Last Fall I had the immense pleasure of attending the inaugural W.E.L.L. Summit, which took place in Boston. The three day conference explored the multi-faceted world of wellness: Beauty, Nutrition, Self-love, Sustainable Fashion, Fitness, etc. It was a potent gathering of like-minded souls, all looking for ways to improve their lives, but more importantly looking to help others and to help the Earth. It was dizzying, exhilarating, exhausting, and I never wanted it to end.
The Breakout Sessions were the foundation of the weekend, led by industry and thought leaders such as Josh Rosebrook, Brandie Gilliam of Thoughtfully Magazine, Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team, Ksenia Avdulova, the Breakfast Criminal, Tara Foley of Follain, and author Jolene Hart, to name just a handful. Capped at 30 people, the sessions were intimate and without exception informative and transformative. The topics ran the gamut from meditation, to branding guidance, to creating DIY kitchen cleaner, to exploring sacred beauty, to building an ethical and sustainable wardrobe. Moments of intense engagement and discussion, followed by moments of deep repose and calm. For me, one of the things that made it so special was that the session leaders were also enthusiastic attendees, so we were able to mingle in other sessions, and eat lunch together. No hero worship here, but real connection, which was to the benefit of all.
The organizers, led by the wonderful team at Organic Bath Co, did a superb job keeping the whole thing running smoothly, no small task let me tell you! We were well fed, showered with gifts, and plied with more tea than I ever thought possible! Onsite yoga classes were held each morning. An amazing farm to table dinner wowed us on Saturday, with Keynote Speaker Latham Thomas of Mama Glow. Oh, and did I mention the thoughtfully selected and plentiful gift bags?
Over the weekend a genuine fellow-feeling developed among the attendees. We had gone from tentative strangers to genuine supporters. “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe” became more than a motto. It was a palpable feeling, and I know I was not the only one dragging my heels to leave the Sunday brunch.
The bottom line is this: I will be at every Well Summit as long as they continue to take place. It re-energized me, and asked me to re-commit to my principles, the primary one being the desire to share what I know with others. We’re in this together, as humans, as shepherds of this Earth. Together we can work wonders!
Since I began writing this review, tickets for next year have gone on sale, and I’m thrilled to be attending this year’s summit, to be held in NYC! Seriously, I signed up within an hour of tickets going on sale! And early bird prices are still in effect, y'all! Also added this year is a VIP ticket which gives you even more access to thought leaders, and an extended WELL Summit! If you work in the wellness world, maybe as a blogger, or brand owner, maybe a health coach or a yoga instructor, the W.E.L.L. Summit is a no brainer! Maybe you don’t work in the field but live your life in a way that aligns with the spirit of the Summit, and you want to be re-energized by spending time with likeminded people. For you the W.E.L.L. Summit is also a no-brainer! Let me know if you’re going, I would love to connect with you!