At first glance, the Experience Hall at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival might appear similar to many you’d see at trade shows in the U.S.—vendors selling wares and practitioners offering services.
But if you pass up the chance to take a deeper look at the Experience Hall, you’d miss an opportunity to get first-hand familiarity with the very essence of the Wellness Festival.
That is to say, you can get an introduction to new ideas, new practices, new ways of thinking and new products that may improve your well-being.
“That’s the objective of the Wellness Festival,” spokeswoman Carol Waller said. “It’s to introduce them to new topics and products and services that can enhance their lives. You get a nice variety of things to check out.”
This year’s festival won’t disappoint in that regard, because the Experience Hall will have a plethora of vendors and practitioners ready to swap tips, advice, hot items, the best meditation methods, tune-ups and great books to expand your consciousness and deepen your knowledge of what it means to be well. The Experience Hall is free and open to the public, though the products and services will be available for purchase.
The Experience Hall opens at 9 a.m. on four days of the festival, from Friday, June 28, to Monday, July 1. It has a new venue, the Insight Stage, which will host 30-minute sessions featuring presentations on essential wellness topics and question-and-answer sessions from top speakers at the festival.
Also, the festival will put on a free music show at the Limelight Hotel on Saturday, June 29, from 8-10 p.m. The group is called Kosmik Band, and is known for hit songs like “Together as One,” and “Chakra Blues.”
“A spiritual fusion of Indian mantras, organic African rhythms and Latin grooves” is how the festival describes Kosmik Band. “Fueled by bandleader Enzo Buono’s vision from his life-changing travels and experiences producing and touring with the internationally acclaimed group ‘Playing For Change.’ An experience of epic proportion, transcending culture and boundaries that brings an awakening of life to audiences around the globe.”
The festival will also offer some free yoga sessions on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. The Saturday session is called Yoga for Wellness and will run from 12:45-1:45 p.m., taught by Cathie Caccia. The session will be offered at the quad at the Sun Valley Community School, which is hosting the festival.
Caccia first started studying yoga in 1984 and has been teaching it since 1987.
“Over the years, Cathie has trained extensively in yoga, yoga therapy, Shiatsu, acupressure and massage,” the wellness festival states. “Cathie’s classes combine her love of yoga, anatomy, Chinese energetics and Sanskrit chanting to support her students in uncovering their inner intelligence and experiencing profound clarity and peace.”
The Sunday session will also be held in the quad from 12:45-1:45 p.m. and will feature teacher Adi Amar. Amar has been practicing yoga since she was 15 and finished her initial formal training 18 years ago.
“Through utilizing techniques for well-being, Adi strives to inspire a passion for regular practice and taking responsibility for one’s own experience living life to the fullest,” the festival states.
The festival’s opening ceremony will be held Thursday, June 27, from 5:15-6:15 p.m., and will boast a Native American Gratitude Drumming and Despacho Ceremony offered by Traci Ireland, Soul Gardner and Austyn Wells. Ireland is a Shamanic practitioner, Wells is a spiritual medium and Gardner is new to the festival in 2019.
“Through the ambassadors this opening ceremony festival tradition sets the tone and intention for the conference and sparks the momentum for energy shifts and healing,” the festival states.
At the Experience Hall, a plethora of experiences and products will be available.
Vendors and practitioners include:
- Biofield tuning by Jeremiah Dobkins and Christine Dodd
- Jewelry by Elisabeth Pohle Designs
- Shambhala meditation healing tools and music
- Healing Stone Foundry, which offers Reiki-infused, semi-precious stone pendants
- Aum Sacred Art, which offers healing jewelry handcrafted in India
- Mountain Sage Wellness
- Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha
- MedSense Powerful Therapeutic Massagers
- The BioMat Store
- Chapter One Bookstore
- Rising Springs
- Verté Essentials
- Gia Wellness
- HighChi Energy Jewelry
- Carm OSullivan
- Sondra Sneed
- Judy Lekic
- Eduardo Ballesteros
- Somatic Money
- Pet Portraits by Pete
- Energy Heals
- Natural Frequency Products
- LOOM Imports
- Autumn Teneyl Designs
- Loving Life Abundantly