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SpaFest is a small, intimate, not for profit conference (100 delegates max) event that cares about People, Planet and Health.

Building on the incredible success of SpaFest 2021, the event will be once again returning to Gwel an Mor, Portreath to welcome 100 industry leaders from the Spa and Wellness sector across the UK and Europe. Supported and sponsored by European Spa magazine, the purpose of SpaFest is to look at the integration of People, Planet and Purpose. We share views and thoughts and have heartfelt discussions on the latest wellness trends, leadership and how to integrate sustainable strategies into business.

Last year’s SpaFest was a sell-out and we are expecting 2022 to sell out soon too. At the time of writing, we have over 30 advance bookings with two of the sponsorship opportunities taken. SpaFest has always been about looking at the integrative and purposeful role of wellbeing for the benefit of people, planet and health. During SpaFest everyone gets to enjoy a unique opportunity to ditch all of the badges, labels and sales chats that are the norm at other events in order to just connect with people, talk and connect with nature and simply appreciate your time together.

What's On? • SpaFest • 26th – 28th Sept 2022

Day 1


  • 12 midday onwards
    • Please head for registration in the Barn area with treatments available from our sponsors in the Tea & Therapy Zone


  • 12.30pm
    • Enjoy informal SpaFest Wellbeing Workshop in the Woodland Marquee Nourishing the roots of health workshop with Maria King, founder of Junius (45-minutes)

  • 1.30pm
    • Wellness Marquee opens – take your space

  • 2.30pm
    • Welcome to SpaFest with Amanda Winwood, founder of SpaFest joined by Sarah Camilleri, founder of European Spa magazine, media sponsor
  • 3.00pm
    • Tai Chi and good vibrations with Iain Bell
  • 3.30pm
    • Gongs and roses with Jill Russell, ‘The Gong Whisperer’, and an introduction to the power of vibration from John Stuart Reid, researcher into cymatics and Justin Wiggan, sound artist
  • 4.30pm
    • Kalm Horizons with Mark Smith. An introduction to beach meditation before a walk down to Portreath Beach for some wild swimming and peaceful contemplation
  • 4.30pm
    • Reconnect and relax. Stay at Gwel an Mor to enjoy some relaxation therapies with our sponsors: Gaia, Murad, Hydrafacial, Gharieni, Made for Life Organics
  • 4.30pm
    • Wellbeing Workshop with Ann-Marie Hurst, founder of Floreat on the power of herbs and wellbeing.
  • 7.00pm
    • PRE-DINNER DRINKS in the Woodland Marquee, sponsored by Floreat RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS will be announced!
  • 7.45pm
    • WELCOME DINNER in The Wellness Marquee, sponsored by BC Softwear

Day 2


  • 7.00am – 8.00am
    • Enjoy one of three informal SpaFest Wellbeing Workshops The SpaFest Made for Life team will be outside the Wellness Marquee to welcome all guests taking part in each activity.
  • Sound therapy and meditation with Jill Russell The Gong Whisperer Location: Calming Energy Zone (Meet in Wellness Marquee and bring a change of clothes if you want!) in the Woodland Marquee
  • Wake up and MOVE with Jamie Edwards, Trained Brain (morning run and stretch in the ancient local woods) Location: meet in the Wellness Marquee
  • Sea Swim with Kalm Horizons. Meet by the Wellness Marquee or drive down to Portreath Beach
  • 7.30am – 8.30am
    • Pre-booked and pre-paid relaxed breakfast delegates – head to the Café and enjoy

