Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

Practical Intuitive Shamanic Training Course October 29 - November 26, 2010

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.


Daniel took care of our basic needs and has put together a surreal, accessible, well thought out program to develop our dreaming bodies. And I had lots of dreams! Irene Dulay, Burnaby, BC


Course Description

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 studio
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.

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


Desert Site of Centre of the Conscious Dream in Mexico
The desert site

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.

Full Course Details

This course is designed to help the participant open to their intuitive wisdom, and, if it is wanted, to their healing ability. The premise of the course is that each individual has everything they need to know in their own body, their own cellular library, and the work is to learn how to enter the library and how to read the material. The cellular library has all the information on how the body connects with thought, with emotion and with spirit. It shows the context of the individual within time and within culture, their relation with the earth, and with the universe. The information is very precise and gives exact data on what a person should be doing, where a person should be living, and with whom he/she should be working and living with. The wisdom that we will be accessing will not only arise in the form of words, but also as images, emotions, sensations and other types of sensory activity. 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. It is also applicable for those consciously on a healing path either for themselves or for healing others. Healing is understood to be a balanced understanding of mind, body, spirit, and emotion.

Domes at Conscious Dream in Mexico
Domes at the desert site

“Our intent for this event is to create spaces through practises and ceremony which open the doors to the great shamanic teachers – the earth and the skies. A gradual course of opening to the dreaming body has been designed to prepare the physical, mental and emotional bodies to receive the frequencies of other bodies and spaces. It is our precept that only when the physical body, through the dreaming body, is put in touch with these wider spaces, can real deep healing and change take place. This is a path of transformation. The human is no longer isolated; he/she can see more clearly and can experience the relation with other energies not only on and in the earth but in the universe. Our intent is to put you more deeply in touch with your own shaman, priest, wise counsellor and healer, to activate your own genie waiting to be released from the bottle. Our intent also is to prepare conscious dreamers to function in subsequent circles, to help the conscious dreamer develop their ability to hold their own power and to contribute to the circle from the place of their deep authentic wisdom.” Daniel Stone and Arbolita Pashak.

Dreaming, The Dreaming Body, and The Conscious Dreamers

The word 'dreaming' when used here refers to the 24-hour intuitive information which is permanently available. We relate the dream of the night to the dream of the day. We open to life as dream and our task to become conscious of the way we are being dreamed and the way that we dream. We meet our own dreamer who dreams us, and this enables us to become conscious co-creators of our own dream of our own life.

The ‘dreaming body’ is the means through which we extend from the physical body to relate to other dreams in the universe. The dreaming body does not need to obey the same laws as the physical body, and so can enter extreme elemental dream spaces such as suns and seas and can merge with other vibrational dream frequencies such as colours, trees and rocks.

A conscious dreamer is literally someone who is conscious in their own dream. They would be aware of how the dream of the human relates to other dreams in the universe and so would be in a position to perceive the greater cosmic vision.

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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Crystalline Intelligence - Practical Intuitive Shamanic Training Course

Day 1 Fri, Oct 29: Mexico City

The Zocalo, Mexico City. The Zocalo is the point of power where the Aztecs saw the vision of the eagle eating a snake whilst perched on a cactus. This central image in Mexican mythology signifies the ascension from the Earth to the skies: the Earth energy of the snake will rise with the eagle into the celestial flight. Aztec dancers still call in the four elements outside the cathedral and celebrate the dance of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent. On this day is the first ‘walk of power’ in order to open to this earth vortex point.

Day 2 Sat, Oct 30 - Day 5 Tue, Nov 2: Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan pyramid in mexico

Today we head to Teotihuacan, the pre-Aztec ceremonial city about 30 miles from Mexico City. It is the most important pyramid site in Mexico linked to Giza in Egypt, and covers over two square miles. The dreaming of the ancient Toltecs was to understand the connection between the Earth and the other planets in our solar system, and the sun, our star. Through this knowledge their dreaming was to find the connection of the Earth with the whole universe. At Teotihuacan we can touch again this dream of unity. We will be staying in the traditional pre-Aztec calpulli (school) within the Ancient Teotihuacan site. We will be learning the meanings of the ancient dances and taking part in the Dance of the Universe. We will be learning the theory and practise of the Temazcal (Mexican sweat lodge), Limpia (energy cleansing), and learning about the curative plants and stones of the traditional mexica to aid the movement and transformation of our dreaming bodies. We will also be taking part in a cave meditation underneath the sacred site before we are taught how to enter through the natural energetic doorways on the land to the site itself. We have coordinated the dates so that we partake in one of the most important festivals of the Mexican calendar – The Day of the Dead.  We will be invited into the ceremonies and dances and taught the significance of the altars and this very deep tradition.

