World Retreat Initiative

This Initiative was active from 2016 to 2018.

Initiative Chair: Dr. Marc Cohen, Professor of Health Sciences, RMIT University and Chair, Australasian Wellness Association, Australia
Vice Chair: Samantha Foster, Director, Destination Spa Management Limited, Thailand

Rorberto Arjona
, Chief Executive and General Manager, Rancho La Puerta, United States
Hakan Balcan, General Manager, Richmond Nua Wellness Spa, Turkey
Andrew Barnard, Executive Director, BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia
Nils Behrens, Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer, Lanserhof Group, Germany
Dr. Daniel Boarim, Clinical Director, Lapinha Clínica & SPA, Brazil
Alex Glasscock, Owner & CEO, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, United States
Melissa Ingram, Clinical Health Services Manager, Golden Door Elysia, Australia
Vickum Nawagamuwage, Managing Director & CEO, Santani, Sri Lanka
Mike Wallace, Brand Manager, Danubius Hotel Group, Hungary
Marion Schneider, CEO and Co-Owner, Toskanaworld GMBH, Germany




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