A Day on Sleep & Dreams - The Weekend University

Jung, Mental Health & Lucid Dreaming: A full day of talks unlocking the incredible power of sleep & dreams. We all know how important sleep is and yet so many of us don’t get enough of it. If you struggle to fall asleep maybe you could try meditation or cannabis products. If you opt for the latter it might be worth noting that weed degrades in numerous ways which may result in you not getting the effect you desperately desire.

So, can you learn to ‘wake up’ and be conscious in your dreams?

What does the latest neuroscience reveal about the connection between sleep, circadian rhythms, and mental health?

How can Jungian Psychology help you interpret what your dreams mean?

These are just some of the topics the speakers will discuss at The Weekend University this month. In this series of talks, we’ll explore the fascinating psychology of sleep and dreams.

You’ll learn:

  • Jungian Dream Interpretation; how Jungian Psychology can help you understand your dreams, increase your self awareness, and provide you with insights you can use to improve your waking life
  • Sleep & Mental Health; the neuroscience of sleep and circadian rhythms, how sleep and mental health are connected in the brain. Blue light from our electronic devices can have an adverse affect on the melatonin that we secrete which is what sleepglasses target in order to improve our quality of sleep – visit this page to learn about the product.
  • The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming; what it is, the latest innovative techniques you can use to induce it, and what can be done once inside a lucid dream.

This is an event for anyone ready to wake up to the amazing power of sleep and dreams. This information could be just what you need to get a good night’s sleep. And if you’re still weighing up the pros and cons between which mattress is the best – sleeping duck vs koala, then this could be the event for you! You’ll learn how these insights can benefit your own life, but also your ability to help others, too.


The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the psychology of sleep and dreams.

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Jungian Dream Interpretation – Marcus West
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Clocks, Sleep & Mental Illness – Professor Russell Foster
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:15pm – 5:00pm: The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming – Charlie Morley
  • 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)

£22.50 £42.50


Sun 31st March 2019
09:30 – 17:00 BST

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03/31/2019 09:30 AM
03/31/2019 5:00 PM
University of Greenwich, London
The Weekend University – A Day On Sleep & Dreams

University of Greenwich,
10 Stockwell Street,
London, SE10 9BD

Lectures & Speakers

Jungian Dream Interpretation – Marcus West

As Jung put it, dreams ‘show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse’ (CW 10, paragraph 31).

You may ask, then, why their meaning is sometimes so obscure. This is due to the dream symbol, and the essence of this talk will be to explore how we can understand and interpret these symbols and their many layers and levels of meaning which can, sometimes, go on unfolding over a lifetime.

In passing I will say something about the history of dream interpretation, contrast Jung’s and Freud’s approaches, and talk about the neuroscience and purposes of dreaming.

My particular interest is in the way that dreams show us the patterns which govern the way we relate to others, structure and live our lives, and influence what we believe – what psychotherapy calls our implicit, internal working models.

I will illustrate the talk with some of Jung’s own dreams and, in something of an experiment, I will talk you through how to go about interpreting one of your own dreams (so do bring one along!).

Marcus West - The Weekend University

Marcus West is the Training and Supervising Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and UK Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is the author of ‘Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice’ (2011) as well as two other books: ‘Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self’ (2007), and ‘Into the Darkest Places: Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind’ (2016).

He has taught and lectured widely in this country and abroad and has written a number of papers and contributed chapters to books. He was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004.

Clocks, Sleep and Mental Illness: Time to think again – Professor Russell Foster, CBE

Severe sleep and circadian rhythm disruption (SCRD) is a common feature of mental illness, yet its origins remain a mystery, its detection is frequently overlooked, and it is rarely treated, though sufferers may be using places like this weed dispensary canada to try and aid sleep.. However the health consequences of SCRD are profound. SCRD promotes multiple illnesses ranging across abnormal metabolism; heart disease; reduced immunity; increased stress; and abnormal cognition and mood states. Significantly, these poor health states are common in psychiatric illness, yet SCRD is rarely identified as a cause or contributor of this poor health. So what are the possible mechanistic links between SCRD and mental illness?

We now appreciate that sleep and circadian timing systems are the product of a complex interaction between multiple brain regions and most brain neurotransmitter systems. Similarly, psychiatric illness arises from abnormalities in interacting brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems, many of which will overlap with those regulating sleep and circadian rhythms. In addition, SCRD itself will impact upon multiple aspects of brain function, including activation of the stress axis, which could further exacerbate mental health problems. In turn, medication, substance abuse, social isolation and/or activation of the stress axis associated with psychiatric illness will certainly impinge upon the sleep and circadian systems. In this presentation, these links will be considered along with how we might be able to use this new information for the development of new therapeutics for mental illness.

Russell Foster - The Weekend University

Professor Russell Foster is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Institute and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. His research addresses the neuroscience of circadian rhythms and sleep, and the health consequences of sleep disruption.

Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences and was honoured with a CBE for services to Science. He has published over 250 scientific papers, four popular science books and received multiple awards.

The Psychology of Lucid Dreaming – Charlie Morley

We sleep for a third of our lives. For millennia the Tibetan Buddhists, Toltec-Mexhicas and Sufi mystics have used that lost third for waking up to their highest potential through lucid dreaming.

In this talk, lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley will explore how this ancient art is now being studied by modern day neuroscience and how these studies have been as insightful for the mystics as they have been for the scientists.

Lucid dreaming can be used to consciously direct the dream so that we can learn, train, meditate and gain answers to some of life’s biggest questions while we dream. Sourced from over 10 years of teaching the subject, Charlie’s talk will open you up to the possibility of engaging deep change while you sleep deeply.

The talk will include an overview of the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western science and the mystic traditions as well as explorations on how to engage the wider holistic benefits of lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping which these practices offer.

Charlie Morley - The Weekend University

Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming & shadow integration. He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 13 languages. He’s spoken about lucid dreaming at Cambridge University, “Buddhism and Youth Culture” at The Houses of Parliament, is a regular expert panellist for The Guardian and has been named one of The Next Generation of Meditation Teachers.

In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “mindfulness based PTSD treatment” and continues to teach on retreats for armed forces veterans. For over 10 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally.

What TWU attendees are saying:

    positive review  A great mix of speakers - superb experience and learnt a lot! Really creative learning! Sue de Botton

    Sue de Botton Avatar Sue de Botton
    March 25, 2018

    positive review  The amazing very interesting psychology/neuroscience lectures I attended

    Fatima van Duale Avatar Fatima van Duale
    July 1, 2019

    positive review  What a fantastic and fascinating day with awesome lecturers - it quite literral blew my mind!! I have only been studying beginners psychology at local adult education classes for less than a term but I felt at home amongst all the 'real psychology students' and Mental Heath professionals and Specialists. There was so much to be learnt on all levels of understading and experience. I can thoroughly recommend The Weekend University and booked my second one immediately after this one!.

    Lisa Adams Avatar Lisa Adams
    April 2, 2019
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