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 can inform and inspire our collective 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, 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 relevant than ever.

“We should regard dreams as an endangered species … a potential casualty of technological advance. To prevent this, we must continue to place great value on dreams. They should be respected as feral … and we mus resist all attempts to ‘scientize’ them.” —Anthony Stevens, The Two-Million-Year-Old Self, pp. 122-23


Dream Institute offerings include: dream groups, workshops, training for professionals, art exhibits, retreats, and dream-based performances. We are the West Coast center for the “Culture Dreaming” method, now offered regularly as “Deep Dreaming.”  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 single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint. Housed in a beautiful historic landmark, it is a sanctuary in the city.

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

“The bridges between the diurnal and nocturnal halves of man have been cut. Society today refuses to allow oneiric images the passport and visa necessary for entry into everyday social activity. Freud repersonalized the dream; now we must resocialize it.” —Roger Bastide, PhD, French social anthropologist, 1960