Allan Share and Patti Biro will be presenters at NY NOW – 

NY Now announced its lineup of seminars set for the Aug. 12-15 show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with sessions aimed at offering buyers and shop owners insights and content to take their businesses to the next level.

The seminar program will highlight topics that range from marketing during the holiday season, leveraging influencers to boost business and how special events can drive customers in-store, and much more.

“Whether you’re a small shop owner looking for strategies to attract new customer or a designer looking to explore the latest trends, the NY Now seminar program has the right sessions for you,” said Randi Mohr, vice president and NY Now director. “Only at NY Now can you shop the most on-trend products, network with leading trendsetters and visionaries, and take home the most impactful marketing tools and insights possible.”

The list of seminars at NY Now’s 2018 summer market can be found here. Some of this season’s sessions to date include:

  • Marketing Holds the Key to Year-End Success, Barbara Crowhurst – Learn how marketing connects you to the money, your fans and other potential customers.
  • Facebook 2018: Making the Most of Social Media’s Giant, Jennifer Cario – Come and learn how Facebook decides what content to show to its users and how the latest changes and updates can be put to work to expand your reach and your profits.
  • Special Events to Drive Customers to Your Store and Build Profit, Lindsay Anvik – Find new ways to bring people into your space-and learn how to maximize the time you have with them to drive sales.
  • Money Makers for Holidays – Top 5 Strategies for Success, Allan Share and Patti Biro – Get the tips on gift cards, pop-up opportunities, visual merchandising, gifts ready-to-go and special events.

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CIVANA Launches the Healers Vitality Program

CIVANA, the next generation wellness brand is extending to wellness industry professionals its Friends and Family Rate at its CIVANA Carefree Resortthrough its Healers Vitality Program.

Owned and operated by wellness industry veterans, CIVANA – a mission driven company – seeks to ‘nurture the nurturers’ by offering an affordable rate to spa and wellness practitioners so they can relax, rejuvenate and be nurtured themselves. “In order for our wellness industry to thrive, we need to support the healing professionals who give to others every day. They deserve an affordable respite to recharge and be inspired. CIVANA has honored all of these healers, regardless of where they work, by creating this special program in a welcoming environment they can call their own.” states Kevin Kelly, Chairman and CEO of CIVANA.

The Healers Vitality Program slashes the daily room rates at the CIVANA Carefree Resort by an average of $100 with prices that start at $79/night during the summer season and $99/night in the high season plus an Experience Fee of $25 which includes 8-12 complimentary daily movement and enrichment classes and access to state of the art fitness center, in its 6 studios. CIVANA, with a current 6-room healing arts spa, is developing the 22,000 square foot sustainable Spa CIVANA, complete with 29-treatment rooms, indoor thermal pools, an outdoor Watsu® pool and lap pool, opens later this year. Two healthy dining outlets are also available. Terras, an all-day dining outlet is about “choice”, offering a variety of menu selections that include nutritionally balanced dishes to more traditional plates and indulgent desserts and fine wines. Café Meto’s breakfast and lunch menu is calorically portioned and nutritionally sourced, as well as offering locally roasted coffees, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and hand-crafted smoothies. The CIVANA Carefree wellness resort is in Greater Scottsdale surrounded by several mountain ranges ideal for hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures.

The Healers Vitality Program is open to individuals with the health and wellness field specifically spa and wellness center staff, fitness and program instructors, massage therapists, aestheticians, nutritionists, caregivers (senior living, domestic abuse, shelters), nurses and wellness product companies. Those interested in the program can email, call the resort directly at 480-653-9002 or sign up directly at After registering, individuals can book directly with their code.

About CIVANA Carefree
CIVANA Carefree (formerly the Carefree Resort & Conference Center) is the inaugural property in the portfolio of CIVANA, a hospitality and real estate company grounded in sustainable wellness. CIVANA Carefree began its physical transformation in August of 2017 with a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation that included guest rooms, public space and the conversion of conference space to wellness programming space and facilities which debuted on March 6, 2018. Inviting all who seek the journey to enjoy the four pillars of wellness – Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery/Enrichment Arts, the 184-room CIVANA Carefree located in the Greater Scottsdale, Arizona area, about 45 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Green Spa Network Launches Global Tree Planting Initiative

 Green Spa Network (GSN) is proud to announce its first annual Action Initiative, the GSN Tree Planting Initiative, in partnership with WeForest, to mobilize the spa and wellness industry to plant 1 million trees by Earth Day 2019. This effort is premised on the critical and urgent need to regenerate the earth using trees’ natural abilities to reverse climate change.
Existing and new members of GSN are encouraged to pledge to contribute to this effort in any of three ways:

  1. Donate funds to plant new trees through the GSN-WeForest partnership,
  2. Organize or participate in a local tree planting event, or
  3. Continue an existing tree planting partnership.

