Sally Carless, M.Ed.
I have been
recording and tending my own dreams for many years. Dreams have
been some of my most profound teachers; the images that have visited
in my dreams have been a valuable source of wisdom and guidance
for many years now.
I love helping
people connect with deeper knowing and wisdom. I love “walking
beside” people as they take those first (perhaps tentative)
steps towards what is calling to them most deeply. I am deeply
touched when I see people stepping up to live their lives in an
authentic way – to answer the call – acknowledging
the fear and hesitation and obstacles and doing it anyway.
I have had
the privilege of spending time with some amazing teachers and
mentors. Steve Aizenstat, founding president of Pacifica Graduate
Institute and a true master of the craft of dream tending, has
had a very strong influence on the way I tend dreams. I first
began studying with Steve in the early 1990’s. I have also
been blessed to have found a therapist/spiritual mentor with whom
I have been able to explore the depths of my own life and dreams
in a safe supportive environment. I completed a years’ graduate
study in counseling psychology at Pacifica, and have done intensive
study with Jean Houston as well. It is through my experiences
with people like these that I have been able to witness not only
the power of the dream images and the voices that call to us all,
but also the power and importance of the “container”
that is created between the dreamer/client and the dream tender.
It is that learning that I bring to my work tending the dreams
I have had
close relationships with several American Indian teachers and
healers which, along with deep friendships, have provided me the
opportunity of observing shamanic sessions and participating in
ceremonies over a period of many years. These experiences have
also influenced the way I view healing and the way I tend dreams.
I am also influenced and aided by Buddhist teachings and practices,
and am a Reiki Practitioner.
to my dream tending work, I am also the founder, director, and
Chief Visionary Officer of Global
Village School, a progressive K-12 international homeschool
diploma program focused on peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability.
We work to nurture and protect the passion and enthusiasm for
creating a better world that comes so naturally to so many young
people. With a creative, flexible approach and emphasis on individual
learning styles, Global Village provides the kind of education
that supports students in truly being themselves, encourages them
to follow their dreams, and helps them to become wise and capable
stewards of the planet and each other. My work with students and
their families allows me to call on the same kinds of skills I
evoke while tending dreams; it is a similar process of deep listening
– tuning in to the essence of who they are, and what is
trying to emerge.
I have many
years' experience in alternative education including administration,
teaching, curriculum development, American Indian Education, outdoor
education, and program development. Along with a Master's Degree
in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and a B.A. in Wilderness
Recreation, I hold a California Teaching Credential. I have given
on peace education, learning styles, and homeschooling at various
locations in the U.S. as well as in Thailand, India, and Australia.
I am a regular contributor to the Ojai Post and the Global
Village Voice. My writing
has also been published on/in places such as CommonDreams.org,
HopeDance, and Paths of Learning.
I love music,
and play guitar, mandolin, and sing. I feel a deep connection
to the Earth, and spend time outdoors – gardening, hiking,
or just sitting - whenever I can. I live under the oaks in the
foothills of Southern California with coyotes, bobcats, and bears
(and a handful of people) for neighbors. It is a perfect place
to cultivate the peace and stillness that I bring to my practice
of dream tending.