When the Financial Times published an article earlier this summer talking about fitness and wellness festivals as well as new music festivals, we have to admit it took us a few seconds to understand what all the fuss was about. Could a poster full of meditation sessions and yoga classes serving kombucha instead of beer be the new Sónar? We thought that maybe this was an Anglo-Saxon trend that would have no place in the Spanish festival calendar… But soon after we started to realize that this type of gathering is becoming more and more popular in our country, where many people have discovered that evoking of mind and body is really stimulating.
“I take care of myself it has become one of the main motivations for travel, especially related to experiences related to spirituality. We seek to rediscover our bodies and nourish our souls, but above all to reconnect with our purpose in life, with our existence. In this way, nature and technology will combine to create new and amazing experiences, and spas will become centers of longevity and life extension with personalized prevention and strengthening programs. It’s about living better for longer. All questions that will be addressed by Alma Festival experts. After the holidays, more and more people turn to the meditation and who are changing their eating habits towards more health and physical fitness,” explains the team at Alma Festival, the gateway to the “cool season” Six Senses Ibiza.
The “Cold Season” takes place twice a year, during the cooler months, with a holistic wellness approach. The festival, which runs from November 3 to 6, aims to be a meeting place for people united by the goal of finding a meaningful way to connect with themselves, others and the world around them, breathing new life into contemporary spirituality, fueled by with insights and a wealth of experiences that some of the leading international voices in personal growth can provide.
“Years and long before the pandemic, there were already changes in humanity related to the increase in stress and anxiety, mainly generated by the work environment. Today, and as a result of world events in recent years, learning to live in uncertainty has become the norm. On the other hand, the increase in the use of technology is creating the most connected society in history, but which in turn is the one that feels the most alone. The rise in suicide among young people is particularly disturbing. Importantly, Organic Law 3/2018 of 5 December on the protection of personal data and the guarantee of digital rights includes the right to disconnect at work. Therefore, these societal changes had already come before the pandemic, only this has accelerated them tremendously,” commented the Mindful Travel Destinations team.
“Recently, the World Travel and Tourism Council published ‘Mental Health Guidelines’ in January 2021, already anticipating a difficult emotional situation that will affect the health of tourism workers. All this leads to the consolidation of new products and trends that they offer new travel experiences an augmented or “phygital” (hybrid physical and digital world) focused on the well-being of the planet and people, all supported by transformative technologies that seek the well-being of the human being. The Mindful Travel or wellness tourism focuses on creating experiences that facilitate planetary balance, physical well-being, emotional health and spiritual peace for those who travel. It goes beyond ‘slow’, regenerative, responsible or sustainable tourism,” he assures.
Alma Festival has prepared an irresistible program with figures of the rank of model Lily Cole, Dave Asprey, considered the “father of biohacking”; Taryn Toomey, founder of The Class; Vishen Lakkiani, CEO of education platform Mindvalley, and Michael Smith, co-founder of Peaceful app. “It’s about inspiring new frequencies through connection, spirituality and celebration, building on the power of wellness, music, art and creativity to open our six senses and soul,” the team explains.
“Ibiza is a destination with a unique energy, which Six Senses Ibiza channels through a magnetic natural environment and great facilities that combine comfort and privacy, with panoramic sea views and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Reconnecting and revitalizing the senses in places of extraordinary natural beauty, with meaningful and profound experiences, empathetic hospitality and pioneering wellness is the vision of the Six Senses brand and Six Senses Ibiza, the company’s first resort in Spain, is no different,” they I say.
According to the latest eDreams survey, with 10,000 travelers from Europe and the US, 74% of Spaniards confirm that they will prioritize the search for personal well-being above all, self care and relaxation on your next vacation. “More and more people are looking to their travels for more than a treatment to have smoother skin or relax tense muscles due to stress, hair transplants or liposuction. Our rhythm of life, constant changes, the need to live a life with more and more uncertainty and an increasingly sick planet are increasing the number of travelers looking for extended travel experiences of this type,” explains Mindful Travel Destinations, whose travelers make two trips in one: they enjoy the journey to a destination and at the same time take an inner journey that helps them return positively transformed.
For its part, Dolce by Wyndham Sitges Barcelona lands in the wellness sector, presenting its first spiritual retreat in the hands of Laura Hayden, Body Mind Soul Detox Weekend. From October 21st to 23rd, attendees will be able to break away from the mental noise that today’s society has immersed us in to tune in to the positive energy present in everything. Among the activities we find different forms of yoga in the hotel gardens and on the beach; meditation classes and attentiveness; nutrition-friendly breakfasts, lunches and dinners; group coaching seminars…
For its part, in Girona, the health hacker meeting will take place from October 8 to 9, where you will learn how to treat your health problems from the source, thanks to a weekend of workshops, conferences and activities.
Undoubtedly, these types of encounters are becoming more common amid society’s desire to celebrate the body by nurturing the spiritual. “It’s about changing the environment so your body does what you want it to do. Spirituality, play, celebration, and even sex are vital elements in creating a rich nurturing environment. I am honored to share this valuable knowledge at the Alma Festival at Six Senses in Ibiza,” says Dave Asprey. Do you dare to embrace these new experiences where OM is the new Ah?