Welcome to the Dream Institute website

The Dream Institute is a cultural and educational center whose mission is to encourage interest in dreaming as an ancient, evolved resource, available to all,    that informs and inspires our cultural and personal lives.

THE DREAM INSTITUTE, founded in 2003, came into being during this time known as the shift or the great turning. Our purpose is to provide a place for those who have an active interior life and those who seek it. We hope to restore dreams, as an ancient wisdom source, to contemporary society. They are a natural resource, democratically available to all, yet vastly underutilized today. Most cultures throughout history have called upon dreams for information and guidance; they are more relevant than ever at this time of upheaval and transition.

WE OFFER dream groups, workshops, dream training for professionals, salons, film series, art exhibits, dream retreats, and dream-based performances. We are also the West Coast center for the Culture Dreaming method, offered regularly as “Deep Dreaming” and “Interconnected Dreaming.” Programs and events are open to the public; continuing education seminars are for professionals in the healing arts. The Dream Institute does not advocate any single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint. Housed in a beautiful historic landmark, it is a sanctuary in the city.

“There are few dreams in books. It’s as if they have a bad reputation. Dreams used to occur in all the great books—in the Bible, in epic poems, in Greek literature, in the Babylonian epic poems, in Shakespeare. I associate this increasing remoteness, this dessication, with the diminishment of other signs. In the same way we find:

less and less poetry                                                                                                                               less and less angels                                                                                                                                less and less birds                                                                                                                                  less and less women                                                                                                                               less and less courage.

Jacob wakes up, he gets up. What becomes of the ladder? You have to take a rock, put it under your head, and let the dream ladder grow. It grows down—toward the depths.”  —Helene Cixous, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing

“I have found the Institute an extraordinarily supportive environment for creative work and research about dreams, dreaming, and the uses of dreams in other cultures as well as our own. It is a tribute to you and the colleagues who participate with you in creating and sustaining the Institute that such fine work can be done. The programs you support are excellent, the audiences who attend your programs are sophisticated and warm, and the environment a very pleasant one for the presenter. I look forward to future work with you and The Dream Institute.”  —Charles Fisher, M.D.

How do you know, when you die, if your life has been successful? From the dreams.  —Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche