Members of this initiative have joined together with the goal of identifying common principles and needs that will help to foster effective development and operations of wellness living communities in the years ahead.
Cofounder and Communications Director – Yamani Healing, Tulum, MEXICO
Yamani is a socially responsible wellness brand encompassing an eco-design hotel, healing center, and spa retreat, set amidst a sustainable residential community in partnership with Los Arboles. As the founder of a gourmet vegan and raw food delivery business in Buenos Aires, Kara is considered one of the pioneers of the raw food movement in Argentina. In the corporate sphere, she served in marketing, advertising, and sales roles at Hearst, Y&R New York and Publicis. As a writer and wellness coach, she's published over 200 health and nutrition articles and holds certifications in ontological coaching and transpersonal psychology.
Vice President of Spas & Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Sweden
Anna Bjurstam has always been dedicated to wellness and has worked in the business for 25 years. With hands on expertise in wellness and a Master Degree in Business, she has successfully led Raison d’Etre Spas to become one of the leaders in the spa industry. In addition, she has taken over the reigns of Six Senses Spas, which has 30 locations worldwide.
President, Delos International and Signature Programs, Delos, United States
As President of Delos International and Signature Programs, Alfredo is responsible for Delos’ signature overlay programs, bringing wellness solutions to the hospitality and residential sectors, as well as expanding Delos’ businesses globally. Alfredo has more than 22 years of experience in domestic and international hospitality and wellness/spa operations, brand development and strategic planning at some of the world’s most recognized hospitality, lifestyle and wellness brands.
Executive Director, Lake Nona Institute and VP, Strategic Alliances, Tavistock Development Company
Gloria Caulfield leads health and wellness strategy and planning for the Lake Nona Institute. Passionate about identifying partners determined to collaborate and innovate pivotal health care solutions, she is responsible for managing and identifying intersections with stakeholders in the Lake Nona community. Caulfield is a leader in advancing research, technology and new solutions for healthy lifestyles and quality of life.
Executive Director, Destination Medical Center, United States
Lisa Clarke, executive director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, develops, plans and implements the Destination Medical Center (DMC) strategies. DMC, a bold economic development initiative, aims to create a vibrant community experience for Mayo Clinic patients, visitors and residents. DMC will position Rochester, Minnesota, as among the world’s premier destinations for health and wellness.
Development Director, Destination Spa Management, Ltd, Thailand
With over 15 years experience in working with health resorts, wellness communities has been the natural next step for Sam and her company, Destination Spa Management Ltd. DSM has been actively pioneering the concept in Asia, in particular, conceptualising and developing wellness communities that combine residential, commercial, clubhouse and wellness resort facilities into integrated concepts. Sam is also an activist, having helped establish six national spa associations. She is currently President of the newly forming International Health & Wellness Alliance (IHWA), whose mission is “to empower humanity to embrace health and wellness”.
Vice President, Spa & Wellness, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, United Arab Emirates
As vice president of spa and wellness at FRHI Hotels and Resorts, Andrew Gibson is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s spa strategy, including defining and implementing spa standards globally across all of FRHI’s leading hotel and spa brands. He has over 25 years of international hospitality experience in the fields of spa, wellness and leisure.
Bioregional, One Planet Communities Manager, 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.
Kevin M. Kelly
Owner, Civano Living, United States
As the owner of Civano Development, Kevin Kelly is one of the first sustainable developers in the U.S. to pioneer alternative and energy efficient homes and land planning techniques that entitled over 8,000 acres, built 2,000 homes, apartments and commercial buildings. Most recently, Kevin Kelly was the CEO and partner in Two Bunch Palms, a historic hot mineral springs resort recently transformed into the first “carbon neutral” spa resort in North America. He also served as Chief Branding Officer and President of world renowned Canyon Ranch for nine years during its largest growth period. A thought leader with 30 years of experience, Kevin coined the term, “Sustainable Wellness”, helping to expand the spa and wellness industry focus from mind, body spirit associated with individual wellbeing to a broader definition that includes planetary health. He has published several articles and reports on emerging wellness lifestyle trends.
President and Founder, Serenbe, United States
Steve Nygren is the President and Founder of Serenbe, a wellness community created as a model to demonstrate that preserving 70% of green space interlaced with agriculture, housing and retail is not only economically viable but the future of community wellbeing. Steve currently serves on multiple national boards dealing with children, agriculture and environmental issues including The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Children & Nature Network, Chattahoochee Now, The Biophilic Institute and Wholesome Wave.
Program Manager, Cluster Wellness Tyrol, Austria
Since 2007, Robert Ranzi has been managing projects of Cluster Wellness Tyrol, a network with 130 enterprises, institutions and universities covering the health, wellness and tourism industry. The cluster organizes events, conventions and impulse workshops in order to introduce innovations. Robert is a clinical psychologist with experience and results in adult education, trainings and project development.
President, American LIVES, Inc., United States
Brooke Warrick, founder of American LIVES, Inc., has been a leader in values and lifestyle research for over three decades since his early days at SRI. Specializing in residential and resort real estate, including the design of health and wellness oriented communities; he has worked with Canyon Ranch, Miraval, as well as projects throughout North America, including Central America and the Caribbean. Brooke focuses on sustainable design as a LEED trained professional. He is currently designing a program to optimize the health and wellbeing of Baby Boomers. His background in Psychology, Sociology and Economics, three decades of survey research combine to create his unique perspective.