2019 Southern California Regional

Southern California IASD Regional is having our 5th Dream Conference, “Dreamwork: Experiencing the Possibilities”, on September 21, 2019 from 8 am – 5:30 pm. Continuing Education credits for psychologists available. Register now!

The main event will feature IASD’s own Walter Berry, who will team up with Keith Himebaugh, Ph.D. a professional Animator and Archetypal Psychologist. Walter is known for his uniquely creative workshops as he reawakens dreams through art, lights and wit.

Keith, as a graduate of Pacifica Institute, merges psychology with animation to bring a mythic aspect to experiencing dreams. Together, they will be bringing back their hugely successful Firebird workshop from the 2017 IASD Conference in Anaheim, with newly added animation. Get ready for a whole new level of experiential dreamwork – the Firebird awaits you!

The day will also include experiencing the possibilities of working with your dreams in various modalities such as art, dance, poetry, drawing and journaling. Learning about lucid dreaming, Dream Tending, Tarotpy©, Somatic Resonance, recovery dreams and dreaming in church (see below for more details).

Keep a look out for more information on the upcoming regional conference! You can also follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information @SoCal.IASD.

The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Presentations & Presenters

“A Wanderer’s Way: An Integrative Approach for Recognizing the Signs that Guide Us” a workshop by Susan Ackerman Joseph, MFT

A Wanderer’s Way is an experiential offering using somatic resonance to facilitate insight regarding signs we sense are meaningful. Integrating concepts from the IChing and emerging science related to the nervous system, participants will have an opportunity to work with their own material through an integrative somatic experience followed by processing through creative practice.

Susan Ackerman Joseph, MFT (Valley Village, CA) is a lifetime wanderer in the realm of the creative experienced through dreams, nature and esoteric practice. A certified somatic practitioner, trained psychotherapist, and multi-media artist (aka SackJo22), her offerings integrate creative and healing arts to bridge mystic wisdom with existential practicality.

 “Dream Tending: Imagination, Animation, Curiosity and Sustaining Relationships with Dream Images” a workshop by Claudia DeBorde, MA

Each night we experience an amazing adventure into another world containing elements of things known and unknown. This adventure connects us to an ancient, tailor made symbolic language that is as unique as our fingerprints. Who is visiting? Why have they come? What is the dream’s desire?

Curiosity and imagination awaken the location of the dreamscape and animates the dream figures. We will go on an indigenous walk-a-bout and explore this specific landscape. We will walk softly noticing what is happening here. As the journey evolves we will become familiar with our own particular dream language and what messages are offered to us from there and in the various ways we can continue to stay in relationship with these dream figures.

Claudia DeBorde, MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is a credentialed teacher. She has studied Dream Tending with Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D. for 25 years and is currently assisting with the Certification I and II Dream Tending programs. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

“Three Questions for Firebird” the main event with Keith Himebaugh, PhD and Walter Berry, MA

Rising from the ashes, the great Firebird returns to take more questions from a few brave souls. Imagine. If you were granted an audience with the divine source of all creation, and you could ask the most essential question burning within you, what would it be? Would you have the courage to hear the answer?

This special event reprises a magical offering from the 2017 IASD conference in Anaheim. Combining their unique backgrounds in mythology, dreamwork, animation and theater, Keith Himebaugh, Ph.D. and Walter Berry, M.A. explore the nature of big dreams and the possibilities for sharing them in community.

Keith Himebaugh, Ph.D. is an animator, mythologist, Dream Tender, and founder of Mythic Drawing. He received his BA in Art/Communications and Religion from Hope College, classical animation certification from Vancouver Film School and MA/PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Walter Berry, M.A. is a certified Dream Facilitator and a member of the Board of Directors of the IASD.  His work on dreams has a special emphasis on the visual, and he is currently writing a book on the subject.  He leads a weekly dream group in Los Angeles.

“Mythic Drawing: An Archetypal Psychology of Creativity” a workshop by Keith Himebaugh, PhD

Join Dr. Keith Himebaugh for an immersive 90-min workshop, “Mythic Drawing: An Archetypal Psychology of Creativity. Delve into the soul of an artist with a live drawing demo, enhanced with animation. Learn the key principles of Mythic Drawing and use them to navigate your inner world and create rich dream art.

