Carmen Portela is a travel and tourism professional with 20+ years of experience in marketing and product development. Carmen is born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2008, Portela founded Synapse, the first social media agency in Puerto Rico tailored to the hospitality space with projects and clients such as Wyndham Hotels (Puerto Rico & Grand Cayman), ESPN, Caribbean Tourism Organization, PGA Tour, FIBA Americas, Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the Municipality of Caguas.
Tricia Greenaway, Founder, and CEO of Wellness Footprints Antigua, a company that offers Independent Spa contractual services to Resort Spas in Antigua, and educational training regionally. She is currently the Spa Director of Galleybay Resort and Spa.
Debra is an Emmy nominated television producer and host on a mission to inspire our nation’s health transformation. In an effort to bring positive and inspirational messages to a bigger audience, she founded Well World TV. Well World TV is the newest online TV network sharing inspirational and educational stories to help us all live a better, healthier, and happier life.
Jahmaal Hays is a multicultural meditation master and healing practitioner. He is a global citizen – born in Jamaica, and having lived throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and later India for five years. He holds a degree in Alternative Medicine and has a vast knowledge of yoga gained through healing masters and sages in Southeast Asia. Jahmaal observes the scientifically proven as well as esoteric practices, combining ancient and modern knowledge for profound experiences.
Leslie A. Young, Ph.D., is a WE Advisory Board Member and has enjoyed serving wellness and beauty professionals since 2002 through her roles at Massage & Bodywork magazine, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), Associated Skin Care Professionals, and Associated Hair Professionals. In the United States, ABMP represents more than 80,000 therapists practicing more than 300 therapeutic modalities.
Rico Louw is an Account Manager and Client Liaison at STR, Inc., with a special focus in US Central States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Regions. He joined STR in 2015 and is responsible for maintaining positive relationships and services between STR and corporate clients, with a deep understanding of the data received, along with the reports and products generated by STR.
As Forbes Travel Guide's Executive Vice President of Standards & Ratings, Amanda Frasier oversees the coordination of the global evaluation schedule and serves as chairman of the Forbes Travel Guide Standards Advisory Committee. She plays a key role in all international expansion efforts and has also spearheaded the execution of past new market launch projects, including London and Shanghai.
Ann Maria Quail is a WE Advisory Board Member and the Managing Director of Springboard Caribbean, a leading provider of management and leadership training. As the strategic educational partner of the CHTA (Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Industry), Springboard operates across the Caribbean making its training and consultancy services available in over 30 islands.
Camille Western has been devoted to the healing arts for more than two decades with specializations in traditional Thai massage, massage therapy, and esthetics. Camille now specializes in teaching others, customizing treatments and creating unique herbal products. She is passionate about continuing her education and the journey into the world’s therapeutic modalities.
Caribbean WE is proud to announce our collaboration with Spa Education Academy, provider of Online Spa Management Qualifications internationally.
Sophia Hyder Hock serves on the WE Advisory Board and is the Founder/ CEO of Papilia, a boutique cultural learning, and development firm which thrives on empowering people to unleash a greater understanding of diverse perspectives, leadership, and communication styles.
Elements Antigua is an all-natural, personal care product line that is unique by providing Sun protection and Mosquito repellent in every product.
March 8th was International Women’s Day and WE asked Karen McFarlane-Montaque to share her insight as a life-long veteran in the Caribbean spa and wellness industry.
One Love Body Balm Spa Gift Set
By: Avion Anderson of Trinidad & Tobago
Valentine's Day is fastly approaching, and love is in the air. Many of you will be looking up, down, and cross for the perfect gift to present to that special someone in your life. Well, look no further, because this "One Love Body Balm Spa Gift Set" from Caribbean Trading in Puerto Rico, will be an excellent gift for that significant other. I would certainly love it!
Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE) collaborates with Springboard Caribbean to launch the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality Diploma in Management and Leadership for Business and Hospitality to spa and wellness professionals.
Self Care simply put is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve ones own health. WE know this can sometimes seem difficult. Tricia Greenaway has shared with us three quick practices to aid in your self care journey.
Though self care was and still is a buzz word that is likely to continue to trend, some may overthink how to care for themselves.
Have you ever wanted to travel like the royals?
You can now join royals like Pippa Middleton and celebrities like Beyoncè and Jay Z!
St Barths is home to 800 luxury villas and is the go-to place for the elite. Les Studio is just one such luxury villa.
Forbes Travel Guide is delighted to announce that WE Consulting as the 2019 'Official for Spa & Wellness Counselor 2019'. Brands have been selected to represent the best products and services in the luxury hospitality industry. Each brand is evaluated to meet our high standards.
Author of ”The Five Gifts: Discovering Hope, Healing, and Strength When Disaster Strikes” Laurie Nadel, Ph.D.
(Foreword by Dan Rather)
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, psychotherapist Nadel lost her home and most of her material possessions. Here is an account of her holiday survival guide while recovering from a disaster.