Dream Conference Early Bird Discount Deadline is April 1st

Heads up!  You must register for the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference by April 1st to receive the Early Bird discount.

The 30th annual conference is being held at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center on the bay in Virginia Beach, VA from June 21st – June 25th.

Keynote and Invited speakers include:

  • Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder of the Ligmincha Institute and author of The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep.
  • Kevin Todeschi, CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University
  • Mark Blagrove, Professor of Psychology at Swansea University, Wales
  • Eben Alexander, author of the best-selling book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
  • Matthew Wilson, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Neuroscience, and Associate Director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.

In addition, this 5 day conference will offer over 150 workshops, seminars and exhibits on all aspects of dreaming and is open to the public. Sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams in cooperation with the Association for Enlightenment and Research, there are special programs with CE credits for psychotherapists and professionals, as well as many sessions of interest to the general public. Hear and meet dozens of world-famous authors, researchers, and experts on dreams. Participate in the biggest dream conference ever held on the East Coast! For information and registration, visit ASDREAMS.ORG.


The 11th Dimension is approaching fast!

The 11th Annual IASD online PsiberDreaming conference starts September 23rd. Register now for 2 full weeks jam-packed with cutting edge presentations from some of the top experts in the field of dreaming.  You won’t want to miss presentations by: Dale Graff, Stanley Krippner, Scott Sparrow, Robert Van de Castle, Robert Waggoner and many more. A total of 25 presentations will be up for review and discussion, plus three psi dreaming events!!!

COME IN YOUR PAJAMAS! (If you want).  The conference is completely online 24/7. Join 200+ people from around the world!  Read the presentations, discuss and ask questions of the presenters, chat in the chatoom or just have some fun schmoozing with other dreamers in the only one-of-its-kind, Outer Inn.

Try your Psi!!!  Three psi dreaming events will be facilitated. Learn new tips and techniques, from the experts, for improving your psi dreaming. 

Register NOW!  You won’t regret it — it’s the best bargain on the Internet!

PDC Conference Rates:

General Public $45 (USD)
IASD Members $40
Students with Valid I.D. $30

Because so much is jammed into two weeks online, there’s almost too much to keep up with. So, once the conference is “over” — it’s not really over.  You will have an additional two weeks of “read-only” access to catch up on what you might have missed. 

Don’t miss out on this unique experience.  Join the International Association for the Study of Dreams between now and October 7th and you can attend the PsiberDreaming Conference FREE!

PsiberDreaming Conference Registration is now OPEN!


IASD’s popular PsiberDreaming Conference enters its 11th year of online dreaming, Sunday, September 23 through Sunday, October 7, 2012.  All aspects of psi dreaming are up for discussion: Dream Telepathy, precognitive dreams, lucid dreaming, dream inspired creativity … for two full weeks – all  online, so you can attend in your pajamas, if you want.

Dream experts who have presented in PsiberDreaming’s past ten years were invited to present again this year, including: Bob Van de Castle; Robert Waggoner; Scott Sparrow; Dale Graff;  Ed Kellogg; Jayne Gackenbach; Kelly Bulkeley; plus Fariba Bogzaran, Daniel Deslauriers and Stanley Krippner will be presenting together … a total of 25 presentations will be offered.

The Eleventh Dimension also offers a trio of dream contests (with prizes); the PsiberDreaming Art Gallery, and The Outer Inn (you’ll have to attend to find out more). In addition, there will be conversations, chats, comments and discussion from the international community of participants (I hope you’ll be among them).

Once again, the conference will remain open in read-only format for an additional two weeks after the conference ends on October 7th. This will give you time to catch up and read presentations and discussions that you may have missed “live”.

Online Registration Is Now Open!

PDC Conference Rates: Note: the PsiberDreaming Conference is FREE for New IASD Members joining between now and October 7th.

General Public: $45.00 (USD)
IASD Members: $40.00
Students with Valid ID: $30.00

I hope you will join us for what promises to be another mind-blowing experience as we enter into The Eleventh Dimension!

