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December 2008

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IASD Office


IASD Member Events Around the World

Your source for bookmarking IASD member Websites is the dream site of Gayle Delaney, PhD, the founding President of IASD. This site has a biography of Gayle's background and her work, since 1981, with Loma K, Flowers, MD (in the Delaney & Flowers Dream Center). It also has several pages on various topics, such as sexual dreams, the Dream Interview, and numerous excerpts from her books, which are described in detail.


Wanted: Seriously seeking dreams with circular or spiral motifs: swirling, twisting, turning, dancing, skating, flying, orbiting; images--shapes in nature or manmade as in buildings, vessels, works of art, patterns, mandalas; themes--revolving, journeying, returning to starting point, rising or descending in levels, etc. Please send along with name and permission to use in a study/presentation on Dreams in Orbit, Earth and Humans in Holistic Balance. Rita Dwyer,

Dreamdeer is Giving Away Presents!

In the spirit of holiday giving and the annual Pledge Campaign, IASD member Dolores Nurss, the well known hostess of the PsiberDreaming Conference's Outer Inn, is giving away some gifts you won't want to miss at the IASD Bulletin Board

There is only one thing you need to remember. If you have never visited IASD's online bulletin board, you will need to register on the forum before being able to post a message to Dolores. This is an easy process of selecting a username and password.

While you're visiting the forum though, you might want to look in at some of the other sections of the board: the lucidity forum, the announcements of upcoming events, news in the world of dreams, and the always-active open discussion of dreams and dreaming, hosted by Olivia Strand.


Take a look at if you haven't been to the web site recently. We've got a brand new navigation system!

Through the work of Richard Wilkerson, IASD's web master, and his assistant, Liz Diaz, the web site has made the move to pull down menus, a giant step up for people trying to access the multitude of pages on the web site. Take a look, because with this new, improved, navigation system you might discover parts of the site you have never seen before! Inside our site, we have information on past and present conferences, on membership benefits, and on dream research. We have selected articles from IASD's publications: Dreaming and Dream Time as well as excerpts from numerous publications on nightmares. We have educational projects and forums of a wide variety. We have an extensive online Dream Art Gallery...and much more.

One reason that IASD is the premiere dream organization in the world is that farsighted members like Dr. Jayne Gackenbach and Richard urged the creation of an online presence at the very beginning of the Internet, and understood its importance. This farsightedness has reaped numerous benefits, including the fact that Google and other search engines recognize IASD and sites connected with it at top20ranking in dream searches.

We hope you enjoy the upgrades.








Also in this issue: 


“WEB-NEWS PLACE” Your source for book-marking IASD member Websites












The deadline for submitting presentation proposals for IASD’s 26th Annual Conference has been extended to December 15,  2008. The “Earth Dreaming” conference is Friday June 26, 2009 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the Wyndham O’Hare Hotel, 6810 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL (at Chicago O’Hare Airport)


Submissions for the 2009 Call for Presentations will be accepted the first week of September and will be via an Online Submission System. Continue to check the IASD website for the Call for Presentations link. Once the link is ready applicants will be able to access an online submission form. For ease in preparation we recommend that you prepare your proposal in Word, or other word processing software, and then copy-and-paste it into the online form. Beginning this year, ALL applicants must use the online form. NO proposals will be accepted by e-mail. If you have questions please write to

Submission Categories

High quality proposals are invited, particularly those that explore the conference theme, Earth Dreaming (ecology and animals, world peace, and fostering future generations). We request that submissions fall into one of the following tracks: Research & Theoretical; Arts & Humanities; Cultural & Anthropological; Education; Religious, Spiritual & Philosophical; Clinical and/or Dreamwork Practice; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams, and the Theme Track, Earth Dreaming. Submission Categories include the following:

Paper Presentations – typically 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A that will be assigned to a symposia of similar papers;

Symposia—a pre-organized seminar of 1.5 to 2 hrs with presentations sharing a common theme (Symposia Chair is responsible for full submission and all communications to presenters);

Panels—1.5 to 2 hour organized panel of very short presentations followed by discussion (Panel Chair is responsible for full submission and all communications to panelists);

Workshops—1.5 to 2 hour interactive, experiential sessions for the practical demonstration of an approach;

Special Events or Major Presentations – up to 1 hour innovative, artistic or participatory events or special presentations.

