About the Conference

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.

Thank you for joining 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 was more than just a conference; it was 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!

Conference Program

Check back here for Schedule at a Glance, and the full Conference Program.

Includes information pertaining to the Online Track schedule and what presentations are eligible for CE units.

Keynotes and Invited Speakers

Panel: Donya Washington, Evren Odcikin, Kamilah Long ♦ Andras Jones ♦ Jean Houston PhD ♦ Jayne Gackenbach PhD ♦ Mark Blagrove PhD

Conference Registration

General Registration is now closed. Thank you for attending!

Lodging | Meals

* 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

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

Roommates & Travel share Connection

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Conference Scholarships

Restricted Student Partial Scholarships and approved BIPOC Conference scholarships now closed.

Online Conference Track-  June 19 -22, 2023

For our global network who were not able to join us in person, we offered the IASD Online Track. This 4-day academic program includes selected highlights broadcast live via Zoom from Ashland, Oregon. It is filled with evidence-based talks on the latest dream research, lucid dreaming, working with nightmares, the art of creative dreaming and others we know you will enjoy.

The topic of dreams will be explored by a rich array of leading experts in the field, sharing their latest findings and insights. If we say so ourselves, the line-up is absolutely dreamy.

Be in the virtual room with our speakers, have the opportunity to ask questions in the live chat on Zoom, and receive follow up recordings of each session in the online program.  No matter where you are in the world, you won’t miss a thing!

Join us for the IASD Online Track!

About the Venue

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

The Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites 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. 

Update as of Feb 10, 2023, the room blocks have basically SOLD OUT. You may contact the hotel for room types / days still available. Please see our alternative lodging options for staying close by.