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The weekend when wellness ruled the world

The 5th annual World Wellness Weekend (WWW), which ran from 17 to 19 September, was celebrated in 133 countries at 2,310 venues, resulting in 52 hours of free wellness videos available to promote #WellnesForAll and #WellnessByAll.

According to WWW founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac, celebrations commenced in Dubai and Sharjah on Friday, 17 September, and then went full swing on Saturday 18 at sunrise in Fiji with a wellness blessing thanks to Pure Fiji, until sunset in Hawaii on Sunday 19.

Says De Gabriac: “This fifth annual WWW celebration was hybrid in format – a combination of in-person and online activities. While so many events cancelled, postponed or went online during this year, WWW stayed the course to show that wellness is not a luxury, but a necessity to boost vitality, serenity, immunity, resilience and solidarity.

“Thousands of safe, in-person, indoor or outdoor activities and workshops were organised by each of the 2,310 participating venues. Participants discovered the premises, felt engaged by the expertise and passion of professionals and were reassured by the safety measures in place. Consequently, they feel confident in returning so as to include more wellness into their lives in future.

“Those less fortunate people who stayed at home in countries and cities where COVID restrictions were still enforced, were able to travel the world from their sofa with 52 hours of curated online yoga sessions, fitness classes, guided relaxations, wellness tips and immersive 360° videos. These videos were posted by venues on their Facebook, Instagram, YouTube pages, or as free Zoom sessions. These programmes in English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French will soon be available on the World Wellness WebTV so that people can access them anytime, anywhere, on any device to enjoy moments of wellness at home, at work or on the go.”

He notes that Africa was mainly represented at WWW by South Africa and Morocco and will be a major focus in 2022 to showcase the rich healing traditions and breath-taking wellness hotels, resorts and retreats.

The 6th World Wellness Weekend will take place from 16 to 18 September in 2022.

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