January 26-28, 2018

This program is co-sponsored by Boston College,  Group Relations International and The Gordon Lawrence Foundation for Social Dreaming.

Join us January 26th through 28th 2018 for a comprehensive advanced training in the use of Social Dreaming in organizations and groups. This program will allow you to experience and explore the potential innovations offered in our dreams and realization of their impact in groups and organizations.

Social Dreaming (SD) was discovered and developed by W. Gordon Lawrence as a means to understand our dreams in relation to the communities, groups and organizations in which we live. SD moves us from interpreting the individual’s dream to using dreams as a window into our daily systems and interactions as a development tool for learning. SD has been used successfully for over 40 years in for profit and nonprofit organizations, academics, government, disparate groups and numerous other settings around the world. Whether for strategies, ideation, negotiation, understanding conflict, communications, consultancy, collective artistic endeavors, and so on, Social Dreaming has been instrumental in advancing our mutual understanding in the groups and organizations in which we live.


Friday, January 26th, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM:
    Social Dreaming Matrix 1
    Learning Module 1—The History of Social Dreaming
    Social Dreaming Matrix 2 (participant-run matrix)

Saturday, January 27th, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM:
    Social Dreaming Matrix 3 (participant-run matrix)
    Learning Module 2—SDM terminology
    Social Dreaming Matrix 4 (participant-run matrix)

Saturday, January 27th, 1:30 PM-5:30 PM:
    Social Dreaming Matrix 4 (participant-run matrix)
    Learning Module 3—hosting a matrix
    Social Dreaming Matrix 5 (participant run matrix)

Sunday, January 28th, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM:
    Social Dreaming Matrix 6 (participant run matrix)
    Learning Module 4—making meaning
   Social Dreaming Matrix 7

Program Overview

This weekend program is designed to familiarize and train individuals in the art of hosting a SD matrix. We will offer both theory and practice in SD and in taking the role of host in a matrix. Our objective is to provide participants the underpinning to further explore dreams in groups, incorporating SD into your own practice.

Participation will be limited to 20.

Participants will learn in a number of different modalities:

  1. Learning modules on Social Dreaming's:
    • History
    • Language
    • Host Role
    • Capacity to Make Meaning
  2. Co-hosting Matrices
  3. Host-led dialogues on our work together.

Your Hosts

Marc Maltz and Nicola Wreford-Howard

Evangeline Sarda, Administrator

Marc Maltz:  Marc has helped CEOs, Presidents, Boards and senior officers develop and transform their organizations, manage risk and improve productivity for over 30 years. His work in organizational and leadership development, change management and organizational resilience has enabled clients to gain critical personal insight to tackle difficult situations and achieve new levels of success. Marc has been involved with the exploration and advancement of Social Dreaming for over 30 years and is a founding Board member of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (GLF). He has used SD extensively in his work with clients in numerous settings. Marc is a partner of Triad Consulting Group LLC, a Principal of the Boswell Group LLC and a member of He is a Registered Organizational Development Professional, and a member of the A.K. Rice Institute (CSGSS) and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO). He is on the Board of Directors of the GLF, ISPSO and Patron Technologies. Marc has a M.B.A. and holds postgraduate certificates from MIT, the Wharton School and the William Alanson White Institute for Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

Nicola Wreford-Howard: As a psychologist, organizational consultant and executive coach, Nicola works alongside business transition processes, supporting her clients to explore and design transformation initiatives aligned with their values, dreams and purpose to enable authentic and sustainable action in the dynamic context of their roles and networks. In the past 25 years, Nicola has facilitated merger and acquisition integration initiatives, leadership and strategy incubators, innovation think tanks and Social Dreaming matrices for international corporations, NGOs and business schools in Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. Current roles include her co-creative consultancy, senior partner with Transformation Agility Group, and visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. She is a member and former Board member of The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, an associate of the Organization for Promoting Understanding in Society and a member of Families is Global Transition.




$425    General
$350    Students, GRI/BC Affiliation

To register please go to our registration site here. For further information please contact Evangeline Sarda,, 617-552-0836.

Again, participation will be limited to 20.


The training will be held at Boston College, Stuart Hall, 4th Floor, 885 Centre Street, Newton MA 02459. Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodations. A light breakfast and lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday.

This program is co-sponsored by Boston College,  Group Relations International and The Gordon Lawrence Foundation for Social Dreaming.

For administrative and logistics information

Evangeline Sarda
+1 617 552 0836

For training information

In the U.S.A:
Marc Maltz
+1 917 975 2074

In Europe:
Nicola Wreford-Howard             
+31 6 24313383