IASD has created a series of Foundation Series Courses which cover the main areas of dream research, theory, analysis and dreamwork methods. We will be adding new courses as they become available.

This Foundation Series course is based on a symposium titled "An Introduction to the History of Dreams" that was presented at the 2018 IASD conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.It explored the historical traditions around dream experience, dream telling and dream interpretation. 

The symposium engaged participants with rich and diverse cultural heritages that display a broad range of insights and viewpoints and reveal shifting reflections and value orientations.

Part 1: Curtiss Hoffman--The Evolution of Dreams and Dream Sharing

Part 2: Susannah Benson--A Social/ Cultural Narrative of Dreaming: Western, Islamic and Eastern Traditions

Part 3: Stanley Krippner--Shamanic Dream Practices

Cost: US$21 via Stripe


This Foundation Series course is mini-tutorial on the science and psychology of dreaming, which covers:

  •  The Basics
  •  The Psychology
  •  Exceptional Dream Experiences

As an educational tutorial, this course is designed for anyone interested in a summary of some of the theories and research findings related to our basic understanding of dreaming. Although there is still much unknown and even controversial about the nature of dreaming, these presentations are an attempt to present a snapshot of some of the general thinking cited from research and theoretical literature.

Cost:  US$21 via Stripe

This Foundation Series course is based on a presentation by author and internationally known lucid dream pioneer Robert Waggoner at the 2018 IASD Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. It 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.

Cost: US$14 via Stripe

This Foundation Series course is based on presentations at the 2019 IASD conference in Rolduc, the Netherlands. 

Part 1: Robert Hoss--Dreamwork Basics: Intro, Ethics, Jung, Gestalt, Ullman

This presentation is 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 three of the great luminaries that had a lasting influence on modern day dreamwork: Jung, Perls (Gestalt) and Ullman.

Part 2: Michael Schredl--Dream Listening

This approach is based on the client-centered therapy developed by Carl Rogers. The group will learn to ask open-ended questions to stimulate the dreamer to think about the links between the dream (emotions, cognitive patterns, and the way the dream ego acts) and current waking life issues.

Part 3: Scott Sparrow--Co-Creative Dreamwork and the FiveStar Method

This presentation covers the theory of co-creative dreamwork, and then introduces the FiveStar Method, a practical and relational dreamwork method for individual and group dreamwork that focuses on how the dreamer responds to the dream content. It will provide a dreamwork example that will illustrate the effectiveness of the FSM. 

Part 4: Robert Hoss--Transformative Dreamwork

This  presentation details an integrative dreamworking protocol, based on a unique combination of approaches influenced by Carl Jung (Amplification, Archetypal, and Active Imagination); Fritz Perls (Gestalt Role-play) and research into the emotional significance of Color. It consists of 3 phases: Exploration, Insight and Action.

Part 5: Robert Gongloff--Dream as Story: Exploring the Themes of Your Dreams

Themes reflect the major issues going on in one’s life. A theme is the important message, idea, or perception that a dream is attempting to bring to your conscious mind. Through this approach, the dreamer gets to the core issues presented by the dream quickly; a dream group tends to relate more to the dream rather than to the dreamer, thus providing more safety for the dreamer; and the theme provides a context or framework within which the dream symbols can be explored.

Part 6: Leslie Ellis--Focusing Dreamwork

Based on the work of Eugene Gendlin, Ellis introduces the theory and methodology of Focusing Dreamwork, which emphasizes the "felt-sense" of the dream, an embodied way of appreciating the dream, and "dreaming it forward" through an imaginal process.

Part 7: Scott Sparrow--Dreamwork  and Group Theory

This interactive presentation covers various ways that dream sharing fits within the larger context of group dynamics--a field that informs us of ways to insure a healthy and productive exploration, regardless of the content of our sharing. We will explore ways to circumvent problems and to deepen the interpersonal bond.

Cost: US $49 via Paypal