Dream Salon

A forum to explore sleep and dream through science, art, and dialogue.

Dream Salon is a convergence of pursuits towards the understanding of sleeping and dreaming and how they shape the human experience.  Everyone sleeps and dreams, yet no definitive answers exist as to why we dream, how we dream, and what our dreams mean.  

For something so universal it's surprising the general public know and talk about it very little.  Dream Salon aims to educate the public about advancements in the study of sleeping and dreaming in the hopes of bringing dialogue about dreams into the mainstream.  In our evermore materialistic and divisive world, this inward shift may help us gain insight into our own as well as others' spiritual yearnings and open up the possibilities for greater understanding and unity. 

The Dream Salon event will be held at 7-10 pm on November 2nd, 2019 at Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver.  We have invited esteemed scientists, clinical psychologists, and indigenous storyteller to share their knowledge.  Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists include:

Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is an author and psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School.  She is known for her research on dreams, hypnosis and imagery and has written on evolutionary psychology. Barrett is a Past President of The International Association for the Study of Dreams and of the American Psychological Association’s Div. 30, The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. She has written four books for the general public: The Pregnant Man and Other Cases From a Hypnotherapist's Couch (1998), The Committee of Sleep (2001), Waistland (2007), and Supernormal Stimuli (2010). She is the editor of four academic books: Trauma and Dreams (1996), The New Science of Dreaming (2007), "Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy" (2010), and "The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams." (2012). She is Editor in Chief of the journal Dreaming: The Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams and a Consulting Editor for Imagination, Cognition, and Personality and The International Journal for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. is director of the Sleep and Dream Database. He earned 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. A former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming, he has written and edited several books. Among his works are Dreaming in the Classroom: Practices, Methods, and Resources in Dream Education (co-authored with Philip King and Bernard Welt) (State University of New York Press, 2011), Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2008), American Dreamers: What Dreams Tell Us about the Political Psychology of Conservatives, Liberals, and Everyone Else (Beacon Press, 2008), Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (co-edited with Ryan Hurd) (ABC-Clio, 2014), Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Lucrecia the Dreamer: Prophecy, Cognitive Science, and the Spanish Inquisition (Stanford University Press, 2018). 

Joseph A. Dandurand is the Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at Vancouver Public Library, and the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center located on the Fraser River.  Dandurand has been a storyteller since he was a young man. His talent and passion for words and sharing stories has followed him through the many journeys of his life.  An accomplished poet, playwright, researcher, archaeologist and proud father of three children, Dandurand received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied theatre and direction at the University of Ottawa. He has produced several plays for adults and youth, including works as the Playwright-in-Residence for the Museum of Civilization in Hull in 1995 and a radio script, St. Mary’s, produced by CBC Radio in 1999.  He is also the author of twelve books of poetry, including I Want (Leaf Press, 2015), Hear and Foretell (Bookland Press, 2015) and The Rumor (Bookland Press, 2018). His latest title, SH:LAM (The Doctor), will be released by Mawenzi Press in April 2019.

Leslie Ellis, PhD, RCC, is a registered clinical counsellor, teacher and author who lives and works in North Vancouver. She has been practising psychotherapy for more than 20 years, and specializes in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma.  Leslie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a speciality in somatic psychology. Her dissertation won a research award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute, where she studied Jungian, psychoanalytic and client-centered counselling techniques.  She works one-on-one with adults and adolescents.  Leslie also teaches focusing, trauma methodology and dreamwork techniques to therapists leading to certification with The Focusing Institute.  Leslie has published several academic articles and book chapters on the use of focusing-oriented therapy and has a book forthcoming from Routledge on the clinical use of dreams (August 2019). She has also been a featured speaker at many local and international venues, including the Focusing-Oriented Therapies Conference, The International Association for the Study of Dreams, the Ending Violence Association of BC, and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Ana Mozol, PhD, RCC. is the founder and director of Dreamwork Theatre, a space where individuals can reflect on, reclaim and remember aspects of their lives and the inner world through depth analysis, dreamwork, online courses, workshops and body-centered psychotherapy.  Dr. Mozol was a core faculty member at the Adler University and an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute for over 12 years. The numerous courses she has designed and taught focused on Jungian, psychoanalytic and archetypal depth psychology, trauma, women’s individuation, sexuality, shamanism, creativity and dreamwork. Ana has studied with and been mentored by such distinguished elders in the field as James Hillman, Christine Downing, Jeff Raff, Gina Ogden and Marion Woodman.  She has a private practice in Vancouver, Canada, where she specializes in body-oriented depth analysis, dreamwork and the intersection of depth psychology and the creative arts. She is a graduate of a two-year full-time acting program based on Stanislavski’s method and has acted in several professional theatre shows.