Incorporate wellness into your Northwest Montana Meeting

Sailboat at sunset on Flathead Lake in MontanaJust as you may be trying to practice holistic approaches in your home and work life, taking a holistic wellness approach with your meeting or conference planning will have guests feeling more engaged and energized.

In Northwest Montana just breathing the air can calm the soul and help attendees adopt an open frame of mind for learning and experiencing what you have to offer. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain peaks, lakes and streams, a meeting in this setting is your first step to relaxing and invigorating guests. From the small Northwest Montana city of Kalispell, guests can hike in Glacier National Park, learn to fly fish, bike the Rails to Trails, horseback ride in Lone Pine State Park and so much more. But providing a holistic experience can be much more than a beautiful setting and fun après activities, it’s about incorporating wellness into all facets of your event from food and beverage to closing remarks.

Include these wellness experiences into your next Northwest Montana meeting:

1.       Eat fresh and local. Kalispell lies in the heart of the fertile Flathead Valley  making it easy and affordable for caterers and restaurants to incorporate fresh, nutrient-rich produce and locally raised meat and dairy into their menus. Whenever possible, create an alfresco dining experience. Eating outside intensifies all the senses and encourages guests to linger and enjoy each other’s company. From the rolling lawn of the Conrad Mansion to the pavilions at Woodland and Lawrence parks and the picnic area at Lone Pine State Park, the options for alfresco dining in Kalispell are abundant — and with some added propane heaters for cool fall or spring evenings, al fresco dining doesn’t need to be limited to the summer months.

2.       Maximize meeting time outside. Just as eating outdoors heightens the dining experience, holding breakout sessions and small group meetings outside can heighten participants’ inspiration and creativity. Depot Park offers easy access to green space in the heart of downtown Kalispell, or admire the views of downtown and surrounding mountains from the deck of Kalispell Brewing Company. Of course, just outside Kalispell a wilderness full of potential to explore and convene under the big Montana sky offers endless possibilities: hold a collaborative session after summiting a nearby trail or charter the Far West and discuss and brainstorm as you cruise Flathead Lake.

3.       Learn from local health experts. Kalispell may be considered a small city by most measures but its health care industry is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the region, helping Kalispell rank among the top retirement communities in the country. Kalispell Regional Healthcare is a burgeoning medical hot spot, attracting top talent and gaining regional and national recognition particularly in the areas of pediatrics, digestive health / gastroenterology and rural medicine. Inviting local health experts to speak at your Northwest Montana conference or interact with attendees offers additional learning opportunities and local perspectives.

4.       Visit a garden like no other. South of Kalispell in the beautiful Jocko Valley lies one of the most interesting and inspiring sites your attendees may ever encounter — a garden featuring the sacred architectural arrangement of 1,000 hand-cast Buddha statues arranged around the figure of Yum Chenmo, or the Great Mother, known as the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. The purpose of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is to bring about positive transformation within those who visit. Guided tours are offered year-round. The garden’s site, the Ewam Sang-ngag Ling in Arlee is also a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies offering teachings, meditation classes, empowerment ceremonies and gatherings, including the annual Festival of the Peace held each September celebrating the traditions of a diversity of cultures.

5.       Breathe easy. Adding holistic practices to your meeting can also be as simple as offering on-site wellness breaks and activities. Enlist the help of Kalispell yoga and Tai Chi instructors to lead guided stretches and meditations for guests to clear their minds and refocus their energies. Or offer relaxing chair massages from local massage therapists, such as those from recommended Amore Salon and Spa.

Whatever wellness activities you’d like to incorporate in your Northwest Montana meeting, the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau staff will be happy to help you create an experience that will inspire and motivate guests in one of the most beautiful settings around.


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