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Global Wellness Summit 2021: Day one

Global Wellness Summit Day 1

After connecting with nature via Louie Schwartzberg’s Moving art video, Susie welcomed all the delegates to the 15th annual summit.


You’re Younger Than You Think: Silver Linings from COVID
Michael Roizen, MD, Cleveland Clinic, US

Life expectancy has been linear. Up to now we have delayed aging, now we will be able to reverse it. Plan for a younger future, 90 will be the new 40! Longevity will be the next disruptor.

Rules for preventing aging, the body and brain decline after 40, however specific behaviors can prevent this decline almost exclusively, the challenge is getting people to adhere to healthy behaviors. You are a genetic engineer, 80% of genes are under your control, you can turn your genes on or off.


Wellness Reimagined
Victor Koo, Chairman, Tianren Culture, China

Three concepts were presented; Live lagom – a Swedish concept of balance, having just enough, but not too much. Living sustainably and being happy with what you have rather than always wanting more.

Wabi-sabi – the art of embracing imperfection. Something imperfect can be thought of as more precious because of its imperfections.

Tianren heyi – harmony between nature and humanity.


Plenary Keynote Interview The Treatment Revolution: Psychedelics, Nature and Healing
Beth McGroarty, VP, Research & Forecasting, GWS, and Louie Schwartzberg, Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Director, Producer, Moving Art.

With psilocybin gradually becoming decriminalized and legalized across the US and medical research showing transformational results with people experiencing depression and PTSD, Fantastic Fungi, the successful documentary illustrates the incredible power of mushrooms for medicinal and creative/recreational purposes. We can learn from the interconnected ecosystem formed by fungi, “What’s the point of living to 90 if our planet cannot sustain us,” Louie explains. People who experience psilocybin experience a profound sense of love and connection and lose their fear of dying.


Cultivating Wellbeing: Now More than Ever
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, Founder & Director, Center for Healthy Minds, US & Michael Roizen, MD, Cleveland Clinic, US

Four key elements of wellbeing; awareness, connection, insight, and purpose were identified. These four pillars were incorporated into a free app to make the practice of improving our wellbeing accessible to all. The Healthy Minds Program App collected data illustrating that just 5-6 minutes a day was enough to show significant mental wellness improvement.


Keeping All The Balls In The Air The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID
Katherine Johnston, Senior Research Fellow, GWI, US Ophelia Yeung, Senior Research Fellow, GWI, US Tonia Callendar, Research Fellow, GWI, US

While most sectors of the global wellness economy shrank in 2020, four sectors increased as people focused on health supplements, fitness technology, mental wellness and wellness real estate. The value of the Global wellness economy shrank from 4.9 trillion to 4.4 trillion, however it is projected to grow to 7 trillion in 2025.

Simon Shelley, VP, Programme Partnerships, BBC Global News announced the launch of a new series on wellness. Individuals of the wellness industry are invited to submit their stories for consideration for the series. The BBC seeks to showcase relatable stories with a human element.


It Takes a Virus: How We Learned to Focus on What’s Important
Clodagh, Founder, Clodagh Design Studio, US

Clodagh asks us to consider the following in the design of our wellness spaces; community: creating spaces to gather, cleanse: storage to enable us to declutter our living spaces, comfort: ensuring we enjoy our spaces, collaborate with others and contribute to causes.


Quantifying Health for Your Investors and Occupants
Joanna Frank, Founder & CEO, Center for Active Design, US

Where you live and work is having a significant measurable impact on your health. Not focusing on the health of your building’s occupants is now considered a risk. Healthy buildings transact 4.4- 7.7% more rent than non-certified peers.

Staff will not stay with companies that don’t provide health-promoting environments for them to work in.


Global Wellness Award Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Wellness Presenting: Victor Brick, John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, US
Presenting Sponsor: Lauren Wright, President, Debra Simon Family Foundation, US

Winner: Christine Clinton, Founder, Wellness for Life!


What a Trip: Psychedelics Have Arrived!
Mary Elizabeth Gifford, EVP, Psyence Group, US Rick Doblin, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, US

Thanks to Rick, mental wellness may never be the same, he founded MAPS – evidence-based psychedelics science research centers. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD all show outstanding improvements with MDMA, the most gentle of all the psychedelics. The therapy is still the key, the drug makes the therapy more effective, just taking the drug does not have the same effect! “Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years, it’s no surprise that they work so well alongside therapy,” comments Rick. There will likely come a time when psychedelics will be available to be prescribed and also for self-care, healing, and preventative care.


Music, Mental Wellness and My Generation
Freddie Moross, Co-Founder & CEO, Mynd Group Ltd., Cutting Edge Group, Myndstream, UK

Music has a profound effect on the mental state of the listener and can even have an effect on the brain like comfort from a friend. Music has been shown to make people feel less alone, it can improve happiness levels and is seen as a mental health resource.


Sara Jones



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