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2024 KeynoteS

Chasing the Light: A Journey of Transformation Through Near-Death Experiences

Chase Skylar DeMayo, BS, BMin

Thu.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Through Chase Skylar DeMayo’s captivating presentation, participants will delve into the profound realms of near-death experiences (NDEs) and their transformative impact on individuals. Drawing upon a rich tapestry of real-life accounts and the latest research findings, DeMayo explores the common themes and elements that often leave experiencers forever changed. He also examines the psychological, spiritual, and philosophical implications of NDEs, offering insights into the nature of consciousness, the meaning of life, and the possibility of an afterlife. By integrating personal stories with scientific analysis, DeMayo presents a balanced and thought-provoking perspective on the transformative power of NDEs. It challenges conventional notions of reality, inviting listeners to explore the profound questions that lie at the heart of human existence. Ultimately, he aims to inspire a deeper understanding of life, death, and the profound interconnectedness of all things.

Chase Skylar DeMayo >> Chase, a U.S. 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. For 12 years following his NDE, DeMayo kept his experience private, but eventually he 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 completed a bachelor’s degree in alternative medicine and another bachelor’s in ministry, and he will soon be completing a doctorate in holistic counseling.

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The Healing Effects of Afterlife Communication

Suzanne Giesemann, MPA

Fri.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
As humans, we too often doubt the existence of things we can’t sense physically. Near-death experiences and evidence-based after-death communications show us that we are multidimensional beings. We learn that it is the soul that connects us to all experiences in all realities. Join Suzanne Giesemann as she highlights this web of love through “no other explanation” stories from across the veil and deep spiritual truths that will ignite your soul. Learn how awareness of our connection with a greater reality has the power to transform grief and provide ongoing comfort and healing in this powerful presentation that will help you set aside your human doubts and reclaim the Power that unites us all.

Suzanne Giesemann >> Suzanne is a metaphysical teacher, author, and Messenger of Hope, recognized on the Watkins’ list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. She is a former U.S. Navy Commander who served as a commanding officer and as aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Today, she guides people to the awareness of a greater reality. She has published 14 books, 6 Hemi-Sync recordings, and YouTube videos with over nine million views. She produces the Awakened Way app and hosts the popular Messages of Hope podcast. Her gift of multidimensional communication has been verified by noted afterlife researchers, and her messages bring not only hope but also healing and love that go straight to the heart.

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Anita Moorjani

View From the Other Side

Anita Moorjani

Sat.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Embark on an extraordinary journey with Anita Moorjani, best-selling author and acclaimed inspirational speaker, as she recounts her riveting near-death experience (NDE). Anita’s extraordinary voyage to the other side revealed a realm of boundless love and acceptance, profoundly altering her perceptions of health, fear, and the very essence of existence. By weaving the profound lessons gleaned from her experience, Anita presents a revolutionary perspective on life within our three-dimensional world. She underscores the importance of unconditional self-love, unravels the illusions of time and separation, and highlights the profound interconnectedness that binds all of existence.

Anita Moorjani >> Anita is a renowned author and spiritual speaker known for her transformative journey beyond the brink of death. While living in Hong Kong, Anita battled end-stage cancer before experiencing a remarkable near-death experience (NDE) that shifted her perspective on life. Her bestselling memoir Dying to Be Me chronicles her profound journey and miraculous healing. Its popularity established her as a premier NDE expert. A beacon of inspiration, Anita travels the world sharing her insights on self-love, consciousness, and the interconnectedness of all things. Her teachings empower others to embody the highest version of themselves and live vibrant, authentic lives. Anita continues to be a guiding light in the realm of spiritual exploration.

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What I Learned From Dying

Vincent (Vinney) Tolman

Sun.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Vincent “Vinney” Tolman will speak about what it’s like to be dead for 45 minutes, offering profound insights into the mysteries of life, death, and the afterlife. Vinney will describe his extraordinary journey of defying the odds and returning from the brink of death. He will share what he learned while on the other side, how much God truly loves each of us humans, and the principles of the afterlife. Participants should prepare to be moved, challenged, and inspired as they delve with Vinney into the depths of the human spirit and the resilience of the human soul. Vinney’s story not only engenders hope but also offers advice about how best to live, based on what he learned during his NDE.

