About Lauren Z. Schneider, M.A., M.F.T.
I integrate dream work, family systems and a pioneering psycho-spiritual method, Tarotpy, in my private practice. I facilitate dream groups for therapists and laypeople and lecture at various counseling centers around Southern California. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley, and am a certified "Advanced DreamTender" from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
My favorite dream: I am working at an Institute: white orderly rooms, a bright light filtering from the circular dome, everyone working in harmony, some on individual research, some on joint projects; there is no competition; I feel at home. Next scene, I am standing in the doorway of a research lab, next to a large American Indian Scientist. We observe a young woman interviewing her father who suffers from depression. As he comes off mood drugs, he retreats emotionally into his own world. The American Scientist has a vision: a whale's tale before it submerges into the ocean. The vision repeats. I see his vision as well and at that moment we both understand that 'there is a chemical or solution at the end of the whale's tale that cures depression.' We know that this is an important discovery and offer the info to the psychological and general community.
favorite fiction dream book: The Last of the Dream People by Alice Ann Parker. It describes beautifully a tribe of people who live according to the wisdom and guidance from dreams.
Favorite non-fiction: Dreams and Healing by John Sandford: he speaks eloquently about dreams from a psycho-spiritual perspective.
My notes on the IASD
Craig Webber met me at an audition for a show on dreams. He sang the praises of ASD (with his guitar) and invited me to the upcoming conference. I found the club I always wanted to join.
What is so special about IASD is that it is a respectful and fertile arena to share dream work from so many perspectives; to interchange views, research, artistic and therapeutic approaches to dreams. I find that the conference inspires me to grow personally as well as professionally. The first morning of the conference often brings the most powerful healing dreams for me.
I think it most important that the organization bring the wisdom and transformational power of dream back into the larger community, to address social, ecological, global needs.