Global Dreaming News

November 2006

Email all dream news to Harry Bosma at his special address.

- Dream Video of the Month
- Bag O' Dreams software
- A Month In Pictures

Physical world:
- Oregon: Dream groups starting!
- California: Early Registration IASD Conference
- California: Workshop with Mary Brill
- Belgium: training and courses

Books, movies, research:
- LaBerge: special book / cd offer
- Harthan: Working the Nightshift
- Mallon: 'In Your Dreams' at Channel 4
- Documentary on Lucid Dreaming (DVD)

- Various calenders
- Strephon Says: Podcasts and blog
- Ritual DaFuMu for Peace


Dream Video of the Month

Creating and sharing videos is now easier than ever before. What are dreamers putting online? Here's a sample:

Have you found other dream videos, or created your own, let us know!

Bag O' Dreams software

Bag O' Dreams is an application for the exploration of dreams. It allows you to search for words and phrases in a set of dreams. It also creates a term-document model of a set of dreams which lets you identify features and themes which can't be found by simple keyword-type searches. The use of automatic clustering techniques lets you to find themes without specifying what they are ahead of time. Profiling techniques make specific predictions about the gender, age, family and marital status of a dreamer.

Traditional forms of dream interpretation are supported by the ability to tag (color highlight) dream elements from different categories; words describing characters, emotions, settings, objects and actions. The built in dictionary and optional thesaurus allow you find possible associations and idiomatic expressions relevant to these elements. Built in lists of search strings help you quickly identify typical dream themes such as flying, loosing teeth or being chased. These lists can all be customized to suit your needs.

Statistical measures help identify elements and themes which are over-represented or under-represented in a cluster of dreams. These can be used to test a theory of dreaming when it makes specific predictions about dream content for a particular theme.

For the latest changes please see here:

For some information on the Quick Profile Report:

Bag O' Dreams requires the current version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). A new build of Bag O' Dreams can be downloaded here:

A Month In Pictures

Now that we all have digital photo camera's, and an abundance of imagery already available on the internet, what can we do with that?

Inspired by Laura Atkinson's "A Dream - A Day", presented at the last Psiber Dreaming Conference, and Aad van Ouwerkerk's new book "Droomwerk" (sorry, that's Dutch), I started "A Month In Pictures". The plan is to pick or create an image a day based on a dream.

It's a completely personal project, but I imagine that more people are doing projects like this, or might perhaps be interested in doing something like this with a group. I'd be interested to hear about that.


Physical world

Oregon: Dream groups starting!

Former Global Dreaming News editor and webmaster of the much admired Dream Tree website Peggy Coats is announcing the start of various dream groups, in Portland, Oregon. The Dream Sharing starts November 1st. The Monthly Dream Book Club will start in January 2007, and the Dream Method Practice Group will start in February. For more information, please visit the website.

California: Early Registration IASD Conference

24th Annual Conference
International Association for the Study of Dreams
29 June to 3 July 2007
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California

Early registration has started! Visit the website for more information:

California: Workshop with Mary Brill

Transitions and Transformations - Using dreams as your guide

With Mary Brill, LCSW

* Saturday, November 18, 2006
* Fee: $95
* Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
* Location: Spirit in the Arts, 650 El Camino Boulevard in North Sacramento (enter building from the parking lot and go upstairs)
* Contact Jaymee by phone 916-498-9588, or email for registration
* Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

This one day workshop will focus on the use of dreams for guidance, making life changes and transformation. Learn to develop an on-going practice of dream recording, mapping, exploration, high adventure, imagination and self discovery through the use of your dreams and the dreams of others.

Research indicates that the use of dream interpretation quickens an individual’s ability to make rapid changes, work through resistance and blocks, and access inner resources. It is perhaps one of our most under-utilized and underdeveloped resources and yet, has the potential for deep introspection and profound change.

You need no experience in dream work to attend. The only essential ingredient for participation is an open mind! Bring a notebook, pen, and your dreams.

Mary Brill is an experienced psychotherapist practicing in Northern California. She leads national and international seminars and tours focused on personal growth, dreams, feminine wisdom, and spirituality. She is known for her unique ability to tame the inner critic and foster self acceptance.