Vincent “Vinney” Tolman >> Vinney was born in Arlington, Texas and raised in California and Utah. Growing up, Vinney would feel the most comfortable in the mountains by his home. He had his first brush with death as a newborn, then again at age 14 with an embolism after being hit by a truck. An active Rugby player in high school and college, Vinney has lived in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam and maintains a conversational fluency in Vietnamese. A home builder for most of his life, and having worked in television and film production, his favorite job is being a teacher and light-worker, someone who helps others discover and find their own light and divine path. He is a spirit coach, licensed reverend, teacher, master energy practitioner, healer, and trauma specialist who helps people access the roots of their own healing. He is the author of The Light After Death: My Journey To Heaven and Back.

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2024 Day 1 - Thursday - SPEAKERS

2024 Day 1 - Thursday - SPEAKERS

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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Chasing the Light: A Journey of Transformation Through Near-Death Experiences

Chase Skylar DeMayo, BS, BMin

Thu.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Through Chase Skylar DeMayo’s captivating presentation, participants will delve into the profound realms of near-death experiences (NDEs) and their transformative impact on individuals. Drawing upon a rich tapestry of real-life accounts and the latest research findings, DeMayo explores the common themes and elements that often leave experiencers forever changed. He also examines the psychological, spiritual, and philosophical implications of NDEs, offering insights into the nature of consciousness, the meaning of life, and the possibility of an afterlife. By integrating personal stories with scientific analysis, DeMayo presents a balanced and thought-provoking perspective on the transformative power of NDEs. It challenges conventional notions of reality, inviting listeners to explore the profound questions that lie at the heart of human existence. Ultimately, he aims to inspire a deeper understanding of life, death, and the profound interconnectedness of all things.

Chase Skylar DeMayo >> Chase, a U.S. 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. For 12 years following his NDE, DeMayo kept his experience private, but eventually he 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 completed a bachelor’s degree in alternative medicine and another bachelor’s in ministry, and he will soon be completing a doctorate in holistic counseling.

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Putting FORM into TransFORMation

Jeffery C. Olsen, BSc

Thu.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Near-death experiences (NDEs) and related experiences carry great potential for transformation. The extent of tranformation depends on how one takes an NDE and what one learns from others’ NDEs to apply to one’s own life experience. In this presentation, Jeff will explore how both experiencers and non-experiencers can transform the way we live, the way we treat others, and the way we treat ourselves by embracing the transformative potential inherent in near-death, out-of-body, and after-death communication experiences.

Jeff Olsen is a #1 international best-selling author who inspires audiences globally with his intriguing story of perseverance and inner strength. After a horrific automobile accident that took the lives of his wife and youngest son, Jeff sustained multiple life-threatening injuries. He found the courage to survive over 18 surgeries and eventually healed both physically and emotionally. At the time of his accident, Jeff had incredible near-death and out-of-body experiences, bringing him insights uncommon in today’s world. He has integrated these experiences into everyday life, inspiring others to embrace the beauty around them and choose joy in all they do. Jeff’s latest book Where Are You? is a collaboration with his oldest son, Spencer, who also survived the accident at age seven. This heartfelt book for all ages is perfect for anybody who misses someone. Jeff is powerfully connected to nature and is most fulfilled by simply being a trusted friend.

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Dreams and NDEs as Life Changing Events

Bhaskar Banerji, PhD / Kimberly Mascaro, PhD

Thu.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
In this co-presentation, Bhaskar and Kimberly will examine some of the commonalities between NDEs and big dreams. Big dreams are nocturnal dreaming events that leave a profound impact on the dreamer upon awakening. Examples of big dreams are visitation dreams in which a deceased loved one visits a dreamer and conveys an important message from the beyond; lucid dreams in which the dreamer is conscious in the dream state and therefore able to explore dimensions of reality beyond the physical realm; and health-related dreams in which a dreamer is warned of impending death and how to circumvent such a prognosis. Thus, both NDEs and big dreams often serve as “wake up calls” for the experiencer. The presenters will explore the relationships between these life transformative transcendent experiences.

Bhaskar Banerji >> Bhaskar likes to think of himself as an ambassador from the dream world. As a child growing up in countries on three different continents — the US, India, and England — life was a journey full of perils. His dreams assisted him in numerous ways to navigate this obstacle course. Thus, early on in life he gained an appreciation for the power of dreaming and learned to listen to this valuable source of guidance. These events inspired him later in life to pursue dream studies in a more formal academic capacity, at both the master’s and PhD levels. He had the privilege of studying with many modern day luminaries in the dream science community, deepening his understanding of topics such as dreams and the body, dream interpretation, lucid dreaming, cross-cultural dreaming, as well as dream content analysis.

