Kelly Lydick

Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Writing & Literature, with emphases in Psychology and Music, from Burlington College, and her Master’s degree in Writing & Consciousness from the New College of California. Her writing has been published in literary and commercial magazines in the United States and Canada, including Natural Awakenings, Yoga + Life, Guernica, Tarpaulin Sky, Drunken Boat, True Blue Spirit, and many more. She’s also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block, NPR’s the Word podcast, and iHeart radio. She is the author of Mastering the Dream. She’s also a contributing author to the anthologies Dreams That Change Our Lives; My Journal, My Journey; and Are You the Missing Piece?

Kelly is an exhibited and published photographer, award-winning classical pianist, and has 15 years of experience in traditional book publishing and education. She’s a co-founding editor of Immanence: The Journal of Applied Myth, Story, and Folklore and founder and owner of The Story Laboratory.

Kelly holds certifications as a Gateway Dreaming™ Coach and Life Coach. Kelly’s mentors with whom she’s worked include Rabbi Michael Shapiro, and Mary Bell, RN, and additional training in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Qi Gung. Kelly holds additional certifications as a Reiki Master, Meditation Facilitator, and in Music Therapy and Sound Healing, among others. Kelly has completed additional training and certifications through Allegra Learning Solutions, an accredited provider of continuing education for health care professionals, in Brain Health, Optimal Healing, Mindfulness, and others.

Kelly holds professional memberships with the International Association for the Study of Dreams, where she has presented her work on dream studies, and currently serves on the board of directors, and the Academy of American Poets.

In 2016, Kelly was honored with a Juno Award for women’s leadership from the internationally-renowned Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, NY, for her business Waking the Dream.

In 2017, she was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Program.

As owner of Waking the Dream, Kelly is passionate about working with
individuals, groups, and small businesses to provide consulting services that propel people toward their ultimate dreams.

Individual creative consulting and group workshops in personal development and creative development include modalities such as dream work, meditation, time and energy management, guided visualizations, and more.

A keen understanding of the energetics that move the creative spirit from the soul, through the heart, into the mind for conceptualization and creative execution and, finally, out to the public to be received, informs the services that are offered to support the creative process.

Clients include individuals, artists, published and aspiring authors, and those who wish to awaken to their dreams of creativity and greater self awareness.

Our mission at Waking the Dream is to inspire, educate, and transform.

We look forward to growing with you.


Additional Media
Listen to Kelly’s interview with Debbie Weisman on Dream Power Radio, an iHeart show.
Kelly has appeared on The Dream Journal podcast with host Katherine Bell.
Listen to Kelly’s radio segment on Speak Up Talk Radio. Click here to listen.
Watch an interview with Kelly on Inner Zension Radio.



Praise for Waking the Dream

Kelly Lydick was already one of the literary lights of my life – her book, Mastering the Dream, was inspirational and influential to me as a graduate student in creative writing, opening the door to experimental nonfiction and Jewish mysticism. So when I saw Kelly was offering a workshop on Gateway Dreaming, I grabbed the opportunity to learn from her. I had a dream practice already, that is, I wrote down my dreams first thing in the morning and worked with them as a basis for free writing and free associating, drawing from them heavily as important source of insight, creativity and personal growth. In her course, I was given a larger framework within to think about my dreams and techniques for deepening my dream practice. For example, I already kept a pen and notebook by my bed to write down my dreams in the morning but I had never thought to write down questions for my dreams at night before I had them and while Kelly well understood the approach to dreams developed in Western psychology, she also taught me about the approach to dreaming in Shamanic and mystical traditions I was totally unfamiliar with. As a teacher, Kelly is totally organized, responsible, responsive, pragmatic, present and delightfully open and broadminded. The Gateway Dreaming course I took with her was over the phone but it felt like I was in the same room with her and the other students because of the quality of teaching and the kind of connection it inspired with her and the other participants. If you are interested in learning about your dreams or developing an already existing dreaming practice, I can’t recommend Kelly’s workshop more highly. 

Nina S. New York, NY



I really enjoyed the Gateway Dreaming workshop and Kelly is not only very knowledgeable of techniques that help find the deeper meaning of a dream and how to apply what we learn to our waking life, she is also very intuitive. Her knowledge and intuitive helped me a lot with my own “gateway dreaming” journey!”

Donald M. Myrtle Beach, SC