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2024 Additional Presenters & Activities

2024 Emcees

Co-Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN

All Days
8:00 am
-
6:15 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
800
Min.
Co-Emcee of the IANDS Conference

After completing her master’s thesis on disclosure of near-death experiences (NDEs), Debbie James was appointed to the board of directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on NDEs, The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. Inspired by her belief in the art and science of nursing practice and education, Debbie has focused her career on the advancement of safe, evidence-based patient-centered care.

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Co-Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)

Scott Taylor, EdD

All Days
8:00 am
-
6:15 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
800
Min.
Co-Emcee of the IANDS Conference

Scott Taylor is president of the Expanded Awareness Institute (EAI). EAI helps people curious about near-death experiences (NDEs) and shared death experiences (SDEs) explore what those experiences mean to them and to our human culture. His YouTube podcast The Afterlife Files, is rated in the top 20% worldwide. On the faculty of The Shift Network, Scott teaches NDE meditation for his course The Bi-Location Phenomenon.

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2024 Morning/Evening

Connecting to Soul, Somatic Meditation

Tammi Spring, BA

Thu.
9:15 pm
-
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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Ellen Wier

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

Ellen Wier, MA, MT-BC

Fri.
8:00 am
-
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
-
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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Tapping Into Other Realms Through Spoken Word Energy Healing

Chenée Fournier, BA

Sat.
8:00 am
-
8:30 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
During this spoken word energy healing session, participants will be guided into deeper states of awareness, expanded states of consciousness, and contact with their own “inner healer.” This session is a amalgamation of energy healing, energy center alignment, guided meditation, and interdimensional communication.

Chenée Fournier >>  Chenée is an evidential medium, energy healer, and spiritual mentor. Since childhood, she has been able to sense and interact with Spirit. For more than four years, as a Reiki Master, she volunteered her services with hospice, providing Reiki to patients and sitting vigil with people as they began their transition beyond the veil. As she pursued a clinical pastoral education program, she worked as an interfaith chaplain in a hospital. Chenée believes that mediumship, when done with integrity, can lead to profound spiritually transformative experiences and is an ultimate form of energy healing.

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Inner Refuge Meditation

Christopher Rosing, BS

Sat.
9:00 pm
-
9:30 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
For this meditative event, Christopher will strive to create a warm and supportive environment in which he invites participants to bring to mind a challenge they are experiencing regard their health and wellbeing, their close relationships, or the suffering they perceive in the world. As they reflect on how this challenge lives in their bodies, speech, and minds, they can open to and embrace the associated pain, enabling it to loosen and release as they rest, abiding in the stillness, silence, and spaciousness of being — the inner refuge. This is an opportunity to connect with a sense of fullness and completeness in the present moment and to find a deep sense of protection, no matter what challenges one faces. By connecting with the inner refuge, one is empowered not only to transform their own pain but also to become more available to compassionately support others who are suffering.

Christopher Rosing >> Christopher experienced so much early trauma and bullying that, at the age of 12, he set himself on fire. Surviving but being scarred forever–an outcast who felt unlovable, he first sought escape through addiction. But his search for deeper meaning and identity led to his awakening at the University of Connecticut while working as Kenneth Ring’s lead researcher on The Omega Project, which compared the transformational aftereffects of NDEs and UFO experiences. Through this work, Christopher met his wife Adrianne, who gifted him a shared death experience when she passed away in 2015. After her death, Christopher discovered Bon Buddhism, which completely transformed his life as he reconnected to the Light through Dzogchen Meditation. Dzogchen means “the great perfection” and is beyond religion or culture, as it is inherent in all sentient beings.

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Spirit Guide Meditation with Musical Accompaniment

Kat Sanders / Mary Lydia Ryan, ORDM

Sun.
8:00 am
-
8:30 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
30
Min.
Participants will embark on a transformative journey to discover a simple way to connect with their spirit guides. They will learn to recognize subtle signs and messages sent by spirit guides and learn how to use these communications to live life with a deeper sense of clarity and enlightenment.

Kat Sanders >> Kat flatlined in 2010 from a massive brain hemorrhage. Her beautiful visit to the afterlife revealed the continuation of life and the connection between all living things. Once she pierced that veil, it would remain open to her. But returning to the physical world was a challenge. She experienced the roadblocks suffered by millions of people with similar experiences. Naysaying family members, churches, and friends made her feel uncomfortable about sharing her story. Nevertheless, over the ensuing months, Kat’s unique abilities became undeniably real. She has since evolved into a medium and medical intuitive. She authored a self-help book Unstoppable Life and was featured on an episode of the A&E TV series I Survived, Beyond And Back.  She passionately shares her amazing NDE with IANDS groups and various organizations.