NOTE: The Deadline for the Call for Artwork for the Dream Art Gallery is September 9th.

Educational video series by Dr. Robert Van de Castle

DreamsCloudTV is offering a series of short video blogs by Dr. Robert Van de Castle, author of Our Dreaming Mind, educating people on how to work with their dreams. As of 6/6/12, nine videos are posted. More are planned.

Dr. Van de Castle is an advisor to DreamsCloud.  The site offers dreamers a place to safe-keep their dreams and receive reflections on them from other dreamers and from a trained staff of dreamworkers. The site also offers a number of dream related resources including, books, people, websites, blogs, videos and more. It is currently in 11 languages with more to come.

I don’t JUST blog!

I’ve been sharing what I have learned about dream interpretation with the world since 2001 when I created my Notes From a Dreamer website. Since then, I have shared my knowledge, in essence “teaching” anyone that is interested, in a number of different formats and venues, including the following:

My book – available in Paperback, Kindle and NookBook formats

My blog

YouTube Channel

My ScoopIt

Udemy Videos

My Facebook Page



AU Edublog

and last, but not least, the online course for Atlantic University(with Bob Van de Castle), Becoming a Teacher of Dreamwork/Dream Interpretation, which we are teaching this semester.

I hope you will join me on any or all venues — all dreamers are welcome!

NOTE: I wrote this post as an assignment for the Teaching Online: Facilitating Online Learning course offered by Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning (IT4ALL).

This post originally appeared on http://bobbieann.net/blog1/2012/06/09/did-you-know-i-dont-just-blog/

Dreaming of the Departed

Dr. Gillian Holloway has been researching and reporting on dreams of deceased loved ones since 2006.  In a recent blog, she provides some tips and advice on how to invite the departed to visit you in your dreams. She suspects that we dream of our loved ones much more often then reported, due primarily to poor dream recall, but also believes some dreamers are just more open to the experience.

Among her tips to facilitate a visitation dream are:

  •  “Talk to the departed in your mind. Keep a light perspective, inviting them to visit or give you a sign, but try not to be desperate or overwrought.”
  • “Practice spiritual courtesy. Wish them well, send them love, let go. Invite contact but do not demand it.”
  • “Write down your dreams: Better dream recall and a stronger relationship with the dream realm seems to make it easier to get a message through.”

If you, or someone you know has experienced a visitation dream, Dr. Holloway would love to hear from you. You may contact her directly at: ADCdreams@gmail.com.

You can read her full, informative Flash of Spirit Blog, here: http://www.flashofspirit.com/blog/2012/06/inviting-after-death-communication-in-dreams/

Dr. Gillian Holloway has written four books on dream analysis and is a university instructor at Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon. Her research website is Lifetreks.






IJoDR: 4+ years of quality peer-reviewed dream research articles

The International Journal of Dream Research is an open-access eJournal dedicated to providing dream researchers the opportunity to share their findings with the world. Editors, Michael Schredl (Heidelberg University, Germany) and Daniel Erlacher (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany) have published the IJoDR twice a year since 2008 (usually April and October). As of April 2012, over 50 peer reviewed papers and several book reviews have been published in nine issues. In addition, two supplementary issues have been published containing the abstracts of the presentations from the 2010 and 2011 conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.  

Topics include: lucid dreaming, nightmares, dream recall, dream content, sleep quality, video game play and dreams, false awakenings and more. Contributors come from Germany, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and the United Arab Emirates; while visitors are coming from all over the globe, including: the US, Germany, and the UK, making it a truly international publication.   

The IJoDR, ISSN 1866-7953, is indexed in the PsycINFO and Scopus databases. Contributors are asked to submit online by creating an account and following the Submission Guidelines.  

In the April 2012 issue, Dr. Robert Van de Castle adds his voice to the ongoing discussion on the continuity and discontinuity between waking and dreaming. His article titled, “Exogenous dream continuity: Exploring the matrix of entangled dreams” can be found here.

Originally published on www.dreamscloud.com on May 6, 2012.

