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January 5 - Rev. Bill McDonald

Rev. Bill McDonald is on a mission, teaching the power of love & forgiveness. Rev. Bill’s life has been a spiritual journey, spanning slightly over seven decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, the paranormal, and self-discovery. He has written about his many spiritually transforming experiences and “near-death experiences” including supernatural events during his combat tour of duty in the Vietnam War.

In his books, he has shared some incredible spiritual events that are beyond both common understanding and explanation. His autobiography “Warrior A Spiritual Odyssey” takes us on a life quest for love, understanding, forgiveness, and enlightenment. His follow-up book “Alchemy of a Warrior’s Heart “continues that mystical journey including four trips to India for even more profound experiences with holy men, miracles, and his personal relationship with the Divine.  What he knows for sure after all these years is that the only thing that is truly real is LOVE.

February 2 - Barbara Bartolome

Barbara founded the IANDS Santa Barbara group in August 2011, and their meetings and events routinely draw between 80-120 attendees each month. Barbara states that NDEs are opening up the world to the reality of non-local consciousness. She’s thrilled to be helping people learn that death is just a transition back “home” and that we all are here to be kind, to love others, and to learn from and cherish all aspects of our life adventures while we’re here!

Barbara and her NDE have been featured on the NBC Today Show, in articles in U.S. News and World Report and The Sun (U.K.), as well as in various other podcasts, TV, radio, print articles, and documentaries. She is featured in a film documentary by French Filmmaker, Anthony Chene, which has currently garnered more than 650 thousand views.

March 2 - Chris Batts, Author, NDE-er

A para-educator and para translator for special education children in Southern California. He has spoken about his near-death experience at the IANDS International Conference. He brings awareness and healing to common societal issues, including child abuse and addiction.

After being tossed in a dumpster by his mother at six months old, Chris grew up in foster homes, had trouble at school, and experienced repeated rejections. For years, he contemplated suicide. Finally, after receiving a heartbreaking call from his mother, he jumped out of a car, hit his head on the pavement, and died. He traveled to another realm where he met God and two guardian angels who continue to support and teach Chris about the meaning and experience of life. His memoir, “Boom!: The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer” is the true story of how he tried to kill himself only to learn that his near-death experience (NDE) was the best thing that ever happened to him.

April 6 - Tricia Barker

Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college, and this experience guided her to teach overseas, in public schools, and at the college level. Her near-death experience story has been featured on I Survived: Beyond and Back, Season 1, Life to Afterlife: Death and Back, National Geographic Magazine, Simple Grace Magazine, Women’s World Magazine, Coast to Coast AM, and The Doctor Oz Show.

Tricia’s memoir, “Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation,” tells a story of her near-death experience, teaching mission, and eventual triumph over trauma. The book also focuses on the importance of being of service to the world. There is a screenplay in the works for her story.

May 4 - Pamala Oslie

Pamala Oslie is an author, consultant, speaker, lecturer, and professional psychic. Since 1983, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States presenting seminars and conducting workshops about the emerging human potential, psychic abilities, auras, and the power of our beliefs to create our reality. Pamala has been a popular guest on nearly one hundred television and radio shows, including national radio, shows such as Powernomics Radio Network, Talk America Network, and Wisdom Radio. She's been featured on many major television programs such as AM Northwest in Portland, Morning Exchange in Cleveland, and Good Morning Houston. She has also been a featured speaker at international conferences and conventions including the International Forum on New Science and the Women's Convention in Wichita, Kansas, and for Fortune 500 companies.

Pam is the Founder of and has also developed, which is designed to help you find love and friendships by matching you with people who have compatible aura colors.

June 1 - Mary Catherine Volk

Mary Catherine Volk is a best-selling author, spiritual advisor, and speaker. She serves as an ambassador between the worlds as she relays messages of healing and love from those in spirit to their loved ones here on the earth. Mary has bridged the gap between the world of the living and the spirit world her whole life.. Mary was given the gift of knowing that life exists beyond this physical form at a young age. She experienced a near-death experience while in a coma at age six. Since then she has been able to feel, hear and receive messages from her loved ones in spirit.

Thirty years of experience as a shamanic practitioner, space clearing, Reiki, Dowsing and Feng Shui has led Mary to develop a specialized modality of releasing emotional energy from present-day and past events. She has studied with internationally known shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada and spiritual medium James Van Praagh.