Morning Dream Groups – 1 hour every morning at approximately 8AM

Hot-off-the-Press — 10 minute theory or research briefs

Note that the Hot-off-the-Press category may be submitted until 1 March 2009. Due to the large number of proposals anticipated, timeslots for Workshops and Special Events or Major Presentations are limited, so if you are able to present your material in a shorter format (presentation or paper), please indicate this option in your submission. Also, although multiple proposals from any one individual will be reviewed, please do not expect that there will be room to accept more than one, even if all are rated highly. If you have questions about the Call for Presentations or the Program please send them to and they will be distributed to our Program Chair, Curt Hoffman, and other members of the Program Committee.

Presenters Must Register
Register early for discounts! Register online this Fall on the IASD website Remember to book your hotel room early as the block of rooms is limited. Book by calling the Hotel directly at 847.297.1234 (preferred number) or at 1-800-WYNDHAM. You can also register through the Wyndham website at  Enter your arrival and departure dates and click on “Search using Corporate, Promo and Group codes” When the new window appears enter our group code – 0626859dr- in the group code box. Then click on the “Search” button. This will take you to the Wyndham/IASD page where you can click on the room rate amount to start the registration process. Presenters must be registered prior to 1 April 2009 in order to remain on the program.

Located close to the Chicago O’Hare airport, the Wyndham O’Hare Hotel is also near Metra trains and the Blue Line El to downtown Chicago. This location provides an excellent center for easy transportation to the conference as well as to the many attractions in Chicago’s Loop, which is only a 45 min. train ride away. Visit Chicago’s famed Millennium Park, The Art Institute, The Magnificent Mile Shopping District, The Freedom Museum, Imax Theater, The Taste of Chicago, Shakespeare Theater or Navy Pier  To discover Chicago and its many other attractions, go to:  Welcome to Chicago To view the hotel, go to:  Wyndham O’Hare Hotel

Program Chair – Curt Hoffman –
E-Mail for Submissions Questions:




Pledge Drive Themometer

As promised last month, IASD's annual Pledge Campaign has begun. You should be receiving the pledge letter in the mail, but it is probably well worth repeating here. This is IASD's birthday year. Let's make it a real celebration!

Use the return form in the mail or you can donate online at

As you can see from the Pledge Drive thermometer (reproduced here from the online pledge drive page), we are already a quarter of the way toward our $12,000 goal through the generous donations of early donors. Thank you!

Dear Dreamer,

This year we are celebrating IASD’s birthday. Over the past twenty-five years a small organization of dreamers has grown to encompass the globe. Our efforts have aided hundreds of people worldwide. This year, we are asking you to give IASD a birthday gift!

Why? Because your gifts are applied immediately toward programs which aid other dreamers, and which strengthen the outreach of the organization. Programs such as Research Grant Awards, Student Awards, conference scholarships, Art Awards, and publications are all supported by donations.

In today’s economy, troubled as it may be, we would like to ask that you give even more to IASD than usual. IASD’s strength lies in providing a path toward solutions: Dreams.

Let me share an IASD success story with you, which exemplifies why gifts to IASD really can make a concrete difference. During the first three years of the partnership between IASD and the DreamScience foundation we have been able to provide seven Dream Research Grant Awards totaling $14,900. Grant awards depend totally on private donations received by IASD from donors like you, as well as those received from the DreamScience foundation. Grants are awarded based on research proposals rated by an IASD Research Committee made up of peer researchers. Although each grant is moderate, these grants have fully funded smaller research efforts and prov ided “seed” funding to larger studies, which have in many cases stimulated additional grant funding for those efforts permitting them to proceed where they may not have without the IASD/DSF approval and awards. To date grant awardees are as follows:

  1. "Self-Altering Forms of Awareness in Dreams following Loss and Trauma;" $2500 award to Ming-Ni Lee, MSc, and Don Kuiken, PhD. at the University of Albertaat the University of Alberta:

  2. "The Relationship between Subjective Sleep Complaints and Disturbed Dreaming to Daily Levels of Stress, Coping and Emotional Regulation"; $2500 award to Ross Levin and Gary Fireman

  3.  “Effects of REM sleep deprivation on dreaming and episodic memory”; $3000 award to Canadian researchers Philippe Stenstrom, M.Sc. and Tore Nielsen, PhD. at the Sleep Research Centre, Sacré-Coeur Hospital

  4.  “Dream Work in Ongoing Therapy”; $3000 award to the research team of Clara E. Hill, PhD, and Charles J. Gelso, PhD. at the University of Maryland 5) “Emotion and Reflective Awareness in Dreaming: An Integration of Content and Process Approaches”; $2500 grant to the California research team of Tracey L. Kahan, Ph.D. and Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

  5.  “Video Game Play, Dream Bizarreness an d Creativity”; Small donation grant of $900 to Canadian researcher Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D.

