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Dream Network Aoteroa New Zealand


4th Biennial Conference of Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ
Set in beautiful peaceful grounds, our programme includes seminars, workshops, discussions, small groups and another presentation by the inimitable Playback Theatre actors.
Margaret Bowater, MA, Senior Counsellor-Therapist
The Rising Science of Dreams
Jennifer McGarry, Reg Psychotherapist
Transition Dreams as Soul Guides
Hilary Lovelace, RN, Community Educator
Dreams and Visions of the Dying
Marian Hammond, Reg Psychotherapist
Psychodrama with Dreams
Lynette Papp, MA, MNZAC, Senior Counsellor
Dreamwork with Teenagers
Margaret Toland, RN, Senior Counsellor
Dreamwork using Havening Touch
Programme will include further seminars, workshops, group discussions, and a hilarious performance by Auckland Playback Theatre on Sat 7.30!
Accommodation: Single rooms, shared facilities; excellent meals; spacious grounds.
st francis retreat
When: POSTPONED TO MARCH 4-6, 2022
Theme: Science and Soul in Dreams.
Venue: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland
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Fees are as follows:
  • Full residential accommodation with all meals: $350.00 (or $320 unwaged). Save by paying the Earlybird fee of $320.00 (or $300 unwaged), before 31st July, 2021.
  • Full non-residential attendance with meals: $320.00 (or $300 unwaged). Earlybird fee $290.00 (or $270 unwaged.)


at St Luke’s Centre, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland
on the 3rd Monday of the month, 7.30-9.00 pm
These provide ongoing support and learning for all dreamers who have attended an Introductory Dream Workshop or equivalent; and a number of Open Meetings for interested enquirers.
If you are new to the group, please contact our Secretary, Margaret Bowater.

Greetings from Margaret Bowater, our Foundation President.

Welcome to the Website of the Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ Inc. Here you can find up-to-date information about the emerging discipline of Dream Studies, and a variety of articles, reports, news items and contacts relevant to Dreamwork in NZ.

Who are we?

We are a group of active dreamers, mainly from the health professions, who’ve been studying the range and power of dreams for several years, and want everyone to be aware of the potential value of their dreams.

What’s our base?

We are inspired by the growth of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and its publications. It provides a multi-disciplinary forum for exchange of theory and practice of dreamwork, ranging across all cultures, religions and levels of research. We also link with the parallel group in Australia.

What are we doing?

We in DNANZ offer small dream-sharing groups, seminars, a Certificate in Applied Dreamwork (100 hours), an on-line Newsletter 4 times a year, and other events by agreement, to promote awareness of the value of dreams.

This is just the beginning. Join us in the movement to grow dream awareness in NZ!

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Why Dreamwork?

Did you know that we all dream every night, all of our lives? That, in fact, we spend one-twelfth of our life-time in dream-sleep? Are you curious about what you could learn from your own dreams? Historically, dreams have made major contributions to healing, spirituality, psychology, science, invention, literature, music, all the creative arts – as well as direct individual feedback to you in your personal life … if you understand the metaphor-language of dreams.



Dreamwork Training Workshops
with Margaret Bowater
in 2021
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DREAMWORK 101: Introduction to Dreamwork
This practical seminar explains how, when and why we dream; the range of dream types, including visions, nightmares, paranormal dreams; and a step-by-step process of interpret-ation. A Manual is provided. Bring a dream to work with, and your own lunch on Saturday.

When: (9 hrs), 20-21 May 2021, Fri 6-8.30pm and Sat 9.30am-4pm. Bring your lunch.
Repeated: 20-21 August 2021
Where: Mercy Sisters’ House, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland
Cost: $120, manual included. Limit 12.
To register:  arrow-10email Margaret
DREAMWORK 102: Dreams of Grief and Healing (3 hrs, 9.30-12.30)
+202: Supervised skill-practice (3 hrs, 1-4pm)
Manual provided. At times of major loss and transition, powerful dreams and paranormal experiences may occur, often offering hope or encouragement.  Bring a dream to share, and your lunch.

When: Saturday 27 March 2021.
Repeated: 26 June & 25 September 2021
Where: Mercy Sisters’ House, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland.
Cost: $130, manual included. Limit 12.
To register:  arrow-10email Margaret
DREAMWORK 201: Resolving Nightmares and Disturbing dreams (3 hrs, 9.30-12.30)
+202: Supervised skill-practice (3 hrs, 1-4pm)
Such dreams are a call to “wake up” to a life-issue that needs attention and resolution, incl post-trauma dreams. Learn to overcome fear and create change. Manual provided.

When:  Saturday 1 May 2021  or  Saturday 6 November 2021
Where: Mercy Sisters’ House, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland
Cost:  Fee for day $90.
To register:  arrow-10email Margaret



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Our Mission

Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ Inc, has been set up to promote education in NZ about the power and relevance of dreams for purposes of insight, healing, problem-solving, creativity and potential guidance in personal, inter-personal and spiritual development. We aim to be inclusive of different faiths, cultures and varieties of dreamwork, while also encouraging research and scientific investigation of dreams; and we are committed to on-going learning ourselves.


Our Vision

Is to create a resource and support centre in New Zealand to provide

  • Basic information for members of the public who seek to explore their dreams;

  • Linkage and support for dreamwork practitioners, tutors and leaders of small dream groups around NZ; and web-links to sister organizations, eg in Australia and USA;

  • Notices of  courses and workshops being offered by Dreamwork leaders in NZ who are grounded in both the art and science of Dreamwork;

  • Profiles of professional practitioners who have done specialized training in Dreamwork (arrow-10see Dreamworkers' Profiles);

  • A free e-bulletin, at intervals each year, with news reports and summaries of research findings, etc. These will be derived from local presentations, and reliable sources, especially the International Association for the Study of Dreams, with which we are aligned. 


