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Annual Pledge Drive Begins

2016 IASD Annual International Conference at Kerkrade, Netherlands:

Registration Open
Call for Volunteers, Presentations and Dream Art Submissions

Continuing Education Administrator Needed

The Ernest Hartmann Award for Student Research

Membership and Regional News Announcement


PsiberDreaming Conference Great Success

Members in the Media

Hot off the Press

October Membership Total: 42

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


Jean Campbell, Conference Host

Thank you to the 200 people who attended IASD's 12th Annual PsiberDreaming Online Conference "Leaping into the Psi-ence of Dreams," which ended its read-only period on October 24, 2016. We hope you enjoyed the fun.

And a special thanks to the 44 new IASD members who joined us in time to receive free attendance to this extraordinary conference, which attracts people from all over the globe. IASD offers many benefits to its members, including subscriptions to the APA-published journal Dreaming, our monthly electronic Dream News, our magazine DreamTime, and discounts on our annual conference as well as Regional events. So we hope your interest in dreams will keep you with us for many years to come.

Thanks also to the 22 dream experts who presented us with psi-entific ideas for dream discussion, and to the many other volunteers who (several of them back for another year) keep the PsiberDreaming Conference moving and growing.

We'll be back again next year for the fifteenth PDC!


IASD Member Christian Gerike launched a “California Dreaming” Facebook page in July as an International Association for the Study of Dreams related forum for people interested in dreaming. California Dreaming states that “This page is for sharing and discussing dreams, in accordance with the ethics of the IASD. Posting of dream related information or events is encouraged.” The page’s focus is IASD members in California, though anyone interested in dreams will gladly be accepted as a page member.

California Dreaming also regularly posts a great variety of information about dreams and sleep in the news, recent research findings about these subjects, dream-related blogs, and achievements and milestones by California Dreaming’s dreamers. Anything to do with the psychology, sociology, spirituality, and anthropology of dreams and sleep is very welcome! California Dreaming especially seeks more postings about California dream and sleep events and presentations – whether sponsored by an organization or by an individual. Currently, 73 people subscribe.

Please come and join in the fun at California Dreaming


John Sikorski, a PhD researcher at Plymouth University, is designing some studies into the creative process involved in producing artwork from dream content. He would be keen to hear from individuals who have produced artwork from their dreams, whether amateur or professional. Please contact him at  if you would like more information.

In this issue, Hot Off the Press highlights Kelly Bulkeley’s exploration of the fascinating dreams of politicians. The intention of this column is to publish links to evidence-based scientific articles on the study of dreams that are written for a non-research audience.


Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and leading Republican contender for the presidency, says that his life was changed by a shadowy figure who appeared in a dream and gave him special advice at a time of crisis. Not since Barack Obama's 2004 memoir Dreams From My Father has a presidential candidate shared such valuable insight into his personal dreaming experience.



"I am something of a dreamer" - so confesses Barack Obama in the closing pages of "Dreams from My Father," the title of which signaled his strong interest in dreaming, both metaphorical and literal. In the book, he shared two of his own dreams, each testifying to his long struggle with the morally and spiritually ambiguous legacy of his father.




Danna Baum
Isabel Barros
Diana Kenney
Anne Flynn
David Low
Jessica Watson
Loretta Westbrook
Michael Reith
Jerry Joseph
Darby Miller
1 Anonymous


Richard Paseman
John Allen
Kirsten Backstrom
Teresa Hanlon
Leslie Ellis
Jill Fischer
Sue Llewellyn
Lise Robillard
Barbara Koning
Weaver Sjolander
Nicoline Douwes Isema
John Corbett
Donald Curran
Jane Simon
Judy Gardiner
Nigel Hamilton
Merrill Hawkins
Shirley McNeal
Debra Carroll
Suzanne Saldarini
Matt Tabrizi
Steve Kenney
Akke Jeanne Klerk
Ron Bugaj
Talbert Kanigher
Jeffrey Adams
Amy Campion
Sandra St John
Brend Ferrimani
Diana Thompson
Robert Sears


Wouldn't you love to live in a world where everyone listens to dreams?

The Mission of IASD is to create just such a place. Think of a world in which children grow up hearing the words: "What did you dream last night?"

We are asking you to think of the children.

During this year's annual Pledge Drive, which begins in November and ends January 30, 2016, ask yourself the following questions:

What if IASD's Dream Research were to find answers to better ways to understand dreaming?

