NEW FOR 2017!
. Introductory Evening Panel discussion:
The Dilemma of Death and the Language of Loss
. Research on deathbed visions
. Sacred labyrinth walk for grief
. Hands-on instruction in shamanic journeying
. CEUs for nurses, social workers and counselors
. Multi-cultural perspectives on what happens after we die
Dr. Moody receiving our first annual
Afterlife Awareness Award at the 2015 conference, presented by Dr. Eben Alexander
“I love the personable nature of this conference. It’s really a good size, and the people here, in many ways, just flat-out get it.”
Dr. Eben Alexander, neurosurgeon
and best-selling author of Proof of Heaven.
“I’ve been to many conferences that address life after death, but this one is a rarity. It approaches the subject from three different vantage points — spirituality, bereavement and scientific investigation. It is inspiring to see how these different perspectives lead to the same place… an awareness of the survival of consciousness after death. The bereaved find peace and healing. The spiritual seekers find validation for their mystical experiences. And the scientific researchers find an eager audience for their work. This conference brings it all together.”
Dr. Raymond Moody, author of Life after Life,
and the world’s leading researcher on near-death experience.
2017 Featured Keynotes
Dr. Kerr is chief medical officer for Buffalo, New York’s Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. He recently entered the public forum with his extraordinary 2015 TED talk, and is frequently interviewed in the media about his work with the dreams and visions of the dying. His presentation at the conference -- Deathbed Visions: Implications for Caring for the Dying and Their Loved Ones -- is of interest to professionals, caregivers and spiritual seekers. Watch this trailer for an upcoming documentary based on his breakthrough research.
With more than 16 years as an animal communicator, Danielle has worked with animals and their humans from more than 50 countries around the world, and has been featured in national media worldwide. In her keynote address she will share information about our animal companions in the afterlife and how they work with us from The Other Side and what they have to teach us, and will also present a workshop on how to communicate with animals on both sides of the veil. Danielle answers questions about talking to animals in this video.
This is your chance to work closely in an intimate setting with our top teachers.
In these workshops, you will learn about mystical practices for working with grief, spiritual self-care, meditation techniques, shamanic tools, multi-cultural understandings of what happens when die, instruction in after-death communication,and much more.
In addition to their workshops, most of the following presenters are also offering 75-minute breakout sessions
(included with general admission), so if you can’t attend their in-depth workshops,
you can still learn from them… at no extra cost! Presenters offering these extra sessions are noted with an asterisk *
Hollister Rand, known for her educational style in presenting evidential spirit communications, will be teaching Advanced Mediumship Skills and providing gallery-style audience readings as our featured medium on Sunday morning. She will also be offering private sessions and a small spirit circle.
Jan Engels Smith, a tenured shamanic practitioner, will teach Previewing your Path to the Afterlife Through Shamanic Journeying. Participants will travel to the invisible realms to explore what it’s like to leave the body and what your unique experience of the afterlife might be.
Internationally-acclaimed evidential medium Suzane Northrop will be teaching Beginning Professional Mediumship to help participants learn how to communicate with The Other Side. She will also provide a lecture on Why the Dead Communicate With Us, and is offering private and small group readings. Witness Suzane’s astonishing skills HERE.*
A Sacred Labyrinth Walk through the Grief Journey with Dr. Eunice Schroeder. Study the healing properties of the labyrinth, an ancient and powerful metaphor for the journey of life. Participants work with the grief journey and their personal path to healing. For end-of-life and counseling professionals and bereaved individuals.
Dr. Matthew McKay is a clinical psychologist and a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has explored spiritual and afterlife issues in three books, including Seeking Jordan, about after-death communications from his son who was murdered. Dr. McKay is offering a workshop and a breakout session on how to communicate with The Other Side. *
Pati Pellerito, LMT, CSH has studied with scientists, shamans and sound healers around the globe,and is offering a workshop on Sound Therapy for Dying, Grieving and Tapping in to Higher Planes of Consciousness. She is also teaching a breakout session on Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science: Exploration of Healing through Sound and Vibration. *
Dr. Linda Backman will present a workshop on Regression Tools for Death and Bereavement Professionals, and will also offer a talk on how reincarnation disappeared from western religion.*
Shamanic Practices for Death, Dying and the Afterlife will be presented by Linda Fitch, practicing shaman who has trained hundreds of students in shamanic healing techniques. She will also present a lecture on Shamanism 101: An Introduction to the Shamanic Afterlife. *
Austyn Wells is a unique spiritual medium who combines her license in grief counseling with shamanism and energy medicine. In her workshop, A Lightworker’s Tool Kit, participants will use a variety of intuitive processes and sacred practices to support their personal or professional healing work.
