MAY  2014
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PsiberDreaming Conference Deadline Announced

Last Chance to Vote for Board Members

2014 Annual Conference Berkeley, California:
Important Deadlines!

IASD Regional News You Can Use

Dreaming Changed My Life


A Message from Bobbie Ann Pimm

Member Events Around the World

Members in the Media

Hot off the Press

Dream Time Toons!

April Memberships Total: 70

IASD Office

Linda H. Mastrangelo, Editor
Janet Garrett, Copy Editor
Laura Atkinson, Design and Layout
Richard Wilkerson, IASD Office Manager
Jean Campbell, Executive Committee Advisor
Robert P. Gongloff, Editorial Consultant


Three months after the passing of Bob Van de Castle, I am still in awe of the overwhelming love and support that you – dreamers far and wide – sent my way. My grief was surely lessened knowing that I was not alone in my loss, while your love held me up in moments of despair.

Within minutes of the announcement on Facebook of Bob’s passing the emails, phone messages and FB comments started pouring in from all over the world. I know that I have not been able to respond to each and every one of them. Please know that I am truly grateful for every kind word, remembrance, offers of support and, most of all, the love that you sent to me. I have been truly blessed in being loved by Bob and, in turn, by each of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I would also love to hear about any dreams that you have about him. Please feel free to share them on FB or in a private email to


The Dream Research Institute, London, brought together IASD Members Dr. Clare Johnson, who is based in Germany, and Mary Ziemer, Deputy Director of DRI, to offer a one-day workshop on the healing potential of lucid dreaming.

Clare spoke on the use of light in physical and psychological healing, and Mary on the role of darkness and black light in psycho-spiritual healing. Half the proceeds from the event went towards supporting the charitable work of the DRI. Clare had had a lucid dream about leading a group with Mary and so suggested the workshop.

If you will be in London and would like to offer a workshop and/or presentation related to dreamwork and dream research in conjunction with the DRI, please contact Mary Ziemer on


Robert Waggoner will be speaking on lucid dreaming at the New Renaissance Bookstore in Portland on May 8th and the East West Bookshop in Seattle on May 9, 2014. All events start at 7 pm.

The following week, he will be speaking to students at University of Washington-Bothell and Evergreen State College in Olympia.

In April, Robert was invited to speak at the Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies in Austin, TX.


For a sampling of some of our 2014 IASD Conference presenters this month, tune into the D-Spot weekly web radio show. Hosted by Kelly Sullivan Walden, IASD member, dream expert and a bestselling author, the D-Spot features mind / body/ spirit/ dream luminaries and thought leaders and is presented live every Monday at 1pm CST (11am PST, 2pm EST) on

 It features passionate conversations that enlighten, uplift, entertain, and provide practical tools to empower awakening. Some of our conference presenters featured on the show include Robbie Boznak, Robert Hoss, Kelly herself, and a few more to be announced on the site.


Authors or aspiring authors . . .

Online magazine All Things Healing (ATH) featuring articles on dreams, was mentioned in last month’s Dream News. ATH is looking for an editor for the Dream Medicine section.

They say:

“We are a community featuring over 60+ Editors and Assistant Editors who have come together to offer quality content to not only educate, but to entertain and inspire others in their journey of holistic health and wellness.

We are actively recruiting Editors for most of our categories. We look for Editors who are passionate about their work and wish to become part of a team who contribute to the ATH mission of ‘promoting healing for mind, body, spirit and planet’. Our Editors develop and grow their own networks by connecting with authors and websites which align with the ATH mission. This is a volunteer position.”

ATH estimates 3–4 hours a month, and the opportunity to have two of your own articles published each month. It gives you an open door to receive and publish articles from other IASD members . . . thus bringing attention to our great organization and educating the dream community with expert content. Contact Allie Sewell, General Manager at  if interested.


The launch edition of COLLECTIVE Magazine, an annual publication that showcases dream-inspired creative work, is now available!

The magazine features the work of 40 contributors from around the world and includes 108 full-color pages of feature articles and interviews, an excerpt from a novel, an excerpt from a screenplay, a complete section of poetry, and three distinct "galleries" of visual arts selections - all inspired by dreams.

The magazine is available in digital and print editions and may be purchased on the magazine's website.

Interested in submitting your work for the 2015 edition? The submissions window opens June 15. Check out the website for more details.

In this issue, Hot Off the Press explores the subject of the new frontiers of death and dreaming. The intention of this column is to publish links to evidence-based scientific articles that are written for a non-research audience in the study of dreams.


