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.
Participating in person for the March Oneironauticum were dreamers Erik, lissa ivy, Geneva, Christine, David, and yours truly, Jennifer.
We gathered at my and Erik’s home, also known as the habitat, between 10:00 and 11:00 where we discussed some of our recent dream trends. Then we sat down around the living room table and each measured out a third of an ounce of olive oil into the small bowls I had prepared for mixing our anointing oils. We then each mixed 20 – 25 drops of a mix of essential oils: Myrrh, Sandalwood, Sage, Mugwort, Roman...
The next Oneironauticum is on Saturday, April 25th. For this session, we’ll be working with anointing oil. In ancient medical practices, oils infused with herbal remedies were smeared on the skin, allowing the recipient to absorb healing properties. Later, anointing became a form of consecration. Today, anointing oils are often used to promote dreams.
Those of us sleeping in the same space will each craft our own individual anointing oil from olive oil combined with essential oils. We will choose which oils we use in varying proportions to...
Participating in person for the March Oneironauticum were dreamers Erik, lissa ivy, Dean, Juliana, Stacy, Lena, Chreos, David, Yvette, and yours truly, Jennifer.
We gathered at Dean’s house in Bernal Heights between 10:00 and 11:00 where we spent the first hours discussing trends we see in our dreams. Both Lena and I described some of the places we revisit in dreams though we’ve never seen those places in waking reality. Chreos talked about a period of spontaneous lucid dreaming he’d experienced in his youth. Juliana mentioned her...
The next Oneironauticum is on Saturday, March 28th. We’ll be working with
a Waterlilies Somalixir created by our pals at Al-Kemi. The formula combines several sorts of Waterlilies: Blue Nymphaea caerulea of Egypt, Mayan Nymphaea ampla, and Eurpoean Nymphaea alba.
Water lilies are thought to contain very pleasant psychotropic qualities
(Some theories name Blue Nymphaea caerulea as the “lotus” eaten by the
lotus eaters in Homer’s Odyssey), and to promote vivid dreams.
Visit Al Kemi to purchase the Waterlilies Somalixir or...
After some complex logistical issues were conquered, the February Oneironauticum included dreamers Erik Davis, Vibrata Chromodoris, David Shamanik, lissa ivy tiegel, Dean Mermell, Jacob Nasim, Juliana Meowth, and yours truly, Jennifer Dumpert.
Most of us found the Dreamtime Somalixir very powerful. Several of us had dreams that included birds or flying. When I reported this to our pals at Al Kemi, who created the Somalixir, they told me that one of the ingredients, Wild Red Asparagus, is used by Siberian and Chinese shamans to fly & have...
On Saturday, February 28th. We’ll be working with a Dreamtime Somalixir created by our pals at Al-Kemi, made of spagyrics of Calea Zacatechichi, Silene Capensis, and Mugwort, all oneirogens we’ve worked with in past Oneironauticum sessions. This specific combination is designed to promote the ability to maintain consciousness in dream states, either to promote lucid dreaming or merely enhance dream awareness.
Visit Al Kemi to purchase the Dreamtime Somalixir or learn more about it. If you’re interested in learning more about...
In attendance at the January 31 Oneironauticum were dreamers Erik Davis, Vibrata Chromodoris, David Shamanik, lissa ivy tiegel, Dean Mermell, Christine Benvenuto, Katherine Rochlin, Geneva Bumb Shanti, Jacob Nasim, Spiros Antonopolus, Erin Flynn, Christy Silness, Rebecca Devi Leanord, and yours truly, Jennifer Dumpert.
We began the evening by gathering around and checking out the proto type I just received in the mail, a multi-part device designed to increase dream recall and intensify dreams. A technological oneirogen in the tradition of the...
After a long seasonal hiatus, we’ll be holding the next Oneironauticum on Saturday, January 31st. We’ll be working with Silene Capensis, a Xhosa Dream Plant Alchymical Initiatic, a gift to the Oneironauticum from our pals at Al-Kemi, makers of fine alchemical & spagyric Products. The Xhosa people of Southeast South Africa use Silene for oneiromancy, a form of divination based on dreams. It is said to facilitate communication with the ancestors, who provide guidance or prophecy.
Visit the al-kemi site to...
I realize the November posts are woefully late. Sigh. Life.
Present at the January Oneironauticum were dreamers Vibrata, David, lissa ivy, Geneva, Juliana, Stacey, the other David, and yours truly, Jennifer. Since the dream ingredient of the night was garlic, we began the evening with discussion about the oneirogenic qualities of certain foods. Some people report that spicy food gives them bad dreams, or at least unpleasantly intense dreams. Others claim eating fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids just before bed promotes lucid dreams. Though...
Our oneirogen for the November Oneironauticum will be garlic. Very little literature exists about the effects of garlic on dreams, and what there is sometimes connects garlic with nightmares. Two original core Oneironauticum members (visionary artist Vibrata Chromdoris and permaculture landscaper David Shamanik) report consistent strong, positive dream experiences brought about by ingestion of garlic.
A couple hours before bed, we’ll eat a light but very garlic heavy meal of Caesar salad and garlic bread. Afterward, we’ll chew...