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Experiencing Wellbeing Around the World

Wellbeing Practices x Regional Hearth Summits

The regional Hearth Summits gather changemakers from a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds, and fields to explore the intersection of wellbeing and social change. The emotional and intellectual journey of a Hearth Summit inspires us not only to think about the presence of wellbeing in our lives — but to feel it too. We are offered a space to co-create global understandings of what wellbeing is, all the while believing strongly that wellbeing has no one true definition. It must be lived to be understood — and each of us has our own way of being well.

Throughout the regional Hearth Summits, changemakers are invited to explore how they can get in touch with and embody their wellbeing through a variety of practices. With options like physical movement, philosophical explorations, traditions and rituals, and evidence-based approaches, the regional Hearth Summits invite everyone to be well in their own unique way.

Explore the different ways the regional Hearth Summits are encouraging us to look inward and cultivate a sense of inner wellbeing. Want more ideas for how you can practice wellbeing? You can also find other wellbeing tips here and tell us about your wellbeing practices.

The Healing Power of Sound

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

Confucius

In TheMerode’s “Zen Room”, Maïté Herkins guided guests through a therapeutic sound bath during session breaks during The Wellbeing Summit Brussels.

Harp therapist Alix Collin brought the beautiful, healing presence of the harp to The Wellbeing Summit Brussels, even inviting participants to sit against the harp to feel its healing vibrations as she played.

Reggie Hubbard created a harmonious blend of sound by performing a crystal bowls concert amidst the natural melodies of nature thriving at the Omega Institute.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Taking in the pristine setting of the Omega Institute‘s campus in upstate New York, The Wellbeing Summit Omega Institute & Harlem Wellness Center offered guided nature walks throughout the gathering. Delegates explored the natural curiosities of the 250-acre campus, filled with gardens, hiking trails, and a lakefront, which invited them to imagine a new season of life for themselves — and the world.

THEATRE

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

Thorton Wilder

At The Wellbeing Summit Brussels, participants experimented with the power of regenerative sleep in short, 20-minute exercises of guided full-body relaxation.

A crafting station invited changemakers in Dhaka to explore their creative side with a variety of art and crafts options.

In Dakar-Thiès, participants learned traditional palm fibre and reed basket weaving methods, which have been passed down by women for generations, with local artisans IMADI.

At The Wellbeing Summit Dakar-Thiès, Brrr Production, a Dakar-based theatre company exploring political and social issues, performed MONDIAL.E.S. This piece explores the role of women in Senegal and the wider world through the story of Salimata and Fatoumata, who decide to set up an association to promote gender equality. By questioning our stereotypes of men and women, the show took a humorous, ironic look at the possibilities of fighting for a fairer world.

MINDFULNESS AND BREATHWORK

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky, conscious breathing is my anchor.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Amid thought-provoking talks, captivating art performances, and energizing social activities, the regional Hearth Summits remind us there is always time to slow down and notice our breath.

DANCE

“The drums are humanity’s common pulse.”

Shannon Thunderbird

Since the dawn of humanity, people have gathered around fires to be in community by sharing rituals and practices, such as dances.
Our Hearths are no different!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Taking in the pristine setting of the Omega Institute‘s campus in upstate New York, The Wellbeing Summit Omega Institute & Harlem Wellness Center offered guided nature walks throughout the gathering. Delegates explored the natural curiosities of the 250-acre campus, filled with gardens, hiking trails, and a lakefront, which invited them to imagine a new season of life for themselves — and the world.

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Dabakh (Serigne Abdou Aziz Ndiaye) a young Senegalese graffiti artist and painter, immortalized The Wellbeing Summit Dakar-Thiès by leading participants in co-creating a “wellbeing mural” at Tostan’s Training Centre.

Participants were encouraged to paint together throughout The Wellbeing Summit Bogotá to enjoy the flow of creativity, together, under the guidance of local creator Carlos Eduardo Meneses.

During Omega Institute and the Harlem Wellness Center’s musical performances, cartoonist Liza Donnelly captured the essence of the music with live illustrations.

TheMerode’s curated art exhibition, Shōkakkō, explored happiness in all its forms through works created by 54 artists from around the world placed throughout The Wellbeing Summit Brussels.

In collaboration with the 12th edition of Partcours, Tostan curated a special exhibit about wellbeing with Senegalese artists Fatim Soumaré and Omar Diouf (Yafane) called Yoonu ci biir (The Inner Pathway)”. 

The Omega Institute and Harlem Wellness Center worked with the Rubin Museum to bring the Mandala Lab to a regional Wellbeing Summit, inviting participants to explore their emotions.

At Tostan’s Training Centre, participants contemplated the “Art for Mental Health” exhibition, featuring creations from clients of the Moussa Diap psychiatric clinic’s groundbreaking art therapy programme.

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