Kimberly R. Mascaro >> Kimberly is a California licensed holistic psychotherapist, centering the spiritual, ecological, and somatic. She is also a two-time nonfiction author, visual artist, meditation facilitator, and university faculty member with over 20 years of professional experience in the field of mental-behavioral health. Kim is passionate about wellness and self-care, holding certifications in Hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, and Integrative Mental Health. She is the author of Dream Medicine: The Intersection of Wellness and Consciousness (2021) and Extraordinary Dreams: Visions, Announcements and Premonitions Across Time and Place (2018) published by McFarland. Having been a student of both Western and Eastern Mystery Traditions for almost half of her life, Kim’s presentations and workshops are rooted in consciousness, dreamwork, meditation, and self-care. Her research on dreams has been presented and published in the USA, Europe, and South America.

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Capacity to Heal: NDE, Sadie the Miracle Dog, and the Native American Flute

Donna M. Rebadow, MS, LAc, CSMA

Thu.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Donna shares her transformative journey of her NDE and subsequent partnership with Sadie, a German Shepherd pet therapy dog who was an intuitive healer. Donna uniquely parallels the learnings between her NDE and Sadie’s work focusing on love, healing, and forgiveness. Through her NDE, Donna describes the life-changing insights gained when speaking with the Creator of the Universe and guardian angels. Hear key takeaways about spiritual guides–furry and otherwise–and how to fully receive and share love in all forms. Experience a Native American flute immersion with Donna as she shares her interpretation of “Afterlife.”

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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Living a Life of Transformation: Adults Who Had NDEs as Children

Kristle Merzlock, MSW / Melvin Morse, MD

Fri.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
When Kristle Merzlock was 7 years old, Melvin Morse headed the medical team that resuscitated her from near-drowning–and learned about her NDE, which inspired him to do prospective research on children’s NDEs. This presentation focuses on “the rest of the story”–how childhood NDEs reverberate in the lives of the adults who had them. After Kristle describes this process in her own life, Mel will present the results of his study of 400 adults who had childhood NDEs–results that reveal fascinating differences between them and non-experiencer adults with regard to life history, current psychological function, and record of charitable giving. Kristle and Mel will conclude with how their experiences and research have shaped their views of the meaning of life.

Kristle (Merzlock) Westover >> Kristle has shared her childhood NDE with many people through the media. She is now a social worker for the State of Wyoming working with the most difficult situations. Since 1995 she has dedicated her career to assisting others in dire circumstances so they can learn to improve their situations. Populations she has worked with include people with acute and chronic mental illness, prisoners, and individuals with substance and other addictions.

Melvin Morse >>  Melvin is a consciousness researcher and retired pediatrician honored as one of America’s Best Doctors. He has published numerous articles in medical and scientific journals on near-death experiences, remote viewing, and spiritual healing. His books, Closer to the Light on the near-death experiences of children, and Where God Lives on the neuroscience of spirituality, are international best sellers. His organization, The Recidivism Prevention Group, facilitates spiritual transformation in the ex-incarcerated through meditation and yoga. Dr. Morse presented at the first IANDS conference at Rosemont College in 1989. He frequently lectures with his brother-in-law Raymond Moody, credited with opening the contemporary field of near-death studies. NBC News described Dr. Morse as the researcher who has done the most to prove the existence of life after death. He has recently been a recipient of the prestigious Bigelow Challenge Grant Award for Consciousness Studies.

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Native American Near-Death Experiences: What We Learn From Them

Martin Tanner, BA, JD

Thu.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Native American near-death experiences (NDEs) provide a wealth of relatively untapped information for those interested in the study of these phenomena. Hearing Native American NDEs is fascinating for two primary reasons: (a) They reaffirm the universality of NDEs, and (b) they demonstrate that, although NDEs are found in all world cultures, they are inevitably interpreted through each experiencer’s own heritage, culture, and personal experiences. This presentation will provide insights into Native American NDEs by descriptions of them in the words of the Native American experiencers themselves. It will focus primarily on Western Native American NDE. There are over 2,600 Native American dialects and 22 Native American tribes in Arizona alone. By necessity, this presentation will be a mere glimpse into Native American NDEs, but it will be refreshing, exciting, and educational to hear Native American perceptions of the purposes of NDEs in their own cultures.

