Wellness Communities Initiative

Wellness Communities initiative 

The global Wellness Communities Initiative brings together senior stakeholders from around the world with active commercial interests in communities and buildings proactively developed with the holistic health of its residents, guests, environment (both natural and built) and the surrounding community in mind. Keep Reading


Mia Kyricos


Ben Gill


Mia Kyricos, President, Kyricos & Associates LLC, United States
Mia Kyricos is president and founder of Kyricos & Associates LLC, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness, hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies on a global scale with a specialty in brand strategy.  With over 20 years of experience, Mia has helped to develop, operate, and market wellness-related brands and facilities across 100+ countries, and has worked for industry pioneers including Spafinder Wellness, Inc., Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Exhale, EXOS and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.  She also regularly advises owners on the development of wellness communities, is a Global Wellness Summit Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for the University of California Irvine, and the Brand Architect of the Global Wellness Institute.


One Planet Communities Manager, Bioregional, United Kingdom
Ben oversees Bioregional’s One Planet Communities programme, ensuring the programme’s high level targets are in line with the latest climate science and supporting the programme’s members in implementing their strategies to meet these ambitious targets. Ben undertakes regular performance reviews of the projects to gather data on the health and well-being benefits of sustainable communities, and to share this practical implementation experience with the other members. Significant projects include Villages Natures’ 180ha resort adjacent   to Paris, Singita’s flagship resort in Tanzania and Zibi, Canada’s largest redevelopment project in Ottawa. Ben has 15 years’ experience in the environmental sector latterly focusing on creating healthy and sustainable communities.

initiative Members


Alfredo Carvajal


Andrew Gibson


Brooke Warrick


Gloria Caulfield


Lisa Clarke


Steve Nygren


More about the initiative

These communities take on many different forms including destination spas, hotels and wellness retreats with residential components to master-planned communities, existing or new neighborhoods and apartment complexes where individuals may work, live and/or play. Each is linked by a foundational commitment to live well by fostering wellness-focused design and services from blue-print to hand-print, resulting in mindful, healthful programming, buildings and facilities offered on-site.

This group has been established with the goal to identify common principles, resources and best practices that will help to foster effective development and operations of wellness communities in the years ahead. 


Our activities (objectives/goals) include

  • To identify common principles and needs that will help to foster effective development and operations of wellness living communities in the years ahead.
  • To bring together senior stakeholders in residential wellness communities and buildings.