Prioritize Your Wellness at the 2019 Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference

22nd Annual event features top speakers, workshops, more

Sun Valley, ID….The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC) is widely recognized as the longest running wellness festival in the world. The Festival has hosted speakers among the world’s greatest thought-leaders on wellness and has become an anticipated annual conference that attracts attendees from around the nation. The 22nd annual event, June 28 – July 1, 2019, features a content-rich program with over 30 presentations and workshops by top wellness experts addressing diverse aspects of body, mind, spirit, and environmental wellness. The SVWFC also offers a Movement Studio, a Wellness Experience Hall, a special film screening, music, and more.

Headline speakers for the 2019 Festival include experts on brain health and human potential, behavioral change, trauma recovery, longevity, microbiome health, social media addiction, and Indigenous foods. Keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Dispenza, an expert on the brain, mind and human potential and best-selling author of Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon, will discuss how people can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. Featured speakers include Roshi Joan Halifax, a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, author, and pioneer in the field of end of life care and healing trauma through the medium of mindfulness; Roger McNamee, New York Timesbest-selling author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, will discuss his campaign to trigger a national conversation about the dark side of social media; Dr. David Hepburn, one of Canada’s foremost medical cannabis educators, and an internationally sought-after speaker to policymakers, physicians, pharmacists, and the general public;  Dr.Zach Bush, a triple board-certified physician focused on applying the rigor of science, the strength of humanity, and the intelligence of nature to transform the world; chef Sean Sherman, an Oglala Sioux,  founder of The Sioux Chef, and James Beard medal winner who has become internationally renowned in the culinary movement of indigenous foods, will discuss the health benefits of an indigenous diet and his work to educate and make these foods more accessible to the public; and Dr. Steven Gundry, New York Timesbest-selling author of The Plant Paradoxand latest release, The Longevity Paradox, will translate the complex science of aging into a clear actionable plan for longevity.

SVWFC event pass sales are available online at, where a complete schedule of events is also available.  Individual event tickets will go on sale June 1. Special lodging rates and a 20% discount on Festival passes (valid with a confirmed lodging reservation) are offered by the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum.

Major 2019 SVWFC sponsors include Spirituality & Health, Limelight Hotel, Wild Tonic, Friesen Gallery, Blue Farm Wines, and Rising Springs.

Chinese Festival Food

Many countries have traditional festivals and China, with its long history, is no exception. Chinese festivals reflect the diverse cultural heritage of its many ethnic groups. Food plays a very important part in any celebrations and what better way can one celebrate but by enjoying rich and colorful occasions with special tasty dishes. So, what are the festival foods?
Mention Chinese New Year food, dumplings, fish, glutinous rice balls, and niangao may come into mind. Food plays an important role in Chinese New Year and certain foods which have symbolic meanings of luck and auspiciousness are especially popular and essential during the festival. Here are 7 Chinese New Year Foods that will bring you good luck. Every dish has its symbolism deeply rooted in Chinese culture, and expresses people’s good wishes for a new year.