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Asarum Retreats ~ Sanctuary for the Soul ~ Santa Barbara, California
from Ginger's Clients and Retreat Guests
"When dreams come to us, bearing symbols that are beautiful or even violent and shame filled are precious gifts. They ask to be unwrapped so that they might reveal our deepest desires and heal us into becoming our true selves. Ginger is a gifted and gentle companion in helping others make this journey and lifting the veil of preconceptions about ourselves and the world. She facilitates the process of healing. Ginger has the ability to cherish our fragile dreams, while giving us the tools to hold conversations with our inner selves. My experience was one of deep release and finally experiencing words like grace, “being”, and peace—words that I have used daily in my ministry, but with only a surface understanding of what this wholeness can feel like. For that I am grateful to Ginger. Souls are ever longing and our deep consciousness wants to reveal the source of that longing whatever our spiritual journey."
Rev. Renee F. Geiger
“The dreamscape work I did with Ginger was some of the most profound therapy I have experienced. There is so much potential for growth, understanding, and inner peace in those sub-conscious ramblings that we rarely pay attention too.
Ginger Swanson has a unique ability to meet you at your deepest, unexplored spaces within yourself and with care and skill, guide you through the unfamiliar or uncomfortable landscape to finding self-love and kindness.
Ginger is the utmost professional, I trust her completely and I grew immensely from work together. Forever grateful."
~ Leah Metz - Human Resource Specialist
"With years of experience in dream work, Dr. Ginger Swanson’s insight and intuition are unparalleled. For me particularly, revelations into my familial relationships have been especially insightful and productive. The depth and breadth of Ginger’s expertise -- I cannot give her a higher endorsement."
~ Gene Dongieux - Ariadne Wealth Management
“I am a board member of a non-profit organization called Restorative Justice Resource Center (RJRC). Our organization had been through a number of changes and we were attempting to re-invigorate our mission and establish some coherency in the management of our various endeavors. We enlisted Dr. Ginger Swanson to facilitate a board retreat for us. I cannot come up with enough words to express how impressed I was with Ginger’s leadership and skill. She demonstrated a superior capacity to pick up on nuances and to bring discussions back into focus when they began to drift off topic. She offered sound assistance with empathy, grace, and erudition and with a gentle push towards encouraging us to explore our own intentions and meanings in regard to joining this organization. She is that rare kind of individual who can blend diverse qualities of creativity with a keen intellect and with extraordinary interpersonal skills. I highly recommend that you consider Ginger for the facilitation of any kind of personal or professional retreat in either an individual or group format. She is nothing less than masterful.”
~ Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.
"When I was younger I was fascinated by dreams. I believed they were messages from the spirit world, full of clues and hidden meanings. As I got older though, my skeptical mind took over and I began to consider dreams little more than the subconscious mind processing, sorting random information. Later in life, when I began exploring the path of personal healing, once again dreams became interesting.
I consider myself very fortunate to have connected with Dr. Ginger Swanson, who introduced me to the term 'dream tending'. At the time of our meeting I had had a very vivid dream which she encouraged me to share. What followed was an incredibly revealing journey into my subconscious. At the completion of the dream tending session I was astonished as to how much useful hidden information was contained within the dream imagery. Dr Swanson expertly captured, reflected and revealed this information to me through a fascinating and incredibly intuitive process. I highly recommend anyone on the path to healing and self transformation to take a dream tending session with Ginger, she is simply amazing."
~ Grant B. - Producer
“My stay at Ginger Swanson’s Asarum was truly soul nourishing. It really felt like I’d arrived at a bit of paradise. Ginger was incredibly gracious in helping me manage medical issues as well as others—she is a person who recognizes genuine need and responded to my need with a grace that has left me deeply grateful.
Ginger’s Retreat was the perfect place to find quiet time and space to reflect and create. It’s the kind of place I wished I could just move in and never leave—and for me, personally, the stay was transformative. I’m sure I will go back."
~ Sammie Krasnow
“Ginger Swanson’s Soul Tending Retreat provides a temenos (sacred space) where dreams can take root and become alive as guides in our life. Her deep dream and soul tending work is enriched by the tenderness, hospitality and beauty she provides for renewal of body, soul and spirit in the gorgeous Asarum Retreat Center.”
~ Eva Rider – MA LMFT
"I am so grateful for Dr. Swanson's dissertation clinic retreat! I arrived at the retreat midway through my dissertation process feeling pretty overwhelmed, unsure if I would ever finish. I am so glad I decided to go! At the retreat I received one on one editing help, conceptual feedback, plus counseling on how to manage institutional challenges such as how to better utilize and communicate with my committee. With help, I also developed a concrete timeline for completion. But the most valuable thing about the retreat was giving myself the gift of uninterrupted solitude to write. During my stay I wrote over 20 pages and cut almost 10 pages of unnecessary material. The unique space offered many different nooks and sunny spots for quiet writing. The grounds were expansive and beautiful and allowed for quite walks and reflections in nature. I left the retreat feeling more clear and confident about my work than ever before."
~ Amy Sousa M.A. – Theater Director
"I have had the honor of staying at Ginger's beautiful retreat and it has been wonderful to say that least. Her home is spacious and grand, yet very comforting - the perfect place to get away from it all. Ginger is an incredible host as well, a gem of a woman, so caring and warm. The property includes little nooks and crannies, perfect for sitting in meditation or wandering about. There's even a labyrinth! Both Ginger and her property are utterly enchanting and magical. I can't wait to do another retreat!"
~ Robyn Frazar ~ Cosmetologist
“I had the great privilege of attending Dr. Ginger Swanson's dream tending retreat. I joined with few expectations and a great deal of trust in her skill and experience. I left with a renewed peace of mind, a gentler and more active sense of soul, and a connection to the other participants that went deeper than so many might, in seminars or retreats.
I can't say enough about Ginger's expertise in her field; via "dream tending," she facilitated a breakthrough for me that had haunted and limited me for 40 years. When I consider that experience, and the impact of that dream today, my perspective is playful and optimistic, powerful and tender. For the first time in my life, I released that deeply held wound that had only ever shown itself to me through this dream. And now the dream has the happiest of endings, and the wound has healed as if it never were. What power in imagination! What power in sourcing our intuition with a skilled and experienced guide!
The retreat site is, in its own right, worth almost any price. A peaceful mountain retreat, with nature all around and ample space for all participants to express themselves and explore both internally and externally, it soothed my noisy mind and left me craving the joy of a good book and a quiet afternoon absent the modern interruptions of our typical, 21st-century days.
Go. That's my recommendation. Ginger's dream-tending retreats are not to be missed and are worth every penny and every moment you contribute to yourself through them.”
~ Christine Casey Logsdon – Author
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