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A Defining Moment Issue 24: Vana Retreats. A New Paradigm in Wellness


Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013, by Betsy Isroelit | Leave a Comment

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If this newsletter arrived with special effects, right now you would be listening to a cacophony of natural sounds drifting from the pristine Sal forest, a paradise for nature lovers surrounding Vana Retreat’s hotly anticipated, soon-to-be-opened Vana, Malsi Estate, which is located near Dehradun, on the lower foothills of the Himalayas. Vana has pledged to become a Titanium Sponsor (the highest level of sponsorship) of the seventh annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) and is also offering invited Summit delegates the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Vana before it opens to the public. The visionary new property, which is poised to become one of the world’s leading destinations for holistic wellness, Ayurveda, and yoga, promises not only to be a defining moment for India’s wellness and spa industry, but will redefine how classical Ayurveda and yoga are experienced.

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A Defining Moment Issue 5: Wisdom of The Crowds


Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012, by Alexandra Plessier | 8 Comments

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How many spa and/or wellness associations do you think there are around the world?
I will give you the answer in a moment…but first, I want to introduce you to a great resource on the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) website where you can find a pretty good list of associations for starters. You can find it under the “Spa Resources” tab and the subheading “Associations.” Continue reading

GSWS Weekender Issue 18: Find Out if Caffeine Helps You Innovate


Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2012, by Alexandra Plessier | 1 Comment

“2012 Summit Keynote Speaker Taps into Innovation and Imagination”

There were two talks at this year’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Aspen that I think really “nailed it” when it comes to innovation and imagination: Dr. Daniel Friedland’s presentation, “Let’s Neurovate: Know Your Brain to Imaginate and Innovate” and Dr. John Kao’s talk, “Jamming: The Art of Getting Innovation Done.”

In this Weekender, we are sharing with you Dr. Friedland’s talk in its entirely, and in several ways (transcription of the presentation, video and PowerPoint presentation). Trust me, by reading through this talk, flipping through his PowerPoint presentation, and watching the video, you will be on the cutting edge, not only of innovation but of innovation for the spa and wellness industry.

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GSWS Weekender Issue 16: Innovation Quotes and Visual Snippets from the 2012 Summit


Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012, by Alexandra Plessier | Leave a Comment

Summit 2012 “Innovation through Imagination” Snippets

Last Weekender, we shared with you GSWS keynote speaker John Kao’s thoughts on innovation, spa and wellness. This week, we’re sharing a few additional tidbits of imagination and innovation from this year’s gathering in Aspen:

Sound Bites from our Speakers:

“True innovation never comes from consumer focus groups. You can’t just give people what they SAY they want, you have to IMAGINE what they would most desire. Disney didn’t invent theme parks by surveys.” – Philippe Bourguignon, vice chair, Revolution Places

“Health care systems are truly sick care systems. The spa industry can be a major player in this space.” – Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General & vice chairman, Canyon Ranch

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GSWS Weekender Issue 15: Innovation Guru John Kao Explains Innovation to Spa and Wellness Leaders


Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2012, by Alexandra Plessier | 6 Comments

This year’s Weekenders are dedicated to understanding Innovation and Imagination – something many in the spa and wellness industry agree is a critical need. Thus, this recap of John Kao’s keynote presentation at last week’s Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) could not be more perfectly timed. Beth McGroarty, one of our Summit’s bloggers, did an excellent job in capturing the content and the spirit of his presentation. After this short summary of John’s impressive bio (see full bio to the right) you will find Beth’s description.

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Issue 14: You are in for a Weekender treat


Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012, by Dulcy Gregory | Leave a Comment

You are in for a Weekender treat! In the past we shared a few early briefing papers that were contributed in preparation for the upcoming Global Spa and Wellness Summit taking place in Aspen, Colorado.

Now we get to share the entire 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Industry Briefing Report!

We had a record number of delegates submit briefings this year – there are 63 on the topic of innovation and imagination in the spa and wellness industry.

While we give a hard copy report to the delegates at the Summit, we decided (for the first time) to send out an electronic version ahead of time. You may find that this is a good way of “previewing” some of the discussions that will take place in Aspen in just a few days’ time.

And, as an extra bonus, we thought: Let’s share it with the entire Weekender audience!

…And please let us know which one is your favorite!

GSWS Team