Humans have a deep-seated drive to experiment with consciousness, to play with our own finely tuned minds. The dream is the perfect vehicle for this kind of experimentation. Join our community and cultivate the wild and visionary experience of the dream!


The Oneironauticum is an international dream group that works with oneirogens—any substance, practice, or experience that promotes or enhances dream states. Founded in 2008, the Oneironauticum gathers on a given night to work with the same oneirogen. At least one group gathers together to sleep in the same space, while dreamers from locations around the world join remotely, all using the same oneirogen. Although they may be separated by hundreds or thousands of miles, on the night of Oneironauticum, dreamers are united community, bound by the common experience of the dream.


Urban Dreamscape: SF is a practice of weaving dreams into architecture, turning the landscape into a dream journal. Using active imagination and visualization, I overlay the buildings in my urban neighborhood with my dreams. Urban Dreamscape is a meditation on mapping, a psychogeographical research that breaks down divisions between internal and external spaces. It is a means of creating sacred space in the city. Through the practice, I explore the inner psychic spaces of my dream world, superimposing this intimate realm on top of the city where I live.

Liminal Dreaming

Liminal Dreaming is a way of working with hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Channel the visions you have when you slip into sleep (hypnagogia), the thoughts that drift across the border into dream and back again while you slowly wake (hypnopompia), and the visionary weirdness of delicious naps and delirious fatigue. In these states, the meandering mind rehashes and remixes thought and experience, surfing the edge realm between conscious and unconscious. Like lucid dreaming (but considerably easier to learn), liminal dreaming offers a fascinating mode of playing with consciousness.

Liminal Dreaming book by Jennifer Dumpert

Jennifer Dumpert’s new book, "Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep" Available May, 2019

At the edges of consciousness, between waking and sleeping, there’s a swirling, free associative state of mind that is the domain of liminal dreams. As we sink into slumber, we pass through hypnagogia, the first of the two liminal dream states. In this transitional zone, memories, perceptions, and imaginings arise in a fast moving, hallucinatory, semi-conscious remix. On the other end of the night, as we wake, we experience hypnopompia, the hazy, pleasant, drift that is the other liminal dream state. Readers of Liminal Dreaming will learn how to access these extraordinary edge states and how to build practices around those states for creativity, problem solving, insomnia, relaxation, and the exploration of consciousness.

Published by North Atlantic Books, distributed by Penguin Random House, and available for pre-order wherever you buy your books.

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Los Angeles: Visionary Praxes: Dreams, Psychedelics, Yoga

Event in L.A.: Awareness in the Dream: Oneirogen Plant Allies & Yoga Nidra

As we cycle through sleep phases, we experience different types of dreams; and we can work with those dreams using practices and oneirogens — herbs, roots, sounds, or scents that encourage vivid dreaming. In this experiential seminar we’ll explore several modes of dreaming, including liminal dreams (those that happen in border realms between waking and sleep), REM dreams, lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, and parasomnias like sleep walking and sleep talking. We’ll also discuss oneirogens - plants that help dreamers work with their dreamtime practices. Jennifer will then lead attendees through a yoga nidra practice into the liminal dream space of hypnagogia to provide a shared dream experience.

The oneirogens we discuss will be on sale at Ardor Apothecary, along with botanical prints that describe the uses of each. Make a dream gift basket for the dreamers on your holiday shopping list!

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Ozora Festival talk, 2018 - Liminal Dreaming: Dreamwork at the Edges of Consciousness

Ozora Festival 2018 Talk - Liminal Dreaming: Dreamwork at the Edges of Consciousness

Jennifer Dumpert describes the spaces of consciousness between awake and asleep, hypnagogia and hypnopompia--together called liminal dreams. She explains ways to to attain these states of mind and describes practices that direct liminal dreaming in various ways.

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Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming—surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. More

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