Welcome to the International Remote Viewing Association

icoEye IRVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the responsible use and development of remote viewing. We are an independently formed member organization of scientists, remote viewing professionals, students, and other interested persons. For more information, read the Letter of Invitation from Russell Targ, President Emeritus of IRVA.

Remote viewing is a novel perceptual discipline for gaining information not available to the ordinary physical senses. Used extensively by so-called "psychic spies" during the Cold War for classified military projects, it has a long history both as an intelligence gathering tool and as the subject of research and applications in the civilian world. Remote viewing has now taken a long step into the public domain with the formation of a professional association to educate, research, propose standards, test performance, and promote public awareness of this unique human mental capacity.


IRVA welcomes Angela Thompson Smith to its Board of Directors.

Originally trained in the United Kingdom as a registered nurse and social worker, Dr. Angela Thompson Smith worked in medical research in New Jersey while volunteering with the Psychophysical Research Laboratories (PRL). She was eventually hired by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory and served for five years as a member of the staff, participating in almost every part of the Lab’s functions, as well as becoming one of their most prolific operators. In the mid-1990s she trained in controlled remote viewing with Paul H. Smith and Lyn Buchanan, and was one of the Founders of the International Remote Viewing Association. Since then she has been training others in remote viewing and consulting in the U.S. and abroad through her Mindwise Consulting company, and writing. Her books include Seer, Tactical Remote Viewing, and the soon to be released Scribe.

2020 "20th Anniversary"

We are excited to announce that our 2020 "20th Anniversary" conference will now be conducted in an online format, over the weekend of July 18 & 19. Registration will open soon at IRVA Conference

Announcing IRVA’s Latest Research Initiative – IRU – the IRVA Research Unit!

IRVA Research Unit LogoAll IRVA members welcome to participate!

At the core of this initiative early on will be holding monthly creative meetings where members can share research ideas, get input from other members, form their own research teams, present and discuss current RV related research and get involved in each other’s projects. These meetings will be for all those interested in research, whether brand new to it or highly experienced. No degree, affiliation, or anything is required except to be a current IRVA member. Of course we will very much welcome seasoned researchers who can share their expertise as well.

We will have our first meeting at the 2020 IRVA conference (see schedule at for exact time, day and room to be announced).

IRVA Announces Inaugural Lyn Buchanan Grant Recipients

Lyn Buchanan

IRVA is pleased to announce the inaugural winner of the Lyn Buchanan Grant, Christopher Senn. Chris is pursuing his PhD at Rice University in Houston, TX, and his dissertation entitled “Secularized Spirituality: Parapsychology, Postmodern Magic, and the Scientization of Religion” will include an examination of the Stargate program and the current state of Remote Viewing. Chris is a Graduate Archival Assistant at the Rice University Woodson Research Center for Special Collections, where he has been processing the papers of Stargate researcher, Edwin C. May. As the winner of the Lyn Buchanan Grant, Chris will receive full reimbursement of his travel expenses to the 2020 IRVA conference, up to $1500. Runner-ups Esteban Burgos and Kirsten Cameron will each receive travel reimbursement grants of $500.

New Issue of Aperture Now Available!

Aperture 32

IRVA members can download the new 2019, Issue 32 of Aperture from the IRVA website. It features "Remote Viewing Twins with Autism" by Gail Clayton Husick; "2018 IRVA/SSE Conference" by John Cook; "An Interview with Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D." by Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.; "Joining the Search Team" by Angela T. Smith, Ph.D.; and more.

The new online Aperture is available in two formats: a downloadable Adobe PDF file, and a full color printed version that can be purchased (at cost), from MagCloud, and delivered to your door.

Members can download their copy by logging-in when requested. Click the "lost password" link if this is your first time logging-in.

Warcollier Announcement

The winner is Dr. Jennifer Lyke, of Stockton University's School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, with a research project titled "Associations among Experience, Confidence, Transliminality and Ability to Locate and Describe Targets in Experienced Remote Viewers"

Results will be presented at the 2020 conference.

Fireside Chat Videos

We're pleased to announce that the recent "Fireside Chat" videos with remote viewing luminaries Russell Targ and Paul H. Smith are now available, free of charge, on our Vimeo page. Videos from the recent conferences are also available on this page for purchase or rent. IRVA Videos