2016 Special Events

This year’s Annual IASD Conference has some Special Events you will not want to miss.
With so many amazing presenters anticipated to stimulate and stir dream life, several special events and social gatherings are planned to help relax and inspire fun.

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One of the primary purposes of our annual conferences is to hold the annual IASD Membership Meeting. This meeting is open to all attendees — members, non-members, and those curious about becoming a member. This is a chance to meet our members, our incoming officers and board, and to hear about recent IASD achievements and future plans from our outgoing and incoming presidents. We welcome and encourage your attendance.

There are two formal receptions: the Opening Reception on Friday evening after the opening Keynote and the Arts Reception on Sunday evening. A casual reception on Monday night will give special thanks to our Volunteers and Presenters. Receptions will offer complementary bulk beverages, snacks and a pay bar. A complementary drink ticket will be provided to full conference attendees, volunteers and presenters.

This year’s large exhibition includes over 100 dream art works which express varied dream experiences through art. In Rolduc Abbey the dream art is displayed in all conference areas, resulting in a unique atmosphere.

Saturday evening, immediately after the Keynote, don’t miss the Dream Telepathy Contest. IASD’s annual contest carries on a tradition begun in 1985 by Bob Van de Castle. In previous years, contestants who may not have even realized that they have these abilities have exhibited impressive psi dreaming skills, including precognition, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, and even mutual dreaming. Whether you’ve participated in dream telepathy contests before or not, don’t miss this exciting and FUN opportunity to explore the fascinating world of dream psi!

June, 26th, 2016.  17:15 – 20:15pm.

Ground floor. Participants can pick up  their pre-ordered Bagged Meals at the main dining room. From there we leave the building via the garden at the back side.

This sunset dream sharing hike takes us along the Dutch-German border near the conference center. This border is partly formed by the lovely river Wurm, which cuts deeply into the gentle hilly area. Including dinner, this walk of about 7 km will last 2.5-3 hours. On our way there are some valleys we have to cross. A part of the road is a sandy forest track along the river Worm. After periods of rainfall it may be muddy at places. Depending on the weather you may need waterproof shoes for hiking trails.

The walk is described in 5 stages, each of which shows some historical or geographic peculiarities (intermezzo’s).


Kerkrade is a Dutch city surrounded at three sides by Germany. The Rolduc Monastery is very close to the Dutch-German boundary. We leave the Conference Centre through the back gardens of Rolduc (1), cross the small asphalt road behind the Monastery and enter eastward the slope forest along a track called s’Hertogenraderweg. Along the stairs in the forest, you pass the invisible frontier. Via another stairs with historic inscriptions you enter Herzogenrath. The oldest inscriptions is: “1104. Erstmals in den Annalen Rodenses erwänt”. Go right. In front of you on top of the hill lies the impressive historical Castle Burg Rode.

Burg Rode

Burg Rode

Herzogenrath, and surroundings has an impressive history. Herzogenrath/Kerkrade is an important medieval intersection of two trade routes. The first runs from Cologne via Herzogenrath and then continues along the old Roman road from Valkenburg, Maastricht, Tongeren to Boulogne-sur-Mer. The second trade route leads from Trier, via Aachen and Herzogenrath to Xanten. The castle Burg Rode is mentioned for the first time in 1104 in the Annals of Rolduc. In that time it was owned by the counts of Saffenberg as “castrensis Viculus”. The castle is both a border fortress and toll castle. By marriage of Mathilda of Saffenberg in 1136 it becomes a property of the Dukes of Limburg. De border of the Worm is not only state boundary but also limits the catholic diocese borders. So, in 1136 the castle belongs to the diocese of Liège, while the lower part of Herzogenrath belongs tot he Diocese of Cologne.

Based on data of the  Battle of Woeringen in 1288 it can be assumed that the toll station in Herzogenrath has played an important role in the Limburg succession wars(1283-1288). At the end the duchy of Limburg including Burg Rode came into the possession of the duke of Brabant.

As is the case for many parts of Duchy of Brabant, Herzogenrath changed hands several times in the past. Together with the rest of the Southern Netherlands, it was under Spanish control from 1661, Austrian (Habsburgian) dominance between 1713 and 1795 and French occupation between 1795 and 1813. In 1815, after the fall of Napoleon, when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed under the terms of the Vienna Congress, the border was drawn through the town, the eastern part being Prussian (later German) Herzogenrath and the western part Dutch Kerkrade. 

