Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, to Keynote at 2018 Global Wellness Summit

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One of the world’s most sought-after meditation teachers to present at a conference where much-needed new pathways to mental wellness will be a hot topic

The 12th-annual Global Wellness Summit will be held at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy from October 6-8, 2018.

I’m excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorized as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century.

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual gathering of leaders in the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, today announced that Bob Roth, CEO of the non-profit David Lynch Foundation and one of the world’s top experts on meditation, will keynote at the conference taking place October 6-8 at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM), a simple, evidence-based technique that utilizes a mantra to calm the mind, to many thousands of people: from at-risk youth and inmates to CEOs and military leaders to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, J Lo, Dr. Oz, Jerry Seinfeld and George Stephanopoulos.

The David Lynch Foundation that Roth heads up (founded by award-winning filmmaker David Lynch) has brought Transcendental Meditation at no cost to over one million inner-city youth in schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Roth is the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” His insights will be integral to a conference with a strong focus on the need for effective new approaches to mental wellness.

“We have a dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders, including anxiety, depression and substance use,” Roth said. “In addition to traditional drugs and psychotherapy we desperately need to include more practical, evidence-based approaches into everyone’s tool box that improve mental wellness and behavior. I’m excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorized as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century. And to help lead a discussion about how the wellness industry can start doing as powerful a job promoting wellbeing from ‘the neck up’ as it has done fostering wellness from the ‘neck down.’”

More about TM

Transcendental Meditation is a natural technique that involves silently thinking a mantra (a word or sound with no meaning) for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. According to published research, the technique produces a unique state of restful alertness that calms the noisy, agitated thinking mind while giving the body a profound state of rest and relaxation. Over ten million people worldwide have been trained in Transcendental Meditation, and practitioners report that unlike other types of meditation, which usually involve the effort of concentration and control of the mind, TM is very easy to learn and practice. And it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” approach: the technique is taught one-on-one by certified TM Instructors.

Transcendental Meditation was introduced in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian physicist turned meditation teacher who gained popularity in the 60s when he worked with the Beatles and other celebrities. (Roth was trained as a teacher by Maharishi.) More than 400 studies on the benefits of TM for mind and body have been conducted at over 100 independent medical schools and research institutions worldwide and published in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the American Medical Association’s “Archives of Internal Medicine” and the American Heart Association’s “Hypertension”. The research has documented the benefits of the practice on everything from reducing heart attacks, strokes and death among cardiac patients to reducing anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms among veterans with post-traumatic stress.

More about Roth’s Work

Roth also directs the non-profit Center for Leadership Performance, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and nonprofit charities. He’s the host of the SiriusXM radio show, "Success Without Stress", and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at high-profile events like Google Zeitgeist, the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Wisdom 2.0 Summit. In June 2017, Roth opened the David Lynch Foundation’s first office in Washington, D.C., where he is now teaching dozens of members of Congress (on both sides of the aisle). Roth’s recent presentations show the powerful growth in interest in TM. For instance, he recently presented with his student, Katy Perry, at the United to Cure conference held at the Vatican (dubbed the “Davos of Biotech”) and also addressed 1,000 employees at Goldman Sachs, something, Roth notes, that would be inconceivable even a few years ago.

“I’m thrilled that Bob Roth–one of the most experienced meditation teachers in the world–will help lead what I think will be industry-changing conversations about paths to mental wellness at this year’s Summit. As Oprah Winfrey neatly put it, ‘Meditation Bob: He’s got it!’” noted Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “There’s so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress-reduction, mental focus and greater resilience. I’ve just gone through the training myself, and it’s the quickest way to reduce stress that I’ve ever experienced.”

The Global Wellness Summit is the world’s leading conference on the business of wellness and always a sold-out event. To apply to attend, click here.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The 12th-annual Summit will be held at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy from October 6-8, 2018.

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