Founded in 2008, the Oneironauticum is an international dream group that works with oneirogens.
An Oneirogen is any substance, practice, or experience that promotes or enhances dream states. “Oneirogen” originates in the Greek “oneiros”, to dream, and “gen”, to create. Both modern and traditional cultures work with oneirogens to seek guidance from ancestors, to practice oneiromancy—divination through dreams—to seek healing, wisdom, and visionary experience, and to cultivate the extraordinary through one of the most common yet remarkable human experiences: the dream.
The Oneironauticum gathers on a given night to work with the same oneirogen. Participants pursue many kinds of dreamwork: healing dreams, lucid dreams, liminal dreams, communication with the unconscious, meeting in dream worlds, oneiromancy. The list goes on. Above all, we strive to explore consciousness, to experiment with subjectivity, and to play with our own intricate, marvelous minds.
For each Oneironauticum, at least one group gathers together to sleep in the same space, using the same oneirogen. On the same night, dreamers from locations around the world also use 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.
The Oneironauticum is founded by dream explorer Jennifer Dumpert, who posts a dream daily on twitter as @oneirofer.
For this Oneironauticum, we worked with an auditory oneirogen, Robert Rich’s electronic music score Somnium, a soundscape designed to promote vivid dreams. Dreamers were able to join us from anywhere simply by playing Somnium wherever they were sleeping.
Somnium is a seven hour psychoactive electronic music piece arranged to match up with the phases of sleep. Electronic musician Robert Rich started giving live, all night concerts for sleeping Bay Area audiences in the early 1980s. During these sessions, Rich would alternate playing...
Attendees of the November 19, 2015 Oneironauticum were David Arnson, Richard Russo, Nat, Spoon, Bill, John, Stacy, Dan Sack, Dr. Ellis, Anne Tara, Brad, John, Lesley Freeman, Katherine, Rebecca, Bill.
For this Oneironauticum, we worked with binaural beats. Although they’ve been around since the 1970s, binaural beats are currently undergoing a resurgence of interest thanks to the proliferation of phone apps that provide the experience. Binaural beats work by entraining brain waves using a smartphone app used with headphones. When two...
This Oneironauticum was part of the Psymposia conference held in Montreal. I gave a talk on working with oneirogens and cultivating the practice of Liminal Dreaming. Psymposia is a new event production company and network that focuses on use of psychedelics. Compared to organizations/conferences with similar focus, such as the Women’s Visionary Congress or MAPS (Multi Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), the crowd was young. Many of them were new to this kind of event. I had overwhelmingly positive response to my talk,...
This Oneironauticum was part of the Women’s Visionary Congress, held at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California. Yours Truly (Jennifer Dumpert) gave a talk on working with oneirogens (look for the video of that talk on the Urban Dreamscape page of this site soon) and distributed oneirogens so the entire conference population could participate. As always, we also had many remote participants. A good proportion of our remote participants continue to hail from Mexico and Central and South America. Hola soñadores!
This special Oneironauticum was part of an event called Resonance, put on by GuruLab at the Katzen Kultur Klub in Los Angeles.The event began with candlelit yoga led by Ashley Jean Nelson, held to live slow metal, played by Warlocks member and soundscape artist JC Rees. Next, Oneironauticum founder, yours truly, Jennifer Dumpert, gave a talk, “Sleep Cycles and Dream Habits”, which included information about the brainwave patterns and regular rhythms involved in a night’s sleep. Spiros Antonopolus led participants in pranayum breathwork...
This October Oneironauticum was held at the Esalen Institute where I, Jennifer Dumpert, co-led a weekend retreat called Cultivating Extraordinary Experience, with author Erik Davis. The workshop focused on the idea that “Experience is also something we cultivate and refine. With practice, we can increase our capacity for wondrous insights and delicious sensations. By learning to focus attention, break through ordinary habits, and develop a taste for even challenging experiences, we can tease the extraordinary out of ordinary life.”...
Present at the last Oneironauticum were hosts Vibrata and David S, and attendees Erik, Dean, Christine, David W, Stacy, Katherine, Richard, Zak, Naropa, Emily, and yours truly, Jennifer.
We also had a guest of honor sitting on our dream altar: A live Calea Zacatechichi plant.
Between arrival time, around 9:00 pm, and bedding down, we discussed various dream topics, as we usually do. For some time, we discussed Hypnogogia, the state of brainwave fluctuation that occurs as we fall asleep. For many people—in my experience, particularly those...
Present at the April, 2010 Oneironauticum were dreamers Vibrata, David S., Dean, Lesly, David W., Stacy, Paz, Taryn, Carter, and yours truly, Jennifer.
As usual, between the time we arrived and then bedded down, we discussed our reent dream experiences. Dean told a story of a recent intense dream experience with a (non-sexual) succubus in which the dream woman rushed at him and entered his body. Taryn and Carter said that on the same night, they, along with their other two room mates, had dreamed being choked. That same night both Paz and I...
Present at the January, 2010 Oneironauticum were dreamers Vibrata, David S., lissa ivy, Dean, Erik, Christine, David W., Stacy, Nathan, Phoebe, Zak, and yours truly, Jennifer.
We started the evening with a viewing of the NOVA special on dreaming, followed by a discussion of the contents. Several items interested the crowd particularly. One point involved the dreams of depressed people. According to the special, depressed people go right into REM in the first stages of sleep. This differs from the normal pattern of sleepers. I put together the...
The next Oneironauticum is Sunday, January 24. For this session, we’ll be working with 5-HTP (short for 5-Hydroxytryptophan), a supplement derived from West African Griffonia plant seeds, available in most health food stores or vitamin sections of supermarkets.
5-HTP has oneiric properties because it is involved in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of sleep. Serotonin is also involved in the regulation of mood. Many anti-depression drugs (e.g. Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft) function by increasing serotonin...