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Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage” and Carl Jung wrote that a dream is theater in which the dreamer is the scene, player, prompter, producer, author, public, and critic. The best plays are like the best dreams: surprising, decentering, mind-expanding, awe-inspiring, emotionally exhausting, and acutely memorable. They are unreal, yet realer than real; retreats into fantasy that catapult us into fresh engagement with the world. Many talented artists, as well as everyday creative people, have said they feel the same kind of freedom to explore their emotions in dreams that they do when they have an encounter with the artistic process.

Please join us in 2023 for a celebration of 40 years of IASD in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! You will be in good company with world renowned keynote speakers and more than 130 presenters sharing their work with dreams from 20 or more countries around the globe. This is more than just a conference; it is an extravaganza of fascinating presentations and special events. Everyone is welcome – whether you are a professional, a dreamworker, researcher, student, artist, performer, author, or simply a curious, interested dreamer.

The program features peer reviewed presentations, workshops, and morning dream groups, in a multidisciplinary program including the scientific, psychological, spiritual, artistic, healing, lucid, extraordinary and multicultural aspects of dreaming. There will be many fun events such as: an Opening Reception, a Dream Art Exhibition/Reception, our annual Dream Telepathy Contest, and the ever-popular costume Dream Ball.

This year’s featured tracks include Dreams and Ethnicity and Dreams and The Arts.

This year’s program will include some very dreamy events in conjunction with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (osfashland.org).

We hope to see you there!

About the Venue

Ashland Hills Hotels and Suites
2525 Ashland Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520

The Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites https://ashlandhillshotel.com/  is in beautiful Ashland Oregon, at the base of the Siskiyou mountains, just north of the border with California. The hotel is nestled on a quiet side of town, just 3 miles from downtown Ashland and 19 miles from the International Medford Airport with direct connections to many US western hubs (see Travel).  It is a 14-acre property, where you can rest in the intimate courtyard patio and pool or relax in the open spaces surrounded by nature and inspiring views of the surrounding Ashland Hills. 

We have reserved a block of rooms and suites (many of which have private balconies) at discounted conference rates in the $100 to $115 range, but book early since room choice and availability is limited.  We will be providing IASD group buffet lunch gatherings, offering standard, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free selections. Dinners can be ordered at the Luna Café (limited seating) or at the many local Ashland restaurants.  

Amenities include:  Complimentary limited continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerator, flat screen TV w/cable, in-room coffee maker, coffee and tea, microwave (suites only), voice mail, guest-programmable wake-up calls, Ironing board and iron, hair dryer, guest laundry and bicycles for guest use.

Conference Program

It’s still very early in the conference planning process. Check back here for Schedule at a Glance, Abstracts, Presenter Bios, etc.

Our Keynotes

To be announced this Fall.

Conference Registration



General Registration opens on January 1, 2023

Call for Presentations

Due date for submissions:
31 December 2022
(Due date for poster submissions: 1 March 2023)

The program is multi-disciplinary, and all submissions must be made online.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the IASD organization. Consider volunteering your time and talents at the conference. You’ll receive a reduced rate, and help make the conference happen! Information coming soon!

Call for Artwork

 We are accepting original artwork about or inspired by dreams. All two-dimensional and multi-dimensional media will be considered, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, and installation art.

Lodging | Meals

There are a number of lodging options available for attending the conference:

* The Conference site: Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites * The Windsor Inn
* Extended list of 19 Hotels and B&Bs around Ashland
* Other Area Hotels
* Ashland Commons Hostel
* Camping /RV

Meal options onsite and Restaurants within a reasonable distance of main conference site listing.

Travel| Attractions| Weather

We have reserved the same discount rate at the hotel for the 3 days after the conference, and some discounts off the regular price for the two days prior.  Things to do in the area include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Wine Country; Crater Lake National Park; Water Adventures at Emigrant Lake; Pacific Crest Trail; Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway; Lithia Park in downtown Ashland (hiking, Japanese Garden, ponds, Ashland Creek); Upper & Lower Table Rocks; Mount Ashland; Farmers and Crafters Markets and Boutique Shopping and much more!

Special Events

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.

• Oregon Shakespeare Festival Twelfth Night
• Dream Art Show
• Dream Ball
• Dream Telepathy Contest
• Dream Hike

Conference Scholarships

Information about conference scholarships will be made available soon.

Media to Share

Do you enjoy our conferences? We’d love it if you’d spread the word on your blog, website, social media accounts. 🙂

Ernest Hartmann Award for Student Research

The IASD Student Research Awards are given to students (undergraduate and graduate)

Award 1: original quantitative research on dreams and dreaming.
Award 2:original qualitative (historical, literary, artistic, or theoretical) research on dreams.
Award 3: The Diversity, Ethnicity, Inclusion (DEI) Award has been newly instituted by the IASD Board to lift up and amplify the voices of dream researchers from ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in dream research, and may be awarded for either quantitative or qualitative research. Applicants remain eligible for Award 1 and 2.