Many recently bereaved persons experience vivid and deeply meaningful dreams featuring the presence of the deceased that may reflect and impact the process of mourning. The present study surveyed 278 bereaved persons regarding their own perspective of the relationship between dreams and the mourning process.


This paper reviews past and current research into the dreams and dreaming of people over 65 years of age. Recent studies have shown, for example, that frequency of dream recall declines with age in both men and women, but that the main decrease occurs in early middle age and is thus unlikely to be connected with aging effects. This paper also surveys the attitudes toward dreams one encounters among the elderly, the temporal references in their dreams and the use of dreams in the psychotherapy of aged and aging persons. It concludes by considering the dreams of those at the end of their life.


The current study investigated the different types of ongoing bonds endorsed by a group of spousally-bereaved participants (n = 45), and by subjecting the results to Principal Components Analysis found three independent facets of continuing bonds: sensing the presence of the deceased, communicating with the deceased and re-living the relationship, and dreaming of and yearning for the deceased.

SOURCE: Dreams and Death: An Exploration of the Literature


New Members = 27

Torrey Byles
Donald Child
David Cielak
Michael Conant
Linda Denniston
John Ettlie
Nathan Feinstein
Klaudija Flori
Philip Gibson
Sereda Gultekin
Mika Hadar
Gail Hunsberger
Islam Kardaman
Johanne LaRocque
Christopher McCleary
Dale Miesen
Peter Nuyts
Steve Reed
Steve Roache
Birinder Singh
Joacim Skancke
Roman Voronjanski
Janet Wahl
Anne Wein
Sheryl Westergreen
Diane Wilson
Nicola Zippel

Renewing Members = 43

Govind Agarwal
Terry Anderson
Valerie Bigelow
Joshua Black
Mark Blagrove
Jordi Borras Garcia
Jennifer Choate
Irene Clurman
Kenneth Cormier
Becky Day-Swain
Pam Del Franco
Liz Diaz
Naomi Dreskin
Cynthia Edson
Gail Friend
Debbie Ganon
Victor Garlock
Marilyn Hagar
Lou Hagood
Curtiss Hoffman
Tobi Hoffman
Martine Jette
Judy Knight
Athena Kolinski
Justina Lasley
Charles Laughlin
Sharon Livingston
Alfio Maggiolini
Emily Meek
Luciano Morselli
Robert Moss
Sandy Prins
Joan Quilligan
Massimo Schinco
Genie Shenk
Gunnar Sundström
Susan Vasiljevic
Ole Vedfelt
Mary Walsh
Constance Wolfe
Marco Zanasi
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If you have ever participated in the IASD PsiberDreaming Conference, you know how much fun we have online for two weeks in the fall. This year's PsiberDreaming Conference is scheduled to run from September 28 through October 12. As usual, people who become IASD members between August 1 and the end of this PDC will receive the PsiberDreaming Conference as a free introduction. But now, we're inviting you to submit proposals for the paper or workshop you would like to present; the deadline for submissions is June 8. It's not necessary to be an IASD member to submit a proposal, but (as only 24 proposals will be accepted) presentations must reflect the 2014 PsiberDreaming theme: "Dreaming With the Other."

Dreams can tell us much about ourselves. But some dreams may take us beyond our familiar boundaries. Have you ever had a dream that seems to be from, for, as, or with someone else? Another person? Another species, animal or alien? A different culture or distant world? Some other dimension? The “other side”?

You can find the complete proposal instructions on the PsiberDreaming 2014 web site

Join IASD in an exploration of Dreaming With the Other in the 2014 PsiberDreaming Conference: two weeks of online contests, papers, workshops, presentations and discussion from Sunday, September 28 to Sunday, October 12, 2014. Expand Your Boundaries! We look forward to exploring with you.

Our thanks to PasQuale Ourtane and Laura Atkinson for the delightful PsiberDreaming 2014 masthead and graphics.


The Board Nominations 2014 Time to Vote deadline is approaching. All members’ ballots must be received at IASD central office by May 30, 2014. Note that only current members of IASD can vote for Board members, and will receive a link to the ballot page soon.

The 2014 IASD Nominating Committee has invited the following seven members to run for the five member-elected three-year board positions that will be vacated as of the June board meeting: Joy Fatooh (USA), Willem Fermont (Netherlands), Lou Hagood (USA), Linda Mastrangelo (USA), Bobbie Ann Pimm (USA), Massimo Schinco (Italy) and Mara Zadnoff (Canada). Selectees (those five with the highest number of votes) will be announced at the General Membership Meeting at the Berkeley conference on Friday, June 6, 2014.

