Co-creators Ashoka, Impact Hub, Porticus, Skoll Foundation, Synergos Institute and Georgetown University bring together experts to discuss the intersection of well-being and intergenerational trauma; neuroscience; spirituality and rituals; diversity, equity and inclusion; economy; and technology

BILBAO-BISCAYA, Spain, April 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The wellness project announced its very first Wellness Summit for Social Changea global event bringing together social, governmental, artistic and business change leaders working at the intersection of individual and collective well-being, in Bilbao-Biscay, Spain from June 1-3, 2022. The summit represents a critical moment in driving systemic cultural change to improve the mental health and well-being of all changemakers.

The three-day summit will consist of innovative discussions, conversations and panel discussions highlighting the connections between individual, organizational and societal well-being. Speakers will explore how a deeply rooted wellness culture can alter and inform our approach to driving positive systemic change.

The arts play a vital role in developing a new language for inner well-being and social change and can provide greater understanding and expression of human experience. The summit will feature exhibitions, newly commissioned artworks and a dynamic performing arts program at Bilbao. Bringing together more than 85 artists in 10 locations, the event offers participants and residents of Bilbao to take an emotional and interactive journey to discover well-being.

Inspirational and creative immersion labs will pair artists and speakers to delve into topics like neuroscience and wellness; intergenerational trauma; spirituality and rituals; diversity, equity and inclusion; well-being of companies and organizations, economy and well-being; and technology and well-being.

“The Wellbeing Project is on a mission to initiate and bring to life a culture of inner wellbeing and Bilbao-Biscay is the perfect place to unite a global audience of changemakers, artists and activists” , said Aaron Pereiraco-leader of The Wellbeing Project. “We aim to create a deep experience and understanding of well-being in the context of social change leading to a personal and collective call to action.”

“This summit will represent the work of extraordinary people and institutions from more than 60 countries and five continents,” added Sandrine Woitrin, co-manager of The Wellbeing Project. “Participants and the community at large will discover innovative mechanisms to express and explore their inner selves through art and innovative thinking.”

The Wellbeing Summit has chosen the location of Bilbao, in the region of Biscay, as it is an international hub of art and culture. It is an example of a place in the process of deepening its transformation by focusing on a charter of values which focuses on improving the well-being of its citizens and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bilbao is pleased to host this first edition of the Wellness Summit for Social Change, which I am sure will help set the roadmap for this new revolution in motion,” said Juan Mari AburtoMayor of Bilbao. “Over the years, Bilbao is committed to a model of urban and human development that guarantees the possibility of carrying out projects of full and dignified life for all the people who live and work in this city. Our commitment to human well-being has become an international model that will help us inspire hope for the future.”

For a full list of speakers and performers, please visit here.

Attendees at this event will attend largely by invitation to ensure a diverse, representative and pluralistic community of attendees. This will be the first of two global summits The Wellbeing Project will be hosting, with the second to be announced for 2024. To learn more and apply, please visit here.

After the in-person summit, virtual elements will be made available to the public and hosted by Parker J. Palmer, author, educator and activist; Founder and Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Center for Courage and Renewal and Sharon SalzbergNY Times bestselling author and meditation teacher.

Partners include BBVA; Biscay – Government of Biscay; City of Bilbao; Latham & Watkins; Azkuna Zentroa; Canadian Embassy of Madrid; Community Arts Network; Driflessen Collection; Guggenheim Bilbao; MIT Multimedia Laboratories; Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao; Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary Art; The Roberth HN Ho World Family Foundation; The Rubin Museum of Art; Science Gallery; and Ursala Hauser.

About the wellness project
The Wellbeing Project is a global initiative focused on catalyzing a culture of inner wellbeing for all changemakers and structured in four pillars – model programs; research and evaluation; learning, calling and enabling; and storytelling and connection. The organization is inspired by love, care and compassion for all people working to build a better world, as well as supporting the many causes and movements we all work for. The Wellbeing Project is co-created with Ashoka, Impact Hub, Porticus, Skoll Foundation, Synergos Institute and Georgetown University. Learn more about

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