  6.  “Treating the nightmares of persons who have recently experienced trauma, loss, or traumatic loss with a toll-free voice-mail system”; Special donation grant of $500 for Trauma related research, to to the Canadian research team of Tore Nielsen, Ph.D., Don Kuiken, Ph.D., and Connie Svob, B.A.

Please help IASD to continue its work by sending a Happy Birthday IASD Pledge today!

Jean Campbell, Chair
IASD Development Committee

Reading CE Education Book


SPREAD THE WORD TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES: FOUR NEW CE COURSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (more to come in 2009). IASD members qualify for discounted fees. To register or to get updates on courses and online events from the IASD Dream Studies CE program, log onto the CE page on our IASD web site at 

For 2008-2009 our first round of courses will be based on reading books by well-known authors, taking a multiple-choice exam, and completing a rating of the course. You can order the books on our web site through Amazon or get them on your own. During 2009, new features will include a "book club" format for featured courses, and some form of online chat or meet-up featuring our authors. We hope to add interactive online course formats at a later date.

This exciting new program furthers IASD’s educational mission of building community, generating much needed income for IASD and attracting new members.

This initial set of 4 courses are open to all but will be part of the professional continuing education wing of the IASD Dream Studies Program and will offer continuing education (CE) credits for mental health professionals. Beginning in 2009, general interest books will be added as Lifelong Learning courses that we hope will interest IASD members and other dream aficionados all over the planet. IASD is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IASD maintains responsibility for all Dream Studies CE programs. IASD is also a CE provider for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBSE).

Here are our first courses:

CE books

Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin and Meaning of Dreams by Ernest Hartmann, M.D.
Course Description

Trauma and Dreams by Deirdre Barrett, PhD
Course Description

Dreaming in the World's Religions by Kelly Bulkeley, PhD
Course Description

Dream Work in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action by Clara Hill, PhD
Course Description

Many thanks to the folks making this program possible, especially Mary Pat Lynch, Richard Wilkerson, Jean Campbell, Liz Diaz, Barbara Bishop, Sheila Asato, Mark Blagrove, Nick Brink, Roger Knudson, Jacquie Lewis and the authors of our courses, as well as the MANY volunteer readers who helped in 2008 or will help to pilot test our courses in 2009.

We will begin adding new books in the first quarter of 2009. Earn free CE credits by helping the CE committee screen new books for courses and develop exams for courses and descriptive materials and work with authors. If you want to join the IASD Education Committee please contact: Alan Siegel, Ph.D., IASD Education Committee Chair:

Registration, information and updates are available at: 


New Members: 8
Ms. Linda Armstrong
Ms. Peggy Blake
Ms. Barbara Manning
Mrs. Irma Heiskanen
Mr. David Hiles
Ms. Sandy Olliges
Ms. Suzanne Reinhardt-Smith
Ms. Line Salvesen

Renewing Members: 12
Mr. Marcus Rodrigo
Ms. Janet Pfunder
Ms. Janice Ryalls
Ms. Susan Stember
Mr. Michael Tappan
Ms. Laurel Clark
Ms. Lorna Dexter
Dr. Diane Rickards
Mr. Steven Bauman
Ms. Connie Svob
Dr. Katja Valli
Anonymous: 1

Katja Valli, Turku, Finland

The Board has been very active recently, sending hundreds of e-mails, and discussing various issues, such as regional meetings and the upcoming Chicago celebration year conference. The Gothenburg regional received lots of submissions by the deadline, so I’m sure the schedule will be full of interesting presentations. I expect also plenty of informal discussions, so the event will likely be a huge success. I definitely plan to attend. How about you?

