March 2015 – Wilderness Collection is delighted to announce that Jochen Zeitz, the owner of Segera Retreat, has won the Special Prize at the 2015 GALA Spa Awards, which took place in Baden-Baden, Germany on 21 March.
Now in its 19th year, the GALA Spa Awards is one of the most prestigious international beauty and spa awards programmes in the world, with 34 participating countries and an esteemed panel of judges comprising the leading professionals in the industry. Each year, the Special Prize is awarded to an individual who has promoted wellness in an “outstanding and professional” manner.
Zeitz, who is also the founder of the Zeitz Foundation and a Wilderness Holdings board member, opened Segera Retreat in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau in 2013, with the vision of setting a new standard for sustainable tourism focused around Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (the 4Cs). As a Founding Member and Flagship Destination of the Long Run Initiative and Zeitz Foundation, Segera’s wellness concept follows the same principles and extends not only to guests, but to the environment and communities that surround the Retreat too.
Segera also supports a number of activities that enhance the wellbeing of its local communities, including those that address local employment, fair working conditions, social ventures and accountability, capacity building, and support for small enterprises. Examples include Africa’s first ‘Waterbank School’, which features rainwater harvesting and filtration, and small-scale income-generating projects, such as beading (SATUBO), beekeeping, conservation agriculture, solar light and low-energy cooking techniques (Wonderbags).
In addition, last year the Samuel Eto’o Laikipia Unity Soccer Academy, School and Environmental Education Centre was launched. Here, world-class soccer training is provided to 48 students per year, and a further 400 schoolchildren are given vastly-improved educational facilities and clean rainwater for the development of agricultural land, leading to improved nutrition, health and sanitation.