Renowned neurosurgeon—and best-selling author—Dr. James Doty is scheduled to speak at this year’s Sun Valley Wellness Festival.
It may be moving to a new week, and a new location, but the Sun Valley Wellness Festival is focusing on the good this summer.
Now in its 21st year, the Wellness Festival is widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world. For the first time, it will move from Memorial Day weekend to June 29 through July 2, and shifting its hub from Sun Valley Resort down the street to the Community School, in Sun Valley.
“Sun Valley is a center for wellness in large part due to the contemplative and healing qualities of its environment,” said Heather LaMonica Deckard, a spokeswoman for the festival. “The weather on Memorial Day weekend is always questionable; we never know if we are going to wake up to sun or snow. Late June is an ideal time to showcase our beautiful outdoors.”
Moving to the Community School gives visitors plenty of open space, too. Deckard says many of the event’s classes will now take place outside—and take advantage of Sun Valley’s summer views.
This year’s event advances a characteristically wide view of what wellness means—and how attendees can live happier, healthier lives. Thirty speakers will present on a range of topics, all engaging questions of mind, body, spiritual and environmental wellness.
Presenters range from physicians to philosophers, spiritual leaders, award-winning researchers and popular authors. For 2018, Deckard said the event took a “fresh approach” to the selection process, emphasizing science-based offerings to supplement its spiritual and environmental focus.
“We posed the questions and listened to what folks most want to learn about today,” Deckard said. “We found the top answers to be brain health, gut health and meditation. We’ve sought out and secured highly respected speakers in these fields, and a powerful content-driven festival has resulted.”
To that end, headliners for 2018 festival include Sharon Salzberg, a New York Times bestselling author and a luminary in the field of meditation, who will share her accessible, secular take on Buddhist teachings; preeminent heart surgeon—and another New York Times bestselling author—Dr. Steven Gundry to talk about the role diet plays in longevity; and the keynote speaker, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist who focuses on how genes express themselves in human brain development and psychiatric disorders.
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