By Aabigayle McIntosh
Wellness enthusiasts will take over this coming weekend as they prepare to present an array of invigorating activities and experiences curated to elevate the well-being of everyone, nurturing body, mind, and soul.
A global event, World Wellness Weekend supports the United Nations’ third Sustainable Development Goal – “Good Health and Well-being for All” by promoting 5 Pillars of wellness.
Founder and CEO of Wellness Footprints Antigua Tricia Greenway explained that the pillars are Sleep and creativity, Nutrition and Immunity, Movement and Vitality, Mindfulness and Serenity, Sense of Purpose, and Solidarity.
“We build these activities to surround the wellness pillars. If you are in the wellness world and want to take part in well-being some activities can take place at home as well.
“One of the pillars is sleep and many times we say I am just going to bed but if we focus on sleep, prepare mentally, and create that atmosphere with aroma therapy, a sense of smell that will give you a great night’s rest to wake up feeling rejuvenated.
“If we want to think about movement and vitality, we have the Zumba and the yoga and hiking. Everything is really geared towards the pillars of wellness which is why we are encouraging you to come out and enjoy and this year for the first time we are heading to Barbuda”, Greenaway added.
Greenaway is among Wellness Ambassadors who will be partnering with the Ministry of Tourism to celebrate Wellness Weekend from September 15 to 17.
The others are Keisha Schahaff – a Health and Life Coach and Astronaut, and Alejandro Leo – Wellness and spa Professional and Sustainability Patron at Jumby Bay.
Activities will kick-off on September 15, with the general public invited to start their day at Darkwood Beach with an energizing tai chi session at 7 a.m., returning to the beach at 5 p.m. to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset and unwind with a stress-releasing yoga session.
The following day, September 16, a fast-paced socarobics session at the Martello Tower in Barbuda will get participants moving, while over in Antigua, mat pilates and Vinyasa Flow yoga classes at the Energie Gym in English Harbour from 8 a.m. will invigorate attendees.
The weekend will culminate with an early morning hike starting at 5 a.m. from Galleon Beach, taking a moderate trail to The Blockhouse followed by yoga at the magical sunrise hour.
Laurie Louard, a representative from the Tourism Ministry said wellness is at the top of the minds of everyone at this time and the ministry is doing its part in ensuring that Antigua and Barbuda is recognized as a wellness destination.
“We are partnering with our Wellness Ambassadors to ensure the general public is aware of what is happening and also creating avenues as well for our service providers and our producers,” Louard said.