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Dr. Yvonne Kason MD


Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, is the President and  a Founder of Spiritual Awakenings International, a global non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and about all types of “Spiritually Transformative Experiences™”. Dr. Kason is the person who in 1994 first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences™” or “STEs”, which has now become the standard term used in the field.  She is also the Group-Leader and Co-Founder of Toronto Awakenings Sharing Group.

Dr. Kason has had 5 Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), 2 in her childhood and 3 in her adult life, as well as multiple Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs) of many kinds. She is the Past-President of IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies (2019-2020).  Dr. Kason is a retired family physician and transpersonal MD-psychotherapist, previously on faculty at the University of Toronto, and an internationally renowned medical expert on NDEs, Kundalini Awakening, and other STEs. 

In 1990, Dr. Kason was the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counseling of patients with diverse types of STEs. She has over 40 years’ experience counseling STE Experiencers. She co-founded the Kundalini Research Network in 1990, was the Chair of the Kundalini Research Network’s Questionnaire research project, and later co-founded the Spirituality in Health-Care Network in 2000. 

 Dr. Kason has five published books, her most recent, Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences (2019).   She has made hundreds of professional presentations, has given scores of media interviews, and is in demand as a keynote speaker.  She was recently interviewed on The Dr Oz Show, (2020 and 2021) and on Coast to Coast (2020).  Dr. Yvonne Kason lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys “snowbirding” during the winter months, in Encinitas, CA.

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