Staff and Advisory Board
Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Feedback Policies & Ethics
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.
Associate Director, 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.
John Beebe, MD, a past President of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in practice in San Francisco. He has lectured throughout the world on psychological types and moral character and their reflection in the world of film and in our dreams. His essays on analytical psychology have appeared in many publications and his books as author and editor include Integrity in Depth, The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and The Question of Psychological Types: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan, 1915–1916.
Terry Gilmaster Ebinger, MS, is an educator, spiritual director, and dream consultant whose work blends archetypal psychology, myth, and cross-cultural ways of knowing. Her film studies programs unite a lifelong love of cinema with 30 years of experience in the field of psychology and personal growth. Terry teaches at College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Wisdom University, and The Dream Institute. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darius Fatimi is completing his PsyD in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. He has been following his dreams for 17 years and, as a speaker of his native Persian and also Spanish, tends to dream in multiple languages. His interests include Sufism, shamanism, dancing and singing. He has traveled extensively in South America and lived in lived in Mérida, Venezuela for over a year.
California artist J. Ruth Gendler has been involved with the intersection between writing and art and interdisciplinary collaboration for much of her life. A long time poet-in-the school, Gendler has taught writing and art to adults and children for 25 years. She is the author of three books: the bestselling The Book of Qualities, the award-winning, Notes on the Need for Beauty, and the anthology, Changing Light. Gendler’s paintings and prints have been exhibited nationally. Recent shows include the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, the Normandy Park City Hall (near Seattle), Oakopolis Gallery, and the O’Hanlon Center for Art. Her current workshops include “Befriending the Imagination,” “The Wisdom of Beauty,” and “Writing for Artists.” She posts occasional web essays at Redroom.com.
Eric Greenleaf, PhD, Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area, has practiced and trained professionals in Ericksonian hypnotherapy for 40 years. He has studied and filmed Balinese trance possession and healing ceremonies for 20 years. Dr Erickson chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis. Eric’s book, The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy, was published in 2000.
Tom Knoblauch, PhD, did his undergraduate work in psychology at Yale College (1973) and went on to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology-Berkeley (1984). He has been a student of Taoism, Tai Ch’i and the healing arts since 1974. He has worked at Napa State Hospital since 1986 as a Clinical Psychologist and is the co-author of Elders on Love: Dialogues on the Consciousness, Cultivation and Expression of Love (1999). He and his wife have two sons and live in Napa, CA.
Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena. He co-authored Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work With Them (SUNY Press, 2002), Perchance to Dream (Nova Science, 2009), Mysterious Minds (Praeger, 2010), Debating Psychic Experience (Praeger, 2010), Demystifying Shamans and Their World (Imprint Academic, 2011), The Voice of Rolling Thunder (Inner Traditions, 2012); and is co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence (APA, 2000). In 2002 he received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, and has received lifetime awards from the Parapsychological Association and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Kate Levinson, PhD, is a licensed MFT in private practice in Oakland and San Rafael, with a specialty of money issues. She is the author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building A Healthy Relationship with Money and leads Emotional Currency Workshops. www.emotionalcurrency.com. She is a co-owner of Point Reyes Books, which brings together her love of books, community and nature.
Jenna Farr Ludwig is a speaker and freelance writer with an MA in Transpersonal Studies from Atlantic University, Virginia Beach. She is the author of the forthcoming, “Synchronicity Journaling: Working with Dreams, Visions, and Meaningful Coincidence.” Her former career of 35 years was as a successful marketing and business development professional, speaking to large groups in both corporate and non-profit sectors. Her present focus is writing, teaching, and facilitating workshops about dreams and synchronicity.
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.
|John Beebe, MD|
|Terry Gilmaster Ebinger|
|J. Ruth Gendler|
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).