International Association for the Study of Dreams - E-News

September 2008

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IASD PsiberDreaming Conference 2008


IASD International Conference 2009 - Chicago, IL










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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?


You are most welcome to join the 3rd international conference of the Nordic and European Network for the Study of Drams, 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, on the Regional Conference Website. To participate, either as a presenter or simply as a participant, you must register using the registration forms on the site.

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 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.


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 venues, 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.


Please submit the Call for Presentations form electronically to  with copies to:;  by October 24th 2008. Only forms duly filled out will be accepted.   You can find the forms at the conference website at

For registration, either as a presenter or plain participant, please follow instructions at

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.


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
+46 (0)76 211 57 66


Go ahead and dream of the future --but don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE!!!

Since it began seven years ago, IASD's PsiberDreaming Online Conference has become one of the finest conferences available anywhere on the Internet: Reasonably priced and lots of fun, this year's online conference will run from Sunday, September 21 through Sunday, October 5 for two weeks of nonstop interaction and inspiration.

The theme of IASD's PsiberDreaming Conference 2008 will be Dreaming the Future of Dreaming. Because IASD is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, co-hosts Jean Campbell and Rita Dwyer decided it would be very interesting to look back at the dreamwork of those past years and a look forward to what our dreams suggest the future might bring, particularly in the area of Psi Dreaming. Our presenters and attendees will represent many countries and disciplines, sharing news and views, as well as contributing to the artwork shown in our conference gallery and competing in contests, such as precognitive and telepathic dreaming.

Register Now at

Due to the international nature of IASD, registration rates for the annual PsiberDreaming Conference are kept at a low cost: $40 for Nonmembers, $35 for Members, and $25 for students with valid ID. Even for people who cannot afford to attend each annual membership conference, this two-week online forum is a way to greet old friends and meet new ones. Invite your friends to become IASD members during the time of the PsiberDreaming Conference. New members who join IASD for the first time between August 16 and October 1 will receive a free pass to the online conference, and a firsthand look at why IASD is the most popular dream organization in the world.


We wish to invite all dreamers who would like to share their dream-inspired artwork to participate in the 7th Annual PsiberDreaming Art gallery. This is an international open call for painters, photographers, conceptual digital graphics, fiber artists, dream doodlers, etc. We are especially interested to see dream based artwork that falls into this years PsiberDreaming conference theme: Dreaming of the Future. Keep in mind that this is not a brick and mortar gallery. There’s no need to frame, wire, bang a nail into a wall. This online gallery will be open to PsiberDreaming online conference participants. Our needs are simple: jpeg images of your Dream-based artwork and a text narrative of the dream itself.

The PsiberDreaming Art gallery is always a huge hit for participants and gallery visitors, drawing submissions from professional artists to submissions from those who are making their first attempt in a new medium. Please send .jpg images and text to Diana Thompson at for incorporation into the gallery. Early submissions are encouraged.

Elligibility: Original artwork in any medium about or inspired by dreams. This is open to ALL professional artists and non-artists. If you have connected artistically to a dream, through imagery, poetry, sketches, photography, or audio, you are welcome to submit your work to be contributed to the gallery.

Limit: Maximum of five (5) images per artist.

Children under the age of 18 must have a parental permission & signature to be included. Dream text MUST accompany all images. Images without dream text will not be considered.

Deadline: September 15, 2008



Your assistance is needed in Dreaming the Future of Dreaming.

This year IASD celebrates its twenty-fifth year as the premiere organization for dream study and dream activities in the world. This year's PsiberDreaming Online Conference celebrates the accomplishments of a dedicated group of dreamers by asking you to consider the future. What will dreams discover and what will dreamers accomplish over the next 25 years?

We are asking you to think on this question, to DREAM on this question, and then submit your answer to us in no more than four paragraphs by September 10, 2008. We are extending this deadline because we hope you will join us.

The Dreaming the Future of Dreaming document we create from your answers will become a part of the PsiberDreaming Conference, and our gift to the future of dreams. It will be open to the general public during the PsiberDreaming Conference, although discussion of the document will be part of the passworded conference discussion board. Please participate by sending your response to Conference co-host Jean Campbell at 


Stay tuned to IASD Enews for many more exciting details in the October issue. The first four courses will be based on the following books.

Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin and Meaning of Dreams by Ernest Hartmann MD

Trauma and Dreams by Deirdre Barrett, PhD

Dreaming in the World’s Religions by Kelly Bulkeley, PhD

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

If you have questions or want to help out with the IASD Dream Studies Continuing Education (CE), or join the Education Committee, please contact the IASD Education Chairperson, Alan Siegel, at


For IASD’ 26th Annual Conference, Friday June 26, 2009 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Wyndham O’Hare Hotel, 6810 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL (at Chicago O’Hare Airport)

DEADLINE for Submissions -
November 30, 2008





Submissions for the 2009 Call for Presentations will be accepted the first week of September and will be via an On-Line 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 on-line 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 on-line form. NO proposals will be accepted by e-mail. If you have questions please write to 

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 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.


