Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

Universal Shamanism: The 12 Directions, 2 & 3-week options March 24 - April 14, 2018

Join Daniel Stone and Toltec teachers at the Centre of the Conscious Dream for a practical shamanic initiation and profound healing retreat that will rekindle your creative fires.

On this course, you will discover very clear, powerful tools to help cultivate your intuitive inner wisdom in order to move, heal, express and decide with clarity. You will find new solutions to old problems and develop the power to heal yourself and others. The retreat is ideal for people in all types of employment and will equip you with the ability to clear the mind, make informed decisions and clarify the vision of your work. The retreat begins with an immersion at the Centre of the Conscious Dream site, located in the desert of San Luis Potosi, followed by 3 full days at the sacred site of Teotihuacan (for those on the 3-week option). 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. 


There is nothing that I would change of my experience at the Centre of the Conscious Dream… it’s like the slow motion blossoming of a many petalled flower.Gabrielle Albrecht, Stony Plain, Alberta


Course Description

These 12 Toltec mysteries come from the traditions of Mexico and Central America and are based on the more profound levels of the shamanic medicine wheel. The 12 directions integrate also the traditions of the Incas, Australian Aboriginals and Bon Shamanism (Tibetan Buddhism), as well as reflecting Celtic, Hindu, Japanese and Egyptian myths and legends. Each number has its own mystery, teaching, practice, and application. Each day is devoted to one number and narrates the journey of the soul through the universe into the human body, and then its onward journey after it leaves the body.

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The desert site, Centre of the Conscious Dream

The teachings offer a deep journey into Toltec and related shamanic and other spiritual traditions. They offer not only tools for self- healing and self-knowledge, but also tools for developing healing practice on others. The grounding and expression of the twelve numbers will awaken the creative fire within.

Each day there is a teaching from one of the numbers, and then practices. All of the practices take place in the desert, or at night in the temple, or under the stars. The practices are designed to give clear and practical tools for you to develop in your business or work, your healing practice, your creativity. You are encouraged to develop creative projects, be it through drawing, painting, music, movement, or words.  

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The studio at the Centre of the Conscious Dream desert site

Who is this retreat for? 

The retreat is for people in all types of employment – business people, executives, professionals, employers or employees – as the ability to clear the mind, to make informed decisions, and to clarify the vision of your business or work is a learned skill.  
For healers, new or established, who wish to develop new techniques of self-healing and healing others, offering also the option for those who wish to enter into a more committed training.
For artists, musicians, writers, dancers who wish to remember their deepest inspiration and rekindle their creative fire.

The retreat is given in English and Spanish. Typically, this retreat attracts people from many different countries. It is also usually oversubscribed, so we advise you to book in advance. Please note that you will be asked to contribute together with basic group service work for about half an hour a day in the desert.

Please note that US$60 dollars of the program price is donated to the Wirrikuta plastic recycling project or the San Francisco Nayarit Children’s Shamanic School Project. Both these projects are working and functioning.

Teachers & Teaching Methods

In addition to Daniel Stone, you will work with Yei Malinali and Estefany Ruiz Gordinez at the desert site. At Teotihuacan you will work with Toltec teachers including “El Paco” Ramirez.  

Yei Malinalli is a Mexhica dancer, Toltec Visionary and Temazcal leader. He received the "Don del Agua" (official recognition and permission of the culture) from the well-respected Abuela (Grandmother) Margarita. For more than 20 years Yei has taught the Mexhica culture, the Mayan and Nahuatl languages and time systems, the traditional dances as well as the Temazcales. He is also an expert in plant homeopathy and alternative energy systems. He presently runs his own medicine centre in Celaya, central Mexico.

Estefany Ruiz Godinez is a teacher of the Mexhica culture, Temazcal leader, and Dancer of the Moon. She is also a trained transpersonal therapist (Higgins). In the Temazcal she balances the energies with Yei and in the teachings she offers the feminine vision and perspective.

“El Paco” Ramirez is a sacred dancer, teacher, and ceremonial leader in the Anahuac tradition. He has devoted his life to the understanding of the traditional teachings in Teotihuacan and is a gatekeeper of the sacred site. His ability to communicate the Toltec vision in such a clear and humble way makes people warm to him very easily. He will lead the group into the sacred mysteries of the Calpulli.

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Daniel Stone (3rd from right) with participants at the Centre of the Conscious Dream 

Teaching methods include meditation, movement (shamanic yoga), ceremony, expression (drawing, painting, creative writing, music), and practical tools for self-healing and healing others. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the domes enclosed?
No, there is a door and a window. So, you can sleep with both closed to create a darkened space, or with either or both open to the stars.  

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Looking out at the sacred mountain

Is there internet and telephone?  
In the city yes, in the desert no. However, there is an emergency number for your friends and relatives. One of the main points of this retreat is to release yourself from internet and telephone so that you can hear other kinds of messages.

What is the weather like?
It is cold at night and warm in the day.  

What do I need to bring?
A comprehensive list will be sent to you.

The Centre of the Conscious Dream

The centre of the conscious dream is in the desert of San Luis Potosi at the end of the Wirrikuta pilgrimage route. Free from the distractions and interferences of the city, it offers space and time. You can walk undisturbed in each direction and your eyes can wander uninterrupted to the horizon.