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.

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2024 Artists

Peace Tapestry Display

Nuestro Nanamoli

All Days
8:00 am
-
9:30 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
800
Min.
This large Peace Tapestry will be on display in Room 4 for the duration of the conference. Nuestro will be working on the tapestry at times during the conference. He will be in silence (channeling peace and positive energy) when he is embroidering, and will be available during his breaks for questions.

Nuestro Ñānamoli >> Nuestro, a former Army Ranger from the 1st Ranger Battalion, shattered his neck in a diving accident which resulted in his near-death experience.  He was bestowed a unique mission during his NDE by six luminous beings. Over the next three years, the beings taught him who they were and what his work would be. This work includes using embroidery as a tool to promote peace, and publicly displaying his ongoing tapestries. He feels these beings of light channeling through him in his mission to share his story and display his tapestry art. He was instructed to choose a silent mantra that would imbue each thread with peaceful energy. As he sews, he mentally recites the mantra, “May this stitch bring peace to many people.”

 

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When Art Becomes an Imaginal Portal to The Other Side (Live Community Art)

Lee Ann Fortunato-Heltzel

All Days
8:00 am
-
9:30 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
800
Min.
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.

• Imagine standing at the threshold of reality, gazing into a physical portal that defies space and time. MetaArt offers an exciting invitation to boldly explore uncharted territories of dimensions outside our grasp.
• Ocular Meditation, an ancient eyes-open practice, is the means of transportation.
• This is a community creation. You get to paint!

Disclaimer: MetaArt experiences may lead to expanded consciousness, increased awe, and a desire to hug the cosmos.

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.

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IANDS VR Near-Death Experience

Virgil Wong, MFA / Daniel Ryan, BFA

All Days
10:00 am
-
12:00 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
120
Min.
Through fully immersive 360º virtual reality (VR), we can better understand what a near-death experience may feel like. IANDS is proud to debut The Virtual NDE, which visualizes some of the most common characteristics of NDEs from thousands of records reported to IANDS and the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF).

IANDS’s inaugural artists-in-residence, Virgil Wong and Daniel Ryan, created the Virtual NDE in close collaboration with IANDS board members led by Daniel Endy. The team designed this VR simulation to help non-experiencers better understand NDEs and adopt healthier views about life and mortality.

Virgil Wong, MFA, PhD (cand.) >> is an artist and healthcare technologist who collaborates with near-death experiencers to visualize and process their NDEs. To empower patients with better digital health tools, he worked for over 15 years at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine – and founded Medical Avatar LLC. This startup creates symptom visualization and evidence-based health management applications, including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, MR).

Virgil has exhibited his art, medicine, and patient collaboration projects worldwide, including venues like the Sundance Film Festival, the State Hermitage Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, and Deitch Projects NYC. He studied illustration and painting at RISD (BFA), new media at Transart Institute (MFA), clinical medicine and technology at Harvard University, and cognitive psychology/intelligent technologies at Columbia University (PhD). Virgil was Chief Digital Officer at HGS, a digital solutions company, and now, as a managing partner, he is leading healthcare IT consulting engagements at Gartner. He also teaches VR/AR part-time at The New School. For more information about Virgil, please visit: https://www.virgilwong.com

Daniel Ryan, BFA, MS (cand.) >> is an expert and specialist in the art, science, and practices of Hypnosis and Regression Therapy. He has maintained full-time private practice for over a decade in New York City, offering Hypnosis and Regression Therapy to individuals, businesses, and groups. Daniel is attending Columbia University to study Narrative Medicine and pursue a Master of Science. He has received board certifications in Hypnotherapy, Regression Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology.

From 2007 to 2014, he studied and trained in meditation techniques at the School of Practical Philosophy in New York City while exploring Vedic philosophy, neuroscience, and East/West mysticism. Daniel received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Emerson College, where his work focused on writing, literature, and sociology. For more information about Daniel, please visit: https://www.danielryancrt.com

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Personal Transformation and Healing Through Art (Art Display)

Laiken Gabbert

All Days
9:00 am
-
7:00 pm
PT
Bookstore
800
Min.
The theme of this art collection is exploring other realms, and it is meant to be both an emotional and intellectual experience. The collection was created using recycled/found objects as a base for each piece. Acrylic paint and various grades of gold and silver leaf were added for visual effect. The pieces are highly conceptual in nature–as described in the label of each art piece. There are so many beautiful ways that humans express themselves in the service of others, whether through selfless acts or academic research, and their contributions deserve to be immortalized artistically.

