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Chicago IANDS began in May 1998, to provide a support and study group for those who have had a Near-Death Experience or are interested in the subject. An independent, 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit organization, it is one of the largest IANDS-affiliated groups around the world.


It is now estimated that there are over 35,000,000 near-death survivors in the United States, which is about 10% of the US population. These experiences often leave the experiencer with an expanded sense of reality which can often be better understood by sharing with others. Talking about an experience and/or listening to others talk about their experiences has a profound healing effect on many who participate.


We are especially grateful to all the researchers and near-death experiencers who pioneered the research in this field, making it possible for everyone to be able to speak freely about his/her experience.


Our meetings are usually conducted around an aspect of the Near-Death Experience, often with supportive videos or a guest speaker. Time to discuss, share and socialize are included.


Meetings are open to the public. We have no dues, however we ask everyone who is able to donate something to help offset our expenses such as guest speakers, postage, printing, flyers, refreshments and supplies. Suggested donation for meetings is $20. Follow your heart. No one is turned away. If you have NO money, the meeting is free. Otherwise please donate your fair share. Our only income is generated at the door and through the bookstore. All donations are tax deductible. PLEASE DONATE YOUR FAIR SHARE.


In May, 2008, Chicago IANDS announced the formation of a new not-for-profit organization, iSee (International Society for Extraordinary Experiences).  Diane’s Guides were behind the formation of this new organization, but unlike Chicago IANDS, which they also initiated, they said the time was not yet right to start this organization.


This new organization was intended to formally honor ALL spiritual and mystical experiences, creating a place where people can come together to discuss and learn about such experiences.  In December 2019, when Dr. Yvonne Kason came to Chicago to be a speaker for Chicago IANDS, she and Diane spoke about Yvonne's desire to start a new organization for similar purposes and Diane’s already incorporated organization, iSee.  It seemed a perfect match!   So the name was changed and Spiritual Awakenings International was born.


Please visit Spiritual Awakenings and join to be informed of what is going on in this field all around the world.

PLEASE NOTE that all of Chicago IANDS' meetings will be online until it is safe to go back to our physical site at Evanston Northshore Hospital, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.

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Diane Willis, President
Marcia O'Hara, Vice-President
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Vicki Nelson, Director
Gail Cotovsky, Director
Heidi Hetzel, Director
Sara Fieberg, Director
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