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Centre of the Conscious Dream domes

It is an extraordinary multi-dimensional field of energy, which “called” Daniel to build his centre here. Established in 2000, the centre is now in its 17th year offering retreats and courses. 

The site consists of a medicine wheel made of four round houses, three of which are the temple, studio and sleeping spaces. There is also a large dining area, two kitchens, a building for bathing and toilet, and seven specifically designed adobe dreaming domes. The food is mostly organic and we cater for all diets. 

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Course Itinerary

Day 1 Sat, Mar 24: Travel to Centre of the Conscious Dream 

Today you will be picked up from your Mexico City pre-retreat hotel and transported with the group to The Centre of the Conscious Dream desert site. The pre-retreat hotel as well as the transportation to the desert site is included in the retreat price.

Please note you will need to arrive in Mexico City on Friday, March 23rd in order to travel with the group to the Centre of the Conscious Dream on Day 1.

Day 2 Sun, Mar 25: Zero 

Zero. The unconditional breath. The nothing (Mayan teachings). The void and the Great Mystery (North American Shamanism). The Ain Soph (Kabbalah). Dharmakaya (Buddhism).  

Breath awareness meditations. The practice of zero balancing. Drinking from the fountain of our own intuitive wisdom. The creative movement. Healing from the other side of the mind.  Opening to the infinite spaces of the desert.

Day 3 Mon, Mar 26: One 

One. Element of Air. Unconditional time. The initiation. The essential magic of the movement from nothing to something. The first universal intent (Toltec). The dance of Shiva (Hindu). The dreaming of the universe (Toltec, Australian Aboriginal traditions). The One Mind (Buddhism).  

Practices of inspiration, of creative solutions. Planting the seeds in the dream of your life.  Healing from the place of deeply conscious presence in the awakening moment.

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Our sacred tree

Day 4 Tue, Mar 27:  Two 

Two. Unconditional space. Unconditional movement. The formation from the Dream (Toltec). Nirvana (Buddhism). The dance of Shiva and Shakti (Hindu). Freedom in Movement practices. The body discovering its healing through intuitive movement.  Releasing the wisdom held in our bones.

Day 5 Wed, Mar 28: Three 

Three. The first form. The star. The first individual intent of your soul (Toltec). The dreamer who dreams you (Toltec). The crystal and the way of light (Tibetan Buddhism). The child of Shiva and Shakti (Hindu). Ceremony – connecting with your original intent. Returning to the place of no doubt. Remembering the essential reason why you came to this planet. Breathing the night sky in the desert.

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A stone circle at the Centre of the Conscious Dream

Day 6 Thu, Mar 29: Four

Four. The Sun. Element of Fire. The medicine wheel (world shamanism). The solar mysteries (Toltec, world shamanism. Celtic and Egyptian mythology).  

The practice of making your own medicine wheel in the desert, inside of your living space and inside of yourself. The balance of the four elements. Healing tools using the medicine wheel.

Day 7 Fri, Mar 30: Five

Five. The hunab ku (Mayan). Multidimensionality. Parallel worlds. Parallel times. The Nagual (Toltec). Spinning (Sufism).  

Walking meditations. Practices to move the assemblage point, to enable us to be able to see through appearances to the deeper realities. 

Day 8 Sat, Mar 31: Six 

Six. The sacred contract (Toltec). Your tribe (Toltec and Australian Aboriginal). The resolution of karma (Buddhism and Hinduism).  

Practices to connect with your universal tribe, to connect with your lives and spaces – the history you brought with you before you entered into this present body.

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Centre of the Conscious Dream desert site

Day 9 Sun, Apr 1: Seven

Seven. Element of Earth. The sky body and the earth body (Toltec). The cellular memory (world healing traditions). Tree wisdom (world spirit traditions). Rock wisdom (world spirit traditions). The root memory of physical and emotional wounding through entering the intelligence of the bone structure. Releasing of held memory. Balance of dualities.

Day 10 Mon, Apr 2: Eight 

Eight. The dream dance of colour (Toltec). Colour therapy. Colour as vibration and dreamer (conditioner) of spaces. Colours as bridges between different levels of perception. Practices in the art of acceptance. The act of being. Healing from the place of not doing.

Day 11 Tue, Apr 3: Nine 

Nine. Shapeshifting (world shamanic traditions). The spirits held in the body (world shamanic traditions). Connecting with animal guides. Identifying the different types of spirits that we carry with us in our bodies. Healing from the spirit world.

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The sacred desert landscape

Day 12 Wed, Apr 4: Ten

Ten. Element of Water. Death as transformation (world healing traditions). Connecting with trapped souls. Releasing trapped souls. Helping the dead to die. The release of trapped souls held within the living body. Possession and de-possession (all world shamanism).  

Practices of letting go. The burial ceremony.

Day 13 Thu, Apr 5: Eleven 

Eleven. The Earth wisdom. Gaia. The earth as a conscious living breathing being (all world shamanism). The release of souls trapped in the earth. Earth clearing. Earth healing. The human being as channel between earth and sky. The role of the human in the universal dance.  Practices of listening to Earth wisdom.

