Sun Valley Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. June 7, 2014

Are you up for a good challenge? Sign up now for the Sun Valley Half Marathon, 10k or 5k. Taking place on June 7, for more information please visit http://woodriverymca.org/programs/community/sun-valley-half-marathon-10k-5k/

Spring into Wellness

Springtime is all about renewal and in Sun Valley, there is no better way to revive, recharge and maybe even revise your way of thinking than at the perennially popular Sun Valley Wellness Festival. The five-day event straddles spring and early summer, bringing the most interesting, sought after and inspiring speakers and practitioners to the Sun Valley Resort, offering something for everyone. Films and workshops are also part of what makes this one of the premier wellness events in the nation.

Start the summer season in just the right way at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Get centered, get inspired.

Start the summer season in just the right way at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Get centered, get inspired.

In its 17th year, the Festival kicks off on May 22 and runs through Memorial Day, May 26. More than 30 presentations and workshops are scheduled, all designed to “inspire positive change” in body, mind, spirit and environmental awareness according to event organizers.

Headlining an impressive list of nationally known speakers is the one-and-only Diana Nyad who will deliver the keynote address. Nyad’s recent record-breaking swim from Cuba to the U.S. (all without a shark cage) was a lifelong dream, but there is much, much more to her story. At 64, she is sure to inspire others to keep pursuing their dreams. A documentary based on her experience, “The Other Shore,” will be screened in advance of the Festival on May 10 at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

Also coming to Sun Valley to offer her unique perspective is second keynote speaker Kris Carr: New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer ‘thriver’. She will speak on “Crazy, Sexy, Wellness.”

Speakers Eric Saperston, Tommy Rosen and a friend let the joy flow at last year's Wellness Festival (photo courtesy Nick Maricich).

Speakers Eric Saperston, Tommy Rosen and a friend let the joy flow at last year's Wellness Festival (photo courtesy Nick Maricich).

Other top 2014 Sun Valley Wellness Festival speakers include: new visionary spiritual leader Panache Desai, relationship expert Arielle Ford, Heart Math founder Howard Martin, yoga master and addiction recovery expert Tommy Rosen, GMO experts Don Huber and Tyrone Hayes, author and filmmaker Eric Saperston, Simplicity Parenting founder Kim John Payne, wellness shift comedian Kyle Cease, Mindfulness Meditation expert Kate Janke, author, speaker and co-creator of film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” Betsy Chasse, Kundalini Yoga expert Kia Miller, naturopath and triathlete Dr. James Rouse, astrologist David Pond, intuitive experts Gary Quinn and Peggy Rometo, Oneness leader and Interfaith minister Rev Michael Milner, PhD and many more, according to Festival organizers. See? Something for everyone!

The Movement Studio and Wellness Expo is another great way to participate in the Festival. The Movement Studio offers numerous types of yoga practices taught by top teachers, including Tommy Rosen. At the Sun Valley Inn, the Wellness Expo encourages exploration and features vendors selling everything from beautiful clothes to jewelry to health products. In the Hands-On-Hall, you can get a massage, try reflexology or have an intuitive reading. The Wellness Expo is free and open to the public throughout the Festival.

Try a henna tattoo at the Hands On Hall at the Sun Valley Inn.

Try a henna tattoo at the Hands On Hall at the Sun Valley Inn.

Children are welcome at the event, too, with programs designed just for the younger set.

For a full listing of speakers, workshops, films and events and for ticket information please click HERE.

The Sun Valley Resort provides a beautiful backdrop (and great place to stay) for all the events the Festival offers.

The Sun Valley Resort provides a beautiful backdrop (and great place to stay) for all the events the Festival offers.

Sun Valley Resort is offering special Wellness Festival lodging rates, starting at just $120. To make lodging reservations call 1-800-786-8259 and ask for the Wellness Festival rates.

In between events, be sure to get out into Sun Valley’s mountains and onto the trails for some fresh air, sunshine, blue skies and wellness of a complimentary variety. Just steps away from the Resort are hiking and biking trails suitable for every fitness level. Be sure to pop into Pete Lane’s at the Sun Valley Village and ask for a recommendation and get any gear you might need. Sun Valley is also known for its restorative hot springs, endless fitness opportunities, vibrant cultural scene and so much more. Five days won’t be enough to get it all in!

