The 2nd Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit

13 prerecorded interviews and 3 hours of recorded Q & A that informs and inspires.


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You will have access to over eleven hours of video interviews and talks with well-known researchers and near-death experiencers within our members only near-death experience portal.

Enjoy 3 Hours of Recorded Q & A

Three panel discussions answering the questions of our audience, recorded just for you.

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Speakers Featured This Year!

Dr. Raymond Moody

Dr. Raymond Moody, MD, PhD is a world-renowned scholar, lecturer, and researcher, and he is widely recognized as the leading authority on near-death experiences. He is the best-selling author of Life after Life, Coming Back, Paranormal, Glimpses of Eternity and The Light Beyond.   His new book about unintelligibility, Making Sense of Nonsense, will be published later this year by Llewelyn (2020). A featured expert in the media, Dr. Moody has appeared on hundreds of local and nationally syndicated programs such as MSNBC’s Grief Recovery, NBC Today, ABC’s Turning Point, Oprah, Coast to Coast AM and other popular talk shows on television and radio. He recently co-founded The University of Heaven, an online educational platform focused on near-death, shared death, and after-death experiences.


Lisa Smartt

Lisa Smartt, MA is a linguist, educator, and author of Words at the Threshold. The book is based on data collected through The Final Words Project, an ongoing study devoted to gathering and interpreting the mysterious language at end of life. Lisa has co-facilitated presentations with Dr. Raymond Moody at universities, hospices, and conferences about language and consciousness and they recently founded  the online educational platform, The University of Heaven. Her work has been featured  in The Atlantic, GAIA TV, Coast to Coast AM Radio, and dozens of other media platforms. Lisa recently published Cante Bardo, a novel about a flamenco singer, and Veil, a book of poems inspired by her father. 

Dr. Jeffrey Long

Dr. Jeffrey Long is a medical doctor specializing in the practice of radiation oncology. He lives in Houma, Louisiana. As a scientist, Jeff founded Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) in 1998. He wanted to know if NDEs were real by directly asking the NDErs themselves. The answer is a resounding YES! As a result of his research, he is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, "Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences." As a leading NDE researcher and a medical doctor, Jeff has appeared on national media including O'Rielly Factor, NBC today, ABC with Peter Jennings, the Dr. Oz Show, the History Channel, the Learning Channel, and National Geographic. He has also appeared on Fox News Houston and at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Eben Alexander & Karen Newell

Eben Alexander, MD, was a neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of HeavenThe Map of Heaven, and co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe with Karen Newell. Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of Living in a Mindful Universe.

Nancy Rynes

Nancy Rynes is a leading voice for bringing heaven's wisdom into our lives on earth, developing our heart-centered intuition, and living a life of inspired creativity. Her book Awakenings from the Light gives the reader concrete examples of how to make heaven's wisdom a very real part of life. She has also authored Messages from Heaven, and contributed to the book Awakened by Death. Nancy Rynes has been featured on NBC's Megyn Kelly TODAY. She has been a keynote speaker at SCL Healthcare's Provider Resilience conference and a featured speaker at the IANDS Annual Conference.

Howard Storm

Howard Storm experienced a profound near-death experience on June 1, 1985. While dying in a hospital in Paris, France he had an experience that involved being tormented in hell, calling out to Jesus, being saved, given a life review, and having all his questions answered. From that experience, he ceased being an atheist and is now a Christian pastor. Howard Storm's book My Descent Into Death covers the major elements of his NDE. Currently there is a Hollywood movie being produced by Alcon Studios based on his story. Storm is the pastor of Saint Mark United Church of Christ in Latonia, Kentucky. 

Paul Perry

Paul Perry is the co-author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Evidence of the AfterlifeCloser to the LightTransformed by the Light, and Saved by the Light which was made into a popular movie by Fox. His books have been published in more than 30 languages around the world and cover a wide variety of subjects from near-death experiences to biographies of authors Ken Kesey and Hunter S. Thompson. He is also a documentary filmmaker and owns SAKKARA Productions, a film production company, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Perry's writing and film making earned him a knighthood in the Royal Family of Portugal. Perry is a graduate of Arizona State University and has an MFA from Antioch University (Los Angeles). He was also fellow at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University in New York City and taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. 

David Ditchfield

David Ditchfield had a freak accident in which he was dragged under a speeding train. As the surgeons fought to save him, he had a profound near-death experience. When he woke up in hospital, he had acquired astonishing new abilities. The first gift was an enhanced ability to paint. After his NDE, David felt compelled to produce dramatic and rich images of the things he saw in the Afterlife, paintings so vivid and real it was as though he had taken a HD camera with him to visually capture this environment. Even more surprisingly, he started composing classical music. David, a former punk/pop guitarist, has never received any training in classical music and never composed such music before his NDE. David's debut symphony 'The Divine Light' expresses what he felt during his NDE. The symphony was premiered at a sell-out concert  and received a standing ovation. SHINE ON is a memoir that tells the story of David's remarkable journey.

