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.


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, and



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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.”



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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 &





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.




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: or check out her blog at:




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




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:



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:



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:



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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.