The Healing Power of Dreams - Tallulah Lyons and Wendy Pannier

As a practicing surgeon, I explored the active role of the mind in illness and was astonished at the amount of information available via dreams. ~ Bernie S. Siegel, MD

Facilitator Bios

Tallulah LyonsTallulah Lyons, M.Ed., is the co-founder with Wendy Pannier of the Healing Power of Dreams Project for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD).

She has facilitated an ongoing dream group at the Wellness Community (now Cancer Support Community) in Atlanta  since 1999. She is also on the staff of Cancer Wellness Center at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital. She is certified in dream work through the Haden Institute. Tallulah has written numerous articles about dreaming and dream work, and is the author of Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path and newly published, Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis.  

Tallulah is a member of the summer faculty for the Haden Institute summer dream conference. She presented papers or workshops at the IASD annual conferences with Wendy Pannier from 2005-2009, and a workshop, Dream Medicine, with Rachel Norment in 2010.


Wendy PannierWendy Pannier has been conducting workshops and groups with cancer patients and their loved ones for more than 15 years.  A past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) 2005-2006, she has served on the Board’s Executive Committee for more than a decade in various capacities.  Her work with Montague Ullman, M.D. over more than 20 years shaped her understanding of dream appreciation and the power of group dream work.  She has also studied a variety of other dream work modalities for the last 15 years.  Wendy conducted dream workshops and groups at The Wellness Communities (now Cancer Support Communities) throughout the mid-Atlantic region from 1995-2010 and is now working with the organization's communities in the Midwest.  She has given workshops all over the world and is also a frequent workshop leader and speaker with Tallulah Lyons on their work with cancer patients at IASD’s international conferences.

Zoe NewmanZoe Newman
, LMFT, M.A. Clinical Psychology and M.A. Transpersonal Counseling, is a psychotherapist in Berkeley, CA, where she has been leading dream groups for the last 16 years.  She is also a certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie.

In her work with individuals and groups, she draws on dreams and waking dreams as part of the healing journey.

She has presented at several IASD conferences, published in Psychological Perspectives and other journals, and has written a book on using dream work approaches as a healing resource for waking life challenges-- Lucid Waking: Using Dreamwork Principles to Transform Everyday


Rachel NormentRachel Norment, M.A. in Art Education, is certified as a Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work in California. She has facilitated ongoing dream groups since 1995.  

Rachel is the author of newly published Dream Explorations: A Journey in Self-Knowledge and Self-Realization.  A breast cancer survivor, Rachel in her first book Guided by Dreams: Breast Cancer, Dreams, and Transformation described how knowledge gained through dream interpretation guided many of her decisions during treatment and recovery. Both books illustrate different approaches to working with one’s dreams.

A professional watercolorist and teacher, she combines her passion for dreams with art through various processes for creating personal dream mandalas. Rachel has co-facilitated workshops on dream mandalas with Tallulah Lyons at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the Haden Institute.

Additional information about her work can be found on her web site:

She resides in Greensboro, NC.



Jeanne Van BronkhorstJeanne Van Bronkhorst, MA, MSW, is the author of Premonitions in Daily Life: Working with Spontaneous Information When Rational Understanding Fails You (Llewellyn Publications 2013).

She has been an avid dreamer most of her life and is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She holds graduate degrees in psychology and social work, and has worked in medicine helping people with end-of-life concerns for the past twenty years, often using dreams as a way to engage and connect with her clients. She continues to volunteer with hospice agencies in Toronto while she writes her new book about how dreams help us at the end of life. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

She can be reached through her website: 



Lisa WoodsLisa Woods, RN, MS, MA has been a nurse for 25 years in the acute care setting working primarily with neonates, children, and women. The majority of her career has been as a staff nurse in a level III neonatal intensive care unit. She has taught at the Santa Rosa Junior College part time since 2000, and has been a hypnotherapist in private practice for 6 years. Lisa has been involved with dream work for 7 years, and after becoming a member of IASD, she started working with dream groups.

"My deepest desire is to see dream work expand into our health care system and to introduce nurses into the richness of this experience. I began deepening my knowledge at the graduate level last year in the internationally respected Depth Psychology program at Sonoma State University. My interests include dreams, nature/wilderness, mythology, shamanism, archeology, ancient history, story telling, painting/collage, felt sense/mindfulness, trauma, PTSD, and compassion fatigue amongst nurses. I am currently exploring possible topics for my thesis research project."



Laura HilemanDr. Christopher Sowton, N.D. has been a practicing homeopath and naturopath since he graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988. His practice in Toronto is a blend of classical homeopathy and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on dreamwork and depth psychology. Since 2003 Christopher has been focusing on training health care practitioners to integrate dreamwork into their practices. He has a developed a course called the Dreamreading Method which can be used by practitioners facilitating their clients, and also by non-practitioners who are trying to get more out of their own personal dreams. He has recently published a book—The Dreamworking Manual—A Guide for Using Dreams in Health Care. For more information on all aspects of his work see



Laura Huff Hileman M.A., M.S., is a Dream Consultant who has facilitated dream groups, taught dreamwork, and written about dreams since 1999. Certified as both a Dream Facilitator and a Spiritual Director from The Haden Institute, Laura integrates her interests in spirituality, healing, and poetry into her dreamwork. Her recent IASD presentation, based on Tallulah Lyons’ work, was a study supporting the benefits of dream appreciation through guided imagery as an integrative healing practice for cancer patients. Laura meets with groups and individual clients, and her new project is integrating dreamwork into various Nashville programs.

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