18th annual sun valley wellness festival
May 22-25, 2015
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Panache Desai Mark Nepo
Panache Desai
Saturday, May 23rd, 7:30pm
Sun Valley Inn

PanacheDesai is a contemporary thought leader andauthor whose message of love and acceptance has drawn thousands of people fromaround the world to his seminars and workshops. Not aligned with any religiousor spiritual tradition, he empowers people to free themselves of pain,suffering, sadness, and self-limiting beliefs. Aftera profoundly transformative experience more than a decade ago, he has committedhis life to being a spiritual teacher empowering humanity in the deepest statesof connection and awareness and helping people everywhere to directlyexperience divine consciousness for themselves.

Panache hasappeared with Oprah Winfrey on the Emmy® Award-winning OWN series, SuperSoul Sunday and was featured on their 2013 season finale, Soul 2 Soul: Asking Life’s Big Questions. He is a featured speaker OMEGA Institute for HolisticStudies and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; he has addressed the UnitedNations Enlightenment Society; and in Spring 2014 he was a featured speaker atThe Third Metric Conferences, hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski. Panache has also collaborated with internationally recognized spiritualteachers including Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Elizabeth Lesser, BrianWeiss, MD, James Van Praagh, Ram Dass, Alan Cohen, James Redfield, ColetteBaron-Reid and Neale Donald Walsch. 





Sunday Night Keynote Speaker

Mark Nepo

Sunday, May 24th,  6:30 p.m. 
Sun Valley Inn

Mark Nepo moved andinspired millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller TheBook of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offerlife lessons from all the spiritual traditions. Beloved as a poet, teacher andstoryteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “aconsummate storyteller” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many andhis books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Having taught in thefields of poetry, health and spirituality for forty years, Mark keynotesregularly for conferences and corporations, works with healing and medicalcommunities, including chaplains and therapists, speaks and offers workshopsfor colleges and universities and leads spiritual retreats. Like his books, hispresentations are filled with helpful instructions on how to return to whatmatters in life and how to stay in relationships. Ultimately, he teaches us howto act wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and findthe language of our own wisdom.

In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart ofthat journey and its aftermath has greatly informed his work. Ever since, hehas been a student of all paths and his work has explored the common center andunity of all spiritual traditions, focusing on how we can experience that unitywhen we can lean into life and hold nothing back.

A bestselling author, he has published fifteenbooks and recorded nine audio projects. Recent works include: Reduced to Joy (2013), Seven Thousand Ways to Listen which wonthe 2012 Books for a Better Life Award, StayingAwake (2012), Holding Nothing Back (2012), As Far As the Heart Can See (2011), Finding Inner Courage (2011), andSurviving Has Made Me Crazy (2007), as well as audio books of The Book of Awakening, Finding Inner Courageand As Far As the Heart Can See (2011).His latest book, The Endless Practice: BecomingWho You Were Born to Be, was recently released and exploreswhat it means to become your truest self through the ongoing and timelessjourney of awakening to the dynamic wholeness of life, which is messy andunpredictable.
In late 2010, his book The Book of Awakening was chosen by Oprahfor her “Ultimate Favorite Things” show. “Mark Nepo is a poet,” Oprah said.“He’s an author and philosopher and has been through two different cancers. Sowhen he writes, he writes purely from his heart.” Oprah was given The Bookof Awakening as a birthday gift and wanted to do one lesson from the bookevery morning. “If we all do it together, we can begin to open our hearts,change the world and begin to have the life you want by being present to thelife you have now,” she said. 
Mark’s books and teachings are deep yet accessible because his wisdom isthat of one whose close brush with death has enabled a rich understanding ofthe power of the human soul. He does not discount our flaws, our failings, ourhuman weaknesses. On the contrary, his great tenderness for our imperfectionsis precisely what makes his audience feel so held—both in our human capacityand in our interconnectedness with one another.

 As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to thejourney of inner transformation and the life of relationship. This fall, he hasbeen sharing his experiences and philosophy in several cities across thecountry as he participates in Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Tour.