Sun Valley has always been a place to recharge and to heal and it's easy to see why.

Sun Valley has always been a place to recharge and to heal and it's easy to see why.

Renew your mind, refresh your spirit, replenish your soul in Sun Valley this May. Stay tuned to this blog for updates and more information on the Sun Valley Wellness Festival.

See you there over Memorial Day weekend!

–RES

(photos courtesy of the Sun Valley Wellness Institute)

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – Mason Bates & Joshua Bell. August 16th @ 6:30pm

On this program, two of today’s most sought-after musical artists will appear on the Pavilion stage.  The innovative composer Mason Bates brings together sounds of the concert hall and the dance club in his “techno-Scherzo” Mothership.  In addition, our audience will be the first to sample his latest piece, the world premiere of a work commissioned by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  Sun Valley favorite Joshua Bell adds his inimitable talents to Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto, a piece whose broad, graceful melodies perfectly match Joshua Bell’s dazzling lyrical sensibility. For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/concert-august-16th

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – Pixar In Concert. August 15th @ 6:00pm

Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, the Toy Story and Cars films, The Incredibles and Up: Pixar Studios has given us these and five other of the most memorable movies made over the past two decades, and along with them, outstanding film scores that have become part of our cultural vocabulary.  In this unique presentation, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony will perform this celebrated music live to well-loved video clips from the Pixar classics. For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/pixar-concert

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – Pops Night Concert. Sunday, August 10th, @ 6:30pm

“Hot off its third Grammy nomination, the Cuban music group Tiempo Libre and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrate Cuba’s musical heritage with this joyous dance-inducing symphonic concert featuring Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez.  Both Tiempo Libre and Rodríguez blend their classical conservatory training with an infectious, jazz-infused take on their Cuban musical heritage.  Get ready for an entirely new take on conga, son, and cha-cha-cha!” For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/pops-night-concert

Trail Creek and Elkhorn Golf Courses now open!!

Come visit us at Trail Creek Golf Course or at the Elkhorn Golf Course. Both courses have their Back 9′s open. More holes will be opening as weather permits. check out the early birdie specials at http://www.sunvalley.com/golf/golfspecials/

 

 

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – Jean-Yves Thibaudet. August 6th @ 6:30pm

“We are joined by the leading French concert pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, in this program presenting works by two of the best-loved composers from his country, Ravel and Saint-Saëns.  But our exotic musical exploration will take us well beyond la frontière, as evocative melodies and rhythms whisk us from the Costa del Sol in Mediterranean Spain to the banks of the Nile River.” For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/concert-august-6th

 

 

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – Jeremy Constant. August 4th @ 6:30pm

“We begin our 30th summer season with the works of two Russian masters, themselves born 30 years apart, but inextricably linked by their supreme powers to evoke emotions and moods in their music. Tchaikovsky served as Conservatory examiner for the teenage Rachmaninoff in 1888 and was shocked by his proficiency, reporting presciently “I predict a great future for him.” On this program, we will move from the poignantly tranquil Vocalise to the tempestuous Fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky, among the most fiery orchestral scores ever composed.” For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/august-4-concert

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – In Focus Series – Made in America, “The Pioneers” – August 1st @ 6:00pm

“Tonight we relax into the clear “American sound” that emerged in American classical music in the early 20th century.  We think of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber as creating the landscape for the quintessential American sound.  Also on this concert are American composition legends Charles Ives and Elliot Carter.” For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/concert-2

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Free Concert Series – In Focus Series – Made in America, “Minimally Speaking” – July 31 @ 6:00pm

“Tonight we take a journey into minimalism as represented through American classical music.  With the three giants of minimalism on this program, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams, you are assured to leave this concert with a true appreciation for this compositional technique.  As a special treat, you will be the first to hear our very own Joe Tompkins’ piece “4 Mbiras” which premieres tonight.” For more information please visit http://svsummersymphony.org/content/concert-1