Fall 2023

Saturday October 14 from 9:30 AM to -12:30 PM

The Art of Consciousness: Reconsidering Sleep, Dreams and Waking

 Presented by Rubin Naiman, PhD, FAASM   download flyer

Saturday, October14, 2023 9:30am -12:30pm on Zoom

Fee: $35 (members); $45 (non-members); $20 (FT Students); 3 CEUs ($20 additional fee) are available to AZ licensed professionals*

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More than an academic issue, consciousness is a most salient and pragmatic challenge for our times. Culture, health, mental health, creativity and spirituality, not to mention sleep and dreams, are all shaped by how we as individuals and a collective understand consciousness. We are wake centric. Wake centrism is a kind of flat-earth consciousness that discourages us from approaching the edges or frontiers of our awareness. It’s less a blind spot, more a serious loss of peripheral vision that constricts the frame of our awareness, obscuring the bigger picture of our lives. The purpose of this workshop is deepening our understanding of sleep and dreams, the roots of the tree of waking life, in order totranscend wake centrism and access free range consciousness. This multimedia and interactive workshop will address:
  1. What is consciousness?
  2.  Wake centrism: the critical bias in contemporary consciousness
  3. The essential challenge of healing sleep  
  4. Stubbed-toe consciousness: the shrinking frame of our awareness (the waking dream)
  5. The dream, dreaming and waking dreams
  6.  Restoring healthy dreaming
  7. Problems and the problem of problems: Jung’s great pessimismThe promise and threat of psychedelics
  8. The united states of consciousness– integrating waking, dreaming and sleeping 
Rubin Naiman, PhD, FAASM, is a psychologist, Fellow in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, clinical assistant professor of medicine and the sleep and dream specialist at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he has been teaching medical residents and post-doctoral fellows about sleep and dream health for the past 25 years. He is the leader in the development of integrative medicine approaches to sleep and dream disorders, integrating conventional sleep science with depth psychological and spiritual perspectives. Dr. Naiman established and directed sleep and dream health programs at Canyon Ranch and Miraval Health Resorts for over fifteen years and is currently the director of NewMoon Sleep, LLC, an organization that offers a range of sleep and dream related services, trainings and consultation internationally. Dr. Naiman is the author of a several groundbreaking works on sleep, including Healing Night, Healthy Sleep (with Dr. Weil), The Yoga of Sleep, and Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations. He has also authored pivotal medical book chapters as well as scientific and consumer articles on sleep and dreams. His presentations have been described as “simply outstanding,” “brilliant,” “truly creative,” and “magical”.  See
Registration Notes:
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  • Registrations cannot be accepted after 6:00 pm on Friday, October 13. There are no exceptions.
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  • CEUs are provided from Cottonwood de Tucson for AZ Licensed Professionals only

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