Winter & Spring 2017


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  January 7 Dreaming for 2017
January 21 Introverted Activism
February 4 Deep Dreaming series starts
February 11 Doing an Annual Dream Review
March 4 Deep Dreaming
  March 11 & 25 Dreaming: A Natural Spiritual Practice
             April 22 Community Dream Council
June 10 A Good Night Sleep—panel presentation
Upcoming Archetypal Material in Dreams:
How to recognize and work with it
Upcoming Maria Sabina: Mazatec Healer—panel presentation
         Upcoming Men’s Dreams about Career with Alan Ptashek



Saturday January 7, 2017     1–3pm    $20

A special January event for those concerned about the upheaval in our body politic. Bring a dream you had the day of the election, on New Year’s Day, or any day. We will hear them sequentially as one big dream for the collective, and then explore their implications and omens. This event is in response to many requests for a forum where we can witness and hold the chaotic and uncertain atmosphere of our times. Open to all. Deep Dreamers are welcome as well as those for whom the “Deep Dreaming” method is new.

Facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo



The Taoist Rainmaker Model
Saturday January 21, 2017

Led by Meredith Sabini

Jung said, “At the deepest level of our being, we each are making history without knowing it.” He was influenced by hearing of the Taoist rainmaker shaman who sat for three days in a hut in a remote Chinese village plagued by drought, after which the rains came. This mode of introverted activism is not yet well known in the West, where extroverted activism is the preferred avenue for societal and environmental change. The recent work, Quiet, compiles contemporary evidence for the important contributions introverts make to the workplace; recent empirical findings document that crime rates drop in cities where group meditation is practiced. Meredith will read the account Richard Wilhelm, China scholar and translator of the I Ching, left of this rainmaker event in the 1920s. (You will receive a copy.)
This program is for those inclined toward interiority, who wish to explore the intriguing and mysterious interstices where the personal intersects with the collective. It will include presentation, discussion, dream-sharing, and a brief period of meditative practice.

Sign up in advance by emailing or calling  510-845-1767—Drop ins okay but please leave phone message by Saturday 10am

Selected readings:

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life. 2003.

Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. 2012.

Lynne McTaggart. The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. 2001.

F. David Peat. Blackfoot Physics: A Journey into the Native American Universe. 2002.

Daniel Quinn. Beyond Civilization: Humanity’s Next Great Adventure. 1999.

Dean Radin. Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality. 2006.

Clark Strand. Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age. 2015.

Arne Wyller. The Planetary Mind. 1996.




Saturdays   1–4pm

February 4, March 4, April 1, May 13, June 3

$20–35 (sliding scale per session)

 “There is only one world…and it has
an inside and an outside.”
—C. G. Jung

Deep Dreaming is a unique group dream-sharing process with a devotional or shamanic orientation. Dreams are not consciously chosen but invited to come forth during a group meditation. We then hear all of them repeated together as one big dream for the collective, and explore its themes and imagery. The process lets us view the world from the inside so we can observe and participate in the unfolding challenges, tasks, and mythology. Even though we look to the dreams for collective rather than personal implications, you will see your own in new light.

Note: you can come to any single session in this series if you have attended Deep Dreaming previously.

Facilitated by Meredith Sabini, PhD, and Richard Russo, MA

Please sign up in advance by emailing or calling us at the office: 510-845-1767



**New date—Saturday February 11  10–12:30pm
$25–45 sliding scale

What are the common themes in your dreams? The regular cast of characters? There is a storyline in our dreams that can be discovered via an annual dream review. This workshop will cover various methods you can use: titling dreams, finding recurring places, actions, and images; distilling long dreams into poetic form. We will also cover how to do symbol research with archetypal material. One hour of this program will be a presentation and discussion; the rest will be open time so you can try out these methods and find which suit your dreaming style.

With Meredith Sabini

Please sign up in advance by emailing or calling us at the office: 510-845-1767


Dreaming: A Natural Spiritual Practice

For women only; you must attend both sessions

Saturday March 11, 2017   10am–1pm $35–55
Saturday March 25, 2017  10am–1pm $35–55
3 CEs $65 (for each program)

with Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.

