Thought leaders from the greater capital region and beyond will convene March 18-19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Manifesting its commitment to fostering the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our nation, Washington Spa Alliance is creating a comprehensive symposium themed “Beyond Wellness: Defining Wellbeing.” Kicking off with a Capitol Hill reception sponsored by SpaFinder Wellness on March 18, Washington Spa Alliance’s 3rd Annual Symposium will take place March 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Reception invitees for March 18 will include members of Congress, Washington Spa Alliance members and anyone–individuals and organizations–who are interested in exploring the symposium theme.

For the formal symposium program on March 19, the morning sessions will feature established and esteemed thought leaders and serve as an open call to create a definitive understanding of well-being. Presenters will be guided by the “timeless truths” as identified by Washington Spa Alliance’s seven-spoke Wellness Wheel. These encompass:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Quiet
  • Community
  • Sleep
  • Fitness
  • Nature

Each speaker will present tangible tips that individuals can incorporate into their lives. At the symposium’s conclusion, Washington Spa Alliance will draft a white paper summarizing its content to be released to a wider audience. The paper, “The Fundamentals, The Timeless Truths, The New Ways To Live,” will be made available on the organization’s website at

Afternoon sessions at the symposium will take the form of a town-hall meeting, geared to Washington Spa Alliance members and others attendees from the Greater Capital Region. It will be an engaged conversation that addresses reactions from the morning session, discussion of current and upcoming policy issues that might impact well-being and other topics of particular interest to members.

Symposium sponsors include SpaFinder Wellness and Matrix Fitness.

Attendance is limited. Reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis at Cost is $100 for Washington Spa Alliance members and $175 for nonmembers. ($75 of the nonmember rate may be applied to an individual membership in the organization.) Members or nonmembers paying full price may bring guests for $75 apiece (reduced rate excludes the annual membership).

Washington Spa Alliance is a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation’s greater capital region. The group works to promote the exchange of innovation in the field and to ensure the highest spa ideals are met through policy and action. The group recognizes this is a crucial time, when Washington is looking closely at how our country can be healthier in a struggling economy. Americans increasingly have turned to spas to learn the importance of diet and exercise, the benefits of organic plant-based diets, to redefine ideas of beauty and well-being, and to learn techniques of stress-reduction and preventive medicine.

TO REGISTER: For complete updates to the schedule and to register for the Symposium, log onto Washington Spa Alliance is located at 1010 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Suite 201, Washington, D.C. 20007.