Spring to Fall 2017

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 June 17 Re-opening the Royal Road – (CE event at Marin County Psychological Assn.) Full description on our CE page
June 21 Salon on Dreams for Parents
 June 23 Animals in Dreams
    Starts July 9 Dream Art Workshop for Kids ages 6-8
              July 15 Quarterly Dream Council
July 21 UPB event: Jung as a Medicine Man
September 9 Deep Dreaming – Fall series
September 16 Men’s Calling & Meaningful Work                     with Alan Ptashek
   Sept 22 & 23 The Craft of Dreamwork
  October 21 A Good Night Sleep—panel presentation
 November 17 Salon on Dreams & Dreaming – NCSPP




For Parents

Wednesday June 21   7-8:30 pm  free

You are invited to this free evening event to hear about dreams, how they can be shared at home, and to meet the workshop facilitators. Psychologist Melanie Gilpin, parent to two grown kids, will speak about her recent research on dreams that parents have about their kids and how helpful they can be. The workshop is co-sponsored with The Dream Institute, whose director, Dr. Meredith Sabini, will introduce Teresa Holtgraves and Emily Hippert, expressive arts specialists who will offer the childrens’ workshop. Open to any parents or grandparents. Bring any and all questions about dreams for a lively discussion.

Held at The Dream Institute, 1672 University Ave.




Friday  June 23   7-9 pm

We are featuring an informal Friday evening lecture series by the director. Sliding scale $10-100.   Refreshments served.

Who are these creatures from the animal kingdom that visit us in dreams? Are they instinctual parts of our nature? Are they spirit entities with their own purpose? Come listen to dreams about a range of animal figures, including the most commons ones—bird, cat, snake, bear, horse. We’ll talk about the various ways to engage with them. Bring dreams to share.




Sunday mornings 10:30-12noon

July 9, 16, 23, 30     $95

Attending to dreams can help develop children’s creative imagination, verbal skills, interpersonal sharing, and emotional intelligence. In this workshop, children will explore their nighttime dreams by telling them, using art materials to draw them, and play acting dream scenes with other kids.

Please plan for your child to attend all 4 meetings. Held at Sticky Art Lab                         (right next door to The Dream Institute).

Call or email Sticky Art Lab to reserve a space. (510) 981-1148




Saturday July 15     1–3pm    $20-50 (sliding scale)

Sat October 14         1–3pm    $20-50 (sliding scale)


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




SALON SERIES informal talks

We are featuring an informal Friday evening lecture series by the director. 7-9pm. Sliding scale $10-100.    Drop in, bring relevant dreams for discussion, bring friends. Refreshments served.

Friday Sept 15 “Dreams of Our Times”

Friday Oct 27 “Dreams About the Body”

Friday Nov 10 “Creative Dreams in Art, Science & Literature”


DEEP DREAMING – Fall series

Starts Saturday September 9

Also Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2



How Dreams Shape, Inspire, and Guide It

with Alan Ptashek

Saturday September 16     1–5pm


The dreaming mind knows our gifts and potentials, and dreams can help identify obstacles and illuminate new paths to consider and embark upon. Please join us for this exciting and innovative program, open to both men and women, where we will explore and reflect upon dreams about vocation, career, and the soul’s calling. How are we are to live with the work we’ve chosen? How do we attend to and nourish our work to keep it fresh and alive?

Choosing a vocation and securing a livelihood are very real demands upon men. What if these efforts were supported by an interior center—of dreams, imaginings, and the whispers of the soul? For many men, a timely turning inward guides them in how they can engage with the world. Drawing on his long background as facilitator of men’s groups, Alan will open this gathering by telling stories of dreams that guided men on their work path. Those present are invited to share recent, recurring, or significant dreams, whose array of images may provide a revitalizing sense of direction, passion, and purpose.

Alan R. Ptashek, MA, CCHT, SEP®, has been in private practice for 35 years, with offices in Berkeley and San Rafael. As a Certified Trauma Therapist, he conducts training programs in the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. His research and writing has been published in books, professional journals, and on DVD. Alan taught at the widely influential Men’s Conferences with poet Robert Bly, mythologist Michael Meade, and the late James Hillman. He was a presenter at The Redwood Men’s Center for many years and is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area Men’s Counseling Guild, a peer professional consulting group now in its 30th year.


Becoming more versatile in bringing dreams to life


Session I: September 22, 23    

Session II: December 8, 9   

Session III: March 9, 10    

Fridays 1–5pm  Saturdays 10–2

$200 per session

Interested in expanding how you work with dreams? Becoming more adept at opening up dreams so they are resonant with clients? Deepening your understanding of dream symbolism? This unique series offers the opportunity to experience and experiment with a broad array of available dreamwork methods. We will discuss the pros and cons of each and how to select methods suitable for the type of dream and the client. Innovative ways of opening “liminal space” to engage with clients will be demonstrated. Like naturalists on a foray we will let our curiosity and observational skills lead us into the wisdom of the dream. You will find that “meaning” is not an abstraction but emerges organically as the dream characters, scenes, and actions receive careful attention. Those taking this series will be well prepared to do meaningful dreamwork in any setting.

This series meets quarterly for two half-days. Limited to 12 participants.

Suitable for psychotherapists, analysts, dreamworkers, spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, and others who work with dreams in professional settings. For interested participants, follow up meetings will be held monthly to do dreamwork.

Complete descriptions of each session will be on our website soon.

If interested, please send a note about (by mail, not email) or call the instructor to discuss your experience working with dreams and your hopes for what this program could provide. Participants are welcome to attend a single session but are encouraged to take the series. Readings relevant to each dreamwork method will be provided by mail, so plan to register several weeks in advance.


Meredith Sabini, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the field since 1972. After practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy 1977-1997, she became a continuing education provider specializing in dream training and consultation. A widely published author and public speaker, she has demonstrated the relevance of dreams to somatic conditions, spiritual practice, ecological recovery, and contemporary social issues. She directs the Dream Institute of Northern California, in Berkeley.


Friday Sept 22, 1-5pm

Saturday Sept 23, 10-2pm                   

What kind of dream is it? Matching the dream with the dreamwork

Listening to dreams as one listens to poetry and jazz

Retelling a dream as an inductive method

Doing a dream inquiry to clarify details of the narrative

Opening “dream space” where you and client can jointly explore it

Ways of keeping associations relevant



Friday Dec 8, 1-5pm  

Saturday Dec 9, 10-2pm  

Finding the core image and emotion

Exploring the dream’s dynamic tension

Identifying the scenes as in a play

Tracking the dreamer’s stance and resources

Synthesizing the dream’s narrative

House and car as common symbols of the self



Friday March 9, 1-5pm

Saturday March 10, 10-2pm  

Dream figures as the internal object world

Recognizing and amplifying archetypal symbols

Dialoging with dream figures

Re-entering and continuing a dream

Music and weather as flow and fluctuation of affect

Making images into art and ritual


SESSION IV   June 2018 tba

This session is devoted to methods of exploring dreams in groups


8 CEs per session CE certificate $25



Panel with Julia Ross, Meredith Sabini, Leah Steinberg

Saturday October 21

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