Martin Tanner is on the Board of Directors of IANDS and also serves as its Vice President. In 1990 he was a co-founder of IANDS of Utah, Inc., and has been its Chair ever since. He earned a BA in Finance from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Martin has personally interviewed over 600 individuals who have had a near-death experience, and he routinely speaks to groups, on radio, and on TV about NDEs. Since 1990, Martin has been a radio talk show host on KSL Radio. He has published articles and scholarly papers on a variety of subjects.

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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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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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Six Ways the Life Review Transforms Both NDErs and Non-NDErs

Jeff Janssen, MS

Thu.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
NDEs are certainly life-changing in their own right – and the life review is one of the most transformative aspects of NDEs. This dynamic presentation takes a deep dive into the unforgettable life review and how it indelibly impacts both NDErs and non-NDErs. Based on in-depth research of over 200 life reviews, this powerful and paradigm-shifting program reveals exactly what happens in a life review and how it transforms NDErs as well as those who study them. Discover the six ways life reviews change people and how and why the life review is one of the most fascinating, impactful, and motivating aspects of near-death experiences.

Jeff Janssen >> After becoming a rare survivor of a widowmaker heart attack at age 42, Jeff sought answers to life’s biggest questions, such as: Who am I, why are we here, and what happens to us when we die? He studied over 5,000 NDEs and synthesized their highlights into the book 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven. Because he was particularly impacted by NDE life reviews, he wrote Your Life’s Ripple Effect. Jeff has also written a book for those grieving the loss of loved ones, Comforting Truths from Heaven, and one for children who have lost a loved one, What You’ll Learn in Heaven. Jeff has shared his work with bereaved parents through Helping Parents Heal, formerly incarcerated women through A New Way of Life, at Duke’s Rhine Research Center, and with IANDS groups across the country. Jeff also served 30 years in the sports world helping college teams win championships.

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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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Spiritual Transformation After the Loss of Our Dads

Liz Entin / Amber Kasic, MA

Thu.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Liz Entin, a sciencey-skeptic, and Amber Kasic, a believer in possibilities, will share their transformations and connections to the afterlife after the loss of their fathers. Amber was shocked when she began to get messages from her dad as her previously undiscovered mediumship abilities unfolded. Liz at first delved into the science and research being conducted by people such as Drs. Jim Tucker and Bruce Greyson at the University of Virginia, but as she delved deeper she even began to get her own signs. Amber is now a practicing medium, and Liz is an informal researcher into the evidence about an afterlife, with a blog and podcast. Both are thrilled and surprised as they continue their–now inter-dimensional–relationships with their dads.

Liz Entin >> Liz, a skeptic and atheist, following the passing of her father in 2015, began to examine evidence of an afterlife and anything psi related. The evidence blew her away and transformed her life. She is author of WTF Just Happened?!: A sciencey-skeptic explores grief, healing, and evidence of an afterlife and host of a podcast, WTF Just Happened?!: All about the afterlife. No woo. She continues to study evidence and research on the survival of consciousness after physical death and remains amazed and overjoyed that there is more than this material world.

Amber Kasic >> Amber is an evidential medium, author, speaker, former classroom teacher, and US Department of Education Fulbright participant. After a shared death experience with her father in 2020, she began a journey of discovery and connection with our greater reality, guided by her dad in spirit. She shares her journey and transformational stories of love and guidance from spirit with audiences worldwide and is co-author of the book Life Reimagined: Women’s Stories of Hope, Resilience, & Transformation. She now inspires others to explore just what is possible in our lives, as love is limitless and we are so much more than just human. It’s Nature’s Way.

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The Way of Light: A Journey of Divine Service

Melissa Mullen

Thu.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Childhood trauma as a sacred wound that enables a profound gift of healing is a known phenomenon. Melissa Mullen’s journey began with a traumatic event at the age of 7 when her soul departed her body and passed into a dimension of pure love, wherein she merged with the highest expression of her soul and was asked to return to Earth to help. Knowing that she would not remember what to do and when to begin until the time for her activation came, she chose to walk-in to the material world, out of love, and because of her soul’s true purpose and mission: Earth and all who dwell here. Melissa’s presentation will demonstrate the presence of other-worldly beings protecting, teaching, and working through her to continuously merge her consciousness into a multidimensional lightworker in divine service, illuminating the way for others to awaken to their own divinity.

