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Conference of the International Assn for the Study of Dreams

Jeff T.
Group Organizer
New Orleans, LA
Hey Dream Gang. FYI:

26th Annual Conference of the
International Association for the Study of Dreams

Friday June 26, 2009 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wyndham O’Hare Hotel
Rosemont, IL (at Chicago O’Hare Airport)


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Program Listing

Keynote Speakers and Invited Presenter

Earn up to 25 CE Credits on Dreams and Dreaming

Five days of seminars, workshops, papers and events focusing on clinical, theoretical, research, cross-cultural, artistic and spiritual approaches to understanding dreams and nightmares from over 150 international presenters.

Keynote and Invited Speakers
and Featured Presenters

Stanley Krippner, PhD

Keynote - Everyone Who Dreams Partakes of Shamanism
Saturday, June 29, 7:45-9:00 PM

Early humans accepted all of their perceptions as reality, whether they were waking images, visionary images, or dream images. Once early humans began to discriminate among various types of "reality," shamans emerged to negotiate the shift between worlds and to interpret the images that occurred in non-ordinary reality. This role gradually was taken over by psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and other professional dreamworkers. But the "grass roots dream movement" of the latter 20th century began to return this function to dreamers, especially if they had been trained to work with their own dreams, either individually or in a group. The Paratinin Indians of the Amazon often remark, "Everyone who dreams partakes of shamanism," and this is exactly the function of the grass roots dream movement, as exemplified by the International Association for the Study of Dreams. An example of this function will be illustrated by the paintings of the celebrated Canadian artist, Rob Van de Horst, whose surrealistic paintings have been evoked by dream images for several decades.

Stanley Krippner, PhD, is professor of psychology at Saybrook Graduate School and co-director of the Dream Studies Certificate Program. A former president of IASD, and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, he is co-author of Dream Telepathy, Extraordinary Dreams, and Personal Mythology, and Dreamworking. He is also the editor of Dreamtime and Dreamwork and co-editor of Dreamscaping, Healing Tales, and Healing Stories. http://stanleykrippne...­


Barbara Tedlock, PhD

Monday, June 29, 7:45-9:00 PM

Dreaming creates a spiritual refuge between ourselves and the multilayered world surrounding us. The reality of this sanctuary—located between the tangible and the intangible, the visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible—has long been recognized and described by shamans and mystics. In shamanic traditions children’s dreaming is encouraged and created in dialogue with elders. As they learn to enact their dreams they move beyond being into becoming and understand dreaming as a process of transformation within the landscape of their souls. When they fully enter this magical world they find themselves able to shape shift into a bird—perhaps a pelican or a gull—and fly rapidly into the sky, or else they flip into a dolphin and plunge deeply into the ocean, then turn suddenly and shoot upwards, breaching joyfully into the open air.

In the indigenous world, dream incubation—including omen reading, vision questing, conscious dreaming, and the ingesting of sacred plant medicines—is actively practiced. The resulting dreams and visions provide experiential signals and icons, manifesting spiritual power in dreaming and waking reality. In this talk I will describe Ojibwe, Huichol, Mayan, and Shipibo visionary dreaming practices and show art works created by shaman-dreamers from these and other traditions.

Barbara Tedlock, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she teaches courses in psychological anthropology, religion, and the arts, as well as holistic health, dream interpretation, and healing. Trained and initiated as a shamanic dream interpreter by the K’iche’ Maya of Guatemala, she is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Shamanic Practice. She has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Anthropology of Consciousness, and Consulting Editor (since 1990) of Dreaming: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Her books include Dreaming: Anthropological and Psychological Interpretations and The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine. Forthcoming is Healing Medicine: Ancient Wisdom in Modern Healthcare and The Power, Poetics, and Spirituality of Dreaming.­


Invited Presenter
Robert Moss

The Secret History of Dreaming – Lecture
Monday, June 29, 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

We’ve been missing a vital part of the history we need to know – how dreams, coincidence and imagination have driven great lives and great events in every field, from war to healing, from science to religion. History without the inner side is as shallow as history without economics, and as boring as history without sex.

In this high-octane presentation, Robert Moss restores the inner dimension to our understanding of how things happen in our world. We’ll learn how a dream led directly to one of the biggest oil finds in history, how Mark Twain’s life was guided by coincidence and how Harriet Tubman was able to guide escaping slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad because in dreams she could fly like a bird.

We’ll learn what Joan of Arc had in common with ancient women tree-seers, and how we can grow our own power of vision by tapping what they knew. We’ll explore the role of imagination in healing, from the Asklepian dream temples of the ancient Mediterranean to the new chapter in mind-body medicine that is just opening.

We’ll hear about the new discipline Moss calls “dream archeology” and why we need the skills of both shamans, scholars and detectives to fathom the past and to prepare for the changes that are coming in the future history of our world.

Robert Moss is the pioneer of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dreamwork. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood and first learned the ways of a traditional dreaming people through his friendship with Aborigines. He leads popular seminars and trainings all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and a lively online dream school at A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar. His many books on dreaming and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination and The Secret History of Dreaming (New World Library, January 2009). His website is


Featured Speaker
Stephen Aizenstat

Dream Tending
Saturday, June 27, 4:15-6:15 PM

Drawing from his highly acclaimed new book Dream Tending, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat will present the concept of the "World's Dream.” He will invite participants to experiment with a worldview that playfully and soulfully sees the world as alive and always dreaming. Dr. Aizenstat will lay out the foundational principles of a system of dreamwork that listens to the dreams of earth’s landscapes and creatures. He will elaborate on the ideas of "archetypal activism," the "indigenous image," and the aboriginal notion of the "dreamtime." Skills sets will be offered that contribute to personal well being and to a dream-centered environmental advocacy. The role of Dream Tending in the development of the Earth Charter, a project of the United Nations, will be described.

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through the study of depth psychology and pursuit of his own research. He has collaborated with many masters in the field, including Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, and James Hillman; as well as native elders worldwide. Dr. Aizenstat has conducted hundreds of dreamwork seminars throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.


2009 Conference Contacts

Conference Host: Jacquie Lewis
Program Chair: Curt Hoffman

Office E-Mail (registration questions) -
Telephone 1-209-724-0889
Mailing address - IASD, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
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