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2022 Day 1 - Thursday - Panels

Presentation with Complimentary Lunch by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies: Robert Bigelow & Colm Kelleher, PhD (pre-registration required)

Robert Bigelow, Colm Kelleher, PhD

Thu.
11:30 am
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12:30 pm
MT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
In 2020, aerospace entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow founded the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS). BICS’s mission includes “to communicate, facilitate, educate and organize scientific research and exploration into the survival of human consciousness (SOHC)” with a particular focus on consciousness surviving permanent bodily death. Following a successful competition in 2021 for essays providing the best evidence for SOHC, BICS is now looking to the future. In this presentation, Robert Bigelow and Colm Kelleher will reveal the details, including application process and important dates, for BICS’s new grants program for 2023, called “The Challenge”, that promises to significantly impact the future of research in the field of SOHC. Audience members attending this panel are invited to a complimentary bag lunch, for which they may make their menu selection on the conference registration form.

Robert Bigelow >> Las Vegas entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow is the Founder and President of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies. BICS was founded in 2020 to support research into both the survival of human consciousness after physical death and, based on data from such studies, the nature of the afterlife. In 2021, BICS launched a highly publicized and very successful global essay competition in which $1,800,000 was awarded to twenty-nine (29) winning essays. The essay requirement was to provide the best evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that human consciousness survives bodily death.

Robert Bigelow graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Robert Bigelow is an experienced general contractor, designer, developer, financier, buyer and manager of many large real estate projects in the US. Over the course of his career spanning many decades, he has designed and built numerous apartment complexes, including the Budget Suites of America hotel chain that are currently in
three southwestern states.

In 1999, Robert Bigelow founded Bigelow Aerospace, LLC. The purpose of Bigelow Aerospace was to provide general contracting and research and development for the design, development and construction of habitable space structures for private enterprise and government use. Mr. Bigelow personally provided all financial support totaling over $350 Million Dollars. He has successfully launched two subscale spacecraft called Genesis I & II into orbit as well as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which is attached to the Tranquility module of the International Space Station. Moreover, Mr. Bigelow served as the program manager of the B330 spacecraft – Bigelow Aerospace’s main habitation system for LEO and beyond LEO destinations. He also holds 29 patents on aerospace systems and hardware.

Colm Kelleher, PhD >> Since obtaining his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Dublin Trinity College, Colm Kelleher has spent 35 years of his working life in a wide variety of diverse careers. Between 1991-1996, he was an immunology research scientist at the National Jewish Center in Denver Colorado. Between 1996-2004, Kelleher led the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) team on Skinwalker Ranch and multiple other NIDS projects. From 2004-2008, Colm served as laboratory director at San Francisco biotechnology company Prosetta where he led teams of scientists in executing DoD contracts to discover drugs against the Ebola virus, Rift Valley Fever Virus, Junin, Machupo, Marburg and other viruses of interest to DoD. In 2008 Kelleher became deputy administrator of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where he led the day-to-day operations in executing the AAWSAP contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). From 2012-2020, Kelleher led the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) Department at Bigelow Aerospace. where he managed eleven separate projects that cumulatively resulted in the building of life support systems for expandable spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Kelleher is the author of Brain Trust (Simon & Schuster) and he co-authored Hunt for the Skinwalker in 2005 with award winning journalist George Knapp.

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Afterlife Evidence Panel: Results of Bigelow Essay Contest and Future Research Directions

Moderator: Jan Holden, EdD / Robert Mays, BSc / Suzanne Mays, AAS / Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD

Thu.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
90
Min.
In January of 2021, Robert Bigelow, of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS), announced a competition for the best essay providing evidence of an afterlife–with a top prize of $500,000. In November of that year, BICS announced the winners: 29 essays whose authors received a total of $1.8 million. In this panel, two contest winners will summarize their essays, one is an Honorable Mention author duo, and the other is the First Prize winner. Panelists will discuss what they consider the best directions for future afterlife research; and panelists will respond to questions and comments from the audience.

Janice Miner Holden, EdD, LPC-S, ACMHP >> After 31 years on the University of North Texas (UNT) Counseling Program faculty, Jan Holden retired in 2019 as Professor Emerita of Counseling. Beginning in 1988 with her doctoral dissertation, her primary research focus has been counseling implications of near-death and related experiences. In this research area she has over 50 refereed journal publications and over 100 national and international presentations and has received numerous awards and honors. Since 2008 she has served as editor-in-chief of the International Association for Near-Death Studies’s scholarly Journal of Near-Death Studies, and she serves currently as that association’s President. Her website is www.janholden.com

Robert Mays, BSc/Susanne Mays, AAS >> Robert and Suzanne Mays have studied NDE phenomena together for over 40 years, although neither has had an NDE. They are particularly interested in veridical perceptions during NDEs and apparent interactions during NDEs between the NDEr and physical reality, as well as the neurological evidence of the interaction of the nonmaterial mind with the brain during ordinary consciousness, especially in language comprehension and in memory formation and recall. Their current areas of focus are on (1) NDErs’ prophetic visions of world events, (2) describing the nature of the transcendent realm as is evident in NDEr accounts, and (3) understanding the nature of consciousness as an individuated mind-entity directly interacting with a physical body and brain, as opposed to a non-localized entity spread out across all of existence, transmitting to and receiving from the physical brain

Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD >> Jeffrey is host and producer of the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube. He is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Bigelow Institute essay competition regarding the best evidence for survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death

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Spiritual AND Religious: Bridging Mystical Experiences and Christianity

Moderator: Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv/ Roberta Moore, MBA / Graham Standish, PhD/ Walt Scotson

Thu.
9:15 am
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10:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Far too many have been told by Christians that their NDE or other mystical experiences simply can’t be true. Still, many other Christians know they are true because they’ve had their own experiences. We are a group of Christian clergy and leaders who embrace your experiences. Like you, we know that Jesus’ mission was one of love and inclusivity, and that your deep spiritual experiences (we call them STEs) are gateways to a deeper relationship with God. We will be sharing our insights in ways that can bring unity between STEs, NDEs, and Christian spirituality.

Stephanie Bradbury, BA, MDiv >> The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal priest for 26 years, counseling many people who’ve had NDEs and STEs. She herself has had a number of Mystical Experiences. Stephanie is drawn to how material reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. She has led NDE retreats, spoken at IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for podcasts. Stephanie is both grounded in the Christian tradition, while welcoming insight from beyond organized religion. She serves an Episcopal Church in Massachusetts.

Roberta Moore, MBA >> Videographer, writer, and speaker, Roberta Moore is producer of NDEvideo.com specializing in spiritual topics. Having studied near-death experiences since the 1970s, she is a long-time, professional member and former vice-president of The International Association for Near-Death Studies. In partnership with IANDS, she has produced two training videos about NDEs, one for healthcare providers and another for Veterans; both are available at YouTube.com/c/NDEvideo. She is a former professor of English at Florida Southwestern College, where she taught for 20 years.

Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, PhD >> Graham Standish is the executive director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA, and has decades of experience as a spiritual director, therapist, pastor, and teacher in the area of spirituality. He has guided many people in becoming more open to God’s presence and flow in everyday life. His PhD is in the area of spiritual formation. Beginning with his reading Raymond Moody’s “Life after Life” as a teen, he has been studying spiritual experiences related to NDEs and those in everyday life. He is the author of 10 books on different areas of spirituality.

Walt Scotson >> Walt has been teaching, instructing, and counseling since he was 15 years old. He retired as a Four Square Pastor after serving for 30 years, and was in the Montana National Guard and Army Reserve as a Senior Chaplain Assistant instructor for 22 years. Walt currently ministers in several healing modalities including Transformation Prayer Ministry, Reiki Level 2, Emotion Codes and is growing in mediumship and spiritual mysticism. He is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for IANDS, assists with IANDS Groups and Events (IG&E), facilitates the Central Montana IANDS Local Group, and is the assistant to the Director of IANDS Local Groups.

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Anomalous NDEs Panel

Moderator: Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD / Alex Haley, JD / Glory Schneider, MFA

Thu.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
60
Min.
These panelists have had experiences which are highly unusual, even confounding. The learning that has been transformational for them may be part of a personal history that is not even known or accessible. Demystifying and translating their experiences were necessary components of claiming their meaning— for themselves, and for sharing with others.

Angie Wilson-Quayle, PhD >> Angie has been running the IANDS Local Group near Washington, DC since 2019. Her interest in IANDS grew out of three spiritually transformative experiences she had years ago, which forever changed her life and got her on a spiritual path directed daily towards love, giving back, and a deeper awareness of true self. She is originally from the United Kingdom, and has lived in the United States since 1991 and has two daughters. She began studying psychology in London, then completed her research-based doctoral training in Developmental Psychology in Northern Virginia. After she could no longer ignore the long-time, clamorous call of the Universe to change directions, she recently moved from research to the clinical arena and a new path opened up effortlessly and mysteriously, and things have been falling into place ever since.

Alex Haley, JD >> Alex is a practicing attorney Oklahoma who had one NDE in 2003 and an out-of-body experience in 2022. Her spiritual awakening that generally occurs immediately upon return from an NDE did not occur for her until two years after the event. At that point, she learned from an audiobook by the Dalai Lama she happened to randomly purchase, that her NDE was a typical Buddhist practitioner’s conscious death. She had no previous background or interest in Buddhism before this.

Glory Schneider, MFA >> Glory Schneider is a filmmaker, lifelong traveler, and lover of Earth and it’s curiosities.

