Newport is known for its world-class hospitality and service industry. One event coming up during the Newport Wellness Week, an annual celebration of mind, body and spirit featuring a diverse array of events, will focus on individuals in those industries who are so used to serving and taking care of others that they so often forget about themselves.

The Cocktail Guru will host Wellness For Bartenders on Tuesday, January 22nd from 12 pm to 3 pm at Diego’s Newport.

UPDATE – January 22: Since Newport is without heat, this event is postponed to Thursday, January 31st from 12-3 pm. 

The event will have health and wellness experts who will speak to this very topic:

  • Kitty Amann – yoga and body expert (learn tips for activating and relaxing your body)
  • Megan Pogash – Feng Shui expert from Your Feng Shui Guru (tips to improve the flow and calm in your home and place of work)
  • Matt Olivier – Herbal Wellness, from Matt’s Local Pharmacy (natural healing through herbs and such, like CBD)

Individuals interested in attending should RSVP to There is a $10 suggested donation, proceeds will benefit the US Bartenders Guild Bartender Emergency Relief Fund.

Sponsors of this event include Espolon Tequila, Aperol, Cynar, Egan’s Irish Whiskey, Perfect Purée of Napa Valley.

Founded in 2006, The Cocktail Guru is a worldwide beverage consulting firm. Founder Jonathan Pogash is a cocktail consultant and mixologist who travels the world spreading the philosophy and appreciation of the Cocktail.

Newport Wellness Week runs from January 19th – 25th, for more info visit

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).