Being Your Own Dreamworker: Listen in at 8:00 pm Eastern time this Thursday, April 26th

Bob Van de Castle and I will be speaking to Dr. Marcia Emery on her internet radio show, The Partnership of Intuition and Dreams, Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm Eastern time on the topic of Being Your Own Dreamworker. All dreamers who have questions about dreams, and their own dreams in particular, are invited to call in at 1-866-472-5795. You can listen live at: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/61166/being-your-own-dreamworker. The show will be available for download or listening later, as well, at the same url.

Nightmare, Night Terror or Sleep Paralysis – Which am I having?

You wake up terrified. Your heart is pounding. You are unable to move. You try to scream for help, but can’t.  What’s going on?  Was it a nightmare, a night terror or sleep paralysis? While there are some similarities between them, most notably the fact that you’re scared to death, there are major differences, with different ways to deal with them.

Nightmares occur during a Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, which (in simple terms) we usually enter approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep, and then every 90 minutes throughout the night. The images and content of the nightmare will frighten the sleeper, who will usually wake up with a vivid and detailed recall of a dream. Nightmares are psychological in nature – they are normal dreams that scare us because the theme or content of the dream needs to be addressed in waking life. I recommend taking advantage of the gift of the message that the nightmare brings by acting on it in waking life.

Night terrors occur during stage 4 sleep, a deep non-REM phase, usually within 15 minutes to an hour after going to bed. It can last anywhere from five to twenty minutes. While anyone can experience a night terror, they are most often reported in children 3 to 5 years old. In the midst of a night terror, the sleeper’s heart rate can increase to 160 – 170 beats per minute, the eyes may be open, and they can move about since the paralysis of REM sleep is not present; and they can be gasping, sweating and screaming even though they are still asleep. In the morning, they usually have no recollection of the events experienced (there are exceptions to this as some sufferers do remember details of the experience).  Night terrors are thought by researchers to be caused by a chemical trigger in the brain which causes the brain to “misfire”. These misfires can be caused by factors like stress, medications, and some medical conditions.  The night terror itself is not dangerous to the sleeper, however the objects in their environment may be. It’s best to ensure that there is nothing in the area that can be used to hurt themselves or others. Night terrors generally run in families, as do bed-wetting and sleep-walking, which are also stage 4 sleep disorders, or parasomnias.

Sleep paralysis occurs when you are aware that you are awake, however you are unable to move or scream for help. It is usually accompanied by the feeling of an ominous or demonic presence either in the room or sitting on top of you, holding you down and trying to suffocate you. Sleep paralysis occurs when the dreamer becomes conscious before the normal paralysis of REM sleep has worn off, and is thought to be caused by a disrupted sleep schedule, stress, anxiety, some medication and stimulants (caffeine) and fatigue. By understanding and accepting the inevitability of what is happening, some sufferers have learned to use the experience of sleep paralysis as a kicking off point to induce a lucid dream.

For more information on Night Terrors, check out the Night Terror Resource Center website.

For more information on Sleep Paralysis and Lucid Dreaming, check out Ryan Hurd’s, Dream Studies website.

For more information about the stages of sleep watch this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VCIY-UvcII&feature=player_embedded

This blog was originally posted on www.dreamscloud.com.

Sailing on the Sea of Dreams – 29th Annual IASD Conference

International Association for the Study of DreamsThe IASD is holding their 29th Annual conference, Sailing on the Sea of Dreams, in the Doubletree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA, June 22 – 26, 2012.  This year’s conference will be a  memorable four-and-a-half day event with workshops, panels, symposia, a poster session, and a number of special events.  Highlights include three world-renowned Keynote Presenters: Patricia Garfiled, Fred Alan Wof and Tracey Kahan, plus three special Invited Speakers and over 150 presenters from around the globe.   The special events include an Opening Reception, a Dream Art Exhibit and Reception, a Psi Dream Contest, and a costume Dream Ball. Planned outdoor activities include a dream hike along the Bay and a special Dessert Cruise on San Francisco Bay.

Early Bird Registration ends April 1, 2012.  I hope you can join us!  You can find more details here.