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A Green Getaway for Wellness Camp #18

A Green Getaway for Wellness Camp #18

Friday | May 04, 2018

Group Photo of Wellness Camp #18 Participants

Mixing the peace and tranquility of a secluded eco-park resort at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo with a strict diet and exercise routine of a fitness trainer or a tai-chi master, this intensive wellness escape pushed the body, mind and spirit to the limit. 

This is the feedback of sixteen public sector executives and managers to the four-day CES Executive Leadership, Wellness and Work-Life Balance Camp conducted at the ecological base camp called Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort located at the Clark Special Economic Zone in the Municipality of Bamban, Province of Tarlac last April 24-27, 2018.  

The main resource persons of the wellness encampment on the first day include CESB Executive Director, Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, who facilitated the session on Why Wellness? The Importance of Self-Care for Leaders and Dr. Romulo S. De Villa Ph.D, a Molecular and Nutritional Oncologist who discussed the concept of Healing the Body: Healthy Eating for the Busy Leader.

Early morning session with Tai-Chi Master Antonio Delgado

The second day started with an early morning Zumba session with Ms. Eleanor A. Sanchez, a fitness instructress from Slimmers’ World at SM North EDSA and an introductory session on Tai-Chi by Mr. Antonio Delgado. After breakfast, a session on Healing the Mind: Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction was facilitated by Dr. Parkash T. Mansukhani, a multi-awarded pulmonologist based in Davao City.  This was followed by Ms. Tanya Maria Gonzalez, a Psychology practitioner and a champion of wellness and body movement therapy, who introduced the participants to the new session on Healing the Spirit: Harmonizing the Body-Mind-Spirit through Dance Movement Therapy. The last resource person for the day was Mr. Antonio Delgado, a Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor from the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society, who formally introduced the session called Healing the Body: the Art and Practice of Tai-Chi.  

Miss Tanya Gonzalez is shown here explaining to the participants how the dance movement therapy relaxes the mind, body and spirit.

The third day was more about the arts and nature. An early morning Zumba session with Ms. Eleanor A. Sanchez, and a follow-up session on Tai-Chi by Mr. Antonio Delgado set the mood for the day.  A learning session and linkaging tour aptly called Healing with Nature: Heading Outdoor, made some campers to take an off-road adventure to visit the Puning Hot Spring and Spa, hidden in one corner of Mount Pinatubo's lahar-covered foothills to relax, meditate and explore the grandeur of rock formations made by nature. Others decided to check the mountain trail to enjoy the sights and explore the lush greenery offered by the resort. After a short rest, the participants were introduced by Ms. Jinkee Calayag Garcia to the late afternoon session called Healing the Spirit: Unleasing Creativity and Passion through Calligraphy.

Ms. Jingkee Calayag Garcia teaches how to use flexible nibs and do basic strokes.

On the fourth day, after another early morning session of Zumba and a healthy breakfast, the wellness campers left the resort not only feeling energized, rejuvenated but also convinced of the value of self-care through new hobbies, wellness and mindfulness habits and a preference  for healthy food.

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