William Peters, MFT, M.Ed. – William directs the research initiative to examine the Shared Death Experience. He will be conducting a workshop called The Shared-Death Experience: Healing Across the Veil, and a breakout session on how shared crossings affirm communication across dimensions.* MFT and LCSW CEUs.
In addition, Dr. Wyatt will be moderating our annual panel discussion on Conscious Dying in Clinical Settings, which features clinicians sharing their expertise on end-of-life care in hospitals, nursing homes and in-patient hospices.
Sunday Morning General Session
Gallery-style audience readings with psychic medium Hollister Rand
Hollister is internationally-renowned for her extraordinarily detailed messages from the spirit world. She is clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient (she can see, hear and feel the presence of spirits as well as get a sense of their personalities, emotions and physical attributes) and her gifts have provided comfort and closure for people all over the world.
Hollister’s dedication to integrating mediumship into everyday life extends through her public appearances, published works, and teaching worldwide. She has presented seminars and workshops with leading researchers in afterlife science, and is consulted as an authority on life after death by journalists, screenwriters and documentarians. She has also been a guest speaker at CUNY, where her book is included on the syllabus for History of Religion classes.
“Popular clairvoyant offers a clear-eyed look at young spirits and the afterlife.” —Kirkus Review
“Hollister Rand’s ability to deliver messages is compassionate yet educational. Whether in person, on radio, on TV, or in this book…she delivers.”— John Edward, medium
A public preview event
to kick-off the conference – ONLY $20!
Join us for an introductory evening of education and interactive group discussion on The Dilemma of Death and the Language of Loss.
Facilitated by Holly Pruett, and featuring conference presenters
Karen Wyatt MD, William Peters and Austyn Wells.
All the following breakout sessions are included with general conference admission
In addition to the breakout sessions offered by the workshop presenters described above, the following teachers will also be sharing their wisdom about end-of-life care, bereavement, death awareness and what happens after we die.
Laura Moya has been a certified music thanatologist since 1998 and has been employed with the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center since 2001, where she has provided almost 7000 music vigils for over 4200 patients and their loved ones.
Mitch Metzner, PhD will discuss the non-medical social model for hospice care and the Anam Cara philosophy of caring for the dying, which encompasses mind, body, and spirit through holistic therapies such as art and music therapy, meditation, yoga, and experiences in nature.
Mark Mirabello, PhD - Based on research from his new book, A Traveler’s Guide to the Afterlife, Dr. Mirabello will discuss the ways that various cultures and religion perceive what happens after we die.
Rev. Dr. David Alexander will discuss how the New Thought movement addresses our need to embrace a less fearful understanding of death to replace Judeo-Christian ideas that create anxiety for people who are dying or grieving.
Georgena Eggleston, M.A. CRS, LSP will offer teachings on Mindful Grieving and Intentional Mourning,leading participants through guided experiential processes for recognizing grief in the body and learning to work with pain as a healing tool.
Jeanne Denney, MA will present The Energetics of Living and Dying, exploring esoteric traditions that work with subtle energetic bodies, such as chakras and auras, and how they change through aging and dying.
Near-Death Experiencers Share Their Stories
This presentation features individuals who’ve had near-death experiences, sharing their stories and speaking about how the experience has enhanced their lives.
Heaven: A History
Another conference favorite, this panel explores death practices and views of the afterlife from a variety of cultural and religious perspectives throughout world history. Panelists include Mark Mirabello PhD and Rev. Terri Daniel.
Conscious Dying in Clinical Settings
This is one of our most popular presentations, and is especially relevant to end-of-life professionals, chaplains, caregivers and clinicians of all kinds. This year’s panel includes hospice experts Dr. Christopher Kerr, Dr. Karen Wyatt and Mitch Metzner PhD, who will explore how to bring inclusive spirituality and mindfulness into private practice, ICU, ER, nursing home and in-patient hospice environments.
Back by popular demand!
Sunday Post-Conference Excursion to the Columbia River Gorge
with dinner at the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge
The information shared in our presentations is for educational purposes only, based on the personal experiences and research of the presenters.
It is not intended to serve as a substitute for grief counseling or any other form of therapy.