|Renew/Become a Member Volume 8, No. 1|
In This Issue:
CALIFORNIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, MINNESOTA, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, VERMONT
Do you have a dream website, blog, social networking page, or simply love to twitter? If you promote IASD please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Pearl Natter was interviewed about dreams on blogtalkradio recently. Check out her interview: http://tinyurl.com/yhql99m
Want to connect with other dreamers in your area, visit http://www.meetup.com/
If there is no dream circle in your community, consider creating one! Let’s all get connected!
Italian anyone? Check out Massimo Schinco’s new dream blog http://tinyurl.com/yf99apc
Are you dreaming about Haiti, President Obama,
health care, or maybe swine flu? If so, this survey is for you. IASD is now
collecting dreams of current events, celebrities, and politicians that are hot
in the news. Please pass the following link around on your social networks:
This month's Dream Survey Focus: Dreams of Haiti
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IASD announces the 2011 International Conference to be held in the Netherlands. The IASD Board recently approved a proposal from the Dutch Conference Committee to hold our annual conference at the former Abbey of Rolduc in Kerkrade. It is anticipated for June of 2011. However, final dates and details will be announced on the IASD website as the planning proceeds. We anticipate an exciting event and thank VSD (Dutch Dream Association) and all of the Dutch dream community for inviting IASD to hold our conference in their beautiful country.
You might think there’s a lot of snow in Montreal! You’re right! But you may be reassured! We’re snugly covered under this beautiful thick white blanket. Truly, we are alive and well and joyfully putting together our upcoming IASD – Quebec Regional Conference.
Our Conference will feature ten speakers, but the best news today is that DANIEL DESLAURIERS has accepted to be our invited guest speaker. Daniel Deslauriers is a professor in the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and one of the early members of IASD, but he is originally from Montreal and obtained his Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal. He was also a co-founder of the Montreal Center for the Study of Dreams. So it is a pleasure to welcome Daniel back to Montreal for the first IASD – Quebec Regional Conference.
Daniel’s presentation considers that the study of dreams reveals that some of them have an important impact on our life. Such dreams give the dreamer an opportunity to attempt new experiences which then need to be integrated. Relying on recent scientific discoveries, as well as the direct experience of dreamers, Daniel will attempt to answer the following question: “How should we understand the role of dreams in a person’s growth and development?”
We are looking forward to welcoming Daniel to a sunny and bright Montreal Conference because in April the snow will be gone and we will be full of expectation and confident that the spring blossoms will soon come out and be there for us!
For information on this Conference, please consult the IASD at http://tinyurl.com/ya6h8at
Registrations for the 27th annual conference to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 27th through July 1st, 2010, are coming in at record pace. At the time of this writing, we have more than doubled the number of registrations we had last year at this time.
The conference venue is the beautiful Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel overlooking downtown Asheville. Single and double rooms are available as well as deluxe vacation villas. Attendees will have the option to sign up for daily lunches in the resort as part of registration. A breakfast buffet will be available and dinner is on your own. Wireless Internet service is available throughout the resort.
The local Asheville Regional Airport, just 15 miles south of the resort, has just added direct daily flights from the Chicago O’Hare airport, so getting to the conference promises to be an enjoyable experience. Shuttle service is available from the Crowne Plaza - when you arrive, call the Crowne Plaza (828-254-3211 or toll free at 800-733-3211) for shuttle service ($30 USD one way). The shuttle fee can be added to your hotel bill. Taxi service is approximately $40 one way.
Keynote Speakers Chosen
IASD past president Jeremy Taylor , will speak on the timeless wisdom of our dreams, specifically a founder’s view of IASD’s evolving purpose and identity over the next 25 years. Jeremy has published several books, at least two of which have become acknowledged classics in the field. He is one of the four original co-founders of IASD. He has devoted his life to the “democratization” of dream work, advocating, and training people all over the world to do “group projective dream work.”
Representing the research community, Dr. Antonio Zadra , will talk about dream content, waking states and well-being, specifically why dreaming is psychologically meaningful. Dr. Zadra is a Full Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Psychology, Director of the university’s Dream Laboratory, and a Senior Research Scholar of the Quebec Health Research Fund. His research interests include recurrent dreams, nightmares, somnambulism, and the assessment and treatment of parasomnias and dream-related disorders.