Some Board members and Chicago conference organizers have been active in finding keynote speakers and special guests for the 2009 conference. If even half of their recent plans will come true, the conference will be remembered! Members, keep your thumbs up for their success, and you’ll be surprised in Chicago. Remember also to send your submission by the extended deadline, December 15th.

The research grant committee, which I’m part of, has made a decision regarding who will be granted financial support this year in carrying out dream studies. Altogether 12 proposals were received, all of which were considered excellent and valuable studies. In the end, we managed to narrow down four top finalists, and all their plans would have been worth supporting, but we only had one full grant to award. It went to Kelly Bulkeley and Tracy Kahan, for multidisciplinary research on emotions and reflective awareness in dreams. In addition, Jayne Gackenbach and Raelyne Dopko, and Tore Nielsen and Don Kuiken were also given a small amount of seed money to support their research. Congratulations and good luck with the hard work!

For more news, check the IASD webpage. In fact, if you haven’t visited for a while, check it anyway. There are some new features, for example, new navigation tools, and they look nice! Well, more importantly, they make using the webpage easier…

Judging from the calendar and the increased amount of advertising, Christmas is getting closer. I wish you all Happy Holidays from Finland, the country where Santa Claus really lives in (no, no, no, he does not live on North Pole or in Sweden, but close to the Arctic Circle!). See you next year!


SPOTLIGHT on British Columbia, Canada
By Diane Rickards

Over the last few years, in addition to my practice as a psychotherapist, I have offered dream workshops to a local women's shelter on a volunteer basis, and also, through a Vancouver college as a continuing education course. To increase exposure to dreams and other transpersonal psychology aspects, in 2008 I began organizing workshops and seminars for professionals who are registered with the Transpersonal Psychology Association of Canada around dreamwork, symbology, psychosynthesis, intuitive inquiry, artistic expression, and more.

In hoping to expand awareness around dreamwork in 2009, and as one of the IASD Representatives for Canada, I am offering two series of dream workshops; one will begin in January on a once per month basis and be offered to those already savvy in dreamwork who are in helping professions. The second will be an introductory level dreamwork course for the general public. Both groups will focus, when possible, on ecological symbolism and culminate in two workshops, one that Susan Benson, Ph.D., (IASD AU rep), and I are giving on May 23rd, 2009 preliminarily entitled, Dreaming Landscape, and another workshop in the fall with Jay Dufrechou Ph.D., a dream group facilitator and ecopsychology researcher from Montana, U.S.A.

This theme seems timely due to the IASD 2009 conference, and also due to the fact that in 2008 I authored 2 published articles in regard to this area and dreams - one about terracotta goddesses and another on a dream labyrinth, entitled, "In a Spanish Moment the Inchoate Became Embodied" and "The Mysterious and Luminous Labyrinth". Further to these, there is a French publication (Synodies, France) coming out shortly, "Revealing the Moonlightof the Divine Feminine." If you would like any further information about the above, please contact me at


Year End Thanks from Your Membership Chair

Thank YouOn behalf of the Membership Committee & the Regional Representatives network I want to thank all of our members who have contributed time, money and gifts of dreams, energy and work in many forms to our community during the past year. It has been a pleasure to observe IASD’s growth in sheer numbers and income this year, but even more, it’s been a privilege to receive and be part of communications coming from around the world as we become a more truly global dream community. Our network of Regional Representatives are communicating with most of our members on an individual basis but we also observe new alliances of several Regional Representatives coming together to produce regional events and programs in the coming year. It will be fun to see what emerges from this collective global “kitchen” as our network expands. Keep tuned for announcements of these events.

I want to personally thank all our patron members for their extra contributions as they join or renew their memberships. And as mentioned in last months E-News, I encourage you to consider giving an IASD gift membership to a family member or friend, easy to do and an environment friendly gift.

Thanks in advance to all those who are responding to our current pledge drive which you have received or will receive via snail mail letters with the bright blue card enclosed. The contributions made during this pledge drive help support these aspects of IASD:

• operating expenses & new programs
• IASD publications like DREAM TIME & DREAMING
• IASD Conference Scholarship fund
• limited income & reduced rate memberships
• dream research.

May each and all of you have a happy and peaceful holiday season.

Jody Grundy
Membership Chair


Regional Contact Reps
To find the list of Regional Contact Reps go to the IASD Website.