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Insights from NDE/STE Experiences – Discussion Group

Moderator: Victoria Reynolds / Lisa Arrington / Hillary Hardin / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Shaun Martin, MA / Jayme Tener, MEd / Vicki Werner, BS

Thu.
4:00 pm
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6:00 pm
ET
Bookstore
120
Min.
This panel discussion is guaranteed to be an eye-opening and heart expanding experience. Each member of the panel will share an overview of their personal Near Death or Spiritual experience. They will also explain how their experience expanded their consciousness into seeing what is possible for themselves and how it provided insights for living with greater purpose and meaning. Following the presentations there will be audience participation through Q&A.

Victoria Reynolds >> Victoria Reynolds is a spiritual luminary, award winning international speaker, six time author, and broadcaster. Along with moderating this year’s Near-Death / Transformative Spiritual Experiences panel, Victoria will be sharing insights resulting from a profound spiritual experience which then lead to becoming a walk-in, and igniting her role as a luminary.

Lisa Arrington >> Lisa Arrington is an intuitive polymath, author, and SEO professional. She studies life’s universal connections and embedded meanings. Lisa will share the lessons she’s learned from her postpartum near-death experience and spiritual journey after the death and rebirth of her twin flame.

Hillary Hardin >> CEO and Founder of Whose Heart Mourns Me Foundation and Founder of HARE by Hillary. Hillary designs shoes for various health and wellness causes, alongside promoting awareness for various causes. Hardin writes Christian fiction based on true, along with writing gospel and jazz gospel music. She also ministers and conducts a Christian faith based television show that streams live on Favor Network and Preach The Word Network. She also is a mother of three amazing children. Hannah, Meghan, and Reaghan.

Brianna Lafferty, BS >> As an award-winning author that suffered through most of her life with a rare, chronic illness as well as paranormal experiences that led to her near-death experience in 2017, Brianna Lafferty will share how she has been called to hack this life, help others, and start her own Death Doula business.

Shaun Martin, MA >> Shaun Martin, is a healthcare worker, graduate student, recording artist, and STEr. He will share his unique story of visionary experience and insight into the significance of STEs in modern day mental health and how they can be used to discover deeper meaning and fulfillment in our lives.

Jayme Tener, MEd >> In the Summer of 2018 during a series of celestial events, she had a spiritually transformative experience that radically changed her perception. She will be sharing about how her initiation into a complete change in perception that resulted in her understanding that the miraculous was actual reality and everything else was an illusion.

Vicki Werner, BS >> Vicki Werner experienced her NDE in 2012 and endured years of healing. She delved deep into the cause of dis-ease. Having a profound level of compassion with self-discovery in the healing process, she views trauma as a catalyst to expand consciousness and engage in self-love. Vicki is the author of The Secret to Healing and Recovery.

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Brianna

Waking Up to Wisdom: Healing Gifts That Awoke Within Us and Pathways to Unlock Yours

Melinda Peterson, RN, MS, HNB-BC / Bernadette O'Brien Thompson, BA / Rebecca Kastl, MS CCC-SLP, RMT

Thu.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Following their NDE/STEs, these three panelists experienced divine attunement to previously unaccessed healing gifts and abilities: developing relationships with ancestors through genealogical work, connecting to body wisdom through health intuitive/nursing work, and channeling personal messages from angels. Through listening to their stories, anecdotes, and integration accounts of their spiritual gifts and engaging in interactive activities, attendees may learn to connect with pathways to unlock their own divine gifts.

Melinda Peterson >> Melinda is an Intuitive health practitioner, registered nurse, motivational speaker, energy healer, yoga teacher, loss mama, adoptive mama, near-death experiencer (NDEr), and entrepreneur. One of the most profound changes that arose from her NDE was being called from her previous career as an environmental scientist to a career in nursing. Melinda has expanded her nursing practice by using a vision from her NDE to create the Scarlit Center, a global movement helping people connect to their bodies’ inner wisdom through workshops, movement, and nourishment to enable them to lead luminous lives. Melinda lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her daughter, son in spirit, husband, and poodle. She prefers tea over coffee, always takes an opportunity to pet a dog, and enjoys a nearby unfrozen lake via paddle board and frozen lake via ice skates.

Bernadette O’Brien Thompson >> Bernadette is the owner of Tell Me Our Story Genealogy & Ancestral Healing. She is a genealogist who trained in psychology, trauma, and grief and who focuses on ancestral healing. Through the University of Vermont Professional End of Life Doula program, Bernadette is certified to help those going through the grieving process to understand the mind, body, and spirit connection of grief. She began her career as a genealogist over 15 years ago, yet it was through the trauma and grief of losing her husband to alcoholism that Bernadette felt the very deep personal connection she has with her ancestors. Her ancestral healing began as she opened up to spiritually transformative experiences with her ancestors and other spiritual beings. It is her deep desire to continue to help others open to their spiritually transformational experiences of ancestral healing.

Rebecca Kastl >> Rebecca is an energy healer, angel interpreter, and pediatric speech-language pathologist who underwent a life-altering spiritually transformative experience between the ages of 26 to 28. During this experience, she saw a beautiful light that spoke to her, saw light within everyone, started feeling surrounded by angels, saw alternate timelines of her life, and began having psychic dreams. She uses her experiences and training to give healings and angel readings and to help others learn to connect with their own guides and angels. Outside of this work, she helps children communicate through her speech pathology private practice, The Growing Well, and lives with her husband and 7-year-old daughter in Birmingham, AL.

 

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There Is More

LaVonne Wells, BS

Thu.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Together, we will explore how the connection between life and love continues beyond death. Many have experienced signs and guidance from their departed loved ones, leading to profound personal transformation. I’ll share my story of how my daughter, Kiva, has continued to support and assist me after her passing, illustrating that life is a journey of endless exploration and growth. Through love, we discover that there is always more to experience and learn.

LaVonne Wells >> LaVonne is an award-winning global speaker and love activist. She assists people in processing the passing of a loved one. Her work has emerged because of the despair she experienced through the passing of her daughter Kiva. She provides a listening ear, open heart, and support in remembering…where there is LOVE, there is life! LaVonne shares that there is no death but, rather, a continual journey that takes on a new form. She brings awareness that there is more to human existence than the physical life we are experiencing. LaVonne offers life and grief support through her group sessions, one-on-one sessions, and annual retreats.

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Navigating the Aftereffects of a Near-Death Experience

Lotte Valentin, NMD / Philip Hasheider, BSc / Mary Hasheider, BSc

Thu.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
These panelists will provide an in-depth exploration of the transformative power of near-death experiences (NDEs), delving into how NDEs have deeply impacted their spiritual beliefs, personal relationships, and life journeys. Although these near-death encounters helped spark the development of new skills and perspectives, it still required them to adjust to unexpected changes in their life journeys. Dr. Lotte’s journey led her to become both a physician and an evidential medium after she experienced numerous electrical interference events, visitations from the spirit world, as well as a long healing journey. Philip and his wife, Mary, will share first-hand experience of how an NDE can cause a seismic shift in even the most stable of couple relationships and will provide insights on how to navigate the dynamics of a different family landscape without leaving loved ones behind.

Lotte Valentin >> Lotte has had two near-death experiences. She is an NMD, author, evidential psychic medium, medical medium, ancestral healer, and international keynote speaker. Lotte wrote Med School after Menopause, The Journey of my Soul, an inspirational story about transformation, healing, and spirituality which, in a literary competition, won 1st place in the category of Spiritual Leadership. Lotte is creator of the audio Ancestral Healing Series which she produced in collaboration with Hemi-Sync. She regularly leads workshops on ancestral healing for The Theosophical Society as well as other organizations and is a regular guest on The Shift Network. She is also the host of her own podcast Dr. Lotte: Science with Soul, which, out of 3 million podcasts globally, is currently ranked in the top 5%.

Philip Hasheider >> Philip is author of over 30 books on farming, local history, and family stories. His sudden cardiac death and associated NDE may have been sensed by the family’s herd of beef cows an hour before these events occurred. His time in eternity is still present with him, just “in the background,” as he moves through each day. He now speaks about his NDE aftermath, both personal and regarding his relationship with his wife, Mary.

Mary Hasheider >> Mary, after nearly seven years as an executive in a national advertising agency and 12 years in corporate management positions, returned to farm with husband Philip and to raise their young son and daughter on the Little Prairie settled by Philip’s ancestors before Wisconsin was a state. Her STEs led to hands-on healing with animals and work with nature spirits to enhance the health of the farmland and food grown upon it. Mary shares how, in the face of all the emotional, physical, psychological, and financial challenges following Philip’s cardiac arrest and NDE, they were able to “renegotiate” their contract to stay together as a couple.

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Military/Veteran Experiencers Discussion Group

Chase DeMayo, BS, BMin / Genny Krackau / Chuck Swedrock, B-CSci, MBA, MSW / David Campbell

Thu.
1:15 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
135
Min.
In early IANDS conferences, the military was underrepresented due to individuals’ fear of speaking out. Over the past few years, military near-death experiencers (NDErs) have increasingly found courage to share their experiences. This year’s conference attendees have an opportunity to hear and learn from panelists, as well as fellow attendees, about the powerful NDEs that occurred during combat and in other military contexts.

Chase Skylar DeMayo >> Chase, a US Air Force Veteran and Orlando, Florida native, underwent a profound spiritual transformation after a near-death experience in 2008. His NDE led him to embrace a life philosophy of ‘Chasing the Light,’ focusing on personal and community betterment. DeMayo kept his experience private for 12 years but eventually used it to guide his work in community service and holistic healing, particularly in helping veterans and addressing mental health. As a speaker, he shares his insights to inspire others, embodying a spirit of service and commitment that defines his spiritual journey. Chase has recently competed a bachelors degree in Alternative Medicine, a separate bachelors in ministry as well as a soon to complete doctorate in Holistic Counseling.

