Keynotes & Invited Speakers

Mark Blagrove, PhD

The Science and Art of Dreaming and Dream-Sharing

Mark Blagrove is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep Laboratory at Swansea University, a past-President of IASD, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has researched sleep, memory and dreaming for almost 40 years. Since 2016 he has undertaken public Ullman dream discussions, with artist Julia Lockheart simultaneously painting each dream as part of their collaboration.

Nataki Garrett

Theater, Dreams, and Creativity

Nataki Garrett is the Interim Executive Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A champion for the arts, artists, and the industry, Garrett has testified before Congress on the need to support the creative economy. Born and raised in Oakland, stemming from a family of educators, artists and community organizers, she garnered a deep appreciation for theatre and for telling the untold stories not typically seen on the main stage.

Andras Jones

Radio8Ball: The Pop Oracle

Andras Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist (writer, musician, actor, producer) who has brought his many fields of endeavor together in an interactive performance format he calls Radio8Ball. Participants “consult The Pop Oracle” by asking questions which are answered by picking songs at random. The songs are performed live by the guest songwriter and interpreted…like communal dreams. 

Invited Speakers

Jayne Gackenbach, PhD; Emeritus Professor MacEwan University and Online Instructor for Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada

Dream Meaning Through Art Making: The Personal Journey of a Dream Researcher

Jayne Gackenbach, PhD is one of the past presidents of IASD. She was one of the early researchers examining first lucid dreams and later how media, especially video game play, affects dreams. Throughout her life she has been an artist and crafter who over time has used art as a form of dreamwork. 

Jean Houston, PhD

Epidaurus Reborn

Jean Houston, PhD is a beloved teacher, author of over 36 books, past consultant for the United Nations and advisor to leaders and communities around the world. For decades she has studied human development, social systems, quantum physics, world religions, philosophy, anthropology, human behavior and futurist studies. She has been driven by the belief that each person contains unexplored possibilities that can enhance their own lives and contribute to social transformation.