IASD also welcomes back Dr. Lee Irwin , who will offer his views on Cherokee dreaming and the politics of repression. Dr. Irwin, is Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston. He is a scholar of world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, Western esotericism, hermeticism, contemporary spirituality, mystical cosmology, and transpersonal religious experience as related to dreams and visions.
Presentation submissions have far exceeded our expectations, so you can expect the highest quality of dream-related symposiums, panels, workshops, and papers with international representation. Keep an eye on the conference website (www.asdreams.org/2010) for a complete listing of presentations.
Hike at the North Carolina Arboretum
Online Lodging Reservations
Pre and Post Conference Excursions
So register today! Don't miss the dream event of the year.
writes a dream column for a web based astrology site. Bridget Walther
is a world class astrologer and her site gets 18 million hits a month. Marcia is
busy promoting IASD’s 2010 “Carolina Dream Gathering” conference and has been
receiving emails from all over the world --Sweden, India, New Zealand to name a
few countries. The website is
New Book on the Brain and Dreams
Michael Tappan and
Irene Clurman were interviewed about Dream Portrayal Workshops (their
form of dream theater) on Anne Hill’s Dream Talk Radio show from Occidental, CA.
The podcast can be heard at
Grab your space now! There are only nine exhibit tables left for the IASD “Carolina Dream Gathering” 2010 conference!
IASD’s annual conference attracts around 300 individuals interested in dreams and dreaming from around the world. Conference participants attend hands-on workshops, lectures, panel discussions, a costume dream ball, and an optional hiking event. Two of its most popular attractions are the IASD bookstore and the exhibit tables, where dreamers and crafters display their wares.
As an exhibitor at “Carolina Dream Gathering” you will receive the following:
To reserve your space please visit http://tinyurl.com/y9wnzvv
IASD STUDENT AWARDS FOR DREAM RELATED RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who has generously provided funding for the Student Research Award for the past 5 years has graciously agreed to provide matching funds to fund the competition for 2010! The IASD Board of Trustees will provide the balance of the funds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or if necessary by mailing the files copied to a CD or a DVD to the IASD office by March 15, 2010. http://tinyurl.com/yljpzzb
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 email@example.com . 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.
Winners will be announced at the IASD Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC, during the General Membership meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 29th.
Student Research Awards Chair
PATRONS OF THE DREAM EXCEED IASD 2009 PLEDGE DRIVE GOAL
You liked it! You did it!
Thank you to all of the IASD members who, between November 2009 and January 2010, have contributed pledges and donations of $11,500, going well over the year's Pledge Drive goal of $10,000.
By donating $50 or more during the Pledge campaign, these members automatically received an upgrade to Patron membership in IASD, as well as a listing on our 2009 Pledge Page at www.asdreams.org/pledge2009
What made this year so successful? Maybe you liked the snappy pledge postcards designed by Laura Atkinson, or the fact that Patrons of the Dream received a lapel pin or website button for their 2009 contribution. These enjoyable features of the 2009 Pledge Drive replace the old, and twice as expensive, mailing of pledge cards and return envelopes.
Each year, the Pledge Drive provides some features that, without your support, would not be affordable within IASD's modest operating budget. This year's pledges will provide 10 conference scholarships for the 2010 IASD conference in Asheville. And donated funds will provide for 12 low-income memberships.
In the past few years, IASD has seen the establishment of a prestigious set of awards and prizes, which would not be available except with your help. With your assistance donations were made for the following: Research Grant Awards, $2,350 (Note that IASD's Board has voted to match Pledge Drive donations for Research Grant Awards and for Student Awards, bringing the Research Grant Award total to $4,700); Student Awards $500 (doubled by the Board's matching grant to $1,000) and the Nancy Brzeski Art Awards, $3,200.
Other donation categories included $200 for Internet-related work and $2,376 for general expenses.
These are the funds which allow IASD to grow beyond simply maintaining itself from year to year, toward the creation of innovative programs which provide benefits for all who dream.
