Special Events

Embark on a journey of deep reflection and musical enchantment at our opening ceremony! Set against the historical backdrop of the Rolduc Abbey, we invite you to join us in creating intentional roots for a good beginning to the conference. This immersive experience combines musical performance with contemplative moments, designed to align our collective energies and prepare our minds for a transformative exploration of dreams. What better way to start a conference by making music, walking through an ancient garden and color your thoughts? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to set a profound and harmonious tone for the days to follow!

Location of the opening ceremony is in the garden
(via back exit main building) en route to the Aula Major

For the grand finale of the IASD conference, we invite you to delve deep into the roots of your subconscious and celebrate in a shared realm where dreams intertwine with reality. On this mystical evening, although costumes are optional on this mystical evening, we encourage you to embody an image or element from your dreams, transforming it into a tangible, waking reality. Let your creativity bloom! The evening will start with a dream costume parade commencing at 20:00 (8:00 PM). You will be given 1 minute to unveil the connection between your costume and your dream (or 2 minutes for groups). This enchanting gathering is not just a celebration but a magical culmination of our conference, where the deep roots of our dream world are celebrated and explored.

During the evening a great band called ‘Yesz’ will give you the YES feeling while you dance the night away on some upbeat tunes. This group of friends is making people excited for 20 years already. The band will be playing popular songs from different genres, with their saxophonist hyping things up even more! So let’s get your dreams moving and see you on the dance floor!

Hints and Tips for Costumes.  There is a costume shop semi close by called Karnevalswierts. Address: Homerusplein 11, 6411 AW Heerlen.  PLEASE NOTE: If your dreams are diversely populated, that’s a beautiful thing, however, we want to ensure that the choice of costumes ensures an open, inclusive atmosphere of cultural appreciation, mutual respect and safety. It will take some thought but 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. We hope you enjoy exploring the multiplicity of creative possibilities for dream costumes that won’t offend other members. If you have questions, you can email the Diversity Task Force Advisory Committee: diversityresponse@asdreams.org

Why not air out your dreams after supper on Monday, June 10th, 18:00-20:00.  Bhaskar Banerji is leading our traditional conference dream hike this year.  Pick up your bagged meal, grab your hiking shoes and we will take you on a trek along the Dutch and German border.  We will guide you along a few interesting historical sites in a scenic area along the Wurm River. Be aware that there are some hills and valleys. The elevations together amount approximately 100 meters.  If you have not already ordered your bagged meal for the hike, you may do so by going back to the online Registration form and ordering just the meal. (must be ordered by May 22)  Meeting location for hike will be announced in the program.

Sunday evening 9 June at 20:45, immediately after the Keynote. 
Hosted by Robert Waggoner, The Dream Telepathy Contest, a tradition at IASD’s conferences, is inspired by the experiments which Drs. Montague Ullman and Stanley Krippner conducted at the Maimonides Medical Center and reported in their book, Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal ESP. 
Conference attendees will find an entry form in their bags and are welcome to gather for instructions on Sunday evening (June 9). Their objective: to dream of a target picture which a volunteer “sender” will try to telepathically broadcast overnight. After retiring with the intention of dreaming of the target picture, contest participants record their dreams the next day and place them in a box at the information desk. Contest committee members then review the entries and evaluate how close each came to the target picture. 
The most successful dreamers of the target image will be announced at the Dream Ball on our final night.

Books from many of our authors/presenters can be found at the bookstore, adjacent to the registration tables located in the Hall. The bookstore is Cash payment in Euros only.  Alternatively, some books may also be ordered through the virtual bookstore webpage.  There will also be an opportunity to meet authors and have copies of their books signed by them on Tuesday from 19:15 to 20:00, in the Hall.

Like to sing? Like great acoustics? Join us for “Evening Singing” in the cathedral here at Rolduc. We will gather for 15 minutes each day, at the beginning of each dinner break. It will be very informal, singing Taizè music and a composition by Curtis Hoffman. No specific musical skill is needed, just a willingness to sing simple songs, and an appreciation of the amazing acoustics of the Rolduc cathedral.

The Episcopal Center of Rolduc is offering us two 90-minute English-language tours of Rolduc , one on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. (during our dinner break and free time) and another on Thursday morning, June 13 at 9:00 am (for those who don’t have to leave right away).  The tours are limited to a maximum of 25 people so there will be a signup at the IASD registration desk when you arrive. There will be a cost of €10 per person. It may be a nice extension for those who were planning on attending Bart Koet’s workshop, on Wednesday, June 12 at 11.30 am, in which Bart explains how the Rolduc building was created based on a dream