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 The 2021 SVWFC line-up will include over 30 presenters.


James Nestor

James Nestor is a science journalist and bestselling author. In his most recent book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, Nestor lays out his ten-year personal investigation of breathing in a spellbinding, comedic, and riveting fashion. The book explores the history of how humans shifted from the natural state of nasal breathing to chronic mouth breathing. Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put a new spotlight on respiratory illnesses and the breaths we so often take for granted.

Nestor argues that this shift (due to the increased consumption of processed foods) has led to a rise in snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, autoimmune disease, and allergies. He also worked with scientists at Stanford whose research suggests that returning to a state of nasal breathing will improve an individual’s health.

Matthew Walker, PhD

Dr. Walker is a former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Why We Sleep. Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, 

Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses.

In her acclaimed book,  Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, Bolz-Weber “takes readers on the engaging and accessible journey” (Booklist) from her roots as a hard-drinking standup comic to an ordained Lutheran pastor. Bolz-Weber speaks on spirituality and faith; friendship and community; life purpose and activism; self-care, shame, and the body; recovery and self-awareness; sex and intimacy; health and wellness; and leadership and authority.

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Former pastor and New York Times bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber has been called “a pastor for America’s outsiders” (BBC). Bolz-Weber is the first to attest that she doesn’t look like most people’s idea of a pastor, but the community of faith she founded in Denver, Colorado—House for All Sinners and Saints—is a haven for a diverse community seeking affirmation and acceptance. In her books and talks, Bolz-Weber makes the deeply felt argument that honesty and human connection are the key to creating and sustaining community.  

at the Aspen Institute. The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution has incorporated Race Demystified & the Healing Process as part of the curriculum in their conflict resolution certification training.

Milagros Phillips

Milagros Phillips specializes in transforming relationships between people of different backgrounds and creating a safe space to engage in difficult conversation. Her powerful approach leaves participants empowered, inspired, and hopeful. Phillips’ program, Race Demystified & the Healing Process, has been presented for more than 15 years to Fortune 100 Companies, colleges, universities, and communities throughout the US. She co-developed the Race Equity Framework Model to End HIV for The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). She has been invited to be a blogger for the Community and Culture’s Dialogue on Public Libraries

Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher, author, and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last three decades immersed in yoga, recovery, and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has over 29 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He is the founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Online Conferences and the Recovery 2.0 Group Coaching Program. He leads Recovery 2.0 retreats and workshops internationally and presents regularly at yoga conferences and festivals. Tommy’s critically-acclaimed book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life, was published by Hay House in 2014.

Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich is a nutritionist who specializes in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology. She struggled with her health and weight throughout childhood which led her to become such a passionate nutrition expert. “My goal is to help transform people’s lives and start living again!” Maria specializes in brain neurotransmitters and how food can increase mental wellness. Her expertise has sent her around the World speaking about ketogenic diets.


She spends the majority of her time with clients around the world via Skype with amazing results. She specializes in helping autoimmune disorders, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), heart disease, cholesterol issues, alopecia, Hashimoto's, cancer, epilepsy, seizures, depression, and anxiety. Amazing is the number of people who get off medication with her guidance.


She is also an International Best Selling author of several books including “Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking” and “The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse“. She also authored 10 other books including several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books including the best-selling book “Keto.”

David Pond

David Pond is an astrologer, author, speaker, and international workshop leader. He has published numerous books on metaphysical topics, including Astrology and Relationships, Chakras for Beginners, Chakras Beyond Beginners, The Pursuit of Happiness, Western Seeker, Eastern Paths, Llewellyn’s Little Book of Meditation. and most recently, Astrology for Beginners, released February 2020. David has a Master of Science degree in “Experimental Metaphysics” and has been practicing astrology for over 35 years. David consults with clients regularly helping them work with their astrology to find a meaningful and fulfilling life and strategize through times of transition.

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