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LaBerge, Ph.D., world-renowned expert
on lucid dreaming, has pioneered the scientific study of the topic.
His groundbreaking research at Stanford University demonstrated the
validity of lucid dreaming to the scientific world, and his best-selling
books Lucid Dreaming, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming,
and Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide have introduced hundreds of thousands to the experience.
He has had more than 30 years of relevant personal and professional experience, having earned his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology from Stanford University in 1980 for his seminal laboratory research on lucid dreaming. His contributions to lucid dreaming methodology include developing lucid dream induction techniques (e.g., MILD, the counting technique for falling asleep consciously, and the sleep interruption technique (WBTB)), the spinning and hand-rubbing techniques for stabilizing lucid dreams, and various lucid dream induction devices such as the DreamLight and NovaDreamer. His scientific contributions include using eye-movement signals to prove the reality of lucid dreams, characterizing the basic physiology of lucid dreams (and coining the terms DILD and WILD), and showing through a variety of experiments that lucid dream actions affect the brain (and to a lesser extent the body) as-if they were actually happening.
Dr. LaBerge’s recent research shows how the phenomenon of lucid dreaming
sheds light on the nature of consciousness, viewing consciousness
as the dream of what happens, with perception and dreaming essentially
differing only by the presence or absence of sensory constraints.
He can be a very entertaining presenter, and has been known to stimulate thought and on occasion, even lucidity. In addition, Stephen has had extensive personal experience with lucid dreaming, having learned to have lucid dreams at will, and among his thousands of lucid dreams are many which have been delightful, inspiring, enlightening, and life-changing. He has dedicated
his life's work
to bringing this transformative experience to as many individuals
Patricia “Keelin” Keelin is a dedicated and accomplished oneironaut,
and a long-time associate of Dr. LaBerge and The Lucidity Institute. Over the past several years,
she has shared her experience and endless enthusiasm for lucid dreaming by teaching workshops,
facilitating at TLI's Dreaming and Awakening programs, and through numerous radio and
television interviews. She has participated in research experiments as a lab subject and worked
extensively with the NovaDreamer.
Keelin will be assisting throughout this program, offering guidance and motivation,
and insuring that no participant leaves without having done plenty of reality tests,
considered how nurturing the skills for lucid dreaming can benefit waking life decisions,
and fully understood the meaning of "How odd is this?".
Richard Hilton has nurtured an abiding interest in lucid dreaming since
1998. Inspired by a heartfelt appreciation for its potential benefits, particularly in the
area of personal development, he produced the short documentary film "Explorers of the
Lucid Dream World" in 2004. He has presented and co-facilitated several dream workshops
in the Santa Barbara area, participated in research experiments, and assisted with TLI's
Dreaming and Awakening programs since 2010.
Richard will be sharing his insights and experiences throughout the program as well as
working daily with participants using the NovaDreamer2, downloading data and customizing
settings to meet the needs of each individual.
Kristen LaMarca, MA is an avid lucid dreamer with specialized knowledge
in clinical psychology. Her recent studies have included research into the creative and
therapeutic applications of lucid dreaming as a means for healing, exploring more healthful
behavioral choices, and understanding the potential of mind and consciousness. As an
experienced practitioner of meditation within the lucid dream state, Kristen will also
share insights into the discipline that has resulted in much personal reward and an
increased fascination with the state of lucidity.
In addition to assisting with scientific research and experiments conducted throughout
the program, Kristen will be working with participants on a daily basis to help them hone
the skill sets foundational to a steady and fullfilling lucid dream practice.