World Wellness Weekend returns in September 2023

By Mark Smith


By Mark Smith

23 June 2023

The 7th World Wellness Weekend will take place from September 15-17 this year, with

8,000 venues in 150 countries will be joining the popular event which has become a truly global activation. Each participating property will offer at least one free and fun activity on their premises.

Since its inception, the event has grown to include some of the world’s leading hospitality providers and spas including Anantara, Canyon Ranch, Conrad, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Jumeirah, Sofitel and Raffles.

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“When we feel good after an active group class of yoga or fitness, the smiles on our faces is the international sign of wellness”.

Jean-Guy de Gabriac

Founder, World Wellness Weekend

World Wellness Weekend programme

Taking a closer look at local participation, 131 David Lloyd clubs are participating in UK and in Europe. Group L’Occitane is encouraging its thousands of employees to participate in Move for People with more than physical activities. And Les Mills, TRX, Matrix France are participating for the first time this year, offering free taster sessions and trials of their concepts.

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Yoga on the beach at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan, Thailand

Activities in this year’s programmes include wellness-in-the-workplace sessions, meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, cycling, breathwork, gong baths, health checks, massage, aqua aerobics and fitness classes.

Capsix, a French robotics start-up will be offering three days of non-stop of AI massage with IYU Robot in France and Canada.

From physical fitness to mental wellbeing, the inspiring educational programme is diverse and includes workshops around malnutrition awareness by Nutrition Beyond Borders.

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World Wellness Day activities include cycling and fitness to gentle programmes to support mental wellbeing

The World Wellness Weekend concept supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, “Good Health & Wellbeing for All” and has been adopted by wellness professional and associations globally.

World Wellness Weekend provides a map with a geolocator in 18 languages to find free-of-charge indoor group sessions, as well as recreational outdoor activities offered by fitness clubs, yoga studios, spas, salons, hot springs, hotels and resorts.

For those not able to access a physical location, there are numerous online training sessions with fitness professional, inspiring podcasts with influencers and webinars with holistic practitioners. These will be available during and after the activation weekend, to help people stay healthy and happy at home and on the go.

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Guided beach meditation at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives for World Wellness Weekend

About World Wellness Weekend

World Wellness Weekend was founded in 2017 by Jean-Guy de Gabriac to support the United Nations’ objective of “Good Health and Wellbeing for All” by promoting the Five Pillars of Wellness: Sleep and Creativity, Nutrition and Immunity, Movement and Vitality, Mindfulness and Serenity, Sense of Purpose and Solidarity.

“It is such a pleasure to see the World Wellness Weekend grow exponentially each year, even during Covid, with the support of 200 volunteers (ambassadors and coordinators), three ministers of tourism, two ministers of health, 30 mayors and 60 associations and federations,” said de Gabriac.

“Not only are iconic venues participating like Chiva Som, Kamalaya, Rancho La Puerta and Zulal, but also some groups are going all in the name of wellness for all: CIWAS which has 430 fitness clubs in Italy, Fitness First’s 150 fitness clubs in Indonesia and TAJ Hotels’ 70 properties across the globe.”


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