“It seems quite true that the East is at the bottom of the spiritual change we are passing through today. Only this East is not a Tibetan monastery full of Mohatmas, but in a sense lies within us. It is from the depths of our psychic life that new spiritual forms will arise.”

C. G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Dreaming is a natural portal to the spirit world of nonordinary reality, open to all. Universal motifs of the call, the journey, the teacher, and the final goal manifest in our dreaming, along with the meaningful tests and tasks we each face. Throughout history, people in many cultures have connected with a divine or sacred source via dreaming, a practice that is natural, nondogmatic, and available to all.

The intent of this program is for participants to share meaningful dreams with kindred souls and be able to identify from dreams aspects of spiritual practice–such as creating an altar, dialoging with an ancestral figure, meditating on a given theme, crafting meaningful prayer. You may attend a single session but more benefit will accrue by attending both.

Part One: March 11
How and why dreams and dreaming are a natural spiritual phenomenon. Illustrative, illuminating dreams from Eastern, Western, and indigenous traditions. Ample time for you to share meaningful dreams that you have brought.

Part Two: March 25
Motifs of the call, quest, path, teacher, companion, guide, tests, tasks and the goal in contemporary dreams that also contain collective wisdom. Time allotted for participants to share dreams.


Harmon Bro                           Dreams in the Life of Prayer and Meditation

Kelly Bulkeley, Dreaming in the World’s Religions

Lionel Corbett                        The Religious Function of the Psyche
Joel Covitz                               Visions of the Night
Morton Kelsey                        Dreams: Dark Speech of the Spirit
Namkhai Norbu                     Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light
Donald Sandner, ed.             The Sacred Heritage
Angela Sumegi                       Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism
Edward Thornton                  Diary of a Mystic

Please sign up in advance by emailing or calling us at the office: 510-845-1767



Saturday April 22     1–4pm    $20-50 (sliding scale)

July 15 Oct 14

2 CEs $50  (CE description on CE events page)

Many people are having “collective dreams” in response to the uncertain, chaotic atmosphere today. These dreams are broad in scope and don’t stem from the dreamer’s own background but usually refer to public situations, public buildings, public events; and they make sense only when viewed through a larger lens. Cultures throughout history as well as many contemporary indigenous ones regularly turn to such dreams for inspiration and guidance.

This Dream Council offers a special opportunity to hear collective dreams, to tell them, and to jointly explore their imagery. They provide a fresh perspective on our current situation, giving it more meaning by revealing its mythic dimensions. Those who have been puzzled by having a collective dream may feel relieved as others who witness and receive the dream are enriched by its message. The program includes a dream re-entry in which participants meditate on an image or scene especially intriguing to them.

Open to all. Bring a dream you think might be collective or send it in with permission for it to be read. Come without a dream but bring an open, curious mind.

Suggested reading: Jerome Bernstein, Living at the Borderlands

“These mythological or collective dreams have a character that forces people instinctively to tell them. This instinct is quite appropriate, because such dreams do not belong to the individual; they have a collective meaning. They are true in themselves in general, and in particular they are true for people in certain circumstances.” —C. G. Jung (CW 18; par 250)

Facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo


Panel with Julia Ross, Meredith Sabini, Leah Steinberg

June 10   1–5pm
General $45–75   4 CEs $95

How many of us get a good night’s sleep these days? Would you like to sleep better? This program will explore a range of topics and research findings with a panel featuring guests knowledgeable in the field. You will learn: that sleep naturally has a first and second part, with a break in between for reflection and creative thought; how herbal preparations that promote general relaxation differ from animo acids that activate neurotransmitters responsible for sleep; and what effects EMFs and WiFi have on sleep. You will hear about the sleep/dream incubation ritual practiced for a thousand years in ancient Greece; and find out about modern sleep labs and what they offer. Bring your questions and concerns for a lively exploration of this vital topic.

Please sign up in advance by emailing or calling us at the office: 510-845-1767