about our next meetings
Join Our Meetings
You are most welcome to join us. We will be exploring Near-Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences.
We are the Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group. Our in-person and video conference meetings often include a key speaker and a question and answer period, followed by small sharing groups in which you are invited to share your experiences and listen to others. This is not a therapy group but rather a meeting of those who are curious to learn and share their experiences. Sharing is not required, but attentive and respectful listening is. Our meetings are held roughly 5 times a year. Please sign up for email notification of upcoming meetings.
Dr. Christopher Kerr – Validating Patients Dreams & Visions at End of Life
December 5 @ 1:00 pm EST – 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Spiritual Awakenings International
Co-Sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo and Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group
Dr. Christopher Kerr will share his published research that describes and validates patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. Dr. Kerr will explore how these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and death anticipated. He will also review research that explores the potential for end of life experiences to provide opportunity for post-traumatic growth, and discuss the impact of these experiences on the bereaved. The presentation includes videos of patients and families describing the meaningfulness of these powerful end of life experiences.
Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group “Experiencers” Circle
January 23, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EST – 3:30 pm EST
We offer periodic Sharing Group “Experiencers” Circles in which anyone who has had a Spiritually Transformative Experience can come together with a group of other “Experiencers” to share and to listen.
Spiritually Transformative Experiences include, but are not limited to the following:
- Near-Death Experiences
- Other death-related experiences such as: deathbed visions, deathwatch experiences/shared-death experiences (in which one has a spiritual experience when another person dies), and After-Death Communications
- Mystical experiences
- Diverse psychic or intuitive experiences, including clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, out-of-body experiences, past-life recall, mediumship, channeling, and more…
- Spiritual energy and/or Kundalini Awakening
- Inspired creativity
Many people who have had Spiritually Transformative Experiences do not know to identify them as such. If you think that perhaps you have had such an experience or you are interested in learning more, you are welcome to join the Experiencers Circle to share and learn.
About Our Group
Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group was started in 2019. We call it an “Awakenings Sharing Group,” providing discussion time for those who are interested in Near-Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences. All are welcome to the meetings, whether they have had any of these experiences or not. (Minors must be accompanied by their legal guardians.)
We are not organized by or affiliated with any religion or religious organization. Near-Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences come to those of all different faiths and no faith at all. They also come to those of different cultures, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability, and we hold openness for each unique experience and experiencer. We are a non-aligned group and do not endorse any one doctrine, philosophy, religion, religious interpretation or political position. We welcome participants with diverse views and perspectives and ask all participants to respectfully engage as listeners to others’ experiences, without offering judgment, challenge, comment or advice. The views and opinions expressed by any individual or speaker attending our meetings do not reflect any official position of the Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group. To read more on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy, click here.
Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group was created to offer interested individuals a safe, supportive place in which to share, network, and learn more about diverse Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) and their often powerful after-effects on body, mind and spirit. STEs include: Near-Death Experiences (NDEs); Mystical Experiences; Spiritual Energy or Kundalini Awakenings; diverse Psychic Experiences; Inspired Creativity; and other death-related STEs such as Deathbed visions, Death-Watch/Shared-Death Experiences, and After-Death Communications. Research studies have show that up to 15 percent of the population have had an NDE or other types of STEs. Many people find these occurrences very impactful and even life transforming. Sadly, experiencers often find they are misunderstood by their family or friends, and feel they have no one with whom to share their understanding. Our group meetings aim to provide just such an opportunity, to share privately and respectfully, with support and understanding of the diversity of each person’s STEs.
We believe that Near-Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences hold a wealth of information for all of us, especially given that no two experiences are identical. Our meetings are facilitated by Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group’s three volunteer co-founders, who have worked with and have also experienced their own Spiritually Transformative Experiences.
Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group is affiliated with Spiritual Awakenings International. www.spiritualawakeningsinternational.org
Meet Our Co-Founders
Dr. Yvonne Kason, Monica Maurin and Dr. Shira Taylor founded and co-lead the Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group. All three co-founders have had many Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) and two have had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). They felt there was a need for a community such as this in Toronto and began in 2019 to take steps to offer bi-monthly meetings to all who feel sincerely interested.
All three co-leaders have experience leading other groups. Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group is not a therapy group and no counselling can or will be offered. Rather, it is a forum in which to share personal NDE and STE stories in a supportive environment, and to learn more about all types of STEs from our meetings’ featured speakers. Experiencers, their friends, families, physicians and counsellors, as well as all persons sincerely interested in learning more about the wide range of Spiritually Transformative Experiences are welcome to attend.
We believe that Spiritually Transformative Experiences are part of the spectrum of healthy human experiences.
Dr. Yvonne Kason MD is a retired Family Physician and MD-Psychotherapist who has had 5 Near-Death Experiences and multiple Spiritually Transformative Experiences. She first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences” in 1994. She has 40 years experience researching and counselling persons with NDEs and other STEs.
She is President of Spiritual Awakenings International, Past-President of IANDS, cofounder of Spirituality in Health Care Network, and author of 5 books, her most recent “Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences.”
Monica Maurin is a law clerk in civil litigation and a mindfulness meditation teacher. She is the founder of Mindfulness Training Toronto, with certification in Applied Mindfulness Studies from the University of Toronto, Mindful Schools (USA), and from the Insight Yoga Institute (USA), among others.
She has had many Spiritually Transformative Experiences, including a Near-Death Experience in 2009, and works with others who have had Spiritually Transformative Experiences as well.
Dr. Shira Taylor is the founder of Heart Space and a family physician psychotherapist, and yogi who specializes in mind/body/spirit approaches to healing and wellness.
In 2014 she shifted her practice to be psychotherapy-based serving individuals struggling with a wide variety of life challenges including many who have had or are going through spiritually transformative experiences. She also runs groups called “Minding your Inner Monkey” which help people to develop a meditation practice and find their way out of depression and anxiety.