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.

Dream Telepathy Contest
Monday evening, starting 9:30 PM

The Dream Telepathy Contest invites dreamers to “try their psi,” based on the groundbreaking experiments which Drs. Montague Ullman and Stanley Krippner performed at the Maimonides Medical Center and reported in their book, Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal ESP.  The contest will be held at 9:30 PM on Monday evening, when participants will gather for instructions; then, later that night they will attempt to dream of the “target” picture. One person is designated as the “sender” who attempts to telepathically broadcast the target picture. Contest participants go to sleep with the intention of dreaming of the target picture and then record their dreams as soon as they wake and place them in a box, at the information desk, for judging.  Contest committee members review the entries and evaluate how close they came to the target picture. The most successful dreamers will be announced at the Dream Ball.

Research Luncheon

A Research Group Luncheon will take place on Monday 18th July, the second day of the conference, at noon to 2 pm, immediately after the poster session. All researchers, including students, are warmly welcome, irrespective of whether or not they are presenting in the Research track. Pre-order and grab your lunch from Barista or Bill’s Grill and head to the Executive Board Room to meet other researchers. The meeting is an informal networking event, so come to meet old friends and colleagues and to make new ones! Event is first come for table seating (24 person table capacity) with some extra seats along the wall. No formal program is included.

Juried Dream Art Exhibit

The 2022 Juried Dream Art Exhibition opens Monday July 18 in Salons K&L at 12:00 noon and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on its first day. (After the first day, the Exhibition will be open during break periods; please check the conference schedule for specific daily hours.)  The Exhibition changes year to year, but in the past has featured anywhere from 50 to 100 works of original dream-inspired art in various media including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. A Peoples’ Choice Award will go to the artist selected by popular vote, so pick up your ballot at the Dream Art Exhibition—and be sure to vote! 

Juried art awards will be decided by a panel based on criteria that includes originality, integrity, universality, and relevance to dreams and dreaming. Serving on this year’s panel are artists/IASD members Walter Berry, Julie Nauman-Mikulski, and Kim Vergil, as well as local artists/educators Aaron Coleman of the University of Arizona and Britten Traughber of the Tucson Museum of Art.

On Wednesday July 20, an informal Meet the Artists event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. within the exhibition space, where conference attendees can mingle with artists and jurors in advance of the larger Artists Reception held later that evening from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Award winners will be announced at the Reception, and light refreshments and beverages will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dream Dance Circle
Craig Webb
Wednesday 20 July – 7:00 to 8:00 PM

A warm welcome to all dear souls for an interactive community song and dance circle that blends various traditions and celebrates life and dreams through movement and music. It’s a fun opportunity to enjoy friendly faces and charge up physical and dream bodies with lots of lucid energy. In this easy-going, supportive atmosphere, absolutely no previous experience is required (so please ignore your inner critic!)

Early Morning Dream Hike–Ventana Canyon Trail
A gorgeous desert hike leaving from the hotel
Alan Siegel
Thursday morning 21 July – 7:00 to 9:00 AM

This is an opportunity to connect with conference attendees in a natural setting, share dreams, ponder our relationship with nature and ways to appreciate and heal the planet. Learn about indigenous uses of plants and explore dreams about nature and climate as well other important dreams. To avoid the heat of the day, this will be an early morning session, from 7:00 to 9:00 AM on Thursday. There will be a trail map with options along it to return early or hike longer. Bring shoes, water, and sun protection for hiking on a rocky trail.

Mystical Objects in Dreamtime: Boomerang Throw
David Low
Thursday morning 21 July – 7:30 to 8:30 AM

David Low will briefly demonstrate short and medium range returning throws in a nearby field and offer basic instruction to small groups of dreamers who want to give it a try.  “Lite” boomerangs suitable for inexperienced throwers will be used. So as to avoid the heat of the day, this will be an early morning session from 7:30 to 8:30 AM (and as a result David will not be holding his Morning Dream Group that morning).  Bring sunglasses or other protective eyewear and garden gloves for catching.

