Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain is an Indigenous dream worker who has devoted her life to reconnecting humans with dream and vision. She writes, teaches, and presents on dreaming, Indigenous Psychology, and Depth Psychology. She works with individual and community dreaming to inspire personal and collective well-being, and emancipation and liberation from colonization and oppression. Her work seeks to quicken a return of the natural human relationship with dream, the earth’s soul, the universal dream matrix, and the sacred.

Barbara is an enrolled member of the Shasta Indian Nation of Northern California and a Certified Dream Tender with Master dream worker Stephen Aizenstat. She is an ambassador to the Global Dream Initiative. She holds an M.A. in Depth Psychology, an M.S. in Cultural and Natural Resource Management, and is currently completing her PhD in Depth Psychology in 2019.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Dreaming as an act of Decolonization

    90 min | Altar of Spirit

    "Dreaming as an Act of Decolonization" centers on the idea that dreaming is not only an action that builds our relationship with the sacred and personal consciousness, but also represents a radical act of decolonization. By dreaming, and being in an actively informed relationship with dream's offerings, we see ourselves as personally and spiritually empowered beings that exist outside of systems of colonization. By so doing, we begin to take radical steps and action toward personal and community emancipation from oppression. In this workshop we identify and engage the concepts of colonization, decolonization, and systemic oppression. We then engage the concept of dreaming, and identify actual dreams and visions, that help us build a psychic bridge that leads a way to personal liberation and community well being.

  • Visionary Panel: De-Colonization and Anti-Oppression for Supportive Allyship

    120 min | Altar of Spirit

    We live in a moment when wounds imparted throughout a long history of violence are being re-opened across the country. It is time to ask how those who have traditionally benefitted from oppression can best inhabit the role of a supporter. What can allies do to assist and show solidarity to black, indigenous, and people of color communities? How can allies contribute to the national discussion without reproducing their historical function as a colonizer? What does colonization and anti-oppression even mean in a modern context? Further, what can the festival community, and Lucidity specifically, do to become accessible to diverse participation and to broaden the circle of inclusion?

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