Genny Krackau >> Genny is author of Beyond the Explosion, Stories of The Light, a compilation of combat near-death and spiritual experience stories. Genny is a life resident of San Antonio, Texas–military city, USA. After she retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department, she worked numerous military and civilian contract jobs.  Of special interest are clinical research studies involving wounded warriors, hearing conservation for military service members, and supporting a clinical trial for military and civilian head injury patients. Genny personally relates to near-death experiencers because she also has had spiritual experiences and understands the difficulty in discussing such personal phenomena.

Chuck Swedrock >> Chuck was a USMC draftee in 1970-1971. His computer skills merited a stateside assignment at Camp Lejeune, NC, where he had 21 contiguous months on site with married housing assigned after infantry training there. The health after-effects of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune culminated in a near-death experience in 2003. He flatlined in the back of an ambulance called after he experienced a 1.5 cm tear inside his weakened esophagus. His fully conscious experience occurred in the ambulance at eye-level with the paramedic resuscitating him after announcing there was no pulse, and the medic was initially unable to start an intravenous injection. The resulting internal bleeding necessitated a transfusion of 4.5 units of plasma and 4-days recouperation in the intensive care unit.

David Campbell >> David is a disabled army veteran from the Gulf War. He was born in Fort Hood, TX in the early 1970s, and grew up in Southern California, moving and starting over at a new school nearly every year. David came from a military family going back to the Revolutionary War! He signed up at age 17 as a Combat Engineer. In the Gulf War, he had an near-death experience (NDE) when he died for five minutes as a result of a combat explosion. David suffered 25 years with PTSD. David shares, “God then pulled me out of Hell and showed me the light by giving me a mission to guide veterans to healing!” David is the co-founder of the Mesa Veteran’s Resource Center, Veterans 5-9, and the current V P for Pleasant Valley Veteran’s Retreat Center. David has received many awards for his lengthy volunteer career.

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Connecting to Soul, Somatic Meditation

Tammi Spring, BA

Thu.
9:15 pm
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9:45 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
Participants will be invited to experience a full body somatic meditation for grounding energy into the body while connecting to soul at source. Tammi will guide participants to integrate emotional and physical energy from the day, tap into their intuition and knowing, and use somatic and breathing methods to instill a peaceful and restful space for relaxing into the night.

Tammi Spring >> Tammi has had multiple STEs, including an NDE during cancer treatments in which she made a choice to return to this life. For more than 12 years, she has been practicing meditation. Having trained with Dharma Ocean in Colorado, and with two years of intuitive, shamanic, and psychic training in Washington, DC, with “Bridge Between Two Worlds,” her practice is primarily somatic meditation in which she blends mindfulness, loving-kindness, and visualizations that channel an energetic connection to source, spirit, and human self. With more than four years of experience leading private meditation groups in Boulder, CO, Tammi has a private practice of intuitive meditations and channeling for clients.

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Meet and Greet (Light Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar)

Lee Ann Fortunato-Heltzel (Live Art) / Karen Michelle, PsyD (Harp Music)

Thu.
5:30 pm
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7:30 pm
PT
Bookstore
120
Min.
Mingle, visit with old friends, and meet new ones! Enjoy light appetizers and visit the cash bar for your beverage of choice. Watch the creation of an exclusive frequency painting and listen to beautiful music. Throughout the conference, Lee Ann Heltzel, the visionary artist behind MetaArt, invites you to witness the dance of frequencies, the convergence of creativity and consciousness, and the creation of a portal to ‘the other side of the veil’—all through the strokes of her brush. This is a community creation, meaning you can paint and contribute to the magical creation. Prepare to gaze into a physical portal painting that defies space and time.

Lee Ann Fortunato-Heltzel>> Lee Ann is an explorer of human potential, a death doula, and a multi-dimensional artist and marketing innovator. Trained as an artist and gifted in esoteric practices, Lee Ann pioneered a new visual art genre, MetaArt. Each MetaArt piece energetically transforms its space to a specific frequency, serving as an active portal to higher states of consciousness via engagement with the pineal gland. Lee Ann’s work integrates creativity, imagination, and spirituality, making her a bridge to multi-dimensional realms and pure potential. She founded Creative One, a multi-dimensional marketing firm that taps into the highest potential for conscious creatives and leading-edge thinkers through her Signature MetaInsight(TM ) process.

Karen Michelle >> Karen is a near-death experiencer and psychic medium who has a unique understanding and compassion for her clients.  She has spoken at events and conferences in regards to near-death experiences. Karen began working over eighteen years ago in the mental health care field focusing on PTSD, trauma recovery, and dynamics of abusive relationships. Wanting to honor the messages she received during her NDEs, Karen Michelle shifted her career to reflect a holistic and spiritual path. Her specialties include Resonant Kinesiology with harp and guided imagery to facilitate therapeutic music and sound interventions for stress management and relaxation. Dr. Karen Michelle’s educational background includes a doctorate in clinical psychology, Resonant Kinesiology Instructor certification, grief and loss training, and certificate training in working with survivors of sexual assault.

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Harp Music for the Meet & Greet

Karen Michelle, PsyD and Christina Tourin, MT, CTHP

Thu.
5:30 pm
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7:30 pm
PT
Bookstore
120
Min.
Enjoy the beautiful harp music as you browse the bookstore and vendor area, and meet new friends. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Karen Michelle >> Karen is a near-death experiencer and psychic medium who has a unique understanding and compassion for her clients.  She has spoken at events and conferences in regards to near-death experiences. Karen began working over eighteen years ago in the mental health care field focusing on PTSD, trauma recovery, and dynamics of abusive relationships. Wanting to honor the messages she received during her NDEs, Karen Michelle shifted her career to reflect a holistic and spiritual path. Her specialties include Resonant Kinesiology with harp and guided imagery to facilitate therapeutic music and sound interventions for stress management and relaxation. Dr. Karen Michelle’s educational background includes a doctorate in clinical psychology, Resonant Kinesiology Instructor certification, grief and loss training, and certificate training in working with survivors of sexual assault.

Christina Tourin >> Founder and Director of the International Harp Therapy Program, Christina leads  training centers in multiple countries with  Therapeutic Harp Practitioners serving on five continents. As an internationally award-winning artist, she trained at the Mozarteum in Austria and McGill in Montreal. She was harpist for the Vermont Symphony and for 17 years for the Sound of Music Maria von Trapp family. Returning to IANDS, she is remembered  for her workshops on Music of the Spheres. Christina truly lives a life ‘As above, So below’ sharing her performances of sacred and transcendent moments. Bringing her harp to magical life, she shares with the world the deepest, most profound truths of the Universe, which rightfully and intuitively credits as the source of all she creates. 

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2022 Day 2 - Friday - Panels

Amazing Gifts from STEs and NDEs

Moderator: Neal Grossman, PhD / Deborah Conner, MA / Christina Rawls, PhD

Fri.
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
MT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Two panelists, Deborah Conner, MA, and Christina Rawls, PhD, were gifted with after -effects from an NDE/OBE experience, STE experiences, and lifelong connection with psi phenomena and the Other Side.
Deborah’s experiences have finally culminated in her new practice of coaching clients with living their lives with Luminosity – – getting their “Glow On” and integrating their anomalous experiences with compassion and love for others.
Christina’s resulted in Orb photography, the study of mental evidential, trance, and physical mediumship – -providing readings from the Other Side and ongoing gifts of validation of the afterlife, which may ultimately help others. Love is the answer –
– for both panelists who have indeed experienced “amazing” gifts.

Neal Grossman, PhD, >> Since retiring a few years ago after over 40 years on faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Neal Grossman, PhD, associate professor emeritus of philosophy, no longer has anything to profess but has published 2 books this last decade: “Conversations with Socrates and Plato: How A Post-Materialist Social Order Can Solve the Challenges of Modern Life and Insure Our Survival” and “The Spirit of Spinoza: Healing the Mind”, a readable presentation of Spinoza’s remarkable system of spiritual psychotherapy

Deborah Conner, MA >> Deborah Conner is an integrative coach, reiki practitioner and an STE, OBE experiencer. The most profound occurrence involved an OBE following the NDE of her Grandmother in 1977. Deborah has followed NDE literature and science since that time. Undergrad degrees in Communication, and Kinesiology led Deborah to supplement her studies in later years with a Masters Degree in Philanthropy and Development. Deborah has served as Executive Director and Director of Development in the environmental, mental health, social and educational sectors. She has also served on various non-profit Boards

Christina Rawls, PhD >> Christina Rawls has been an intuitive her entire life. Having enjoyed teaching philosophy but ultimately leaving professional academia in 2021, Dr. Rawls began her mediumship practice Orb Magic and published her first spirit photography book “The Technological Age & the Orb Phenomenon” in 2021

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Debbie James NDE

NDEs: What Young People Need to Know

Moderator: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Vincent de Vice / Diane Corcoran, Col.(ret.) PhD / Judith Mandalise / Laura Varela, PhD

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
90
Min.
This Panel will highlight students studying NDEs. First, a Student nurse will interview a senior Military Nurse and how she became inspired by a patient who had an NDE. Secondly, a Ph.D. student will gain needed insight from a Near-Death Experiencer

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >>Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for near-death experiencers (NDErs) and for organ donor families. After completing her master’s thesis on NDEs and Disclosure, she served on the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. She has delivered numerous presentations regarding NDEs and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) to small group sessions/classes as well as international conferences audiences

Vincent de Vice >> I am a senior nursing student in the process of completing my B.S.N. degree with an interest in homecare and hospice specialties. I have been reading NDE literature since high school and this interest has led me to IANDS. I deeply aspire to the multitude of research on NDE’s and have had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the IANDS community. Thanks to Deborah James and many other speakers and IANDS researchers, I have been graced with connecting with so many amazing people from a variety of disciplines from all over the world. I share my knowledge of NDE’s with many people and in mostly all of those encounters they yield a sincere enthusiastic interest. It would be an honor and a privilege to participate in a panel moderated by Deborah James along with some fellow students who have themselves happily engaged with NDE accounts and research

Dr. Diane Corcoran >> Diane Corcoran obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of TX at Austin in 1981. At that time, she was also serving as an Officer in the U. S. Army – with a career that lasted 25 years. She heard her first NDE account from a young soldier. In 1981 a new organization was incorporated and is now known as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Diane has served on the Board of Directors numerous times, and this includes many years as President. She helped facilitate research conducted on the reality of events that we now know as Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Diane now has her own consulting firm and that young soldier in Vietnam — he had told Diane about his NDE before there was a name for these types of experiences.