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:





New Members: 8
Ms. Jean D. O’Donnell
Ms. Laura Lefelar
Njeri Damali Campbell
Mr. Don Jeffrey
Ms. Catherine Rose
Ms. Francoise Aline Cloutier
Mr. Domenec Mendez
Anonymous 1

Renewing Members: 19
Ms. Tracy A. Stone
Ms. Anne Boyd Wein
Ms. Deborah Hickey
Ms. Robyn Murfin-Roberts
Ms. Mara Zadnoff
Ms. Jennifer M. Windt
Ms. Elizabeth Scanzani
Mrs. Elizabeth Young
Ms. Janet G. Patterson
Ms. Anne A. Hill
Ms. Dianne F. Brown
Ms. Meg A. Pierce
Ms. Hallfridur Jakobsdottir
Ms. Elizabeth Stangeland
Mr. Harry Moody
Mrs. April Woodward
Mr. Jeff A. Vovillia
Anonymous 2

Affiliate Member: 1
VSD: Contact Member:
Ms. Monique Thijssen Dwergstern

SPOTLIGHT on IASD in the Middle East

Last month we noted the strong international character of IASD in the active presence of several new Regional Representatives. So, let’s take a look at some news from
Dr. Mohamed Salem
, our new Regional Representative from United Arab Emirates, which he shared in recent correspondence with us.

He writes about his dream related activities for our interest and participation:

1] I was able to create a Special Interest Group for Dream Research in the Arab Federation of Psychiatry, which is the main body of all Arab psychiatrists, covering more than 14 countries in the Middle East, and has a regular periodical: The Arab Journal of Psychiatry.

2] I am giving 3 workshops about Dream Studies in the area to promote the scientific interest and collaboration in the field of Dreams Research, and to introduce the interested parties to the IASD: In Abu Dhabi, UAE in October 2008

  • In Alexandria, Egypt during the 5th International Congress of Psychiatry in November 2008

  • In Al Ain, UAE, during the 6th International Scientific Conference for Medical Students in the GCC Countries in January 2009

3] I started to promote for the expected regional meeting of the IASD in Jordan, expected to be in May 2009.

4] I am collaborating with Dr. Ali Rasheed and Dr. Malek Yamani who are members living within the UAE.

In the course of our correspondence I asked him to share how he became interested in dreams and how and why he joined IASD with such enthusiasm. This is his response:

I have a long interest in dreams, with personal experience in precognitive dreams for myself and my parents. My mother used to have frequent precognitive dreams of the literal type, while my father had religiously significant dreams. I was fascinated with these phenomena, and I have kept a regular dream journal since childhood. I presented a review article on Precognitive Dreams in one of the International Psychiatric Congresses in 2000.

In 2001 I joined the Dept of Psychiatry of the Medical School of the UAE University, and have established a regular lecture in the Undergraduate Psychiatric Curriculum about The Functions of Dreams. Then I started some Dream research projects. Knowing my interest in dreams, it was one of my trainees, doing his postgraduate psychiatric training in Montreal, who drew my attention to the IASD and the 25th Annual Conference in Montreal. It was great news for me indeed, and I had the pleasure to attend this great event, and to start working for the IASD as the Middle East representative of the organization. I was very impressed by the support, dedication and care of the Membership Chair, Jody Grundy and by the management of Jean Campbell, David Kahn, Olaf and others.

Intuitive dreams fascinate me because they have a spiritual flavor. They are blessed because they make us sense and perceive the Divine. They are messages of love wisdom and care for all humans from their Heavenly Lord that deserve to be gratefully recognized and cared for.

With my warm regards.

We are very pleased to see this dream activity in the Middle East and all the potential it represents. What a wonderful way to enter into our 25th IASD Anniversary Year Celebration!

Jody Grundy
IASD 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 Chairperson:




The September 2008 issue of Clio’s Psyche features a memorial tribute for Montague Ullman. Remembrances by several who knew Monte are published there.

Thanks to Dr. Paul Elovitz, the editor, this special issue was made possible. Individual copies are available for $15.00, payable to Clio’s Psyche, 627 Dakota Trail, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417, USA. Paul’s email is:

The September issue also contains an examination of Barack Obama’s dreams and rhetoric by Paul Elovitz and Kelly Bulkeley. As Editor, Paul welcomes dream related submissions.

Paul Elovitz does an impressive job of orchestrating issues that edify and facilitate our understanding of the “why of culture, current events, history, and society.” I have been a member-subscriber for over 20 years and find each issue interesting, informative, and relevant to dream work.

