featured speakers


Bruce Greyson MD

Expanding the Science of Consciousness by Expanding the Consciousness of Scientists

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

There is a rich literature on the neuroscience of consciousness that focuses on biological mechanisms of wakefulness and awareness of the physical environment. However, that literature totally ignores and in fact, rejects the existence of a higher consciousness. Some scientists argue that, even if a spiritual realm existed, it could not be addressed by science. But the past century has seen a gradual recognition that science and spirituality are compatible and that only a marriage of the two can provide an accurate description of reality. I argue that the science of consciousness can be elevated only when the consciousness of the scientists themselves has been elevated.

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Suzanne Giesemann

Magnificent You!

General Session | Friday | Keynote Presentation

Come along with Suzanne Giesemann and a multi-dimensional cast of characters for a mind-expanding examination of what is possible when you step outside the box. You’ll want to buckle your seat belt as Suzanne weaves a wondrous web of “No Other Explanation” stories, revealing the true nature of reality and how you fit into the Big Picture. Are you living up to your full potential? Learn the keys to finding peace, love, and happiness, departing this powerful presentation with your full Magnificence shining!

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Rev. Bill McDonald

A Rainbow of Revolutionary Transformative Experiences

General Session | Saturday | Keynote Presentation

Rev. Bill McDonald will explore the mystical world of NDEs, Near-Death-Like Experiences, STEs, Angels, Gurus, Mystical Beings and Supernatural Experiences that cannot be explained. He will also talk about how the power of love can expand our consciousness. He will use personal stories from his own diversity of otherworldly and mystical experiences. Talking about a childhood NDE, hearing a choir of angels singing, miracles in the midst of combat in The Vietnam War, and supernatural experiences in India including an NDE after falling off a 30-foot cliff in the Himalayan Mountains. He will also talk about his Naadi Palm Reading and how that related to his Near-Death-Like experience when his heart was purposely stopped, and he was put on a heart-lung machine for heart surgery. He will also talk about the avatar, Babaji whom he met in this otherworldly experiences. He will discuss how being a combat veteran along with his NDEs and STEs have transformed his life into one of total service. He speaks from the heart and goes where he is lead in his talks. He is never fully sure of what he will say at any presentation, as it tries to allow the universe to guide and direct him and give him the words and stories that those in attendance need to hear. His talks are not tales about what others have done or quotes from books – these are his one-of-a-kind life experiences and he shares them around the world and on YouTube where he has almost a million views on his videos. Rev. Bill McDonald was a Huey helicopter crew-chief/door-gunner in Vietnam. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, 14 Air Medals, The Purple Heart Medal and other medals and ribbons. He had many STEs while in combat, as well as before and after the war including NDE-like experiences which he writes about in his books. He has been associated with around a dozen films, TV shows and videos including a PBS TV special called “The Art of Healing” and on the History Channel with the documentary “In the Shadow of the Blade”. He has authored several books that deal with his 3 NDE-like events and his many STEs.

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Nancy Rynes

Evolution as the Next Revolution

General Session | Sunday | Keynote Presentation

Few argue that humanity is on the cusp of great changes, just as the American Colonies were in 1776. While revolution helped to create this incredible nation, the changes it brought didn’t embrace all who dwelled here. And those revolutionary changes also came with a heavy price. In this keynote presentation, Nancy Rynes makes parallels between historic revolutions, such as the one that began here in Philadelphia, and where humanity stands at the present moment. More importantly, she details how near-death experiencers, and the wisdom they bring back from the afterlife, can usher in the next Evolution of humanity rather than a revolution. A humanity that is more expansive, compassionate, connected, light-filled, and creative than we have ever seen before.

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Eben Alexander MD

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Humankind

General Session | Saturday | Plenary Presentation

Scientific research is finally catching up with what many know with certainty from firsthand personal experience. Acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (the first time in recorded history that humans had ever stepped on another heavenly body), Dr. Alexander will discuss the parallels in our current era. Just as Armstrong’s first step represented a monumental step forward for all of humanity, likewise, near-death experiences are the tip of the spear in shifting the entire world’s view of itself. 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 a 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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Mark Anthony

Rulers, Royals, Psychics and Spirits: The Revolutionary Influence of Interdimensional Communication throughout the Ages

General Session | Sunday | Speaker

During a Near Death Experience (NDE) a person’s consciousness leaves not only their body but also the material world dimension and aligns with the dimension of a higher frequency referred to as The Other Side. People capable of Interdimensional Communication have been highly valued for their mystical insights. They’ve also been feared and throughout the ages most NDErs and psychics have been forced to conceal their gifts lest they be ostracized, persecuted or worse—put to death. There is no place to bring NDErs and psychics out of the shadows of fear and into the Light of understanding than in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States of America. From Ancient Egypt to the modern America, political leaders including one-third of U.S. Presidents, have publicly denied contact with the spirit world when secretly they’ve sought the advice and counsel of psychically gifted people. Some of these leaders even had Near Death Experiences and astonishing supernatural experiences, which were not always well received by the press and public.

