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Global Wellness Summit Podcast Launches New Six-Episode Season

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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has launched a new season of its podcast. Each of the six episodes features experts on the new directions in wellness—with this season exploring how travel is getting a “wellness reset” in 2021, the future of immune health, a financial wellness movement toppling the taboos around money, the surge for the mind-body medicine that is breathwork, a new era of conscious leaders, and more.

Most episodes go deeper on trends featured in the Global Wellness Summit’s “Future of Wellness 2021” report, and each podcast interviews multiple experts on a wellness “hot topic.”

The podcast is hosted by Kim Marshall, a wellness industry veteran and co-founder of S’Well Public Relations, and guests this season range from James Nestor, author of the recent New York Times best-seller Breath, the New Science of a Lost Art to the founders of Esalen Massage on how the iconic retreat changed the concept of wellness.

New episodes will be posted each Wednesday and include:

Financial Wellness

Cecelia Girr and Skyler Hubler of Backslash, the cultural intelligence unit of global advertising powerhouse TBWA Worldwide, discuss how that once most taboo of topics and complex of industries, money and finance, is being reimagined by a financial wellness movement. We also talk to the founder of the first “money fitness” app, ZAVFIT, which marries health-tech and fintech. 

The 2021 Travel Reset

Elaine Glusac, New York Times Frugal Travel columnist, discusses the trends that will define travel this year: from destinations fighting overtourism to the rise of regenerative travel, where you leave a place better than you found it. Also interviewed is Jennifer Kessler, luxury travel expert at Forbes Travel Guide, on new ways that sustainability, slow travel, and “nature prescriptions” are being woven into luxury experiences.

The Future of Immune Health

Dr. Ken Pelletier, professor of medicine at UCSF, tackles why we should stop all the “immune-boosting” and instead focus on balancing the immune system—sharing tips on how you can make lifestyle changes that impact your microbiome and your gene’s telomeres. And with research showing that “positive stress” experiences impact immunity and health, other guests include owners of two major hot springs destinations to explore how hot-cold bathing is a therapy on the rise.

Living Well from Within

Find out how a diagnosis of brain cancer empowered integrative medicine and leadership expert Dr. Daniel Friedland to reach deep and create a model of resiliency for the planet (all brought to life on a YouTube channel chronicling his cancer journey). The podcast also explores how his open-hearted optimism and mantra of “live a loving life” was the inspiration behind the Global Wellness Institute’s latest Initiative on Conscious Leadership and Conscious Capitalism.

Just Breathe

James Nestor, interviewed everywhere from NPR to CBS Sunday Morning on his powerful book Breath, explains the extraordinary ways that the lost art of breathing impacts human health and is now leading to a breathwork revolution. He shares eye-opening findings from his four years of global research on how simple changes in how we inhale and exhale can change our brains and bodies.

Human Potential 2.0

Find out what the famed Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, home of the “human potential movement” for nearly 60 years (and Gestalt Therapy, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and “Hot Tub Diplomacy”), is up to post-pandemic. Vogue dubbed the retreat center the “Emerald City of Massage,” and we speak to two of the original massage therapists, still going strong after treating the likes of Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Bruce Springsteen, and Bonnie Raitt in the Sixties.

The GWS Podcast (today at 42 episodes) is free to listen to on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and everywhere podcasts are available.

In other news, GWS has announced that it has relocated its 2021 Summit to Boston. Read more here.

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.