The Committee also arrived at a slate of Executive officer nominees for 2014-2015, which is as follows: Robert Gongloff, Board Chair; Katja Valli, President; Susannah Benson, Vice-President; Laurel Clark, Secretary and Robert Hoss, Treasurer.

The Board will adopt the slate of officer nominees, and all officers and new board members will assume their positions, at the board meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.



May 18, 2014: Last date for discounted hotel reservations (must be made directly with the Hotel)

May 30, 2014: Last date for Lunch Buffet and Box Meal orders

May 30, 2014: Last date for Online Conference Registration (after May 30 please register on site at the conference.)

Looking for accommodations or travel share? Please check out the IASD website for roommate/travel share requests and information.

The conference features four world renowned keynotes and over 150 presenters from around the globe, an opening reception, the Dream Art Exhibition and reception, a Dream Hike along the shoreline nature preserve, the annual PSI Dreaming Contest, music and film events, the ever popular costume Dream Ball and an afternoon Cruise on San Francisco Bay.

The Program Schedule and list of presentations is now online, featuring a diversity of tracks including: Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Arts and Humanities; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Dreamwork Practices; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Mental Imagery; and Culture and History. Visit and click on the “Program” menu link


To register visit the conference website. Register directly with the Doubletree Hotel for your lodging, and book early to take advantage of the limited discounted room block that is available. On the conference site, click on the Accommodations menu link for special instructions, and note that there are different numbers to call depending on whether you are reserving lodging within the room block or for nights that extend beyond the block.


The IASD Conference Advisory Committee has completed the selection of Keynote Presenters for the 2014 conference. Keynote Presenters for the Conference include:

Barry Krakow, M.D. founded Maimonides International Nightmare Treatment, and is a board certified sleep disorders specialist with more than two decades of research in the treatment of chronic nightmares. He is the co-author of Conquering Bad Dreams and Nightmares, Insomnia Cures, Turning Nightmares Into Dreams (2003), and Sound Sleep, Sound Mind.

Anne Germain, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of trauma-related sleep disturbances, and PTSD nightmares.

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage and Family Therapist and the Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is author of four recent books including Dream Tending.

Clara Hill, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland. She was editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, has received multiple Psychological Society awards, and is author of 67 book chapters and 11 books including Dream Work in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action.

From Susan Benson, Regional Events Co-Chair

The Regional Reps discussion board has been buzzing as we prepare for the annual conference in Berkeley in June. The conference is always a great opportunity for reps to build the regional network and to meet up with regional members. If you want to connect with your local regional rep, the IASD website includes a list of the names of reps for each region. This information is also included in the IASD 2014 conference booklet.

A final reminder for members attending the regional luncheon on Thursday, June 5, 2014: you will need to pre-book and pay for your luncheon buffet meal via the IASD conference registration link prior to May 30, 2014. This year, members of the Regional Committee will be facilitating an additional conference session on Designing and Implementing a Regional Event on Sunday, 8 June. We look forward to seeing you there. If you're not going to make it to the conference this year, but would like to keep connected, you can check out the schedule. Conference recordings will be available to order at a later date.

The call for submissions for the Southern Californian Dreaming Conference scheduled for 13 September 2014 is due to close on May 15. For further information please click here.

The website link for the 5th European Regional Conference: Varieties of Dreaming is now open for a call for submissions and registration here.

Regional Events Update


The Toronto IASD Regional group will be holding their quarterly meeting on 10 May. It will be a planning and organizational meeting with an opportunity for facilitated dream sharing and vetting of conference presentations. Full program details at:


Geoff Nelson (Conference host) reports:

The Southern California Regional group of IASD and the Southern California Dream Institute are offering another regional conference on September 13, 2014. We will meet at Marymount California University, the site of two of our previous regionals.

Our keynote speaker will be Deirdre Barrett, PhD, author and psychologist from the Harvard Medical School, and a past president of IASD.

In addition to the keynote address, we are planning three sessions of workshops and presentations, including a rehabilitation track, a spirituality track, a labyrinth, a dream art exhibit, and other offerings. Please click here for further information. The call for submissions is now live. See also our Facebook page, 


Varieties of Dreaming: 5th European IASD Regional Conference, Rome, November 6-8, 2014.

