featured speakers

Eben Alexander

Thriving in the Heart of Consciousness

General Session | Thursday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a week-long coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but Dr. Alexander miraculously survived – and brought back with him an astounding story (told in his best-seller Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife). During seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned completely violated everything he ever knew about brain, mind and consciousness, and drove him to question some of the most fundamental assumptions of conventional science, leading to a complete flip from his former worldview.

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Bruce Greyson

Why Near-Death Experiences Matter: Changed Lives and Chopped Liver

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Friday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

A rich literature has developed about NDEs, focusing on their frequency, common features, possible physiological and psychological causes, and common aftereffects. This information has been greeted by the public, to a large extent, as comforting entertainment, and it has been dismissed by scientists, to a large extent, as meaningless tricks of the brain. Are NDEs more than that? Are they important enough to demand the serious attention of both scientists and the public? I argue that NDEs are far more than entertainment or brain tricks, but in fact are critically important to experiencers, to scientists, and to the public at large. I will outline why NDEs matter to experiencers, why they matter for our scientific view of the relationship between mind and brain and for scientific ideas of survival of consciousness after death, why they matter for how we provide medical care, and finally why they matter for how we all lead our lives and view our role in the universe.

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Mary Neal

Joy Born out of Heaven's Lessons

General Session | Saturday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

I have spoken to the IANDS group in the past regarding my 1999 NDE after drowning while kayaking in South America. In the past, I have focused primarily on the story-telling aspect of my experience and less on the lessons contained within the experience. I have discovered that what I learned not only that changed my own life, but these lessons have the ability to change the daily life of others. In sharing these lessons with other people, I hope to show that the joy-filled life that was borne of my transformational NDEs is available to all people, not just those who have had a spiritually profound experience.

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Pim van Lommel

Nonlocal Consciousness and Its Transformational Aftereffects

General Session | Sunday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

According to our current medical concepts, it is not possible to experience consciousness during a cardiac arrest, when circulation and breathing have ceased. But during the period of unconsciousness due to a life-threatening crisis like cardiac arrest patients may report the paradoxical occurrence of enhanced consciousness experienced in a dimension without our conventional concept of time and space, with cognitive functions, with emotions, with self-identity, with memories from early childhood and sometimes with (non-sensory) perception out and above their lifeless body. Since the publication of these prospective studies on NDE in survivors of cardiac arrest, with strikingly similar results and conclusions, the phenomenon of the NDE can no longer be scientifically ignored. It is an authentic experience which cannot be simply reduced to imagination, fear of death, hallucination, psychosis, the use of drugs, or oxygen deficiency, and people appear to be permanently changed by an NDE during a cardiac arrest of only some minutes duration. According to these studies, the current materialistic view of the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers and psychologists is too restricted for a proper understanding of this phenomenon.

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Mark Anthony

May the Force Be With You: Near-Death Experiences and Interdimensional Communication

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Speaker | Live Stream

Many respected people in ancient and modern times have reported a Near Death Experience (NDE) and receiving communication from spirits. Some of these luminaries include: Plato, Apostle Paul, Mozart, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and George Lucas. In fact, “The Force”, a concept developed by George Lucas for the Star Wars films was influenced by his NDE. “The Force” is not Hocus Pocus, but rather another way of explaining Quantum Physics which is the basis for understanding the afterlife and the reality of Near Death Experiences. Mark Anthony will demonstrate how Near Death Experiences, Life After Death and Interdimensional Communication (Contact with Spirits) is based on sound scientific principles, quantum physics and human physiology. He will demonstrate how these Spiritually Transformative Experiences can not only help people lose their fear of death but how they also expand one’s consciousness to an elevated state of being.

This entertaining, educational and uplifting presentation by Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® author of the best-selling books Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go is for anyone who has wondered if there truly is life beyond physical death. Mark’s spellbinding speaking style, humor and knowledge combined with colorful visual aids will take the audience on a mystical yet logical journey into the Science of the Afterlife.