July 6 - Beth & Rick Olsen

In 1999, Rick and Beth Olsen experienced a tragedy that no parent should ever have to go through: the passing of their two children, Jessica and Joshua, in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Almost 18 years later, Rick and Beth share what they learned during their painful journey in order to help those who have experienced a similar tragedy. The Olsens prove that it is not only possible to survive such a devastating blow but to eventually thrive. Rick and Beth have come to realize that the passing of their two children was meant to happen. It allowed them to step into their destiny of helping others. They have written a book, “We Never Left You” which talks about their journey in the first year after the death of their children and the

signs they received from their children letting them know that they lived on.

August 3 - Peter Panagore

Reverend Peter Panagore, M.Div (Yale) has had two near-death experiences, the first while ice climbing in 1980 and the second in 2015 due to a heart attack. He recounts these in his books, “Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just the Beginning,” and “Two Minutes for God: Quick Fixes for the Spirit,” He has shared his stories for 15 years on a daily TV show reaching 30 million viewers annually in Maine and New Hampshire. Previously, he served as a United Church of Christ minister and pastor in Maine and Connecticut. He published 150 sermons and many prayers in Homiletics, a leading clergy journal. He now runs a global spiritual counseling service for “closet mystics” and travels nationally as a public and

inspirational speaker and teacher. He has been practicing Zazen/Centering Prayer and Kundalini/Kriya Yoga for forty years.

September 7 - Peter Wright, CPLT, CHT, LBLT

Peter Wright is a Certified Hypnotherapist in Santa Barbara, CA with 25 years of experience. He is also one of only 40 Board Certified Past-Life Regression Therapists in the nation. In addition, Peter is certified as a Life Between Lives Hypnotherapist as well as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. In addition, he is skilled in Spirit Releasement Therapy. In his practice, Peter helps clients connect with their Higher Self – that part that knows everything about you and your Soul’s Journey. He then asks your Higher Self to take you back to the source of the issues you’re seeking to resolve – whether the cause is from this life or a past life. The result? By working together with your Higher Self, Peter can help you let go of anxiety, depression, fear, grief, sadness, anger, health, or relationship issues – often during one two-hour Hypnotherapy session – either in person or by phone, Zoom, or Skype.

Peter has helped more than 1,900 clients through Hypnotherapy. He offers free 30-minute consultations to prospective clients.

October 5 - Sarina Baptista

Sarina Baptista is an Award-Winning Author, International Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, and Psychic Medium. Her latest book, My View from Heaven, is a 2019 COVR Visionary Awards Bronze Recipient in the Iconic Book category. She was a featured speaker for the “Life, Death and Beyond” International Conference in Crete, Greece, and is the resident psychic for iHeart Media’s Big 97.9FM in Northern Colorado. She teaches classes and is a visiting medium at Lily Dale, NY, during their summer program, and has created mediumship training programs, including mentoring, long-distance training, workshops, and webinars. Sarina discovered her gifts through her own tragedy – the passing of her seven-year-old son in March 2007. She learned that her son did not really die. He was still very close, and he led her to her incredible mediumship gifts. It is Sarina’s mission is to help you find purpose and connection to your highest Divine Self, create the bridge for conversation with loved ones who have passed, and mentor psychics and mediums to be master messengers.

November 2 - Sue Rumack, Teacher, Healer, Author,

​Sue Rumack is intuitive, intentional, uplifting, and entertaining! On November 2nd, she joins our monthly speaker event to share her own real-life experiences with Out-of-Body Journeying and the Spiritual Transitioning that often follows exceptional OBO’s. Watching and listening to Sue, her audiences say she gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you get when sharing under the stars, around a campfire, on a beach!

Our evening begins in storytelling about Sue’s sunrise bargaining and boundary setting conversation with the Soul Guardians on how they would deliver a massive 111 angel messages. They planned to do this within 30 days to prevent her from getting burnt out in the process. Next, she’ll share her earliest OBO memory of flying free out to the edge of the Universe to see what boundary-less looked like. That was when she was a precocious 8 years old nagging her Guides about how far the Universe really did go! She will share how her prophetic dreams foretold a terrorist attack and how it was averted. She also visited outside this dimension to remote view how other dimensions physically stack up around ours. In this same OBO, she was shown how to repair inter-dimensional rips to keep otherworldly energies from bleeding between worlds.

Sue will complete the evening with helpful tips to manage the overwhelm of living in a very loud chaotic energetic human world.

