17th annual sun valley wellness festival
May 22-26, 2014
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Kris Carr Arielle Ford Panache Desai Kim John Payne

Kris Carr
Crazy Sexy Wellness
Sunday, May 25th, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Continental Room
Kris is a ray of light that is needed to raise awareness of what it means to give back. What more can one wish for? She is a true leader of courage and inspiration.”
                                   —Donna Karan

Kris Carr will share her inspirational journey about living a full and healthy life with cancer survival. As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Carr inspires countless individuals and their families to make the link between their personal health and the health of the planet. Her witty anecdotes, diet advice, and tips for overcoming adversity motivate her audiences to think outside the box in order to become empowered participants in health and healing.

Proudly sponsored by St. Lukes Wood River Foundation and other generous donors.



Arielle Ford and Brian Hilliard
Photo credit: Carl Studna
Arielle Ford
Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships

Saturday, May 24th,  9:30 - 10:45
Limelight A
Wabi Sabi Love is devoted to exploring simple, fun and effective ways create a more loving relationship with yourself and your romantic partner. Wabi Sabi Love is a process that turns conflict into compassion and it shows you how to cultivate love, especially on the days when one of you is acting out, refusing to listen, or shutting down. In this presentation you will discover:
   *How to attain groundbreaking shifts in perception so that you can embrace and grow to love the things that are making you crazy in your relationship.
   *Why being married is better for your health, wealth, longevity and happiness.
   *How to become a “love philanthropist.”
   *The importance of wearing “rose-colored glasses” and the research that backs it up.
   *Transformational communication tools that quickly restore love, happiness and harmony.
A note from Arielle:  "My husband Brian Hilliard will join me for Q & A with attendees - he rarely agrees to appear publicly (even though he is so AMAZING on stage) so I  am thrilled he's agreed to do this…. he is a heart chakra on legs…."

Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a relationship expert, speaker, and host of The Art of Love online series.
Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of eight books including her latest Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships and the international bestseller, The Soul Mate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. She has been called “The Cupid of Consciousness” and “The Fairy Godmother of Love.” www.arielleford.com
Click here to see Panache on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.
Panache Desai 

Panache Desai is a contemporary spiritual teacher and inspirational visionary whose gift of vibrational transformation has drawn thousands of people from around the world. Not aligned with any religious or spiritual tradition, he acts as a direct line to divine consciousness helping and empowering people to free themselves of pain, suffering, sadness, and self-limiting beliefs.

Born and raised in London, England, Panache spent his childhood surrounded by a spiritual family, deeply immersed in an atmosphere of prayer and worship. After a profoundly transformative experience more than a decade ago, he has committed his life to being a vibrational catalyst empowering humanity in the deepest states of connection and awareness and helping people everywhere to directly experience divine consciousness for themselves.

Traveling the globe providing experiential programs and inspired living workshops, as well as live worldwide monthly webcast series, Panache’s young, hip, funny, and often, irreverent approach is unlike most traditional spiritual teachers, but his profound message resonates in unexpected, uplifting and inspiring ways.
Panache will speak twice at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival.  For details on his presentations, please click here.

Kim John Payne
Simplicity Parenting

Sunday, May 25th,  11:15 - 1:15
Limelight A
In this lecture, Kim explains why less is more and presents four simplicity pathways you can take to help your child feel calmer, happier and more secure. This is the work and the workshop which provided the inspiration for Kim’s book by the same name.  It presents not only the four simple steps, but examples of how to bring “the power of less” into your home on a daily basis.

So much of modern life seems to be about more. Very few presentations you will attend will suggest that you do less, but this is one of them. It quietly presents ‘do-able’ daily ways in which we can simplify our families lives and by doing so build resiliency within our children.

Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a family & school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher for twenty seven years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. He is a consultant and trainer to over 110 U.S. independent and public schools.  In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.  He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is Co-Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability.

In addition to authoring Simplicity Parenting, he is also the author of The Games Children Play, and is presently working on two other titles,The Soul of Discipline and Whole Child Sports; How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports.  He has appeared on frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.  He is based in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Kim speaks with authentic warmth and clarity about the realities of parenting in today’s world with humor and compassion. Parents felt strengthened in our dedication to simplify our lives. Kim is an inspiring counselor, heartfelt and humorous speaker.” - Suzie Baum, Parent Association Chair