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2015 IASD Annual International Conference, Virginia Beach:

Presentations Deadline Extended!

Keynotes and Featured Presenters Announced

Call For Volunteers and Dream Inspired Art

IASD Pledge Drive

Earnest Hartman Student Research Awards

IASD Regional News You Can Use


Call for Board Nominations

Call for Dreams that Changed Our Lives

Continuing Education Is Accepting IASD Past Presentations

Members in the Media

Hot off the Press

Dream Time Toons!

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


The IASD Nominating Committee is soliciting recommendations for members to serve on the Board of Directors for the term beginning in July 2015.We value your input. Nominees should be members in good standing who are willing to serve. Please send your recommendations to Susannah Benson, Nominating Committee Chair by December 15, 2014.



Have you had a life changing dream? Would you like to share it so that others may appreciate the source of inner wisdom that lies within our dreams? In IASD we support dreaming as an important part of our growth, healing and learning process and we wish to illustrate that concept with stories from those who have experienced life changing insight and guidance from their dreams first hand. IASD is therefore planning on publishing a book of dream stories and lessons by those who have experienced life altering changes that were initiated by a dream – and we would love to hear your story.

Life changing dreams are part of what Carl Jung called Transcendence or “transition from one state of being to another…manifesting as a new attitude toward oneself and life.” Jung considered this a necessary part of growing as an individual – or Individuation – and considered dreams to be a natural and necessary part of bringing this about. Jung was not alone, many psychologists and researchers have recognized the problem solving capability and creative insight that dreams provide. The late Ernest Hartmann, MD, stated that change comes as dreams weave new information into established memory, making new connections, providing new insight which can help us make new decisions.

If your life has been changed by a dream and you wish to share your story as a part of this inspiring anthology, a call for contributions of dream stories is now posted on the IASD website.


From Scott Sparrow,
Site administrator of IASD's Online Course Center

We are looking for IASD past presenters who are interested in converting presentation(s) from the recent IASD conference or prior conferences into online CE or non-CE courses. As you probably know, we have created an IASD Online Course Center at  using the learning management system Moodle as the platform. When you have time, please take a look at how things are developing. If you want to see how courses are set up, please let me know and I will provide you with an enrollment key.

Some presentations cannot be converted, either because of poor audio quality, or because your co-presenters are not interested in participating and we are left with content that is too brief for a standalone course. Also, CE courses have to receive evaluations that are high enough to satisfy the APA. So please keep in mind that this invitation is not a promise that your presentation will become a CE course, or a non-CE course. However, even if your presentation does not conform to our needs for some reason, it's also possible that you may have an audio presentation that was made elsewhere, or a paper that you published on the topic, that will "beef up" the conference topic to the point where we can create a course on your work.

Also, please keep in mind that we can create courses from peer-reviewed papers that you have written, as long as we can access them without copyright problems. If you are interested in allowing us to convert your presentation to a course, please let me know.

While we do not offer royalties to our presenters for the use of your material, we do include your bio and whatever contact information that you'd like to have incorporated into your bio. That way, your online course will serve to expose your work more fully to the dream-interested public.

Let me know if you're interested in helping IASD develop this vital new dimension of our outreach.


Art Funkhouser, Group moderator

There is a multitude of articles (and cartoons, video clips, etc.) about dreams and dreaming on the web. They also pop up occasionally in the daily emails we receive.

If you would like to receive and/or share links to such items, sign up by sending an email to  or, if you already have a Yahoo account, sign in, or click here and sign up. Once you have signed up, you can say whether you'd like to receive these sent to you as they arrive or as a daily or weekly digest.

As a member you can then share a link to a webpage that you think other dreamers would be interested in by sending it to 

In this issue, Hot Off the Press explores a hodgepodge of subjects including lucid dreaming, magic mushrooms and a new online research tool. 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.


Experts from the University of Lincoln, UK, say that those who experience 'lucid dreaming'—a phenomena where someone who is asleep can recognize that they are dreaming—can solve problems in the waking world better than those who remain unaware of the dream until they wake up.



New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms can profoundly alter the way we experience the world, but little is known about what physically happens in the brain. New research, published in Human Brain Mapping, has examined the brain effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms, called 'psilocybin,' using data from brain scans of volunteers who had been injected with the drug.



WorldWideScience is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world (Architecture: What is under the Hood). Multilingual provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature.




