Renew/Become a Member                                                                            Volume 8, No. 9


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IASD Office

Dream-News Editor

IASD Member Events Around the World


Give the Gift of Dreams. Upgrade to Patron Membership. Pledge a dollar a dream. Give what you can. IASD's Annual Pledge Drive begins this month.


IASD Past President Jean Campbell was interviewed in the East Bay Express. To read this interesting and informative article visit 

Hey! Check out this fabulous interview in the San Francisco Chronicle with IASD Past President Patricia Garfield, Ph.D. at

IASD member Meredith Smith is co-hosting a show all about nightly dreams.   “Flash of Spirit” is a weekly internet radio show co-hosted with Gillian Holloway, author of The Complete Dream Book.   The show is live every Thursday at 11am to Noon.   To tune in, visit

Individuals can call in to discuss the topic of the week or ask questions at 619.393.6718 Listeners can also download radio show podcasts.   To learn more about Meredith Smith, check out her website:  

IASD Past President Alan Siegel conducted a presentation on nightmares at the San Francisco Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts as part of their popular Exploratorium After Dark series, which targets young adults, combining science, education, and entertainment. The topic of the night was FEAR .

IASD member, Clare Jay has a PhD on the link between lucid dreaming and creative writing and has written two dream-based novels, drawing on lucid dreaming both as a subject and a writing technique. Dreamrunner, and Clare Jay’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Breathing in Colour, are both published by Little, Brown, UK, and are available from the UK Amazon:

Visit Clare at 

Dreamrunner:  A Husband’s Dreams are his Family’s Nightmare  What happens when a loving family man starts having uncontrollable, violent dreams which he physically enacts, endangering his wife and child and putting his marriage in jeopardy? Set in Lisbon, this novel explores the far-reaching effects of childhood trauma, and a family’s determination to stick together, no matter what secrets the past might reveal.

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“Dreams and Cultural Diversity” - Deadline 30 November

Submit your presentation proposal now for the 28th annual conference of IASD, “Dreams and Cultural Diversity,” Rolduc Conference Center, Kerkrade, Netherlands, 24-28 June, 2011

Registration is also now active online at

The Venue: The conference will be held at the former monastery of Rolduc, Kerkrade, near the boundary of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. It may be accessed by the airports of Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam and Eindhoven (the Netherlands) or Brussels (Belgium) as well as highway networks and railway infrastructure from all three countries.

Submission Themes: High quality proposals are invited, particularly those that explore the conference theme, Dreams and Cultural Diversity. We request that submissions fall into one of the following tracks: Research & Theory; Arts & Humanities; Culture, Anthropology & History; Education; Religion, Spirituality & Philosophy; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; and Conference Theme. While the conference is in the Netherlands there are two special themes within the conference theme track: one of them specifically Dutch and the other specifically European. A special session is dedicated to the famous Dutch psychiatrist, poet, lucid dreamer, and author on dreams Frederik van Eeden. A second theme emphasizes the visions on dreams in the philosophical tradition of Europe.

Submission Categories include: Paper Presentations; Symposia; Panels; Workshops; Special Events or Major Presentations; Morning Dream Groups; Hot-off-the-Press and Poster Papers

Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2010
(except for Hot off the Press and Poster Sessions which is 1 March 2011)

All Submissions Must be Made Online.
For Instructions and the Online Form go to

For all questions regarding submissions write to 

The International Association for the Study of Dreams
1672 University Avenue, Berkeley CA 94703


Be sure to join our Facebook group page! We have 288 friends and growing! Also, we have just started an IASD Facebook Fan Page. Ryan Hurd, IASD Board member, founder of, and author of the new book Sleep Paralysis, will be administering the page. Ryan’s expertise in social networking will be a great asset to IASD’s more complete presence on the Web.

Please let your Facebook friends know about IASD’s group page, fan page, as well as its website  You can help us reach a lot of new people by taking a few minutes to post the urls of these three IASD sites on your Facebook page.


Do you have a dream related blog? We will promote relevant articles and projects using the new IASD Facebook Fan Page. Send your blog’s url to Ryan Hurd. We are also encouraging IASD members to post dream-related news, press about dream research and other inspirational projects on the new Fan Page (rather than self-promotion pieces) to help build name recognition of the IASD. Let’s make the study of dreams go virtual.


Now is the time to begin social networking for next year's IASD Conference in the Netherlands. What can you do?

Social Networking involves the oldest type of mail, and direct contact. Let people know that the world's top dream organization will be in the Netherlands next year, complete with a prestigious dream art show.