Belgium: training and courses

The dream center De Gulden Snede considers dreamwork as the original foundation of all therapy, and would like to see dreamwork become wider known by offering training and courses. De Gulden Snede has four teachers of its own, as well as two guest teachers. Much of the work done by De Gulden Snede is inspired by Dr. Maarten Lietaert Peerbolte, as well as by a variety of other influences.

December 7th, a presentation will be held on Dream Analysis As Incarnation Process.

More information is available at the website:

Books, movies, research

LaBerge: special book / cd offer

Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide To Awakening In Your Dreams And In Your Life

by Stephen LaBerge (Sounds True: Boulder, 2004)

Is this a dream book, a dream offer, or just a dream dream? An introduction and practical guide highlighting the potentials, applications, and various approaches for lucid dreaming at will. Book includes a CD with Trance Induction of Lucid Dreaming and other techniques. Use the link below for a special discount offer direct from the publisher at the lowest-ever price: US $9.30 (You save $10.65, more than 50% off list price). Note that the full discount is shown on check-out only. If you are buying more than one copy, please ask for the full discount in the checkout comments box.

Order here:

Lucidity Institute:

Harthan: Working the Nightshift

Working the Nightshift How To Understand Your Dreams

by Dr. Joan C. Harthan (Paperback - Sept.2005)

As well as giving a comprehensive background to the history of dreams, and how the modern world views them, this book guides the reader, step by step, through ten effective dream analysis techniques.

You created your dream, only you can know what it means. But interpreting your dreams is a challenge. It involves being open to learning things about yourself that you may prefer not to know. When you investigate your dreaming life, you are examining the real 'you' that hides behind the façade that you present to the world, (and sometimes yourself!). It takes courage to delve this deeply, but there are rewards at the end. Conscious interaction with the world of dreams can not only help us to understand ourselves but can help us to use that knowledge to make profound changes in our life.

The fact is that the blueprint for your life can be found in your dreams. Most dreams are creative solutions to life's problems and can be used to write a new life story for yourself. They show you what really makes you happy and suggest ways in which happiness can be achieved. This knowledge can then be used to bring good things into your life and eliminate those things that aren't working.

Mallon: 'In Your Dreams' at Channel 4

Contacting you from England. I have just finished filming another five short films 'In Your Dreams' for Channel 4 TV which will be shown in November. This time I had the great pleasure of interviewing Robin Gibb of the famous Bee Gees, Jennie Bond, former Royal Correspondent for the BBc, Gail Porter, TV presenter, Carol Smillie, TV presented and James Hewitt, who, for five years, was the lover of Diana, Princess of Wales.

As ever their dreams were revealing and fascinating. And for Robin Gibb his dreams were the source of many melodies which were sold all around the world, including Massachusetts and Jive Talking.

Kindest regards,


Documentary on Lucid Dreaming (DVD)

Explorers of the dream world are called Oneironauts. They use lucid dreams to consciously enter into a world created by their mind. A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer becomes aware that he or she is dreaming without waking up from the dream. It is a skill which can be learned and experienced by anyone. This documentary DVD will cover the scientific, psychological, and spiritual aspects of lucid dreaming.

Interviews include world renowned dream researchers such as Dr. Stephen LaBerge from Sanford University, Dr. Fariba Bogzaran from the Lucid Art Foundation, Keelin from the Lucidity Institute, and Dr. Alan Wallace a Tibetan Buddhist Scholar from the Santa Barbara Institute of Consciousness Studies. These experts share discoveries and wisdom they have gained from their exploration of lucid dreaming.


Various calenders

Nicole Gratton (Canada):

Robert Moss (USA):

Victoria Rabinowe (California):

Jeremy Taylor (California):

Strephon Says: Podcasts and blog

Strephon Kaplan-Williams is an international expert on dreams and the new dreamwork, as reflected in his many books over the years. Now in retirement age Strephon gives his podcasts and continues to write new books.

Ritual DaFuMu for Peace

The World Dreams Peace Bridge, on the 15th of each month, is holding a monthly DaFuMu - a collective dream of good fortune - to support peace.

For more information go to:

To join the World Dreams Peace Bridge discussion group, just send an e-mail to .