Mindful meetings are one of the most talked-about crazes in the conference world, and there’s nowhere better to test out the trend than Vancouver. The city’s raw beauty inspires a local lifestyle heavily geared towards health and wellness, and delegates will find it surprisingly easy to slip into a mindful lifestyle upon arrival.
After emerging into majestic Vancouver International Airport – named Best Airport in North America for 10 consecutive years – visitors experience a sense of calm thanks to soothing water features and thought-provoking First Nations artwork. The Canada Line rapid transit rail whisks guests from the airport directly to downtown Vancouver, eliminating the stress of seeking ground transportation.
Downtown Vancouver boasts an idyllic oceanside location with expansive rainforests and soaring mountains grounding the buzzy cosmopolitan vibe. Here, delegates can explore inspiring facilities like the flagship Vancouver Convention Centre, sitting pretty along the dazzling waterfront with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing expansive harbour views. With more than 466,500 square feet of flexible meeting space spread across two buildings, the Vancouver Convention Centre can be easily transformed to promote mindful interactions with cushy pods facing the ocean, private areas dedicated to contemplating and connection, or sunrise yoga, classes.
Clean catering is a key component of mindful meetings; luckily, Vancouver’s chefs are adept at plating brain-enhancing fare. Delegates can enjoy locally sourced cuisine adapted to accommodate vegan, keto or paleo preferences, with options aplenty to incorporate meaningful teambuilding like progressive culinary tours, sommelier-led wine tastings or chef-led foraging expeditions.
Vancouver is rife with wellness options as simple as slipping out for a midday run along the seawall, engaging in soul-nourishing CSR options or engaging in activity-based teambuilding like kayaking or forest bathing. To learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your next Vancouver meeting, contact Wendy Surkan at [email protected].