Steven Albert
Ron Bugaj
Julia Burton
Brown Collins
Aran Dadswell
Helen Fosbery
Catherine Murray
Jason Thomas
Chris Wayan
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Virginia Bennett
Alma Bond
Craig Borden
Marlene Botha
Debra Carroll
Claude Desloges
Mostafa Dini
Jim Emery
Marcia Emery
Brenda Ferrimani
Jody Gardner
Pamela Gliksman
Merrill Hawkins
Kathleen Kanavos
Laura Keller-Wolff
Robert Kunzendorf
Paul Lippmann
Jane Maxfield
Diana McKendree
Scott Merwin
Angel Morgan
Andrée Ostiguy
Cynthia Pearson
Diane Pelletier
Chris Robson
Monique Seguin
Judith Saint-Laurent
Helene Tanguay
Diana Thompson
Alan Underwood
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Lisa Woods
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EXTENSION: By popular request and to respect the Thanksgiving Holidays, we are extending the deadline for submissions by a week to December 8, 2015.

FOR PRESENTERS: REGISTER BEFORE December 31, 2014 to receive the special presenter early-bird registration discount.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS are filling quickly, but we do have five positions open for AV Volunteers, and will be placing people on the wait list for the other positions in the event a position opens or an applicant does not confirm by registering (see below).

KEYNOTES: We now can announce our three Keynotes and two of our Featured Presenters (see below).

Go to for Submission Instructions and to Register.

The Venue • Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center is located on the beach at 2800 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The hotel is directly on the beach, features rooms with sweeping views of the Cape Henry Bay, and is less than a mile from the wildlife sanctuary at First Landing State Park.

The Program • The Conference will feature world-renowned keynote speakers, over 140 presenters from around the globe, an opening reception, the Dream Art Exhibition and Reception, a Dream Hike, the annual PSI Dreaming Contest, and the ever popular costume Dream Ball and other fun special events appropriate to the beachside location. The Program is multidisciplinary with a little something for everyone, professionals as well as those simply interested in dreams.

CEUs • The International Association for the Study of Dreams is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Association for the Study of Dreams maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


(Poster submissions deadline remains at February 1, 2015)

Submissions • Don’t let the date get away from you, prepare your submissions NOW. We again invite submissions for the following tracks: Research and Theory; Arts and Humanities; Culture and History; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreaming; Mental Imagery; and Dreams and Health. Submission Categories include: Paper Presentations; Symposia; Panels; Workshops; Special Events; Morning Dream Groups; and Poster Papers. IASD encourages presenters of all backgrounds to apply and to be sensitive to matters of diversity and disability in their submissions and presentations. All submissions must be made online. Note that this year we remain open to minor corrections, but will not have time for a second round chance to make extensive revisions of your proposals to gain acceptance. Acceptance will be on the basis of your initial submission so please follow the instructions carefully when you submit.

Go to for Submission Instructions and to Register


In addition to over 100 presenters from around the globe, the conference will feature three world-renowned keynote speakers:

Jean Raffa, PhD: A Jungian psychologist and award winning author. Her books include The Bridge to Wholeness: A Feminine Alternative to the Hero Myth that was nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Award; and her newest book, Healing the Sacred Divide: Making Peace with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World, which won the Wilbur Award in 2013.

Dawson Church, PhD: An award-winning author whose books include the best-seller, The Genie in Your Genes, and a series of EFT manuals for healing psychological and physical problems as well as improving athletic performance. He is founder of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, editor of the journal Energy Psychology and owner of one of the largest alternative medicine sites, EFT Universe.

Jessica Payne, PhD: An Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on how sleep and stress influence human memory and psychological function. She also examines important clinical questions, including how disturbances in sleep and stress influence memory consolidation in individuals with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders such as PTSD, and how this, in turn, influences psychological functioning. She combines behavioral, pharmacological and cognitive neuro-scientific (EEG, fMRI) approaches in this research.

Featured Presenters include:

Rev. Bob Haden, MS: Director of The Haden Institute, a Jungian psychotherapist and Episcopal priest, and author of Unopened Letters From God. He studied at The C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association, and holds Masters degrees in Theology and in the Use of Dreams in Spiritual Direction. He draws upon 30 years of experience in family, individual, marriage, vocational, and life journey individuation counseling.

