7 great ideas to add well-being to your events

For organizations that are open to it, incorporating wellness activities into an events calendar offers many potential benefits. It can energize attendees for upcoming sessions, engage them in ways that make the event more memorable, introduce them to healthy stress reduction practices, and build community around shared experiences.

The argument for investing time and money in wellness efforts is that it helps an organization say “we care” about the whole participant: their mental and physical health, their needs. and dietary preferences.

However, for some event professionals, the challenge is not to advocate for wellness but to implement it. One company tackling this issue is Caesars Entertainment, which last fall introduced a curated menu of wellness speakers, activities, services and F&B ideas. Recently, the company brought these ideas to life by inviting 70 meeting planners and media representatives to its first Global Wellness Summit at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with attendees staying at Nobu, its upscale hotel in hotel.

Here are seven ways Caesars activated its wellness menu for its June 4-6 event:

1. Receiving activations
When the Summit kicked off at Nobu Villa, a 10,300-square-foot rooftop suite and terrace, several wellness activations set the tone. There were aura readings with Dami Kim, director of Body & Brain; a Scentex scent station to build yourself (RIGHT), where participants personalized a diffused perfume; and a Tabl’eau Filtered Water infusion bar, where add-ins such as fresh pear and rosemary transformed plain water into a treat.

2. Outdoor experiences
Connecting with nature can reduce stress and create a sense of peace, and the summit offered two morning experiences that dramatically showcased Nevada’s natural beauty.

On the first morning of the summit, participants headed into the fresh air of Mount Charleston, about an hour west of the Las Vegas Strip. After a low-intensity yoga session led by Christine Frazzitta, founder of Zeeta Body, a healthy breakfast was followed by guided hikes through the Poderosa pines, with participants divided into small groups.Black_Canyon.jpeg

The second morning excursion brought the group to the base of Hoover Dam, where they embarked on a two-hour guided raft tour through the Black Canyon of the Colorado River with Hoover Dam Rafting Adventures (above). The majestic scenery, cold swims in the river, and natural history lessons from the guides set the day in a positive direction, while returning participants to Caesars Palace before lunch.

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3. Chatbot
The event’s chatbot, “Zenny,” answered simple questions and provided agenda reminders, as organizers expected, but it went further. Caesars also used it to send links to guided meditations and sleep affirmations, as well as podcasts to listen to when transferring to outdoor activities, one on the science of affirmations and another discussing the importance of the various connections.

4. Healthy foods
The food at Summit was healthy, delicious and inclusive, with plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. For example, while morning menus included traditional breakfast muffins and breads, a tasty vegan egg salad wrap, a nutrient-rich green tea and chia breakfast pudding, and bars fruit and homemade cereals were also among the offerings. Healthy choices had a place at every meal, with participants snacking on brain-boosting choices like nuts, juice, and avocado toast during breaks.caesars_buffet.png

5. Feel-good gifts
While t-shirts and fruit baskets are always welcome gifts, Summit attendees received several items intended to bring wellness ideas into their lives back home: the custom-created perfume and diffuser during the opening reception; Essence Rings unusual, portable aromatherapy diffusers (think nose rings) in several scents; And I decided to live 120 yearsa book by Ilchi Lee, the founder of Body & Brain.

The latter is a favorite of Reina Herschdorfer, director of marketing, national meetings and events at Caesars Entertainment, and one of the architects of the Summit. “I read it last year, got inspired by it and wanted to share it with everyone. It’s about living with intention. Many of us are just getting through the day or week. We don’t have a personal project. Something we don’t learn at school and often not at home.

6. Body and mind experiences
Several afternoon sessions at the Summit introduced attendees to strategies for reducing stress and becoming more mindful.

• Dami Kim, director of Body & Brain, worked with the group on three techniques: mindful breathing, walking in a way that properly positions your body, and lightly punching the stomach to create blood flow throughout the body.

caesars_breathing.png• Sepideh Eivazi (above), founder of Dawn of the Earth, taught the group EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique) tapping, a process of repeatedly tapping acupuncture points on the hands, face and body while focusing on a problem or feeling that you hope to resolve. Eivazi also leads a session of “somatic breathing,” a process that aims to improve emotional and mental well-being by affecting the nervous system through intentional breathing.

• Kristine Iverson, founder of Crow Practice, focused on a “spiral technique” for stress management, an intentional way to transform negative thoughts and emotions into a more positive outlook.

• On the final evening, sound meditation practitioner Dani Kilpatrick led the group in an outdoor “sound bath” around the Caesar Pool, with sound waves produced by crystal bowls and other instruments.

caesars_final.png7. Mindful Speakers
Two traditional speakers delivered powerful messages about bringing mindfulness and appreciation into everyday life.

Pandit_Dasa.pngPandit Dasa (RIGHT), CEO of Work Mindful Corp., spent 15 years as a monk before embarking on a career as an author and speaker. Dasa, the “urban monk” and author of Mindfulness for the Wandering Mindcompares a smartphone to the human brain and shares ideas to help participants close the multitude of “open apps” to calm and declutter their thoughts.

Summit attendees also heard from Nolan Nichols, an energetic speaker and founder of A Million Dreams, an organization that helps groups build resilient teams. Among Nichols’ ideas: Write your GLADS. This acronym leads you to write down five things every day: What you are ggrateful for what you have Lwon and Aaccomplished, and what is it Dilluminated and SI cared about you.

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