2nd & 4th Wednesdays
with Bernard Welt
A weekly guided dream-sharing hangout
PLEASE RSVP IN ORDER TO RECEIVE LINK TO PARTICIPATE: https://withfriends.co/event/6994851/
MEETING ROOM WILL CLOSE 5 MINUTES AFTER THE START OF THE MEETING SO AS TO NOT INTERRUPT DREAM SHARING
Welcome to the theater of your dreams—an inexhaustible source of images and stories that can provide entertainment and insight, and that requires no cable service and no subscription—just attentiveness and an open mind. Participants will share dreams, using a gentle, non-intrusive method for unlocking the metaphors that structure dreams (derived from the long-tested method of Dr. Montague Ullman). We’ll also talk about techniques for recalling and recording dreams, as needed. This is a lay dream group, discussing our dreams within well-defined boundaries. Sharing dreams, and helping others examine dreams, is encouraged but not required, and no peer pressure to go beyond one’s own comfort zone is permitted in the group. Examining dreams is a form of self-awareness you can control within your own limits, and the leader has extensive experience in guiding dream groups. However, the Dream Cafe is not suitable for anyone with a diagnosed psychiatric disorder, or for persons who experience frequent nightmares with sleep paralysis or with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (which is accompanied by unique patterns in dreaming). The Dream Cafe is suitable for persons 16 and over. Persons under 16 should consult with a parent or guardian before attending. This online dream-sharing group endorses and abides by the Ethics Guidelines of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Bernard Welt is Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, where he created model interdisciplinary courses on dreaming that have influenced others around the world. He is the co-author, with Phil King and Kelly Bulkeley, of Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources in Dream Education (State University Press of New York), the first major academic study of the use of dreams in education; and is a former member of the board of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He is also the author of many essays on dreaming and the arts, and of poems appearing widely in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry.