Lead with Love event in Aspen brings together wellness greats
Lead with Love, a four-day immersive wellness event in Aspen, wasn’t developed from years of intense planning or dreamt up by some big-wigs in a conference room. Instead it was born from plans for a 40th birthday celebration.
Gina Murdock, founder and co-director of Aspen City of Wellbeing and Lead with Love as well as a yoga and meditation teacher, invited a handful of teachers she had worked with throughout the years to Aspen last year to participate in an event to mark her birthday. However, after she looked at the lineup, Murdock realized she had something bigger than an average party and decided to open the event to the public.
“It was pretty full on, it was a fun throw down of lots of mindfulness, spirituality, a lot of yoga and then just some parties, too,” Murdock said Monday.
Now in its second year, Lead with Love has evolved from an event that was “kind of pulled together last minute” to a “community offering” that is drawing attendees from all over the country to Aspen for the offseason to learn from some of the world’s top wellness leaders.
A “Deepak Chopra keynote talk is always a huge highlight,” Murdock said.
Chopra, a well-respected alternative medicine leader who has been named one of the 100 heroes and icons of the century by TIME magazine, will be leading multiple sessions at the event including a class where he will be brought together with two other renowned spiritual teachers, Sakyong Mipham and Rod Stryker, for the first time that is on Murdock’s list of event highlights (see sidebar).
The four-day retreat starts Thursday at Aspen Meadows, which is one of the reasons the event planners chose to hold it during what is typically one of the quietest times in Aspen.
“I really love the Aspen Idea, I love the Aspen Institute and I really felt like I wanted to do it there,” Murdock said. “Honestly … this is the first time (the Institute is) available. We want to not add to the already super-busy schedule in the summer. I really want it to work in the offseason because of how crazy it is in the on-season.”
New to the Lead with Love lineup this year is the Lead with Love Kids’ Day Camp on Friday.
This kids-centric programming for children in third- to seventh-grade was created because the event overlaps with the Aspen School District’s fall break and is being presented in partnership with PeaceJam, a global nonprofit that works with children on leadership based on a curriculum derived from Nobel laureates. Tickets for this program are $75.
There are multiple levels of tickets for the main Lead with Love event so attendees can focus on topics of the most interest to them.
One is called the E-Track, and it is focused on executives and entrepreneurs talking about investing in well-being and the return on that investment. E-Track tickets are $249 for all four days. Another type of pass called the C-track, or community track, includes all local talent hosting yoga classes and workshops to appeal to valley residents. C-Track tickets are $99 for all four days of that programming.
The event close to being sold out, with capacity capping out at around 300 people per day. The only other ticket package left besides E-Track and C-Track is the Talk is Cheap(er) pass for $499. This pass includes access to all the talks but none of the yoga or lunches.
“I love the concept of Leading with Love,” Murdock said. “I think it’s such an important message for today and everyday and that our intention with this event is people come here, they experience basically optimal well-being, they are being taken care of on such a whole person level of such an inspirational platform of speakers and then the movement and then the meditation.
“It’s been so much work but I’m excited.”
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