Staff and Advisory Board
Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Feedback Policies & Ethics
Meredith Sabini, PhD
Meredith Sabini, MS, PhD, Founder and Director
Meredith Sabini, a Licensed Psychologist (#7397), practiced individual psychotherapy from 1977 to 1997, and now specializes in offering Dream Consultation and Dream Groups. She has done pioneering research on dreams that diagnose illness and written on dreams related to creativity, cultural issues, spiritual experience, the dying process, evolutionary psychology, and ecopsychology. She regularly gives dream programs in academic, therapeutic, and professional settings.
Editor, The Earth Has a Soul (North Atlantic, 2002, 2016)
Columnist, DreamTime, publication of the International Association for the Study of Dreams
Contributor, The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytical Psychology (Routledge, 1997)
**Please note: Dr. Sabini is a practicing Amish and does not use or have her own computer. She has her own office at 1670 University Ave. and can be reached directly to schedule a consultation or event at 510-849-8511.
Richard Russo, MA, former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and former editor of its publication, DreamTime. He edited the anthology Dreams Are Wiser than Men (North Atlantic Books, 1987) and is author of the forthcoming Rough Guide to Dreams (Penguin, London). He is a dream educator with over 30 years of experience working with dreams, giving dream seminars, and leading dream groups.
Lana Nasser is a writer and performer, she wears the hats of director, actor, translator, and dancer. She is a dream researcher and mythology buff with an eco-feminist disposition and a love for the Arabic dictionary. Palestinian-Jordanian by origin, Lana moved to the United States to attend the United Wold College of the American West in New Mexico; she received her BA in psychology Cum Laude and Fine Arts from the George Washington University in DC in 1994.After a couple of years of working in New York as an actor, she yearned for more and headed to California to John F. Kennedy University where she completed an MA in Consciousness Studies with a concentration on dreams.In 2006, Lana knocked on the door at 1672 University Avenue (not surprisingly, because of a dream she had). She was welcomed in and became the first Artist in Residence. It was a safe and creative environ- ment to explore and find the inner voice, amidst other creative souls.
The Dream Institute continues to occupy a big part of her heart, even after returning to Amman Jordan, where she co-birthed “Aat Network,” producing and directing Aat’s international Women’s Day Festivals for the foundational years, making plays, leading theatre-community projects in refugee camps and villages, and organizing women’s peace journeys to sacred sites on both sides of the river Jordan.
Lana continues to produce theatrical works and write, publishing several articles on women issues and dreams. Her bilingual play “In the Lost and Found: Red Suitcase” won an award and was translated into French and Polish. In 2013, Lana moved to the Netherlands, where she continues to choreograph and make theater, envision the future of Aat Theater, and write her first book.
Our Nonprofit Status
The Dream Institute is a project of InquiringSystems, Inc. (ISI), a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit Corporation founded in 1978. This allows us to accept tax-deductible contributions, essential to our survival. We welcome donations of goods, services, or funds.
Dreams are a natural human phenomenon, and cultures throughout history have developed their own unique understanding of and ways of working with them. A central part of The Dream Institute’s mission is to present the rich history and cross-cultural diversity of approaches to the world of dreams and dreaming. The Dream Institute brings a general psychodynamic perspective to its programs but does not promote or privilege any single philosophical, theoretical, spiritual, or clinical orientation. We believe that wisdom and practical application can be found in all approaches. Within diversity, we also strive to look for the features and characteristics of approaches to dreams that may be universal and timeless.We aim to present diversity within the content of each program or event we offer in the board spectrum of programs given during a calendar year; and in the selection of presenters. To this end, we welcome proposals for Continuing Education taught by mental health professionals; and proposals for experiential events related to dreams and the creative or interior life led by those in education and the arts.
To attend a CE program, leave your name, course title, and your phone or email on our office message machine or via email; you may pay at the door unless advance payment is indicated. We do not accept credit cards or use electronic payment methods.
Canceling a Reservation
If you need to cancel prior to a program, simply inform the office manager via phone message or email to our office. If you have paid in advance and are, for any reason, unable to attend a program, we will gladly issue a full refund minus a $10 service charge, or a full credit toward another program. To request a refund, inform the office manager by phone message or email; a check will be mailed out within ten days of receiving your request. If you wish a credit toward another program, let us know and we will keep it on file and send you a copy of the credit.
Please note: To receive CE credit for any program, participants must attend the program in its entirety. Partial credit cannot be given; and credit cannot be given to anyone who leaves prior to the end nor to anyone who arrives more than 15 minutes after the beginning time. These are Board of Psychology requirements and no exceptions can be made.
Many people have natural allergies to perfumes so we try to maintain a fragrance-free atmosphere at our programs. Please keep this in mind when you get ready to attend one. Thank you.
Guidelines for Submitting Program Proposals
You are welcome to submit a proposal for a program to be offered at The Dream Institute. They are considered by the Advisory Board on a regular basis; you will receive a response within one month of submission. Please look over current and recent past programs on our website so you are familiar with the range of things we offer. Presenters are paid either a set fee or a percentage of the gross income; this will be determined ahead of time depending on the nature of the program.
Please send in the materials listed below to our office via regular U.S. mail. We look forward to considering your proposal.
- What is the program you wish to offer? Please describe it using ordinary language in order to convey it as clearly as possible. The description will be rewritten in “brochurese” later on, if the program is accepted.
- Who is the program aimed at? Who do you envision would attend? Will it be open to anyone? If it is for a specific category of participants, please state. If it is for CE credit for psychotherapists, please include: a) a course description, b) specific learning goals, and c) syllabus by hour.
- What is the overall purpose and/or specific intent of your program? What might people attending get out of it? Have you given it elsewhere?
- Please list the background and training you have that qualifies you to offer this particular program. You may give the specifics here, and then attach your resumé.
- Do you have your own mailing or email list that would receive an announcement about this program?
- What day of the week and time of day do you prefer it be held? Give several options in order of preference.
- Please list one or two references of people who know your work if you have not taught here before; we will contact them.
The Dream Institute welcomes feedback from participants about CE course content and about presenters; this can be given on the course evaluation forms. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory policy regarding program content, advertising, and treatment of participants. The Dream Institute operates in conformance with the Ethical Codes of the American Psychology Association, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.If you have a complaint about the course content or how it was covered by an instructor, please send it in writing to the Director. This may be done anonymously, unless you wish to receive a written response. Your comments will be conveyed to the instructor in a manner that protects your confidentiality in either case. If a situation arises that requires action be taken during a program, please inform the on-site monitor, the instructor, or the Director; every effort will be made to accommodate your concern. If you wish a partial or full refund, please see our Refund Policy.
The Dream Institute has a comprehensive library of books and articles on all aspects of dreams and dreaming that is available for on-site use; call a week ahead if you’d like to visit. We will soon also have a library of dream books available for check out.
The Dream Institute is not a psychotherapy clinic but we do offer professional dream consultation and dream groups as well as referrals for therapy or analysis. For more information, please write or call the office (do not e-mail).