Melissa Mullen >> Melissa is a Reiki Master Healer and Teacher and Soul Poeticist at Integral Reiki Center for Healing (INRCH) in Frederick, Maryland, USA. Since a life-altering event in 1962 at the age of 7, she has experienced a profound calling to sacred service. During the past 23 years, she continuously encountered Reiki, and in 2016 at the age of 55, her teacher appeared, just as her children were emptying the nest and she began to envision the completion of her federal government career. Over the past 8 years, Melissa’s immersion in the healing practice of Reiki and sacred pilgrimages to Europe and the Middle East have unveiled her sacred lineage, purpose, and path. Currently, Melissa serves as a healer and teacher, bringing forward the remembrance of past lives to inform the current age and support the healing process of humanity as divine emanations of the Creator.

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Where Sand Blooms: Transformations of Near-Death Experiencers and Their Healthcare Providers in the Arab World

Silvia Al Rabadi, PhD

Thu.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
In this presentation, Silvia Rabadi will present ground-breaking research regarding NDEs in the Arab world. In the first half, focused on experiencers, she will review current literature and provide first-hand testimonies to provide insight into the distinct cultural and religious panoramas that influence the interpretation, aftereffects, and consequences of Arab world NDEs. In the second half, focused on healthcare providers, she will report results of a study using the pioneering Alef-NDE Scale to evaluate Arab world healthcare providers’ reported experiences caring for near-death experiencers. Together, these research results carry important implications for holistic care of experiencers and preparation of those who provide that care.

Silvia Rabadi >> Sylvia earned her PhD in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Mind, delving into a profound exploration of near-death experiences. A fellow of the International Society for Quality in Health Care and a USAID senior consultant, she holds numerous certifications including Senior Consultant in Speech-Language Pathology, Senior Surveyor and Accreditation Preparation Consultant by Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC), and Quality Management Assessor and Healthcare Quality Management Professional by the European Foundation for Quality Management. Her vast expertise extends to healthcare quality improvement, specializing in accreditation preparation and quality enhancement. Silvia’s background in nursing and speech pathology has propelled transformative initiatives globally. Her commitment to continuous learning is evident through numerous certifications, workshops, and educational programs. Beyond professional accomplishments, Silvia actively engages in humanitarian causes, embodying a holistic healthcare approach. Her dynamic career showcases a profound dedication to continuous learning and a relentless pursuit of improving global healthcare systems.

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

Peter Alessandria

Thu.
7:00 pm
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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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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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2024 Day 2 - Friday - SPEAKERS

2024 Day 2 - Friday - SPEAKERS

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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The Healing Effects of Afterlife Communication

Suzanne Giesemann, MPA

Fri.
9:00 am
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10:00 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
As humans, we too often doubt the existence of things we can’t sense physically. Near-death experiences and evidence-based after-death communications show us that we are multidimensional beings. We learn that it is the soul that connects us to all experiences in all realities. Join Suzanne Giesemann as she highlights this web of love through “no other explanation” stories from across the veil and deep spiritual truths that will ignite your soul. Learn how awareness of our connection with a greater reality has the power to transform grief and provide ongoing comfort and healing in this powerful presentation that will help you set aside your human doubts and reclaim the Power that unites us all.

Suzanne Giesemann >> Suzanne is a metaphysical teacher, author, and Messenger of Hope, recognized on the Watkins’ list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. She is a former U.S. Navy Commander who served as a commanding officer and as aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Today, she guides people to the awareness of a greater reality. She has published 14 books, 6 Hemi-Sync recordings, and YouTube videos with over nine million views. She produces the Awakened Way app and hosts the popular Messages of Hope podcast. Her gift of multidimensional communication has been verified by noted afterlife researchers, and her messages bring not only hope but also healing and love that go straight to the heart.

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Nancy Rynes

The Natural World, Personal Transformation, and the Healing Energy of NDEs

Nancy Rynes, BSc

Fri.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
In this talk, Nancy will share stories of how the natural world can help us heal and transform our lives after extraordinary experiences such as NDEs. She will discuss our culture’s current disconnect from nature, but also show how those connections are still there, available to anyone at any time. Finally, she will share examples of how everyone can connect with nature to help with their own transformations and healing.

Nancy Rynes is a geoscientist, archaeologist, artist, and explorer of all things weird and wonderful. As a near-death experiencer, remote viewer, QHHT regressionist, and energy worker, Nancy seeks to combine her innate curiosity about the nature of reality with a sense of discernment and groundedness learned as a geoscientist. She strives to make both scientific and “paranormal” topics easier to understand for everyone, Nancy has been featured on NBC TV’s The TODAY Show, PBS Television, and the Netflix series Surviving Death. She is a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader and has appeared on many podcasts and radio shows.

