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          Jan 21 **FULL* Lucid Dreaming with Robert Waggoner
Jan 27 Cooking Up Dreams, 12noon-3pm
Feb 24 Cooking Up Dreams, 2-4pm
 March 10 Deep Dreaming 
 March 18 Director’s Salon, Guest: John Beebe
     May 26-27 Annual Dream Retreat at Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael




with Meredith Sabini

Saturday February 24

2-4pm   $20-40

We need fresh ways of bringing dreams to life. The metaphor of cooking suits dreams perhaps better than the intellectual interpretative approach often used. Imagine dreams like bouillon cubes—condensed and needing to simmer in warm water to release their nutrients. By stirring dream scenes, actions, and figures into the living medium of our lives, adding the spice of our interest and the fire of our imagination, meaning can emerge naturally. Bring dreams you would like to explore, and we will try out:

reading a dream as a poem or play        having two characters dialogue              composing a synopsis of the dream          writing out the “back story”                  developing your own symbol glossary

Open to all. Bring your curiosity and questions about dreaming, nightmares, lucid dreams, and other experiences of interiority.

Upcoming Dates: Mar 17 (11am-1pm), April 7 (11am-1pm) 


Meredith Sabini, PhD,is a licensed psychologist (#7397) and director of The Dream Institute who specializes in dream consultation and leads monthly dream groups.

You may register by mail, email, telephone, or at the door.



with Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo

Starts Saturday March 10, 1-4pm

April 14, May 12, June 9

Deep Dreaming is a unique process in which dreams are not consciously chosen but invited to come forth during a group meditation. We then listen to all of them repeated together as one big dream for the collective, and jointly explore its themes and imagery. The process lets us observe and participate in the unfolding morphogenetic field. Even though we look at the dreams for collective rather than personal implications, you will see your own in new light. Please see our Articles page for more information.

Meredith Sabini, PhD, is director of The Dream Institute and a licensed psychologist specializing in dream training and consultation.

Richard Russo, MA, is past president of International Association for the Study of Dreams, editor of Dreams Are Wiser Than Men, and Associate Director at The Dream Institute.

Sign up in advance by emailing or calling the office: 510-845-1767



 Sunday March 18, 2-4pm  Guest: John Beebe

“When Dreams Reveal Social Issues”

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.

2018 guests include:

Melanie Gilpin – Parents’ dreams about children, May 6

Bryan Wittine – Dreams and Spiritual Development, June 10, 1-3pm

Jenna Ludwig – Synchronicity Experiences, Fall tba

Julia Ross – “The Craving Cure”


LUCID DREAMING **Full, registration closed**

with Robert Waggoner

Sunday January 21, 2018

1-4pm   $25-55

Lucid dreaming is a paradoxical state in which you know you are dreaming.

The Indian Buddhist yogi, Naropa, suggested that lucid dreaming provides one of the six pathways to enlightenment. Validated for thirty years by neuroscience, lucid dreaming is deemed a “hybrid state of consciousness” in that the dreaming areas and portions of the waking brain show simultaneous activation. In other words, when you are lucid dreaming, your conscious mind and the unconscious seem to collaborate in a unique, hybrid state.

Robert Waggoner teaches that lucid dreaming does not mean “control” of the dream; rather, it means relating to the dream and the contents of the psyche with greater awareness. Lucid dreamers can enter this special state to help overcome fears, gain insight into life challenges, access a wisdom source, and discover aspects of your destiny.

Robert Waggoner is author of the acclaimed book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (now in its tenth printing), and coauthor of the award-winning book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple. Past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Waggoner co-edits the online magazine, The Lucid Dream Exchange, and routinely speaks at colleges and conferences worldwide on the lucid dream experience.