Learn about the world beyond death from mystics and mediums, ministers and medics,
all under one roof during one amazing, life-altering weekend!
"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 because 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, best-selling author of "Life After Life,"
and one of the world's leading researchers on near-death experience
Our 2014 conference will feature return engagements for several of our past presenters, and several new presenters that represent the best and the brightest in the field of afterlife research, end-of-life care, psychic development and spirituality (scroll down for bios on this year's presenters).
Our goal is to gather the greatest minds in afterlife research, spiritual exploration, consciousness studies and death-awareness for a life-altering, heart-opening, mind-expanding weekend each year. Our workshops are presented in three tracks that cover everything from scientific research on near-death experience and instruction in after-death communication techniques to mystical and psychological practices for assisting the dying in their journeys:
Hands-on instruction in working with our innate ability to communicate with the higher realms of consciousness via psychic development exercises, dream work, meditation, past life regression, channeling and after-death communication. This track also features demonstrations and gallery-style readings by world-famous mediums and channelers.
Academic Study and Scientific Research
Research data and academic exploration about survival of consciousness after death, including after-death communication, near-death experience, out-of-body experience and mediumship.
Bereavement: The Next Step
This track is for grief counselors and bereaved individuals who are ready to move toward a deeper metaphysical understanding of death, trauma and loss. We strive to present new way of looking at grief that can help the bereaved move through their pain to a higher level of spiritual awareness that can help make sense of their losses.
As always, we'll feature presentations by noted mediums who will provide random audience readings. Mediums and counselors will also be offering optional fee-based private and small group sessions by appointment.
Our expert teachers and consultants represent a wide range of disciplines, including:
Medical doctors and academic researchers
Hospice professionals, grief counselors and transition guides
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By popular demand, we're bringing back some of the top presenters
from past conferences (who rarely make west coast appearances).
This is a rare opportunitiy to meet and learn
from these featured superstars:
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD has become world-famous for his best-selling book, Proof of Heaven, which chronicles his journey from skeptic to spiritualist as the result of his own near-death experience. In the words of afterlife researcher Bill Guggenheim, “If Central Casting was given an assignment to locate the most highly qualified person to have a near-death experience and teach about it, no one could find a more perfect candidate than neurosurgeon Eben Alexander."
This will be Dr. Raymond Moody's third year with us, and we are delighted and grateful for the opportunity to bring him to the west coast. For those who don't know, In 1975, Dr. Raymond Moody's best-selling book Life After Life focused public attention on the near-death experience like never before, and it was Moody who actually coined the term "near-death experience."
Linda Fitch is a practicing shaman who has studied with the Inka of Peru for the past sixteen years. She has trained hundreds ofstudents in shamanic healing techniques, with a special emphasis on conscious dying. She is the former CEO of the Four Winds Society, Dean of the Light Body School and developer of the Dying Consciously Teacher Training program.
Suzane Northrop’s mind-boggling, gallery-style audience readings have earned her the title of our official "house medium" for our last three conferences. Suzane was one of the mediums who participated in The Afterlife Experiments conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartz, and she continues to reach grateful audiences via her radio show on the Blog Talk Radio Network. Noted TV medium John Edward says this about Suzane: "To say that she is a gifted medium undervalues who she is. She touches and unites souls between the physical and the non-physical with clarity, compassion, humor and tenacity." Click HERE for an amazing video of Suzane in action.
The channeled messages shared by Roland Comtois with audience members last year were so well-received that attendees begged us to bring him back for 2014.... and we did! He is an acclaimed channel and author of And Then There Was Heaven, A Journey of Hope and Love. He began his career in healing as a gerontology nurse, where he assisted departing souls with their transition to the other side. Today, Roland’s personal appearances and presentations take him throughout the United States and Europe.
Dr. Erica G. Hyatt is an expert in adolescent sibling bereavement, pediatric end-of-life decision-making, and the intersection of spirituality and psychology. She has worked at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, the Department of Psychiatry at Washington Hospital Center, and the Department of Oncology at Children's National Medical Center. Her presentation will focus on children's perceptions of death and the afterlife.
Rev. Terri Daniela certified transition guide, author, channeler and interfaith minister who offers a unique perspective on birth, death and beyond. Her unique form of "radical mysticism" breaks down limiting beliefs about forgiveness, divine judgment and negative experience, and replaces them with an empowering vision of a co-created universe where there are no victims or perpetrators, only souls seeking expansion and awareness. Terri is the founder of the Afterlife Conference.
Piero Parisetti, MD is a Scottish/Italian medical doctor and university lecturer known for popularizing the science of afterlife studies for the benefit of the bereaved and the dying. He is also a trained psychotherapist and grief counselor, and his presentation will address the question, "Are the Bereaved Ready for This?"
New This Year
We've added some phenomenal new presenters to our lineup this year, covering everything from shamism and mediumship
to religious history, hospice care and home funerals.