The conference will invite an interdisciplinary discussion that will focus on diverse perspectives able to provide a comprehensive understanding of what it is like to dream. Nicola Zippel and committee members: Giuseppe Lago (Program Chair, Scientific track); Stefano Martellotti (Program Chair, Workshops), Tisiana Liverani (On-site registration) are hosting the conference, which will be held at the UNICEF Center.

Keynote speakers are: Prof. Bruno Bara (University of Turin); Dr. Med. Ugo Amati (Rome); Professor Jennifer M. Windt (University of Mainz, Germany)

Please click here for information about the call for submissions and to register for this event.

New Regional Events Masthead

This month we launched the new Regional Events webpage masthead. The design concept grew out of a conversation on the Regional Reps discussion board about translations of the English word “dream.” We have had some very nice feedback on the new look. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the project, and we look forward to being able to share continuing project outcomes. Please visit the IASD regional page link to access the call for presentations for the Southern Californian Dreaming regional conference scheduled for September 13, 2014.

Regional Representatives Network

Please check the IASD website for up-to-date names and contact information for 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 volunteering to become one! You could serve an important networking role for IASD.

To volunteer to become a Regional Representative, contact Susannah Benson at:  or Claude Desloges at:

For corrections or feedback on member contacts from Regional Reps, contact Claude Desloges, (Regional Representative Eastern Canada) at:


IASD is planning to create a book titled “Dreams that Change Our Lives,” which will be a collection of dreams from members and perhaps others who have had dreams which resulted in a significant change in their lives, outlook or behavior. A formal announcement and online Call for Dreams will be made following the June conference. The concept will be introduced during the conference with a panel of the same name chaired by Robert Hoss and moderated by Jacquie Lewis, and will include Patricia Garflield and dreams from Rita Dwyer.

During the panel we will present and discuss our experiences, provide a brief discussion about the science and psychology supporting such transforming dreams, but most importantly give the attendees a chance to share their experiences. In the meantime we are also happy to invite you to submit your experiences of life changing dreams to Dream News each month whether you wish them to go into the book or not.

Here’s is our first dream article from Laurel Clark:

“Once they’re out, they’re fine!”

The man I married died early, at 42, of complications of juvenile diabetes. John and I were best friends and I dearly missed his companionship.

After a year of mourning, I wanted to spend a day in memory of John, praying, meditating, contemplating and lighting candles. He died on September 10, 2000. A year later, September 10, 2001 was a Monday. I teach on Monday so decided to take off the next day:

September 11, 2001.

I woke up early, meditated, and got in the car to drive to a nearby church. I turned on the car radio and heard the announcer shout, “The second tower has been hit!” In horror I listened to the unfolding story of what was happening in New York City that morning.

In town, it was surreal. People walked around like zombies in a daze. Televisions in all the stores broadcast images of people jumping out of the buildings.

I grew up in a Manhattan suburb. I tried to reach my friends, sister-in-law and 11-year-old nephew who lived in Manhattan to find out if they were okay but I couldn’t. The phone lines were down and cell towers disabled. I had no idea if they were dead or alive.

That night, I dreamed:

John is in New York, helping the people who have died in the World Trade Center. He looks beautiful, radiant and healthy. I ask him with alarm, “Are they okay?” When I say that he beams a brilliant smile and his whole being lights up with an effulgence I have never before experienced.

“Yes,” he says emphatically, “They’re fine. Once they’re out they’re fine!” I feel a “whoosh” of exhilaration. I know he means that once the people who have died are out of the body they are fine. Their spirits are free! EOD

This dream changed my life in numerous ways. It was personally healing, because I got to see John in his glory. Had he still been alive, he probably would have travelled to New York to help. He looked healthy and radiant; I could tell he was no longer limited by the ravages of diabetes on his physical body.

It was also healing in a global sense. This message was not just for me. I’m a minister and counselor. People sought my counsel in the aftermath of 9/11. It helped me give them comfort and peace in the face of their fear, anger, and distress. Since then, I have used it to help people who are grieving the loss of a loved one or facing their own impending death. The message, “once we are out of the body we’re fine!” seems universal.

This dream changed me from being a “believer” to a “knower” that life exists eternally beyond the physical form.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE STAFF: Due to the annual IASD conference, there will be no June issue of Dream News. We will have our next newsletter in July. Thank you and hope to see you in Berkeley!

KID LUCID - By Al Moniz


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The deadline for the IASD Dream-News is the first of each month.
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