The annual World Wellness Weekend will this year take place on 18-19 September. Now in its fifth year, the event is expected to feature more than 1,600 venues in 133 countries (957 cities), inspiring and empowering millions of people to take part in activities promoting wellness.
During the weekend, thousands of wellness, sports, tourism and hospitality professionals will open their doors to the public, offering free 60-minute activities, classes, workshops and other events with the aim of connecting people through wellness activities. This year’s event has already secured commitments from 1,380 venues in 131 countries (943 cities).
The World Wellness Weekend has traditionally had a strong strand of environmental sustainability running through it. In 2019, the sustainability actions included park and beach clean ups and “plogging” (a combination of jogging and picking up litter), implemented by a number of organisations taking part.
In 2020, one of the organisations taking part in the activities was Plantio Brasil, a network and movement of tree planters in Brazil. The organisation consists of members of the public, non-governmental and governmental institutions, schools and commercial companies. Plantio Brasil’s World Wellness Weekend campaign resulted in the planting of more than 500,000 trees in Brazil – to honour the (then) number of victims of COVID-19 in the world.
World Wellness Weekend was founded in 2017 by Jean-Guy de Gabriac, who had the aim of encouraging professional wellness leaders in hospitality, fitness, beauty and tourism across the world to open their doors and showcase the expertise of their teams and raise their profile.
De Gabriac says sustainability is an important part of not just World Wellness Weekend, but wellness itself.
“There is no nobler mission in life than to encourage each and everyone to become the best version of themselves – physically, mentally and emotionally,” de Gabriac says. “And caring for your environment plays a huge part in that.
“This year’s World Wellness Weekend will again feature a number of activities which have sustainability at their heart and I invite all members, friends and partners of the Sustainable Spa Association to take part too.”
Spas and other wellness companies wanting to take part can sign up on the Wellness Map (available in 16 languages) and create their own page, listing their planned wellness activities. The page will then appear on the World Wellness Map, where it can be seen by consumers looking for activities in their local area.
For more information and to access the Wellness Map, see: https://map.world-wellness-weekend.org/