If you have a mailing list of artists, or therapists, or faculty members, or friends, and you would like IASD to use those lists to email or postal mail its upcoming conference flyer, send it to Advertising Committee Chair Jean Campbell at

If you have a list or a blog or prefer to advertise the conference yourself, check out the conference newsroom.On this page, you will also find mini-logos and animated gifs for your web site.

And, of course, you will want to put IASD conference news on your Facebook page! There are other social networking sites too, we know. Let's not neglect them either.


The 2010 PsiberDreaming Conference "We Are Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On" provided two weeks of online entertainment and psi dreaming education for 180 attendees from September 26 through October 10, 2010.

Through the help of Deirdre Barrett, Jayne Gackenbach and many others, IASD was able to create a new web page in July preceding the PsiberDreaming Conference. This page, discussing dreams as they appear in the blockbuster film Inception, was the perfect lead-in for the conference.

Through this work, we were able to invite award-winning film maker Roko Belic, who created the dream documentary companion piece in the Inception DVD release, to Keynote the PsiberDreaming Conference.

The major innovation of this year's PsiberDreaming Conference was video. Despite technical issues for some, like slow downloads and the unavailability of YouTube in some parts of the globe, conference participants were most impressed with this addition, noting that the addition of video lends a depth to conference discussion unavailable in the past. Six out of twenty-seven presentations provided video along with the written word.

Prior to the PsiberDreaming Conference in August, we began advertising the PDC on the IASD YouTube Channel by putting up Joy Fatooh's video, "The Message," which was also a part of her presentation. Response to the IASD YouTube channel doubled in the month prior to the conference.

Attendance at the PsiberDreaming Conference is increasingly global. In its ninth year, the PsiberDreaming Conference drew attendees from twenty-two countries including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Israel and Iran, making it an almost continuous conversation around the world. Taking advantage of a good deal from IASD, thirty new IASD members joined the conference as a free benefit of first-time membership.



Are you 18 or over and have good dream recall? If so, you are invited to participate in a study of mutual dreaming. The study is planned for the December 2010 to February 2011 time frame. Ideally, candidates will have experience with dream incubation, and should be comfortable sharing dreams in a group. All communication will take place via the Internet. Prospective participants will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire as a basis for selection. Once selected, further details of the project will be provided. This is a non-paid study, which is intended to meet requirements for a master’s degree. All data collected will be completely confidential. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Janet Garrett at  to receive further information.


Veteran journalist, Marilyn Elias, is working on a story for a major newspaper on how dreams have been affected by the recession.   If you have dreams you are willing to share, please e-mail as soon as possible.


“Art Through Time: A Global View” is a 13-part television series, with episode 2 focusing on art inspired by dreams. It is airing on American public television and available globally online.

The series’ funder, Annenberg Media, is providing a range of materials (discussion guide, transcript, interactive comparisons) to facilitate group exploration of the art and its meanings. This can be a great basis for a local IASD activity with your friends, family, or organizations The episode 2 “Dreams” video and downloadable materials are available by
clicking here.  

If you live in the United States, you can check your TV listings for when the series will air on your local PBS station. Consider going to the station’s Website and posting a comment about the episode – and include these links to IASD’s online art galleries:

PsiberDreaming Gallery

Annual Conference Exhibitions


IASD member, Belinda Recio, has created a dream App! Every night, our dreams carry messages from our unconscious that can shed light on aspects of our waking lives. Developed in consultation with an analytic psychologist, In Your Dreams™ helps you to explore the meaning of your dreams with an interactive dream journal that works hand-in-hand with beautifully illustrated and comprehensively researched dream symbol cards. Also included in the app is an illustrated e-book that covers the history and science of dreaming, symbols and archetypes, and additional guidance for using the app for dream interpretation. For more information, please visit:  or the iTunes App Store



Anonymous: 2
Ira Barouch
Alina Christian
Monique Cohenka
MariAnn Fisher
Mogenns Gilmour
Fillip Kovacevic
Gunhild Lorenzen
Jennifer Mann
Mark Muhlhauser
Pamela Muller
Frank Pascoe
Derek Ralston
Kim Salinger
Joan Schroeder
Nancy Weiss


Anonymous: 3
Bruce Blair
Francoise Cloutier
Carolyn Cobb
Barbara D’amato
Cynthia Edson
Judy Gardiner
Ben Hammett
Rita Hildebrandt
Joseph Howell
Therezinha Leite
Holly Paiva
J. William Pezick
Hallifridur Ragnheidardottir
Peter Ribbens
Lise Robilliard
Lauren Schneider
Laurie Schwartz
Susan Stember
Annie Wattles
Antonio Zadra

You might be interested to know that IASD enjoys a fairly stable community of renewing members. In my capacity as Membership Chair, I will soon be contacting many of these long-term members to ascertain if there is a set of core motives or values that might help us locate other people with similar interests and values.