Laiken Gabbert >> Laiken became inspired by the IANDS website in 2011 after learning of her father’s multiple myeloma diagnosis. She became his caregiver for the next nine years until his passing in 2020, drawing strength and knowledge from the incredible NDE stories shared. Through her artwork, she seeks to highlight emotions and concepts that appear as common threads throughout research and personal accounts on the subject. Her goals are to bring more aesthetic beauty and positivity to the world and to create more interest in this area of study encompassing the intersection of theoretical/quantum physics, psychology/neuroscience, and consciousness. After traveling to ~55 countries, a universal truth she sees is that all societies could use more art to inspire, intrigue, and add a touch of the ethereal here on Earth.

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2024 Musicians

Harp Music for the Meet & Greet

Karen Michelle, PsyD and Christina Tourin, MT, CTHP

Thu.
5:30 pm
-
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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Native American Flute (Music for Bookstore - various days and times)

Donna M. Rebadow, MS, LAc, CSMA

All Days
9:00 am
-
7:00 pm
PT
Bookstore
800
Min.
Donna will play the Native American Flute at the bookstore at various times and days.

Donna Rebadow >> Donna is a near-death experiencer, sports medicine acupuncturist, host of the Exploring Consciousness Podcast, and author of Wednesdays with Sadie, the Miracle Dog. In 1998, Donna had an NDE that changed how she viewed herself, the world, and other dimensions. After this experience, Donna began exploring consciousness by attending workshops with the Monroe Institute, Dr. Dispenza, and Tom Campbell. She has taken classes in CRV, Tarot with Richard Knight, and evidential mediumship with Suzanne Giesemann and has been interviewed several times for the media, including on the “Coming Home” YouTube channel (819K views). Donna taught at the community college level in Arizona in the areas of health, psychology, and alternative medicine. She is a jeweler and musician, and in Spring 2019 she entered the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with her Wayland Baptist College teammates.

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Open Heart Drum Meditation and Movement (Lunchtime Activity)

Rev. Elke Macartney, BA

Fri.
12:15 pm
-
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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Serenity Spa Opera

Mary Lydia Ryan, ORDM / Georgia Wild, BA

Fri.
9:00 pm
-
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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Musical Sound Journey (Lunchtime Activity)

Dashmesh Khalsa

Sat.
12:15 pm
-
1:00 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
45
Min.
Dashmesh will be offering a sound journey with various instruments such as frame drums, didgeridoos, and handpans. Music is a universal language common to all cultures and can have the ability to give us a direct experience where words can fail. His music offering spans from meditative and contemplative, to energetic and driving. Feel free to lay out and take it as a journey or use movement or dance if inspired to do so.

Dashmesh Khalsa>> Dashmesh is a musician, producer, and philosopher who has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Bill Laswell, Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach, Toshinori Kondo, and Ken Koshio. He has played all around Arizona at venues such as the Music Instrument Museum, Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts, Tempe Center for The Arts, and the Berger Performing Arts Center as well as yoga studios and other intimate venues across the Valley. He has studied music traditions from around the world such as Indian Tabla, Australian Didgeridoo, Japanese Taiko drumming, and West African Djembe. He has blended styles of music including tribal, electronica, ambient, hip-hop, and jazz, thus defying traditional notions of genres and styles. Dash‘s music is informed by the need to create a healthy relationship between technology and nature, unite the ancient with the modern and bridge the difference between cultures to create more harmony where it may not have existed otherwise.

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Yoga For Everybody - Move, Integrate, Metabolize (Lunchtime Activity)

Melinda Peterson, RN, MS, HNB-BC

Sun.
12:15 pm
-
1:00 pm
PT
Rm 4 - Roadrunner
45
Min.
Need to move and stretch? Enjoy this opportunity to relieve tension from sitting, facilitate postural realignment, and invite relaxation. This is a great way to integrate your experience this weekend. No need to change into your yoga attire–stay dressed in your conference clothes. This yoga is adaptable and can be done with folks sitting on chairs or standing.

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.

