2016 Congress Agenda

September 25-28, 2016 | Devil’s Thumb Ranch, CO

 

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The 9th Annual Congress Theme of ‘Manifesting Vision: the Power of Conscious Collaboration’ provides a framework for the carefully crafted blend of keynotes, interactive sessions, personal empowerment, thoughtful ritual, practical solutions, and restorative activities that will bring sustainability alive for you and your business.

To help you find the sessions and experiences that fit your goal for Congress, we’ve indicated the sessions and experiences that focus on a certain aspect of our programming.

Sunday, September 25th

2PM: Nature Walk and Gathering PV

5:30PM: Welcome Reception and Opening Ritual RI

8PM: Movie Screening of Rooted in Peace, a Greg Reitman Film PV
Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence.

Monday, September 26th

6:30AM: Morning Yoga with Allison Zimmerman, Sponsored by Balanced Guru PV
OR a Morning Hike with Elaine Fenard PV

7:30AM: Breakfast

9AM: Welcome from Green Spa Network and Devil’s Thumb Ranch

9:50AM: “Enlightened Negotiation” with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mehrad Nazari CC
Conscious collaboration requires conscious interactions and conscious negotiations. Enlightened Negotiation® is the application of Green Philosophy to our human interactions. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that helps you to reach agreement effectively and efficiently.

11AM: “Realizing Sustainability Results: Best Practices for Next Generation Green Team Leadership!” (Session One) with Mike Bruggeman CC
A series of three sessions, Green Team Leadership provides a best practice process for conceptualizing a sustainability or wellness programming effort, commissioning and managing the work of green teams and achieving measurable results.

12PM: Lunch on Your Own and Open Space PV

3PM: Breakout Sessions

“Eco:Chi: Spa Design that Combines Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom” with Debra Duneier MV
Today, guests look to spas to offer not only a place to relax but to connect to oneself. Debra, creator of the EcoChi® system of design, will be sharing her integrative approach and how she and her team create healthier environments that support overall wellness. For your spa, your home and your office, Debra will share EcoChi inside secrets on how you can enhance the human experience of your spaces resulting in relaxation, well-being, happiness and abundance.

“Women in Leadership: Changing the Game” with Tara Grodjesk and Carolyn Parrs MV
Join us for an interactive forum and dynamic conversation on what is most relevant to women today in leadership roles and how we create business solutions, utilizing a feminine approach to enacting change- personally, professionally, globally. We will address key issues of our time and some of the challenges women face and the opportunities we can embrace to help shape the future of leadership.

“Spark Creativity & Innovation: 7 Tips for Overcoming the Key Blocks to Creativity” with Deborah Fleischer MV
Innovation. We all want it for our businesses along the journey for new products and services, but first we must tap into our creativity. This experiential workshop explores the three key blocks to creativity and provides six tips and resources for tapping into your creative flow. Through a simple creative process (no artistic skills required!), participants will gain insights into what blocks their creativity and deepen their ability to be spontaneous and expressive.

“Fostering an Ultra Mindset for Personal and Professional Vitality” with Travis Macy MV
Developed by dynamic endurance racing teams in the earth’s most challenging natural environments, The Ultra Mindset is a set of relevant principles for success in business, wellness, and life. Participants will learn why it’s important to drop the ego and collaborate with competitors, how to reappraise negative situations and challenging work, and how to “find your carrot” in life and work.

4:15PM: “Vital People. Vital Planet. State of Sustainability” with Paul Schmidt RI

5:30PM: Sponsor Showcase RI
AND Supplier Round Tables hosted by The Spa Buzz
PV

7:30PM: Casual Buffet Dinner

8:30PM: Campfire Chats RI

Tuesday, September 27th

6:45AM: Morning Yoga with Dr. Nazari, Sponsored by Balanced Guru PV
OR Morning Ayurvedic Breathing Walk with Dr. John Douillard PV
OR Morning Trail Run with Travis Macy PV

7:30AM: Breakfast

9AM: Welcome and Warm-up

9:30AM: “The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together” with Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Kahnweiler CC
It is true that opposites attract and can be better together than alone. But without careful maintenance and balance they can quickly go off the rails. By learning 5 key steps you can turn frustration into a strong collaboration that yields long lasting results. Based on her research and book The Genius of Opposites, Jennifer Kahnweiler will help you discover the opportunities you have for becoming a genius partner with your opposite at work

11AM: “Realizing Sustainability Results: Best Practices for Next Generation Green Team Leadership!” (Session Two) with Mike Bruggeman CC
A series of three sessions, Green Team Leadership provides a best practice process for conceptualizing a sustainability or wellness programming effort, commissioning and managing the work of green teams and achieving measurable results.

12PM: Breakout Sessions

Field Learning – A Walking Sustainability Tour of Devil’s Thumb Ranch

“How to Avoid Regulatory Pitfalls in AD Copy” with Lisa Sykes CC
Is your brand making claims that could trigger action from the FDA, FTC, or the State of California? How closely do you review your advertising before you release it to the world? Join us for a one-hour session that explores the dos and don’ts of marketing copy, including cosmetic vs. drug claims, FTC Green Guides, Prop 65, and the California Organic Products Act.

“Best Practices for Deepening Your Employees’ Connection to Sustainability” with Deborah Fleischer CC
Employees are potential green champions and collaborators on your sustainability journey. This interactive workshop will present an overview of six best practices for energizing employees and inspiring action. You will have the opportunity to see recent examples of how to build off your brand, tap into core values, make sustainability visible, and empower green champions. Come experience the Green Challenge and work collaboratively to design a simple values-based question you can use to deepen your employees’ connection to sustainability.

“Micro Beads, Geopolitics, and Wellness: Fundamental Questions Answered about Sustainable Personal Care in Spa” with Chase Polan and Marianne Griffith and Moderated by Leya Nicolait CC
Dive into ingredient terminology, learn how to introduce sustainable products in spa services and retail, increase your knowledge of personal care, and get tips on how to educate your employees. From microbeads to geopolitical issues to creating beautiful wellness experiences, we have answers to your questions!

“Women in Leadership: Changing the Game” with Tara Grodjesk and Carolyn Parrs (Repeat Session) MV
Join us for an interactive forum and dynamic conversation on what is most relevant to women today in leadership roles and how we create business solutions, utilizing a feminine approach to enacting change- personally, professionally, globally. We will address key issues of our time and some of the challenges women face and the opportunities we can embrace to help shape the future of leadership.

1PM: Buffet Lunch

2:15PM: “Realizing Sustainability Results: Best Practices for Next Generation Green Team Leadership!” (Session Three) with Mike Bruggeman CC
A series of three sessions, Green Team Leadership provides a best practice process for conceptualizing a sustainability or wellness programming effort, commissioning and managing the work of green teams and achieving measurable results.

4PM: “The Fluid of Longevity: Resounding Discoveries in Lymph Science” with Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Douillard MV
For decades the spa industry addressed the lymphatic system as fundamental to the philosophy of total mind-body care. Now, new lymph research is validating many of these existing spa therapies. Join Dr. Douillard as he links this incredible new lymph science to many of the therapies already incorporated by the spa industry as well as powerful digestive and breathing therapies that are linked to optimal health, digestion, fitness, longevity and even your intuition.

5PM: Open Space PV

7PM: Green Carpet Cocktail Reception

8PM: GSN Sustainability Awards Dinner RI

Wednesday, September 28th

7AM: Closing Ritual and Farewell RI