Keith Himebaugh, Ph.D. is an animator, mythologist, Dream Tender, and founder of Mythic Drawing. He received his BA in Art/Communications and Religion from Hope College, classical animation certification from Vancouver Film School and MA/PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

“Lucid Dreaming: Science, Psychology & Cosmic Nature” a workshop by Robert Hoss, MS

Lucid dreaming is one of the most exiting ways to explore the full nature of who you are as well as the expansive frontiers of consciousness. I briefly cover the science, the psychology and multiplicity of experiences of lucid dreaming as well as psychological and physical healing benefits and methods of incubating lucid dreams.

Throughout we share and explore experiences, questions, and enhancement tips.

Robert Hoss, MS, Cave Creek, Arizona. Bob is a director and past president of IASD, Director of the DreamScience Foundation for research grants, faculty member of the Haden Institute. He is co-editor/author of Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology & Culture (2019) and Dreams that Change Our Lives (2017) and is author of Dream to Freedom (2013) and Dream Language 2nd ed. (Free download on www.dreamscience.org). His work is published in 8 other books and 4 Journals.

“A Dreamy Perspective: Creating a Collage Dream Tarot Card” a workshop by Athena Kolinski, MA

Dreams, like the Tarot, are filled with layers of meaning that enrich the depth and intricacies which they provide in our lives. This complexity of multiple perspectives into symbols and imagery encompasses a more holistic approach to dreamwork. Tapping into the limitlessness of the archetypal images awakens that which is laden within the Tarot and your dreams. Come explore the possibilities of how your artistic expression of a dream can give you more insight into your relationship with the universal archetypes. You will create a collage Dream Tarot Card, then have a chance to share it with others gaining additional layers of perspectives into your dream world.

Athena Kolinski, M.A., is a woman of many hats as a full-time mom, dreamworker, intuitive Taropty© Practitioner, a member of IASD Board of Directors and SoCal Regional Group. Athena enjoys focusing on the personal side of images to build awareness around perception, projections, and the stories we tell ourselves. starcarddreaming@gmail.com

“Explore Your Dreams for Insight and Inspiration: A self-directed approach for tapping into inner wisdom” a workshop by Laura Prickett

This experiential workshop introduces attendees to a journaling method for exploring dreams that was presented at the 2018 IASD Annual Conference, as well as other venues including the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, California. Attendees will be guided through a series of writing prompts to explore how aspects from one of their dreams resonate with meaningful issues in their life. In addition to exploring a dream at the workshop, attendees will receive guidance for using the dream exploration approach on their own.

Laura Prickett is a spiritual director, dream group facilitator, and workshop leader. Laura holds Certificates in Spiritual Direction and Dream Group Facilitation, and a Master of Community Planning. She lives in Berkeley, California, developed a self-directed dream exploration journaling method, and is pilot-testing dream exploration guidance for spiritual directors.

“Dreaming in Church” a panel presentation by Geoff Nelson, D Min

Dreams offer an opportunity for spiritual growth within the Christian Church. This presentation will present the opportunities for spiritual growth in dreams and dreaming, consider the advantages of dream work over other practices, look at the dream experiences of some church folks and consider future directions for such work.

Rev. Geoff Nelson, D. Min., is a retired Presbyterian pastor, from Whittier, California. He is also a trained spiritual director, labyrinth facilitator and received his D. Min. degree for running dream groups in churches. His book, “Dreaming in Church” is available through Amazon and the publisher, Wipf & Stock.

“The Dream of Poetry in Dance” a workshop by Devi Prem, MA

This is an exploration of your dream in poetic writing and through movement. There are no special abilities needed. You will recall a profound dream and allow your muse to create poetry shared with a partner. The highlight will be bringing your dream poem into movement expressing the energetics of your dream. Being witnessed can be a powerful experience in feeling welcome with your interpretation of your dream expressed through poetry and movement. There will be time for sharing.

Devi Prem holds a BA in Business, a MA in Transpersonal Psychology, and a current enrollment in a Ph.D. program in Psychology at Sofia University, added by certifications in Coaching, Meditation, Movement, and Creativity. She has been teaching, coaching, and mentoring internationally since 2002. Devi resides in Ashland, OR.

