CE Programs

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Dreaming: A Natural Spiritual Practice

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. In their ancient, mysterious language of images, dreams spontaneously and continuously come to us, though we may not understand their symbolism or how to make use of them. Mythic 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 was easy, natural, nondogmatic, and available to all.

The intent of this program is for participants to be able to identify from their own dreams some aspect 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.

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.

ReferencesHarmon Bro                           Dreams in the Life of Prayer and Meditatio
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


Course description

There is a convergence or overlapping taking place today that links psychotherapy and spiritual practices, such as mindfulness. Many resources are now available that explore the interstices between these two domains. This program introduces the idea that dreaming, as a natural, spontaneous human phenomenon, can itself offer experiences that have a spiritual dimension. This idea may be new for some mental health professionals, but there are many publications that address the spiritual dimension of dreaming. In this program, attention will be given to the psychodynamic advantages of including dreams within a spiritual framework; we will also look at the disadvantages that may occur for some clients.

Rather than viewing spiritual practice as something only a few clients may undertake, we will consider the known developmental stages of life as being reflected in natural spiritual imagery. Thus, images in dreams may appear for any client concerning the journey, the path or way, the mountain to be climbed, the cave to be visited, the teacher or guide, the mirror of reflection, the tests and tasks, and the light. Examples of these universal themes, as they appear in contemporary dreams, will be given.

Course objectives and learning goals

The overall objective of this program is to demonstrate the ways in which dreams and dreaming may be considered as part of any client’s psychological development, which itself may be termed “spiritual.” This program will show that clients who are trying out various spiritual practices may discover that their own dreams can provide both the guidance and the numinous experiences being sought. The orientation of this program is ecumenical and no single spiritual orientation is privileged. The goal is to help psychologists understand the overlap between spiritual development and psychological development, and that each may proceed naturally via dreamwork.

Those attending will be able to:

1) Identify the classic, universal features of the path, the way, the teacher, the tests and tasks, and the goal as these appear in dreams.

2) Cite examples from two historic and two modern cultures in which dreams have provided specific spiritual guidance/insight.

3) Refer to appropriate published works that can help guide clients who wish to learn more about including dreams in a spiritual practice.

4) Describe specific ways that information and images from dreams can be integrated into a client’s existing meditation, prayer, or altar.

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

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Community Dream Council

Jan 7, April 22, July 15, and Oct 14

2 CEs $50 (each meeting)

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.

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)


Many people are having what are known as collective dreams these days, in response to the uncertain political/social situation since the November 2016 election. These dreams are broad in scope and often have mythic features. They do not stem from the dreamer’s personal background or life experience and they generally cannot be understood until viewed from the larger perspective. Many societies throughout history and many indigenous cultures, contemporarily, readily recognize collective dreams and call upon them for inspiration and guidance. Unfortunately, knowledge about this distinction between personal and collective dreaming has generally been lost in Western dream practice (with the exception of Jung, who spoke clearly and eloquently about how to make the distinction). It is a very serious psychological error to work with and/or interpret a collective dream as if it pertained to the dreamer’s individual psyche. This program will explain how to identify collective dreams, what characteristics they have, how to explain them to clients, and what can be done with them.

Learning goals and objectives

The main objective of this program is to provide psychologists with a cross-cultural background on the phenomenon known as collective or big dreams and to explain what characteristics distinguish them from ordinary personal dreams.

Specifically, those attending will be able to:

1) Name one historic and one contemporary society in which collective or big dreams were identified and utilized.

2) Describe the parameters of the social forums in which collective or big dreams are typically shared cross-culturally.

3) Identify three features that characterize collective or big dreams, which distinguish them from personal ones.

4) Explain the psychological error that would ensue if collective material were deposited in the personal psyche.

The Dream Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



Panel with Julia Ross, Meredith Sabini, Leah Steinberg

Saturday 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


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Programs Available for CE Credits

Programs listed below have received prior contunuing education approval and been offered here and/or at other venues. Complete course descriptions available upon request.
California Psychological Association Provider #DRE010

Programs on Dreams

The Power of Dreams in Groups
Practical Dreamwork Skills
Intersubjective Dreaming
Dreams in Brief Psychotherapy
Including Dreams in Clinical Assessment
Including Dreams in Supervision
Objective Dreams
Dreams about Illness and Healing
Dream Dialogues
The Dream as Mirror of the Self
Culture Dreaming: A Therapeutic Modality for the Culture
Dreaming Toward Death
Widening the Royal Road
Asklepian Tradition of Dream Incubation

  Dreams about the Therapist, Dreams about the Client

Other Topics

Death’s Early Warning Signs
Evolutionary Psychology: Clinical Applications
Mythic Foundations of Psychotherapy
Rituals within Psychotherapy
Interior Training of the Healer
Destiny: A Neglected Factor in Psychotherapy

Shamanism & The Return of the Repressed