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I caught up with Jean-Guy de Gabriac, founder of World Wellness Weekend to learn more about his global initiative, the significance of the event occuring during the Fall Equinox and his hopes for spreading wellness around the world.
Below in his own words....
This weekend (of World Wellness Weekend) corresponds to the Fall Equinox when night & day (yin / yang) are exactly of the same duration, as an allegory of "work / life balance" that we all want to achieve.
Not only is it the moment when the northen hemisphere moves from Summer to Fall, but usually it is the time of the Indian summer, with very clement temperatures (and the start of the changing of leaves in the NorthEast of the Canada & USA.
On a practical business level, the end of September is also a busy time of year when people decide to join a fitness club, or yoga/Pilates studio.
So, on many levels: symbolic & practical, seasonal for planet and for mankind, for business & for personal wellness, World Wellness Weekend is a GLOBAL event showcasing the experise & talent of LOCAL professionals, encouraging the public at large to fully enjoy local activities or to locate on the World Wellness Map a city nearby where they will be that weekend.
World Wellness Weekend is devoted to the pursuit of happiness & wellness, encourages millions of people on all continents to explore the five pillars of Wellness:
The idea is to try new (fun & creative) activities with professionals nearby, and to invite a friend, neighbor, colleague or family member to join you so you have a Wellness buddy for commeraderie.
When people realize "how GOOD it feels to be WELL", with endorphins, serotonin & ocytocin kicking in, it is our hope that they will want to switch to healthier, fun and pleasant habits, that with time and regularity will become a lifestyle of wellness, without deprivation but good measure, zest and gusto.
It is our hope that on Monday, September 24th, when people go back their job/office and their colleagues ask them "Hey, how was your weekend? How are you doing?" their answer will be using the Wellness sign: Very, Very, Well ;-)
Jean Guy adds...
PS: it should be noted that:
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