Lesley Joan Lupo

Lesley Joan Lupo's newly released book is titled Remember, Every Breath is Precious: Dying Taught Me How to Live. Dr. Gary Schwartz writes, "Lesley is a science-minded mystic. Aware of the immortal Soul, Lesley combines the training of a therapist, the brilliant mind of a CEO, and the gentle soul of a best friend." Lesley Joan Lupo has been a professional Intuitive since 1994 and has worked at Canyon Ranch Resort since 1996. Her clientele includes TV, movie, music, and Broadway celebrities, politicians, royalty, and business leaders. She has a private practice and conducts the workshop Light Your Path: Cultivate a Life of Self-Worth in Tucson, AZ and takes individual clients at Canyon Ranch Health Resort. Lesley is also a certified NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) therapist and a Reiki Master. 

Kimberly Clark Sharp

Kimberly Clark Sharp, MSW, LiCSW had a near-death experience at twenty-two.  She is the author of “After the Light: The Spiritual Path to Purpose” (Wm. Morrow & Co. 1995); audio (HarperCollins 1995). Kimberly Clark Sharp is the founder of Seattle International Association of Near-Death Studies, the world’s oldest and largest support group for near death experiencers, since 1982. Kimberly is an international conference and workshop speaker, a consultant to news and entertainment media, and has been published in many textbooks, journals, and magazines.  She worked for two decades as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington. She co-taught a Terminal Illness Seminar at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. 

Dr. Tony Cicoria

Tony Cicoria, is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon,  former Chief of Orthopedics at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich, New York, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at SUNY Upstate Medical School, in Syracuse.  He lives in York, Maine and has three grown children. Despite being a trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cicoria’s musical career began rather remarkably after he was struck by lightning in 1994 while speaking on a public telephone and had a NDE. Shortly thereafter, he developed in insatiable desire to play the piano. As a result of his unusual introduction to the world of music, Dr. Cicoria was featured in the New Yorker Magazine article A Bolt from the Blue, by Oliver Sacks MD, as well as in Dr. Sacks’ book Musicophilia:  Tales of Music and the Brain.  Tony has given many musical performances and has a CD entitled “Notes from an Accidental Pianist.” 

John Burke

John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love,and the New York Times Bestseller, Imagine Heaven. He and his wife, Kathy, founded Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. Since 1998, Gateway has grown to over 4,500 people, made up mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. John is also the president of Gateway Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization working to help church-planting pastors and ordinary Christians “raise the church out of the culture.” John has spoken in 20 countries to over 200,000 church leaders and Christians. He is married to Kathy and they have a grown daughter, Ashley, and son, Justin. They live in Austin, Texas. Follow his blog at

Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez is an authentic intuitive and talented artist. He has spent close to two decades integrating his near-death experience and sharing his experience and gifts with others.  An electrical engineer and self-confessed atheist, Jose died twice in one night following a mundane accident at work and a simple mistake by hospital staff in the ER department. Jose had a profoundly life changing experience during the more than five minutes that he was clinically dead. This experience marked the end of his journey to that point and the beginning of a new life. Years after his NDE, Jose and his wife Anastasia  formed Immersive Arts, LLP, an organization dedicated to the installation and promotion of healing art and mindfulness spaces in institutions, healthcare and addiction facilities, and educating the public and healthcare workers on the value of art in the healing environment and bridging the divide between health, emotion, and spirit.  Jose has a deep compassion for the condition of humanity and speaks credibly to the skeptic and scientifically minded.

Tricia Barker, Host

Tricia Barker is the host of The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit in partnership with University of Heaven. Tricia experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college at The University of Texas, and this afterlife experience guided her to teach overseas, in public schools, and at the college level. Her near-death experience story has been featured on The Biography Channel’s I Survived: Beyond and BackNational Geographic Magazine,Women's World Magazine, and The Doctor Oz Show. Tricia's newly released memoir, Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformationmarks her first collaboration with publisher Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster. Tricia wrote Angels in the OR to inspire deeper spiritual healing to common forms of trauma. Tricia received her B.A. degree from U.T. Austin and her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She is an award winning Creative Writing professor, poet, inspirational speaker, YouTuber, and medium.

Bonus Videos

A week before the live summit on June 23, 2019, you will receive an additional bonus video and a free guided meditation MP3 download. It is our hope and pleasure to bring you these videos to the comfort of your home.  We love to hear from participants, so please do not hesitate to send us feedback after the live summit about your experiences with The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit!  We hope to see you on the day of the live summit.  Many blessings to you all!

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Erase all doubt by spending time listening to best-selling researchers, authors, and near-death experiencers talk about the afterlife. Have your individual questions answered in a live webinar on June 23, 2019 Noon to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time.


13 Recored Video Interviews with Researchers & Near-Death Experiencers

Private Facebook Group to Ask Questions and Make Connections

Recorded Q & A with the Speakers and Subscribers

Bonus Meditation



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