Welcome to the Dream Institute website

The Dream Institute is a cultural and educational center
whose mission is to restore dreams as a resource that
informs and inspires our collective and personal lives.

Founded in 2003, THE DREAM INSTITUTE came into being during this era 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, a universal 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; at this time of upheaval and transition they are more needed than ever.

Dream Institute offerings include: dream groups, educational seminars, training for professionals, art exhibits, annual retreats, and dream-based performances. Our  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 particular philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint. Housed in a beautiful historic landmark, it is a sanctuary in the city.

I dream in my dream all the dreams of the other dreamers and I become the other dreamers.  —Walt Whitman

A dream arises from the same source as a tree or a wild pig—Nature itself.                        —M.-L. vonFranz

The dream is central to our evolutionary inheritance…More than ever we must dream well if we are to further the wonderful, dangerous, and always visionary human adventure.  —Robert Jay Lifton, The Future of Immortality

DREAM: “I’m standing in the courtyard at Fox Commons. There is breadfruit just hanging from the big oak tree, like manna.”


The Dream Institute has been here for 15 years! We want to celebrate this with you by saying “Thank you” for your interest, enthusiasm, and attendance at our offerings over the years. We also want to invite you to consider other ways you could become involved.
We are always glad to hear from you with ideas for programs and events you’d like to see here. We also welcome donations.
Our website features new board members and articles that you can download to read.

We look forward to seeing you at something here soon.


Cooking Up Dreams—This new program will be offered monthly on Saturdays, hosted by our director, Meredith Sabini. Open to All. Bring dreams, nightmares, lucid dreams, and other experiences of interiority to explore.

Director’s Salon—An opportunity to meet and talk with interesting guests and hear about their areas of specialty. A brief, informal interview by the Director launches the event.

Deep Dreaming—a unique process in which we look at dreams, received in group trance, for collective rather than personal implications.

Annual Dream Retreat—Held at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, led by Meredith Sabini.


Dream Groups—Groups currently being held in three locations are listed on our website, with openings updated as they occur.
Training in conducting dream groups is available to qualified professional (in various fields); if you are interested, please contact our office with a letter of inquiry and resume.

Psychotherapy Referrals—We are delighted to refer people to psychologist Melanie Gilpin, an active participant at The Dream Institute for some years, who has opened her psychotherapy office in Berkeley and is now accepting clients on a sliding scale. A recent graduate of the Wright Institute who did her dissertation on dreams that parents have about their children, Melanie has been a life-long dreamer and has a natural gift with dreams. As a mother of two grown children, she also brings ample life experience to her work.  She is a Psychological Assistant (PSB 94023595) to Amy Weston, PhD, a licensed psychologist (Psy 6316) and Jungian Psychoanalyst in Berkeley. Contact Melanie Gilpin, PsyD, directly at 415-300-6939.


Volunteers Needed/Work-trade—We need help regularly in the office and with programs. You could: 1) Monitor a program of your choice in exchange for free enrollment—come early to set up, sign people in, help the presenter as needed, close up. 2) Do typing, copying, errands in exchange for free attendance at a program(s) of your choice. 3) Be “Hestia” for our building by keeping it clean and tidy. Come once a week or twice a month on a day of your choice. 4) Help with donated books. We receive about 100 donated books a week! They need to be sorted, then sold to local bookstores or delivered to library bookstores. You’ll need a car. Keep as many books as you can read!

Graduate Student to Do Library Research—Want to work on dream research projects? Dr. Sabini needs a graduate student in psychology to do lit searches and get articles, as she doesn’t use a computer. Pays $20/hour. Call her directly at 510-849-8511.