APRIL 2015
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2015 IASD Annual International Conference, Virginia Beach:

Volunteers Update

Preliminary Program Available

Lodging Discount Cut Off Date is May 15

Conference Program Ad Deadline is April 15

PsiberDreaming Conference Theme and Deadline Announced

Board Member Nominees: Time to Vote

IASD Regional News You Can Use


In Memoriam

Call for Dreams that Changed Our Lives

Members Around the World

Members in the Media

Hot off the Press

March Membership Total: 63

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

In Memoriam

It is with profound sadness that Janet Pfunder, a treasured Montague Ullman dream facilitator and psychotherapist left her earthly home on March 6, 2015. She is now bound for her celestial home, a place from which she conducted the orchestration of a dream like a true maestro. Revelations born under Janet’s dream work often culminated in life-changing results for the dreamer. Her anatomical dissection of a dream performed in perfect pitch, reflected the skill of an accomplished surgeon. Harmonizing clarity, structure, compassion, and humor, her sensitivity was nonpareil.

In memory of Janet, this citation from the I Ching 22 best describes her. “It is precisely because she did not compete that the world could not compete with her.”

Click here for more about Janet and her work in Focusing and other workshops visit.



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.


The students pictured here attend the third year at the School of Psychotherapy of the Milan Center of Family Therapy, Italy. The class, led by Massimo Schinco, was a lesson dedicated to the emotional value of dreams. The students, sensitive to dreamwork, had experienced other dream group methods, but it was their first time with the complete Ullman Experiential Dream Group Process. They were impressed by the experience, commenting that it was both peaceful and stimulating. As far as Massimo knows, it is the first time that the Ullman method has been applied in a complete form in Milan.


In Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit, an autobiographical and deeply personal account, Maria Isabel Pita shares how she found her way home to God through lucid dreaming as a spiritual practice.
Born into Catholicism in Havana, Cuba, during the communist revolution, Maria’s family fled into exile and she grew up in Virginia. As an adult, Maria came to lead a secular life, concentrating primarily on her growth as a writer. The author of several successful erotic romances, and an epic fictional biography of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut-Maatkare, the happily married Maria never expected God to personally enter her life.
In mid-life, Maria began experiencing lucid dreams. In those early days, she called them "flying dreams" because flying felt fantastic, and she could think of no better way to make use of them. But as her skill and control improved, a new overwhelming love introduced itself into her life when she began meeting with a male character in the dream space who seemed even more awake and aware than she was, and who she came to think of as her Guardian Lord.

Lucid Dreams and the Holy Spirit is a compelling contemporary story of the age-old mystery of God's pursuit of Man, charting Maria's journey through the extraordinary experiences she recorded, and the insight and direction she drew from them as she was led to the works of Saint Theresa of Avila. Dream by dream, Maria discovered that she was being guided along a path, in keeping with Christian mystical tradition, of spiritual espousal.

Maria is offering IASD members who are truly interested in reading the book, a complimentary EBook or paperback. Please Maria’s website for more information.

In this issue, Hot Off the Press explores dreams and cinema. 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.


Dreams and the cinema have been linked since the very beginning. Early masters like Buster Keaton and Luis Buñuel used the movies to explore our dreams in films like Sherlock, Jr. and Un Chien Andalou, and today’s masters continue to exploit what film theorists call the “oneiric” qualities of the cinema in movies like Mulholland Drive, Take Shelter, and Inception.

The connections between all these movies are highlighted in this surprisingly powerful little montage from editor Gabriel Adelman. Scored to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score from The Social Network, and handpicking clips from dozens of movies, it’s a perfect tribute to the movies as what Fellini called “a dream we dream with our eyes open.”


Movies have endlessly employed the 'dream sequence' trip, either for dramatic effect, for psychological exploration, or just for those goddamn cheap thrills.



If you wish to be a Volunteer for a reduced $50 conference fee, all positions have currently been applied for but a few may still be open – so applications remain open for the wait list, particularly for Audio Visual support, Room Monitor and Registration positions. If you register for the conference and a position opens you will be reimbursed for the difference.

Register NOW at the conference site for your lodging in order to have the best chance for one of the deeply discounted rooms in the limited block reserved for IASD. The cutoff date is May 15, 2015, after which discounted rooms will only be offered on an availability basis.

A preliminary Program Schedule and presentation listing is available on the conference website.

Go to www.asdreams.org/2015 for Information 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 6 world-renowned keynotes and featured speakers plus over 120 presenters from 15 countries around the globe offering: 10 morning dream groups; 34 workshops; 29 panels and symposia; various special sessions; and a full research track and poster session. Special events include an opening reception, the Dream Art Exhibition and Reception, a Dream Hike along the shore and wildlife sanctuary, the annual PSI Dreaming Contest, the ever popular costume Dream Ball and other dance, music and artistic activities. The Program is designed to provide a little something for everyone, professionals as well as those simply interested in dreams. It is organized in multidisciplinary tracks which include: Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Research and Theory; Arts and Humanities; Education; Spirituality and Religion; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Mental Imagery; Culture and History. Come meet and converse with your favorite authors and personalities as well as a multitude of kindred spirits interested in sharing the joy and benefits of understanding dreams and dreamworking.

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.


