In 2012, Belgin Askoy, one of our Destination Deluxe Awards judges, launched her dream of celebrating a day dedicated to wellness. The main aim of this special day is to pause and think, to recognize the value of our lives, to be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits, to make peace with ourselves and to raise awareness about living well and increase motivation for more than just one day of the year. This year, Global Wellness Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 12th, 2021.
Wellness is the conscious development of the whole self – an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It determines how we ultimately look, feel, interact with others, and thrive in life and work – the cornerstone of quality of life.
Global Wellness Day is a fully non-profit social project dedicated to living well, with the main purpose of asking the introspective question: “how can I live a healthier and better life?” Even if for just one day, this special day promotes a positive direction of thoughts in both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raising awareness for that purpose.
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Global Wellness Day 2021 will focus on protecting mental health, with standout and influential experts joining the GWD 2021: 12-Hour Free Livestream Celebration such as the “Godmother of Wellness”, Deborah Szekely; Co-Founder, Chair & CEO of the Global Wellness Institute & Global Wellness Summit, and Destination Deluxe Awards judge, Susie Ellis; and Celebrity Yogi and Yoga Revealed Founder, Andrew Sealy. Several other wellness professionals will also be showcased during the event on Global Wellness Day’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. Ranging from online wellness workshops; small and socially distanced gatherings with family-friendly wellness events; to hotels and community centers offering complimentary activities such as dance and Tai Chi classes, cooking demonstrations and mental wellness seminars – each country has its own planned celebrations. Be sure to check here to see what is going on in your area!
Celebrations planned in countries from Barbados to Vietnam for GWD 2021, including: online wellness workshops; small and socially distanced gatherings with family-friendly wellness events; as well as hotels and community centers offering complimentary activities such as dance and Tai Chi classes, cooking demonstrations and mental wellness seminars.
Barbados – A socially distant celebration will take place with a nature walk and continue with an hour of yoga, healthy food cooking demonstrations and free chair massages and the day will finish with a fun family dance exercise.
Brazil – This year the GWD team’s goal is to draw attention to the GWD 7 Step Manifesto with a number of activities such as, healthy cooking classes, building organic vegetable gardens, seminar on recycling, bottle collection, and doing good deeds by visiting the Solidarity Bazaar to donate clothes, shoes and other essential items to those affected by the pandemic.
Canada – Lululemon, Eastwood Cycle, Club Row Fitness along with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Toronto and Whistler and many more will be organizing GWD celebrations in Canada including a virtual “Healing Yoga” session for employees and clients. Fairmont Jasper Lodge will be offering free boat and bike rentals for guests. Delta Prince Edward Marriott will be organizing online sun salutation, breathing exercise and meditation workshops.
Costa Rica – GWD Costa Rica team will be organizing outdoor events in line with Covid-19 rules and regulations throughout Costa Rica, with the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Board, National Chamber of Tourism, Costa Rica Wellness Tourism Association, and National Chamber of Ecotourism and other corporate companies.
France – Tigre Yoga Club, Bleu Blanc Coeur, Fusion Workout, Mentorshow, ALL (Accor Loyalty Program), L’Occitane, Celemence Peix Lavallee and Millésime Hotels and many more are among the brands organizing GWD celebration throughout France. Activities such as live face yoga, meditation, cardio workouts, sleep and nutrition seminars will take place through an online celebration event.
Hungary – Main activity will be taking place in Budapest on June 12th with the support of Ritz Carlton Hotel, Budapest. A series of online lectures and workshops will be taking place, along with online fitness programs featuring stress relief yoga, full body Pilates, therapeutic exercises and techniques for home office workspaces by well-known Hungarian experts.
India – In spite of the devastating impact of COVID on the country, online GWD celebrations with wellness experts and guest speakers featuring topics such as breathing workshops, sleep optimization programs, health & nutrition workshops and much more will be organized and broadcast live through social media channels.
Italy – Davines Group with its brands [comfort zone] and Davines are organizing a very special activity for children on Global Wellness Day, June 12th with Prof. Susanna Esposito, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Clinic Pietro Barilla Children’s Hospital in Parma.
Japan – GWD Japan team has organized various online activities to keep communities connected such as a 30-Day Morning Yoga Challenge, Wellness to Go, Pass the Paddle Challenge with 100 GWD Supporters and much more with the support of local brands such as Okinawa Tourist Company, Kurohime Wakan Yakuin Kenkyusho, The Day Spa and more.
Macau – In cooperation with Mr.J Sports and ManaVida, the GWD Macau team has organized a day filled with fun activities such as Zumba, tabata, breakletics, kickboxing, morning and sunset stretching as well as workshops on raw foods, kombucha, essential oil blending and much more at the iconic Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza.
New Zealand – GWD New Zealand has prepared both online and physical activities across the country such as sunset yoga, partner acro yoga, house dance competition, group fitness classes, Zumba, functional fitness, Bootcamp, BoxHITT, online dancing classes, aqua exercises and guided nature walks.
Puerto Rico – This year GWD team has planned a series of online and socially distanced activities featuring yoga under the stars, aromatherapy workshop and aromatic essential oils for medicinal purposes, sound meditation, Latin music dance classes and a 30-day meditation challenge.
South Korea – A day of fun and educational activities such as Gyro Kineses, stretching classes, yoga, Pilates, color therapy and much more have been prepared to take place at various locations such as InterContinental Hotel at Alpensia Resort, Park Roche Resort at Jeognsun, Leaf Pilates & Tao Yoga.
Sweden – This year GWD Sweden decided to focus on younger generations that have been isolated from school, friends and sport activities for the last 16 months. An online celebration event featuring webinars on protecting our mental wellbeing, giving our bodies the right fuel, boosting our self-esteem, and exercise, as well as workshops on yoga and meditation.
Thailand – Rosewood Phuket‘s visiting practitioner Toby Maguire demonstrates breathwork techniques that can be used anywhere to help with one’s mental health by relaxing the body and calming the mind.
United States – Kerstin Florian will be hosting hourly Guided Breathing Rituals and passing out gift bags to help guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel continue the practice at home. The towns of Bozeman and Whitefish – at opposite ends of the state of Montana – will use their network of farmers and foodbanks will hold a GWD event entitled “Healthy Foods Nourish Community” to support healthy foods and food security for needy Montanans. The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado is inviting the community to a morning breath work practice and guided meditation around the Mother Spring, the deepest geothermal spring in the world. At the Cross Road Farmer’s Market in Cleveland, Ohio, Functional Medicine doctor, Tammy Gutierrez, MD, will be teaching a class on how to “eat a rainbow.” A selection of Marriott’s luxury brands as well as the Florida Spa Association will be hosting classes by Cause + Medic and Clean Republic on green health and safety protocols and solutions during COVID and beyond.
Vietnam – Prior to GWD the team will cooperate with Vietnamese celebrities and media to create awareness with “wellness dinners.” June 12th activities such as Tai Chi, yoga, beach clean-ups, dances, 30-minute nature walks, healthy cooking workshops, Zumba and much more are planned to take place at schools, open area parks, and partner venues.
Look for the hashtag #globalwellnessday to follow what happens around the globe on June 12. Be sure to ask yourself how you can live a healthier and better life today!