Humans have a deep-seated drive to experiment with consciousness, to play with our own finely tuned minds. The dream is the perfect vehicle for this kind of experimentation. Join our community and cultivate the wild and visionary experience of the dream!


The Oneironauticum is an international dream group that works with oneirogens—any substance, practice, or experience that promotes or enhances dream states. Founded in 2008, the Oneironauticum gathers on a given night to work with the same oneirogen. At least one group gathers together to sleep in the same space, while dreamers from locations around the world join remotely, all using the same oneirogen. Although they may be separated by hundreds or thousands of miles, on the night of Oneironauticum, dreamers are united community, bound by the common experience of the dream.


Urban Dreamscape: SF is a practice of weaving dreams into architecture, turning the landscape into a dream journal. Using active imagination and visualization, I overlay the buildings in my urban neighborhood with my dreams. Urban Dreamscape is a meditation on mapping, a psychogeographical research that breaks down divisions between internal and external spaces. It is a means of creating sacred space in the city. Through the practice, I explore the inner psychic spaces of my dream world, superimposing this intimate realm on top of the city where I live.

Liminal Dreaming

Liminal Dreaming is a way of working with hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Channel the visions you have when you slip into sleep (hypnagogia), the thoughts that drift across the border into dream and back again while you slowly wake (hypnopompia), and the visionary weirdness of delicious naps and delirious fatigue. In these states, the meandering mind rehashes and remixes thought and experience, surfing the edge realm between conscious and unconscious. Like lucid dreaming (but considerably easier to learn), liminal dreaming offers a fascinating mode of playing with consciousness.

Liminal Dreams: Dreamwork at the edges of consciousness - Ozora Festival 2018

Liminal dreaming occurs at the boundaries of consciousness. This category of dreaming is made up of hypnagogia — the hallucinatory dream state through which we pass as we sink into sleep — and hypnopompia — the floaty, mesmerizing dreams we have as we surface back into waking. Liminal dreaming is one of the most unusual states achieved by our brains, both experientially and as measured by EEG. This talk describes liminal dreaming: what it is; how it works; and various ways in which artists, inventors, scientists, and thinkers of all sorts have harnessed hypnagogia and hypnopompia for specific purposes. Session participants will receive a brief overview of sleep cycles and dream phases. They will then learn exercises that allow them to practice liminal dreaming and how to use this extraordinary mind state for:

  • Creatively and problem solving: Access the visionary power of hypnagogia and hypnopompia using liminal dream practices developed by Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali, and a range of other impressive artists and thinkers.
  • Dream incubation: Engage the dreaming mind to help answer personal or intellectual questions, encourage the healing process, or enliven intuition using this practice that comes to us from the Greek cult of Asclepius.
  • Yoga nidra: This ancient practice involves slowly withdrawing the senses to reach the state of consciousness between waking and sleep. The goal is to direct intention and, ultimately, achieve Samadhi.
  • Oneiromancy: This form of divination through dreams is used by many traditional cultures to contact divinities or ancestors in search of teachings and wisdom. We’ll explore the use of oneirogens—herbs or substances used for oneiromancy.

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Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming—surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. More

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