Life, Death, Near Death and Beyond: An Exploration

Near Death Conf flyer for Maui

with Ram Dass, Bodhi Be, Ven. Rev. Patrick McCollum,
Kimberly Clark Sharp, Ellie Schamber, Dan Drasin, Jamie Butler,
Wendy Grace, Raphael, and conference host & facilitator, Lori Grace

As we age and experience the death or approaching death of friends, relatives and loved ones, we may find ourselves wondering how best to support them in their passing. We may also find ourselves wondering about existence itself, about life and death and beyond and even about our own life and death. We may also, in our grieving, find ourselves longing to communicate with those who have passed and wondering whether we really cease to exist, or whether, though our bodies die, our consciousness lives on.

Life, Death, Near Death and Beyond: An Exploration

register nowAt a gorgeous certified organic farm brimming with life, we will look at the issues of life, death, near death and beyond. Ram Dass and Bodhi Be will speak about compassionate hospice and conscious green burial. Venerable Reverend Patrick McCollum, Kimberly Clark Sharp and Ellie Schamber have all had near death experiences and will share what they have learned from them. Dan Drasin will show his film about electronic communications from the deceased. Jamie Butler and Wendy Grace will present about mediumship and communication with the departed. Raphael plays his transcendent music in a space where people can experience life after death in the form of inter-dimensional communication.

Beautiful tropical gardens • Delicious organic food grown right on the farm
An intro class on organic gardening • Swimming in a 60-foot, solar-heated, saltwater pool
Hot tubs with spectacular views • Amazing community of kindred spirits


Conference plus Meals: $368 first 20 paid registrants or by Jan. 27; $435 thereafter
Conference Only: $225 first 20 paid registrants or by Jan. 27; $285 thereafter
*Prices include an organic gardening intro class. All participants are welcome to enjoy the pool and hot tub.
Rooms: Prices vary. 888-368-5305 •
Discounted room rates before, during and after the conference, March 3 thru 12.
For more conference information, contact Sunrise Center at 415-924-7824.

Our Presenters:

Ram Dass

Ram Dass

Ram Dass aka Dr. Richard Alpert, Ph.D., psychologist, author (Be Here Now), world-reknowned lecturer, 40+ years a pioneer of conscious dying. Co-founder of the Seva Foundation & The Dying Project.
Be Here Now
sparked a generation of wisdom seekers and has had a major impact on the course of western society’s opening to alternative understandings of life’s purpose, as well as the explosion of both yoga and meditation practice. Learn more at

Bodhi Be

Bodhi Be is a minister, teacher and guide in a Sufi Lineage; an independent funeral director; the executive director of Doorway Into Light, a non-profit in the field of death and dying; and the founder of The Death Store, Hawaii’s first certified green funeral home. He is a long-time hospice volunteer and leads workshops and trainings in the fields of end-of-life, and after-death care, and in conscious living and dying. Bodhi Be will be presenting Death 101: A Primer For Approaching Death and Showing Up at the Bedside of the Dying. We will explore the beliefs and stories we tell ourselves, and we’ll wonder about: Do we die, or simply “pass on”? ~ Is this body “you”? ~ When do we begin to die? ~ Who’s supposed to die? ~ What’s the difference between knowing you will one day die, and finding out you are dying? ~ What are we grieving, both collectively and individually? How do we “lose” people when they die? ~ How is our relationship to death and dying formed by culture, religion, psychology and medicine? Learn more at

Patrick McCollum

Venerable Reverend Patrick McCollum

Ven. Rev. McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions, transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. He is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism. He was also named as a World Inner Peace Ambassador by Thai Buddhists and was given the title Venerable. In 1965, Rev. McCollum had the experience of dying. His NDE resulted from a brutal motorcycle accident when he was hit by a drunk driver. He ceased breathing and his heart stopped beating for more than 6 minutes. A doctor on the site pronounced him dead. He floated through a tunnel of light. At the end of the tunnel, he came face to face with a luminous woman. “There was a deep sense of understanding, of knowledge hidden below the surface of her glance . . . there was a feeling in my heart that she knew my every thought, my every joy, my every pain.” “Are you ready to come with me?” she asked. “Who are you?” I questioned. “I am God,” she replied. This is only the third time that Patrick will be presenting the story of his experience of consciousness after death. Please join us to hear about Patrick’s experience and the amazing ways that it has impacted his life’s work. For more information, visit

Kimberly Clark Sharp

Kimberly Clark Sharp

Kimberly Clark Sharp, MSW, LCSW, known for her wit and warmth, is a near-death experiencer and author of After the Light. Named one of the “40 most influential people under the age of 40” in the Pacific Northwest in 1987 for her work in the field of death and dying, Kimberly pioneered the field of critical care social work, founded the department of social work at the world’s first bone marrow transplant center and founded Seattle International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), the world’s oldest and largest support group for NDEr’s. She also taught death and dying at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is a retired clinical assistant professor. Learn more about IANDS at Learn more about Kimberly here