What if IASD's Education Programs and publications taught all dreamers how to better understand dreams and to educate others in their value?

What if IASD's Conferences and Regional Events were to spark so much interest in dreams that people flocked to them to learn?

And what if, through it all, we were to keep in mind the needs of future generations?

All of these things are true of IASD even today, but can be broadened and enlarged. With your assistance, we will grow. Your contribution, large or small, helps us to discover that world – to create that world – where everyone listens to dreams.

Please donate today at

Thank you from all of the children growing up in a world full of dreams…


Call for Volunteers NOW OPEN

. . . as well as Call for Presentations and Registration
Go to for Online Submission Forms
Submission Deadline December 15, 2015
Poster Papers February 15, 2016

Call for Volunteers • The application for volunteers is now open and on line by clicking here. This year we are looking for volunteers for the Registration/Information Desk, for Room Monitors and for Audio Visual Support. In lieu of the regular conference fee, volunteers attend for only $50 (or 50€) for roughly 12 to 14 conference hours of work (paying an initial fee of $150/150€ with $100/100€ returned after the duties are completed). The fee covers the conference attendance, receptions and the dream ball. Volunteers arrange for their own travel as well as lodging and meals, and other purchases they wish to make such as for CEs and recordings.

Venue • The location is the very beautiful 12th century Rolduc Abbey conference facility in Kerkrade in the southern part of the Netherlands. The site is situated on the Dutch-German border, close to several international airports, including those in Germany and Belgium, providing ease of international travel and sightseeing for those who wish to enjoy touring before and after the conference. We warmly invite you to attend. Mark your calendars now for next year’s very special conference.
The Conference • will feature world-renowned keynote speakers and over 120 presenters from around the globe, an opening reception, a Dream Art Exhibition and Reception, the annual Psi Dreaming Contest, and the ever popular costume Dream Ball and other special events appropriate to enjoyment of the location.

Submissions • The program is multi-disciplinary, therefore high quality proposals are invited that fall into any of the following tracks: Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Arts and Humanities; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Culture and History; Mental Imagery. We plan a special Dutch Language Dreamwork track.

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. Submissions to the Dutch language track may include: pre-organized Symposia and Panel submissions, Workshops, Morning Dream Groups and Poster Papers. All submissions must be made online at


The 2016 Juried Dream Art Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2016 annual conference at the Rolduc Conference Center, The Netherlands. The exhibition will be displayed until August 31, 2016.

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. Deadline: February 15, 2016.

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. Also, you can exhibit whether you are competing for a prize or not.

Cash awards will be offered for works chosen from among those accepted for display at the conference. Information regarding entry requirements is located here:

Information in English

Information in Dutch


IASD is seeking to fill the role of the retiring CE Administrator. In this voluntary role you will be working closely with the Chair of the Education Committee, Online Course Manager, Chair of the Conference Advisory Committee (CAC) and IASD Executive Committee to contribute to an integral part of IASD’s Educational Program. Even though this activity responds to and coordinates changes in APA requirements and IASD CE offerings each year, for the most part the documentation, online systems and support teams are in place to provide any support needed for this activity.

Compensation: this position is awarded a conference fee waiver for every Annual Conference, all Online Courses and any other online conference or educational activities involving CE.

If you are interested in the opportunity to join a dedicated team of dream workers and educators and to obtain further information please contact IASD president Susannah Benson at


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 2016 competition! The IASD Board of Trustees will provide the balance of funds.

Click here for submission details.

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, 2016.

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. Research which has been published prior to the submissions deadline is not eligible for this award.

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 be announced at the IASD annual conference, which will be held at the beautiful Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, from June 24 – 28, 2016, during the General Membership Meeting. Check the schedule of conference events to find out the exact date and time.


Hello everyone, we have had some recent changes in our Membership and Regional Events committees. At our recent Board meeting Bobbie Anne Pimm advised that due to work and personal responsibilities, she was stepping down from her positions of Membership and Regional Events Committee chair. Bobbie will continue to serve on the Membership Committee and as regional representative for Northern Virginia. I would like to thank Bobbie for her work on both committees and look forward to her continuing involvement.

As Bobbie announced in a recent news column, we have several new regional events being planned for spring 2016. We will also be returning to New York on May 7 for another regional event hosted by Lou Hagood. Our last regional event in New York was very successful, and we look forward to a similar outcome for this new event.

If you are interested in joining either of these committees and would like to learn more about the role of the committee chairs please contact me.

Susannah Benson
IASD President

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 June 2015.
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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