A full agenda of expert speakers highlights “Beyond Wellness: Defining Well-being,” Washington Spa Alliance’s 3rd Annual Symposium at the National Press Club on March 19th .
From colonial spas of the capital region to future developments, the day-long event will look at how we take control of our health.
The Wellness Magna Carta: 7 Timeless Truths Deconstructed is keynote presentation by Bethesda-based New York Times bestselling author and doctor Dr. Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P, owner of Peeke Performance clinic, and special advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General.
In an historic meeting of the minds, Mary Gendron, President, Middleton & Gendron brand marketing, NY, will moderate a panel including Ella Stimpson, Chairperson, International Spa Association, Susie Ellis, CEO, Global Spa & Wellness Summit, President, SpaFinder Wellness, Anne Bramham, founder of Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council.
Is DC Now the New Spa Capital? Move over California, so long, Arizona says Ada Polla, CEO, Alchimie Forever, The Polla Beauty Group in Georgetown. Ada will introduce Alfredo Caravajal, new head of Rockville-based WTS International, and Prem Devadas, CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, opening this summer in Middleburg, Virginia. Newly hedquartered in DC, the Green Spa Network will be represented by president Roberto Arjona, managing director of Rancho La Puerta.
Trends in spa & wellness will be reported by Susie Ellis, CEO, Global Spa & Wellness Summit to be held in India, and President of New York-based SpaFinder Wellness.
Previewing the new Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead in Virginia, the symposium luncheon will be created by Canyon Ranch top chef Scott Uehlein with National Press Club executive chef Susan Delbert. Biodynamic wines from Frey Vineyard in California, and Nestle Waters' new Resource brand will be served.
Returning to our roots, nature photographer Louie Schwartzberg, filmmaker and TED presenter, will show why spa matters.
From the Arizona desert, Miraval Resort CEO Michael Tompkins will describe his journey to wellness as a medical professional and business executive at the resort near Tucson that is owned by Steve Case's Washington-based Revolution, LLC.
Reviewing historic spas of the Capital Region, Berkeley Springs author and historian Jeanne Mozier will present scenes of the West Virginia town that became America's first spa. Joining her, author Jonathan Paul deVierville and Examiner's Bernard Burt will tour The Greenbrier and The Homestead.
Future developments in the region will be discussed by architect/designer Tag Galyean from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Amy McDonald, principal of Under a Tree consultants based in Tuscon, AZ, and Costa Rica thermal spa expert Uwe Wagner, former head of Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort & Spa. |
Panel members include Colonial Williamsburg spa director Kate Mearns, biodynamic agriculture and green beauty expert Mary-Elizabeth Gifford, wellness authors Stephen Kiesling and symposium chair Mary Bemis.
A call to action by Golden Door founder Deborah Szekely will present goals for the spa community. Looking beyond wellness, the WSPA honorary chair will outline next steps.
At the Symposium’s conclusion, Washington Spa Alliance will draft a white paper summarizing its content to be released to a wider audience. The paper -- The Fundamentals, The Timeless Truths, The New Ways To Live -- will be made available on the organization’s website at www.washingtonspaalliance.com.
Symposium sponsors include Matrix Fitness, Clarins skincare, Precor, Nourish by Nestle water brands, and SpaFinder Wellness. Media sponsor is Spa Management Journal.
Attendance is limited. Reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis at www.washingtonspaalliance.com/symposium/. Cost is $100 for Washington Spa Alliance members and $175 for non-members. ($75 of the non-member rate may be applied to an individual membership in the organization). Register online at www.washingtonspaalliance.com.