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An Interview with W.E.L.L. Summit Founder Gianne Doherty

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Over the years, I’ve attended forums, seminars, conferences, conventions and various and sundry other retreat-type events. They can be enlightening and enjoyable—even profoundly so. I have yet to attend a summit, however, and maybe there’s a reason why. The term summit holds a certain weight; it connotes a gathering of the highest level of experts and leaders in a given field. In short, a summit is serious business. This branding speaks to the intentions with which next month’s W.E.L.L. Summit, “a celebration of living well, making empowered consumer decisions, learning from top professionals—and of course, the luxury of health” was created.

The Who and Why of the W.E.L.L. Summit

Summit or no, these intentions do not include dissuading wellness white belts from attending the W.E.L.L. Summit. Quite the contrary, this is a weekend-long event designed for all wellness-minded people, no matter where they are on their personal wellness journey. W.E.L.L. Summit Founder Gianne Doherty declares “The W.E.L.L. Summit [is] geared towards people who are passionate about wellness—those new to the field and those who are seasoned professionals.”

The W.E.L.L. Summit is designed to be an enlightening event for those seeking wellness in its many forms (clean eating, green beauty, fitness, holistic self-care…) and anyone who is passionate about living well. Whether wellness is your profession or your passion, the W.E.L.L. Summit is designed to be a place of education, exploration and inspiration for you.

This wellness retreat reboot was created by a trio of healthy beauty mavens, Gianne Doherty Co-Founder of Organic Bath Co., Amy Flyntz, Founder of Amy Flyntz Copywriting, LLC and Mia Bell, Founder of MIA BELL Natural Beauty Brokers. After repeatedly being asked wellness-related questions by customers, friends and family that were a bit outside of their respective specialties (“Why do you only use natural deodorants and which do you recommend?”, “Why is an organic mattress important?” and even “Where can I buy essential oils?”), Gianne recognized the need for an opportunity to bring the best of all facets of the wellness community together for a weekend of empowerment and learning—to “connect all the dots”.

The What to Expect From This One of a Kind Event?

True to its summit format, the W.E.L.L. Summit will feature large panel discussions led by leaders in the wellness industry, such as Keynote Speaker, Latham Thomas of Mama Glow. These experts will share their deep knowledge and expertise to inspire attendees to make simple life changes that can improve wellness and allow them to achieve their best standard of health.

The bulk of the two days will be comprised of interactive and educational breakout sessions, also led by an impressive roster of wellness experts. Attendees will have intimate access to these wellness industry pioneers through these exclusive breakout sessions. Are you intrigued by the myriad benefits of bone broth? Want to make soap with Meow Meow Tweet founder Tara Pelletier? Wondering how to make more ethical & conscious clothing choices? You can explore these subjects and more during the Summit’s breakout sessions.

“Instead of hundreds of people, these breakout sessions will be capped at 30 people. They will be as interactive as possible, with no selling from speakers and plenty of time for questions and answers.” says Gianne. Imagine: Hearing about the latest wellness trends from the trendsetters themselves. Asking all those health & wellness questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Collecting all the insider tips you need to make the very best beauty, food and fitness choices. But wait, there’s more! The Summit includes all meals—from the welcome lunch on Friday to the farewell brunch on Sunday. There will be a morning movement classes, a Recharge Lounge featuring healthy snacks and Numi Teas and, of course, a gift bag filled with wellness and healthy beauty favorites from Jacq’s Organics, 21 Drops, Lotus Wei, Splurge Skincare and more.

What I’m Excited About

Offsite Fitness Breakout Session with Xtend Barre: I love finding new, interesting workouts. Infrared Yoga…Tracey Anderson Method…kickboxing…I’ve enjoyed them all. One of the Summit’s breakout sessions will include a visit to the nearby Xtend Barre studio for a 45 minute class. Xtend Barre combines elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. Attendees will learn an elegant, yet energetic, combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core. Count me in!

L.I.V.E. W.E.L.L.: Last Night. Interactive. Vendor. Extravaganza. Wellness. Education. Learning. Luxury. After a weekend of being empowered to make informed consumer decisions, I’ll be excited to exercise my newfound wisdom at the W.E.L.L. Summit’s finale, a celebration of health, wellness and knowledge…which will include SHOPPING. This extravaganza will feature vendors hand-picked by the W.E.L.L. Summit team, giving Summit attendees the opportunity to discover and shop like-minded health, wellness and beauty brands that share the W.E.L.L. Summit vision and ethos. I’ll be happy to spend my money supporting companies and individuals that care passionately about how they live, and help me live my healthiest life as well.

Sound like your cup of (organic, fair trade) tea? Better hop to it! Due to the customization of the W.E.L.L. Summit, ticket sales will close two weeks before the event, on Friday, October 23rd. Learn more at the W.E.L.L. Summit website.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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