Breath, Cold, Stress & Resilience Conference 
February 18th, 2023 - Harpa Conference Hall

4 incredible speakers:
 

  • James Nestor. Breath - The New Science of a Lost Art

  • Dr. Susanna Søberg - Winter Swimming (and sauna) : The Nordic Way Towards a Healthier and Happier Life

  • Dr. Kristín Sigurðardóttir - Stress Friend or Foe?

  • Vilhjálmur Andri Einarsson - Learn to be OK no matter what

The president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, will open the event.

For the first time in Iceland, The New York Times Best Seller author of the book Breath, James Nestor, will be sharing his in-depth research on the topic of Breath. Together with Dr. Susanna Søberg, author of the book Winter Swimming and international leading expert in the science and use of cold and heat as stress management to increase health. Accident and Emergency Physician, Dr. Kristín Sigurðardóttir, discusses what stress is, how it benefits us and when it ceases to be useful. And health & Personal Development Coach, Vilhjálmur Andri Einarsson will be covering evidence-based Mind Body techniques to learn how to be ok no matter what.

After the event in Harpa, attendees are invited to Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach to put the knowledge from the lectures into practice.

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Speakers

James Nestor

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

There’s a secret to solving workplace stress and burn out. It’s surprisingly simple: breathe. According to science journalist JAMES NESTOR, breathing is the key to transforming our lives - more than diet, sleep, or exercise. Drawing on his instant New York Times bestseller Breath - which spent 18 weeks on the bestseller list in its first year and has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide-James teaches us that even slight adjustments to our breathing can profoundly improve workplace efficiency, athletic performance, anxiety, and sleep. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, calls James’ work “A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual, and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe - and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” 

 

When we consider our health and well-being, we scrutinize the foods we eat or the amount of stress we’re under. Rarely, if ever, do we consider the ways we breathe—yet acclaimed science journalist James Nestor says that poor breathing habits are linked to a laundry list of chronic health problems and roadblocks to success: lost focus and concentration, anxiety, sleep issues, and even cavities and crooked teeth. James shows how we’ve lost the art of breathing properly, and teaches us how to get it back again.

 

In his landmark book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, James seeks out what went wrong and shows us how to fix it with a mix of science, humor, history, and simple, constructive takeaways. You’ll never breathe the same again. Brilliantly researched and utterly fascinating, Breath has earned praise from New York Times bestselling author Joshua Foer, who calls it a “transformative book that changes how you think about your body and mind.” Breath became an instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and London Sunday Times bestseller, and will soon be translated into 35 languages. It was awarded the Best General Nonfiction Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

 

James has spoken about the importance of proper breathing at the Stanford Medical School, the United Nations, and Global Classroom (World Health Organization+UNICEF), as well as more than 60 radio and television shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, ABC’s Nightline, CBS Morning News, and dozens of NPR programs. To date, he has written for publications such as Scientific American, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the San Francisco Chronicle, to name a few.

 

In his earlier book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves, James follows extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they explore the ocean, uncovering weird and wondrous discoveries that redefine our understanding of both the ocean and ourselves. The book was a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a BBC Book of the Week, and an Amazon Best Science Book of the year.

 

James has also teamed up with National Geographic Explorer and marine scientist David Gruber to create Project CETI—an ambitious undertaking to help us connect with and better understand the animals we share the planet with. Using technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence, Project CETI hopes to one day crack interspecies communication, and was accepted as a TED Audacious Project.

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Dr. Susanna Søberg

Winter Swimming: The Nordic Way Towards a Healthier and Happier Life

Dr. Susanna Søberg is an international leading expert in the science and use of cold and heat as stress management to increase health. She did her PhD in metabolism at The University of Copenhagen and has contributed to a deeper understanding of our metabolism during stress and rest in humans. 

Susanna is the founder of the “Soeberg Institute”. Her science backed health program “The Thermalist Cure” is carefully designed by her followed by many years of experience and research in cold, heat and the breath. She communicates and teaches her knowledge in courses at her website for individuals, groups and corporations.

 

One of her principles is to "end cold" to increase metabolism and prolong the benefits of chemicals in the brain. A principle, which Professor Andrew Huberman from Stanford University named after her: The #soebergprinciple.

Dr. Kristín Sigurðardóttir

Stress Friend or Foe?

Accident and Emergency Physician, Dr. Kristín Sigurðardóttir, discusses what stress is, how it benefits us and when it ceases to be useful.
Misconceptions about stress are discussed and how our response to stress affects our resilience. 
 
Kristín has a holistic view of health and has throughout her career as a doctor, been actively promoting health and resilience. 
She is in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland, in Communication, holds courses at the Open University of Reykjavík and is the chairman of the Icelandic Medical Association's Educational Institute.
 
She runs the company "A heildina litið" (Observing the whole picture) which regularly holds popular courses and seminars, focusing on well-being and health, how to take advantage of stress in an ever-changing environment, and strengthen resilience. 
Which are key to thriving in life and work.

 

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Vilhjálmur Andri Einarsson

Learn to be OK no matter what

Andri is a health & Personal Development Coach and the co-founder of ANDRI ICELAND.
 
Focused on Mind-Body techniques which impacted his life to the point to define himself as being “reborn”. The inflection point when decades of severe chronic physical pain and derived mental health conditions finally disappeared. This transformation is what led him to start sharing the benefits of Cold Therapy, Breathwork, and the Power of the mind -among other evidence-based Mind Body techniques- to thousands of people. Aiming to guide others into the same empowering benefits.
 
Driven by the direct teachings from world-renowned authors, coaches, and teachers in the field of Mind-Body techniques (among them Wim Hof), Andri has become a go-to reference in Iceland for those seeking a transformational experience like no other. There is simply something profoundly unique one discovers when deepening our understanding of breathwork, challenging old belief patterns, and going into ice-cold water. It’s a simple way to rediscover your abilities to take back the control of your automatic stress response and learn to be OK no matter what. It’s learning to be in the eye of the hurricane.

Program

PART 1 - LEARN
When: Saturday, February 18th 2023
The program will be between 9:00 - 14:00

  • Opening of the event by the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

  • Lectures by speakers: James Nestor, Dr. Susanna Søberg, Dr. Kristín Sigurðardóttir, and Vilhjálmur Andri Einarsson

  • Led breathing exercise

  • Q&A with speakers

  • Coffee, tea, and water will be offered throughout the event as well as refreshments during the main break.

Where: Harpa Conference Center (Silfuberg) 

Harpa is a first-class conference center that has received numerous awards and prizes for outstanding facilities.

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PART 2 - PRACTICE (optional)
After Harpa's event, participants are invited to meet at Nauthólsvík beach.

  • Guided cold dip and learn how to warm up after the cold with ANDRI ICELAND

  • Warm-up & fun activities with Glaðari Þú

*Note: The outdoor practice is weather dependent and might be subject to change.

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