2015 Virginia Beach

(ARCHIVED) Thank you to all who joined us for the 32nd Annual International Conference for the Study of Dreams.

The 2015 IASD Annual International Conference was  held on Friday evening June 5 through Tuesday evening June 9, 2015.

The Dream Conference features world-renowned keynote speakers, over 140 presenters from around the globe, an opening reception, the Dream Art Exhibition and reception, a Dream Hike, the annual Dream Telepathy Contest, the ever popular costume Dream Ball and other fun special events appropriate to the beach-side location. Come meet and converse with your favorite authors and personalities as well as a multitude of kindred spirits interested in sharing the joy and benefits of understanding dreams and dreamworking.

The Program is multidisciplinary with a little something for everyone, professionals as well as those simply interested in dreams. It is organized in tracks for the best opportunity to participate in the discipline of interest to you and recordings will be available so that you can catch up on any lectures you may have missed. Sessions include: presentations; symposia; panels; workshops; special events; morning dream groups; and poster papers.  Tracks include: Research and Theory; Arts and Humanities including Dream Theater;  Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Mental Imagery;  Dreams and Health; and Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams.

The conference is held from the evening of Friday, June 5 through the evening of Tuesday, June 9, 2015.   Online Registration has now ended.  Note that discounts are available for IASD Members as well as A.R.E. Members and Haden Institute Dream Leadership Training graduates and current students.


Keynote Speakers

The International Association for the Study of Dreams is pleased to announce the confirmation of our keynote speakers and featured presenters for the 2015 Annual Dream Conference.

iasd-raffaJean Raffa

Dream Theatres of the Soul

Jean Raffa, PhD, is a Jungian psychologist and former college professor and teacher at the Winter Park Jung Center. She is an award-winning author of three books which explore the heroic journey into the unconscious depths of the human psyche, including Dream Theatres of the Soul, a practical guide for Jungian dreamwork.

iasd-dawsonDawson Church, PhD

Dreams, Memory, Trauma and Resilience: How Emotion Shapes Our Brains

Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning author whose books include the best seller, The Genie in Your Genes, linking emotions and genetics. He is the founder of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, editor of the journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment and manages the alternative medicine site EFT Universe

iasd-payneJessica Payne, PhD

Sleep, Stress, and Emotional Memory Consolidation

Dr. Jessica Payne is Associate Professor and Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, where she also directs the Sleep, Stress and Memory (SAM) Lab. Payne’s research focuses on how sleep and stress independently and interactively influence human memory, emotion, and mental health.

Featured Presenters

iasd-heatherHeather Spence

What Do Dolphins Dream?

Heather Spence is a marine biologist researching dolphins, a PhD candidate in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the City University of NY, a founding partner in the Global Research and Arts Center for the Investigation and Advancement of Sustainability Solutions, and leads international collaborative conservation projects in the Mexican Caribbean.

iasd-hadenBob Haden

Using Biblical Dreams to Unlock Your Nightly Dreams

Rev. Bob Haden, MS, is Director of The Haden Institute and author of Unopened Letters From God. He holds Masters degrees in Theology and the Use of Dreams in Spiritual Direction, studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and is a Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. He draws upon 30 years of counseling experience.

krippnerStanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares

Stanley Krippner, PhD is professor of psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, and a past president of IASD. A former Director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory in Brooklyn NY, his many books include the co-authored Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans (2007). He was recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, 2002.

cameraLooking for Conference Photos?

Richard Wilkerson
Media Set on Facebook
Flickr Album

Laura Atkinson
Website Album
(includes some DreamBall presentations)

If you have photos you would like to share and have listed here, please contact Richard at  or Laura 


Looking for Conference Recordings?

2015 IASD Conference Recordings Now Available Through July 15th

If you missed the 32nd Annual IASD Conference in Virginia Beach this year, many of the presentations are now available in MP3 format for downloading. We are selling the complete set for only $40.00 USD, though you can download as many or few as you like. (Workshops not included).

Use the registration link below, choose General Options from the Program drop down menu and select the recordings option.


You will be sent a email with a link to download the MP3 files within 24 hrs.



Keynote Speakers
Schedule at a Glance
Special Events