Welcome To SpaFest Day 2

  • 9.00am
    • Amanda Winwood is joined by Sarah Camilleri, founder of European Spa magazine
  • 9.15am
    • What is next for wellness?
      Opening keynote discussion with Susan Harmsworth MBE
  • 10.00am
    • Shifts not trends Sarah Camilleri in conversation with Teresa O Farrell, global spa director, Dorchester Collection; Nigel Franklyn, Spa Whisperer; and Kirsty McCormick, founder, The Spa Consultancy. Followed by an audience Q&A
  • 11.00am
    • Junius Juice Break and Mindful Moment: find your ‘Scented Saviour’ with aromatherapist, trainer and inspirational person Laura Broady
  • 11.20am
    • How do we make our industry more sustainable?
      Chaired by Amanda Winwood with Beverley Bayes, SparcStudio, Dr Neil Carpenter, NMC2, Emma Pridding, spa director, Carden Park, Jean-Paul Blisset, Well Architecture and Design
  • 12.20pm
    • BUFFET LUNCH and the chance to relax in the Tea & Therapy tent
  • 13.15pm
    • Well-come back. Fran Hayter, SpaFest Treasurer/Treasure
  • 13.20pm
    • Crossing Horizons: mental health and men’s wellbeing Mark Smith in conversation with Ian Bell, wellness consultant, Paul Gerrard, Happy Paul, and Brian Hunter, director of spa & leisure at Cameron House Resort, Loch Lomond
  • 14.20pm
    • Mindful Moments: 15-minute energy boost with Jamie Edwards
  • 14.40pm
    • Empower and Educate: attracting and retaining wellness experts Made for Life lead trainer Emma Williams chairs a conversation with Sue Harmsworth MBE; Diane Hey, Armonia Training; and Lesley Bacon, HandPicked Hotels
  • 15.40pm
    • Pledges, and Smiles with Paul Gerrard, Sarah and Amanda Winwood


  • 16.00pm
    • Enjoy one of two informal SpaFest Wellbeing Workshops in the Woodland Marquee
    • Land – Gongs and Roses! A gentle Mindful Forest Bathing and Sound experience and connection with Amanda Winwood and Jill Russell
    • Sea – Wild Swimming/Mindfulness with Mark Smith, Kalm Horizons & Lizzi Lilibastier, Blue Mind. Drive or walk to Portreath Seafront Car Park and connect with the beach and the sea
    • Alternatively, Enjoy Tea and Therapy with our Sponsors in the Tea & Therapy Yurt: Hydrafacial treatments, Gaia, Murad, Made for Life Organics, Gharieni

  • 18.45pm
    • WELCOME DRINKS sponsored by Floreat served in the Woodland Marquee
  • 19.30pm
    • Buffet dinner and wine sponsored by Ellisons
    • Dig out your seafaring gear for a Cornish celebration and Ceilidh with The Tinners. Enjoy Cornish themed fresh local produce and drinks
  • Midnight CLOSE

Day 3


The SpaFest Made for Life team will be outside the Wellness Marquee to welcome all guests taking part in each activity.

  • 7.00am – 7.45am
    • Rise & Shine – Sound Therapy and Meditation with Jill Russell Location: Energy Calming Zone
  • 7.00am – 8.00am
    • Morning Swim with Kalm Horizons
  • 7.30am – 8.30am
    • Pre-booked and pre-paid relaxed breakfast delegates – head to the Café and enjoy

  • 9.30am

  • 9.45am
    • Throw those Spa Doors Wide – Inclusivity Chaired by Amanda Winwood, founder Made for Life Organics Touch Therapy, with Sue Harmsworth MBE, Polly King, consultant oncoplastic breast and skin cancer surgeon, RCHT, Judy Clapp, Macmillan primary care nurse facilitator, and Jenny Warren, clinical lead for inpatient and living well services, Compton Care
  • 10.45am
    • Mindful Moments Tea Break
  • 11.15am
    • SpaFest Pledges and Takeaways
  • 12.00pm
    • Fran Hayter reveals SpaFest successes for 2022
  • 12.10pm
    • Reflections on SpaFest 2022 and looking forward to the 2023 event with Amanda Winwood and Sarah Camilleri.
  • 12.30pm
    • LUNCH in the Wellness Marquee & Tea & Therapy Yurt


  • 13.30pm
    • Open to all – meet in the Wellness Marquee


  • 16.00pm
    • Sea: A final SpaFest Swim and beach clean at Portreath, supporting the Cleaner Seas Project with Mark Smith, Kalm Horizons and Avril Greenaway, Cleaner Seas Project
  • 19.30pm
    • A trip to the Bassett Arms for those staying over – reservations only

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