Tips: for managing STE’s and OBO’s so you can stay sanely grounded in this human plane.

Tips: for managing empath and HSP super sensitivity – Shielding / Grounding – similar to repairing interdimensional rips

Tips: for handling your digital devices electrical overload so they don’t crash as often

About Sue:
Sue Rumack is a powerful empath teacher, spirit connector, and earth-bound Soul Guardian. She is a teacher, healer, author, and believer in life beyond here that connects us in the NOW! A professional life coach, she teaches highly sensitive people to manage energetic overwhelm from ALL worlds. Sue, the Empath Life Coach, specializes in Overwhelm and Stress Management for highly sensitive people. She teaches what she lives. An author of several spirit Kindle books, her writing opens the door to deeper awareness. Sue is an Earth-Bound Guardian representing The Soul Guardians here on Earth. She is a teacher, a healer, an author, and a believer in life beyond here that connects us in the NOW!



December 7 - Hila Baruch, IANDS Israel


Have you ever had the thought and/or feeling you're more than who you currently know yourself to be? Hila Barauch's story speaks to this very deep contemplation of self.

In 2014, Hila Baruch had a "bleed out" following a “normal” surgery and had a near-death experience that changed her world. Having worked for years in Israel as a courtroom attorney, her experience left her with the knowledge that she is not whom she thought she was and that she could no longer continue her work as before — realizations that were challenging at first but led ultimately to a real sense of freedom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

While coming to terms with her NDE, Hila discovered that Israel lacked sources of support for NDE'rs and felt called to create a local IANDS chapter to connect with other experiencers, raise public awareness, and provide support for those struggling with the aftereffects of similar episodes. “It’s very natural to get out of the body,” she says, “but getting back to it is another story… ”



JANUARY 7 - Elaine Lopez-Bogard

Elaine will share her NDE experience and how it transformed her perception of the world we live in. 

FEBRUARY 4 - Our IANDS Maui 2nd Anniversary Party! 

Presenter Rodney Dowdle will share his electronic equipment through which he may talk with the spirit world.

MARCH 3 - Susan Ward, Founder and Co-Leader of IANDS Maui

Earlier in her life, she was the founder and creator of Yoga for the Young at Heart, yoga classes for seniors and beginning yoga students. She created award-winning videos, and a book, as well as taught worldwide. She even appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal! She also has been a Santa Barbara County planner with a master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, has had her real estate license, and spent most of her adult life as a developer. She’s always felt guided and protected through all the challenges in her life and is here to share evidence of some of those experiences.


APRIL 7 - Meeting canceled due to Coronavirus.


MAY 5 - Virginia Lilly Jablonski

Due to Lyme Disease Ginny medically retired from a career as a protection agent in 2001. Following a near-death experience Ginny realized that she could hear discarnate spirits, plants and animals communicate with her. Now, Ginny focuses on sharing the tools she used to successfully overcome the debilitating effects of trauma with both people and animals. She travels the country speaking publicly about her near-death experience and healing journey.



JUNE 2 - Mark Pitstick, MA, DC, and Director of the SoulPhone Foundation

Dr. Pitstick will join us live through the magic of the Internet. He will share with us how scientific research has now demonstrated that life continues after death. We’ll discuss how this might change the way we live and treat others.



JULY 7 - Betsy Palmer

Born an empathetic intuitive in a family with psychic gifts, Betsy has been developing her skills throughout her life. She is a channel and medium, able to assist with you connecting to your spirit guides, animal guides, angels, and loved ones on the other side. If you are curious about the role spirit and source consciousness plays in your life, her sessions can help you strengthen communication with them, and help you understand your place on your path of healing.



AUGUST 4 - Kim Julen, founder of Finding Your Fiji

Thought leader, writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and Feng Shui Intuitive Coach, Kim's Feng Shui expertise, intuitive skills, and extensive personal development and business knowledge create a unique approach to resolving your life issues.



SEPTEMBER 1 - Dr. Laurie Moore, Author, and spiritual facilitator

Dr. Moore is a graduate and undergraduate teacher at San Fran State, Chico State, and Johnston State. She has developed numerous training programs and internships and has taught hundreds of spiritually focused multi-dimensional seminars worldwide.  She’s spoken at hundreds of venues including Science and Non-Duality Conference, Conscious Living Expo in L.A., Mt. Madonna, Esalen, KRON News Weekend, Discovery, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Fox News,, CBS Radio.