Day 5 Tue, Nov 2 - Day 6 Wed, Nov 3: Amatlan

We journey on to Amatlan, the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, the prime mover of Earth energy. Here we stay in a tipi village in the mountains. We journey to the birthplace in the ceremonial Walk of Power with Julio, a native Nahuatl Healer, in which we pass through the Seven Gateways. The Seven Gateways are both physical points in the landscape, and also places of powerful thought and emotion within us. We explore the mysteries of the crystal skulls with Ea Orgu who has studied in Native American and Mayan traditions. Ea is a crystal carver and authority on the Mayan calendar. He explains how the crystal skulls are connected to the Mayan legacy, and how we can still listen to the Mayan teachings through the medium of our own crystalline consciousness.

Day 7 Thu, Nov 4: Matehuala

Today we travel by bus to Matehuala to overnight there for the evening.

Day 8 Fri, Nov 5: Walk of Awareness

The Huiricuta is the ancient pilgrimage route of the Huichol tribes to the sacred mountain in the semi-desert area of San Luis Potosi. The Centre of the Conscious Dream is situated under the view of this powerful ancestral presence. Here will be a profound deepening of our practise. Through the Walk of Awareness, we will be listening to the mountains, the desert, and the stars that speak so clearly in the night sky.

Day 9 Sat, Nov 6: Meditation & Medicine Wheel

desert in Mexico centre of the conscious dream
View through the trees at the desert site

Breath awareness is the foundation of understanding the truth of our present moment. Presenting the eyes with the space to see. Techniques of opening. Techniques of focusing intent. The Medicine Wheel is an inter-dimensional interface through which the dreaming body extends from the physical body, and then safely returns. Each participant establishes their orientation to the four directions and the four elements as a strong and secure base for their ongoing dreaming and healing. A technique is given that teaches the individual their strong and weak elements and how to balance them. The medicine in this wheel is balance.

Day 10 Sun, Nov 7: Trees

sacred tree in mexico desert
Our sacred tree

Ways of seeing. The doors of perception. The dreaming body. Learning to extend energy from the human body to another energy body. Learning how to receive information from another energy body. The wisdom of the breath. The expanding lungs. The breath of the human and the breath of the tree. Extending breath into the earth, into the sky. The breath of the universe. The big self and the little self.

Day 11 Mon, Nov 8: Rocks

The library. ‘Stone people’ hold memory. We learn how to read the memory held in stones. This will help us to read the memory held in our bones. Deep history. Time travel. Journey into the cellular history of the planet. Journey into the cellular history of the human body. Identifying memories held – time traps. Memory release from the body. Memory release from the earth. Body space clearing. Earth space clearing. Freeing the body to dance.

Day 12 Tue, Nov 9: Animal Guides

Animals as guides into different parts of the human body. Information linking different animal guides, different body parts as states of being. Learning how to be in a body. The animal in the human as a guide or teacher for another human. Receiving animal intent. Projecting animal intent. Teachers of the movement between dimensions. Animals as guides of death (transformation from one dream state to another dream state).

Day 13 Wed, Nov 10: Human Teachers of the Dream

Humans who are either still in body or no longer in body as teachers of our dreaming. Family, friend teachers. Archetypal teachers – Buddha, North American Indian, shaman, priest, Jesus, Allah, Shiva, Shakti, Earth Mother, Isis etc. Spirit guides. Developing and maintaining connection with spirit teachers.

Day 14 Thu, Nov 11: Crystalline Intelligence

sacred crystal skull
Crystal skull

The properties of crystal. The inner crystal skull. Connecting to our crystalline DNA. Connecting to the crystalline grid in the planet. The relation between stars and earth. The planet Earth as a conscious being. The deep past and the deep future. The human, the earth, the stars, and the universe. The human role in the universe.

Day 15 Fri, Nov 12: Grounding the Dream

We use this day to begin to ground the information we have received through creative writing, painting, music, movement, or simply reflecting in silence. This practise of grounding the dream is encouraged as a daily practise throughout the retreat. There tends to be time most days devoted to this practise.

Day 16 Sat, Nov 13: Mexican Healing Plants

Learning how to feel your relation with plants, how to pick them and how to work with them in healing yourself and others. Also instructions are given on how to make healing creams, oils and tinctures.

Day 17 Sun, Nov 14: Walking Meditations

Daniel Stone artwork
Detail from a Daniel Stone painting

The walk of power. The walk of intent. The walk to Vernalejo. This is an ancient Huichol site which represents and embodies the death aspect of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims pass through their death before climbing the mythical mountain where the sun was born – the place of the pilgrims re-birth.

Day 18 Mon, Nov 15: Plant Spirits & Mayan Calendar

Further work with plant spirits and their practical application. The Mayan Calendar (seminar)

Day 19 Tue, Nov 16 - Day 20 Tue, Nov 17: Burial

This ancient shamanic ritual is a ceremonial death. The personal history is released, and so the sense of ‘self’ can expand to include the human connection with the earth, the planets, the stars, and the universe. The human, freed from the congestion of the holding of personal history, is then able to open as a channel of the cosmic vision.