Judith Mandalise >> is a multiple NDEr. She is a licensed professional counselor in private practice with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. She is a former volunteer instructor with the American Red Cross as a ship nurse. Judith is experienced in pediatrics, intensive care and medical/surgical units, and a Specialist in Trauma Care. She is a patient advocate with Swedish Medical Center, Denver, CO

Laura Varela >> Laura Varela recently defended her dissertation for her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of the Incarnate Word in June 2022. Her research focused on nursing students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards NDEs. She has experience in research, student services, and teaching within higher education. Currently, she works in government contract administration

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Love to the Millionth Power

Michelle Clare, Patricia Grabow, MEd, Betty Guadagno, CRPA

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
90
Min.
Join Betty Guadagno, Patricia Grabow, and Michelle Clare as they discuss the multiple ways that Spirit is connected to you. From a Kundalini awakening to multiple NDEs, you will see that Love is all around us, supporting us and helping us on this human journey.

Michelle Clare >> Michelle Clare is a Certified Medium, Angel Intuitive, Spiritual Coach, Energetic Healer, Intuitive Life Coach and 3-time Near Death Experience (NDE) survivor. She receives messages from loved ones who have crossed over, as well as Angels and Life Guides. In a span of 11 years, she had 3 near-death experiences, the first was in April 2000, the second was in May 2006 and a monumental life-changing event in which Michelle suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 1, 2011. Shortly after this life-altering event, she started receiving information for other people from their loved ones who had transitioned. All 3 NDEs were a reminder of the unconditional love and connection that surpasses our earthly life

Patricia Grabow, MEd >> Patricia Grabow died in an auto accident in London, England. Following her death and return she began a series of books including the story of her death and life afterwards in he book, Love to the Millionth Power; A woman’s Journey from Death, to Love, to the Immortal Now. The most important book to date, Patricia believes is her books on Climate Change: The Healing, outlined on her web page by the same name. The book has been described by the Dali Lama as a “wonderful” book and shows the oneness of all life and what is actually happening as all life is healing itself. She will discuss this very important topic and the depth of understanding that exists for all to experience

Betty Guadagno, CRPA >> Betty Guadagno went from a drug addicted, sex worker, and self-described radical atheist to a devout believer in long-term recovery, working as a recovery coach, and manifesting a life beyond her wildest dreams. She will take you through her awakening journey where she was shown her pre-birth planning, her divine mission, and the interconnectedness of all things

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Registered Nurse Experiencers Advocating for the Support of the NDE and STE Patients

Moderator: Julie Hedenborg, MSNA / Jean Keegan Daly, RN, AHNA / Susanne Seymoure, BSN

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Rm 3 - Deer
90
Min.
Three Registered Nurse experiencers share their personal and patient reports of near-death experiences, spiritually transformative experiences, out-of-body experiences, and inspirational messages about the afterlife, heaven, Jesus, angels and the love of God. Julie Hedenborg will Moderate the Q and A in-person at the Conference. They will discuss medical staff’s responses to patient reports of NDEs and STEs; including witnessing how patients were treated after sharing their events with fellow healthcare workers. Whenever the nurse experiencers actively listened and validated patient’s experiences, it helped them process, integrate and normalize their life-altering events. Such supportive measures help foster increased patient care and comfort. Supporting patient’s needs in every department of care has a positive impact on their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, hastening their recovery or peaceful transition.

Julie Hedenborg, MSNA >> Professionally, Julie loved serving as a nurse. She worked two years in a Cardiovascular ICU, then pursued her Master of Science Degree and enjoyed a 16 year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In 2009, she was recognized by the Mecklenburg Times as a Healthcare Hero. She has witnessed supernatural events with her patients, and in 2015 she experienced her own STE. In 2018 she launched the Everyday Miracles Podcast, reaching over 50 countries. The countless supernatural testimonies she receives in her podcast inbox (many people have never shared) have led her to have great compassion for experiencers

Jean Keegan Daly, RN, AHNA >> Jean Keegan Daly, a Holistic RN and former Hospice nurse is a Holistic Therapist, Counselor, and Educator specializing in a body, mind, spirit approach to health, wellness, and transitional phases of life including the dying process. Jean’s self-published book, “Reflections of a Seasoned Soul” details the story of her own profound NDE and some of her many lifelong STEs. In her book Jean also describes the transformational interactions she had with three of her most memorable hospice patients, two of whom appeared to her in their afterlife communications. A 57-year veteran RN, Jean has witnessed the NDEs and STEs of many patients as well as reactions of medical professionals and family members who disbelieved and invalidated the patients’ experiences. Their behaviors toward the patients were primarily due to their own bias and/or ignorance of this very real and important event in the patients’ own vivid encounters. Jean strongly advocates education to promote needed attitude changes and support for patients

Susanne Seymoure, BSN >> Susanne Seymoure was surprised when guided to become an RN after having a profound childhood NDE. Later she had 2 adult NDE’s. Susanne worked in CCU, Dept. Of Health and Nursing, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury, Nursing Education. A career span of 25 years. Having had a childhood NDE, she learned to integrate science and NDE insights to help others. She was able to assist many patients with their experiences. Author of her book “My Secrets Of Heaven” discussed on radio, TV, and in magazines in an effort to shine more Light

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Revealing the Path: Transmuting Challenges Across All Time Through Gentleness and Love

Moderator: Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP / Sharon Milliman / Emilie Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
During this time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty there are doors that already exist leading to realms of liberation and love. Join 4 NDE’ers as they draw upon the transformative insights of their experiences to provide for you: keys of understanding and direction that will unlock these doors, foundational evidence that the answers are within you as part of your essential nature, insight into the connectedness of all time and why this matters, and capacity to move forward through all circumstances empowered with clarity and inspiration.

Kimberly Braun, MA, CSP >> Kimberly has been devoted to meditation from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a monastic nun. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, TEDx speaker, meditation coach, and former meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute. She has produced three CDs and a book, Love Calls, Insights of a former Carmelite Nun, about her time as a nun. Communication through words has always been a shining way for Kimberly to be an instrument of inspiration and transformation. She identifies her personal call and mission to inspire others to live from the power and wisdom of Source within them.

Emily Spear, BS, CIA, CISA, CRISC >> Emilie is a successful businesswoman who has had a deep and lifelong spiritual practice. A few days after the birth of her twin daughters, unforeseen medical complications resulted in a life-changing near-death experience. Her vivid account of an eternal, graceful and all-encompassing love is filled with insights on how to cultivate a Heavenly experience within the day-to-day world of humanity. In the midst of this life-changing event, Emilie made a promise to share her experience of Divine Love in order to help others on their own journeys of inner healing and awakening.

Sharon Milliman >> Sharon is a four-time near-death experiencer. She is a published author, speaker, and licensed ordained minister. Sharon has presented as a guest speaker at a number of spiritually oriented groups, including IANDS groups, various churches, hospitals and hospice groups. Sharon was featured in an NDE documentary film by filmmaker and producer James Bonato in 2022. She was featured on the Dr. Oz Show in 2019, and the National Geographic channel in 2016. Sharon’s books include A Song In The Wind, A Near-Death Experience, The Whispers In The Wind, A Poetic Journey Of The Soul, and A Rose From Heaven.

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Life Between Life Reviews Enhance Love of Self and Love for Others

Co-presenters: Jim Fisher, MBA and Jen Catlin, MS

Fri.
9:15 am
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10:15 am
ET
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
60
Min.
Learn what a life between life review (LBL) is and how hypnosis can be used to access guidance on one’s life purpose. Jim and Jen will discuss LBL reviews and how the information obtained can lead to greater love for oneself and for others. Through their own and others’ experiences, they will provide real-life examples showing how people benefited from their LBLs and inspired them toward loving action. You may be inspired to seek your own LBL to better appreciate the importance of the spiritual planning that went into your current incarnation, and gain insight into the behaviors of challenging people in your life.

Jim Fisher, MBA >> Jim is a retired CPA with a BS in Psychology and an MBA in Accounting. He served as the Treasurer of IANDS in 2019. Jim began exploring the breadth of reality 20 years ago when he met a near-death experiencer. Her story prompted a search for knowledge and experience that would expand his understanding of our collective spiritual nature. Several years ago Jim borrowed a concept from a friend and began a meetup group called Consciousness Café in North Carolina. The purpose of the group was to share experiences and broaden member awareness of their spiritual underpinnings. Jim’s efforts include multiple trips to the Monroe Institute, participation in Rhine Center programs, a two week healing retreat in the Peruvian jungle and trips to Togo, Africa exposing him to Togolese traditional spiritual practices.

