About Billie Ortiz, Certified Dreamworker
In 1996, I was on a souls quest, seeking something that would enthuse me and give me a sense of belonging and purpose. During my spiritual journey, I came upon Dr. Ron Masa, who invited me to join his dream group. I ended up becoming a permanent fixture of the group for the next five years! I was enthralled as to how each dreamer, regardless of their age, gender, race or socioeconomic status, found helpful guidance through a deeper understanding of their dreams.
In 2000, I attended a Jeremy Taylor workshop, which opened my eyes to the gentle power of the projective method of dreamwork. I witnessed how by using the "if it were my dream" format, all of us began to communicate in an egalitarian and empathetic way. Every dream became everybody's dream. I had an epiphany that weekend realizing, not only are the dreams healing for us as individuals, but the compassionate sharing between a group with the common purpose of a deeper understanding of our dreams can ultimately be healing for the entire planet.
In 2002, I had a dream titled Dream Camp which inspired me to create a workshop centered around dreamwork and including other activities such as yoga, art and music, with all of us staying onsite getting to know one another throughout the weekend
sort of like camp! In August of 2003, the Dreamwork Retreat was born and is still going strong. Over the years, the retreats have blossomed into a bi-annual event with a community of dreamers from all over the country, many of whom look forward to attending each and every time. In honor of the upcoming tenth anniversary of the retreats, in August 2013, I will be hosting a special event, Waking the Dreamer Within, an inspirational weekend dedicated to dreams, art, poetry, music and authentic expression. (More info at www.wakingthedreamerwithin.org)
I also host a dream group in Boulder, Colorado, offer private dream sessions and teach classes about Fairy Tales and Myth, always dedicating many hours to my passion of enlightening others to the endlessly fascinating and infinitely rewarding world of dreams and metaphor!