world retreat Initiative Members


Roberto Arjona

Chief Executive and General Manager, Rancho La Puerta, United States

Roberto Arjona leads over 400 employees at North America’s first destination spa, Rancho La Puerta. Roberto’s passion for the wellness community has made him a strong advocate for cultural and environmental programs that support sustainable tourism. He believes that the future success of the global travel industry will depend on its ability to integrate wellness and unique experiences with social responsibility and environmental stewardship.


Hakan Balcan    

General Manager, Richmond Nua Wellness Spa, Turkey

With 28 years of experience in the hotel business, Hakan Balcan worked as a general manager for five-star properties of luxury hotel groups. In September 2009, Hakan was named general manager of the award-winning Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa, the first destination spa in Turkey. He also is a key supporter of Global Wellness Day.



Executive Director, BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

Andrew Barnard is the deputy managing director of SunSwept Resorts, the management team behind The BodyHoliday, one of the first destination spas in the world. The hotel experience promises, "Give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind." Andrew is a Swiss-trained hotelier and has grown up in and around the wellness industry all his life.

Nils behrens

Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer, Lanserhof Group, Germany

Nils Behrens is managing director and chief marketing officer of the Lanserhof Group. For 30 years, the Lanserhof medical institution has practiced the LANS Med concept, a symbiosis of traditional naturopathy and state-of-the-art medicine treating both mind and body. Designed to support the natural healing process, Lanserhof promotes physical wellbeing and inner balance, with a focus on personal regeneration.

Dr. Daniel S F Boarim

Clinical Director, Lapinha Clínica & SPA, Brazil

Daniel S F Boarim is the clinical director of Lapinha Clínica & SPA. For over forty years Lapinha has maintained its focus on health promotion and rehabilitation of living habits. In recent years the team has directed more attention to the scientific basis of their work. In addition, Mr. Boarim is a professor in nutrition, writer and panelist of several medical congresses. 

Alex Glasscock

Owner & CEO, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, United States

Alex Glasscock founded The Ranch in September 2010 with his wife, Sue. He also started mentoring and training individuals in his newly discovered philosophy of “balanced living.” Alex is involved in several wellness research initiatives focusing on preventative care and bridging the gap between Western medicine and Eastern wellness modalities. 

melissa ingram

Clinical Health Services Manager, Golden Door Elysia, Australia

Melissa Ingram is the Clinical Health Services Manager at The Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia, located in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. She studied physiotherapy at Sydney University and completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University some years later. Melissa is a qualified wellness coach, a group fitness leader, and joined the team at Golden Door in 2004, bringing her experience to guests through seminars, group classes and private sessions. Over the years she has developed new skills and new passions which she constantly shares with guests. 


Vickum Nawagamuwage    

Managing Director & CEO, Santani, Sri Lanka

Vickum Nawagamuwage is the founder and CEO of Santani, Sri Lanka's first integrated wellness resort. Vickum also is the founder and managing director of MAK Alliance, the parent company of Santani and a boutique advisory and private investment management firm in Sri Lanka with offices in Singapore and Dubai. MAK Alliance operates through six companies in hospitality, wellness and investment management.

mike wallace

Brand Manager, Danubius Hotel Group, Hungary

Mike Wallace has worked in the spa/leisure/health and fitness industry in operations, product development and planning for more than 20 years. In 1999 he moved to Hungary to design, set up and operate 7 fitness clubs for Danubius Hotels across Central Europe.  Mike currently is contracted as Brand Manager/Spa Director for Danubius Health Spa Resorts which in addition to setting up new ventures includes the responsibility for the operations, business performance and development of 18 medical health spas across Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Czech Republic. 


CEO and Co-Owner, Toskanaworld GMBH, Germany

Marion Schneider is CEO and co-owner of Toskanaworld, Klinikzentrum Bad Sulza, Hotel an der Therme Bad Sulza and Bad Orb, Hotel Resort Schloss Auerstedt and Toskana Therme Bad Sulza, Bad Orb and Bad Schandau, all in Germany. She is president of the non-profit Ourchild and on the advisory board of several organizations. She is the author of several books and holds an MA in History as well as in German language and literature.