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Paul Aurand, MHt, Atilio Costa Vitali, M.D., & Pedro Zuzarte, M.D.

Hypnotic Recall of Near Death Experiences: Impact on Quality of Life (A Pilot Study)

Healthcare-Educ-Research-Science | Friday | Plenary Presentation

New York Master Hypnotherapist, Paul Aurand, M.S., Canadian Cardiologist, Atilio Costa Vitali, M.D. and Lisbon Psychiatrist, Pedro Zuzarte, M.D. will present the findings from our pilot study of hypnotic regressions for twenty, resuscitated sudden cardiac arrest (RSCA) patients who reported having NDE. Our presentation will include discussion of our findings as well as video of hypnotic NDE regression and pre and post regression interviews. This is the first time these findings will be presented anywhere. It has been reported that some individuals were able to remember their NDEs only under hypnosis. Hypnosis has been successfully used in clinical practice, as reported in the literature, to evoke memories of previous experiences or to evoke memories of NDE’s. We believe that hypnotic recall of these events may bring very positive and transformative emotions to some of these subjects. A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors (CAS) suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. A substantial number of people recall subjectively real experiences of some sort of alternate reality associated with positive emotions and transformative power from near death experiences (NDE). We will show how hypnotic regression can be used to access and integrate NDE memories.

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Maggie Callanan, RN

Quick Dying...Slow Dying Messages of Hope

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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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Sandra Champlain

From Grief to Glory - An Afterlife Explorer Receives Her Greatest Gift

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

The journey each human being faces is not an easy one and Sandra Champlain does not think it is meant to be. Fear of death, grief, and experiences like NDEs, or one of many other signs of the reality of the afterlife have the ability to transform our lives. The seeds of the lodgepole pine trees can only open and grow when they are exposed to tremendous heat of forest fires. Like the seeds of those pine trees, our revolutionary and often painful experiences can allow us to start our spiritual journey and ultimately provide us our greatest love and joy. Join author and radio show host Sandra Champlain as she shares how her own deep grief led her on a journey from skeptic to believer in the afterlife. With now over 300 hours of interviews of We Don’t Die Radio, hear stories of some of the most remarkable people – how their incredible journeys begin from their toughest experiences. This presentation will not only give you many more reasons to believe in the reality of the afterlife, but could reignite your Soul’s plan for you having extraordinary life.

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Kelvin Chin, J.D.

Overcoming the Fear of Death: Integrating Meditation into Your Daily Life — How It Helps with NDEs & More

General Session | Thursday | Special Feature Presentation FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Learn about the medical health benefits of the unique, effortless, easy-to-learn technique Kelvin Chin has taught worldwide to bring about balance in thousands of people for 40 years, including active and retired military — at West Point Military Academy and in the U.S. Army in Korea and the DMZ. Learn how it helps to Overcome the Fear of Death and to help with the assimilation of NDEs. He will discuss this nonreligious, non-focusing, impactful technique that turns on the “Opposite of the Fight or Flight” switch, and dispels fear and anxiety. What happens in your neurophysiology when that switch gets turned on? Kelvin was a test subject in the first medical studies on meditation done in the U.S. in 1971. Kelvin teaches on videoconference and in-person — to 28 countries so far. BONUS: He will also teach you some other simple techniques in this talk that you can practice immediately and even teach others back at your hospitals, offices and educational institutions. He will explain why and how they work. And why all techniques are not equally effective. Kelvin Chin has been meditating for 49 years, teaching it for 46 years, and has had many experiences “piercing the veil.” His clients are diverse, from age 4-94, the healthy to the emotionally or mentally challenged, and the full-of-life to end-of-life. He teaches a meditation technique called “Turning Within.” His clients report relief from panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, better health, faster healing, and balanced spiritual and psychic abilities. Kelvin is the author of the best-selling “Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems” — a non-religious approach to the 4 Beliefs that underlie all religious and cultural beliefs. He uses these principles to help people reduce and eliminate their fears of death. He has taught in healthcare and universities, is a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale, and Boston College Law School, has lived in 8 countries and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation and the “Turning Within” Meditation Foundation.

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P.M.H. Atwater

The Forever Angels: The Impact of Near-Death Experiences on the Newly Born, Babies, Toddlers, and Little Kids. . . Lifelong!