Jen Catlin, MS >> Jen has an MS in Psychology and is a certified transpersonal, spiritual hypnotherapist, and hypnotherapy training instructor. She has had an NDE. She serves on the Education Committee for the Newton Institute. Jen has completed the Duke Integrated Mindfulness Training for Professionals.

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End of Life Experiences: Evidence for Terminal Lucidity in Children and Adults

Moderator: Marjorie Woollacott, PhD / Bruce Greyson, MD / Karalee Kothe, MA / Natasha Tassell-Matamua PhD

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon in which there are unexplained increases in mental clarity, verbal communication and/or physical capability in the days and hours prior to the death, in persons who are often mentally impaired or comatose. This panel will explore its history, the research that is ongoing in the area, new data from research in a pediatric population and descriptions of terminal lucidity in animals, and the significance of these results for care by family and the medical community at the end of life.

Marjorie Woollacott, PhD >> Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, is emeritus Professor and prior chair of the Dept. of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She taught courses in neuroscience as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences, Research Director, IANDS, and Co-director of the Galileo Commission. Her current research interests are in meditation, spiritual awakening, end-of-life experiences and after-death-communication. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited nine books

Bruce Greyson, MD >> Dr. Greyson is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only scholarly journal dedicated to near-death research. Through his research, he has discovered common and universal themes in near-death experiences that go beyond neurophysiological or cultural interpretations, as well as patterns of consistent aftereffects on individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities. He was a co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. His most recent book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond, is his first trade book bringing his scientific research to a popular audience.

Karalee Kothe, MA >> Karalee Kothe, MA, received degrees in Psychology and Global and Multicultural Studies from Montana State University working in the Stress, Adversity, Resilience and Health Lab, exploring different responses to acute anxiety between emotion regulation and mindfulness coping strategies. She earned her MA in Psychology at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University, aiding with research in NDEs. She is currently a PhD Clinical Health Psychology student at CU Denver, interested in exploring how clinical health populations can live meaningfully unhindered by fear of death, understanding the lessons that death and dying teach us about living, and connecting to our shared sense of mortality as our greatest common ground.

Natasha Tassell-Matamua, PhD >> Natasha is an Associate Professor and co-Director of the Centre for Indigenous Psychologies in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her teaching is in the area of Indigenous psychologies, and in particular the utilization of Indigenous knowledges to effect meaningful change across a range of contexts. Her research typically focusses on the interplay between spirituality, well-being and the wider ecosystem. Natasha has also spent the last 14 years researching the phenomenology, after-effects and cultural specificity of near-death experiences and other exceptional experiences of consciousness, and has published extensively in the area as well as providing numerous presentations both nationally and internationally.

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A 12-Step NDE Integration Process: In Service to Experiencers and Their Loved Ones

Moderator: Bethany Silver, PhD / Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP / Jim Bruton

Fri.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Near-Death Experiences are uniquely personal and life changing. Until they find community among their own, Experiencers may feel rejected, isolated, confused and afraid to reach out for support. Learn how to facilitate a 12-Step NDE Integration support group that offers experiencers a path to community, validation, support and acceptance.

Bethany Silver, PhD >> has been an educator for 25+ years. She began her teaching career as a psychology instructor at Manchester Community College. At UConn’s Neag School of Education she served as the Director of the Professional Development Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. Dr. Silver has taught courses in research methods, evaluation, assessment, and learning. She has engaged her research skills with neurology patients at Hartford Hospital and public school districts in Connecticut. Bethany has been interested in NDEs since her graduate work at UConn exposed her to the work of Dr. Kenneth Ring, returning to study NDEs after recent losses of family members and friends. She co-facilitates the CT IANDS NDE Support Group with Tina Angeli and Jack Lardis, beginning in May 2020.

Diana (DiFranco) Marquez Lyons, LCSW, LISW, ACISTE ACMHP >> is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in supporting Near-Death Experiencers and their families. Ms. Marquez Lyons has had her own psychotherapy practice since 2010. A spiritual seeker most of her life, in 2010 Diana had a shared death experience when her mom passed. She was the founder and leader of the CT Shoreline IANDS for seven years and has also had a kundalini awakening. Diana has spent the majority of her adult life studying Spiritually Transformative Experiences, as well as Near-Death Experiences and the aftereffects. Diana earned her ACISTE Certified Mental Health provider certification from The American Center for the Integration of Spiritual Experiences (ACISTE). She was invited to present at the ACISTE conference in 2013. Diana also presented at the 2015 IANDS conference, and in 2021 with Jim Bruton, and in 2022 with Bethany Silver and Jim Bruton.

Jim Bruton >> Jim Bruton has been a world traveler and adventurer for much of his life- his adventures ranging from living in Africa as wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic to serving as a war journalist for NBC News. Using only a backpack, providing news coverage as a war journalist for NBC News in Iraq, and Lecturing in Telemedicine at Yale University School of Medicine. But when his experimental aircraft crashed in Oct. 2016, he had an adventure that topped them all. Transported to the In Between, his NDE there was not a typical passive one but required him to do something- to change his future and see how all things are interconnected. Jim has documented all of this in his books, “The In Between, A Trip of a Lifetime” (2020), and “The Practice in Between: The Art of Letting Go”(2021).

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Back to the Beyond, Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis

Moderators: Adam Dince, MBA and Betty Guadagno

Fri.
1:30 pm
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2:30 pm
ET
Bookstore
60
Min.
Hypnotherapist, Adam Dince, will speak about how hypnosis can allow you to revisit the dimensions and realms you journeyed to during the out-of-body experience portion of your NDE. And be prepared to have your mind blown by Betty Guagdano’s hypnotic journey back to the Beyond. Adam and Betty will also be facilitating a Q&A session after the presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how hypnotherapy can help near-death experiencers reconnect with the place most call home.

Adam Dince, MBA >> Adam is the author of “Back to the Beyond: Exploring Near-Death Experiences Through Hypnosis.” He specializes in past life regression, life between lives regression (LBL), and hypnotic regression techniques that heal traumas, limiting beliefs, and other challenging life experiences. In addition to hypnotherapy, he is also a Sacred Medicine Man, Reiki Master Teacher, author, and the founder of & healer at Sacred Stairways Hypnotherapy & Healing located in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Betty Guadagno >> Betty Guadagno had a spiritually transformative experience in March of 2019. Betty underwent a 180-degree transformation from drug addict, sex worker, and radical atheist to a devout believer, in long term recovery, and working as a recovery coach. During her integration process, she felt an incredible pull towards establishing spiritual community in her life. She has been connected to the IANDS community since December of 2020. Betty began her involvement with IANDS as an attendee of our sharing groups. She quickly got involved with service to the community by volunteering as a facilitator and moderator. Betty then moved into the role of Webinar Coordinator for IANDS Groups and Events.

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Distressing NDEs Discussion

Daniel Endy, BSCE / MK (Kathy) McDaniel / Brianna Lafferty, BS / Bryan Jackson, BS

Fri.
1:15 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
135
Min.
A panel of distressing NDErs will share their experiences and their insights about what causes distressing and hellish NDEs.

Daniel Endy >> Daniel has been a spiritual student, seeker, and experiencer since, at the age of 14, he found the book Seth Speaks. He has a balance of left and right brain interests ranging from engineering and physics to spirituality, philosophy, and metaphysics. He researched and studied these topics extensively, and in 2010, had an awakening. Since then he has led monthly classes to share what he learned to help others live better lives. He is very active with IANDS serving as a Board member and as a host/facilitator of many IANDS Sharing Groups. Daniel is a hypnotherapist and does past life regressions as well as personal coaching. Daniel also has researched UFOs and ETs for several decades. He looks forward to the day when the existence of ETs is acknowledged.

M.K. (Kathy) McDaniel >> Kathy’s distressing near-death experience (dNDE) in early 2000 caused her to rethink her religious beliefs and her concept of God. With the help of multiple synchronicities, she joined IANDS 10 years later and told her story for the first time at a Seattle IANDS meeting. Since then, Kathy has been an advocate for that approximately 12% of souls who have suffered dNDEs. She and Daniel Endy co-host a growing IANDS monthly dNDE Sharing Group. Kathy has shared her dNDE story as a podcast guest on over 100 programs and has garnered over 1.5 million views to date. Kathy authored the memoir, Misfit in Hell to Heaven Expat, published in 2021, which is now selling worldwide.

Brianna Lafferty >> After a 22-year journey grappling with an “incurable” neurological movement disorder, Brianna Lafferty had a profound near-death experience in 2017 that ignited her major life transformation. This pivotal moment sparked a remarkable metamorphosis, unlocking her innate divine healing power to conquer the once “incurable” affliction. She is now an award-winning author, international speaker, and passionate Death & Spiritual Doula. Guiding others on transformative journeys, she empowers individuals to birth into their authentic selves and helps others liberates themselves from chronic illness. With unwavering passion, Bri also lends compassionate support in navigating end-of-life transitions and challenges, weaving a tapestry of resilience and inspiration.

Bryan Jackson >> Bryan had a life-changing spiritual experience in March 1993. The story of his dark-to-light NDE has been a useful tool in helping others to change their perspective about life. For those who have lost hope, Bryan’s experience teaches that life can be filled with meaning and purpose. Bryan is married and lives with his wife in Florida.