I first met Paul at one of Monte’s Experiential Dream Group Leadership Workshops. Dr. Elovitz is a historian, psychoanalyst, professor, and editor. He and Donald Hughes, a historian, introduced the experiential dream group process into psychohistory as a means of exploring the dreams of historical figures. Psychohistorical Dreamwork is an exciting new methodology that “allows the researcher to explore the meaning of extant dreams and motivations of historical personalities.” It is more fully described in The Variety of Dream Experience by Montague Ullman and Claire Limmer.

I strongly recommend those who are interested in Paul’s unique and impressive psychohistorical applications to join and support this worthy scholarly publication.

Mena Potts

Katja Valli, Turku, Finland

Summer is over, at least here in Finland, but whether summer, autumn, winter or spring, e-mails between Board members are exchanged on almost daily basis. Not only do we discuss things that need to be done in the near future, but often the members on the mailing list make remarks about some striking or puzzling features of their own dreams. Similar or sometimes contradictory dream experiences are then shared, and those who have research based information on the discussed topic, back up personal experiences with data from larger populations. This kind of dream sharing makes the “work-related” discussion much livelier, and also provides ideas for future conferences. For example, if a specific topic raises huge interest among Board members, maybe in the next conference it would be worthwhile to organize a panel discussion on the topic, and share the particular issue with all IASD members. In this way, all members benefit from the dreams of Board members.

Dream sharing aside, work also needs to be done. This year is special to IASD, as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, and want to make it memorable. Individual Board members and advisory committees are engaged in various tasks, such as planning and organizing next year’s conference (the highlight of the anniversary celebration), on-line conferences (PsiDreaming conference is just about to begin, so remember to enroll!), regional meetings, fundraising, advertising, recruiting new members, and so on. Luckily, these responsibilities are shared, not only among Board members, but among all IASD members. If you are interested in getting involved in any of this important work, contact your regional representative or any of us Board members. All help is appreciated!

At the moment, I am personally engaged in evaluating the brief research proposals for this year’s Research Grant. This task is not easy: more than ten submissions, and all of them of good quality. However, among the brief proposals, only few will qualify to the final round, that is, the author(s) are asked to submit a full proposal, and then the Research Grant committee will face the most difficult decision: which proposal or proposals should actually be funded. The whole process will take a couple of months, but stay tuned to find out what kind of research IASD will fund this year!

Also, look for more news and updates on IASD website:




In September, Stanley Krippner will be conductings workshops on dreams and expressive arts in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Wuna, Chine. He will be the guest of the Sino-American Association of Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology.

The Quiet Campaign - to Support IASD and Dreaming
Consider a gift or bequest to the IASD Heritage Fund

Come volunteer for IASD’s 26th Annual Conference, Friday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the Wyndham O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL

The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is looking for dedicated volunteers to help with its annual conference. IASD is an all-volunteer organization requiring many people to donate their time. Volunteers, who meet certain requirements, are eligible for FREE conference admission.

Join a great group of people and enjoy five days among cutting-edge dreamers and researchers from around the world. On-site volunteers are involved in many activities including: staffing registration tables, assisting in the product store, acting as room monitors, and providing audio-visual assistance. On-site volunteers are needed for the following times and days: 8AM-10PM June 26, 2009 through June 30, 2009. Off-site volunteer positions are also needed prior to the conference for preparing registration materials.

As an on-site volunteer you can also enjoy much of the conference. On-site volunteers work roughly 16 conference hours over the five day period in order to attend the conference for free. IASD also makes every effort to accommodate volunteers by assigning tasks and time preferences according to volunteer requests.

All volunteers must register for the conference. The volunteer fee is $100, which will be reimbursed when the required work hours are completed. (On-site volunteers are reimbursed at the conference.) Volunteers must arrange for their own expenses (travel, lodging and meals). The volunteer fee also excludes CE or special event fees. All on-site volunteers will be expected to attend a training session at the beginning of the conference. To become a volunteer, or to request more information before applying, please complete the Volunteer Application / Information Request Form. Return it to Volunteer Co-Chair, Jeff Armano at  All volunteer applications MUST BE APPROVED BEFORE REGISTERING as a volunteer for the conference.

Because we draw volunteers from across the country, most of our communication prior to the conference will be via email. It will be the responsibility of volunteers to check their email regularly. We will not be able to call you individually to keep you updated. Thank you for understanding.

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The IASD E-NEWS provides late-breaking news, IASD conference information and links to new articles on the IASD Website. Please forward this IASD E-NEWS to interested friends and colleagues so they can also sign up for IASD’s free E-News.

E-mail Submissions by the first of each month to: Jacquie Lewis, Ph.D., IASD E-NEWS Editor 


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Submissions can be submitted in the body of an email message or as an attachment. When sending attachments please include, in the body of the e-mail, your name and an indication that it is an IASD E-News item. Acceptable files for attachments are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). E-News articles should be submitted in the following format: Arial font, 12pt., and black ink. No words should be bolded, underlined, or italicized. Feel free to include photos.

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The International Association for the Study of Dreams is a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Our purposes are to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams; and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and information.