SpaFest announces speaker line-up for 2022

Sue Harmsworth, MBE to deliver keynote address on what the future holds for wellness


By Mark Smith

23 September 2022
SpaFest, the experiential, engaging event for spa and wellness professionals, returns to the award-winning 5-star eco-resort, Gwel an Mor in Cornwall from September 26-28, 2022.

Sue Harmsworth, MBE to open SpaFest

Sue Harmsworth, MBE will open the event with a keynote address exploring what is next for wellness. Currently advising owners and private equity on innovative new skincare concepts, aesthetics, wellness and medical destinations, Harmsworth will draw on over 50 years’ experience providing insights into the future direction of wellness.

people smiling
From left: Fran Hayter, SpaFest treasurer; Sian Parry Jones, Fletcher's Cottage Spa; Barbara Cooke, BC Softwear; Kicki Carlsson, Dröm UK and Brian Hunter, Cameron House Resort, Loch Lomond

SpaFest is a ‘must attend’ event which focuses on People, Planet and Health, offering hoteliers, suppliers and spa operators the chance to connect with like-minded professionals. The relaxed, informal setting is refreshingly free from the formalities of business attire, name badges and organised selling.

woman smiling at camera in red top

“SpaFest always looks at the integrative and purposeful role of wellbeing for ‘People, Planet and Health’. It is also about you taking time out. Not just to listen to industry experts and engage in some of the topics of discussion, but to deep-dive into your own wellbeing, which is essential for any leader.”

Amanda Winwood

Founder, SpaFest
people smiling in a group of four
From left: Laura Brown, The Berkeley; Lucy Mingo, ishga; Leon Trayling, ishga and Amanda Jennings, Seaham Hall

Educational and inspirational

With empowering sessions, thought-provoking talks and the opportunity to truly connect, learn and grow, SpaFest offers a unique mix of education, inspiration and social wellbeing activities. This year’s programme will ensure guests can connect with themselves and inspire each other.

"European Spa has backed SpaFest since the first event and we are proud to serve as media sponsor. I hope everyone enjoys the exciting 2022 programme I have helped put together this year, with Amanda, as well as dedicated time together to talk about people, planet and health."

Sarah Camilleri

Publisher and founding editor, European Spa

The SpaFest speaker programme includes:

Shifts not trends

Sarah Camilleri in conversation with Teresa O Farrell, global spa director, Dorchester Collection; Nigel Franklyn, Spa Whisperer; and Kirsty McCormick, founder, The Spa Consultancy.


How do we make our industry more sustainable?

Chaired by Amanda Winwood with Beverley Bayes, SparcStudio; Dr Neil Carpenter, NMC2; Emma Pridding, spa director, Carden Park; and Jean-Paul Blissett, Well Architects & Design.


Crossing Horizons: mental health and men’s wellbeing

Mark Smith in conversation with Ian Bell, wellness consultant; Paul Gerrard, Happy Paul; and Brian Hunter, director of spa and leisure at Cameron House Resort, Loch Lomond.


Empower and Educate: attracting and retaining wellness experts

Made for Life lead trainer Emma Williams in conversation with Sue Harmsworth MBE; Diane Hey, Armonia Training; and Lesley Bacon, HandPicked Hotels.


Throw those Spa Doors Wide – Inclusivity

Chaired by Amanda Winwood, founder Made for Life Organics Touch Therapy, with Sue Harmsworth MBE; Polly King, consultant oncoplastic breast and skin cancer surgeon, RCHT; Judy Clapp, Macmillan primary care nurse facilitator; and Jenny Warren, clinical lead for inpatient and living well services, Compton Care.

Wellbeing workshops

Wellbeing workshops will include gong baths with Jill Russell, forest bathing, Kalm Horizons beach meditation, herbalism, aromatherapy and wild swimming – the location is just under a mile from Portreath Beach and the ancient Tehidy Woods. A welcome dinner on the first evening is sponsored by BC Softwear. On the second night guests will enjoy a Cornish celebration and Ceilidh with The Tinners sponsored by Ellisons.

Main sponsors that will be offering wellbeing treatments during the event include: Gaia, Murad, Hydrafacial, Gharieni, Made for Life Organics, Floreat, Junius.

group of people meditating on the beach
Kalm Horizons beach meditation, one of the wellbeing workshops at SpaFest

On the final day Iain R Bell, founder, Executive Fitness Foundation will lead a ‘Kickstart your wellbeing’ an inspirational and motivation workshop to promote health and wellness for attendees.

Supporting the Made for Life Foundation

SpaFest is a key fundraiser for the Made for Life Foundation, founded in 2008 by Amanda Winwood, which has provided holistic support to more than 10,000 people diagnosed with and recovering from cancer over the last ten years.

man with iPad
Iain R Bell, founder, Executive Fitness Foundation, will present a 'Kickstart your Wellbeing' workshop at SpaFest

The foundation organises days filled with complementary treatments, organic makeovers, nutritional advice, art therapy, meditation and relaxation techniques, along with time for sharing and hugs.

Special pamper days are held around the UK, along with workshops, talks and events where those going through cancer in any form can come together and enjoy a ‘day off’ from the condition.

Be connected...

For more information on SpaFest and the Made for Life Foundation, click below


Sign up to our digital edition

Sign Up Now

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd    |    Company registration number: 6293825

About    |    Contact Us    |    Privacy Policy    |    Terms & conditions    |    Disclaimer

© Copyright 2024 - Spa Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.