 

 

 

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After the NDE: Out of Our Heads and Into our Hearts

Rev. Kathy Winings, EdD / Eric Taylor / Cathy A Mortimer, LPN, BA

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
This panel brings three people together who have had very NDE experiences springing from diverse contexts. Cathy Mortimer’s transformational journey began when she fell out of a tree at 6 years of age. Eric Taylor’s transformative NDE sprang from a COVID crisis. Kathy Winings’ NDE was due to the rupture of a cerebral aneurysm. The common thread that pulls them together is their incredible transformative journeys and the life-altering lessons learned. “After the NDE…” will offer an engaging conversation on the array of changes experienced by the panelists while also exploring the questions that have been raised because of their NDE. The panelists invite participants to look beyond the NDE for insights into on getting out of our heads and into our hearts as individuals, healthcare workers, educators, counselors and pastoral care leaders.

Kathy Winings >> Kathy has spent over 30 years as an educator and senior administrator in a graduate seminary. Having trained initially to be a concert pianist and French horn player, she found her real calling as a teacher and educator. Her other deeply held investment has been directing the work of an international development agency focused on disaster response, sustainable development, and restorative justice, which involved partnering with numerous religions and cultures around the world. After her near-death experience, her teaching and ministry skills have enabled her to speak to diverse communities and audiences about her experience and its ongoing transformative aftereffects. She spends her time writing, serving as an educational and social justice consultant, teaching piano, and spending time with family and friends, while pursuing hobbies that include reading, solving puzzles, and swimming.

Eric Taylor >> Eric is an intuitive astrologer whose life and practice transformed in 2021 following a 40-day coma and NDE. Eric engaged in astral travel, encountering life-altering decisions that reshaped his existence. This event heightened his psychic and astrological abilities and deepened his connection to his divine purpose. Eric now offers expanded services, leveraging his enhanced skills to guide clients through self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. His non-judgmental insights encourage clients to break free from past constraints, fostering progress towards their highest selves. Beyond his professional achievements, Eric is a devoted husband and father to four, drawing on his experiences as an educator for disabled children and his own vision loss to cultivate compassion and spiritual insight. Eric’s rebirth has lead him to live with a deeper focus and commitment to serve humanity.

Cathy A. Mortimer >> When Cathy was 6 years old, she fell out of a tree and experienced an NDE. In it, she was stopped from proceeding by two robed beings who telepathically told her to go back. She refused, saying she could not breathe so she couldn’t go back, but the beings said they would help her. Afterwards, telepathic ability stayed with her but took 30 years for her to integrate. Because of her mother with schizophrenia in a single parent household of six people, Cathy’s childhood was full of trauma and strife. In spite of the struggle, she went on to become a nurse where her innate understanding of the other side helped her with dying patients. Her telepathic abilities helped her communicate with those who cannot speak.

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The Impact of After-Death Communication on Grief and Afterlife Beliefs

Noelle St. Germaine-Sehr, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, ACMHP / Kim Penberthy, PhD, ABPP / Tess McCormick, BA / Gwen Grams, PhD

Fri.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
The presenters will describe their research investigating the impact and consequences of after-death communication (ADC) on individuals’ experiences of grief, spirituality, and beliefs regarding the afterlife. ADC refers to purported encounters or messages from deceased loved ones, which often challenge conventional understandings of mortality and transcendence. The presenters will discuss the impact of ADCs on individuals’ spirituality and beliefs about the afterlife via data from a survey of community members and will present findings from an international study focused on the ways in which ADC influences the grieving process, including differences in ADC experiences involving traumatic versus anticipated loss and disparities in ADCs with partners versus non-partners. By offering insights into the multifaceted nature of ADC, the presenters seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of the human experience of loss and transcendence.

Noelle St. Germain-Sehr >> Noelle is a Clinical Associate Professor and Counseling Fieldwork Coordinator at William & Mary. With over 30 years of clinical experience, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas, a National Certified Counselor, and an ACISTE Certified Mental Health Professional trained to assist individuals with integrating spiritually transformative experiences. Noelle has advanced training in transpersonal counseling, including Induced After-Death Communication (IADC); is the Executive Director of The Center for Grief and Traumatic Loss and The International IADC Board; and is an IADC Trainer. She holds membership in 16 professional organizations, has served on three editorial boards, and is the Secretary for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Her research focuses on improving mental health providers’ effectiveness in addressing transpersonal issues and includes multiple publications and over 65 professional presentations.

Jennifer “Kim” Penberthy >> Kim is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Kim is a board-certified clinical psychologist and conducts research, teaches, and provides clinical care at UVA in psychiatry and the cancer center. She obtained her undergraduate and masters degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Fellowship in Medical Psychology at the University of Virginia. In addition to her expertise in persistent depressive disorders, she studies the mind-body relationship, exploring human consciousness as well as extraordinary human experiences, including the impact of such on human abilities and wellness. Kim has held numerous professional leadership positions and has published and presented extensively on psychotherapy and mindfulness, including her most recent book, co-authored with her daughter, Morgan: Living Mindfully Across the Lifespan: An Intergenerational Guide.

Tess McCormick >> Tess is a 2023 graduate of the University of Virginia’s undergraduate psychology department. She is currently preparing to apply to graduate school to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with her ultimate goal being to become a psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist. She currently conducts research with UVA’s Department of Perceptual Studies, studying after-death communication, and she works in Charlottesville, VA, as a care coordinator at Addiction Allies, a substance abuse treatment facility. Tess enjoys helping others to better themselves; loves to spend time with her friends, family, and cat, Roo; and finds meaning in weekend time on a local farm where she works with mini donkeys and horses.

Gwen Grams >> Gwen has a PhD in quantitative experimental psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. Her dissertation was titled Self Deception in the Perception of Personal Appearance. Following her recent retirement from a career in behavioral health data administration, she joined Dr. Kim Penberthy as a Research Lecturer in the Faculty Support Track at the University of Virginia Medical School Division of Perceptual Studies, where her work focuses on after-death communication.

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Ellen Wier

A Glimpse of Heaven: Sound and Music for Messages and Healing

Ellen Wier, MA, MT-BC

Fri.
8:00 am
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8:30 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
This immersive experience, involving crystal singing bowls, vocal toning, and guided imagery, is designed to connect participants with their higher selves, offering a taste of Ellen’s unique method that blends music therapy with spiritual insights.

Ellen Wier (formerly Whealton) >> Ellen is a light worker, transpersonal and music therapist, healer, workshop presenter, and educator who uses numerous modalities in her work, including music, crystal singing bowls, chanting, visualization, and meditation. Kicked in the head by a horse at age 12, Ellen experienced an NDE in which she vowed to come back to heal people with music and then experienced tremendously impactful spiritual downloads before being drawn back to her body by music. This spiritual event gave Ellen first-hand knowledge of the immense web of love, wisdom, and support that is available to everyone at all times. Ellen has a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling with an emphasis in Music Therapy from Naropa University. Trained in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Holotropic Breathwork, Reiki, and Aroma-Release, Ellen is an online course instructor who provides continuing education for music therapists and counseling psychologists around the globe.

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Serenity Spa Opera

Mary Lydia Ryan, ORDM / Georgia Wild, BA

Fri.
9:00 pm
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9:30 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
Serenity Spa Opera is a unique musical experience in which textural sound cradles the audience in pure love. This gentle musical journey through soft vocals, chimes, Tibetan bells, and bowls offers a lavishing of luscious tones and frequencies that will be a lovely end to the day. Everyone is invited to find a quiet seat in the spa lobby or settle into a lounge chair next to the pool where this musical experience can be received.

Mary Lydia Ryan >> Mary Lydia, critically acclaimed vocalist, pianist, composer, and creator of Spa Opera® utilizes her musical, mystical, and spiritual gifts to call forth, support, uplift, and encourage each individual’s unique magnificence. As seen and heard on Seattle and worldwide stages, including TEDx, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and One World Music Radio, as well as through group and individual sound transmission sessions, Mary’s offerings are designed to bring greater light and consciousness evolution to the world.

Georgia Wild >> Georgia has been actively practicing authentic expression for years. She first pursued many forms of dance and theater, working through layers of pain to finally find release through vocal expression. She studied opera and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, only to find that world did not support the spiritual nature connection she yearned for. Following her dreamtime guidance, she moved to Hawaii to enable her Soul’s roots to meet again with our Earth Mother Gaia. From this deep dive into the truth of her being, Georgia now shares her song. Holding space, she uses sound to vibrate open locked places within so that each person can greet and alchemize aspects of themselves that are ready to be given back into the ultimate source intelligence frequency of creator God that is/has always and in all ways been transcribed into our DNA from the beginning of time.

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Open Heart Drum Meditation and Movement (Lunchtime Activity)

Rev. Elke Macartney, BA

Fri.
12:15 pm
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1:00 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
45
Min.
Elke invites participants to feel the rhythm of the heart beat drum and open to the center of their being— their heart space. She will seek to allow an emanation of pure Love to fill each participant, the room, and the planet. She intends that participants will integrate, embody, and ground through meditation, sound, and movement to cultivate presence for the rest of the conference.

Elke Macartney >> Elke is a shaman, counselor, healer, and wisdom keeper in practice for 40 years. As an aura seer and spirit walker, her daily life is a continual spiritually transformative experience. She also enjoys  dancing every day, walking in the forest, and facilitating online IANDS sharing groups.