Our Ethical Stance

Is based on the IASD’s Abbreviated Ethical Statement: We acknowledge the value and importance of the study of dreams, and recognize the responsibility inherent in such study and its consequent applications. We encourage our members to exemplify the highest standards of ethical behaviour in whatever involvement they may have with dreams.

Members are encouraged:

  • to do their utmost to respect the rights and dignity of other persons;

  • to be honest, accurate and open-minded in the presentation of information and ideas;

  • to ensure privacy and confidentiality in dealing with clients, research subjects or members of the general public;

  • and to prevent and avoid any situation where a conflict of interest may compromise the capacity for making prudent and objective decisions and responses.


Dream Network EXECUTIVE

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After 5 years since launching, we have made several changes in our Executive responsibilities at the AGM on 10-5-19:

President: Louise Belcher, Manager, MNZAC, Dip Cg & F.Th, Dip Supvsn, Accred Mediator.
Vice-President: Jennifer McGarry, RN, Reg Psychotherapist, Dip Psychosynthesis, private practice.
Secretary: Margaret Bowater, MA, TSTA, MNZAP, MNZAC, Author, Counsellor.
Treasurer: Eric Bowater, B.Sc, retired teacher.
Beverley Rosevear-Kaho, BA, DAPAANZ, Cert D/A Cg, Cert CBT, in private practice.
Margaret Thorne, Dip Psychosynthesis, counsellor in private practice.
Caroline Bensinger, Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Fabric artist, retired counsellor, “aspiring human.”
Marie Brand, M.Sc, educator, tech apprentice, “novice retiree.”



healing the nightmare by margaret bowater
Margaret Bowater presents her new book HEALING THE NIGHTMARE, FREEING THE SOUL, with a Foreword by Dr S. Benson, immediate Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and a commendation by Prof Keith Tudor of AUT. Contents include how to work with adults and children, post-trauma nightmares, physical and mental illness, anxiety, sexual abuse, stress, spiritual crisis, psychic warnings, grief, fear of death; with 80 processed examples, and 24 attractive drawings by Clare Caldwell.
Sale price $40, plus $5 posted.
Order your copy direct from
Margaret Bowater or from
book on grief and dreaming
Widows' Grief Dream Journey is a book written by two women who find themselves with a lot in common - both are counsellors, both are interested in working with dreams, and both have had the recent experience of the loss of long term partners. We also regularly collect our dreams and when we put our dreams of the past three years together we found they showed many similarities. There seem to be clear stages of healing, from dreams that predict a major life change (and were ignored by both of us) to dreams that show new directions after gradual acceptance and healing. The dreams are told in simple form with our understanding of the significance of each one, and there are many drawings and images that illustrate both the dreams and the impact of our loss. We hope this book will support others in healing from grief.

It is self-published and available at cost for $25.00.
If interested please contact Bev on 027 345 4738 or Lynette on 021 0254 9920

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Being with Asperger’s was inspired by Walter’s long-term partner, Lynette, and her discovery of a box of original cartoons, verses, and poetry in a wooden box in the attic. A tiny book entitled Walter’s Secret Diary was part of it. A quirky memoir, it takes the form of a posthumous conversation between Lynette with Walter, using what she calls bytes, interacting with images of Walter’s quirky, original cartoons and writing through which he processed his lifelong struggle with Asperger’s syndrome.
The book is available from Lynette for $30, or online through most distributors (Amazon, Fishpond etc).
Order a copy from Lynette with your address details




You and Your Dreams: some basic information.
By Margaret Bowater

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Post-Trauma Nightmares: a summary of recent research
By Margaret Bowater

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Dreaming During a Time of Crisis
By Margaret Bowater
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Margaret Bowater talks to Paul Henry about Dreams.

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1. Join Our Contact List

There is no fee to be listed on our Email Contact List You will receive Notices and free quarterly Newsletters. 
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2. Regular Member

To become a regular Member, the annual fee is $20.00, from 1st April to 31st March. This entitles you to have your name and contact listed on our website under a local region. 
Eligibility: You have attended an Introductory Dream Workshop; you accept the DNANZ Ethical Stance; and you are interested in dream-sharing and/or training groups.
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3. Professional Member

To become a Professional Member, the annual fee is $50. Committee approval entitles you to advertise your Dreamwork practice with a photo and profile on our website
Eligibility: You have gained Margaret Bowater’s Certificate in Applied Dreamwork, (100 hours) or you have done equivalent experiential training in Dreamwork and Imagery elsewhere; you are committed to the DNANZ Ethical Stance; and you are involved in a relevant profession.
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CONTACT the Dream Network

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For an appointment with a Dreamwork Practitioner:  Please use their individual contact details given in their Profiles  arrowsee Dreamworkers Profiles

To receive our free quarterly Dream Network Bulletin:  arrowsubscribe now

For all Membership enquiries: ie, to become a member or to advertise your profile as a dream counsellor  arrowemail the Membership Secretary

For The Dream Network Bulletin enquiries:  arrowemail the Bulletin Editor

For all general enquiries:  arrowemail the Dream Network

Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ Inc., M.Bowater
  Bert Sutcliffe Village, Aptmt C8
  2 Rangatira Rd, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626