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You can’t beat the magic of attending a transformational, live event, especially an energy-based conference such as illuminate.  Here are some great reasons why it is so satisfying to come along to a conference in person, as opposed to an online event.

1. Meet Experts Face to Face

Take the opportunity to meet with our speakers, whether it’s taking a selfie with someone who’s inspired you, making a connection that can lead to finding your next mentor or simply asking for some feedback about your own ideas.  Great connections have been made between our speakers and delegates.

2. Connecting with Like-minded Souls

No matter how easy it is to ‘connect’ over social media, there is nothing like meeting someone in real life!  Take the opportunities to mix and mingle, form new relationships, and strengthen existing ones. Over coffee, lunch, or drinks, you may make a connection with the perfect kindred spirit.  At a break you may find yourself having a conversation with someone who turns out to be a great collaborator. 


Our past conferences have seen all types of collaborative projects sparked by strangers who never would have got things off the ground if they hadn’t met at our Conference.  There is no value to be placed on the memories, the energy and the buzz of this type of event.  With delegates attending from all over the country and indeed the world, and having the opportunity to see speakers up close and personal all at the one event, it is actually a very unique opportunity. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​3. New Tools

Our speakers have decades of experience and knowledge between them.  You will learn many new tools and resources in their talks and workshops.  At our exhibitors’ tables, you may find practitioners, courses, products and groups that you don’t know about or whom are offering special discounts, freebies or opportunities that wouldn’t be available to non-delegates.

4. Greater Focus

It can be easy to get caught on YouTube watching interesting videos and learn amazing things, all in the comfort of your trackie daks! Often though, you are also doing work, surfing the net or attending to family matters.  When present at a live event you are 100% focused and committed, you are more effervescent and excited to interact with the speakers, your peers and fellow soul mates.

5. Synchronicity at Play

Some of the best experiences in life can be at times when you had no idea about what to expect.  This is certainly the case when attending a seminar or workshop on a whim and discover it turns out to be perfect synchronicity – the message you needed to hear, the person you needed to meet sitting next to you, the speaker that said one sentence that changed your life.  These are often the moments that needed to be discovered through the serendipity of a live event.

6. Invest in Yourself

When you purchase that conference ticket you are investing in your own growth.  It’s admitting that you’re worth it. It’s admitting that you still have things to learn. That you can get better.  Taking the time to do something for yourself is often not something you do – family, friends and work are usually put ahead of your own interests.  Take the time to do something that makes your soul happy.  This is not just an information exchange – it is transformation on many levels.  Prepare to experience deep personal healing, as we raise consciousness for humanity.

7. Bathing in incredible energy

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut - doing the same routine can stifle fresh thinking and new ideas. Breaking out of the norm, sitting in a new space, can spark new approaches and get you thinking outside of the box, even if you think you know it all, have heard it all before, it’s amazing how when you hear a message from a different person, in a different way, can be a great reminder, and set you on a new course of action.  Get a sense of how it feels to be in a group of high-vibrational truth seekers  – to experience that type of group energy is a dynamic you can’t replicate unless you are there and a part of it.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​8. Sharpen the Saw

Stephen Covey lists ‘sharpening the saw’ as his seventh habit of highly effective people.  The idea is that sometimes you have to take a break from the ‘work’ of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one.  You will always return from a conference with new ideas and approaches that can applied to the way you live, work and relate to the world.

9. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Live events force you to break out of your comfort zone.  It’s easy to read a blog post from the privacy of your own home or office. You don’t have to make small talk while your YouTube video loads up.  Apart from a few natural networkers, going to a Conference or workshop for most people can be a challenge. But, as you know, the magic happens OUTSIDE the comfort zone!  If the thought of coming on your own is truly terrifying, let us know and we can line you up with a buddy to hold your hand.


​10. Have Fun!

Our Conferences are fun! Live events with other people are fun! It can be difficult having conversations out in the ‘real world’ with people, but at a conference, a simple ‘How did you like that seminar?’ can open up to some amazing connections and even more amazing friendships. We have great giveaways, lucky door prizes, meditations, music and all manner of add-ons that you simply need to come along to experience.

11. Holiday at the same time!

Held in a beautiful resort, at one of Australia's top 10 beaches – why wouldn’t you want to combine a destination like this with a conference!  A great excuse to get the family, hop on a plane to Coffs Harbour and enjoy the beach, a spa visit, tennis courts swimming pools and of course, socialising with many new friends around the garden bar!  The Aanuka Beach Resort is truly a beautiful sanctuary that will reenergise you, release all the year's stress and enjoy a retreat setting that feels like you are in Bali.




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This amazing woman and friend, Kathryn Hand, is part of a team alongside her twin flame Mick Turner, organising the most ethical and integrity awake events I know in this arena worldwide. Truly magnificent events and communities. These times are powerful when we come together in a vision of a better world and humanity. Our community of global friends loves. We hold that vision no matter what. We guide and help each other no matter what. The spirit of a new humanity resides within us. I met magnificent souls  at Cosmic Consciousness Conference Close Encounters Conference.

