Dream Circle Oneirogens
From 7:30 to 9:00 PST on the fourth Friday of the month, join our monthly dream circle, facilitated by me, Jennifer Dumpert, and supported by the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. Visit the events page of the San Francisco Psychedelic Society to register. Participation is free, but you must register to receive info about the zoom meeting.
Register here to attend group on zoom: https://bit.ly/DreamCircleRegistration
In 2008, I began holding monthly Oneironauticum events based on the exploration of various oneirogens–any herb, flower, root, sound, scent, practice, etc. that promotes vivid dreaming. In this new monthly dream circle, participants will have the option to experiment with oneirogens and to discuss their experiences. This is only one element of the dream circle. Participants may choose to engage with other elements of dream work. Involvement with oneirogens is an ongoing experiment. In this group, we work with a wide variety of oneirogens, a different one every month. This website contains information about a variety of oneirogens.
Dream Circles occur on the 4th Friday of the month.
- Dec 23: Mugwort or other olfactory oneirogens
- Jan 22: Galantamine
- Feb 26: Binauraul Beats
- Mar 26: Calea Zacatechichi
- Apr 23: Guayusa
- May 28: Silene Capensis
During the next dream circle, on April 23rd, we’ll talk about a variety of frightening dream experiences, including but not limited to Sleep Paralysis, Covid Dreams (that’s a real thing!), nightmares, and lucid nightmares (so scary!). We’ll also talk about strategies for approaching these kinds of dreams, and ways to make the most of these dreams.
Like psychedelics, dreams bring us face to face with the ten thousand fears, both large and small, that inhabit the psyches of most humans. If you frequently experience frightening or dark dreams, perhaps this is the work you need to do.
April 23 Oneirogen
Guayusa is a holly tree native to the Amazon. One of the few holly trees to contain caffeine, Guayusa is also used as a stimulant. Indigenous people of the Amazon, such as the Achuar from southeastern Ecuador, traditionally wake before sunrise to drink guayusa together and interpret dreams from the night before. As an oneirogen, Guayusa both promotes vivid dreams and also aids in dream recollection. Some use it to induce lucid dreams.
Tea is made from the dried leaves. Pour very hot water over two grams (a level tablespoon) of Guayusa and steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Drink in the morning for dream sharing. Drink at night to promote vivid dreams, but be sure to counteract the stimulant properties with something that helps you sleep, such as the scent of lavender.
Guayusa Tea is easily purchased online, from Etsy, Amazon, and a variety of online stores, visible if you search Guayusa Tea. Always try to buy organic and make sure there are no strange additives.
Dream Meditation on space
As always, we’ll finish the session with a yoga nidra designed to invoke the sense of dream space and place. Be prepared to lie down at the end of the session someplace comfortable where you can still hear my voice on your device..