Join Dr. Michael Conforti , author, psychoanalyst, founder and director of the Assisi Institute in this weekend dream conference which will focus on the archetypal nature of symbols and dreams. We will be looking at the relationship between the dream image and the emotions and complexes which are activated in the dream. We will see how a receptivity to the dream message allows for an opening not only to Psyche and Self but to the creative life, revealing generative possibilities for life forward action and growth.

Dr Conforti’s work highlights how exploring the archetypes and symbols in the dream brings a greater depth and sometimes a challenge to the dreamer’s personal associations with these images. An additional, unique focus that Dr Conforti’s research brings to dream work is on the threshold of the dream, which offers further insight into the meaning of the dream, contextualising all that follows.

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Conference Outline

The conference will be useful for anyone interested in dreams, from a professional, personal, spiritual and creative point of view, and supports practioners in working with clients and their dreams. This program is an approved ACA event and is eligilble for up to 30 CE credits.

The conference offers both residential and non-residential registration. Early Bird rate is available through 31 December. Residential seminar attendance includes conference fee, accomodation and meals. Non-residential attendees fee includes conference fees and morning and afternoon teas. Meal options are available at an extra cost.

Residential program registration opens at 3 p.m. Program commences at 5.30p.m. on Friday 12 February and ends at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 14 February. Non-residential seminar program registration is also available at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday 13 February.

The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. A certificate of attendance will be available.


Our venue for this event will be St Joseph’s Conference Center, Baulkham Hills, Sydney. St Joseph’s offers full conference facilities including accommodation; it is set within extensive leafy grounds that include a labyrinth. It is serviced by public transport (train and bus ) and is approx. 45 minutes from the airport. Parking is available.

Program Information

Please note that the program information for the 2016 Conference - Dreams and the Eclipse of the Creative Psyche is subject to change.

Friday Conference Program Schedule

Time Activity
3:00 p.m. Registration
5:30 p.m. Welcome Drinks on the terrace
6:00 p.m.  Dinner 
7:30 p.m. Opening / Welcome
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Evening Program (Dr Susannah Benson)

Saturday Conference Program Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Opening Welcome
9:45 a.m. Dreams and the Eclipse of the Creative Pschye
11:00 a.m.  Morning Tea
11:30 a.m. Signs, Symbols and Soul:the Creative Connection to the Numinous ( Loralee Scott Conforti)
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Seeing the Eternal and Archetypal in Images
3:30 p.m. Afternoon Tea
4:00 p.m.  Coming to know our Complexes and their Relationship to Dream
5:30 p.m. Social Gathering/Drinks on the Terrace
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Evening Program—Dancing with the Tarot: An Archetypal Journey through dance, movement and expression. (Francoise Angenieux)

Sunday Conference Program Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 a.m. How to work with Archetype and Personal Appearance in Dreams
10:30 a.m. Morning Tea
11:00 a.m. The Poetic and Spiritual Nature of Archetypes, Symbols/Dreams
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Dream, Symbol and Integration: conversation and Program closing


Dr Susannah Benson is an educator and transpersonal counsellor with qualifications and experience in education, transpersonal counselling, social ecology and publishing. Dr Benson is a Board member and President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), and founding President of DreamNetworkAustralia (DNA). She has facilitated dream groups and given workshops and presentations on dreams and creative imaginal processes for over 17 years.) She values a discovery approach to learning and supports individuals and groups to work with dreams as a source of depth, meaning, insight and creativity.

Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute - Boston, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England . Dr Conforti’s work on archetype, and patterns is being developed in his work with experts in cross-disciplinary fields, including science, theatre, films, writing, and areas of social concern and investigaton such as gun violence in the US, the Holocaust, and child sex slavery.

Loralee Scott- Conforti, MFA, is an artist, activist, author and educator with over two decades of leadership experience focused on creative transformation and innovative leadership. Her graduate studies focused on the interdisciplinary links between psychology, philosophy, art history, brain science, creativity theory, theology and dance pedagogy. As an educator and consultant she is most interested in developing methodologies which are informed by a holistic approach to learning, and which are expressed via a creative and embodied communication of ideas and narratives that are intended to catalyze transformation.

Her most recent body of artistic work is focused on the theme of "kintsukuroi" meaning to be beautiful in the broken places as an embodied metaphor for the psychological process of moving forward after trauma.

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