The Dream-Over

    Special Event
    Saturday July 21, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

    Price: $108.00
    Member Price: $108.00

    Photo Credit: AP Photo

    Saturday, July 21, 2012
    8 p.m. until 9 a.m. the next morning

    Single Ticket (1 person) $108 | 

    Couples Ticket (2 people together) $216 | 

    This program is now sold out.  This is presented as part of the Art and Psyche in the City Conference. There may be limited places available for fully registered participants.

    For more information about upcoming Dream-overs or other Rubin public programs please email us at

    Make the Rubin Museum the place of your dreams. Come in your bedsocks and pajamas and sleep over at the Rubin Museum beneath a work of art selected just for you. Dream under the compassionate and wakeful gaze of a hundred buddhas.

    • Art meditation workshop

    • Tibetan Dream Yoga discussion

    • Himalayan bedtime stories

    • Lullabies

    • Dream analysis

    • Midnight snack & light Tibetan breakfast

    "I have never felt so intimate with a piece of art in my life." – Dreamer


    Under the guidance of Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak

    Wangdak Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak was sent to the West by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the head of one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Sakya School. as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from In 1989 Lama Pema founded the Palden Sakya Centers which offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. In New York his Pema Ts’al School provides a traditional Buddhist education of monastic training and study, in the format of Western university teaching. Lama Pema also created a Tibetan Braille. Lama Pema was the first Tibetan ever to have received the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” award by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations in May, 2009 for his humanitarian work around the world.


    About the Dream-Over

    The Basics:

    The Dream-Over begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. the following morning. All dreamers must arrive for registration no later than 8:15 p.m. or they may not be admitted. Dreamers are expected to stay at the museum for the entire event, leaving no earlier than 9:00 a.m.

    • The Dream-Over takes place throughout the museum, with dreamers bedding down in the galleries under a piece of art chosen specifically for them.

    • Dreamers must bring their own bedding.

    Single vs. Couples Ticket: When purchasing admission, dreamers will choose between a Single Ticket (for one person) and a Couples Ticket (for two people). Couples Ticket-holders will sleep and dream together under the same work of art and each pay the same price as a Single Ticket.  Please note that friends purchasing Single Tickets will be assigned separate sleeping spots that may not be near each other.

    • Please be aware that there will be videography and photography documentation of the Dream-Over.

    • To help us create an environment of safety, comfort and inspiration, please do not bring any alcohol or drugs into the museum. There is no smoking throughout the Dream-Over, and outside access is not permitted.

    • All dreamers must be age 18 or older.

    • Dreamlife Questionnaires (along with a release form and an emergency contact form) will be made available to ticket holders via email. Dreamers must return their forms as soon as possible, and no later than noon on Friday June 22.

    IMPORTANT: Registration is final only after all forms have been completed and turned in on time. Participants who do not turn in their forms by the deadline forfeit their ticket and will not be admitted. Participants will receive their forms and instructions after they purchase their ticket.

    dreamersPhoto Credit: AP Photo

    Dreaming Amongst the Art:

    • Each dreamer will be assigned a specific piece of art under which to sleep and dream. All dreamers must answer a Dreamlife Questionnaire which will inform the choice of artwork. Dreamers will learn upon arrival at the Dream-Over what artwork has been selected for them.


    What to bring:

    • Please arrive dressed in your pajamas, robe, and slippers.

    • You must bring your own bedding. Comfy bedding such as duvets, quilts, favorite pillows, thermarests, yoga mats, and blow-up mattresses (with pumps) are recommended for optimum comfort. Tents are not allowed.

    • A flashlight.

    • Toiletries. While restrooms are available, showers are not.

    • It is highly recommended that you bring earplugs and sleeping masks. The galleries will be dimly lit.

    • Please eat dinner before you arrive and do not bring any food or drink into the museum. A midnight snack will be served, as well as a light Tibetan breakfast. Water fountains are available throughout the museum, but food and drink of all kinds are prohibited in the galleries.

    Dream Interpreters & Dream-Gathering:

    • As dreamers wake, they will be approached by Dream Interpreters early in the morning and asked to verbalize their dreams while in a state between sleeping and waking.

    • Let us gather your dreams. Willing dreamers will be videotaped by Dream-Gatherers as they recite their dreams.


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