I also want to contact
non-renewing members to find out what they were originally looking for, but did not find, so that we may consider changing our approach somewhat to meet the needs of a more diverse group. Regardless of whether I contact you or not, I would appreciate it if you would take the liberty of contacting me and letting me know what means most to you about your IASD membership. Do the conferences, publications, or Member Pages prompt you to join or renew, or does something less tangible––such as a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded and like-hearted people––figure into your “core motive” for belonging to IASD? If so, can you describe it? Hearing your answer to this question could make a difference in our efforts to serve the membership in the future.

In addition to contacting me about this research question, 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.

Scott Sparrow, Membership Chair:
Jeff Vovillia, Membership Assistant:

Member Pages Soon to be Updated
I mentioned last month that we will soon be purging non-members from the Member Pages. My goal is to have all of the Member Pages current by the end of 2010, and then pruned on a monthly basis, thereafter. Non-renewing members will be alerted to the imminent deletion of their Member Pages. Given that the member rank highly on Google whenever someone searches by name, we hope to underscore the value of them as a crucial part of a member’s personal and professional web presence. With this in mind, please keep your Member Page updated––and most importantly renew your membership so your page will stay on the website!

Spotlight on Eastern Massachusetts
Curtiss Hoffman, IASD Regional Representative

I am a field archaeologist by training, conversant in the archaeology of both the ancient Middle East and Northeastern North America – most of my research has been in the latter area. In addition, I have been trained in a number of spiritual disciplines, both Eastern and Western. I teach archaeology, mythology, culture and consciousness, global human issues, and a variety of other undergraduate courses at Bridgewater State University in southeastern Massachusetts, where I am a professor in the Anthropology Department.

My interest in dreams began when I studied Jung’s writings during my undergraduate and graduate years. I am particularly interested in archetypal symbols and the way in which they affect our consciousness both in dreams and in waking life. My archaeological interests have converged with this, for the site on which I am currently working contains a wealth of material related to Native American symbolic life: quartz crystals, stones which produce red, black, and yellow pigments, and other sacred items.

I have been actively involved in group dreamwork since 1992, when I undertook an experiment with two other dreamworkers, sharing by mail all of our remembered dreams on a monthly basis. This eventually led me to IASD, at the 1997 conference in Asheville.

Since that time I have become increasingly involved in this organization, serving as host for the 2006 conference and as program chair for 2009 and 2010, and on its Board since 2004. I am also the chair of its Student Awards Committee.

I have presented papers and workshops on a wide diversity of topics at both the annual meetings and the PsiberDreaming conferences, where I co-host the popular Outer Inn. I am involved with four monthly dream groups: two which meet in person and two on-line. The first of the in-person groups was originally founded by Edith Gilmore, but now she has turned over the leadership of it to a rotating group of experienced dreamworkers, myself included. The second consists mainly of my former students at Bridgewater, and I facilitate that. The on-line groups are IASD’s Dream Activism and Dolores Nurss’s Faery Exploration International.

II am looking forward to planning a regional meeting in the Boston area in the Fall of 2012, as well as further participation at IASD events, both in person and on-line.

Regional Representatives
Please check the IASD website for up-to-date names and contact information of the Regional Representative in your area. The Regional Representative webpage is divided into regions, making your search more user-friendly. If you do not have a Regional Rep for your area, consider becoming that Rep yourself! You could serve an important networking role for IASD. To become a Regional Rep, contact Scott Sparrow, Membership Chair:


This is a reminder that the IASD Nominating Committee is presently seeking recommendations for people to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 2011. Nominees should be members in good standing who are willing to serve. Please send your recommendations to the Nominating Committee Chair, Robert Gongloff  by 31 December 2010. And you may nominate yourself! If you are interested in taking a more active role in supporting our mission to educate people throughout the world on dreams and dreaming, we want to hear from you. 