Hollister Rand is a clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient medium. Her messages on SiriusXM’s “The Seance” with John Edward, “Coast to Coast” with George Noory, KOST FM’s “Angels in Waiting,” KBIG FM’s “Radio Medium” and numerous other programs have touched the lives of thousands of people. Hollister’s book I’m Not Dead, I’m Different was released by HarperCollins in April 2011.
Julia Assante, PhD is an author and social historian of the ancient Near East. For three decades she has also been a active professional intuitive. In her book, The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death, she applies the insights and methodologies gained from both fields in order to present a uniquely rigorous investigation of where we go after we die.
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D, is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona. He is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. He is noted worldwide for his academic research on mediumship, and we are honored that Gary has agreed to demonstrate his research technique with Suzane Northrop as part of his presentation.
Austyn Wells is a medium who connects with loved ones and guides in the higher realms of consciousness. In Austyn's words, "One of the deepest honors about being a medium is witnessing the power of love and forgiveness. Austyn will be conducting our pre-conference workshop on psychic development. Click HERE for workshop details.
Annie Kagan is the author of The Aftelrife of Billy Fingers, which chronicles the detailed after-death dialogs she had with her deceased brother. Bill Guggenheim, author of the best-selling book, Hello From Heaven, says, "Annie's book is one of the most powerful, liberating, and healing books on life after death I’ve ever read."
Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings – The Institute for Conscious Dying and Family-directed Funerals is a certified death midwife and home funeral guide. Her presentation will outline the legal, practical and spiritual aspects of allowing loved ones to die -- and to be ritually honored for three days after death --at home.
Steffany Barton, RN is a psychic medium who communicates with the Angelic realm and connects with those who have crossed into Spirit. She will be presenting a talk on "The Other Side of Suicide" that will be extraordinarily healing for those struggling with grief, sadness or guilt related to the suicide of a loved one.
Kitty Edwards has studied shamanism with indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia, North and South America. She is a graduate of the Master’s Program of the Healing the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society, and is certified by The Institute of Energy Medicine. She will be teaching the pre-conference workshop on Shamanic practices for Conscious Dying. Click HERE for workshop details.
Tom Zuba lost two children and his wife in unrelated events between 1990 and 2005. These experiences inspired him to seek a spiritual path and a deeper understanding of death and loss. He is now a grief coach and workshop facilitator who teaches “a new way to do grief.”
William Peters, MFT, M.Ed., is the founder of The Shared Crossing Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he and his colleagues research afterlife phenomena. William has had two near-death experiences, and trained with John of God in Brazil in addition to serving as a volunteer for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.
Please check back periodically for updates. New speakers and events are being added all the time.
In addition to individual presentations, we will also offer panel presentations and informal group discussions with noted experts in bereavement, hospice care, medical ethics, afterlife research and spirituality.
Stafford Betty, PhD is an expert on afterlife studies and a professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He has authored seven books, including The Afterlife Unveiled, and several articles on life after death and paranormal phenomena. His presentation will grow out of the research he's done for his next book, Religion in the Afterlife. Stafford will be part of a panel presentation called "Heaven: A History," that will explore historical and cultural notions of the afterlife.
Dr. Joseph O'Connell, a practicing emergency medicine physician who has studied the spectrum of religious and philosophical systems, including Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra Laghu Tantra and Kalachakra initiation under the Dalai Lama. Joe will be leading a panel entitled, "Life and Death in the ER: How to Teach Conscious Dying in Clinical Settings."
Melena Landry has been a paramedic for 20 years and served in Hurricane Katrina. She has highly-developed intuitive connections to the afterlife and offers her services as a medium, with a special focus on helping children develop their psychic abilities. She will be adding her perspective as a psychic paramedic to the panel on "Life and Death in the ER."
Gene Lovelace, MD, is a chaplain at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN, and an adjunct professor at the Belmont University School of Religion. He is a guest lecturer on spiritual care, death, and dying at universities and medical centers, and was recently interviewed by the CBS affiliate WTVF on afterlife awareness for the Fall 2013 series “Issues of Faith”. Gene will be also be part of the "Heaven: A History" panel.
Rajiv Parti, MD a world-class cardiac-anesthesiologist whose scientific, materialist views were transformed after having his own near-death experience. As a result, he left his lucrative practice to work with The Pain Management Institute of California researching complementary therapies like yoga and meditation. He will be part of the panel, "Life and Death in the ER: How to Teach Conscious Dying in Clinical Settings." In his former life as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Parti put people to sleep. Now he wakes them up!
NEW THIS YEAR! Optional post-conference day trip!
On Sunday afternoon after the conference ends, you have the option of participating in a super-scenic trip through the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge (one of Oregon's most popular attractions). You'll travel along the river by bus through some stunning scenery, and then arrive at spectacular Multnomah Falls, where you can take an easy, paved hike up to the falls before enjoying dinner at the legendary Multnomah Falls Lodge. See Registration Page for details.