Tayria Ward, Ph.D.


Tayria Ward has a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. After 30 years of living in the Los Angeles area where she raised her family, working for 20 years as a minister, and later as a professor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in 2004 she moved to the ancient mountains of Western North Carolina to found Bridging Worlds Mountain Retreat Center.

Tayria’s doctoral work led her into a passion for the study of the ways of sensing and knowing carried by indigenous peoples past and present. Her dissertation is entitledReawakening Indigenous Sensibilities in the Western Psyche. In the last centuries’ thrust toward modernity, as tremendous as it is and has been, much has been left behind. As humans in many ways we threw out the baby with the bathwater. Our connection with the intelligent voices of the non-human world and those of the invisible world have been undervalued, often severed, to the detriment of our health psychologically, emotionally, physically, socially and environmentally.

Tayria’s work is to help recover this health. One of her major tools in working with individuals and groups is focus upon the messaging system in the dreams of the night. She has written down her own dreams and worked with them consistently since the age of 24. She studied the worlds religions avidly for many years, has worked intensively with shamans from Africa and a variety of other traditions, has studied the theories of Carl Jung for decades, including completing her doctorate in Depth Psychology, and worked for many years in analysis of her own dreams with some of the finest Jungian analysts. She is uniquely qualified to assist persons on an in-depth spiritual and psychological quest.

Tayria conducts private sessions, retreats, dream groups and offers vision quests. She is available for classes and lectures.

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