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Wanda Burch, Active Staff Leader and VP on the Board of Directors

leads the Dream Workshop. She is a 22 year breast cancer survivor who discovered a healing ally in her own vivid dreams. Wanda believes that in dreaming we receive powerful metaphors and imagery which can be used  to enforce healing, provide visual imagery, and empower the mind, spirit, and body.  

Wanda Burch (hamlet of Glen, Montgomery County, NY) [MA, SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program] is a historian and writer whose published works include: She Who Dreams. A Journey into Healing through Dreamwork (New World Library, 2003); The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs [McFarland Publishers, 2016]; and Dreaming of Home, an 8-page liner-note booklet showcasing dreams of soldiers in the American Civil War, which accompanies a music CD by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, “Come Dearest the Daylight is Gone” (2015). Articles include New York History [“Sir William Johnson’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” July 1990; “A Little World Formed at His Hand, 2009], Dublin Seminars [Medicine and Healing in the 18th Century, “Sir William Johnson & 18th Century Medicine in the NY Colony,” 1990]; contributor to Celebrating Johnstown: A Community Looks Back on 250 Years, edited by Bill Ackerbauer; and articles on dreams and imagery in various women’s and self-help magazines.  

Wanda is the retired site manager of an 18th century house museum, Johnson Hall, in Johnstown, NY, and currently serves on the boards of history organizations and on the Town of Glen Planning board. Wanda was the recipient of the Commendation of Merit award [individual lifetime achievement], Upstate History Alliance, 2010; and the NYS Parks and Recreation Huttleston Award for outstanding achievement, 2010.

She is a presenter/member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, trained in dream facilitation. She is a long term breast cancer survivor and advocate, a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s LEAD, a science-based institute and listed on the national Speaker’s Bureau for the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is an advocate research grant proposal peer reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense; and is a staff member for Creative Healing Connections’ Adirondack arts retreats for women surviving chronic illness and for women who have served in the military.  Wanda Burch and singer/songwriter John Kenosian offer programs on Healing the Spirit Through Dreams and Music and The Home Voices, Words and Music [original songs based on letters and memoirs of Civil War soldiers].

You can learn more about Wanda through her website




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