It's nearly time to get centered, take a deep breath, look to interesting concepts and be well. The 8th Annual Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival is fast approaching. Beginning Friday, May 27, and running through Monday, May 30, this year's event is dubbed "Inspiration: Inspiring Conscious Change."
The four-day celebration, which takes place for the most part at the Sun Valley Resort, includes more than 50 lectures, classes and workshops; three keynote speakers; a movement studio; a Hands-On Hall; a new creative studio; and features several well-known speakers. Tickets are required for the keynote speakers.
Keynote speaker Masaru Emoto, author of "Hidden Messages in Water" and "The True Power of Water," speaks at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 27, in the Limelight Room in the Sun Valley Inn.
On Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center is co-sponsoring a talk called "Your Attitude is Everything" with Dr. Jerry Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione in the Continental Room of the Sun Valley Inn.
Saturday evening at 8 p.m., Deva Premal and Miten present a musical concert at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum.
Other featured speakers include Mary Faulkner, author of "Easy Does it Dating Guide for People in Recovery"; Christel Nani, author of "Diary of a Medical Intuitive," and Halé Sofia Schatz, author of "If Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Nourish Your Body and Awaken Your Soul."
Additional presenters include Gary Quinn, author of "May The Angels be with You" and "Living in the Spiritual Zone," and David Pond, author of "Astrology and Relationships" and "Chakras for Beginners."
Wyoming resident Nancy Taylor will talk about "Building and Living Green"; Midge Patzer will lecture on "Teenagers: Unlocking Personal Power," and celebrity animal communicator Amelia Kinkade will discuss her work.
Evan Slawson, the co-author of "Sanctuary: The Path to Consciousness," will present "What Doctors Don't Know: The Truth About Healing."
Another featured speaker is Monika Haas, author of the "Quick Reference Guide of 114 Important Essential Oils."
Other covered topics include aromatherapy, dream interpretation, exploring self-expression, meditation, health and "live-style" choices, loving kindness, nutrition, writing, art and Feng Shui.
New this year, and especially anticipated, is the Half Marathon on Sunday, May 29. It begins at 8 a.m. in the soccer field near the Sun Valley Lodge. Register at the Wellness Festival on line.
The closing keynote address on Sunday at 7 p.m. is with Tibetan monk Geshe Michael Roach and professor of religious philosophy Christie McNally, in the Continental Room of the Sun Valley Inn.
Tickets are available on the festival's Web site and at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum. For more information, go to svmtnwellness.org.