To become a Regional Contact, or participate in a Regional meet-up contact Jody Grundy, Membership Chair: 




Ernest Hartmann, M/D. has graciously offered some of his writings and lectures to a wider audience by posting them on the Internet. Please visit  to access a host of articles and presentations.


I realized recently that many regular readers of the IASD E-News may not know about the history of dreamwork on the Internet. The truth is that dedicated dream professionals were tapping the power of the web long before Google became a verb. As the Internet becomes increasingly intermeshed with our daily lives, it’s useful to look back at the innovations and disappointments of the original online dream-weavers.

It should be mentioned that while the IASD technically does not endorse online dreamwork, the organization has always provided education and resources for those interested in taking their dreamwork into the digital age.

So here are my favorite highlights in the history of online dreamwork:

Bulletin Boards and USENET — Dreamers are often pegged as being techno-phobic, but how do you explain the fact that dream researchers and enthusiasts were exploring modem-to-computer bulletin boards for dream sharing in the 1980s? Later, in 1991, Jack Campin set up a news group for dreamers on USENET, which was one of the first ways to share information and files between computers and servers without having to coordinate with other users “in real time.”

Some of these newsgroups are still available today (most people subscribe and get new information in a newsreader), but they are losing prominence, especially as Internet service providers (such as Comcast) are beginning to turn their back on free USENET access. Two popular newgroups are: alt.dream and alt.dreams.lucid. Here’s where to find free access over the Internet:

Electric Dreams — Ever since Al Gore invented the Internet, this online magazine pioneered the sharing of dreams online. Thanks go to Richard Wilkerson for his tireless work in promoting and managing this vast resource. While the community aspects of this site are no longer active, hundreds of articles are still available today at

The founders of Electric Dreams worked out the strong ethics that are essential for any kind of dream work, but are especially important for quasi-public spaces like the Internet where privacy issues are provisional at best. These ethical considerations are still valid today; a good run down can be found at this site.

Jeremy Taylor’s Dreamshow — Undoubtedly, the greatest press for online dreamwork was the Dreamshow sponsored by AOL between 1996-1997. Taylor discussed and interpreted dreams to an increasingly large audience of dreamers, and the Dreamshow also had a very popular 24 hour chatroom that became a cultural phenomenon in its own right. The show was cancelled when Taylor refused to follow AOL’s attempt to cash in on the neediest of dreamers by withholding interpretations until they pay additional fees. Although this was the end of the most popular Internet dream work show, Taylor displayed for the world how core ethics in dreamwork cannot be bought or sold. Hats off!

John Herbert’s Dissertation — In 2000, Herbert’s dissertation for Saybrook Graduate School concluded that online dream sharing can provide more insight than traditional dream sharing methods. On the other hand, emotional interplay is reduced. Presumably, this effect is due to the psychological distance created because Internet dream-sharers sit alone at their computers and may take more time to reflect before weighing in with their opinions. Herbert’s findings alleviate much of the earlier fears of dreamworkers that computer-mediated work would be ineffective. For more of Herbert’s important findings and their relevance to online dreamwork, check out

CyberDreamWork — Researcher Robert Bosnak is a great example of how to do it right — he has been successfully leading online dreamwork for over a decade now. Bosnak also developed some biofeedback techniques that continue Carl Jung’s work with dreams and lie detector tests, but more recently is known for his online “cyberdreamwork” training. Bosnak’s online dream sharing model has been effective for years because it uses free communication software that only requires a 28k modem.

Ironically, now that the Internet is more popular than ever before, interest in online dream sharing is actually in a low spot. I smell an untapped opportunity, especially as social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook are integrating with multi-media applications like podcasting and video conferencing. And then there’s the swelling popularity of virtual worlds like Second Life. Provided that the right balance of ethics, anonymity and sensitivity from expert guidance is met, the next chapter in online dream work is ripe for a picking.

