The International Association for the Study of Dreams will hold a conference October 1 at Daemen College in Amherst. The theme: Dreaming: The Doorway to Spiritual and Religious Insight.
Originally from Buffalo, Reverend Dr. Jeremy Taylor will be one of the three key speakers. He is one of the four founding members of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist minister and the author of The Wisdom of Your Dreams—Using Dreams to Tap into Your Unconscious and Transform Your Life (Penguin/Tarcher, 2009). He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also received a Master’s degree in American Studies.
Kelley Bulkeley, PhD, is a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He holds a doctorate in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Stanford University. His most recent books include Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2008).
Jo Stiller is the Western New York Regional contact for the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She has studied Psychology and World Religions at the State University of New York and holds a Pastoral Ministry Certificate from Houghton College. She is a former Campus Minister for Daemen College, and currently offers her services as a dream coach and dream workshop leader.
Four sessions will discuss the following key issues in dreaming:
- Dreaming in the world’s religions, including healing practices and lucid dreams
- Dreaming of the Dead, including glimpses of what might lie beyond mortal life, and practical advice for hospice professionals and other caregivers in the dying process
- Dreaming in Modern Psychology, including psychological research that highlights the creative powers of the dreaming mind, the potential for using dreams as a resource in emotional and physical healing, and some simple, effective methods for helping people make sense of their dreams and learn from their wisdom, especially in difficult times
- Dreaming as a Spiritual Practice, including helping individuals and communities develop empathy and imagine new solutions to social conflicts.
The conference will include a continental breakfast and a networking lunch. For IASD members, the early registration cost (by July 30) for the conference is $65 and for non-members $70. Registration after August 15 will be $75 for IASD members and $85 for non-members.
A block of rooms has been reserved for participants traveling to Buffalo at the Hampton Hotel in Williamsville, 716-632-0900, until August 30.
For more information and registration materials, please email to contact Jo Stiller or see her website for further contact information. The International Association for the Study of Dreams is a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Its purposes are to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams; and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and information.
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