Heather Spence: A marine biologist researching dolphins, who will speak on “Dolphin Dreaming.” She is a PhD candidate in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the City University of NY, a founding partner in the Global Research and Arts Center for the Investigation and Advancement of Sustainability Solutions, and leads international collaborative conservation projects in the Mexican Caribbean.


Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer for the 2015 IASD Conference in Virginia Beach, June 5 – 9, 2015.

Most on-site volunteers are needed for various shifts in the hours from 8AM-9PM, 5th through 9th June 2015. See the Schedule at a Glance link on our conference site for a preview of the planned schedule structure. Once you apply, you will be sent a letter of acceptance if there is a position available, and asked to register for the conference by a certain deadline in order to be confirmed as a volunteer for that position.
For full details and online application please click here:


Deadline: February 15, 2015

The 2015 Juried Dream Art Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2015 annual conference at Virginia Beach.

We are now accepting original art work about or inspired by dreams. The jurors will be open-minded about the relationship of the art work to dream content when selecting the art pieces, as long as the work was inspired in some fashion by visionary or emotional experiences that occurred during sleep. Note: an entrant can create a piece inspired by someone else’s dream.

All two-dimensional and multi-dimensional media will be considered, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, and installation art.

You do not need to be a member of IASD or a conference attendee to participate in the Dream Art Exhibition.

Cash awards will be offered for works chosen from among those accepted for display at the conference. 


The IASD annual Pledge Drive began in November and ends January 31, 2015. The generosity of members and friends makes possible many things we could not otherwise accomplish. We hope you will help IASD share the dream. Think what could happen if every dreamer in the world emulated IASD Board member, Curtiss Hoffman, and donated a dollar for every dream this year! You too can take the Dollar a Dream Challenge!

Whatever you contribute though, whether you are making a first-time Pledge or are a regular contributor, IASD gratefully puts your donations to work.

During 2014, with contributions from IASD Members and friends, IASD has:

* Awarded 4 Research Grants totaling $13,700
* Upgraded web services with page revisions and digital delivery of IASD's Magazine DreamTime
* Published over 20 research articles in our APA Journal Dreaming
* Supported 2 student research projects at $500 each, plus 2 Honorable Mentions, with the Ernest Hartmann Student Awards
* Provided 7 dream artists with the support of the Nancy Richter Brzeski Art Awards, totaling $3,000
* Awarded 24 conference scholarships, valued at $13,000, to students recommended by their school or University faculty
* Added 16 Continuing Education courses online with our new Moodle Education System
* Promoted Regional Conferences and events in Los Angeles, Quebec, Rome, Tokyo, Toronto and other areas of the world
* Created social media buzz adding 811 new members to IASD's FaceBook page in just the past quarter, an 18% growth over the previous quarter
* Added a special Research Award from donations made in the name of former IASD President, Dr. Robert Van de Castle

Pledge Campaign donations can be made online at or by mail to the address below.

Thank you so much from IASD!

IASD is a 501(c)3 US nonprofit organization.

All donations are tax deductible in the US.


From Curtiss Hoffman
Student Research Awards Chair

We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who generously provided funding for the Student Research Award last year has graciously agreed to provide matching funds for the 2015 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. Please view this page for additional details. 

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 1, 2015.

IASD-Student Research
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
Mark on any mailed box "OK to leave on porch."

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 the participant’s student ID. Alternatively, a copy can be faxed to the IASD Office at 1-209-724-0889, or scanned and emailed as an attachment to A note or cover letter should be included to indicate that this is for the IASD Student Research Award. Participants must specify which of the two awards they are applying for.

Winners will announced at the IASD annual conference, which will be held at the beautiful Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, from June 5-9, 2015, during the General Membership Meeting. Check the schedule of conference events to find out the exact date and time.

From Susan Benson, Regional Events Co-Chair

As the year draws to an end, I would like to thank all of our reps for their ongoing work and support of the regional network, and to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I also want to take the opportunity to announce some changes in the Regional Committee. Claude and I have been serving on the Regional Committee for several years now and we have decided to step back from the position of Regional Chairs, but we will remain active on the regional committee. We are very happy to also announce that Bobbie Ann Pimm, membership chair, will be taking up the role of Regional Chair.