Ryan Hurd is an Internet consultant and freelance writer. He maintains the dream research blog:


William Domhoff, PhD gave a talk at UC Santa Cruz in early April on "The Awesome Lawfulness of Your Nightly Dreams" It is now available on YouTube.  There's also a DVD of the talk that can be purchased through UC-TV at

Jon Lipsky, has written a book on dreams and theater called "Dreaming Together: Explore Your Dreams By Acting Them Out." The book outlines how you can re-experience your dreams through theater and explore practical ways to create a “Theater of Dreams.” Jon has also initiated The Dream Cafe at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA. The first show, "The Wild Place," dramatized a dream series about the jungle of motherhood by actress Susan Thompson, who recorded her dreams during pregnancy, childbirth and the sleepless nights of nursing. To find out more about the book go to  

See Boston Globe review of "Dreaming Together" and "The Wild Place

The Secret History of Dreaming, a new book by Robert Moss, restores a missing dimension to our understanding of what drives the human adventure: the vital role of dreams and imagination in science and literature, war and religion, medicine and the survival of our kind. Moss states, This is not another book about dreams.” It is a history of dreaming, a term Moss uses in an expansive sense to encompass not only night dreams but also waking visions, the interplay of mind and matter that is sometimes called synchronicity, and experiences in a creative “solution state.” Robert will also be offering a workshop on May16-17, 2009 in Evanston, IL.

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D. and Bob Hoss, along with a few other IASDers participated in the radio show "Journey's Fire," hosted by Richard Brendan in Indianapolis, to promote the debut of the DREAMTIME television program on November 20, 2008.

Victoria Rabinow has written I Had the Craziest Dream Last Night: Twelve Creative Explorations into the Genius of the Night Mind. Daniel Deslauriers, Ph.D. states, “This is by far the most creative book on dreams out there. When was the last time you read a book that felt like a dream and nudged you to the deepest part of your being?” To order contact, Bright Shadow Press,
1432 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or email

Hermine Mensink interviewed on Dutch Television on the subject of precognitive dreams. The program will air on January 24, 2009.

We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who has generously provided funding for the Student Research Award for the past 4 years has graciously agreed to fund the competition for 2009!

As in previous years, there will be two $500 awards. The first is for the best student submission of original scientific research on dreams and dreaming. The second is for the best submission of original historical, literary, artistic, or theoretical research. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to submit papers.

All participants must submit their presentations in electronic form, preferably through email or if necessary by mailing the files copied to a CD or a DVD to the IASD office by March 15, 2009 (IASD-Student Research, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703) Mark on any mailed box "OK to leave on left porch." Text submissions must not exceed 6,000 words.

Participants should submit text in MS Word, and artwork in .jpg, .tif, or .pdf formats. Participants may also electronically submit videos in AVI formats, or music in MIDI or MPS formats.
Submissions must include a copy of your student ID. Alternatively, you can fax a copy to the IASD Office at 1-209-724-0889, or scan and email an attachment to Send a note or cover letter that this is for the IASD Student Research Award. Participants must specify for which of the two awards they are applying.

Curtiss Hoffman
Student Research Awards Chair


3rd International Conference of the Nordic and European Network for the Study of Dreams, Göteborgs Psykoterapi Institut, Vasagatan 16, 411 24 Gothenburg, Sweden
6-8 March 2009

Our society is changing. We live in times of rapid change, of global change, a change that probably will have an enormous effect on all of us living on this earth. How do we become aware of this global interconnectedness? Can we notice signs of this change in our dreaming life?

Many of us have dreams of a good life for people; we feel an urgent need to change this world into a better one. How do we manage this? Can we dream a better future for our children? Do dreams change society? Can dream work help us?

We know that a dream can tell us that something in our life needs to be changed – it could be a change of attitudes we have of ourselves or of others, it could be about the way we relate to others. The dream can also tell us about greater goals in our lives. We know that dreams have the potential to change us – a ’big dream’ can change us for the rest of our lives.

Inner change is connected to outer change – the crow that I just heard in my garden, will fly in my dream tonight, and what will I make out of that tomorrow? This society that we live in is changing, it puts a challenge upon us, and as we are a part of this changing society, how can we join this process of change?

Submissions and Registration
You are most welcome to join the 3rd international conference of the Nordic and European Network for the Study of Dreams, which has “Dreams in a Changing Society” as its theme.

You can submit a proposal to make a presentation at the conference following the requirements in the call for proposals forms, which are attached. To participate, either as a presenter or simply as a participant, you must register using the registration forms attached.

Submissions for the following are invited:

• paper presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions).

