August 15th, 2012
Sun Valley Pavilion
Tickets on Sale June 27th; Call Sun Valley Recreation for more information: 208-622-2135
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