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2022 Day 3 - Saturday - Panels

Panel: Loving Assistance for the Experiencer: How to Help (Bring your Own Lunch)

Moderator: Lynn Johnson, PhD: Jim Bruton / Chris Kito / Bethany Silver / Diana Marquez Lyons DiFranco, LCSW, ACMHP ( pre-recorded)

Sat.
10:15 am
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11:45 am
MT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
90
Min.
NDErs have life changing insights that can make them feel isolated and fearful of sharing with others. This presentation illustrates the process of creating a support group

Lynn Johnson, PhD >> Lynn Johnson received a PhD in clinical/counseling psychology in 1976 and has been a practicing psychologist since that time. In 1991 he and two friends created the Utah NDE support group that became a component of IANDS

Jim Bruton >> Jim Bruton has been a world traveler and adventure for much of his life- his adventures ranging from living in Africa as wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic to serving as a war journalist for NBC News. Using only a backpack, providing news coverage as a war journalist for NBC News in Iraq, and Lecturing in Telemedicine at Yale University School of Medicine. But when his experimental aircraft crashed in Oct. 2016, he had an adventure that topped them all. Transported to the In Between, his NDE there was not a typical passive one but required him to do something- to change his future and see how all things are interconnected. Jim has documented all of this in his book, “The In Between, A Trip of a Lifetime”

Chris Kito >> At the age of 24, Chris Kito went into anaphylactic shock from a food allergy, and it led him into a life changing Near-Death Experience, in 2012. He will be discussing the events leading up to the NDE, the NDE experience, the NDE event’s aftereffects upon him, and how he has been integrating the experience into his life, both personally and professionally. Chris will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of this life-altering event and how it affects individuals entering adulthood

Bethany Silver >> Bethany B. Silver, Ph.D. has been an educator for 20+ years. She began her teaching career as a psychology instructor at Manchester Community College. At UConn’s Neag School of Education she served as the Director of the Professional Development Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. Dr. Silver has taught courses in research methods, evaluation, assessment, and learning. She has engaged her research skills with neurology patients at Hartford Hospital, the Capitol Region Education Council, Bloomfield Public Schools, and currently serves as the Chief Performance Officer for the Hartford Public Schools. Bethany has published and presented at conferences nationally and internationally, in the areas of predictive modeling, instructional data teaming, and creating visionary data environments. She is named on a U.S. patent for an assessment reporting system. Mrs. Silver has always been interested in NDEs. Her work in post-NDE-Integration has been inspired and informed by Jim Bruton and Susan Redwine. She extends gratitude to her colleagues Tina Angeli, Jack Lardis, Sue Maisano, and other members of the Farmington, CT NDE Support Group, which she joined in 2020

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Debbie James NDE

Voices of COVID: Near-Death Experiencers

COVID & NDE panel: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Jeff Fusco, AS / Randy Schiefer, MSFS / Travis Shreeve

Sat.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
90
Min.
Jeff Fusco’s Covid-19 journey began on March 24, 2020 when he was hospitalized after crashing in the ER. Over the next few months, he was moved to 4 different hospitals and with only 2 hours to live, was rushed by helicopter to the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors said Jeff was the worst case of Covid-19 they have ever witnessed. In his last hours, Jeff had a OBE shared experience with his parents giving him permission to leave and his wife telling him to fight if he wanted to live. Jeff’s father pointed for Jeff to look over his shoulder and there stood Christ. Then Jeff found himself sitting on God’s lap discussing whether he should return to earth or remain with Him. Jeff looked over God’s shoulder and saw what he thought were the gates of heaven. Recalling his wife’s words to fight if he wanted to live, Jeff found himself back in his body. What happened next was a Miracle of God, a test of his faith with an evil presence and how prayer helped him miraculously recover from Covid-19!

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for near-death experiencers (NDErs) and for organ donor families. After completing her master’s thesis on NDEs and Disclosure, she served on the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. She has delivered numerous presentations regarding NDEs and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) to small group sessions/classes as well as international conferences audiences

Jeff Fusco, AS, >> Jeff is married to his wife Theresa of 35 years. They have 2 children and currently live in Canfield, Ohio. He attained his Associates degree in Computer Science/Programming at the ATES Technical Institute. He began his career at GBS Corp, i-Tech Solutions Group as a Customer Service Representative focused on software for the construction industry, eventually learning to implement and support a core set of Standard Financial Software applications designed for general business management. Following his bout with Covid-19, Jeff decided to in September 2020, ending his 35+ year career as the Executive Vice-President for the GBS Corp, i-Tech Solutions Group headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio

Randy Schiefer, MSFS >> Randy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Forensics Science Degree. He spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman and as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigations. He retired in 1992. From the Air Force Randy started teaching at the collegiate level, entering as an adjunct instructor and working his way to Department Chair and finally as the college campus Director. He retired (again) in 2014 and moved to Florida in 2015. Randy married his high school sweetheart in 1972. They have three marvelous daughters, two grandchildren, and a third due in August

Travis Shreeve, CPA >> I’m a CPA in my early 40s. I’ve lost 2 children to a Genetic condition. Whitney at 16 months and Vincent at 8 years. My wife and I have been married for 18 years with what feels like 3 different families. My experience made the family feel as one

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Portals to Transformation: Abuse and Trauma Before an NDE

Moderator: Chris Batts / Alma Blazquez, EdD / Betty Guadagno, CRPA

Sat.
3:45 pm
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4:45 pm
MT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Each of these panelists had suffered harrowing experiences in their lives, which will be the context for the great contrast and miraculous outcomes of their NDEs. We will see with them, as they illustrate for us their discoveries, awakenings, and healings. Bearing witness to these particular journeys to transformation connects us to the profound power and beauty that each lifetime can bring.

Chris Batts >> Chris Batts is an author and motivational speaker and has been featured by Johns Hopkins University Press. Chris had a near death experience that happened after a suicide attempt. In his book “Boom- The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer”, he goes in detail about his life, what led up to his suicide attempt and how his life has changed after. He was taken to the spiritual realm and experienced telepathic thoughts from God. He also met many angels including two who were familiar and is still in contact with to date. Chris’s strongest mission is to deter people from suicide. Many people who go through dark times and depression don’t realize how much they are loved

Alma Blazquez >> My educational background includes a BS in early childhood development, desiring to learn how the human developed in utero. I continued with a MA in Specialized education due to the passion I gained for infants born with developmental and physical differences. I then researched and completed a dissertation on nine social sciences and how they affect the teenager who has not been able to feel loved. After my 2012 NDE, I have become an international specialized education mediator, assisting those of all ages with gaining greater brain plasticity using brain exercises: yoga, breath work and Ayurveda: Body, Mind and Soul Attunement (Thomas Hubl), Inner Relational Focusing (Gene Gendlin, Ann W. Cornell)

Betty Guadagno >> Betty went from a drug addicted, sex worker, and self-described radical atheist to a devout believer in long-term recovery, working as a recovery coach, and manifesting a life beyond her wildest dreams. She will take you through her awakening journey where she was shown her pre-birth planning, her divine mission, and the interconnectedness of all things

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Journey's to Awareness: NDEs as Transformations to Love

Moderator: Greg Pacini / David Oakford / James Owen / Nadine Telishewsky

Sat.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Rm 3 - Deer
90
Min.
The journey to awareness that may follow an NDE often leads to a profound sense of expanded love and may express itself in many ways: lifestyle changes, books or music written; even theories developed explaining answers to some of life’s biggest questions. However, the path to those expressions of love is not always smooth. This panel will explore both aspects of the Journeys To Awareness.

Greg Pacini >> By day, Greg is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Group Psychotherapist with over 40 years experience. His book, Journey Beyond Hardship, has the endorsement of both Anita Moorjani and Larry Dossey, MD. Also, by day, Greg’s a musician, creating four CD’s, garnering airplay, and opening for Joan Borysenko. However, recently, on the heels of participation in IANDS and Tricia Barkers’ 2021 summits, Greg realized that he didn’t almost die at birth. He did. And a profound experience while a Benedictine novitiate was actually a remembrance of the NDE that came with his young death. Greg now sees that his music captures much of what has stayed with him from that NDE, and is most evident in songs of his CD, One Soul. Greg will perform songs from that CD, share more about the now-connected pieces of his life, and also sing the title track from his first CD To Soul. Interestingly, Greg spoke at the IANDS Annual Group Leader Retreat in the late 90’s)

David Oakford’s NDE was in 1979. Since then, David has worked in a few factories, served in the USN, and attended business school and earned 4-year degree in accounting. He was a stay-at-home father for his growing family as well. He’s worked as a Software Analyst and was laid off in the Great Recession. Currently, David is disabled and works part time as a Janitor at his city’s spooky old movie theater. David lives with his family in Metro Detroit

James Owen >> Jim Owen has a 50+ year career in real estate marketing and as an auctioneer. Starting his career in his home state of West Virginia he later lived for 30+ years in North Texas where he experienced his NDE. Jim has traveled internationally as an auctioneer selling high-value assets After many life-changing events he’s settled down in Tampa Florida with his fiancé, a lady he nearly married 48 years prior, and with a dramatic story of how his NDE brought them back together

Nadine Telishewsky >> Nadine has a BA in Psychology and worked with the homeless population for a decade. She’s currently an Energy Practitioner and Spiritual Coach, and writing a book about her NDE, astral travels, and angelic communications
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No Story is Too Small: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

Moderator: Peter Panagore, M.Div / Kristen Adams, MA / Lynne Seymour, RN / Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD / David Ulrich / Shelly Liedtke, BMSc / Ellen Corson, BA / Kacy Kelly / Françoise E. Netter, MA

Sat.
4:00 pm
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6:15 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Deer
135
Min.
NDEs and STEs are life-altering events for those who experience them. They are irresistible catalysts for change. Initially, the change is internal as experiencers reconsider their beliefs about life and the hereafter. During this time, many NDErs and STErs keep their experiences to themselves as they engage in the challenging inner work of reformation and transformation. In a parallel process, they also reconsider their relationship to neighbors and humanity as a whole. Over time, they gain sufficient clarity and courage to emerge from their seclusion and share their stories with others. This has helped to build the NDE community through organizations like IANDS. It also draws in STErs by offering validation and community, and non-NDErs by offering knowledge, inspiration, and hope. Through the stories of several individuals, this panel presentation gives voice to the transformative process. Hear stories from the early days when those who shared their experiences were scoffed at or seen as delusional, to recent time where open-minded people are beginning to listen. Glimpse an emerging future where NDErs and STErs move from the margins of society to a position of acceptance and inclusion where their experiences and contributions can serve to help others on their transformative journeys.

