featured speakers

Suzanne Giesemann


General Session | Friday | Keynote Presentation

Sandra Champlain

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

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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

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Yvonne Kason

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

General Session | Thursday | Plenary Presentation

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

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Eben Alexander

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Humankind

General Session | Saturday | Plenary Presentation

Scientific research is finally catching up with what many know with certainty from firsthand personal experience. Acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (the first time in recorded history that humans had ever stepped on another heavenly body), Dr. Alexander will discuss the parallels in our current era. Just as Armstrong’s first step represented a monumental step forward for all of humanity, likewise, near-death experiences are the tip of the spear in shifting the entire world’s view of itself.
In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a week-long coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but Dr. Alexander miraculously survived – and brought back with him an astounding story (told in his best-seller Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife). During seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned completely violated everything he ever knew about brain, mind and consciousness, and drove him to question some of the most fundamental assumptions of conventional science, leading to a complete flip from his former worldview.

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Bruce Greyson

The Science of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Scientists

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

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

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Nancy Rynes

Evolution as the Next Revolution

General Session | Sunday | Keynote Presentation

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

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Bill McDonald

A Rainbow of Revolutionary Transformative Experiences

General Session | Saturday | Keynote Presentation

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

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We have many workshops to choose from! Each 2-hour workshop allows you to explore a topic in more depth with an expert, sometimes with direct participation and experiential learning! The workshops are priced separately from the conference registration. Full List of Workshops.


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lunch with speakers

Spend an hour and a half with your favorite speakers, enjoying enlightening conversation and excellent food! Check out when the speakers you are most interested in are scheduled and sign up early — only nine lucky attendees can join in.

healing sessions

Healing sessions are available each day, by qualified energy healers, using Reiki and other modalities. You can purchase multiple 20-minute healing sessions and schedule them on any of the conference days.


We will have a Thursday night Meet & Greet gathering where you can meet new conference goers and greet your friends from prior conferences. On Saturday evening, we will have a Social Time to share conversation, light snacks and a cash bar. This year, we are planning special entertainment like Tony Redhouse, shown here in Scottsdale in 2012.


On Friday evening we will have our traditional Fund Raising Banquet, featuring an elegant plated dinner. A keynote speaker will give a short presentation — all to help raise needed funds for IANDS’ mission!

book signings

At selected times during the conference, the authors will be present for Book Signings, where you can chat with your favorite author and have your book signed.

sharing & discussions

A number of informal discussion groups will be held during the conference on topics such as the aftereffects of NDEs and distressing NDEs. The discussions will be led by people who are expert in the subject area and are open to all attendees. The times and topics for these informal sessions will be included in the detailed schedule at the conference.


During the breaks and over lunch, be sure to visit our Bookstore, stocked with new books, books by our speakers, the classics of NDE literature and many related topics. Also many gift items!

group leaders

The Group Leaders’ Seminar is a special program on Wednesday afternoon for IANDS NDE Group Leaders and those interested in becoming a Group Leader. Our Group Leaders are a special set of people who run the IANDS NDE Support Groups in various cities in the U.S. and across the globe. If you think you might be interested in starting an NDE Support Group, check this out!


Thursday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Eben Alexander, MD

Thursday afternoon program
Plenary and Concurrent Presentations
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Meet & Greet Social Hour
Open to all attendees

Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar

7:30 - 9:00 PM
Special Presentation
Open to all attendees
Friday morning program
Keynote and Concurrent Presentations
Friday afternoon program
Concurrent Presentations
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Friday workshops
Workshops are optional and priced separately
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Fund Raising Banquet
Optional—help contribute to IANDS’ mission!

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

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Documentary movies
Optional—enjoy great documentaries about NDEs! Free!


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

Schedule as of 4/11/2018

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


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Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:00 AM -
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 5:00 PM (EDT)

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia
(610) 265-7500
Toll-Free: (877) 227-6963
260 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
United States


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