Newport Wellness Week returns January 18-25, 2020 with a robust roster of events, special offers, discounts and deals throughout Newport and Bristol Counties dedicated to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The week’s signature event, the Wellness Marketplace, taking place inside the Newport Marriott Atrium on Sunday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is officially a “must-do” with more than 50 wellness-focused vendors in attendance. Highlights include:

  • The Healer’s Den will offer mini-sessions by appointment (booked on-site) including Reiki, Tarot readings, chair massage, light therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, numerology and more. Sessions will cost a nominal fee as set by each healer. 
  • The Bohemian Bias Lounge will feature sustainable/vintage clothing and vintage and Moroccan home décor in addition to being a chic space to relax, meet and mingle.
  • Local folk singer Bradley Schmidt will be performing live throughout the event. 
  • One-on-one time to talk to a broad spectrum of exhibiting fitness studio owners and trainers, nutritional coaches, healers, healthy food/drink artisans and other wellness-related businesses. 


9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: All levels Vinyasa yoga with Lori Pagliaroni (Grand Ballroom – BYO yoga mat or towel)

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: HIIT Workout with Kathy Martin of Elevate Fitness (Fit Studio)

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Guided meditation with Kim Fuller (Columbia Room – BYO mat or cushion)

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Barre class with Kelsey Collard of Studio Barre (Grand Ballroom – BYO mat)

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Introduction to Plant Medicine workshop with Nicole Lebreux (Columbia Room)

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Seasonal Healthy Cooking demo with Marriott Chef (Banquet Kitchen)

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Water Fitness with Mary Jameson of the Newport County YMCA (Towels and access to locker rooms will be provided.)

Entry into the Wellness Marketplace is free and the first 200 attendees will be greeted with an exclusive gift bag. Complimentary parking will be available next door at the Newport Visitors Information Center lot.

The remainder of the week is full of special events, deals, retreats and creative experiences. Examples include: Salt Cycle Studio classes inside Twelve Guns Brewing in Bristol, a complimentary beginner’s yoga workshop with Rev. Shelley Dungan, a Crush Fitness Studios pop-up toning class using TheraBand resistance bands, a showing of the groundbreaking documentary Ayurveda Unveiled at the Jane Pickens Theater, a day of aura imaging with Thrive Tribe RI at Lululemon, healthy cooking classes, a weekend retreat with wellness advocate Katie Cavuto at Forty 1 North, a restorative yoga and essential oils class followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting and much more. Newport Wellness Week dovetails with the first ever Rhode Island Hotel Week (Jan. 18-31) which makes for an inviting and affordable wellness getaway opportunity for travelers and “staycationers” alike.  

Follow Discover Newport on Instagram at @dscvrnewport for weeklong Newport Wellness Week giveaways and follow #NewportWellnessWeek to interact with Discover Newport in addition to Wellness Week providers and participants. 

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Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. As a non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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