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12 Jul 2018
David Lynch Foundation CEO to keynote at GWS

Bob Roth, CEO of the nonprofit David Lynch Foundation and an expert on Transcendental Meditation, will keynote at the Global Wellness Summit taking place 6-8 October at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy.

Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM), a technique that utilises a mantra to calm the mind, to many thousands of people: from at-risk youth and inmates, to CEOs and military leaders, to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, J Lo, Dr Oz, Jerry Seinfeld and George Stephanopoulos.

For more on the David Lynch Foundation, read our feature from Spa Business 2015 issue 1 here.

Transcendental Meditation is a natural technique that involves silently thinking a mantra (a word or sound with no meaning) for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. Over ten million people worldwide have been trained in Transcendental Meditation, which was introduced in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian physicist turned meditation teacher who gained popularity in the 60s when he worked with the Beatles.

The David Lynch Foundation that Roth heads up (founded by filmmaker David Lynch) has brought Transcendental Meditation at no cost to over one million inner-city youth in schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

“I’m thrilled that Bob Roth–one of the most experienced meditation teachers in the world–will help lead what I think will be industry-changing conversations about paths to mental wellness at this year’s Summit,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “There’s so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress-reduction, mental focus and greater resilience. I’ve just gone through the training myself, and it’s the quickest way to reduce stress that I’ve ever experienced.”

Roth is the author of the 2018 New York Times Bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” His insights at the conference will focus on the need for effective new approaches to mental wellness. He also directs the nonprofit Center for Leadership Performance, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organisations, and nonprofit charities.

“We have a dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders, including anxiety, depression and substance use,” Roth said. “In addition to traditional drugs and psychotherapy, we desperately need to include more practical, evidence-based approaches into everyone’s tool box that improve mental wellness and behavior. I’m excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorised as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century. And to help lead a discussion about how the wellness industry can start doing as powerful a job promoting wellbeing from ‘the neck up’ as it has done fostering wellness from the ‘neck down.’”




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20 Jun 2019
Wimbledon tennis championship creates virtual Andy Murray fan experience
Tennis fans visiting this year's Wimbledon championships will be offered an opportunity to practise on Centre Court alongside Andy Murray – in virtual reality.
16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
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