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On the Quest for a Life of Meaning, a Q&A with Ralph White

Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, the leading urban center of holistic learning in America, and author of the highly regarded new memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning. A pioneer of the consciousness movement, he has directed a twenty one year conference series known as…

Diet Terminology: A Patient’s View

The following is a submission from Vail Symposium audience member Hank Mader regarding his experience with a plant-based diet. He submitted the following message following the “Putting Total Health Back Into Healthcare” with Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis.  I enjoyed reading Rod Connolly’s (“Health Insights” article) entitled “Positive change in Nutrition can help you lose that weight”…

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”

Maybe it was Aristotle who said “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” I say maybe because the verbiage sounds a bit basic when compared to the typical wisdom handed down by the father of modern formal logic. Maybe goodreads.com was lying in their attribution of this fun saying. However, if…

My Favorite Ways to Learn

(preface: John O’Neill is the Marketing Manager of the Vail Symposium. He wrote this blog) I was sitting in the back of Jamie Metzl’s program on genetic engineering in humans this summer thinking to myself, “wow.” I was fascinated by the subject, and from an expert like Jamie Metzl, I was learning so much. Two…

Speaker Slides From Nutrition for Peak Performance

Many reached out following the Nutrition for Peak Performance slides. It is our pleasure to hear you all enjoyed the program so much and to present the slides. Enjoy! Ben Stone   Dr. Inigo San Millan   Dr. Dennis Lipton

Say yes to the great adventure of life

by Anne Archer Butcher…. Best-selling author Anne Archer Butcher finds that, by going along with an inner nudge to serve, she is given an unexpected and beautiful experience of an elephant’s love  – and an expanded consciousness.  *The article below has been extracted with permission from Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright by Anne Archer Butcher.  _______________________________________________________________________ We were standing in…

Nightmare in Nepal

At noon on April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded at Mount Everest Basecamp.  The violent shaking of the ground created large avalanches off the nearby slopes of Pumori Peak, which killed 19 people and injured nearly 100 at the Everest Basecamp. Off the mountain, Nepal would suffer more than 10,000 lost lives and…

So Fresh. So Clean. So New!

You might notice that what you’re looking at is a little different than in previous seasons. You might think it looks better – we certainly do. This spring the Symposium overhauled our entire website with the help of Ascher Robbins. Taking the suggestions of our donors, audience members, board, staff (who often battled in the…

What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Poor Self Image

From a very early age, through my teenage years and into my early twenties, I was obsessed with my appearance. It started when I was quite young; my dad likes to tell a story about the time my 5-year-old self stood in front of a wardrobe full of clothes, threw my arms up, sighed audibly…

Where Dance and Art Meet

Getting to know Perfect Pairings guest artist, Heather Hansen.   What comes to mind when you hear the word “artist”?  Most people think of a painter, musician, or performer. Heather Hansen is unique then, in that she combines a background in dancing with her love of drawing in a performance art that uses yoga and…