Claude and I have both found the committee and network to be a very busy, engaged and productive community—a great place to meet and get to know so many of our members. We also take this opportunity to bid farewell to Mara from the Regional Committee and to thank her for her many contributions. Mara’s various commitments and regional activities are at the forefront for her at the moment, but as she says, ‘next year, may be different,’ and if so, we look forward to welcoming her back onto the committee.


Montreal Regional Conference

From Claude Desloges, Nicole Gratton, Monique Séguin

The 4th IASD Regional Conference in Montréal was held Saturday, November 1st at De Maisonneuve College, with 122 participants attending.

The one day, two track conference explored dreaming at the different stages of life, from newborn to senior.

Keynote speaker, Claire Pimparé, a well-known Québec comedian, television and radio host, opened the conference with a poignant testimony of her own life experience working with abused children and a plea to listen care-fully to their dreams, with the ears of the heart.

The event, held in French, included six presentations and three workshops. For the finale, participants were invited to share their own experience with how dreaming had influenced the different stages in their lives.


From Conference host: Nicola Zippel

The IASD 5th Regional Conference “The Varieties of Dreaming” took place in Rome, November 7-8, 2014, and was devoted to the different ways of approaching the phenomenon of the dream. More than 20 speakers from diverse countries and fields of study participated.

The topics presented covered a wide range of issues related to dream experience. Within the field of empirical research, the main themes discussed were the reliability and characteristics of dream recall, the relationship between sleeping and dreaming, personality disorders and how they effect dreams, how dream content can be affected by external stimuli during sleep, among others.

Though they started from very different backgrounds, all scholars involved in the conference—PhD candidates, professors, practitioners, independent researchers—were able to offer an understanding of dreaming based on a series of common traits of this complex and multifaceted experience, regardless of the particular perspective adopted to study it. For instance:
• the role played by the dream reports as a fundamental part of any inquiry on sleep and dream;
• the relevance of the sensitivity and empathy of the dream researcher towards the subjects—volunteers, patients, colleagues—implicated in the investigation he/she is conducting;
• the meaning of the culture to which the dreamers belong;
• the fruitfulness of joining the neuro-physiological data to the psychological and theoretical interpretations of dream experience.

More generally, the conference demonstrated the importance of bringing scholars from diverse fields of inquiry together in order to develop a productive discussion in which each can present his/her own view and enrich it with other perspectives.

Toronto Regional Group

From Mara Zadnoff

Once again, Toronto region IASD members participated in the November Whole Life Expo weekend in downtown Toronto. The Expo typically welcomes over 18,000 people over the weekend, with hundreds of booths rented by shops and providers for healthy living, well-being and spirituality.

This year, our new member, Derek Donnan, was chosen to present: Life Transformation Using the Power of Dreams. Congratulations Derek!

At this event we hand out annual conference information, upcoming Toronto event details and IASD membership information. Our regional member volunteers engage the public and encourage their dreaming minds. We sometimes sell a book or two, but more importantly, we reach the community with the intention of growing the region and provide ways for interested people to join and participate within our regional and international membership.

On another note, the IASD-Toronto Region formed a Planning Committee this year. The camaraderie, pooling of ideas and strengths, and division of tasks makes for an enjoyable team effort. This regional rep is certainly appreciative of the shared experience. We’ve got an event set up for January 18th, 2015 . . . in case you were thinking of checking out some snow in Toronto around that time! Register at:


A one-day conference: DreamWork: DreamPlay is to be held in New York on April 25, 2015 at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis Greenwich Village. The host for this conference is Lou Hagood. Presenters include: Michael Vannoy Adams, Deirdre Barrett PhD, Fariba Bogzaran PhD, Larry Burk MD, Lou Hagood, Michael P. Jenkins and Robert Waggoner. Full program details and online registration are now available on the IASD website 

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:

KID LUCID - By Al Moniz

The IASD 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: IASD Dream-News Editor


The deadline for the IASD Dream-News is the first of each month.
There is no Dream-News published in July.
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.

The IASD Dream-News accepts notices on member media interviews and appearances.
Members should include the IASD member name, the name of the show or publication, the date, and the topic discussed.

IASD holds no responsibility for the content or quality of non-sponsored IASD events
or individual member lectures, presentations, or workshops.

To subscribe to the IASD Dream-News: 

To change your E-mail address: 

Please direct any technical problems to Richard Wilkerson at the IASD office:

IASD Website:
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.
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