 “Tarotpy: An Innovative Approach to Dream Work and Psych-Spiritual Counseling” a workshop by Lauren Z. Schneider, MA

Tarotpy® combines traditional psychotherapy practices with ancient mystical tools for psycho-spiritual guidance and healing. Tarotpy ® uses the rich symbolic imagery of Tarot, Dream Cards, Soul Cards and other archetypal images to lay the unconscious on the table and make conscious that which is vital for emotional, physical and spiritual growth. Tarotpy ® awakens creative imagination that may be otherwise blocked, for example, depressed clients whose doorway into their unconscious process is shut and traumatized clients whose memories are frozen in place. Healing metaphors and solutions arise spontaneously from the images. Tarot images come from the same pool as dreams, gaining further insights to our nightly dreams and stimulates more vivid dreaming.

Lauren Z. Schneider, M.A. integrates family systems, dream work, eco-therapy and Tarotpy ® in an innovative approach to psycho-spiritual guidance and healing. Based in Santa Barbara, Lauren does private consultations, groups and trainings worldwide. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U. C., Berkeley; Lauren is certified in Advanced DreamTending and Embodied Imagination.

“The Use of Dreams to Enhance Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder” a panel presentation by Mark Scott, LAADC

A presentation on the use of Jeremy Taylor’s approach to dream interpretation to work with individuals in recovery from a substance abuse disorder. Dreams can help identify hidden triggers and warning signs for relapse. Dreams can also deal with commitment to the recovery process, unresolved grief issues, and family of origin issues that may interfere with the individual’s commitment to sobriety.

Mark Scott is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) with the California Consortium of Addiction Professionals and Programs (CCAPP). He has been working in the field of addiction for 30 plus years. He has worked in a variety of milieu’s including detox, residential, outpatient, and a transitional living home. He is currently providing individualized substance abuse counseling and education to individuals in a discrete one-on-one setting. He is also qualified to work with employees whose employment is regulated by the Department of Transportation to provide assessments, treatment plans and follow-up care. He has incorporated dream work with the individuals with whom he works where possible and appropriate.

Register today!

Event Schedule (v.1)

8:00 – 8:45 am        Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:15 am        Opening Announcements

9:15 – 10:45 am      Presentation Session I

Session A – Panel: “The Use of Dreams to Enhance Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder” by Mark Scott, LAADC & “Dreaming in Church” by Geoff Nelson, D Min (Rm 121; Limit 30*)

Session B – Workshop: “Tarotpy: An Innovative Approach to Dream Work and Psych-Spiritual Counseling” by Lauren Z. Schneider, MA (Rm 124)

Session C – Workshop: “The Dream of Poetry in Dance” by Devi Prem, MA (Lounge)

 10:45 – 11:00 am     Break

11am – 12:30 pm     Presentation Session 2

Session D – Workshop: “Lucid Dreaming: Science, Psychology & Cosmic Nature” by Robert Hoss, MS (Lounge)

Session E – Workshop: “A Dreamy Perspective: Creating a Collage Dream Tarot Card” by Athena Kolinski, MA (Rm 121; Limit 20*)

Session F – Workshop: “A Wanderer’s Way: An Integrative Approach for Recognizing the Signs that Guide Us” by Susan Ackerman Joseph, MFT (Rm 124)

12:30 – 2:00 pm      Lunch Break (in neighborhood)

2:00 – 3:30 pm        Featured Event: “Three Questions for Firebird” by Keith Himebaugh, PhD & Walter Berry, MA

3:30 – 3:45 pm        Break & Snacks

3:45 – 5:15 pm        Presentation Session 3

Session G – Workshop: “Dream Tending: Imagination, Animation, Curiosity and Sustaining Relationships by Claudia DeBorde, MA (Rm 124; Limit 30*)

Session H – Workshop: “Explore Your Dreams for Insight and Inspiration: A self-directed approach for tapping into inner wisdom” by Laura Prickett (Rm 121; Limit 20*)

Session C – Workshop: “Mythic Drawing: An Archetypal Psychology of Creativity” by Keith Himebaugh, PhD (Lounge)

5:15 – 5:30 pm        Closing Comments

* Sign-up sheets for workshops with space limitations will be available in the morning of the event near the registration table.

Registration fees

Regular Paying  
Member $      70.00
Non Member $      85.00
Member Student/Low Income* $      35.00
Non Member Student/Low Income* $      45.00
Presenter** $      50.00
Volunteer** $      20.00

CE credit

$      15.00

* Students can attach a scan of their student ID’s and email to office@asdreams.org or send to the office address. Low Income is considered $22,000 or less a year.

** Presenters and Volunteers registration deadline is July 21st and must have been approved by the SoCal IASD Regional Group to receive the discount.