Call for Artwork
A juried exhibition of dream-inspired art will be on display at the Crowne Plaza Resort during the middle three days of the annual IASD conference, with a reception for the artists and conference attendees. For details on how to submit entries, check the IASD web site DREAM ART SHOW; or contact the IASD Arts Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.
Deadline for entries:
Must be postmarked by April 23, 2010
December Membership Total: 43
Wanted: Applicants for Membership Chair Position
For those of you who have wondered how you can get more involved in IASD and perhaps meet members from all over the world, this may be your dream job! I have enjoyed serving as Membership Chair for several years, but it’s time for me to pass the torch of this great job to another willing and able volunteer. Even if you think the job may be more than you want to tackle, please contact me and let’s talk about it. We are looking at ways to divide up some of the tasks so perhaps you can join a small team to share this vital area of IASD life. Jeff Vovillia has done just that, thanks Jeff! And we look forward to hearing from YOU!
Please feel free to contact me or Jeff Vovillia at any time with membership questions or concerns. We always welcome new volunteers. You are the future leaders of IASD and we want your energy, help and visions.
Jody Grundy, Membership Chair email@example.com
Jeff Vovillia, Membership Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
International Gateway to IASD:
We are delighted to bring to your attention some news of an upcoming event on the French Gateway of our website. You will find announced “en francais” the IASD Regional Conference in Montréal: Colloque Régional IASD-Québec: RÊVE ET CONSCIENCE. Montréal, Québec, 10 Avril, 2010.” This Conference will be presented in French.
You may also find the announcement in English on the main page of the IASD website. It is exciting to see how the language gateway may evolve into more than a welcome door: we hope it will be used in the future for translations of papers, event announcements and more.
Congratulations and thanks to our Canadian members who are hosting this conference and encouraging greater participation in IASD and dreamwork by offering this program in French. Go to the main IASD website homepage and follow the icons or this address: http://www.asdreams.org/languages/
Take a look at our exciting membership map where you will see additional info on events and other aspects of IASD posted in coming months. Here is the web address and the KEY: http://tinyurl.com/kpfe5u
Small blue pin = Member
Large Yellow pin = Regional Contact
hover over yellow pin, tells you short info about that Regional Contact
click on a yellow, get regional contact name(s) and email address
Green Large pin = IASD Sponsored events
Click on the NC one graphic linked to the 2010 website
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: email@example.com
Spotlight on Western New York
Jo Stiller, IASD WNY Regional Rep
The year was 1998. I was working at Daemen College in Amherst, NY as a Campus Minister. Kelly Bulkeley called to say he would be on the east coast and wanted to know if I was still interested in sponsoring a seminar on “Dreams and Spirituality” at the college. We had talked about the possibility of pulling something together a few months prior at the Asheville ASD Conference. Of course, my answer was an enthusiastic “YES!”
I sent my proposal to the Dept. of Student Affairs and then worked with Conference Services to iron out details of the lecture. They suggested a room that would accommodate 50, “after all, this isn’t California you know.” In my usual optimistic manner, I told them we would need more space. They tried to convince me otherwise.
I put an ad in the Buffalo News to publicize the lecture. Limiting the number of seats and requiring pre-registration was my marketing strategy. If people knew there was a cap on the number of attendees permitted, they would tend to make a commitment earlier on. By the end of the first week, I received over 100 registrants and the phone continued to ring off the hook! A few colleagues at Daemen couldn’t believe it, but those who knew me weren’t surprised at all.
By the day of the lecture, we had over 220 people registered! The actual attendance figure was over 240! The diverse group of attendees included college professors, psychologists, doctors, students, homemakers, factory workers, retail clerks, retirees and clerics. This event validated my belief that people of all educational backgrounds, religions, ages, and cultures are intrigued by the mysterious power of their dreams - they just need someone to open the door to discussion.
Flash forward to 2010.
During the past twelve years, I’ve uncovered a richly fertilized “field of dreams” that I didn’t know existed in WNY. For example, it wasn’t until my oldest son attended Canisius College in Buffalo that I found out Dr.Trevor Watt, a professor of Religious Studies and Theology, taught a class on dreams. The class is so popular that it is booked two semesters in advance! Unfortunately, he is retiring this May, but has plans to continue giving lectures on dreams at Senior Citizen Centers and facilitating a dream group at a local church.