• workshops (1.5 – 2 hours for the practical demonstration of an approach with maximum audience participation and minimum time spent on presenting material)

We welcome you to share with us your experience from working with dreams, whether this is done in your professional life and academic research, or it is done through your personal life, experiential approaches and from dream work with other dreamers, or you are just generally interested.

You can listen to interesting talks and you can take part of in different kinds of experiential workshops and dream groups. Your contribution in any form to this conference will be much valued as part of building a network of dreamers and persons interested in the study of dreams in Europe.

The official language of the conference is English but if you are unable to present in English you are welcome to bring an interpreter with you. Some workshops may be offered in different languages if there is sufficient demand.

Organization, Venue, Accommodation & Fees
This conference is co-organized by the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and Drömgruppsforum, the Swedish Dream Group Forum, in collaboration with the Nordic and European Network for the Study of Dreams.

The conference will take place in central Gothenburg, which is Sweden’s second largest city. It is beautifully located on the coast in between Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark, with excellent connections via air, train or bus.

The venue is an old villa where the Psychotherapeutic Institute of Gothenburg (Göteborgs Psykoterapi Institut) is situated. The house has a comfortable atmosphere and is well suited for activities including 50 – 80+ persons. Coffee, lunch, dinner, etc will be served at the venue, and is included in the registration fee.

Accommodation must be organised individually directly with providers.
Hostels: Sweden has excellent low cost hostels, which do not differ much from reasonable hotels. Four are available within 2 kilometres, for example:;;; Prices range from 17 Euro (per night/person in 6 person room) to 36 Euro (per night/person for single room). Breakfast is extra at reasonable prices.
Hotels: You can easily find hotels at a close distance, a list can be forwarded. Hotel apartments: Are available 3 km away, easy by tram + short walk:

The registration fee for full conference before January 15th is:
Members (IASD, DGF and collaborating organisations) and students: 1200 SEK/130 EURO. Non-members: 1500 SEK/165 EURO

The registration fee for full conference after January 15th is:
Members (IASD, DGF and collaborating organisations) and students: 1500 SEK/165 EURO. Non-members: 1800 SEK/200 EURO

The full conference fee includes conference program, refreshments and the following meals: Light evening meal Friday, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch.

Practical Steps for Submissions and Registration
Please submit the Call for Presentations form electronically to with copies to:; by October 24th 2008. Only forms duly filled out will be accepted.

For registration, either as a presenter or plain participant, please follow instructions in attached registration forms. Please note that discounted prices are available only up to January 15th 2009. After this day the price will go up with approximately 25%.
NOTE: All presenters will be required to pay the registration fee.

Further information & Questions
We look forward to welcoming you to Gothenburg for a weekend of dream work, discussions about important subjects, and also pleasant socializing. Further details will be advertised in due course on the following websites:

Questions can be directed to: Conference host: Gunnar Sundström, Paradisgatan 26 c 413 16 Gothenburg Sweden. Email: Telephone +46 (0)31 42 26 79 or +46 (0)76 211 57 66




Dream Science Foundation

IASD and the DreamScience foundation is proud to announce the following research grant award winners for 2008. There were 4 top proposals out of a field of 12 received. All were very valuable and quite excellent. Unfortunately with the economic downturn this year we only had $3900 in donations for research (as opposed to $6000 last year). With this we were only able to fully fund one study (that of Kahan and Bulkeley) but were able to provide small donation grants to the efforts of two others. Thanks to all 12 who contributed very excellent proposals, and congratulations to these three. Thanks as well to the IASD Research Committee for the excellent evaluation work in making these tough selections out of so many good proposals.

1) “Emotion and Reflective Awareness in Dreaming: An Integration of Content and Process Approaches”; $2500 grant to the California research team of Tracey L. Kahan, Ph.D. and Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. who will be performing the study at Santa Clara University.

2) “Video Game Play, Dream Bizarreness and Creativity”; Small donation grant of $900 to help pay for supplies and services to Canadian researcher Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D. at Grant Mac Ewan College Edmonton, Alberta

3) “Treating the nightmares of persons who have recently experienced trauma, loss, or traumatic loss with a toll-free voice-mail system”; Special donation grant of $500 for Trauma related research, to help to upgrade the voice system to the Canadian research team of Tore Nielsen, Ph.D., Don Kuiken, Ph.D., and Connie Svob, B.A.

Bob Hoss

Chair of the Research Grant Committee



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