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Terminal Lucidity in Children: Transformational Effects

Marjorie Woollacott, PhD / Natasha Tassell-Matamua, PhD

Fri.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Research indicates that children may have profound mystical experiences at the end of life as part of experiences of terminal lucidity. However, recent studies show that a high percentage of children experience their last days and minutes of life in an intensive care unit, as parents and medical staff have extreme difficulty deciding whether to withdraw treatments, torn between giving a child nurturing and emotionally supportive loving care and achieving the medical goal to prolong life. In this presentation, Marjorie and Tash will present cases of terminal lucidity and other end-of-life experiences in children, proposing that these experiences are more likely to occur when ICU treatments to simply prolong life are ended and the children are allowed to be fully present with their families. They will discuss transformational effects of these experiences on the children’s medical caregivers and family members as well as implications for end-of-life care.

Marjorie Woollacott >> Marjorie is Research Director for IANDS, President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences (AAPS), member of the Science Committee of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and Co-Director of the Galileo Commission. She is a member of the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon and has received funding for her research in rehabilitation medicine, meditation, spiritual awakening, and end-of-life experiences. She has published over 200 scientific articles and written or edited nine books, including Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind, her eight-award-winning book about her own spiritual awakening and its transformation of  her research on consciousness, as well as Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences.

Natasha Tassell-Matamua >> Natasha is Associate Professor and 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 focuses on the interplay between spirituality, well-being, and the wider ecosystem. Natasha has also spent the last 15 years researching the phenomenology, aftereffects, and cultural specificity of near-death experiences and other exceptional experiences of consciousness; she has published extensively and presented both nationally and internationally on these topics.

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How To Want To Be Here

Katie Darling, MSU / Gregory Andrews

Fri.
10:30 am
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11:30 am
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Many NDErs talk about their agonizing return to the body, or joke that they don’t fear death at all: “In fact… I can hardly wait!” Katie and Gregory call themselves, for fun, “New Wave Mystics”–exploring the mystical marriage of body and spirit, between the wave function of consciousness appearing as material bodies and the Infinite Wave of consciousness, the “I Am” that observes or perhaps creates the diverse “waves” of manifestation. Having felt they are “doing time,” trapped here in 3D, and trying to get up and out of body, they are now exploring Oneness through “wave-literacy,” the understandings and skills that integrate here and there. In this presentation, they will illuminate the edge between a “Holy Longing” for the Divine and a less-healthy “Death Urge” that can subtly degenerate people’s bodies and psyches through resisting the very embodied experience that they enthusiastically signed up for. The speakers’ hope is for everyone to experience Life in its fullness.

Katie Darling >> Katie has been a transformational guide/seminar leader for more than 50 years. Despite having British physicist atheist parents, at age 18 she had a stunning (drug-free) STE that revealed infinite Love—a Who, not a “what”—behind everything. Feeling like a “walk-in,” Katie became a monk for 12 years, thinking Source was “up there,” until realizing we must “descend to ascend!” A popular therapeutic coach and inspirational speaker, in 1995 she founded iWAVE Institute (formerly Motherwave), initiating more than 5,000 students into direct, integrated, embodied awakening.

Gregory Andrews >> Gregory was a Captain in the Air Force (computer department), then a businessman, before losing his sight from an earlier training accident. Faced with a death urge, he instead dove deep into Oneness, becoming a beloved teacher of A Course in Miracles and other mystical practices, which manifested as meeting and marrying Katie during the COVID lockdown.

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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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NDEs and the Seven Type Spectrum of Spiritual Experience

Jonathan Ellerby, PhD

Fri.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
This compelling presentation with bestselling author Jonathan Ellerby is intended for those who have experienced NDEs, who support people who have experienced NDEs, and who are in fields of research making sense of NDEs and their meaning. After over 30 years studying spiritual experiences, the nature of consciousness, and the transformative process of heart and mind, Jonathan has developed a seven type spectrum of spiritual experience that helps to organize, understand, explain, and discuss the varieties of phenomena common to near-death experiencers. Despite the global and timeless nature of these seven types of experience, NDEs, more than any practice, tradition, tool, or setting, foster the most vivid and consistent portrayal of these seven realms of life beyond life. Participants will come to understand NDEs in the broadest context of time, culture, psychology, and spiritual growth. This presentation is based on Jonathan’s new book “The Seven Gateways of Spiritual Experience.”