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2024 Films

What Every Soul Knows: The Joy of Remembering Who We Really Are - Movie & Panel Q & A

Peter Alessandria

Thu.
7:00 pm
-
9:00 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
120
Min.
Join us for a sneak preview (one hour) of the upcoming documentary, “What Every Soul Knows: The Joy of Remembering Who We Really Are.” The film features interviews more than 40 thought-leaders in the areas of near-death experiences, mediumship, channeling, and other psychic phenomena to uncover the path to remembering our true nature as eternal spiritual beings. The preview will be followed by Q&A with the director and with several interviewees from the documentary.

Peter Alessandria >> Peter is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author, TEDx Speaker, and former entertainment attorney based in the New York City area. As Managing Director of Mindful Entertainment LLC, Peter is producing several spiritually-based film projects devoted to the topic of life after death. His most recent film, slated for release in late 2024, is a documentary entitled What Every Soul Knows: The Joy of Remembering Who We Really Are. In it, he interviewed more than 40 thought-leaders in the areas of near-death experiences, mediumship, channeling, and other psychic phenomena to uncover the path to remembering our true nature as eternal spiritual beings. Find out more about Peter and his work on his websites: www.itstimetoremember.org, www.whateverysoulknows.com, and www.mindfulentertainment.us.

Other Panelists:

Ray Catania
Caroline Chang
Suzanne Giesemann
Betty Guadagno
Angela Harris
Kevin Jeffers
Amber Kasic
Alysa Rushton
Christian Sundberg
Vinney Tolman
Bill Tortorella (maybe)
Jonathan Van Valin
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After Death Movie

Produced and distributed by Angel Studios

Sat.
5:15 pm
-
7:15 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
120
Min.
“After Death” is a gripping film that explores the afterlife based on real near-death experiences, conveyed by scientists, authors, and survivors. From the “New York Times” bestselling authors who brought you titles like “90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Imagine Heaven,” and “To Heaven and Back,” emerges a cinematic peek into the unknown that examines the spiritual and scientific dimensions of mortality, inviting viewers to contemplate the possibility of life after death.

After Death is a gripping film that explores the afterlife based on real near-death experiences, conveyed by scientists, authors, and survivors. From the New York Times bestselling authors who brought you titles like 90 Minutes in HeavenImagine Heaven, and To Heaven and Back, emerges a cinematic peek into the unknown that examines the spiritual and scientific dimensions of mortality, inviting viewers to contemplate the possibility of life after death.

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2024 Gatherings

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
-
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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Music and Dancing (Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar)

Music and Dancing (Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar)

Sat.
7:30 pm
-
10:00 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
150
Min.
Join in the fun at the annual Dance Party with a DJ!
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2024 Research Posters

Undergraduates’ Awareness of and Beliefs About End-of-Life Phenomena: An Online Survey (Research Poster Display)

Stephen Claxton-Oldfield, PhD, CT

All Days
8:00 am
-
9:30 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
800
Min.
Posters will be on display in the Akimel Lobby throughout the conference. Poster presenters will be available at their posters for Q&A and discussion during lunchtime.

One hundred and forty undergraduate students responded to an online survey investigating their awareness of and beliefs about a variety of unusual end-of-life phenomena (EOLP). At least three-quarters of the students had heard about deathbed visions, after-death communications, near-death experiences, and dying people choosing their time of death. Students were least aware of the phenomena of shapes leaving the body after death and clocks or watches stopping when someone dies. The two most common sources of students’ knowledge about EOLP were TV/movies and the internet; the least common source was personal/direct experience. Fifty-three percent of the students agreed/strongly agreed that EOLP are spiritual events, while 41% strongly agreed/agreed that there are medical explanations for EOLP. Suggestions for future research are offered.

Stephen Claxton-Oldfield >> Stephen is an associate professor in psychology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. His research interests focus on the people who volunteer in hospice palliative care, medical assistance in dying, and unusual end-of-life phenomena – extraordinary things that can happen when someone is approaching death (i.e., during the last months, weeks, days, or hours of a dying person’s life), at the time of death, and after death. He serves on the board of directors for Hospice Southeast New Brunswick, is a certified thanatologist with the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and has published his research in journals such as OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Describing the Interrupted Death Experience Process (Research Poster Display)

Father Nathan Castle, OP

All Days
8:00 am
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9:30 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
800
Min.
Posters will be on display in the Akimel Lobby throughout the conference. Poster presenters will be available at their posters for Q&A and discussion during lunchtime.

