The Art and Practice


Dream-Centered Living

"The depth of even the simplest image is truly fathomless.

The unending, embracing depth is one way that dreams show their love.”


–James Hillman, from The Dream and the Underworld


The practice of DreamTending invites dreamers to enter the dream itself. on its terms and on its turf, so that the dreamtime “intelligences” are listened to from inside the dream.


Courses taught by me are deeply influenced by the works of James Hillman, Robert Sardello, Henri Corbin, Christine Downing, Steve Aizenstat, and of course, our old friend, Jalaluddin Rumi.

Video Q & A

Questions regarding the dreamtime? Send them along and I’ll endeavor to answer with a video. And while you’re waiting, why not check out some of my previous video answers.

Dream Memes

Dream memes are pictures with short, memorable phrases that capture the essence of what lingers from dreams, inviting dreamers into practices for remembering their dreams.

"This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real."

–Rumi, from The Dream That Must Be Interpreted 

latest blog posts . . .

Where Listening Becomes Revelation

Where Listening Becomes Revelation

While tidying up my desktop last week, I happened upon some notes that I'd apparently put together on the type of spiritual soul listening required for dream tending, and was immediately struck by a strong desire to make something of them. Here’s what...

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Practice for Soul-Making

Practice for Soul-Making

Lending ourselves to what the poet Keats called ‘soul-making’, we are invited to make something out of what we’re being given. Every morning when we set aside time upon waking in order to tend dreams, we are therefore soul-making, tending the soul of the...

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Everything Dreaming All the Time

Everything Dreaming All the Time

The Dreamtime, or “Yorro Yorro”, or Everything Dreaming All the Time, or Everything Standing Up Alive, are different ways to convey an orientation to the world as connected and ensouled, rather than, say, imagining it as a bunch of separate objects jumbled...

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Pop Ups and the Destiny Strand of Things

Pop Ups and the Destiny Strand of Things

Pop Ups and the Destiny Strand of Things (or How to Be Fully in the Dream We’re Actually In) Pop ups are images that specifically try to get our attention. I call them “pop ups” because of their activity—because they try to pull the dreamer’s focus—and because I don’t...

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"Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground”

–Rumi, from The Book of Love

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Icons of a Dreaming Heart book cover
From the Foreward:

“We are accustomed, it is now part of our culture, to imagine dreams as some kind of ‘messages’ from the ‘unconscious’. Sometimes, they really get our attention and won’t go away. Still, the prevailing notion is that if dreams do mean anything, they must be ‘interpreted’, put into our present ways of understanding, taken out of their own way of presenting themselves. Renee Coleman explodes and breaks through the very notion of ‘interpretation’ which has become an actual block, a barrier to dreaming having immediate significance in life. Dreaming, she convincingly shows through intense and dramatic demonstrations with her dream groups, presents, presences, the action of imaginally real companions. Dreams are real! They are not separate from life but rather ever-present promptings to enter further and further into the fullness of life. How Dr. Coleman lets the characters, actions, circumstances, and the very worlds of dreaming reveal themselves constitutes the essence of this writing. There is no theory here. We are taken into a new kind of attentiveness, available to everyone. We learn a deep listening, being penetrated, coming into immediacy, intimacy, complexity with each and every character of a dream and what those characters are doing with us. We come to experience the dream presences as quite autonomous from us, visitors, not from ‘elsewhere’, but ever-present visitors asking to be noticed. The great secret, now revealed in Icons of a Dreaming Heart, is that in saying ‘yes’ to the beckoning of dream presences, in our noticing, caring, attending, we are changed, down to the very core of our being. And we begin to have moments, incredible moments, increasingly extended moments, of realizing how unbelievable rich, unendingly so, life can be.”

–Robert Sardello

"What we love teaches us how to love."

–Renée Coleman, from Icons of a Dreaming Heart

Dr. Renée Coleman

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, Renée now lives in Santa Clarita, California, where she works at developing the art and practice of dream-centered living. Certified as a DreamTender in 1996, Renée earned her Mythological Studies doctorate (with an emphasis on Depth Psychology) from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2002. Tending dreams with individuals, couples, and groups, Renée endeavors to teach dreamers to navigate through the many twists and turns of the dream-time, using a holistic, embodied, and imaginal approach. Renée is also certified by the School of Spiritual Psychology to offer several contemplative courses in spiritual psychology.

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