Vail Symposium

Affordable, thought-provoking and diverse programs for all. The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been part of the life and history of Vail since 1971. Our mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. A (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Symposium is almost entirely donor-funded.

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Speaking Locally

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

These discussions highlight the incredible community members in the region with their talent, passion, skill and experiences. This "by the locals, for the locals" approach, reminds us what an amazing place this is and allows us to shine the spotlight on fascinating people who are passionate about life and their hometowns.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our Speaking Locally series has always enjoyed success because it gives local outdoor enthusiasts a forum to share their experiences. This is seen in high attendance of Speaking Locally programs.




Living At Your Peak

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

As the Vail Valley continues to grow as a world-renowned health and wellness destination, the Vail Symposium is committed to advancing education and awareness through programs and events that elevate that status. The programs in this series examine breakthroughs in medical science as well as offer tips and advice on fitness, healthy eating habits and mental well-being.

The Consciousness Series is part of Living At Your Peak but it focuses primarily on the growth of human consciousnesses and the topics surrounding this topic.

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Evidence of Program's Success


One attendee stated in a recent survey that "the inspiring speakers you are able to bring to this valley, which creates a wave of consciousness/energy desperately needed in these troubled times, even (and perhaps especially) in this valley. It is gratifying to know that your organization is supportive of self-transformation; the more we spread the word and encouragement, the better for us, the environment and the planet! You are to be congratulated for the bold step in this direction."

Another attendee wrote, "I was already familiar with the books of the speakers whose programs I attended, but it was very helpful for me to compare their presentations with their written work. I was also happy to see so many people attending, including friends, but also many people I did not know would have an interest in these topics. I feel a greater sense of support and belonging in this community as a result."

Unlimited Adventure

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Adults
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Unlimited Adventures is an exhilarating showcase of intrepid explorers, daring investigators, athletes and voyagers who ignore the boundaries of geography and endurance. These programs are Inspiring and educational.

The Unlimited Adventure series brings adventurers from all around the world to describe and demonstrate their expedition in vivid detail through video and photos. We've had speakers discuss kayaking oceans to climbing peaks. These are an elite group of adventurers who push the boundaries of geography and endurance.

Each Unlimited Adventure Series is meant to inspire and allow the audience to travel the world through the words of the speaker.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This is one of our most popular and beloved series. We continue to see attendance growth & increased community support. Often we see 150- 250 attendees at these programs, with every seat taken and late-comers left with standing room only. In our annual winter end-of-season surveys, the majority of respondents list the programs in this series as their favorite.


Hot Topics

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

Each season, the Program Committee determine timely topics that are important to our community and the world. With key areas in mind, we build our programs around each topic. Our goal is to "Convene Locally, Think Globally."

Hot Topics Panel Series touch on controversial issues, presenting both sides of the topic. Often, these produce lively discussions not only between the panelists themselves, but between the panel and audience as well.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success of this series is seen in the attendance numbers. Often these are the Vail Symposium's best attended programs and in end of the season surveys, many state that this is their favorite series. Past attendees have thanked the Vail Symposium for bringing light to such hot button issues and presenting them in such an unbiased manner.

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