The Analytical Psychology Society of Western New York-The C.G. Jung Center, also known by the acronym APS-WNY, is a non-for-profit educational organization that offers a variety of seminars, workshops, lectures and conferences, some of which revolve around dreams and dreaming. This group is largely composed of educated lay people. Their 2010 winter workshops include “Jung’s Red Book Revealed! Live from Zurich via Webinar” featuring Murray Stein, Jungian Analyst, “Grief Transformed: Dreams and the Mourning Process” and “Honoring our Grief Dreams” with Susan Olson, Jungian Analyst - just to name a few. You can check out their website at http://www.apswny.com.
In the Rochester area, Mary-Therese Dombeck has been hosting dream groups twice monthly for several years. In addition to the dream group, she hosts a dream book club on a monthly basis.
Linda Zemel, a newcomer to IASD’s WNY connection, is the author of Dreaming Your Dharma: Beyond Intuition (Catchfire Press, March, 2000). Currently, she is a part-time writing instructor at Medaille College in Buffalo and promotes various modes of alternative medicine at http://tinyurl.com/yfj77tr
As for me, I came up with the idea of giving in-home dream workshops in January of 2009. It was my way of encouraging people to explore their nightly dreams and connect them with their daily lives - one small group at a time. And best of all, I meet them in the most non-threatening place…..their own homes! My website will be up and running within the next month.
Looking forward to 2011, I am hoping to gather a few of the area’s dream leaders to help host a regional conference in the spring or summer months. So far, Linda Zemel has offered to help coordinate the event and John Segmen, Ph.D., Psychologist of APS-WNY has offered to present the idea to his fellow board members for consideration. If there are any other members of IASD interested in assisting us with this event, please contact me at Ruachrest@juno.com as soon as possible.
Report on a meeting of sharing and connection with Jodine Grundy in Auckland, New Zealand
On Dec 15, 2009 the Auckland Dreamwork supervision group which is led by Margaret Bowater, ( the New Zealand representative of IASD ) was privileged to receive a visit from Jodie Grundy, the Membership Convenor for IASD, among other roles.
This was a very special meeting, in part for us as dreamworkers who live and work in a small island nation, to have the opportunity to put a face to an organization which promotes a dynamic, research-based approach to the study of dreams on an international basis, and in part for Jodie to meet people connected in spirit and passion on the other side of the world.
Twelve of us crowded into Margaret’s comfortable lounge, ate a shared meal, and began the process of getting to know our visitor, who was keen to share the past and current scope of activities of IASD, as well as wanting to meet each one of us, know what our interests and experience of dreamwork was, and remember each one of us for future reference, should we decide to become IASD members, which two of the group are considering.
Jodie aroused the group’s interest with her description of the Peace Bridge Project and its work of love and compassion in areas of the world where civil and human rights violations are taking place, and a group member shared her own experience of being affected by this in her own past, and currently, on behalf of another person. The group held hands and silently joined our energy of love, strength and hope for those afflicted.
The group got excited by Jodie’s description of telepathic experiments and a Dream Ball where members attended dressed as a character from one of their dreams! These were some ideas for us to extend the scope of our group’s activities, although I think the night we presented a dream as a two-act play with group members playing various characters was pretty original! Talk of the annual conference of IASD also got several group members thinking of setting up special purpose savings accounts in order to attend!
Then it was time to move into the second half of the evening, working with a dream presented by one of our members. Our usual technique of drawing the dream on a large whiteboard was new to Jodie who was intrigued by the detail that can be elicited by drawn images but reserved her own preference for spoken or written dream information. The process of exploring in order to understand the material proceeded in its usual intuitive way, leading to some new insights for the person sharing, and a bonding for the group too.
The group ended with a renewed sense of commitment to our purpose of supporting the process of promoting dreams as a valid source of knowledge - of ourselves, and moving towards becoming more earth-conscious beings – and of others, who may not yet realize that in hurting or harming another being, we are damaging our own souls.
Thanks, Jodie, you were inspirational!
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