The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) supports a variety of industry initiatives, furthering the international conversation about wellness in its many and varied forms. Each GWI initiative is led by an initiative chair, who is a renowned thought-leader in his or her particular area of focus.

Global Initiatives


The Baltic to the Black Sea Initiative aims to create awareness towards ancient culture and healing sources of Eastern European countries. 


Beauty is wellness, and it’s time to better understand and quantify this often-overlooked, multidimensional, unsung hero of the spa/wellness industry.  READ MORE


The Global Career Development Initiative was inspired by the research report commissioned by the GWS called "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps." READ MORE


While the wellness industry has been with us for more than half a century, gaining credibility within the medical community has been hard won. 

The Consulting Best Practices Initiative aims to help individuals and businesses evaluate when a consultant would benefit them, as well as provide guidelines on the selection process. READ MORE

The Global Hot Springs Initiative is an international wellness think tank dedicated to exploring the diverse values of geothermal waters for health, tourism and community. READ MORE


This initiative aims to increase transparency and awareness in the design and implementation of all elements of facilities involving thermal and wet treatments.

The Mental Wellness Initiative aims to understand those pathways that help people stay well and thrive mentally as well as physically.

As an innovation in leading wellbeing, the purpose of this initiative is to map out a new function for benefiting people worldwide: a "Minister of Wellness." READ MORE


The purpose of the Sustainability Wellness Initiative is to stimulate a provocative discussion about how wellness intersects on a personal level as well as on a wider social, economic and environmental scale. READ MORE


This initiative brings together diverse thought leaders with the purpose of raising awareness on how our surroundings directly impact us.  


The key purpose of the Wellness Tourism Initiative is to create a global platform of lead stakeholders in what has become one of the fastest growing tourism segments. READ MORE

This initiative brings together top thinkers and doers, who offer thought leadership on the impact of wellness at work in the global community.  


The Wellness Communities Initiative brings together stakeholders with interests in residential communities and holistic health...


This initiative aims to assess the health impact of retreat experiences through a standardized online assessment tool that can be used across multiple locations. READ MORE


Its logical that cancer patients and survivors need to visit spas to de-stress and heal, but yet very few spas are trained or have invested in appropriate training... READ MORE


More About GWI Initiatives

The Initiative Chair invites other global participants, and together, they seek to shape a project that ultimately drives the initiative with a goal to impact wellness throughout the world. This may take the form of a best practices manual; a campaign to raise awareness about an issue or an event; a project that impacts wellness in a particular market segment or region of the world; or a new way to innovate within the Chair’s field of expertise.

Supporting Industry Initiatives

The GWI provides guidance, website prominence, marketing and public relations, connections to global partners, and a platform for sharing the results at the Global Wellness Summit – an international event that takes place in a different part of the world each year. 

Here is a link to a document including detailed information on how to start an initiative, communication guidelines and best practices, how to evolve an initiative, etc.

If you are interested in chairing an initiative or being part of an existing initiative, please contact Beatrice Hochegger, Operations Coordinator of the GWI.