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Awakening The Dreamer Symposium

The Awakening The Dreamer Symposium inspires and educates participants around the world
to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world.

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Attending a live Symposium is an opportunity to wake up to your unique role in transforming humanity's future while building a local community of like-minded friends to support you. Search for Symposiums on our map

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What is a Symposium?

Thought-provoking, challenging, and deeply moving, the Symposium is a dynamic multimedia presentation drawing on some of the most respected social and scientific experts of our time, interwoven with wisdom and inspiration from our indigenous partners.

With informative videos and guided personal reflection exercises, the Symposium experience reaches deeply into both the heart and mind.


"I can't tell you how empowering the symposium was for me... The Symposium did exactly what it aims to do: it woke me up! The realization (and reality) that I can still make a valuable contribution have birthed incredible vitality in many dimension of my being, not the least of which is HOPE. It is hope as a dimension of soul; hope committed to actions." - Bianca Powell, Ashland Oregon

"The most amazing thing about the symposium was not the information I gathered about where we are as a society in the world, it was how it all made me feel. Fear, panic, guilt, desperation, helplessness, anger, passion, and love - all these in the space of only a few hours and all felt about the same thing- humanity. Overwhelming. But what was I left with? The understanding that we are, every one of us, connected to each other." - Tara lisa Persaud, Barabados

How the Symposium Works

Many of the Symposium's video segments are educational and informative, providing insight into how our modern worldview and economic and political systems are preventing us from creating the world in which we want to live.

However, knowledge should empower us, and never leave us in frustration or despair. Group interaction exercises and guided personal reflection give participants the tools to move past anxiety or anguish to a place of empowerment.

Throughout your Symposium experience you will:

  • Try on a new way of looking at the world.
  • Begin to appreciate the extraordinary possibilities emerging at this time in history.
  • Investigate the critical role you can play in turning things around.

Inspired Beginnings in the Amazon

To truly ensure that they retain their rightful custodianship of their rainforest lands, our founding indigenous partners, the Achuar, requested that we work to shift the so-called "modern" worldview that places short-term economic gain over the long-term interests of people and planet.

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium became the first of our transformative learning workshops designed to answer that request.

A Global Community Taking a Stand Together

Each of us wants to live a fulfilling life and to have a positive impact on our families and communities. Since 2005, the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium has helped tens of thousands of people do just that.

Today, more than 3,500 volunteers have delivered the Symposium in over 70 countries and in at least 13 languages. They are a passionate and growing community of people taking a stand for a just, thriving and sustainable world now.

Our Invitation to You

Our human and environmental crises are urgent, and we need each other's support to shift the way we look at and live in the world on a mass scale. Join us in creating a new way forward for the entire human family.

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Connect With Your Community

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is an interactive, multimedia experience that moves participants out of despair and frustration and into an optimism grounded in action.

Whether a large or small event, sharing the Symposium live with a group of like-minded individuals from your community builds relationships and deepens your understanding of Symposium material.

A Guided Experience

Guiding you through every live event will be one or more volunteer Facilitators from our growing global network.

Symposium Facilitators are working professionals, retirees, college students, and community organizers. They come from a variety of moral traditions and hold a diversity of political beliefs.

What they have in common is their concern for the wellbeing of humanity, and the belief that the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium empowers participants to take part in turning the tide for the future.

What Else to Expect

The Symposium is designed as a four-hour experience, though Facilitators often lengthen or shorten the Symposium to reach their audience most powerfully.

The cost of each Symposium is kept as low as possible; however, you may be asked for a suggested donation, which typically covers the costs of refreshments or other materials provided for participants.

Find a Live Event

On the events map, you'll find live Symposiums in your area, with all event details listed including date, time, location, cost and contact information.

You are asked only to come to your Symposium with an open mind and a willingness to bring a fresh perspective to the way you see the world.

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The Symposium Experience on DVD

The Symposium DVD now makes the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium more accessible than ever. You can play the DVD like a feature film, anywhere in the world, without a trained Facilitator at the front of the room to deliver the Symposium. The DVD is a filmed live symposium run by two expert Facilitators, with Lynne Twist as the host, offering guidance for the interactive exercises at different intervals through-out.

More about Gaiam

The digital Symposium experience was created through a partnership between The Pachamama Alliance and Gaiam, Inc.

Sharing a commitment to support positive transformation in individuals and communities, Gaiam offers inspirational media and solutions for healthy living, environmental wellness and renewal of spirit.

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Perfect for viewing on your own, or with a group of friends in your home or community center; it makes a wonderful gift to send to friends and family who would enjoy and benefit from the Symposium message. Just press play and run a Symposium in your living room!

Stream the Symposium DVD Online

Experience the Symposium's deeply personal moments of reflection and realization in the privacy of your own home by taking advantage of this instant online access through Gaiam TV. You now have instant access to the DVD version of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium anywhere you have an Internet connection. Sign up for a free trial, or join Gaiam TV for continued access to the Symposium.

Bulk Orders of the Symposium DVD

Order a case of 30 or more Awakening the Dreamer DVD's at 50% of the regular price, only $7.50 per DVD. To submit a bulk order:

  • Download and complete the order form in Excel or PDF
  • Send the form to Gaiam via fax (+1 303-265-9099) or email gaiamtrade@gaiam.com
  • Each case contains 30 discs, and the minimum order is 1 case.
  • Shipping is $8.00 per case, to any U.S. address. For orders outside the U.S., additional shipping costs will apply
  • Please note that bulk orders are non-refundable.

Join Us in San Francisco

There are opportunities to join in person as a guest, a Table Captain, or a volunteer. Learn more »

We've also put together a series of special events for you in the days following the Luncheon.

Join the Live Stream

We're excited to offer our 2013 Annual Luncheon streamed live to our community around the world. RSVP below and we'll send you a couple reminders as November 14th approaches.