"Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours -
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes." Jacob Nordby


Waking the Dreamer Within Festival

October 13-16, 2016

“Dreamer” Someone who envisions happiness and peace for humankind. Someone who believes that someday the world will truly be as one; visionary.

The Waking the Dreamer Within Festival is a celebration of creativity, imagination and the language of metaphor. The weekend nurtures authentic expression through workshops and group events featuring dreamwork, storytelling, poetry, music, art and the written word.

The festival offers a total of 24 workshops all designed to enhance your connection with Body, Mind and Spirit.

Any questions, please email billiecortiz@gmail.com or call 303-929-6122

“The Waking the Dreamer Within Festival, more than any other event I am aware of, not only opens pathways of experience and recognition of the multiple layers and meanings of our dreams, but also extends our range of exploration into areas of creative expression, shamanic wisdom and psychic awareness. All this happens in the embrace of an intimate temporary community made up of skilled and experienced dream workers, artists and healers, as well as many people new to the adventure of exploring their inner world. Participating in this vital community, will almost certainly stimulate your imagination and feed your creative ideas and impulses. ENJOY, (and find more evidence that you really are not alone – intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually…!)”

-Dr. Jeremy Taylor, author of “The Wisdom of Your Dreams”


Featuring interactive workshops focusing on one or more of the following tracks:

Body:  Dance, Yoga, Movement, Sound, Art

Mind:  Written word  & Spoken word

Spirit:  Dreamwork, Fairy Tales, Meditation

Video by Christine Anderson, YourVideoPortrait@gmail.com



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Presenter and Festival Organizer

Billie Ortiz

Billie Ortiz, certified dreamworker, has two decades of experience creating and facilitating dream groups, workshops, and retreats. Her unique appreciation of metaphor and symbol expands her work to the realm of myth and fairy tale, which helps guide dreamers to a deeper understanding of the profound messages of their dreams.




Presenters: (Check back for updates)


Star Edwards

Star Edwards: At age four, a near death experience set Star’s life on a course of discovery about death and its process. She has been collecting stories of this most mysterious part of human life ever since. Star is a certified dreamworker through the Marin Institute of Dreamwork and Robert Moss’ School of Active Dreaming. She has been following the guidance of her dreams for more than 25 years and sees Dreamwork as a source of creative inspiration, a path to personal development and a gateway to connecting with transcendent realms. Star is also is an accomplished artist, jewelry designer, gemologist and Celtic harpist. www.starharp.com



Karen Schultz, has been a prolific dreamer all her life. She has practiced dreamwork since 2007 with Billie Ortiz, Jeremy Taylor, Irene Clurman, Mike Tappan and many others. Her first experience with actively working a dream was quite profound and inspired her to pursue dreamwork further. As she says, “Basically, I fell in love with dreams all over again.” Karen is an artist and often paints images that arise from her dreams and guided journeys. She is also a mother, grandmother and a lover of Mother Earth.


Laura K. Deal.resize

Laura K. Deal, Ph.D, is a writer, teacher, and dream reader. She’s a certified Dream Work Facilitator and a practicing Metaphorian. She’s published in short fiction and poetry and has taught writing classes for ten years. You can find her at www.FirstChurchofMetaphor.org, www.LauraDeal.com and www.TheWildWriters.com




Nan Phifer.resize

Nan Phifer, author of award-winning book, Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, leads workshops for libraries, writers’ groups, continuing education programs, and religious organizations.  About her work Nan says, “I love what I do. Most of all I love the moments when participants look up from the page, their eyes alight with insight.”  www.memoirworkshops.com



Rick Moody.resize

Harry “Rick” Moody is a retired Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC.  He is currently Faculty Fellow at Fielding Graduate University. Author of The Five Stages of the Soul, (Doubleday, 1998), translated into seven languages worldwide.  Author of forthcoming book Dreams for the Second Half of Life. Named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”



Sheila.Foster.resize.2Sheila Foster has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. In 1983, with the guidance and instruction of several ‘big’ archetypal dreams, she founded Temenos Center for Awakening and the Temple of the Sacred Feminine. Since childhood, Sheila has worked with dreams from both sleep and waking realms. Visit www.temenoscenterforawakening.com & http://www.templeofthesacredfeminine.com





Marta.Aarli.resize.2Marta Aarli, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist and dream facilitator. Her dreamwork is a confluence of shamanic journeying, psycho-dynamic and archetypal frameworks, Gestalt dialogue work, and Robert Moss’ Active Dreaming. She loves cultivating the profound insights generated by a circle of dreamers, through synchronicity and tapping into the collective unconscious.
Visit http://www.inspiral-psychotherapy.com




Faith.Halverson.RamosFaith Halverson-Ramos, MA, LPC, MT-BC helps people better understand who they are and what they want from life by engaging with them musically from within a therapeutic relationship. Guided by a transpersonal understanding of human development, and grounded in contemplative practices, Faith works with people of all ages.
You can learn more about her music therapy work at: http://www.soundwellmusictherapy.com or check out her blog at: http://www.faithhalversonramos.com



Johanne LaRocque.resize.2Johanne LaRocque, is a dream worker and writer who lives on the southeastern side of the furthest western point of the United States.  Her journey has taken her from Vermont (where she graduated from the University of Vermont) to Monterey California, with stops in Davis/Sacramento area (CSUS), Berkeley (GTU) where she led dream groups and participated in organizing and leading spiritual retreats.  Johanne has also been a story keeper and dream worker in hospice chaplaincy.



Suzanne Black Dress.resizeSuzanne Rouge, BSE, is an educator and spiritual mentor, having studied with a variety of indigenous medicine people in the U.S. and abroad. Suzanne facilitates opportunities for transpersonal growth through Moon Circle events, ceremony, presence practice, aromatherapy, reflexology, Ilahinoor energy work, medicine wheel readings, breath work and art. Visit http://www.hummingbirdhorizons.com




Cynthia Rose.resizeCynthia Rose is a Multi-Modality Intuitive Healing Practitioner, with training in Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Angelic Karma Clearings, Angelic Communication, and Liift Technique.  She is a Certified Shamanic Practitioner and Master Teacher of The Navajo Featherway. Cynthia specializes in, “Transformational Dialogue”: A journey to loving the perfection that is YOU.

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Ocean.Pier.resizeThursday, October 13th:
Keeping in the spirit of a “festival” rather than a “conference,” the opening night will start with a welcome reception and include ceremony, music, story, dance and poetry

Friday, October 14th:
A total of 12 class/workshops offered throughout the day, three classes/workshops running simultaneously, one from each track:

  • Body: Dance, Yoga, Movement, Sound, Art
  • Mind: Written word  & Spoken word
  • Spirit: Dreamwork, Fairy Tales, Meditation

Friday evening: Interactive group activity, i.e., open mic for participants, story slam, poetry reading, musical performance.

Saturday, October 15th:
A total of 12 class/workshops offered throughout the day, three classes/workshops running simultaneously, one from each track:

  • Body: Dance, Yoga, Movement, Sound, Art
  • Mind: Written word & Spoken word
  • Spirit: Dreamwork, Fairy Tales, Meditation

Saturday evening: PARTY! Full band, dancing, costume contest, party platter trays, bartender, wine/beer

Sunday October 16th:
Large dream circle, closing ceremony


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