Hospitality Suite

We cordially invite you to join us at the Hospitality Suite, located in the hotel’s Presidential Suite overlooking the city of Tucson, a stunning sight at night. It’s a casual way to make contact with other dreamers outside of the conference sessions and workshops; to share ideas, experiences, and dreams; to greet old friends and make new ones — all in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

On Monday through Thursday, the Hospitality Suite will be open during the lunch and dinner breaks – check the Schedule at a Glance in your Program Book for availability and times. There will be no meals served, only light snacks and beverages, but you are welcome to bring your own food, perhaps after picking up a meal to go at the Barista.

The room will also host some special thank-you gatherings, one for just our Volunteers on Sunday Evening at 8:30 PM and another for just our Presenters on Tuesday evening at 9:45 PM.  It will also be open on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 9 to 11 PM.  On Friday morning after the conference has ended, the Hospitality Suite will be open from 8 AM to 10:30 AM, to help soften the saying good-bye process.

 We look forward to greeting you at the Hospitality Suite!

Asclepion Temple Healing Tent

The Asclepion Temples, named for Asclepius the Greek God of Medicine, were ancient sanctuaries built in secluded areas near spas and mountain retreats for the purpose of healing. These places provided a sacred space for visitors to incubate and tap into the wisdom and guidance from their dreams. As a special event at the conference, we will be recreating our own version of this dream temple for our attendees.

Annual Costume Dream Ball

We are pleased to announce The George Howard Band for our 2022 Dream Ball! When George Howard takes the stage, the audience quickly senses that this band is something special. And when they hit the first chords of their opening number, it becomes apparent that these guys are master musicians. George and his high energy dance band will get you moving with their music from multiple genres, from pop and traditional to rhythm and blues. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, George is a founding member of the Tucson Musicians Museum. He has been involved in playing music for over 40 years, and is a sure crowd-pleaser. For more about the band, go to http://georgehowardband.com

On the last evening of the IASD conference, it’s time to spend some timeless hours in a shared space where dreams come alive in waking life! Costumes are not mandatory, but you are encouraged to take this chance to dress up like an image or element from your dreams and dance the night away. Start thinking now about your costume! There will be a dream costume parade that begins at 8:15 pm. You will have 1 minute to present how your costume relates to your dream (2 minutes for groups). We hope you will enjoy this dream community celebration and magical conclusion to the conference!

PLEASE NOTE:  

Cultural Appropriation Awareness

If your dreams are diversely populated, that’s a beautiful thing. However, IASD members sharing the dance floor will appreciate your awareness that cultural and/or racial appropriation is harmful to other people in waking life. The IASD Principles of Community statement says we value “Diversity: A constructive educational environment for participants at conferences and other activities, that welcomes the multiplicity of different approaches to dream studies, and strives to create an open, inclusive atmosphere of mutual respect.” We hope you enjoy exploring the multiplicity of creative possibilities for dream costumes that won’t offend other members.

The IASD Principles of Community also says we value “Dignity: Fairness, respect, and individual dignity. The promotion of a safe environment that is free from any type of harassment or abuse…” If your dream costume idea might target someone else’s religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation or personal identity, then it’s best to dream up a new dream costume idea.

Thank you for helping create a safe space for our dream ball to be a great success!

Here’s some valuable information that might help you decide what not to wear: 
https://www.ohio.edu/orgs/stars/Home.html
     and     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMhKooYOQrM

If you have questions, you can email the Diversity Task Force Advisory Committee: diversityresponse@asdreams.org

Don’t have a costume? Here are a few local places to find dreamy costumes in Tucson:

https://tucsonthriftshop.com
319 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ
(520) 623-8736

https://www.thegaslighttheatre.com
7010 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710

https://www.partycity.com
5566 E Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 600-5585

Goodwill Southern AZ/. Costume zone.
4955 E. Speedway Blvd.
(520) 795-2855

Savers.com. —
5845 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 571-2001

Website: shopdesertvintage.com
Address: 403 N 6th Ave, Ste 119, Tucson, AZ 85705
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of N 6th Ave and E 7th St
Phone: (520) 620-1570