featured speakers

Anita Moorjani

Embracing the Gift of Life

General Session | Friday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

Join New York Times’ best-selling author Anita Moorjani, for a riveting course that will radically alter your current beliefs about yourself, your purpose on earth, your health, your relationships, and your life! In February of 2006, Anita was on her deathbed. Having suffered from cancer for several years, Moorjani was in a coma with malignant tumors throughout her body. Doctors told her husband and mother that she had only hours to live. After coming out of a 30-hour coma, Moorjani emerged from an out-of-body experience where she says she experienced the afterlife and gained a new understanding of our physical life. Medical records show that Anita was miraculously found cancer free within three weeks of her NDE. The lessons from her experience in the other realm were powerful: Love yourself unconditionally, live fearlessly, release your fears and be yourself. Surviving cancer and a NDE have shaped Anita’s life and work. She has since shared her story with audiences all around the world as a highly sought-after inspirational speaker. Anita will inspire you to transform your life by living more authentically, discovering your greatest passions, transcending your deepest fears, and living from a place of pure joy. You will feel energized as Anita explains such mind-bending concepts as timelessness, non-duality, and simultaneous realities, in such simplified terms that everyone will understand. You will experience many “aha” moments as she explains how by merely understanding and becoming aware of these concepts, and adopting an “inside out” view of the world, you can radically alter your reality instantly.

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Suzanne Giesemann

Adventures in Consciousness: To What End?

General Session | Saturday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

As eternal souls temporarily in physical form, many of us have experiences of connection with higher aspects of our selves at some point in our human lives. These experiences can be transformative on a personal level, with ramifications that extend beyond our immediate circle of friends and family members. Join Suzanne Giesemann, a former Navy Commander and aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now an evidence-based medium, for a look into why and how we can honor these extraordinary gifts of the spirit for the benefit of the greater good.

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Maggie Callanan


General Session | Sunday | Keynote Presentation | Live Stream

People in a sudden state of clinical compromise, marked by disruption of all signs of life, often report a remarkable experience known as NDE or Near Death Experience. These experiences are only shared after medical intervention or CPR brings the experiencer back to life. These are the messages of those who have died quickly and have returned to teach us what it is like. When people dying slowly of a terminal illness are approaching death, they too often have remarkable experiences, as well as an expanded awareness. This is called NDA or Nearing Death Awareness.These are the messages from those who are dying slowly. They teach us while they are dying because they can’t come back. Although the NDE and the NDA have many similar characteristics, there are profound differences. Understanding the differences and learning how to interact with the dying can help us identify and participate in the NDA while it is actually happening. This information is of vital importance for all critical care clinicians and for all – professional or lay persons who care for, or are close to someone who has had an NDE or to a dying person experiencing an NDA . Whether the dying is fast or slow. These are remarkable messages of peace, comfort and hope that can change our lives..

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Laurin Bellg

Near Death Experiences in the ICU

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

For twenty years, Dr. Laurin Bellg has worked with patients in the intensive care unit who have near-death and out-of-body experiences during sudden cardiac death and severe trauma. Many of those accounts have been documented in her book Near Death in the ICU: Stories From Patients Near Death And Why We Should Listen To Them.

These experiences are profoundly meaningful, yet when they are reported, they are frequently met with skepticism and dismissal by medical caregivers and family members. Dr. Bellg maintains that we don’t have to fully understand these events to honor the transformative role they often play in the lives of those who experience them. A thought leader in the area of working with patients who’ve had near-death experiences, Dr. Bellg has been a keynote speaker at many venues throughout the United States. Her presentations are popular for their strong story telling and thought-provoking message on the importance of honoring personal experience as a part of healing.

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Jeff Olsen

Exploring Spiritual Gifts in the Aftermath of an NDE

General Session | Friday | Plenary Presentation | Live Stream

Jeff Olsen transforms his own Near-Death Experience into keys to explore the extraordinary in day to day life. After a devastating auto accident crippled Olsen and took half of his family, Olsen draws from the answers provided in his own NDE to explore the gifts and profound miracles in everyday life. Olsen expounds on what we do here, now to literally bring heaven, and greater spirituality to this planet. Olsen takes his NDE to the next level by sharing what can be done in day to day life to create miracles and more joy in the lives of everyone, not just those have a Near-Death Experience.

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P.M.H. Atwater

Aftereffects: The Real Story

General Session | Saturday | Concurrent Presentation | Live Stream

Nobody talks about the real story of near-death aftereffects. When the experience is over, it isn’t over. Whether you felt angry to be back (you wanted to stay) or excited about telling everyone only love is real, the fact is: your body has changed. Your mind, emotions, and sense of the numinous are suddenly different. Experiencers have been known to walk out on their families; divorce rate within the first 10 years afterward is inordinately high. The question of whether or not you can integrate your NDE rests on how well you can handle the aftereffects.

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We have many workshops to choose from! Each 2-hour, 3-hour or 4-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!


Healthcare, Education, Research, Science Session
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Laurin Bellg, MD

Thursday afternoon program
Concurrent Presentations
5:45 - 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
General Session Friday morning
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations
Friday afternoon program
Concurrent Presentations
4:45 - 6:45 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!



General Session Saturday morning
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Suzanne Giesemann

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

Schedule as of 3/15/2016

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


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Explore The Extraordinary - 2017
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 8:00 AM -
Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 5:00 PM (MDT)

The Westin Westminster
(303) 410-5000
10600 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado 80020
United States


Registration will open in March 2017