OCTOBER 6 - Kelvin Chin, Stress Management & Meditation Teacher

Author of “Overcoming the Fear of Death”. Kelvin will share his NDE experiences and how they can be used to expand our self-knowledge. Director of the Turning Within Foundation.   and



NOVEMBER 3 - Jeff O’Driscoll, MD

In the emergency department of a major trauma center, Dr. Jeff O’Driscoll frequently communicated with souls who hovered between this life and the next. He saw people leave their bodies at the time of death and communicated with them. Their messages were always of love and hope. For twenty years, Dr. O’Driscoll refused to speak about his experiences. Now, in his award-winning memoir, Not Yet, and in venues across the country, Dr. O’Driscoll describes the otherworldly communications that began in his childhood, shortly after the farm accident that took the life of his older brother. Dr. O’Driscoll’s empowering message honors the divinity in every soul.



DECEMBER 1 - Jeff Olsen, Author

Olsen is a bestselling author who inspires audiences internationally with his intriguing story of perseverance and inner strength. After a horrific automobile accident took the lives of his wife and youngest son, also inflicting multiple life-threatening injuries to Jeff, including the amputation of his left leg, he found the courage to survive heal, both physically and emotionally, to thrive in his career and community contributions. Olsen’s incredible Near-Death Experience as a result of the accident brings him gifts not common in today’s world. Jeff appears on many national and international television and radio programs sharing his insights.



Suzanne Giesemann

Author of Still Right Here and more inspirational stories. Suzanne is a teacher of The Awakened Way – a path to knowing Who you are and why you’re here.

Bill Letson

“Straight Talk” by retired firefighter, Bill, sharing his extraordinary NDE and his discoveries of the nature of our “earthly journey”.


Pegi Robinson

Pegi has had two NDEs, one at the age of 5 and another at the age of 25. She has written her memoir, “The Will of a Wildflower”. Her experiences have been the subject in numerous research and reference books. She is an IANDS Group Leader in the Mid-Ohio Valley and has been a speaker at IANDS Conferences.


Kati Alexandra

Kati will share her transformative experience of her “Shared Crossing” with her mother as she escorted her into her next phase of life. She’ll share how the experience has altered her life.


Francesca Kimpton

Francesca is a highly respected English medium whose reputation for accuracy has been demonstrated thousands of times. She will give evidence and messages from loved ones who have passed away to as many members of the audience as possible, proving beyond doubt the existence of an afterlife.


Rich Ralston

Rich is a clairvoyant energy worker and healer. His abilities include chakra clearing and energy release instruction, past life karma clearing, communication with the souls of the dead as well as crossing them over, and remote healing- helping others throughout the world to empower themselves and reach a higher potential.

Don V. Lax

Don will share his transformational experiences of helping people cross over to the other side, as well as play his violin to help heal anything in us that needs attention. You won’t want to miss this informative, interactive, and restorative experience.


Gary Gillette

Humorist, writer, award-winning voice actor. Imagine dying almost as soon as you are born...and remembering what you saw on "the other side" for the rest of your life. Now, imagine that happening 3 MORE TIMES in your lifetime...and being sent back to Earth to teach what you experienced, each time! This is exactly what happened to Gary and he's finally decided that it's time to share it with the world.


Lisa Jones

Lisa is a former Certified Public Accountant who "woke up" the night her husband died, after a 7 year battle with cancer. She experienced a Shared Death Experience, which opened her eyes to a whole new world.of money, spirituality and love.


Nykki Hardin

At the age of 29, her mother died suddenly which plunged Nykki into a "dark place" of depression and unknowingness. She traveled the world looking for answers and found them in India through meditation, fasting, and detoxing. Through these modalities, she experienced God, experienced herself as an extension of God, learned to connect with the light, and opened to connecting to the "other side" and beings of Light.


Ingrid Honkala, PhD

Ingrid is a successful marine biologist, author and researcher. Following her NDE at the age of 3, she has been guided by “Beings of Light” to help people become aware of a deeper reality and connect with their Inner Wisdom.


Sharon Lund

Founder, Sacred Life Publisher

Lisa Jones


Barbara Bartolome


JC Gordon

Kati Alexandra

Sharing her inspiring “shared crossing” experience.


Lewis Griggs

Monthly host of "Life, Death, Near Death and Beyond”


Dr. Joe Marshalla

“Dead Man Talking” Joe will share his deep insights as a

result of his multiple death experiences.


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