IASD Dream Study Groups Program

Welcome to the IASD Dream Study Groups Program!

For the first time in IASD's history, members and non-members alike can join the IASD Dream Study Groups Program (DSGP), where like-minded individuals will be able to meet and interact in our Global Dreamers Forum, and will be assigned to small Dream Study Groups with one of IASD's Regional Representatives as a host.

Dream Study Groups will follow the Foundation Series courses over the period of one year in an engaging and interactive way, with access to forums and discussion questions every week.

  • The cost for participation in the DSGP, $50 for IASD members and $75 for non-members, will include:
    • Access to the "DSGP Tea Room", a global forum for dreamers.
    • Access to our three Foundation Series Courses, detailed below.
    • A one-year membership in a hosted Dream Study Group where members will interact on forums and discuss course content over the year.

The Dream Study Groups Program will launch March 1st, 2020. Registration now open! 

Once registered, the following steps will happen:

    • DSGP Admin will assign enrollees to unique Dream Study Groups hosted by IASD Regional Representatives.
    • Starting the week before March 1st, you will have access to the DSGP Tea Room, a global forum where dreamers can connect.
    • Over the course of a year, you will follow the Foundation Series along with your Dream Study Group, and you will be able to interact with your fellow Dream Study Group members in forums filled with topics for discussion.

    If you are a Regional Representative interested in hosting a Dream Study Group, please take our Host Survey and you will be contacted by DSGP Admin.

    All members of the DSGP must read and agree to honor the IASD Principles of Community.


    The DSGP Foundation Series

    The DSGP Foundation Series brings together courses on A History of Dreaming, The Science and Psychology of Dreaming, and Dreamwork Methods (Parts 1 and 2).

    Each course includes video presentations and weeks of discussion questions to talk about in forums with your regional Dream Study Group. You will take a quiz after the forums end to earn a certificate of completion.

    Course 1 - A History of Dreaming (6 weeks)

    This series explores the historical traditions around dream experience, dream telling and dream interpretation. The presentations and discussion questions will engage participants with rich and diverse cultural heritages that display a broad range of insights and viewpoints and reveal shifting reflections and value orientations.

    • Presentation 1: Curtiss Hoffman — The Evolution of Dreams
    • Presentation 2: Susannah Benson — A Social/ Cultural Narrative of Dreaming
    • Presentation 3: Stanley Krippner — Shamanic Dream Practices

    Course 2 - The Science and Psychology of Dreaming (14 weeks)

    This series is a mini-tutorial on the science and psychology of dreaming and lucid dreaming. Although there is still much unknown and even controversial about the nature of dreaming, this course provides a summary of some of the theories and research findings related to our basic understanding of dreaming. It also covers the history of the first scientific evidence that lucid dreaming is a valid and distinct state of dreaming, and then surveys cutting-edge findings in the field.

    • Presentation 1: Robert Hoss — The Science of Dreaming
    • Presentation 2: Robert Hoss — The Psychology of Dreaming
    • Presentation 3: Robert Waggoner — The Science of Lucid Dreaming

    Course 3 - Dreamwork Methods

    Dreamwork Methods - Part 1 (18 weeks). This course follows two parts. Part 1 is a series of four presentations providing an introduction to the basic foundations of dreamwork. It begins with a brief evolutionary history of key contributions, along with IASD ethical principles. This is followed by a more in-depth introduction to several methods of dreamwork: Jung, Perls (Gestalt) and Ullman; Michael Schredl's Dream Listening based on Carl Rogers' client-centered therapy; Scott Sparrow's relational method of Co-Creative Dreamwork; and Robert Hoss' Transformative Dreamwork.

    • Presentation 1: Robert Hoss — Dreamwork Basics
    • Presentation 2: Michael Schredl — Dream Listening
    • Presentation 3: Scott Sparrow — Co-Creative Dreamwork
    • Presentation 4: Gayle Delaney — The Interview Method

    Dreamwork Methods - Part 2 (14 weeks). The second part of this course on Dreamwork Methods explores the themes of dreams and how they relate to one's life; introduces the method of Focusing developed by Eugene Gendlin, which emphasized the "felt-sense" of the dream as an embodied experience; and delves into the process of group dreamwork and informs ways to ensure a healthy and productive exploration of dreams.

    • Presentation 5: Robert Hoss — Transformative Dreamwork
    • Presentation 6: Robert Gongloff — Exploring Dream Themes
    • Presentation 7: Leslie Ellis — Focusing Dreamwork
    • Presentation 8: Scott Sparrow — Dreamwork and Group Theory
    Last modified: Sunday, 5 January 2020, 10:46 PM