2020 Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference Announces Top Speakers

    January 15, 2020


    2020 Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference Announces Top Speakers

    Sleep Expert Dr. Matthew Walker to Keynote

    Featured Speakers include Robert F Kennedy Jr, Dr. Eben Alexander, Nora McInerny

    The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC), is widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world with a well-deserved reputation of attracting the world’s greatest thought-leaders. Its 23rd annual event, taking place June 26 – 29, 2020, will feature an outstanding line up of renowned speakers, , including Keynote Speaker and sleep expert Dr. Matthew Walker, featured speakers Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Eben Alexander, Nora McInerny, Dr. Terrence Real, Dr. Zach Bush, and many others. Walker and McInerny’s Ted Talks were in the top five most popular talks viewed in 2019.

    Keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Walker, PhD is a sleep scientist and researcher on the cutting-edge of findings related to sleep and how sleep directly relates to human health and disease. His New York Times best-selling book, Why We Sleep, provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep, and his Ted Talk was the 5th highest viewed in 2019. With Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones, enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses.   The book concludes with a provocative new vision for sleep in the modern world – one that aims to solve the greatest public-health challenge we now face: the global sleep-loss epidemic.

    Dr. Walker is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, and founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled “The Science of Sleep.” He also helped create the recent National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America, and the PBS NOVA special, Memory Hackers, and most recently contributed to the BBC Horizon documentary, Curing Alzheimer’s.

    Other 2020 SVWFC featured speakers include Robert F. Kennedy Jr, an environmental attorney, author, climate activist, and clean technology entrepreneur; Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon whose near-death experience lead him to profound insights, and a journey to comprehend the true nature of consciousness;  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; Dr. Sasha Heinz, a developmental psychologist, and behavioral change expert; Nora McInerny, a grief expert and best-selling author & host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast, whose Ted Talk was 4th highest viewed in 2019; Dr. Terrence Real famed psychotherapist, author, and expert on male depression and healing process for trauma; David Pond, nationally recognized astrologer, author, and speaker Austyn Wells, a spiritual medium, ‘soul gardener’ and author who empowers individuals to live soul-centered lives. Additional speakers will be announced soon at sunvalleywellness.org.

    SVWFC Board President Andria Friesen remarked, “This year’s roster combined with our new location in downtown Ketchum (that I enthusiastically refer to as our Wellness Trifecta) has all and more to make 2020 our best Festival and Conference yet.  The content that our speakers are bringing will make a positive impact on many lives, in many ways. The diverse subject matter they will cover on the wellness pillars of Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment is progressive and involves the latest research in areas that include Alzheimer’s prevention, depression, heart disease, cancer, and neuroscience.  We look forward to hosting these inspirational wellness authorities and are confident they will provide positive transformation for our attendees.”

    The 2020 SVWFC features content-rich programming with over 50 presentations, workshops, and movement classes by top wellness experts addressing diverse aspects of body, mind, spirit, and environmental wellness. The SVWFC also offers a Movement Studio, Experience Park, In-Sight Stage, film screenings, music, and more.

    SVWFC passes are now on sale at www.sunvalleywellness.org. Special lodging rates and a 20% discount on Festival passes (valid with a confirmed lodging reservation) is offered by the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, the 2020 SVWFC Headquarters.

    Major 2020 SVWFC sponsors include Spirituality & Health, Limelight Hotel, Wild Tonic, Blue Farm Wines, Friesen Gallery, and Rising Springs.

    Festival information and pass sales available at www.sunvalleywellness.org.


    About the Sun Valley Wellness Institute – Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference

    The Sun Valley Wellness Institute 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 late June in Sun Valley, 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 Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dr. Eben Alexander, Diana Nyad, Gregg Braden, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Ram Dass, Byron Katie, Robert Thurman, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Dr. John Medina, Dr. Steven Gundry, Masuro Emoto, Vandana Shiva, Arianna Huffington, and many others. 


    Media Contacts:  

    Carol Waller, CW Communications, carol@cw-communications.com, 208-720-3965

    Heather LaMonica Deckard, SVWFC Executive Director, heather@sunvalleyevents.com, 208-720-4535


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