Breath, Sleep, Diversity, Plant Medicine, and Outdoor Wellness Adventures offered at the 2021 SVWFC

Wellness, as a lifestyle, has reached new importance due to the challenges presented by the pandemic this past year. The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC), widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world, has been on the forefront of the wellness movement for decades and will continue to offer a wide range of innovative wellness programs through its four pillars of focus - Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment - during its 24th annual event, June 25-28 in Ketchum, Idaho. In addition to featuring a variety of pioneering presentations and workshops from leading wellness experts, SVWFC will offer a new outdoor Experience Park showcasing vendors, music, food, and movement classes, as well as unique outdoor wellness adventures such as mindful mountain biking and hiking, forest foraging, and outdoor cooking adventures.

SVWFC Passes, for both in-person attendance and ‘Virtual SVWFC Experience’ options, are available at Virtual passes are on sale March 25 and in-person passes and full schedule will be available in May. Passholders will have full access to all online session content through July 31, 2021.

According to Andria Friesen, Sun Valley Wellness Board President, “Our 2021 roster hosts exceptional speakers and highly relevant content. I am thrilled that local residents and visitors will again have the opportunity to participate in the physical SVWFC or view the presentations from the comfort of their homes. As for the rest of the world, COVID catapulted us into a virtual format and now there’s no looking back.” Friesen said that last year, when the conference pivoted to a fully ‘Virtual Experience’ due the pandemic, it attracted participants from 35 states and 15 countries, including Australia, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, and Monaco.

Speaker Presentations

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference has long been known for bringing the best minds together to address leading-edge wellness topics and this year is no exception. The 2021 SVWFC speakers will each address important current wellness research on topics within their area of expertise, including the importance of understanding breath, the power of sleep, cultivating transformational race and cultural relationships, yoga for addiction recovery, nutrition and exercise for health and longevity, and more. Speaker sessions will be held at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum with proper adherence to all health and safety protocols.

2021 SVWFC featured speakers include:

James Nestor, science journalist and author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Matthew Walker PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, top Ted Talk presenterand author of Why We Sleep

Milagros Phillips, creator of the transformational communication program ‘Race Demystified & the Healing Process’, and author of Cracking the Healer’s Code: A Prescription for Healing Racism and Claiming Wholeness

Tommy Rosen, noted pioneer in the field of Yoga and Recovery, founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Online Conferences/Group Coaching Program, and author of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life

Experience Park This free public outdoor experience, held at Forest Service Park in Ketchum, will feature free outdoor yoga classes, music and a variety of carefully curated wellness products, practitioners, and healthy food vendors set up around the perimeter of the park and on the adjacent Washington Avenue. All participants will be required to adhere to health and safety protocols.


About Sun Valley Wellness – Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference

Sun Valley Wellness is a non-profit wellness organization that brings together globally recognized, cutting-edge programming, speakers and experiences that inspire transformation via the four wellness pillars of Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment. Its flagship event is the Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference, held annually in Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho.

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference is recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world. The event started in the resort community of Sun Valley, Idaho in 1997, just as wellness was beginning as a movement. Created by a passionate group of local wellness experts and advocates, the goal was to provide a platform for inspiration and education on innovative wellness topics. The Festival's ongoing commitment to excellence has led to steady growth of the event over the past two decades and fostered Sun Valley’s reputation as a major wellness destination. The Festival's ability to attract top wellness speakers each year is a testament to its influence in the world of wellness. Past speakers include Dr. James Doty, Elisabeth Gilbert, Ram Dass, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Gregg Braden, Dr Tyrone Hayes, Vandana Shiva, Deepak Chopra, Glennon Doyle, J. Ivy, Dr. Abraham Verghese, Seth Cohen, MD, MSc, MC Yogi, Byron Katie, Rich Roll, Sharon Salzberg, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Colleen McCann, Dr. Zach Bush, Mark Nepo, Preetthaji, Kris Carr, Rebecca Rusch, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Toni Childs, Dr. Eben Alexander, Baptist De Pepe, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Bea Johnson, Diana Nyad, Dr. Devra Davis, Dan Millman, Austyn Wells Roshi Joan Halifax and many others.

Media Contacts

Carol Waller, CW Communications,, 208-720-3965

Heather LaMonica Deckard, SVWellness Executive Direc