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Wellness Meets Work: Building Well-Being into Your Meeting Experience

Bringing wellness into your meetings not only creates a more productive environment for conducting the business at hand, it offers lasting physical, mental and social benefits for your attendees. Turning Stone Resort Casino’s event specialists offer these six tips for turning your meeting into a mini wellness retreat:

  • Provide premium fuel. Keep attendees hydrated and energized. Serve light and healthful snacks and replace plain bottled water with fruit and herb-infused water served from pitchers (the planet will thank you, too!). The Turning Stone culinary team encourages meeting planners to select from a wide variety of locally sourced and seasonal flavors on the resort’s customizable banquet menus.
  • Bring the spa into your breaks. Take advantage of scheduled breaks to introduce wellness elements into your meeting. You could have a yoga instructor lead 15 minutes of light stretching and breathing or a guided meditation. Or, bring in massage therapists to give attendees chair massages (this is something we often arrange for executive retreats at Turning Stone Resort Casino). Even the briefest break can incorporate a spa experience. It can be as simple as offering hot or cold towels infused with essential oils for a quick refresh. Whatever you choose, your attendees will enter the next phase of the meeting relaxed, refreshed and ready to focus on the business at hand.
  • Go outdoors. Start the day with a brisk group walk. Spending time outside, and particularly in nature, is a proven mood enhancer and also sharpens mental focus and creativity. At Turning Stone, meeting-goers are encouraged to get their ideas flowing and their bodies moving by walking the one-mile fitness trail as a team or taking part in a yoga session on the Great Lawn.
  • Promote a good night’s sleep. Sleep is essential to well-being. Well-rested attendees also make for a more productive meeting. To help them get the rest they need, consider a sleep-themed turndown amenity that includes a calming tea, aromatherapy oil and perhaps even an eye pillow. You could include a small card with tips for better sleep, such as cutting off screen time an hour before going to bed and step-by-step instructions for a self-guided meditation. Guests staying in The Lodge at Turning Stone Resort Casino can choose from a bedside pillow menu to ensure the best night’s sleep and the most productive morning.
  • Take it to the kitchen. A healthy cooking class is a great group activity and ice-breaker, strengthening social connections while getting attendees in the right mindset to eat more intentionally throughout their stay. At Turning Stone, we invite groups into the kitchen at the Upstate Tavern or Wildflowers to learn how to create fresh, nutritional and sustainable meals.
  • Let them take the spa home. Traveling to meetings offers great rewards for business but can take a toll on the body. Take care of your team and have the experts in the spa put together a small selection of items your attendees can use when they travel home. The spa team at Turning Stone’s Ska:ná loves to bid guests farewell with products featuring its signature sage and white pine scents.

Turning Stone Resort Casino’s meeting and spa teams can collaborate with your group to create an event that inspires attendees inside and out of the meeting room and sets them on the path to more mindful living. 

For more great ideas to make your meetings stand out, email our meeting specialists at or call 315.361.7910, and be sure to follow us @TURNINGSTONE!

Book a meeting by 3/1/20, consumed by 12/30/20, to receive up to a 12% discount.*

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