Global Wellness Day 2020: Best Events to Attend in Hong Kong

Writer Pearl Yan | June 11, 2020

This Saturday, June 13, is Global Wellness Day. First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well. Fast-forward nine years and the event is now celebrated in more than 150 countries at 8,000 different locations. 

The celebrations are looking a little different this year, as the not-for-profit organisation is launching a 24-hour livestream of wellness activities, inspirational talks and panels for viewers across the globe. At the same time, wellness and hotel brands are also going above and beyond to celebrate this day with their own curated wellness offerings. 

In the midst of the pandemic, incorporating self-care in our daily routines has become more relevant than ever. Get inspired by these events that you can attend, virtually or in-person, in Hong Kong to unlock the secrets to a healthy, fulfilling life.

Global Wellness Day

Save the date for Global Wellness Day’s 24-hour Livestream of Wellness, where 64 influential speakers and expert trainers from around the world will highlight the importance of wellness. “Although Global Wellness Day lasts for 24 hours, our message is intended to last a lifetime,” says Belgin Aksoy, founder of Global Wellness Day.

Starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii, the never-before-done virtual broadcast will cover a range of wellness topics from nutrition, astrology, skincare to mental wellness and energy healing. Content will be streamed through the event’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

Register here

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Some of Asia’s ancient healing rituals, from forest bathing in Chang Rai to laughter yoga in Bali, will find their way into homes across the globe on June 13, as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in the Asia-Pacific region make their destinations and wellness experts available for viewers from afar through complimentary livestream experiences. 

Take a virtual trip across Asia, including laughter yoga at Four Seasons Resort Bali, sunrise yoga meditation and candle-light Trataka at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, forest bathing at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, bootcamp workout and centuries-old herbal tonic recipe at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, mindfulness workshop at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, tea meditation at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and EZ smoothie recipe at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

For those who prefer an in-person experience, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong will be offering a Global Wellness Day programme featuring Tai Chi, singing bowl therapy and a yoga class led by experts at Sweaty Betty.

For session times, send a direct message to the participating hotel’s Instagram account linked above

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Enter the Mandarin Oriental’s world of wellness with the hotel group’s virtual spa and wellness programme, “24 Hours of Wellness” on June 13. Activities begin at 7am HKT, with highlights including yoga on the river at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, cardio bodyweight workout and antioxidant protein boost at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore and sunset sound-healing meditation on the Turkish Riviera at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be live streaming a Mindful Movement class at 4pm. “While many cannot physically visit one of our spas at this time, our goal with this initiative is to use technology to bring Mandarin Oriental’s wellness expertise into our guests’ homes, wherever they may be in the world,” says Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa & Wellness, who will be hosting Wellness Talk: Modern Mindfulness at 6am HKT on June 14. 

See full calendar of complimentary activities here

The Upper House

The Upper House is transforming Sky Lounge into a wellness space on June 13 and 14, hosting a series of classes to nourish the body and mind. 

Warm up your body with a guided Running Club with resident running coach Mark Herman as he takes participants on a 8km trail run on Bowen Road. Those who wish to stay active can join Jen Mackay’s Total Body Blast, a fun mix of strength and HIIT to keep your body moving, or Soulbody Fitness by Andrea Ramirez, a body-sculpting class using weights, mini balls and bands to challenge your core muscles. 

After a morning of fitness activities, enhance your mind-body awareness with Hatha Yoga by Lindsay Jang, Flow to Glow by Janith Chang and a Sound Bath Experience by Malbert Lee. 

All guests who purchase the wellness classes can enjoy complimentary mini-treatments from Bamford and 20% discount on food at Café Gray Deluxe. 

See full schedule here

Rosewood Hong Kong

To celebrate Global Wellness Day 2020, Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong will be hosting a series of complimentary wellness workshops exclusively for in-house guests, residents and Asaya members. 

With panoramic views of Victoria Harbour as the backdrop, Asaya will be introducing its pillars of wellness with its resident practitioners and Technogym master trainers to curate a full day of activities at the harbour studio, fitness centre and beauty atelier. 

Those who are into beauty will not want to miss the Skin Health workshop led by Erin MacNeil, Director of Wellness, who will delve into the topic of 3D Skin Analysis and how it helps us see in real time what’s happening underneath the skin. 

For enquiries or reservations, call +852 3891 8588 or email hongkong.asaya@rosewoodhotels.com

Fivelements Habitat

This Global Wellness Day, urban wellness destination Fivelements Habitat is offering two complimentary classes: Sound Journey with May Nogoy and Malbert Lee, and Tea Ceremony Meditation with Resham Daswani. 

Whether you’re new to meditation, or you’ve been practicing it for a while, there’s something to learn from the workshops. The Sound Journey will take you through sound vibration of gongs, singing bowls, shamanic drumming and vocal activation, followed by a discussion around transformational benefits of wellness.

Embrace the wisdom of leaf through “Cha Dao” or “The Way of Tea” within the calming ambience of Fivelement Habitat’s Tea & Zen space. Take this opportunity to connect with yourself, your surroundings and nature through a guided meditation, which will end with a discussion, reflections and a Q&A session. 

Register here

Subtle Energies

In collaboration with Ayurveda Yoga Australia, Subtle Energies is showing its support for Global Wellness Day with a replay of the 3rd Ayurveda Yoga Conference.

Featuring Ayurveda experts including founder of Subtle Energies Farida Irani, Brother Satyananda, Dr Robert Svoboda, Maya Tiwaroi, Professor Dr P H Kulkarni and Professor Gerry Bodeker, the conference covers topics such as Ayurvedic dietary approaches to non-communicable diseases, yogic practice, pranayama, happiness and longevity. 

Instead of Zoom, you can schedule the panel discussion or presentation on the website, which picks up your current location and local time zones automatically, so you can register your free pass without any confusion. 

Book your spot here