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; at this time of upheaval and transition they are more relevant than ever.

Our offerings include: dream groups, workshops, dream training for professionals, salons, film series, art exhibits, dream retreats, and dream-based performances. We are the West Coast center for the Culture Dreaming method, offered regularly as “Deep Dreaming” and “Interconnected Dreaming.” Regular 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.

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

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.

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, 1987

We seem to have a built-in way of monitoring the extent to which inner and outer events interfere with or enhance our own humanity. The dream can be looked upon as a kind of steering mechanism which, if attended to, can help us stay on a survival course. —Montague Ullman, 1984