Woman doing yoga on the beach in sarasota
Group of women doing yoga on the beach in Sarasota

Learn to Live Your Best Life and Celebrate Global Wellness Day

One day can change everything – begin your own journey towards universal health by celebrating International Global Wellness Day in Sarasota

Imagine a getaway focused on bettering one or several elements of your life – be it spiritually, physically, or mentally. Now imagine receiving the tools to do so inside world-class accommodations. Now imagine it’s free.

No, this is not a dream; it’s a dream come true happening Saturday, June 8 when The Westin Sarasota hosts its Global Wellness Day (GWD) celebration for a second straight year.

Global Wellness Day is an annual, international celebration on the second Saturday of June when thousands of people say “yes” to  learning how to #BeWell (#GlobalWellnessDay is the other hashtag for participants who want to share the experience). GWD defines wellness on its website as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.”

Woman doing yoga on the beach in Sarasota
#GlobalWellnessDay strives to give people the tools to #BeWell and live healthy lives

However, sometimes we just don’t know how to go about bettering ourselves. That’s where The Westin and several local health and wellness partners come into the picture.

The downtown luxury hotel is teaming up with local organizations like Pineapple Yoga Studio, Sirius Day SpaThe Sarasota Holistic Chamber, Four Pillars wellness spa and others in the Sarasota County wellness community to develop an event where everyone can participate in the celebration. These wellness experts and their products and knowledge is a unique opportunity to interact directly from the masters themselves.

Schedule of Free Fitness and Fun

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a group yoga class held in the stunning Triton Ballroom – oh, how your shavasana will shine under those high ceilings and chandeliers! After yoga, group meditation will commence, ending around 11:30 a.m.

Global Wellness Day begins with a free yoga class in The Westin's Triton Ballroom

After these two scheduled practices, the Vendor Village will open where you will receive your Wellness Passport, providing access to products, discounts and giveaways. Completing the passport will enter you to win the Westin Wellness Grand Prize.

Throughout the day, keynote speakers and activities abound, including discounted opportunities to try new health experiences like a cryotherapy chamber, Thai Chi or B12 supplements from an insured, board-certified cardiologist.

At 1 p.m., Pineapple Yoga will host a complimentary spin (cycling) class. Lunch and dinner options during meal breaks include EVOQ or the Rooftop Bar at The Westin. The day’s journey will conclude at 9 p.m. after an evening meditation: the perfect conclusion to what we hope is a life-changing day.

Wellness Weekend Getaway Package

If you are interested in spending the night, The Westin is offering a special package deal for the event called the Wellness Weekend Getaway. For $299 per room per night, you’ll receive – in addition to your room and free day of wellness - fresh-pressed juice or a “mocktail” at check-in, an in-room wellness amenity upon arrival, $100 wellness credit toward future spa services and a 20% discount at EVOQ restaurant.

EVOQ restaurant at the Westin in Sarasota
The Wellness Weekend Getaway package includes discounted room
rates and other perks like  20% off at The Westin's restaurant EVOQ

Come One, Come All!

You don’t have to be a hotel guest to attend this free event. Register ahead of time through Eventbrite, or register the morning of at 8 a.m. one hour before yoga begins. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and water bottles.

The main goals of Global Wellness Day are:

  • To recognize the value of our lives.
  • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year.
  • To be free from the stress of everyday life and bad habits.
  • To make peace with ourselves.
  • To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year.
Small statue of buddha inside a sarasota shop
Local vendors from the Sarasota Holistic Chamber of Commerce will also participate
with deals, items and, of course, wisdom! (Pictured: Pixie Dust)

Take the journey individually or find a wellness journey partner – be it a friend, spouse, family member or other supporter – and get away from life’s hustle and bustle. Ask “how can I live a healthier and better life” with a variety of activities and opportunities letting you customize the GWD experience to your desires, whims, and interests.

Let the Sarasota County wellness community help you take the first step in a pilgrimmage towards a healthy life.