Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original method of dreamwork and healing through the imagination. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and a lively online dream school. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar. His seven books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three "Only" Things, The Secret History of Dreaming and Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death. His website is mossdreams.com.
Moss describes himself as “a dream teacher, on a path for which there has been no career track in our culture.” He identifies the great watershed in his adult life as a sequence of visionary events that unfolded in 1987-1988, after he decided to leave the world of big cities and the fast-track life of a popular novelist (already the author of four New York Times bestsellers) and put down roots on a farm in the upper Hudson Valley of New York. Moss started dreaming in a language he did not know that proved to be an archaic form of the Mohawk language. Helped by native speakers to interpret his dreams, Moss came to believe that they had put him in touch with an ancient healer – a arendiwanen or “woman of power” – and that they were calling him to a different life.
Out of these experiences he wrote a series of historical novels and developed the practice he calls Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of contemporary dreamwork and shamanic methods of journeying and healing. A central premise of Moss's approach is that dreaming isn't just what happens during sleep; dreaming is waking up to sources of guidance, healing and creativity beyond the reach of the everyday mind.
He introduced his method to an international audience as an invited presenter at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams at the University of Leiden in 1994.
Over the past 15 years, he has led seminars at the Esalen Institute, Kripalu, the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, Bastyr University, John F. Kennedy University, Meriter Hospital, and many other centers and institutions. He has taught depth workshops in Active Dreaming in the UK, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Lithuania, Romania and Austria and leads a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. He leads popular online dreamwork courses at www.spirituality-health.com, writes the "Dream Life" column for Spirituality & Health magazine, and hosts the "Way of the Dreamer" radio show at www.healthylife.net.
He has appeared on many TV and radio shows, ranging from “Charlie Rose” and the Today show to “Coast to Coast”, and including the Diane Rehm show on NPR, Michael Krasny’s "Forum" on KQED San Francisco, the Faith Middleton show on Connecticut Public Radio and CBC's “Tapestry” program. His articles on dreaming have been published in media ranging from Parade to Shaman’s Drum and beliefnet.com
Moss was a keynote speaker at the IASD world conference in Chicago in June 2009, where he received a standing ovation. He was keynote presenter at the East Coast conference of the Institute of Transpersonal Studies in October 2009 and will keynote the A.R.E.’s Easter conference in 2010. His books have been published in more than 20 foreign languages. His lively blog is at www.mossdreams.blogspot.com