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Sound and dream are deeply interrelated. During REM dreams, sound provides an excellent oneirogen—any herb, root, substance, sound, or scent, that promotes vivid dreams. Sound can also help promote good sleep and pleasant dreams and can be used to counter bad or frightening dreams. Sound can also help you find your way into liminal dreams—the dream states that lie between waking and sleep. Sound also can be used to explore the stages of hypnagogia, the liminal dream state that happens as you’re falling asleep.

In this presentation, dream expert Jennifer Dumpert will explore topics of sound as oneirogen, offering practices for exploring this phenomenon. She’ll also outline using sound for sleep and to counter unpleasant dreams. She will then describe liminal dreaming, walking us through the steps of hypnagogia and exploring ways to work with liminal dreaming, including binaural beats and yoga Nidra. She’ll finish the session with a yoga Nidra. Attendees of this session should come prepared to lie down during the final part of the presentation to enjoy the Nidra.

About Jennifer Dumpert

Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, and consciousness hacker. She is the author of Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the use of oneirogens—anything that promotes vivid dreams, like herbs, roots, and foods— and the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with the mind. She has written extensively about this. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming, which entails surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states.

Jennifer leads a free, monthly dream circle, registration required. You can see information on her Dream Circle page at She has lectured and led workshops at festivals, conferences, and venues worldwide. She has also authored numerous pieces about various aspects of dream work. You can read selected pieces and watch videos of presentations at Jennifer’s website, Jennifer posts a daily dream to Twitter as @OneiroFer and has been doing so since January 2009.