Peter Panagore, MDiv >> Peter Panagore, author of the best-selling, Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just the Beginning, experienced two transformative near-death encounters. Following a BA in English Literature, he changed careers from architecture to theology and completed a Master of Divinity at Yale University, specializing in the Classics of Western Mysticism. For more than two decades, Panagore served progressive New England churches. His first book, Two Minutes for God, a best-seller in Maine and now available worldwide, was based on his 15 years as an NBC-TV writer for a daily Maine and New Hampshire broadcast viewed annually by 30 million people. He currently hosts “Not Church: Mysticism No Doctrine No Dogma No Bravo Sierra” on his YouTube channel, offers spiritual counseling through Zoom, and teaches meditation and yoga to a global community.

Kristen Adams, MA >> After all her schooling, Kristen was fulfilled — balancing the obligations of her young family with her calling: working with traumatized kids. But when an epically ugly-messy divorce came to her own household, she took an unsatisfying government desk job that provided ample leave time to invest in her own children — but which only barely paid the bills. During the ensuing two decades, she lost all belief in a Benevolent Cause but had convinced herself it was better that way. Finally, after years as a front-line functionary, she was finally promoted and then quickly promoted yet again. Things were finally going right. She finally had room to breathe! A routine X-ray found a space-occupying lesion in the right upper lobe of her lung, and she feared this was the end of her difficult, sad, and disappointing life. It was time to look for answers.

Ellen Corson, BA >> Ellen Corson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1964 and moved to Hanover, NH, in 1974. She graduated from Hanover High School and attended Brown University. Ellen’s favorite class at Brown was Religious Studies. However, since that was not an acceptable field of study in her family, she went on to work at numerous non-profit organizations and social assistance organizations, later founding an Improvisational Comedy group while volunteering around Greater Portland, Maine. She is currently a hospice volunteer who is giving herself a course in mystical studies, wherever it leads. Her 21-year-old son remains skeptical.

Kendall (Ken) Gilligan, MD >> Dr. Kendall Gilligan was an emergency department physician for almost 40 years before he retired in 2018. His spiritual insights were shaped by a study of Edgar Cayce, Paramahansa Yogananda, and especially by Al Miner/Lama Sing. The insights that he will share come from his personal experiences that arose from contemplation that he began as a teenager.

Kacy Kelly >> Scholar, gas station clerk, mother, wife, and meditator. Kacy had an STE that happened from self-destructive tendencies, and there came the point when she fell to her knees in pain. I quickly got back to my feet. It took a week to heal, at which point she found myself stopped in my tracks with a knowing that I was saved by the light that goes and comes back again. I don’t really know what that means. I didn’t see heaven or hell, just this knowing and a real empty feeling. It was like it took her two years to get her soul back! She moved, changed my life, got married, and had a daughter.

Shelly Liedtke, BMSc >> Shelly is a lifelong perpetual student of Self-Empowerment and a Spiritual Life Coach who is here to lovingly help her students and clients shift the stresses of day-to-day living from mystery to mastery, steadily center in the Sacred Intentions of their Soul and open the doorway to consciously creating miracles in their life. Throughout all of her mentoring and coaching services, she offers loving, gentle support for welcoming her clients and students back home to being their True Self; to open the space for really loving and appreciating who they are deep down inside – the One they came here on earth to experience and BE – so they can thrive and be healthy, well and happy in their life…all through the lens of Love grounded in Gratitude.

Françoise E. Netter, MA>> Françoise E. Netter, MA, renowned author, educator, presenter, and performer, has innovatively contributed to Yoga, Dance Therapy, and Stress Management for over four decades. She has instructed at prestigious institutions like Stanford University and the University of Colorado and trained professionals in her specialty. Françoise has garnered international attention through TV, radio, podcasts, and print media. Her book, “Movement For The Mind,” empowers individuals to integrate and apply their creativity holistically. Drawing from her mystical experiences and trauma, Françoise aims to inspire transformation. Her current focus revolves around Resiliency and trauma, serving as the theme of her upcoming book and Ted X talk.

Lynne Seymour, RN >> Lynne had a life transforming NDE in 1970 at the age of 24 following the traumatic birth of her first child. She came close to death when her vital signs plummeted. She left her body, went to a heavenly realm, and was convinced by spiritual beings to return to complete her work on earth. She returned with a distorted sense of reality, a feeling of disconnection, no one with whom she could safely share her story, and a longing to return to her true home. In 1980 she had a profound, life-changing STE in which she experienced the all-encompassing love of God. She retired after 40-plus years in nursing but has been haunted by a desire to gain a deeper spiritual understanding of her own NDE and to complete her work in this world.

David Ulrich >> Raised in 1960s Detroit, David’s early experiences of faith were shaped by the Methodist Church he attended with his family. His grandmother’s role as the church secretary deepened his exposure to the church, particularly to its minister, whom he respected greatly. However, his perception was jolted upon discovering the minister indulged in questionable habits. As a teenager, David explored various religious paths, including the Church of God, the Catholic Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, seeking authenticity but finding hypocrisy instead. As he matured, he chose to step away from organized religion to formulate his unique understanding of God. His spiritual journey took a significant turn at age 25, when a Detroit Unity Temple radio broadcast resonated with him, leading him to a community that nurtured his spiritual quest, a journey still in progress today.

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Transformative Messages from the Other Side, A Mediumship Panel

Moderator: Maria Lupita Gurule / Patricia L’Dara, MA / Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC

Sat.
12:15 pm
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1:15 pm
ET
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
A common condition of near-death experiencers is that “the veil to the other side” is lifted, creating rich, mystical, and life-altering experiences even beyond the NDE itself. In this panel, meet three NDErs who straddle between the seen and unseen, bridging the subconscious / unconscious with the conscious. Each will share their experience that forever altered their lives into loving service for Souls—both here and there. Discover the transformative power within to uplift humanity, aid the Earth, and experience life for the better.

Maria Lupita Gurule >> Maria Lupita Gurule’s near-death experience (NDE) in 2000 opened up her reality, unveiled an invisible field, and forced open her ‘Gifts of the Spirit.’ Through her struggle to integrate back into life, Maria learned how to accept and use her abilities to heal from life’s traumas. Mystically attuned and guided, Maria overcame many debilitating life challenges in order to learn how to fully live. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the service and love of Humanity. She is a Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist with expertise in past-life, inter-life and natal-life sessions, and a world-class Soul-Reader.

Patricia L’Dara, MA >> Patricia came to the work of death and dying when her mother made her sacred passage in 1993. Prior to that time, Patricia had never been in a room with anyone dying and did not know what to expect. Her experience was so beautiful and profound that it altered her life. Since her first encounter, she has quietly continued to accompany people from all walks of life in their passing. Patricia is the author of the book, Song of Sight: An Introduction to Soul Passage Midwifery.

Ray Catania, MMsc, MCLC >> Award-winning author Ray Catania’s latest book, “You Are Still Alive, Now Act Like It”, is available in 52 countries. In addition to being an author, Ray Catania is an intuitive-medium, who teaches spirituality and metaphysics with clients in his private practice. He is an NDE survivor, an ordained minister, with master certifications in life coaching, Usui Reiki, and meditation, and is working towards his doctorate degree in Metaphysical Parapsychology. Ray has had the privilege of studying under, and training with, some of the greatest forward-thinking minds in the world, including Intuitives, Mediums, Shaman, and Energy Healers.

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Healing Transformations Through Love and Light (2 hours)

Moderator: Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas / Loreli Drache / Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS / Elizabeth Clark, MA, CBMT, HCPC

Sat.
1:30 pm
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3:45 pm
ET
Rm 3 - Deer
135
Min.
Each of our professional women panelists present to you a very unique journey and perspective. We each are here to share our stories of how we have transformed through our personal experiences and how we each have brought our gifts to the world of healing. Please join us to learn our story.

Tonda Nampaio-Cardenas >> As a childhood trauma survivor, Tonda experienced an NDE at the age of 9. She is a public speaker and is certified as a wellness coach, an art therapist, learning facilitator, and is an intuitive nature guide through her indigenous heritage, ceremonies and teachings.

Loreli Drache >> Loreli Drache is a four-time near-death experiencer, spiritual transformative-mystical experiencer, spiritual mentor, medical intuitive, medical assistant, clair-abled, channeler, energy reader, psychic intuitive empath, energetic alchemist, quantum-shaman healer, mystic, Reiki Master Teacher, Akashic record reader, oracle reader, reverend-high priestess, intuitive jewelry artist, writer, and poet.

Rebecca Kastl Millsap, MS >> Rebecca Kastl Millsap, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, energy healer, and angel reader, underwent a life-altering spiritually transformative experience (STE) in 2006. During and after that experience, she became aware of the Divine Love that guides all of us. Since that experience, she has dedicated her li