Prevue’s Meet Well Summit, held last week at Lake Nona Wave Hotel, was part wellness retreat, part information-sharing for planning healthy meetings.
Aerial yoga. Mental health education. A healthy meetings pledge. Prevue’s 6th annual Meet Well Summit, held last week at Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando, was a blend of wellness education and practice, geared specifically to meeting planners.
On the education side, Stephanie Harris, president of the Incentive Research Foundation, gave a thought-provoking talk about how our mental health, and that of our families, factors into our roles as meeting planners, as well as how we need to better design events with attendees’ mental health in mind. Dave Stevens, 4x Fittest Male #EventProf 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, spoke about how thoughtful event design with wellness in mind pays back in dividends. Since attendee health is also a factor in overall wellness, Attend Safe CEO Amanda Schleede shared strategies for managing the ongoing challenges of COVID, and now, monkeypox.
Attendees were able to sign up for a menu of wellness activities over the three days, including aerial yoga, Tai chi, group meditation, group cycling and rock climbing.
A meeting break included instruction on breathwork from none other than Deepak Chopra’s yoga instructor, Sarah Finger, director of Chopra Yoga. Neighboring Lake Nona Performance Center partners with Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa to present its signature movement and spa programs.
The group was also introduced to the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity’s Healthy Meetings Toolkit, which the event’s organizers had used as the foundation for their planning, and everyone signed a pledge to incorporate these practices into their own meetings.
The host hotel, Lake Nona Wave Hotel, embraced the theme of the meeting, creating a relaxed vibe in the meeting space with video walls of nature scenes and comfortable sofas and chairs. Its chef partnered with Prevue to create a menu of healthy, tasty, creative food, and many meals were served outside under the
palm trees in the hotel’s Sculpture Garden. This venue features an unforgettable selection of sculptures from one of the world’s largest private art collections, including works by Fernando Botero and Henry Moore, as well as Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica, an icon of New York City’s Financial District.
Many thanks to Lake Nona Wave Hotel and our other Partners: Global Gifting, which provided each attendee with a pair of OluKai sandals to take home, and Attend Safe, our safety consultant for the event. Also a big thank you to our Sponsors: The Biltmore; The Boca Raton; JW Marriott Marco Island; Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB; Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau; Visit Orlando; Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; and Visit Santa Barbara.
Next year’s Meet Well will be held August 23 to 25, 2023 at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater, Fla.