Green Spa Network announces 2010 Congress

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GREEN SPA NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2010 CONGRESS AT WESTIN RIVERFRONT SPA ANJALI IN VAIL, CO   

October 3-7, 2010 Congress: “Elevate Your Vision; The Sky is the Limit!”  

VAIL, CO – The Green Spa Network (GSN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform, educate, and advise beauty, wellness, and spa-industry professionals and businesses on sustainability issues and green operating practices. The GSN will hold its third annual Congress at the LEED-certified Westin Riverfront and Spa Anjali in Vail, Colorado, October 3-7, 2010, featuring the theme: “Elevate Your Vision; the Sky is the Limit!” For registration information, see www.greenspanetwork.org.

“The GSN Congress provides an exceptional opportunity for committed spa and personal-care professionals to respond to the global imperatives for sustainability,” says Michael Stusser, chairman of the board, GSN. “By working together with like-minded spa and personal-care businesses, we can become part of an integrated and powerful response to our current economic and environmental crises.”

The Congress will feature ground-breaking presentations, interactive workshops, and state-of-the-art panels led by wellness visionaries, sustainability experts, and thought leaders from the health, beauty, natural products, and media industries. Featured panels and presentations include:

*GROW YOUR GREEN BUSINESS, with shared strategies and success stories from green beauty icon JANE IREDALE, CEO, Jane Iredale Cosmetics

*THE MEANING OF SUSTAINABILITY How sustainable practices impact your health, the health of your business, and the health of the planet, with LEWIS PERKINS, expert blogger, Fast Company, sustainability strategist, founder of New House LLC,

*MAINSTREAM GREEN: REGULATION, CERTIFICATION, AND WHAT CONSUMERS REALLY WANT The latest on new directions in organic and natural beauty and personal care, with green beauty expert and best-selling author RONA BERG, former beauty editor at the New York Times Magazine, and beauty advisor/columnist, Lifescript.com--and special guests.

*WHAT MAKES A BUSINESS SUSTAINABLE? Experts introduce the best practices to help you create an efficient and effective green business model. Learn how to use GSN’s member tools to run a sustainable daily operation. With STEVE HOFFMAN, Executive Director of the Organic Center, founder of LOHAS and Compass Natural, and TED NING, Director of LOHAS Business Forum (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). 

*THE GREEN SPA EVOLUTION An in-depth seminar on how spas can evolve to vitality centers and become an essential health and wellness destination for any community.

The GSN Congress is designed to forge vital connections and produce realistic strategies and initiatives that can be implemented on a personal, organizational, and business level to promote the natural connection between personal well-being, economic sustainability, and the health of the planet, The cost of the three-day conference is $650 for members and $750 for non GSN members, with an “early bird” registration offer of $595 and $695, respectively, if registered by September 10.  To register, see www.greenspanetwork.org.

The GSN Board chose a LEED-certified hotel surrounded by nature in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Rocky Mountains to inspire attendees to live the GSN philosophy and aspire to new heights personally and professionally.  Besides educational and networking opportunities, the schedule will build in time for participants to enjoy activities like hiking, biking, fly fishing, and spa treatments. The goal is for attendees to come away feeling refreshed, inspired, and equipped with ideas and tools to help contribute to a sustainable future for their businesses, their clients and the planet.

ABOUT THE GREEN SPA NETWORK (www.greenspanetwork.org)

GSN is a community of like-minded spas, beauty and personal-care brands, and enterprise partners including 80+ influential spa locations – including Rancho La Puerta, The Spa at Sundance, Auberge du Soleil, the Spa at Pebble Beach, Natural Body Day Spas and Glen Ivy Hot Springs – with an estimated purchasing power of $30+ million per year. Sponsors include industry leaders Intelligent Nutrients, Jane Iredale, Living Earth Crafts, Naturopathica, Universal Companies, Chado-En Tea Docents, Lotus Moon, ilike organic skin care and more.  GSN has also crafted strategic alliances with Green America, Spa Clique, Organic Spa Magazine and Les Nouvelles Esthetiques.  

ABOUT SPA ANJALI       

Signifying 'divine offering' in Sanskrit, Spa 'Anjali' is a 23,000-square-foot spa with three different treatment theme options – Rocky Mountains, Himalayan, and Alpine. The spa is so green that even the therapists’ uniforms are made from sustainable fabrics. Healing traditions are honored with the use of natural products. There is also a lap pool and two Jacuzzis, a gym with daily fitness classes, cycle and yoga/pilates studios and state-of-the-art equipment. www.spaanjali.com

ABOUT THE WESTIN RIVERFRONT

Located in the heart of Colorado's Vail Valley, at the base of Beaver Creek, the 200-room hotel is convenient to shopping, dining, and golfing options as well as outdoor adventures for every season, including kayaking, guided four-wheeling tours, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. The resort’s all organic and locally sourced Avondale Restaurant is the third restaurant concept from acclaimed chef/owner Thomas Salamunovich, whose mentors include Wolfgang Puck and Paul Bocuse. ww.westinriverfrontavon.com

CONTACT: Michael Stusser mstusser@osmosis.com 707-874-1963

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