Two time bestselling author, consultant, and speaker Jonathan Ellerby brings a rare and essential perspective to the fields of consciousness studies, integrative wellness, and human transformation. With over 30 years of experience in research and applied work, Jonathan’s background includes advanced academic degrees combined with decades of practical leadership and applied experience in settings as diverse as hospitals, rural communities, Fortune 500 boardrooms, international settings, and premier retreat, spa, and resort facilities. Jonathan has traveled the world to explore countless cultural approaches to healing and spiritual growth. He regularly returns to Southern Africa to maintain some of his core work drawing on wildlife and Indigenous Medicine. Author of five books and a regular collaborator with leading physicians and psychologists, Jonathan also draws on his training as a cross-cultural chaplain, a multi-faith minister, and a practitioner of energy medicine and traditional earth-based ceremonial healing.

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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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Spiritually Transformative Experiences and Healing Religious Trauma

Pooja Chilukuri, MS, FNTP

Fri.
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
Pooja will share the story of her profound spiritual transformation and mystical experiences with Jesus which steered her beyond the confines of Christian fundamentalism and harmful religious beliefs. She will share her religious quest spanning both Hinduism and Christianity, healing from religious trauma, and reconstructing her spiritual beliefs through the lens of NDE accounts.

Pooja Chilukuri >> Pooja is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and published author of several faith-based books with over a decade of experience in research and engineering and technology development for global communications. Pooja is also the host of The Afterlife Podcast, a platform for fostering spiritual exploration, growth, and healing. In her memoir, And Then There Was Jesus, Pooja shared her personal religious quest spanning both Hinduism and Christianity, recounted her transformative mystical experiences, voiced her struggles of grappling with the weight of harmful religious teachings, and described her process of breaking free to live authentically in alignment with her true self.

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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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An Army of Eyewitnesses: A New Model to Explain Near-Death Phenomena

Jeff O’Driscoll, MD

Fri.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
Hypotheses begin with observations. Aggregating data then supports or refutes a developing model. Much of what we think we know is, in fact, not provable. Rather, we accept theories that fit the observable evidence. When those models no longer fit, a new model must be developed. Stubbornly clinging to an obsolete model while rejecting available evidence is academically dishonest. The current model asserting that human consciousness ceases with physical death is, by definition, not provable largely because it demands physical evidence of a nonphysical existence. More importantly, it rejects a growing body of credible eyewitnesses who insist they have encountered human consciousness beyond physical death. In this presentation, Jeff will present the available evidence and offer a new model that fits the data. It is, quite simply, that individual consciousness continues beyond physical death and exists independent of the physical body.

Jeff O’Driscoll >>During his 25 years as an academically oriented emergency physician, Jeff O’Driscoll experienced phenomena that science couldn’t explain, such as seeing souls leave their bodies at death and communicating with them. His experiences began in childhood following his brother’s death in a farm accident. After stepping away from clinical medicine, Jeff published his award-winning memoir, Not Yet: Near-Life Experiences and Lessons Learned, and recently his novel Zen’s Garden based on his own experiences. Now, as an international speaker and intuitive mentor, he helps souls refine their gifts and receive their own answers so they can connect to their highest self and their most authentic life path.

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YOU ARE ALWAYS HOME! Reaching Into This Remembrance

Felice DiMartino, BFA, RYT, C-MMT

Fri.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
Upon transitioning to “the other side,” mystics, poets, philosophers, and near-death experiencers speak of returning Home. What if Home is a state of Being, experienced through remembrance of our multidimensional self? What if Home exists right here, right now in this precise moment of physical incarnation? What if, beyond place, time, circumstance, and form, we could return Home in each moment? Join Felice as she sheds light on Home as a state of BEing and as veils dissipate to experience this most profound and powerful Truth!

Felice DiMartino is an international speaker, educational consultant, spiritual mentor, and soul-full guide committed to collaboratively creating experiences of self-empowerment and personal transformation. Eight years ago, after a series of traumatic events that threw her into Resiliency Bootcamp, Felice was hit by a truck. In addition to sustaining multiple injuries, she had a near-death experience during which she was shown the nature of life, death, and the spaces between. Returning with activated extrasensory awareness and continued connection with higher realms of light, Felice combines her personal journey of resiliency; 30 years as a Montessori educator; in-depth study with spiritual teachers and indigenous elders; certifications in several healing modalities including yoga, meditation, and mindfulness; neuroscience technologies; and insights gleaned in her NDE to assist adults of all ages in cultivating a deeper connection with their spiritual self and an alignment of body, mind, and soul.