- Tracy Ash (Speaker)

Many thanks to Kathryn and Mick! Mainly I realized from this meeting, just how many people worldwide have had some kind of covert or psychic contact with extra-terrestrials, some friendly but others not so friendly. Of course they are not just "lights in the sky"! Some of them are making "crop circles", while others may be interacting with local humans on a subtle, covert level. And the actual number of multi-witness UFO sightings over the past 50 years is widespread. Almost everything that the mainstream media have been telling people is a lie.

- Dr Horace Drew (Speaker)


A Very Successful Close Encounters Conference at Coffs Harbour NSW Australia (Jan 2018) .... What a beyond amazing experience.   Everyone's talks were unique and full of energy to help us all awaken even further.  Thank you to Kathryn Hand and Mick Turner ... you are both inspirational and champions. And thanks to our Magnificent MC Silvana Camilleri...💚💚

- Kay McCullock (Speaker)

In a blink and a heartbeat, the Afterlife Explorers and Close Encounters Conferences are over. Packed with incredible content from a stellar showcase of speakers, we were blessed to have sound healing, meditations, breakout sessions, workshops, skywatches, exhibitors and fantastic opportunities to mingle, socialise and connect with beautiful souls. 

- Darren Maxwell (Speaker)

The thanks is all yours beautiful Kathryn Hand 💜 You are the catalyst, for it is you and Mick Turner working so hard to organise, put together, run and hold such an amazing enlightening and powerful conference which is the platform/ voice/ expression not only to bring much needed light to this area/field but to host a beautiful safe space for all to gather, learn, share and be supported by those with open minds and hearts ... I am so very grateful.

- Juanita Hall

I loved meeting so many amazing, truthful, open and heartfelt people with deep knowledge and experience in diverse, fascinating areas. Roll on the next one.. and hopefully, I'll make it to Uluru, too! Thanks to all involved !

- Anita Cassidy Bowman

CONGRATULATIONS YOU BOTH WERE STARS !!! I saw the hard work and energy you put into this and it’s been a year-long in the making. It was a success because of this dedication and sheer hard work. Well done guys you rock!

I had a wonderful time at the Afterlife Exploreres Conference and the Close Encounters Conference. What I find the most meaningful is to see how many people connect with one another on those deeper levels, and experience the relief of knowing they are not judged and have their experiences validated. The happy smiling faces of knowing they are not alone on this journey. For me that is the greatest joy... Thank you all the attendees because you are the ones we are waiting for.

– Mary Rodwell (Keynote speaker)


I have spent 4 amazing days in Byron Bay at the Afterlife Explorers and Close Encounters conferences.  I wanted to say to Mick and Kathryn how much I enjoyed the conferences to thank them for the chance to present on Friday and to say how much I admire, respect and acknowledge the HUGE amount of effort they have tirelessly injected for every single one of us.  All of that in the face of challenging and bone chillding opposition from interdimensional forces.  Well done.  You two are inspirational.

– Andrew Reay (Speaker)


You Did an Amazing Job. Putting on conferences is NOT easy, so many ego’s to deal with and hurdles to jump over. It takes a Tribe to pull this together WELL DONE Kathryn and Mick and all the Volunteers. It Was So Much FUN!

– KAren Swain (Speaker)

Thank you both for creating & holding the space of 2 such professional, magical, wonderful conferences…well done!!!

– Dr Mesheril ManyFeathers (Speaker)


Kathryn and Mick—you two are a most special pair. Thank you for including us— it was magical!!

– Dr Linda Backman (Keynote speaker)

Just fantastic Mick Turner and Kathryn Hand! Congratulations. This Close Encounters Conference is already having repercussions far and wide.

– Silvana Camilleri (MC)

Wow, What a wonderful conference… congratulations to the great team!! 

– Luz Gomez


Thank you for the amazing conference, I loved it. It was powerful and inspiring. See u at Uluru next year!

– Suz Aki Cor

A great conference – a big thank you to everyone involved

– Jeuleine Furlong

Soul calling changes in progress because of this conference!!

– Heddy Julian


What an amazing two days at this conference.  The level and amount of information was truly an AWAKENING on many levels.  Fantastic national and international guest speakers.  Can’t wait for Uluru 2018.  Thank you Kathryn and Mick for facilitating this amazing event.

– Michelle Moncrieff

Thank you so much, we all had the most amazing time, you are truly dedicated beautiful people along with everyone else who made it happen, you all have given me the courage to step out and walk my walk and talk my talk, it’s time for me to share the activations that our amazing ET friends have shown me.

– Ginny Jones


Such an amazing thought provoking talk by James Bartley tonight.  Resonates with my experiences and makes total sense.  Well done to the organisers Kathryn Hand and Mick Turner.

– Tracy Wise


Wow! Had the most amazing, inspiring weekend volunteering as ‘ground crew’ at the Afterlife and Close Encounters Conferences in Byron Bay.  Met some truly remarkable people, walking their talk and creating change in this troubled world.  Thanks to Kathryn Hand and Mick Turner for including me in this powerful gathering of like minds. 

– Vanessa Van Der Vliet


I feel like I finally reconnected with family.  Kathryn & Mick you are so precious and have the greatest integrity.  This was the best conference I’ve actually attended.  Thank you. 

– Kay McCullock