Carla Blowey has gained insight, guidance and wisdom from her dreams for more than 25 years. In 1991, at age 33, she entered the most painful and challenging time of her life when the death of her five-year-old son, Kevin, and the nightmare that predicted it, forced her to re-examine her perceptions about death, grief and the afterlife. Dreaming Kevin became a valuable tool for reclaiming her life. Using her dream journal with much discernment and prayer, she uncovered the personal symbols, metaphors and archetypes that led to forgiveness, healing, spiritual growth, and new life.
Carla recognized the power of sharing our dreams and grief experiences when she and her husband were invited to speak at their church for a Catholic Confirmation youth group retreat in 1994. Speaking together for the first time, three years after Kevin's death, they shared the risks they took in processing their grief, walking their faith and living again. Later, inspired by a dream she had about the retreat, Carla realized her daughter and other grieving children also needed a safe place to share their grief stories as well and coordinated the first children's grief support group in Montrose, Colorado.
In 1997, Carla retired from hairdressing to be present for her growing family. In the midst of changing diapers and teaching her oldest daughter to drive, she answered the call to write Dreaming Kevin. The success of the book is due in part to her ability to write from the heart, exposing her inner world so others might see differently too. Dreaming Kevin has been divinely guided to serve by inviting the bereaved to see their perceptions about death, grief and the after-life in a new light.
Since 1994, Carla has coordinated and facilitated bereavement support groups, camps and workshops and volunteer training for children and adults. An exceptional speaker, Carla has presented programs and workshops on dreams, grief, healing and after-death phenomena, writing a memoir and self-publishing, and served as editor/columnist for Living With Loss Magazine.
Carla is a Certified Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work with director, Dr. Jeremy Taylor. She is a trained Stephen Minister and a past member of the advisory board for Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley in Montrose, CO. Carla is a trained facilitator in Attitudinal Healing peer support from the Center for Attitudinal Healing. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. As editor-in-chief for Living With Loss Magazine from 2006-2009, Carla's columns included Reflections from the Editor, The Heartlight Connection, and the Dream Connection.
In her workshops and speaking programs, based on Dreams: A Blessing Disguise, Carla offers group participants an opportunity to see beyond the illusions of death, bringing their dreams, their deceased loved ones and ultimately themselves, into the Light. Nationally, Carla presented at conferences such as The Compassionate Friends National and Regional Conferences; the Bereaved Parents of the USA National Gathering; Journey to Joy Bereaved Mothers Retreat; Dreaming Kevin: Awakening at the Refuge; TAPS Seminar for military survivors; Beyond Words: Redefining Loss through Creative Approaches; and The Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference.
As an MIPD certified dream work facilitator, Carla believes that "all dreams come to us in service of health and wholeness and only the dreamer knows for certain what his/her dream means" (Jeremy Taylor) Using the projective format, we share our "imagined version" of the dream offering the dreamer another perspective to see it differently leaving the analysis and interpretation to the dreamer. Weaving the values of spirituality with personal loss and transition for psychological and spiritual growth, Carla invites the dream images to speak their truth, thus creating a space for grace to nourish...and Love to flourish.
Carla says: "Sharing our dreams is an opportunity to see our life journey and our grief journey from a different perspective. I believe that when we see our grief and our dreams differently, we are in a mode of healing - letting go of perceptions that inhibit our emotional and spiritual growth. With each insight, we can examine the diverse issues that complicate living with loss, illuminating the imagery from the inner world to manifest creative solutions in the outer world."
Carla lives and dreams in beautiful southwestern Colorado with her family. Kevin continues to be her spiritual coach, inspiring and guiding Carla on this incredible journey. For more information about her book, speaking, dream and bereavement workshops, active dream groups and editorial services visit www.dreamingkevin.com.