However contributors choose to be involved, signing up with GSN allows the spa and wellness community to track its overall progress, rally around a common cause, and send a clear message that the industry cares to be recognized as a champion of environmentalism. 
“Climate change can no longer be ignored, especially when solutions exit! WeForest is delighted to support GSN in its commitment to transform the spa industry into an actor of change. Delighting customers with trees planted as a result of their business is a simple gesture which will make a huge difference to the local communities that live around the forest we restore in Brazil and help make earth cooler,“ said Marie-Noelle Keijzer, CEO of WeForest. 
GSN’s Tree Planting Initiative will contribute specifically to WeForest’s Brazil project to support the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Restoring the forest is extremely vital to safeguard the remaining biodiversity and combat the progressive loss of the world’s species and for our climate as well. The high carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forests in the Latin American tropics means the Atlantic Forest is a key player in the climate change agenda. This project aims to create forest corridors between remaining fragments, increasing tree cover and habitat connectivity for native species. The community-based nurseries, seed collection, and planting activities are under the management of local people who, thanks to this project, are empowered to earn a living while restoring the forest.
“Together with WeForest, GSN hopes to elevate tree planting to a global regeneration movement,” said Bonnie Baker, President of the GSN Board
More information is available at the initiative website, GSN is using the hashtag #GSNPlantsTrees to follow the Network’s progress and stories.
About WeForest:
WeForest’s mission is to leverage corporate and scientific partnerships and empower communities to sustainably advance and implement innovative, high-standard, scalable, and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes.
About Green Spa Network:
GSN is a non-profit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.

California Senate passes bill to create banks for pot businesses

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The state Senate passed a bill this week to create a state charter for banks to serve California cannabis businesses, which would allow licensed merchants to write checks to pay taxes, fees and vendors — rather than use large amounts of cash, as they currently do.

SB930, by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, now heads to the Assembly

Because marijuana is classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug, federally insured financial institutions cannot process cannabis-related transactions without the risk of facing money laundering charges.

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Wellness for Cancer hosts second roundtable at Mayo Clinic – 

Attendees at the second Wellness For Cancer roundtable last week identified steps to move the spa industry forward in treating guests who have – or have had – cancer.

The event was held on 4 May, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US, and brought together representatives from the medical community with those in the spa industry.

Wellness For Cancer hosted its first roundtable last year in London.

Moderated by Dr Brent Bauer, director of integrative medicine at Mayo Clinic; Dr Lisa Corbin, director of executive health from the University of Colorado Cancer Center; and Julie Bach, chair of the Wellness For Cancer (WFC) Initiative, the latest roundtable’s goal was to continue WFC’s role in bridging medical evidence with cancer-aware guidelines for the spa and wellness industry. 

The theme was “teachable moments, fostering healthy behavioural lifestyle choices through the cancer continuum”, and Bach said the event was eight years in the making. At the end of the day-long event, attendees identified three topics to move the industry towards being more cancer-aware. 

Because many hotel brands are reluctant to train their staff in cancer-aware treatments because of perceived liability concerns, WFC will hire a third-party to conduct a risk analysis survey and provide guidelines on how to mitigate risks. 

The initiative will also continue to work with leading wellness brands to enable the industry to better understand this topic as part of a brand’s wellness strategy and not a standalone “disease-oriented or cancer-care menu item,” said Bach.

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Water use beyond the slide helps expand Wisconsin Dells – 

WISCONSIN DELLS—The newest ride at Noah’s Ark stands six stories tall, is 335 feet long and allows riders on inner tubes to reach speeds up to 32 mph as they plunge down a 37-foot drop near the ride’s end.

One of the largest of its kind in the U.S., Raja resembles a monstrous cobra with green eyes that will be illuminated at night with LED lights. Once it opens in the coming days on the site of the old bumper boats attraction, the water slide will likely be among the park’s most popular rides along with Scorpion’s Tail, Black Anaconda and Point of No Return.

But on the other side of Lake Delton, away from the acres of concrete, plastic tubes and screams of fun, water has been harnessed for its tranquility.

Set back on a winding road among stands of pines next to Wild Rock Golf Club, one of the signature experiences at Sundara Inn & Spa is a purifying bath ritual. This is where guests, under a rainfall shower, exfoliate their skin with a body polish made from local sandstone. There are steam rooms with aromas of rose and sandalwood, a 102-degree essential oil-infused hot pool and a 72-degree cool plunge pool.

Quiet spaces are prolific and electronic devices are strongly discouraged. There’s a meditation trail through the woods and a hammock retreat. And to further set itself apart from the frenetic pace and over-stimulation of the Dells, no children are allowed.

“This being adult-only is really a part of what makes it a sanctuary,” said Heidi Michel, Sundara’s marketing director. “It’s a different way to experience water.”

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