Day 21 Thu, Nov 18: Grounding the Dream

A day to sense the way in which the information can be translated to your day to day life where you live.

Circle of Twelve

Day 22 Fri, Nov 19 - Day 29 Fri, Nov 26: The Circle of 12

The Intent: The end of the Mayan calendar, of the fifth sun, is an indication of the openings made by the coordination of planetary, stellar and galactic movements in the universe. The openings create a vibrational possibility for a shift in consciousness, profound change and transformation for both humans and the earth. During these times, the information is clearer on how the dreaming body can change frequency and so move from one dream in time to another dream in time. The parallel worlds open, and we are presented with multi-dimensional possibilities.

The circle of 12 is being called here to open to this level of change. Conscious dreamers, when working by themselves, can open to the universal spiral, move through times and therefore create bridges not only for themselves but for all connected with their cellular memories. When conscious dreamers work in a circle, it is an opportunity to practise together and channel the bridge between times for all the beings who are ready to move through the spiral.

Looking to the mountains at the desert site

The circle opens to the sense of spiritual community in which each heart opens to the unconditional love in the universe which is grounded into both physical and spiritual food for the community. Each member is important in that each heart opens differently and so brings in different information when we meet. It is a union of 12 elements that unite - the twelve tribes, the twelve animals, and the twelve spirits.

The circle of twelve humans will be developing in circle to merge with the vibration of the council of twelve Great Dreamers who dream the universe. By connecting with this vibration we will be sensing the seed consciousness of molecular matter, and how the seeds of dreams have moved and will move through times. It is, in essence, the 12 Great Dreamers who call the twelve humans incarnate in time and space to their council. Our practises are to develop the art of travelling to this frequency and the art of listening to the information we are given.

During this week we will be working with Mexican plant spirit medicine. Opening to the spirit of plants, how the human spirit can connect with the plant spirit. Opening to the sacred cactus, ‘the gift from the stars’, and the cactus as the channel of ancestral information through the voices of fire. Meeting the dreamer who dreams you. Opening to the breath of the star, the breath of the earth. Opening to the spiral, dreamtimes, no time. ‘Opening to the spirit of the plants we learn how other consciousnesses in the planet have a vibrational role in the universal movement of transformation and healing.’ Arbolita Pashak.

Our final destination is the sacred mountain, which, rather than this program, is what would call you to the desert. In this vision quest, we find out why. This great teacher has information it would have called you to receive, and everything you would have passed through on the weeks leading up to this day would be so that you have the intuitive knowledge to know how to receive it.

This course description is subject to some change and is intended as a general guide. Some ceremonies and activities may be modified to suit some participants physical and/or dreaming capabilities.

*This course description is subject to some change and is intended as a general guide.  Some ceremonies and activities may be modified to suit some participants physical and/or dreaming capabilities.

*Please note that the course is open only to a maximum number of participants so please book early to confirm your space.

Getting There

Arrive in Mexico City 

We suggest you arrive the night before as we begin early in the morning on Day One. Please enquire for additional accommodation rates.

Departing from the Desert

You will need to make your own way from the desert home at the end of the retreat. Arrangements can be made to transfer you to Matehuala. From here you can take a bus to departure cities such as San Luis Potosí, Monterrey, or Mexico City.

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

Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

Program Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation in Mexico city
  • Shared partitioned rooms within a dormitory with a camping option in Teotihuacan
  • Shared tipi accommodation with a camping option at Amatlan
  • Tent accommodation at the Centre of the Conscious Dream (you must bring your own) or Adobe Domes (7 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 (except for two meals in Mexico City). Food is through restaurants in Mexico city, in-house Mexican food at Amatlan and Teotihuacan, and a varied diet (organic when possible) at the desert site where there is also a shared kitchen. Vegetarian options available. Bottled water is available always.
  • Laundry Service while at the Centre of the Conscious Dream
  • Local Bus Transportation Throughout
  • Course Tuition


Added Features:

  • Insightful Teachings with Daniel Stone and Arbolita Pashak
  • Special Guest Teachers: Tecpaltechutli, Ea Orgu, Don Julian, and Don Julio Martinez
  • Day of the Dead Celebrations
  • Aztec Dance Instruction and Ceremony
  • Temazcal and Limpia Ceremony
  • Cave Meditation
  • Aztec Walk of Power and Naming Ceremony
  • 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
  • Costs to obtain valid passport
  • Any items of a personal nature. Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website.

Tour Price:

  • <b>Crystalline Intelligence</b> - 2 weeks (Oct 29 - Nov 12) <i>15 Places</i>
    • Double Room: $1,884 per person
  • <b>Practical Intuitive Shamanic Training</b> - 3 weeks (Oct 29 - Nov 19) <i>15 Places</i>
    • Double Room: $2,433 per person
  • <b>Circle of Twelve</b> - 4 weeks (Oct 29 - Nov 26) <i>10 Places</i>
    • Double Room: $2,904 per person
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