Wellness Festival draws hundreds
Williamson touts individual health for
a healthy world
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
"What we are going through is a hard
labor" explained best-selling author Marianne Williamson, describing the current
state of world affairs.
The Sun Valley Mountain Wellness
Festival gathered a collection of alternative healers, including Anne and
Peter Selby, of Sisters, Ore., who demonstrated their clairvoyant work on a
willing audience volunteer. Photo by David N. Seelig
Williamsonís lecture, "Healing Ourselves,
Healing the World," opened the 7th Annual Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival
held at the Sun Valley Resort over Memorial Day Weekend. One of the themes of
her work was on the importance of individual wellness for a healthy world
Williamson, a New York Times best-selling
author, spoke of the web of spiritual, emotional and political forces.
During the evening, Williamson asked the
audience: "What does love have to do with politics?" She then explained, that
"terrorism is emotion turned into political force Ö The answer to terror is
cells of love, thatís why a festival like this matters."
Williamsonís lecture celebrated the spirit
of the festival, emphasizing the importance of integrative medicine. Her work is
based on "A Course of Miracles," a manual for spiritual health. Two of her
best-selling books, "A Return to Love" and her newest release "Everyday Grace,"
were inspired through teaching "A Course of Miracles."
Williamson told the audience to keep an
"open mind to other healing options." The theme was easily taken to heart at the
Wellness Festival, where hundreds of attendees explored alternative avenues for
The Wellness Festival, presented by the
Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau, featured three days of keynote
speakers, workshops and demonstrations.
Reiki master Shakti Gray, right,
teaches sound work on Tibetan bowls to Vicky Lynn Sullivan. Photo by David N.
The festival attracted practitioners from
across the United States, with a healthy representation from the Wood River
Valley. Haileyís Lisa Krueger, a practitioner of the Yuen Method of Chinese
Energetics presented a "Learn to Eliminate Pain on the Spot" workshop and
provided abbreviated sessions of her healing techniques in the festivalís
The exhibition hall provided venues for
participants to sample a collection of practices from tarot card reading to
Hawaiian massage. Other exhibitors and lecturers from the Wood River Valley
joined Krueger throughout the festival.