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


The Waking the Dreamer Within Festival will return

October 6-8, 2017

at a new venue:

Peaceful Meadow Retreat Center

7075 Valmont Rd
Boulder, CO 80301-4729



Waking the Dreamer Within Festival

“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.




Star EdwardsStar 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.


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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



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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



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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 Rougé, 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.







Mariel 2016.resizeMariel Cheek, has been a special teacher for over 17 years and has also studied in a somatic psychotherapy program, Motivational Interviewing & Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Her current practice includes Wellness & Radical Forgiveness Coaching, Massage, Reiki and more. In her words, “I believe there is an innate wisdom within us all. I’m humbled and privileged when I’m invited to support someone in that place.” Visit: http://www.gaiasdoorstep.com



Maria Louize is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Richmond College in London. Her classes are peaceful and gentle with the intention of providing a nurturing space for people to deeply relax, re-balance, and connect with the wisdom, creativity, and healing energy within and flowing through each of us. Maria’s ongoing journey of continuing education includes Music Thanatology, Prenatal Massage, Doula training, Chi Kung Healing Touch, Lomi Lomi, Craniosacral Therapy, and she is also a Reiki master.


Bobbie WilsonBobbie Wilson, Ba, Psychology, MBA, is a Belief-Shifting Practitioner, and Spiritual teacher.   After retiring from a corporate career, Bobbie became a life coach as a way to express her lifelong desire to help others.  After experiencing the amazing healing of Belief-Shifting, she was given the opportunity to become a practitioner.  In her words, “I am blessed to help people find their internal love, peace and freedom that result from a healed mind.” For more info: http://belief-shifting.com/



Macy-Headshot.resizeMacy Harjot Matarazzo is the founder of The Love Advantage and Big Happy LOVE coaching programs along with Big Happy LOVE VIBE TV a weekly love and dating show.  She was a first time bride at 43 with over 25 years collecting failed relationships when she finally found the formula which broke the painful cycle!  Now she devotes her life to helping other singles stop the madness and draw in a meaningful and blissful relationship through a magical combination of transformational change methodology, intuitive healing & guidance, yoga & creative exploration to help singles attract extraordinary LOVE in their lives. For more info: http://theloveadvantage.com/



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Playing Back Your Dream Group





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Nancy English,  Ph.D., has extensive experience in end of life care as clinician and teacher.  Her long-standing interest in dreams  intensified after meeting Jeremy Taylor and participating in a Dream Group for the past three plus years.

Rosemary Czubaj, MA., LPC, LAC.  Rosemary’s experience in trauma and addiction counseling offered her the awareness of the value of dreams in clinical practice. She facilitates the Dream Group at the Caritas Center in Boulder and is an active member in several other ongoing dream groups.

Patti Gassaway,  BA., is a writer, performance artist, and a past player in Boulder Playback Theater. She is also an active participant in the Dream Group at Boulder Caritas Center.

Christopher Macor, BA. has extensive experience in Improvisation Theater and has been involved in Dream Groups for the past 20 years using projective dream work.

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2016 Festival Schedule.Rev.2



Click here to download PDF of schedule:

Festival Oct 2016.Rev.2

Thursday, October 13th:
Registration/Healing Fair/Presenter’s Showcase/Creative Collage/Mandala Coloring

Opening Ceremony

Bret Isom, Sounds of Spirit-Songs of the Soul


bretisomTreat yourself to the magical mystical healing powers of sound! The brilliant Bret Isom will resonate the room (and your soul!) with his powerful vocal blessings!

Bret Isom is a renown vibrational sound healer with a vocally soul-soothing depth, range, and sensitivity. He also has a wonderfully grounded kindness and sense of humor. Prepare to be moved.


Friday, October 14th


Intro to Projective Dreamwork – Billie Ortiz
Making a Mask and Make Believe – Karen Schultz
What Dreams Come to Tell Us About Our Final Earth Journey – Star Edwards


Love Life of  Your DREAMS! – Macy Harjot Matarazzo
Life is a Dream: Working with Life Events as Waking Dreams
-Sheila Foster
Being in the ‘Hear’ and Now: A Mindful Approach to Music, Sound and Self
-Faith Halverson-Ramos


Dreams for the Second Half of Life – Rick Moody
Tslagi Dance of Life – Suzanne Rougé
The Navajo Featherway & Intuitive Healing – Cynthia Rose


Playing Back Your Dream – Christopher Macor, Nancy English, Rosemary Czubaj, Patti Gassaway
Creating Poetry from Your Dreams – Laura Deal
Dream Journeying with Your Creative Imagination – Marta Aarli

Evening Presentations:


How Dreams Changed HistoryStar Edwards (Power Point with Live Harp Music)


Open Mic – Poetry & Storytelling -hosted by Laura Deal


Saturday, October 15th:


Juxtaprise: Playful Creative Writing – Laura Deal
Create a Mandala from Your Dream: An Exercise in Individuation
-Johanne LaRocque
Prana-Chi-Creativity – Maria Louize


Bring Your Dreams to Life: Dream Reenactment  – Karen Schultz
Write to to Fictionalize Your Life: A Workshop – Nan Phifer
Filling the Cracks with Gold: Practicing Radical Forgiveness – Mariel Cheek


Dreams for the Second Half of Life – Rick Moody
Tslagi Dance of Life – Suzanne Rougé
The Navajo Featherway & Intuitive Healing – Cynthia Rose


Belief-Shifting: Heal & Purify the Mind: – Bobbie Wilson
Exploring Universal Metaphor Through Dreams & Fairy Tales – Billie Ortiz
Exploring Movies as Waking Dreams – Star Edwards


Saturday evening: PARTY!
Costume Party (optional): Dress up as your favorite character from your dreams or your favorite story!

Party platter trays, bartender, wine/beer

Live Music with Star Edwards and Kingbeat:


Sunday October 16th:


Group Projective Dreamwork – Billie Ortiz

**Closing Ceremony**


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