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Bonnie Baker

Timeless Truths of Spa: Community

On Creating Community with GSN’s Bonnie Baker

Mary Bemis


How long have you been involved with the Green Spa Network (GSN), and what is your role in it today?

I’ve been involved with GSN for three years as a Board Member, but as a fan since it’s beginning 12 years ago. I currently serve as the Vice President of the Board and the Interim Executive Director.

What is your hope for the future of GSN?

My hope is that GSN can create a strong impact in the spa and wellness industry to move towards sustainable, eco-friendly, and regenerative practices in our businesses. I hope that GSN will be the go-to source for information, resources, and events that lead towards a greater understanding and experience of a healthy world.

“I am fascinated by the unifying experiences between people, what brings us together through our differences, and what are the underlying, common secrets to living a well life.”

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I founded a Wellness Consulting company based in Mexico and serving the Americas.  We develop, operate, and supply spas and wellness projects that are rooted in holistic and sustainable values. Our specialty is developing signature programs with a cultural identity, local and natural heritage, and international standards.

You started out as an anthropologjst. How does that influence your work today?

Fundamentally, I am an anthropologist. I am also a therapist, a consultant, a business owner, and a mom—but what I’ve been doing for the past twenty-five years is deeply rooted in my anthropology studies. I am fascinated by the unifying experiences between people, what brings us together through our differences, and what are the underlying, common secrets to living a well life.

Early on in my career, I lived in the rainforest of Costa Rica doing community development work. It was there that I saw firsthand the vibrancy of nature, I learned first the deep connection between people and the environment and experienced how symbiotic our relationship is. People thrive in natural environments, there is a deep connection between our own consciousness. We can bring the essence and wisdom of nature to our work in wellness.

To learn more about the Green Spa Network:

• What Will Be Your One Thing?

Reflections on the Green Spa Network with Roberto Arjona

Get to Your Essence at GSN Congress

 

 

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis is editorial director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com. She is an award-winning spa journalist, honored with Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and the distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She sits on the board of Wellness Warrior, is a Global Wellness Day Advisor and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.