Celebrating its fifth edition, the World Wellness Weekend is ready to welcome wellness seekers and lovers to its dedicated global pro-bono event taking place on the 18th and 19th September.
During that weekend, thousands of wellness, sports, tourism and hospitality professionals will open their doors to the public, offering free 60-minute activities, classes, workshops with the aim to connect people through wellness activities, following the local safety measures.
Since its launch in 2017, the programme is active in Europe, USA, Asia and the Americas. World Wellness Week is supported by more than 60 Federations around the world, supporting its efforts for growth.
Aiming to deliver top quality experiences, the World Wellness Weekend is committed to connecting communities across borders.
The event takes place each autumn just before the September Equinox showcasing the expertise and passion of wellness and fitness professionals with the support and guidance of the local ambassadors, encouraging local communities to be more active, more often, with friends and family.
Despite the Covid-19 related difficulties, the World Wellness Weekend is growing steadily with more and more participants. Last year, the imposing quarantine and lockdown measures around the world created a shift in our mentalities, making us think more about our wellbeing and driving us to take action.
As a result of that, last year, the World Wellness Weekend was celebrated by 1,123 venues in 543 cities in 109 countries, from Argentina to Zambia, helping people to discover more opportunities for wellness at a time of need. As of today, 1,380 venues are listed on the Wellness Map and appear in 131 countries (943 cities).
This year, the World Wellness Weekend will be present in 133 countries and +1,500 venues in total. In Europe, wellness lovers can participate in the event in France, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Spain, and Norway.
What makes this global wellness event unique is the exquisite and intimate experiences developed exclusively for the event. Top European highlights this year include:
In France there will be a variety of ‘bathrobe’-only experiences in 18 cities in Auvergne, nordic walk and wine tasting in Alsace, yoga sessions with 70s music in La Grande Motte, a ‘Wellness by night’ event in Agen, while doctors and nurses will be taken care of in Paris at Ecole Catherine Sertin.
Italy, the olympic Val di Fiemme will host a yoga festival, close 15km of road for family biking, open the Observatory and prepare wellness meals with a Michelin-star chef ; guests in Tuscany will experience sound baths and yoga on the lagoon, while in Milan there will be many fitness events including Wanderlust 108, a wellness beach in Alassio, a Wellness district in Torino and a Festival for living well in Forli
In the United Kingdom all Aqua Sana Spas (Center Parc) will participate, as well as iconic Corinthia London, Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Norway, thanks to the International Sauna Associations, the participants will have a plethora of opportunities to experience a Sauna session at Farris Bad, Soria Moria, Lily Country Club or Pust Tromso for a Sauna & Northern lights experience
In Greece there will be yoga sessions with Caldera views in Santorini and sea views in Mykonos with Katikies Spa, an online guided relaxation with philosopher Alkistis Agio, outdoor events in iconic resorts such as Six Senses and Euphoria Retreat.
Portugal, 13 Satsanga Spas and 3 Mandalay Wellness & Spas across the country with host workshops, alongside the acclaimed Six Senses Douro Valley Spa, Corinthia Lisbon, InterContinental Lisbon, Sublime Comporta Country Retreat & Spa…
In Belgium, visitors will be immersed in fitness activities at Martin’s Spa, thermal spa experiences and a sound journey at Spencer Handpan Academy,
Netherlands, there will be meditation workshops and self-massage techniques
In Croatia, guests in Opatija will join a free Nordic walking tour along historical trails and promenades…
The World Wellness Weekend is a non-profit event aligned with the United Nations SDG3 (Good Health & Well-being For All).
With the belief that Social Prescribing is truly a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyle choices, the celebration connects communities and educates them on the ‘Five Pillars of Wellness’: better sleep to increase creativity, better nutrition to strengthen immunity, more movement to enhance vitality, deeper sense of mindfulness to enjoy serenity and a heightened sense of purpose to share more solidarity.
To support Covid-19 affected communities, in France and Canada there will be complimentary wellness workshops and beauty treatments for local Doctors and Nurses.
This ‘Care for Care-Givers’ initiative was launched in February, 2020 at the UNGSII ThinkTank during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In Croatia‘s Rovin area, there will be POST-COVID-19 recovery health programmes designed for people who have suffered from COVID-19, those facing great work-life challenges while working from home, and those who want to preventively strengthen their body and mind.
“There is no nobler mission in life than to encourage each & everyone to become the best version of themselves. It is time that we learn to LIVE WELL with the current situation, and with each other”Jean-Guy de Gabriac, the founder of World Wellness Weekend.
Sign up on the Wellness Map (available in 16 languages) and create your page with upcoming wellness activities, classes, workshops, retreats. It will then appear on the World Wellness Map.
You commit to offer one session for the weekend of September 18th or 19th. Your session can be a 60 minutes workshop in person, or a video tutorial to share their passion and healthy tips with their local community.
For the Public: Please visit Wellness Map and click on the Locate me! button or type the name of a city and select the activities that you would like to join, which you could then share with friends and family, the ones we call Wellness Buddies.
You can also share your experience on social media and use the hashtags: #WorldWellnessWeekend #WellnessForAll #WellnessByAll