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You are Whole, Total, and Complete: Life Behind the Scenes

Maren Muter, PPhys, PPhil

Fri.
2:30 pm
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3:30 pm
PT
Rm 3 - Deer
60
Min.
In this presentation, Maren will explore consciousness that exists beyond our physical form, supported by an innovative blend of near-death experiences (NDEs), after-death communication (ADC), and cutting-edge quantum theories. She will critically analyze documented NDEs and instances of ADC, highlighting the persistent themes of consciousness unbound by the physical body. In conjunction, she will discuss quantum theories that challenge traditional notions of space and time, building a framework in which consciousness can exist outside the limitations of our physical existence. Through this presentation, Maren seeks to bridge the gap between scientific inquiry and metaphysical speculation, offering a comprehensive examination of how quantum mechanics, combined with firsthand accounts of NDEs and ADC, provides a robust foundation for the hypothesis that consciousness continues beyond the physical demise. Maren’s goal is to illuminate the profound implications of this synthesis for understanding the true nature of consciousness and its immortality.

Maren Muter >> Maren’s life was forever altered by a series of profound experiences that tested her strength, shattered her heart, and peeled back the curtain between this world and the next, ultimately illuminating her understanding of the universe. Her journey included a near-death experience (NDE) during cardiac arrest at age 34 and the loss of her son to suicide at age 22 followed by years of after-death communication with him. Maren’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless nature of consciousness. Her experiences underscore a powerful message: Something beyond love transcends the physical boundaries of existence, and the bonds of love can never be broken, not even by death. Maren conducts consciousness research, provides a platform for people grappling with grief and seeking truth to explore the ethereal realm on OntologyToday.org, and hosts monthly firesides on MarenMuter.com.

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Being In the World AND of It: Integrating Aftereffects of Multiple STEs

Margaret Clausen, PsyD

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 1 - Akimel Ballroom
60
Min.
In this presentation, Margaret Clausen shares how multiple spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) such as OBEs, NDEs, after-death communications, and resulting psychic abilities enable experiencers to be more present to the suffering as well as joy of our three-dimensional world. Rather than spiritually bypassing, fixing, or philosophizing about suffering, trauma, and pain, STEs can bring tremendous capacities to be closer, to give space for those struggling to voice their experiences, and to be present in ways that offer healing. STEs can be a window into embracing the entirety of our existence together, offering restoration, support, and hope.

Margaret Clausen >> Margaret is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, and health intuitive. She is  a survivor of multiple traumatic deaths, a near-death experiencer, and a spiritually  transformative experiencer. Like many people with this background, she possesses various  psychic abilities which she cultivates through practices of meditation, binaural sound, and  remote viewing. Her private practice focuses on the integration of STE, NDE/OBE, traumatic  experiences, and empowerment through the expansion of consciousness. Dr. Clausen is writing  a book focusing on how STEs can bring our world closer together. 

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Arriving on a Song: A Transformative Apology From the “Other Side”

Susie Herrick, MA, LMFT

Fri.
4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
PT
Rm 2 - Kave Ballroom
60
Min.
In this presentation, Susie describes how, in her memoir, she recounted her transformation from an internal misogyny to a vibrant feminine voice and a new relationship with her father. The catalyst for this transformation was the not-so-unusual experience of a heartbreaking divorce. In 2011, after writing for nine years and still not yet finished, her ex-husband died suddenly, offering a jolt and a twist to the ending. She was familiar with after-death communication (ADC) from personal experience throughout her life and through her professional experience as an educator and psychotherapist. So when she received an ADC from her former husband, she was surprised–but not unprepared — except for was how comprehensive this ADC was, for its profound emotional effect on her, for its the similarities to NDEs, for its relation to the Bardo research she had done based on multiple travels to Tibet, and for the events that followed.

Susie Herrick >> Susie is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author whose focus is on promoting relational intelligence and wisdom with individuals, couples, and groups. She has experienced transformative after-death-communication (ADC), which she described in her memoir Aphrodite Emerges. She has also co-authored with Elle Luna Your Story is Your Power. Both books offer ways to transform difficult relational issues into powerful voices from within. She has taught thousands of graduate students counseling psychology, including transpersonal psychology, the Enneagram, as well as mediation and conflict resolution, and she is a former academic chair at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University. She has traveled extensively to the Himalayan Region, is married, and with her husband has a semi-wild black cat named Batman.

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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.