The Green Spa Network (GSN) has opened registration and announced the theme of Moving Mountains: The Power of Change for its 8th Annual Congress, a spa industry event devoted to sustainability, education, and inspiration. This year’s event will be held at the award-winning Tenaya Lodge (Yosemite, CA) September 26 to 30.
Building on seven years of success, this year’s Congress attendees can look forward to the rich personal and professional development the event has historically fostered, tapping into the infinite knowledge of nature and the incredible legacy of preservation that Yosemite is known for.
The event is designed to be an interactive experience—solution driven and creative. Back by popular demand, Larry Prochazka will return as facilitator to guide an interactive creative process designed to leave participants inspired and connected with concrete solutions for ongoing sustainability initiatives. Larry’s engaging and intimate leadership style has received outstanding reviews from spa professionals and sustainability minded groups for more than a decade. Agenda highlights will be released in the coming months.
The regular Congress program begins on Sunday evening the 27th, and for the first time GSN is also offering an exclusive optional 3 1⁄2 day program beginning on Saturday with an outing to the Yosemite Valley floor. In partnership with Delaware North and the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, the group will experience their award winning GreenPath program in action. In addition, extended program participants will have an opportunity to experience iconic Yosemite with a skilled naturalist walking among the giant sequoias, waterfalls and soaring granite walls.
“In a recent CONE Communications Social Impact Study, 93 percent of responding global consumers would like more of the products, services, and retailers they use to support social or environmental issues,” says Paul Schmidt, executive director for GSN. ”This year’s Congress is a chance for spa professionals to learn how to lead the way in tangibly impacting their customers’ lives by providing them with truly sustainable options. How fitting that we come together in breathtaking Yosemite, which has inspired visionaries for centuries.”
Early Bird registration rates are available now through June 30 for the standard program and the extended experience. Registration includes programming and most meals with transportation and lodging additional. For more information and to register visit www.greenspanetwork.org