Day 14 Fri, Apr 6: Twelve 

Twelve. The harmonic vibration (world numerology). The twelve crystal skulls (world shamanic traditions). The twelve suns (Sanskrit). The twelve Gods (Japanese, Greek, Roman Mythology). The movement of the soul from the body through the universe. Potential dreaming pathways of the soul (Toltec). Time travel.  

Practices of time travel and of experiencing the harmonic seed and the harmonic universal resolution. Healing from the place of the harmonic universal resolution.

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The domes nestled in front of the sacred mountain

Day 15 Sat, Apr 7: Mexico City/The Walk of Power

Return to Mexico City for those on the two-week option. If you are returning today you will take a taxi back to Mexico City (please allow apx. $50 USD for the taxi ride). 

The Walk of Power. The walk of clear intent. The walk to Vernalejo. This is an ancient Huichol site which represents and embodies the death aspect of the pilgrimage. This is the place where the death that one carries from the history of blood family generations and culture are released. Also it is the place where trapped souls (those spirits who do not know how to die and cling to a body) can be released. Pilgrims pass through their death before climbing the sacred mountain where the sun was born – the place of the pilgrims re-birth.  

Day 16 Sun, Apr 8: The Sacred Mountain

Re-birth. The Sacred Mountain. In this vision quest, we find out why, and also why this particular mountain has been considered to be so sacred for centuries. This great mountain 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.

Day 17 Mon, Apr 9: The Bridge

The Bridge. How do we bring this information from these three weeks into our daily lives? How do we create the bridge between the times and spaces that have been touched and experienced to the times and spaces of your home, relations, and work? On this day we look at how to develop what has been received, and further training options. (Please note a consultation is given on the theme of the bridge for participants on the two and three week programs before they depart.)

Also today there is a day of service to people in the local village. Those that feel they are ready offer healing sessions to them based on the work we have learned.

Day 18 Tue, Apr 10: Journey to Teotihuacan

Today you will travel with the group by bus from the desert site in the state of San Luis Potosi to the site of Teotihuacan (included in the retreat price). 

The ancient sacred site of Teotihuacan

Day 19 Wed, Apr 11-Day 21 Fri, Apr 13: Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is the Toltec (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 they found 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 practice of the limpia (energy cleansing), and learning about the curative plants and stones of the traditional Mexica. We will be taking part in cave meditations underneath the sacred site before we are taught how to enter through the natural energetic doorways on the land to the pyramid site. 

Day 22 Sat, Apr 14: Depart Teotihuacan for onward flights home

On this day you depart from Teotihuacan. If you are going to Mexico City, you will be assisted together with other members of the group to the bus which will take you to one of the main bus stations in Mexico City (please allow apx. $3 USD/45 pesos for the bus journey). 

*This course description is subject to some change in order and its presentation here is as a general guide. Some ceremonies and activities may be modified to suit some participants’ physical and/or dreaming capabilities. Many of the practices described here are ongoing.

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

Getting There

Accommodation in Mexico City on March 23rd is included in the package price. Please arrive by March 23rd in order to travel with the group to the Centre of the Conscious Dream on March 24th.

Transportation from the Centre of the Conscious Dream back to Mexico City at the end of the 2-week program is not included in the retreat price. Instructions and assistance will be given by your leaders.

Transportation from Teotihuacan to Mexico City at the end of the 3-week program is not included in the retreat price. It is less than an hours drive and only 50 pesos or so by taxi.

Centre of the Conscious Dream with Daniel Stone

Program Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Mexico City, Mar 23rd (day before start of program)
  • Adobe dome (7 available), round houses, or camping at the Centre of the Conscious Dream (toilets are dry ecological in the desert)
  • Transportation by bus from Mexico City to the Centre of the Conscious Dream
  • Shared accommodation in the traditional pre-Aztec calpulli (school) in Teotihuacan (for 3-week participants)
  • All meals. Food is a varied diet (organic when possible) at the desert site where there is also a shared kitchen. Vegetarian options available. Bottled water is always available, and water to heat. In-house Mexican food is offered in Teotihuacan
  • Laundry service while at the Centre of the Conscious Dream
  • All entrance fees and seminars
  • Course tuition

Added Features:

  • Insightful teachings with Daniel Stone and invited Toltec teachers 
  • Temazcal and limpia ceremonies
  • Cave meditation
  • 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/from Mexico City
  • Transportation from the desert site back to Mexico City after the retreat (for 2-week participants)
  • Transportation from Teotihuacan to Mexico City (for 3-week participants)
  • Costs to obtain valid passport
  • Cancellation & medical insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Any items of a personal nature. Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary.

Tour Price:

  • <b>The Twelve Directions</b> - 2 weeks <br /> (Mar 24-Apr 7)
    • Shared Round House: $2,210 per person
    • Private Adobe Dome Supplement: USD $130
  • <b>The Conscious Dreamer</b> - 3 weeks <br /> (Mar 24-Apr 14)
    • Shared Round House: $2,860 per person
    • Private Adobe Dome Supplement: USD $130
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