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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.

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 Timesbest-selling book, Why We Sleep, provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep. With Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinicalpractice, 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 modernworld - one that aims to solve the greatest public-health challenge we now face: the global sleep-lossepidemic.

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 mediaoutlets, including the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled “TheScience of Sleep.” He also helped create the recent National Geographic documentary, Sleepless inAmerica, and the PBS NOVA special, Memory Hackers, and most recently contributed to the BBC Horizondocumentary, 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, adevelopmental psychologist, and behavioral change expert; Nora McInerny, a grief expert and best-selling author & host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast; 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

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 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

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