Sun Valley Wellness Festival
Thursday, May 24 – Tuesday, May 29
"TOP SPEAKERS GATHER FOR 15th ANNUAL SUN VALLEY WELLNESS FESTIVAL"
Spring is a time for new beginnings and there is no better place to renew your body, mind and spirit than in Sun Valley, Idaho this Memorial Day weekend, at the 15th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival, known as one of the premier festivals of its kind in the US. The five day celebration, held at the famous Sun Valley Resort May 24-29, will focus on the theme "Own Your Energy", and will include more than 50 presentations and workshops addressing various modalities of body, mind, spirit and environmental wellness, and a Next Generation Wellness educational tract just for children.
Leading off the long list of impressive, nationally-renowned speakers is keynoter Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and bestselling author of My Stroke of Insight. Other top speakers include the popular inspirational author Alan Cohen, anti-aging expert and author Dr. Uzzi Reiss, "Spirit Junkie" Gabrielle Bernstein, forgiveness teacher and expert Mary Hayes Grieco, Oneness University guide and monk Doug Bentley, energy intuitive, Reiki master, author and teacher Marie Manucheri, R.N., religious scholar, professor and teacher Lama Marut, Clinical Neuropsychologist and author Charlotte A. Tomaino, Ph.D., spiritual healer, teacher and founder of the International Holistic Academy Konstatin Karsharov of Macedonia and yoga Master Saul David Raye, who is well known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing, and spirituality.
The new Next Generation Wellness track will feature presentations designed specifically for children such as, Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Relaxation, Children’s Journaling, and Sharing Healing Touch.
Other new events:
- Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King will also be at the festival, signing her new book, A Natural Woman, at the Chapter One bookstore area outside the Wellness Expo hall on Sunday, May 27.
- Saul David Raye & guest musicians will present, ANANDA Cosmic KIRTAN, a soulful evening of sacred chant, meditation, movement and prayer on Saturday evening, May 26.
- Decoding Deepak, a new feature-length documentary film that chronicles one year in the life of spiritualist and pop cultural icon Deepak Chopra, which is written, directed and produced by Deepak’s son, filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra. The film will show at the Sun Valley Opera House on Thursday, May 24.
- Guided meditation session in the Garden of Infinite Compassion (home to the Buddhist prayer wheel presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the community of Sun Valley) at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Opening Shaman Fire Ceremony at Trail Creek – both on Thursday, May 24.
Movement & Wellness Expo: In addition to the exceptional line up of speakers and workshops, the Sun Valley Wellness Festival will offer a Movement Studio with a variety of ongoing classes with a focus on various types of yoga & Qi Gong practices taught by outstanding teachers, including Saul David Raye and Qi Gong master John Cole. The Wellness Expo runs all weekend and features vendors selling wonderful wellness products from beautiful clothing to jewelry and health products. In the Hands-On-Hall, attendees can get a massage, reflexology, have an intuitive reading, or try a henna tattoo. The Wellness Expo is free and open to the public throughout the festival.
For those who want to mix in some outdoor fun, the Sun Valley area, set in the spectacular Idaho Rockies, is full of opportunities for outdoor recreating including hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, golf and more. The community also has a vibrant arts and cultural scene that is innovative and world-class.
Tickets for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival can be purchased online at www.sunvalleywellness.org , where a complete schedule of events is available. Special Wellness Festival lodging rates at the Sun Valley Resort start at just $115. To make lodging reservations call 1-800-786-8259 and ask for the Wellness Festival rates.
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is produced by the non-profit Sun Valley Wellness Institute, which offers & promotes year-round programs on health and wellness as well as an extensive online wellness directory and calendar of wellness & fitness events. www.sunvalleywellnessinstitute.com
Sun Valley Writer’s Conference
Friday, August 17 – Monday, August 20, 2012
The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, one of the best literary festivals in the country, celebrates its 17th year. Discerning readers and writers come together in Sun Valley to enjoy a wondrous weekend with prominent writers and artists presenting fiction, nonfiction, journalism, memoir, theatrical performance and music. A conference pass costs $850 and includes admission to all Pavilion events, smaller and more intimate breakout sessions with your favorite writers, and lunch on Sat., Sun., Mon.
The 2012 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference kicks off Friday, August 17 and ends on Monday, August 20. A limited number of conference passes go on sale in February, 2012.
Sun Valley Summer Symphony
2012 Season Dates
In Focus Series: Week of July 22
Orchestra Season: July 29 – August 14
Schedule and Repertoire TBA
The largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrated its 27th season in the glorious Idaho mountains last summer. Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival by Dr. Carl Eberl, professor emeritus at the College of the City University of New York, and his wife Julianne, the orchestra grew from 22 musicians to 55 at the time of his retirement. Under the leadership of Maestro Alasdair Neale since 1995, the orchestra has grown to more than 100 players and presents free concerts to over 50,000 people annually.
Visit www.svsummersymphony.org for more information
Ketchum Art & Antique Show 2012
July 6, 7, & 8
August 31, September 1 & 2
Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho
Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, Sept 1 – Monday, Sept 3, 2012
Wagon Days features events including a rodeo, car collector’s auction, antique show, community barbeque, a western shootout, live music, and the Pacific Northwest’s longest non-motorized parade.
The Big Hitch Parade has grown into the largest non-motorized parade in the West, displaying more than a hundred museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. The Wagon Days Big Hitch is powered by an authentic sixteen-draft mule jerkline. Adding spice to the parade is a lively assortment of authentically costumed individuals, numerous breeds of horses, including Arabs, Morgans, and Pasos, as well as, professional and scholastic marching bands from around the state and the intermountain west.
Contact City of Ketchum for more information: 208-726-7803
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction
July 19-21, 2012
|2012 EVENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Visit www.sunvalleycenter.org for more information
16th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14
Festival Honors Rich and Colorful History
and Culture of Sheepherding in
Idaho & The West
Unique three-day festival honoring the history, heritage and cultures of sheepherding in Idaho and the west. Includes a full-day Sheep Folklife Fair, a Fiber Festival, dancers, musicians, folk and traditional art, storytelling and culinary events featuring chefs, restaurants and American Lamb. The event also includes workshops on fiber, cooking with lamb, photography, history, culture and a variety of other events. There is a two-day National Qualifying Sheepdog Trial in conjunction with the Festival. There are exhibits, storytelling, hikes and the Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep strutting lively down Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho.
Named one of the top Fall Festivals in the World by MSN Travel. One of the top 100 Festivals in North America by the ABA and recipient of the Governor’s Award on Cultural Tourism.
www.trailingofthesheep.org or call 208-726-0585
Sun Valley Heritage Celebration Day at Signatures Gift Shop
Help us celebrate Sun Valley’s heritage!
Saturday, February 18th
Sun Valley Signatures & Gifts in the Sun Valley Village.
On hand for signing their works:
- Corky Fowler – “America’s 1st Chairlift” poster
- Gordon Van Sauter – “The Sun Valley Story” book
- Wendolyn Holland – “Sun Valley – An Extraordinary History” book
Enjoy complimentary wine & cheese while you shop.
Recycled Minds at The Boiler Room featuring comedian Heath Harmison
“Live Funny or Die Laughing”
Thursday, February 16
Show starts at 6pm; Doors open at 5pm.
$10 Cover Charge