In addition to our broad slate of presenters and workshop leaders, the conference will feature six world-renowned keynote and featured 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.

Stanley Krippner, PhD: Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, and a past president of IASD. A former Director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory in Brooklyn NY, his many books include the co-authored Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans (2007). He was recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, 2002.

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.


Materials Deadline APRIL 15

Highlight your presence at the 2015 IASD Conference by advertising in the annual conference program.

Do you have a product or business to promote? Do you host a dream group? Are you an artist who would like to reach out to an international audience? Do you offer ongoing workshops? Are you one of the 90 published authors who belong to IASD?

If your ad has not yet been included in the program, don’t get left out again this year. You can provide us with camera-ready artwork – or with enough advanced notice, we will create your ad for you for an additional fee using one of several specially designed templates.

The annual conference program is handed out to every conference attendee and contains key information on events, schedule of sessions, workshops, and much more. Attendees constantly refer to the program on-site and hold onto it for future reference, generating multiple impressions for advertisers. Not all conference attendees are IASD members, so advertising in the conference program increases your exposure.

Materials deadline is April 15, 2015! 

Click here for information.

IASD's 2015 PsiberDreaming Conference, Leaping Into the Mystery: The Psi-ence of Dreams, has been announced for Sunday, September 27 through Sunday, October 11, 2015. We hope you'll join us.

Dreams, and psi, and psi dreams, are inherently mysterious, largely unobservable except within the experiencing mind. Only the boldest of scientists dare explore these hidden realms; but each of us boldly leaps into the mystery every time we close our eyes to sleep. How does science describe and quantify these phenomena? What do we learn from those investigations? What can we as individuals learn as we probe the boundaries of our own consciousness? What experiments will you bring aboard your oneironautical spacecraft tonight?

A total of twenty-four presentations will be selected for this conference, which is a full two weeks of fun, contests, sharing and exploration online.

Proposals for presentations must contain the presentation title and one or two paragraphs of description. The proposal deadline is June 10, though earlier proposals are gratefully accepted. Please send proposals to Conference Host, Jean Campbell, at jccampb@aol.com


Due to the earlier than usual annual conference dates this year we are announcing the Board Nominations 2015 Time to Vote.

The 2015 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: Claude Desloges (Canada), Jordi Borràs García (Spain), Curt Hoffman (USA), Clare Johnson (Germany), Linda Schiller (USA), Misa Tsuruta (Japan) and Mary Ziemer (England). Selectees (those five with the highest number of votes) will be announced at the General Membership Meeting at the Virginia Beach conference on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

The Nominating Committee members worked long and hard to arrive at a slate of board nominees who were interested and available, and reflected gender and geographical diversity as well as a wide range of skills and knowledge. To cast your vote please visit 2015 Time to Vote [Note that only current members of IASD can vote for Board Members.]

The Committee also arrived at a slate of Executive officer nominees for 2015-2016, which is as follows: Scott Sparrow, Board Chair; Susannah Benson, President; Laurel Clark, Vice-President; Joy Fatooh, Secretary and Robert Waggoner, 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 Friday, June 5, 2015.

Bobbie Ann Pimm, Regional Events Committee Chair


Dreams, Shamanism, & Mythology

The Toronto Region of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is pleased to announce this two-day conference on dreams, shamanism, and mythology featuring world-renowned dream researcher and psychologist Stanley Krippner. Join him, along with guest presenters Dr. Teresa DeCicco and Rosemary Gosselin for this extraordinary event in downtown Toronto on April 18 & 19, 2015. For tickets visit: www.dreamsmatter.eventbrite.ca

DreamWork: DreamPlay

A one-day conference 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 or for corrections or feedback on member contacts from Regional Reps, contact Bobbie Ann Pimm at bobbie@bobbieann.net


New Members = 16

Cynthia Bauman
Robert Case
Ted Cole Jr
Deb Irvine
Steven Kampmann
Talbert Kanigher
Georgine Miller
Mary Moffat
Daniel Rekshan
John Sikorski
John Spiesman
Anonymous -- 5

Renewing Members = 47

Hussein Ali
Valerie Bigelow
Mark Blagrove
Barbara Bluck
Stephen Bowles
Joseph Braun, Jr
Jane Carleton
Jennifer Closshey
Deborah Coupey
Teresa Cullen
Pamela Del Franco
Sven Doehner
Mary-Therese Dombeck
Monica Renée Duncan
B. Frey
Franklin Galvin
Christian Gerike
Dale E. Graff
Curtiss Hoffman
Tobi Hoffman
Rose Inserra
Kristen Kadi
Margarette Kaylor
Milton Kramer
Frances Kramer
Therezinha Leite
Janet McCall
Chris McCleary
Kelly McGannon
Mary Fuller McGee
Karen Melady
Tad Messenger
Dale Miesen
Luciano Morselli
Donna-Marie Newfield
Peter Nuyts
Frank Pascoe
Ralf Penderak
Lisa Rigge
Richard Russo
Beth Scanzani
Patricia Schmieg
Suzanne Stewart
Janet Wahl
Bernard Welt
Mary Ziemer
Anonymous -- 1

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There is no Dream-News published in July.
Submissions by IASD members should be e-mailed to the IASD Dream-News editor.

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