Dr. Ellie Schamber

Ellie Schamber

Ellie Schamber was an atheist who believed that a person’s consciousness dies with the body. At U.C. Berkeley during the 1960s, she was involved in political revolutionary activities and taught her students that “religion is the opiate of the people.” In 1969, she was involved in a horrific car accident that took several lives — including hers. “Looking down at my body, I was dumbfounded! I realized that everything I had believed and taught about consciousness had been wrong.” In the Light, Ellie was given amazing knowledge about the meaning and purpose of life. She saw that she had forgotten the purpose of her life, so she made the decision to return and try again. It took many years for her to come to grips with the experiences she had when she died. Her experience of death and her spiritual experiences were in profound conflict with her beliefs, and she found it difficult to reconcile them. When she told people about her experiences, she saw that it seemed to help. “This made me more open to talking about when I was on the other side and the spiritual experiences I have had since. I want to let people know what the Truth is, why we are here, and what the implications are for our lives.”

Ellie Schamber has a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of California at Berkeley. She was on the faculty of several universities, and currently teaches Humanities at Kaplan University online. She also mentors graduate students and tutors high school students for the SAT. In addition, Ellie hosts monthly presentations by people who have experienced consciousness after death, and she talks about her own spiritual experiences at a number of venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dan Drasin

Dan Drasin

Dan Drasin will be screening a rough cut of his hour-long documentary Calling Earth: How the departed can reach out to us through our modern electronic technology which demonstrates and explains Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) — contact with the deceased through familiar electronic devices including recorders, telephones, radios, computers, digital cameras and video systems. He’ll also describe how he arrived at his path, which marries science and spirit, and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Dan is a veteran documentary filmmaker and media producer with over a dozen international awards to his credit. He has been affiliated with New Dimensions Radio since its founding in 1973. As a child, Dan experienced numerous precognitive dreams, which jump-started his lifelong curiosity about consciousness and the nature of reality. Since 1993 he has probed various facets of afterlife research including near-death and out-of-body experiences, life between lives, reincarnation and afterlife communication. Following the passing of his partner, Jane, in 2007, Dan experienced a variety of communications from her. His latest projects include a series of films about afterlife research, of which Calling Earth is the first.

Jamie Butler preferred

Jamie Butler

Jamie Butler leads an open discussion on how your beliefs shape your understanding of the beyond. Through simple exercises Jamie will help you identify which ways you best perceive subtle energy so that you may learn how to communicate with your guides and loved ones on the other side. Jamie will also take you through a hand-designed mediation to open up your sensitivity and better connect you to your heart energy. Being aware of your emotional energy enhances intuitive sensitivity. Using your new tools and insight, Jamie will have you pair up and practice what you have learned. Be amazed at your own natural intuitive ability. Jamie Butler has been a medium, both clairvoyant and clairaudient, since she was a young girl. She is the author of the book With Love and Light, is the founder of the With Love and Light Center in Atlanta, is a Reiki master and master hypnotherapist, and has taught people all over the world how to channel beings for themselves. She is also the featured medium in the book, My Son in the Afterlife, written by Elisa Medhus, MD, about her son Erik, who killed himself when he was 20 years-old. The channelings that Jamie did of Erik were so real to Elisa that she wrote a book about it. Some of Jamie’s channelings from Erik can be found on YouTube.

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Wendy Grace

Wendy Grace, who also experienced an NDE in her early twenties, trained for ten years in the Brazilian style of mediumship and many other forms of subtle energy work. Her mediumship trainings have assisted her in communicating with many departed souls and have helped many people come to greater peace with death and the departure of their beloveds. She has also pioneered a way through mediumship of helping people heal their relationships with immediate relatives that have passed on and even more distant relatives, their ancestors. Creating peace and harmony with one’s departed relatives and ancestors leads to greater peace and harmony in the present and enables people to live even more empowered self-loving and compassionate lives.


Raphael had his first near death experience at the age of six. It is no accident that his music album Music to Disappear In has been used extensively for death and dying patients. Hundreds of letters begin with, “The last thing my mother (or brother/sister/friend) heard was your album over and over.” He was freely composing Vivaldi concertos at the age of 13 and doing musical psychic readings at 16. He and his wife Kutira are the founders of the Kahua Institute, est. 1985, and creators of Embodied Spirituality and Sustainability. Together they own Maui Eco Retreat, where your vacation becomes a transformation. When people come back from a near death experience, they will tell you “words fail.” Ah, but I remember the music! Musically we will explore and experience the rich and unique levels of Life after Death. We begin by preparing our own body through dance, movement and conscious relaxation. When the body and heart is honored, our ability to enter into macrocosm opens us to limitless possibilities. From that deep place we can easily and solidly enter into inter-dimensional communication. This process has a history of many miracles.

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Lori Grace

Lori Grace is responsible for the creation of this conference and will be the main facilitator. She wishes to learn more about all of the topics covered in this conference and wants to see everyone else in the conference benefit as well. Lori is the owner of Hale Akua Garden Farm on Maui and is also the executive director of Sunrise Center both in Corte Madera, California.

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