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Best Selling Author of Breath: A New Science of a Lost Art, James Nestor Confirmed Speaker

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released May 26, 2020 by Riverhead/Penguin Random House and was an instant New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller. Breath explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly. This sounds impossible, but it’s true. Snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies and even autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the modern world, and all of them can be either exacerbated, or sometimes caused, by poor breathing. Nestor spent years in laboratories and ancient burial sites, working with researchers at Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and other institutions to figure out what went wrong with our breathing--and how to fix it. Breath will be translated into more than 30 languages in 2021.

Nestor has been invited to speak about the importance of breathing properly at Stanford Medical School, the United Nations, Global Classroom (World Health Organization+UNICEF), as well as more than 60 radio and television shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Joe Rogan Show, ABC’s Nightline, CBS Morning News, and dozens of NPR programs. He lives and breathes in San Francisco. More at

SVWFC 2021 will take place 25 – 28 June. While the 2021 dates are confirmed, health and safety factors in the upcoming months will determine if the physical component is appropriate. This stated, we are optimistic toward a physical and virtual event and are excited to have the event take place, as we had planned in 2020, in downtown Ketchum.


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