The IANDS Santa Barbara group is dedicated to connecting and supporting individuals who have experienced a Near Death Experience (NDE), Out of Body Experience (OBE), or a Spiritually Transformative Event (STE). Additionally, we welcome individuals who are interested in education and research on NDE/OBE/STE's, health care professionals/caregivers, individuals who are close to experiencers, individuals facing terminal illness or those in grief over losing a loved one, and the general public.
We are affiliated with IANDS (International Association of Near Death Studies, www.IANDS.org), a non-profit organization that has groups similar to this one in many cities inside and outside of the U.S.. IANDS Santa Barbara will be meeting from 7:00pm-9:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Unity House, 1626 Santa Barbara Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. No fee is required to attend, but a goodwill donation may be given by attendees to help pay the rental fee for the meeting location.
IANDS’ purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences, their effects on people’s lives, and their implications for beliefs about life, death, and human purpose. Where scholarship does not indicate a reasonably clear position on the origin or interpretation of these experiences, we remain impartial and open to the presentation of varying points of view; however, while all personal beliefs will be respected, IANDS is under no obligation to consider them all equally supportable.
IANDS serves a broad range of people:
Experiencers: People who have had a near-death or similar experience
Researchers: People who are interested in the objective academic or clinical study of near-death experiences and/or near-death-like experiences
Health care professionals/Caregivers: People who care for experiencers’ physical and/or mental health
People close to experiencers: Family and friends of persons who have had an NDE
Educators: People who teach about near-death and near-death-like experiences
Interested other people: People with terminal illness, those in grief, and the general public.
For additional information on IANDS, please go to www.IANDS.org
For questions/information on the IANDS Santa Barbara group, please contact Barbara Bartolomé at IANDS.SantaBarbara@gmail.org or call 805-451-8646.