I joined IASD in 1998 and attended the conference in Santa Cruz in 1999 and the European Conference in Copenhagen.I also attended Marion Woodman`s Cambridge weekend. I admire her work and that of Robert.A.Johnson.
The two periodicals produced by the IASD are very helpful and the people who attend IASD conferences are generous with their time and passing on their experiences.
My interest in working on dreams began during a year in San Francisco in 1996 where I met a number of people who showed me a variety of ways to work on dreams. I trained in group dream work with a Mercy nun ,Sr Marguerite Buchanan and read widely on dreamwork. I also did a dreams retreat with the Dominican nuns at their beautifully appointed summer house in Santa Cruz.
When I returned to the UK I came to live here in Newcastle and was invited to work with women on the housing estates in the North East.
The women in the support groups in Stanley,Seaham and Peterlee had to deal with a variety of problems,usually family-related and a result of living on estates with poor facilities.
They built up their self-esteem through dreamwork. As a result I was given an award as a "Community Champion" and a grant to continue this work.
My work has expanded to include individuals, school-girls,retired people and many more. I returned to California in 1999 and did some more training,this time with Jeremy Taylor: the author of several books on dream group work.
I now work via the telephone as well as individual work and a monthly dream group.I work throughout the UK and elsewhere on request.
I shall be running an intensive dreams weekend in Surrey in June, 2009. For full details please see my website.
My main occupations are running Enneagram courses and dreamwork. Sometimes they are combined as your enneagram style will show up in your dreams.