General Session | Sunday | Concurrent Presentation

The Forever Angels is an investigation of near-death experiences around birth, as a babe, toddler, and up to age five, plus womb memories – with 120 people who are now older adults yet could verify having had such an experience. The question asked them: Did your early NDE make a difference in your life? If so, explain. Results are compared with research done in the ‘90s with 277 people (detailed in The New Children and Near-Death Experiences), that covered the same span of ages but with those who were small children at the time, teens, and young adults. The younger group looked forward. The more mature group looked backward. By examining both forward and backward views, ground-breaking results emerged – of aftereffects far more impactful than previously thought – with unusually high intelligence rates, being bullied in school, suicidal tendencies, bonding with spirit beings instead of parents, confused by the social scene – even as a married adult. We missed it! We were all so enamored with “out-of-the-mouth-of-babes” stories, little heed was ever paid to what came next for the child. With the tiniest experiencers, the amazement was never “life after death;” rather, the ongoing life continuum as the only truth of anyone’s existence.

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Yvonne Kason, MD

NDEs and Kundalini Awakening: A Yogic Perspective on NDEs, other STEs, and their Shared After-Effects

General Session | Friday | Plenary Presentation

Many NDE researchers including Ken Ring Ph.D., Bruce Greyson MD, and Yvonne Kason MD have speculated about the possible relationship between Near-Death Experiences and Kundalini Awakening, as described in the yogic tradition. In this seminar, Dr. Yvonne Kason will share her conclusions from 40 years of kundalini and NDE research. She will compare the symptoms and after-effects of NDEs and kundalini awakening, and share how this leads her to the conclusion that Near-Death Experiences may sometimes awaken the spiritual energy/kundalini mechanism in experiencers. This kundalini awakening would greatly intensify the long-term after-effects of an NDE.

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Kevin Kern

Kevin Kern, Steinway Artist: Remembering the Light

General Session | Friday | Steinway Artist Performance

Kevin Kern is known world-wide for his beautiful piano solos he calls “sound paintings.” Legally blind since birth, he began playing piano at 18 months old. NDErs point to “Remembering the Light” and “And the Light is Forever” as capturing their experience through sound.
Steinway piano selected from Jacobs Music Company.
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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 to an hour and a half depending on the schedule 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, Plenary and Concurrent Presentations
Thursday afternoon program
Plenary and Concurrent Presentations

Video: Diane Corcoran, Ph.D, RN
Plenary: Sandra Champlain

12:15-1:45 – Screening: Near-Death Experience: What Medical Professionals Need to Know
Plenary: From Grief to Glory – An Afterlife Explorer Receives Her Greatest Gift

4:15 - 6:15 PM
Thursday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
6:15 - 7:15 PM
Meet & Greet Social Hour
Open to all attendees

Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar

7:15 - 9:00 PM
Special Presentation
FREE and Open to the PUBLIC

Steinway artist Kevin Kern

Kelvin Chin, JD

* Steinway artist performance: Remembering the Light
Steinway piano selected from Jacobs Music Company

* Special presentation: Overcoming the Fear of Death: Integrating Meditation into Your Daily Life — How It Helps with NDEs & More

Friday morning program
Keynote, Plenary and Concurrent Presentations

HERS Plenary: Yvonne Kason, MD
Keynote: Suzanne Giesemann, MPA

Friday afternoon program
Plenary and Concurrent Presentations

Video: Diane Corcoran, Ph.D, Ret. Army Col.
HERS Plenary: Paul Aurand, BS, Atilio Costa Vitali, MD, & Pedro Zuzarte, MD

12:30-1:30 Screening: Understanding Veterans’ Near-Death Experiences
Plenary: Hypnotic Recall of Near-Death Experiences: Impact on Quality of Life (A Pilot Study)

4:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
6:15 - 7:15 PM
Musical Presentation
FREE to all attendees (Tickets for the Public - $20)

Steinway artist Kevin Kern

Steinway artist performance: Remembering the Light
Steinway piano selected from Jacobs Music Company.

7:30 - 9:30 PM
Fund Raising Banquet
Optional—help contribute to IANDS’s mission!

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

7:30 - 9:30 PM
Documentary movies
Optional—enjoy great documentaries about NDEs! Free!
Saturday morning program
Keynote, Plenary and Concurrent Presentations
Saturday afternoon program
Plenary and Concurrent Presentations
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
7:30 - 8:00 PM
Musical Presentation
Open to all attendees

Steinway artist Kevin Kern

Steinway artist performance: Remembering the Light
Steinway piano selected from Jacobs Music Company.

8:15 - 10:30 PM
Social Time
Open to all attendees—Light snacks, cash bar
Sunday morning program
Keynote, Plenary and Concurrent Presentations

Nancy Rynes, BSc

1:45 - 3:45 PM
Sunday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately

Schedule as of 4/26/2019

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


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20/20 VISION - 2020
Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 -
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020


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