To understand The Interrupted Death Experience process that Fr. Nathan Castle, O.P. uses to help souls cross over.

Receive the dream and write it down in a dream journal.
Schedule time with prayer partner(s).
Protective prayer with the Saints and Angels.
Begin recording; read the dream account, and welcome the prophetic speech of the guardian angel or the person being helped.
Compassionate listening.
At the appropriate moment inquire about a guide to assist in the movement.
Close with a prayer of gratitude and goodbyes.
Debrief (if needed) and transcribe the recording.
For those stories shared publicly, have one follow-up session with a prayer partner to ask permission for public sharing.

Father Nathan Castle, OP >> Fr. Nathan has helped more than 500 “stuck” and not-so-stuck souls who died suddenly and traumatically to adjust to the afterlife. Victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings, drownings, and suicides come to him in his dreams seeking help to resolve their Interrupted Death Experiences. Father Nathan believes that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him and his prayer partners to do. In his Afterlife, Interrupted: books, Father Nathan is quick to point out that not everyone who dies suddenly gets stuck. He is the author of And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure and Afterlife, Interrupted (Books 1 and 2): Helping Stuck Souls Cross Over. His new book: Afterlife, Interrupted Book 3: Please Let Me Explain.

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Focusing on Details: Unpacking Four Visual After-Death Communications (Research Poster Display)

Daniel J. Daly, MS

All Days
8:00 am
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9:30 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
800
Min.
Posters will be on display in the Akimel Lobby throughout the conference. Poster presenters will be available at their posters for Q&A and discussion during lunchtime.

What do people experience during an after-death communication (ADC)? Unpublished written accounts of four predominantly visual ADCs experienced by two siblings were used to create a matrix of ADC experience-related details. Preliminary analysis of this limited sample indicates that all four ADCs were: 1/ unexpected, 2/ populated by recognized characters, 3/ short in duration, 4/ highly impactful, and 5/ viewed with gratitude in hindsight. Notable variations occurred in: 1/ framing, 2/ overall appearance, 3/ physical circumstances, 4/ characters and action, 5/ sense modalities, and 6/ intellectual and emotional responses during the episodes.

Dan Daly >> Dan is a geologist, retired research manager and independent researcher who has experienced after death communications (ADCs) and other transpersonal events. After more than 30 years of involvement in projects ranging from technology development, to environmental impact assessments, to television documentaries, Dan is currently focused on activities intended to provide basic data regarding the character of ADC experiences.

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Theory of a Natural Eternal Consciousness (Research Poster Display)

Bryon Ehlmann, PhD

All Days
8:00 am
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9:30 pm
PT
Akimel Lobby
800
Min.
Posters will be on display in the Akimel Lobby throughout the conference. Poster presenters will be available at their posters for Q&A and discussion during lunchtime.

Human experiences, like being unaware a dream is over until waking up, and cognitive science principles, like experiencing consciousness one discrete moment at a time, support the theory of a natural eternal consciousness (NEC). Simply stated: If no supernatural consciousness exists after death, we are imperceptibly paused in our final conscious moment at death. Being such, from our perspective, we will never know our last experience is over. If it is an NDE and we believe we’re in heaven, then we’ll forever believe we’re in heaven, with more glorious moments to come. This scenario exemplifies a natural afterlife—which, being timeless, can, philosophically, produce ultimate eternal happiness. Research supports that the reality revealed by the NEC theory will positively transform individuals and society. Tragic suicides and mass shootings will be reduced and human behavior will improve as more people realize that, psychologically, death can’t bring nonexistence but may bring accountability.

Bryon Ehlmann, PhD >> Bryon, retired early as a computer science professor in 2012 and has since applied systems analysis, logic, and an open mind to the Big Questions about life and reality. As a professor, he wrote thirty-two peer-reviewed articles and a book on computer database design. In retirement, his research into cognitive psychology, dreams, NDEs, philosophy, and religion has produced three peer-reviewed psychology journal articles and a book on a natural afterlife and the theory of a natural eternal consciousness (NEC), which supports it. The NEC theory upends the current orthodoxy about death and an afterlife. It reveals that, psychologically, existence is timeless and a spiritual afterlife—ranging from heavenly to hellish—exists. Dr. Ehlmann’s current efforts are devoted to promoting the theory because as awareness of it spreads, the better our world will be.

 

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