Follow the Kloosterraderstrasse until the large road. Cross this road and cross directly at the crossover the next mainroad as well. Turn left ( Schutz von Rodestrasse). After 200 m pass the railway tunnel and turn right (2). After a while you leave the city  and follow a scenic track. After 1km go left. A few weeks ago here was a bridge over the railway which has been removed.

Left there are huge slag heaps. Until the 1950s, Herzogenrath’s economy was dominated by 
coal mines and a nearby coking plant. While some remains of the mining industry still form parts of the landscape in the form of overgrown slag heaps, today’s Herzogenrath, like Kerkrade has moved into other industries. Coal mining has a long tradition here. In 1723 (!) the Abbey of Rolduc, then still called Abbey Kloosterrade, was given the right by Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780) to exploit the coal mines in the area of Kerkrade. A new flowering begins by revenue from the exploitation of the coal mines. Thus, the rococo library in the Monastery of Rolduc could be established. Around 1775 the abbey employed 350 miners, but then coalmining ceased for a while due to mining water problems.

At the former bridge, turn left and walk down into the valley of the Wurm. Here we enter a “Naturschutzgebiet”. The road turns right into a forest. We cross the river Wurm, neglect a small path to the left and continue uphill.

Right is the scenic Wurm Valley. Here the meandering Wurm cuts deep into coalbearing Carboniferous rocks (295-315 million Years BP) which are overlain by fertile Pleisocene Löss deposits, a nice example how geology dictates economic and political history.

On the top of the hill there is cross road, with six forest tracks (3). Take the first to the right. We follow this track. Right is the Wurm river. There are several triple junctions. Keep right as much as possible, direction Wurm River. After a km or so the track goes down to the river Wurm. The last part is a stairs down to the river. Here we cross the river Wurm and turn left. In places there is a wooden path, which can be used when the ground is too wet. Some of the shelves are in bad condition. On the left side is a curious collection of jagged rocks. This is part of the Siegfriedlinie.

The idea of the Siegfriedlinie came from Hitler. He was impressed by the French Maginot Linie build during WWI. The first step in the Development of the Siegfriedlinie in 1937 was the so-called “Pioneer building programs” that comprised eleven Ausbaustufe A (with 3.5 m thick walls and ceiling). Furthermore, there should be 32 so-called Ausbaustufe B (with 1.5 m thick walls and ceiling). The “Ausbaustufe” A and B consisted of several floors and had different areas over several turrets. The Siegfriedlinie would have a length of 630 kilometers from Kleve on the Dutch border to Weil am Rhein on the Swiss border. In addition to the large complexes were all kinds of smaller bunkers (Regelbau), tunnels and tank barriers. This way, when Hitler’s main war activities moved to the east front, he thought to defend the western part more effictively with less troops.

However, the Siegfriedlinie was not effective in many places, due to altered war strategies. In this area it was passed at places without any resistance.

American allies cross the Siegfriedlinie at the end of WW2

American allies cross the Siegfriedlinie at the end of WW2

Somewhat further there is a crossroad with a forest hut (4). Here  we can use our meal. This also the endpoint of the walk. After dinner we return to the wooden bridge over the Wurm River. We do not cross the river, but follow the track along the western river shore. After a while the track leaves the river shore. We cross a valley with a wooden bridge and at the next triple junction go right (5). After a while there is a redbrick tunnel under the railway, but we continue the forest track, direction Herzogenrath. We return back to the railway tunnel  we passed at the beginning. Turn left. From here we return to Rolduc. At the other side of the  Schutz von Rodestrasse, take a small chairs and walk along the old houses back to the bronze statue of the woman taking water, into the Kloosterraderstrasse. At the end walk again into the forest now uphill. On top is the monastery of Rolduc.


Come dressed as your favorite dream character or just show up in your pajamas . . . but you won’t want to miss this 32 year tradition. The event begins on June 28 at 19:30 to 20:30 with a costume parade where you are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite dream character.

We will share our inspiring dreams together. Our dreams will confirm that, indeed, “It All Starts With A Dream”. Rolduc, our charming residence for the past couple of days, was founded by Ailbertus. The Abbott saw Rolduc in several dreams. When he discovered the place he had seen in his dreams, he heard the sound of heavenly bells ringing. So put on your most inspiring dream costume, share the dream, and warm yourself with the friendship of dream stories.

At 20:30 it is time to get your dancing shoes ready as Tiny Anne (a high energy cover band) joins us for a night that will have you all on the dance floor. It’s guaranteed to be a lively and fun night – the perfect ending, as we say goodbye to old and new friends . . . until next year.