This event is for all people of all faiths and anyone interested in learning more about “what happens when we die” or in the case of NDErs, “what happens when we almost die!”

Visit his web site        Visit his YouTube channel

Jeffery Olsen & Jeff O’Driscoll

Doctor-Patient Near-Death & Shared Death Experiences; The Gifts and Aftermath

General Session | Thursday | Special Evening Presentation | Live Stream

When Jeffery Olsen had his horrific automobile accident, experiencing his own NDE, his Level One Trauma Physician also had an amazing Shared-Death Experience while overseeing Olsen’s care. Best selling author and international speaker Jeffery Olsen is now joined with Dr. Jeff O’Driscoll, MD as they share their perspectives from both the doctor and patient experiences surrounding the incredible gifts manifested out of the Near-Death, Shared-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences. Dr. O’Driscoll experienced communications from Olsen’s deceased wife, who was killed instantly at the scene of their traumatic accident, while Olsen was having a near-death experience of his own and is now willing to share publicly as well.

Visit Jeff Olsen’s website   Visit Jeff O’Dricsoll’s website


We have many workshops to choose from! Each 2-hour workshop allows you to explore a topic in more depth with an expert, sometimes with direct participation and experiential learning! The workshops are priced separately from the conference registration. Full List of Workshops.


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lunch with speakers

Spend an hour and a half with your favorite speakers, enjoying enlightening conversation and excellent food! Check out when the speakers you are most interested in are scheduled and sign up early — only nine lucky attendees can join in.

healing sessions

Healing sessions are available each day, by qualified energy healers, using Reiki and other modalities. You can purchase multiple 20-minute healing sessions and schedule them on any of the conference days.


We will have a Thursday night Meet & Greet gathering where you can meet new conference goers and greet your friends from prior conferences. On Saturday evening, we will have a Social Time to share conversation, light snacks and a cash bar. This year, we are planning special entertainment like Tony Redhouse, shown here in Scottsdale in 2012.


On Friday evening we will have our traditional Fund Raising Banquet, featuring an elegant plated dinner. A keynote speaker will give a short presentation — all to help raise needed funds for IANDS’ mission!

book signings

At selected times during the conference, the authors will be present for Book Signings, where you can chat with your favorite author and have your book signed.

sharing & discussions

A number of informal discussion groups will be held during the conference on topics such as the aftereffects of NDEs and distressing NDEs. The discussions will be led by people who are expert in the subject area and are open to all attendees. The times and topics for these informal sessions will be included in the detailed schedule at the conference.


During the breaks and over lunch, be sure to visit our Bookstore, stocked with new books, books by our speakers, the classics of NDE literature and many related topics. Also many gift items!

group leaders

The Group Leaders’ Seminar is a special program on Wednesday afternoon for IANDS NDE Group Leaders and those interested in becoming a Group Leader. Our Group Leaders are a special set of people who run the IANDS NDE Support Groups in various cities in the U.S. and across the globe. If you think you might be interested in starting an NDE Support Group, check this out!


Thursday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Eben Alexander, MD

Thursday afternoon program
Plenary and Concurrent Presentations
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Meet & Greet Social Hour
Open to all attendees

Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar

7:30 - 9:00 PM
Special Presentation
Open to all attendees
Friday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations
Friday afternoon program
Concurrent Presentations
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Friday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Fund Raising Banquet
Optional—help contribute to IANDS’ mission!

Enjoy an elegant dinner, fascinating conversation, and a short talk by one of our keynote speakers!

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Documentary movies
Optional—enjoy great documentaries about NDEs! Free!


Saturday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations
Saturday afternoon program
Concurrent Presentations
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Saturday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
8:00 - 10:30 PM
Social Time
Open to all attendees—Light snacks, cash bar
Sunday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Sunday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately

Schedule as of 4/11/2018

The times, speakers and topics listed here are subject to change.


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Explore The Extraordinary - 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:00 AM -
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 5:00 PM (PDT)

Hilton Bellevue
(425) 455-1300
Toll-Free: (800) 445-8667
300 112th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
United States