

Most international flights will arrive into Mexico City. From here, you can either take a domestic flight into San Luis Potosí (check or travel overland by bus to Matehuala. From the airport you will need to take a taxi to the NORTH bus station. There are registered taxi stands inside the airport. Travelling by bus is quite comfortable but time consuming. Whether you find a direct non-stop bus from Mexico City to Matehuala, or one with many stops, will depend on the class of service you choose. You may need to change busses in San Luis Potosí. The entire overland bus journey from Mexico City to Matehuala takes approximately 7 hours so please set aside a full day for travel if arriving into Mexico City.

From Monterrey 

Some international flights also arrive directly into Monterrey. From the airport you will need to take a taxi to the bus station. From there you will need to board a bus to Matehuala. The bus ride will take approximately 4 hours.

From San Luis Potosí 

From San Luis Potosí airport take a taxi to the bus station. From there you can board a bus to Matehuala which will take approximately 2 hours. 

From Matehuala 

You will be met once you have arrived into Matehuala and be transferred to the retreat site which is approximately 1 ½ hours away.

*Please keep in mind that busses do not always run on time in Mexico so remember to travel with patience and an open mind. 

*Assistance in Mexico City can be arranged with a local representative if necessary.

Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

April 4 - 18, 2009

Program Includes:

  • 14 nights accommodation at the Centre of the Conscious Dream in tents (you must bring your own) or adobe domes (4 Domes are primarily reserved for those who require them most, but can be shared based on rotation along with the studio space to give everyone an occasional break from their tent.)
  • All meals – 75% of the food is organic (Vegetarian options available)
  • Laundry Service
  • Course Tuition


Added Features:

  • Insightful Teachings with Daniel Stone and Arbolita Pashak
  • Sacred Ceremonies
  • Group and Private Meditations, Sharing Circles
  • Use of musical instruments such as drums, rattles, whistles, etc. (Please feel free to bring your own musical instrument.)
  • Community of like-minded “dreamers”

Program Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to Mexico
  • Transportation to and from the Centre of the Conscious Dream
  • Any items of a personal nature. Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website.

Tour Price:

    • Double Room: USD $1,360 per person
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