We are pleased to announce that an anonymous donor who has generously provided funding for the Student Research Award for the past 6 years has graciously agreed to provide matching funds for the 2011 competition! The IASD Board of Trustees will provide the balance of 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 to or if necessary by mailing the files, copied to a CD or a DVD, to the IASD office by March 15, 2011.

IASD-Student Research
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
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. In the case of papers with multiple authors -- in terms of the ideas presented as well as the description of the results -- the contestant must indicate clearly, in either the text of the paper or in an accompanying letter, what portions are the submitter’s work.

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
Include 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, which will be held at the Rolduc Conference Center in the Netherlands, June24 - 28, during the General Membership meeting. Check the schedule of conference events to find out the exact date.

Curtiss Hoffman
Student Research Awards Chair


The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) in conjunction with the DreamScience ™ foundation (DSF) is proud to announce the following research grant award winners for 2010. There were five finalists out of sixteen proposals received. Unfortunately we were only able to fund or partially fund three. We thank all sixteen researchers who contributed very excellent proposals in 2010, we hope your research efforts will continue. Congratulations to these three awardees:

1) “The incorporation of emotional memories into dreams: A link to memory consolidation.” A $4,000 grant is awarded to Caroline Horton, Ph.D. to perform a study which will measure the emotionality of daily events (autobiographical memories) that are subsequently incorporated into dreams and determine if the incorporation into dreams provides a memory advantage. This study would provide valuable support to various neurological theories that the emotionality of a memory influences its consolidation during sleep and dreaming. The study will be performed at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.

2) “Pregnancy dreams: A study of the association between maternal representations in dreams of pregnant women and postnatal depression.” A $1,000 grant is awarded to the research team of Jessica Lara-Carrasco, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Candidate, Tore Nielsen, Ph.D. (director) and Valérie Simard, Ph.D. (co-director). The study is aimed at assessing dream and nightmare recall in pregnant women and whether dream content facilitates psychological adaptation during the transition to motherhood, and perhaps whether dreams have the capacity to predict postnatal depression. The research will be performed at the Centre d’étude du sommeil, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Département de psychologie, Université de Montréal.

3) “The threat simulation theory and genetics of dreaming: Heredity of nightmares.” A $2,000 grant is awarded to Nils Sandman M.Sc., supervised by Katja Valli, Ph.D. and Professor Antti Revonsuo / Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku, Finland. The research investigates the hypotheses of the genetic basis of dreaming (that people´s tendency to dream of threatening situations has a genetic component) as the threat simulation theory implies. This study aims to identify those regions of the human genome that affect the tendency to experience nightmares. This seed grant is aimed at completing the statistical population survey data analysis, in preparation for the analysis of the genetic data.

The other two finalists who had highly rated proposals but that we, unfortunately, were unable to fund were:

1) “Mastering lucidity: Ethnographic perspectives of lucid dreaming in shamanic practices identify the types and uses of trance and dream states within Blackfoot shamanism.” This proposal, by Shayne Dahl, at Trent University in Canada, was aimed at identifying the types and uses of trance and dream states within Blackfoot shamanism and to compare the Blackfoot trance and dream theories to those of other shamanic cultures.

2) “Holistic versus analytical perception in dreams: A comparison between Japanese culture and American culture.” This proposal, by Misa Tsuruta, MA, of the New School for Social Research in New York, was aimed at examining cultural differences between the American and Japanese cultures that might be represented in dreams. More specifically, assuming Easterners tend to process contextual and broader information, while Westerners pay less attention to such information, the study will determine if the dreamer pays attention to a focal object or to environment and background.

Contacting and Submitting to IASD Dream-News

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

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


The deadline for the IASD Dream-News is the first of each month. Submissions by IASD members should be e-mailed to the IASD Dream-News editor.

Please limit your articles to 200 words.  The article title should be entirely in capital letters.  Any article sub-headings should be in upper and lowercase.  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 Dream-News item. Acceptable files for attachments are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). E-News articles should be submitted in the following format: Verdana font, 12pt., and black ink. No words should be bolded, underlined, or italicized. Feel free to include photos as attachments.  Do not imbed photos or logos in text.

The editor reserves the right to shorten and/or edit articles for clarity and to fit space restrictions.  Articles over 200 words may be heavily edited.  IASD reserves the right to accept or reject any article.

IASD members who would like to inform other members of their presentations, lectures, or workshops should submit their names, the titles of the events, the dates, and locations. Please also include either an e-mail address, website, or phone number so that IASD members can contact you for additional information. Submission of book tour dates and lecture series are limited to the following: individual, contact information, dates, cities, states, or countries.

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