Dream Symposium - June 21st, 2024

A synergy of Science and Mystery

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”
The Tempest

The Blue Door Practice announces a dream symposium. Curated by psychotherapist
Jane Haynes, Ph.D and neurologist and sleep physician Dr. Oliver Bernath.

A discussion delving deep into the twenty-first century’s understanding of consciousness and liminal states of mind and exploring dreams, nightmares and psychedelics.

On Friday 21st June, 2024. From 10AM – 5:30PM.

At the Royal Institution,
21 Albermale Street,
London,
W1S 4BS.

Tickets are £125. There are 50 early bird tickets at £100,  before 31st January.
All profits to CALM (Campaign against living miserably) and prevention of suicide
in young people.

Ticket holders are invited to submit any dreams or nightmares they experience in the months prior to the event, and these will be uploaded to the website. There will be the option to remain anonymous in this process.

You will be contacted by the event organisers, should they like to discuss your dream at the event.

A ticket will be required to gain admission to the auditorium. All tickets are non-refundable.

As the Royal Institution is a Grade I listed building, food and drinks are prohibited in the auditorium. Bottled water is allowed within the auditorium.

The Royal Institution cafe will be closed on the day of the event, however, both cafes and restaurants are easily accessible from the venue.

Ticket holders should check the website for updates and further information on speakers.

Dr James Arkell FRCPsych www.jamesarkell.co.uk and Dr Martin Scurr FRCGP have joined the symposium guests.

The Speakers

 1.Professor Mark Solms 

Why Do We Dream?
Professor Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town. He is also Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the St Bartholomew’s & Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the American and South African Psychoanalytic Associations. He has received numerous honours and awards.  He has published 350 scientific papers, and eight books, including the Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997). His latest book is The Hidden Spring: a journey to the source of consciousness (2021). He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).

2.Rose Cartwright 

The Maps we Carry 

Rose Cartwright is a screenwriter and author. Her book about psychedelics, The Maps We Carry, was published by HarperCollins in April 2024. She is a writer on the Netflix sci-fi series 3 Body Problem, from Game of Thrones‘ creators Beinoff & Weiss. Rose wrote a memoir called Pure about intrusive sexual thoughts that became a Channel 4 drama series. Her writing about psychedelics, consciousness and mental health has been published in The Face, Vice and The Guardian

3. Monika Evans 

Joining discussion with Rose Cartwright 

Monika Evans studied History & Politics at the University of London and the LSE and worked for the Ministries of Economic Development of Ontario and British Columbia for over a decade. Following a life changing trip to Spain, Monika took her Reiki Master Training at Glastonbury. She then decided to leave the Civil Service in Canada to work as a Reiki Therapist and Tarot Reader, relocating to Deia. Monika’s longstanding fascination with dreams and symbols led her to study with teacher Robert Moss. Since then she has incorporated Dream Work in her retreats and workshops as well as offering regular Dream Circles. In 2020 she curated her own deck of Tarot Cards: The Golden Goose Tarot. 


4.Dr Oliver Bernath

My Clinical Work in Nocturnal Landscapes.
Dr Oliver Bernath trained in medicine in Germany and the UK. Thereafter he trained in neurology at the University of Chicago, followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He then trained in sleep medicine at the UCSF/Stanford Medical Centres. Dr Bernath was lucky to train with some of the early pioneers in sleep medicine, such as Allan Rechtschaffen, William Dement, Christan Guilleminault and Eve van Cauter.

He now holds NHS sleep clinics at Guy’s Hospital, London, and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, and privately at Lanserhof at the Arts Club and the Chelsea Psychology Clinic. He is a member of the working group on dreams and dreaming of the German Sleep Society. He holds certifications in sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the European Sleep Research Society, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafforschung und Schlafmedizin.


5. Shirazeh Houshiary

Air and Reveries.
Shirazeh Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1955 and moved to London in 1974. She studied at Chelsea School of Art in 1979 and lives and works in London.

Since rising to prominence as a sculptor in the 1980s, Shirazeh Houshiary’s practice also encompasses painting, installation, architectural projects and film.

Houshiary investigates the friction between the conscious and unconscious, control and chance, reflecting on the physical and immaterial qualities that shape art and human life. Veils, membranes and mists are leitmotifs in Houshiary’s work that tries to visualise modes of perception.

Houshiary finds succour in the transformation of material: two words, one an affirmation, the other a denial, are pencil-stroked onto canvas so lightly, and clouded over by finely wrought skeins of pigment, that they morph in front of the naked eye. So too, aluminium or glass elliptical brick towers, charged with dynamic tension, appear different from every angle, as if negating their own presence.

She was awarded the title Professor at the London Institute and was short listed for Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in 1994. She was given Asia Arts Game Changer Award Hong Kong 2018. Recent publications include: Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration published by Moody Center for the Arts 2020; The slowdown ‘At a Distance’: 100 visionaries at home in a pandemic, published by apartamento and A Thousand Folds published by Lehmann Maupin, New York, Seoul.  Rhizome published by Lisson Gallery, London and Long Museum, Shanghai 2023

6. Dr. James Rucker

Stories from a Psychonaut Psychiatrist.


James Rucker is a Pyschonaut psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in South London and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. He leads a research team whose clinical research focuses on drug assisted forms of therapy, particularly with psychedelics, in those suffering with mood and trauma related mental health problems. His enduring clinical and research interest is psychopharmacology – how mind-altering drugs exert their effects on our brains, and our experiences of self, other and world.

7. Jane Haynes

In conversation with Shirazeh Houshiary.
Jane Haynes worked as an actor at the Royal Court Theatre, until reading ‘The Divided Self’ when she decided to work with R.D. Laing.  She trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology. She no longer works as a psychoanalyst but regards her clinical work to revolve around relationship and dialogue.

She likes the writer Lawrence Sterne’s definition of his writing being ‘progression through digression’ as a model for her own clinical work.

Jane visited St Petersburg for over ten years after Perestroika as a consultant to the Eastern European Institute for Psychoanalysis where she contributed to developing their curriculum and became familiar with different cultural approaches to psychotherapy.

She has published several books and articles including Who is it that can tell me who I am? which was shortlisted for the PEN Memoir Prize. Jane regularly writes for the media including Vogue, The i, Psychology Today, The Daily Mail and the London Magazine.

She is a founder member of the Blue Door Practice and the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

8. Lesley Sharp.
Readings from Shakespeare, Keats and Rilke

Fellow of Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Award-winning actress who has appeared at the Royal National Theatre, RSC, West End and worked extensively at the Royal Court theatre. Most recently at the Olivier Theatre in Paradise by Kae Tempest.
Notable Television work includes Clocking Off, Bob and Rose, Afterlife, Scott and Bailey and more recently, The Full Monty and Before we die.
Film work includes Naked, The Full Monty and Rita Sue and Bob too.

All profits to CALM (Campaign against living miserably) and prevention of suicide in young people