Here’s a partnership that might surprise you: Deepak Chopra, the doctor, alternative-medicine advocate and author of dozens of books on the mind-body relationship, and Alice Walton, founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and one of the wealthiest women on the planet, are partnering to bring a symposium on health and joy to the Bentonville museum Nov. 14-17.

The Sages and Scientists 2019 Symposium of the Chopra Foundation is described in a news release as “the pre-eminent convening of global well-being and thought leaders of its kind” and quotes Chopra as saying “Together, we can create a peaceful, just, sustainable, healthy and joyful world.”  

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You’ve got to be in the pink financially to attend: Tickets are $5,000, though nonprofits and schools may get a discount. They include seven meals that “showcase High South cuisine,” live music and dining downtown and a “swag bag.” They are available at the Sages & Scientists website.


Besides Chopra and Walton, the diverse lineup of 47 speakers includes Anoop Kumar, author of “Michaelangelo’s Medicine: How redefining the human body will transform health and health care”; X Prize Foundation CEO Anousha Ansari; Harvard Kennedy School professor Arthur C. Brooks; actress Kat Graham, who appeared in the TV series “The Vampire Diaries”; Walton Fellow and former chief researcher at the Milken Foundation Ross DeVol; Elizabeth Margulis, professor and director of the Music Cognition Lab at Princeton University; yoga teacher and author Eddie Stern; philosopher and author of “Decoding Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics” author Bernardo Kastrup; Global Infrastructure Partners energy and water/waste manager Matthew Harris; “The Tudors” actress Gabriella Wright;  entrepreneur Poonacha Machaiah and others.

The 2019 symposium is the fifth to be held by the Chopra Foundation and the first to be held outside California.