EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Consciousness Exploration and Visionary Experience
Workshop at the Esalen Institute
January 20-22, 2023
The original date for this workshop in October sold out a month and a half beforehand. Now you have a second chance! We’ll explore ways that people across cultures and time have used liminal dreaming for consciousness exploration, creativity, problem-solving, and mental and spiritual healing and balance.
Surfing the Edges of Consciousness
Day-long workshop at the Alembic in Berkeley
Sunday, January 15, 10:30 – 5:00
In mid-January, I’ll offer a day-long workshop at the Alembic in Berkeley. An event space dedicated to facilitating, teaching, and cultivating awakening and liberation, the Alembic offers classes and workshops focused on functioning as a force for peace, kindness, and good in the world. In this workshop, we’ll explore using liminal dream states to explore consciousness and surf the edges of mind.
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
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 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.
Exploring Consciousness at the Edge of Sleep
A conciousness hacker and sought-after speaker on dreams and dream technology explains how to use liminal dreaming, the dreams that come between sleep and waking, for self-actualization and consciousness expansion.
At the edges of consciousness, between waking and sleeping, there’s a swirling, free associative state of mind that is the domain of liminal dreams. As we sink into slumber, we pass through hypnagogia, the first of the two liminal dream states. In this transitional zone, memories, perceptions, and imaginings arise in a fast moving, hallucinatory, semi-conscious remix. On the other end of the night, as we wake, we experience hypnopompia, the hazy, pleasant, drift that is the other liminal dream state. Readers of Liminal Dreaming will learn step-by-step how to create a dream practice, integrating the deeply unusual half-waking dream states of hypnagogia and hypnopompia into their lives in personally meaningful ways. Working with liminal dreams can improve sleep, mitigate anxiety and depression, help to heal trauma, and aid creativity and problem-solving. Liminal dreaming practice is also far easier to learn than lucid dreaming practice, making it possible for the reader to begin working with these dreams this very night.
PAST EVENTS & MEDIA
Lectures and Interviews:
Consciousness Hacking Meetups:
Silicon Valley: Dream Tech – New Tools to Awaken Your Dreams
Entheogenesis Australis Outdoor Psychedelic Symposium – Dream Tripping: Using Dreams to Experiment with Consciousness
Breaking Convention – Non Drug States: Dreams & Darkness
Women’s Visionary Congress – Working with Oneirogens
Psymposia: Oneironauticum and Dreamwork
Transformative Technology Conference: Dreamtech
Ozora Festival 2018 – Liminal Dreams: Dreamwork at the edges of consciousness
Lightning in a Bottle 2018 – Liminal Dreaming Workshops
Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017 – Dreamhacking: Explore your Consciousness through Dreams
Lightning in a Bottle 2017 – Dreamhacking Laboratories
Symbiosis 2016 – Liminal Dreaming: Surf the Edges of Consciousness
Beloved 2016 – Liminal Mind States Workshop with Erik Davis
Lightning in a Bottle 2016 – Dreamhacking and Liminal Dreaming
Dream Incubation: Healing from the Era of Asclepia – Page 34
Using Liminal Dreaming to Woo the Muse – Page 44
Dream Hacking: Oneirogen Alternatives to Intoxicants – Page 34
Van Winkle’s, “Entering the Dreamtime: The Unique Worldview of Australia’s Aboriginal Population”
Van Winkle’s, “How To Harness Dreaming’s In-Between World”
Van Winkle’s, “The Weird, Wild World of Dream Inducing Oneirogens”
Erowid Dreaming Vault, “Dream Tripping”
“Meeting in the Dream World: Oneironauticum”, a chapter in Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness: Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimension of Mind
“Urban Dreamscape”, in Reality Sandwich, 2010
Jennifer 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.
Contact Jennifer about speaking and writing engagements