The second edition of the WL Day will be celebrated on April, 14th, 2022. This new edition is being coordinated by the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE) at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Canada. Starting on Monday 11, a wide range of activities are being organized around the world in face-to-face and online formats to commemorate this special day dedicated to celebrate leisure. Among those activities, a webinar on “Serious Leisure in Practice” is being organized on April 11/12 by Brazilian leisure provider Sesc Verao and the WLO Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leisure Management. On April, 13th the online seminar presentation “Promoting & Advocating for Recreational Therapy” by Dr. Jamie Hoffman (CTRS) leaded by by Western Sydney University. The following day, on April 14th, with a panel organized by the WLCE at VIU will delve deeper on the following topics: Leisure Matters – Does it Really Matter?; Recognition – Is Leisure Really on the Political Agenda?, and Community Cohesion and Leisure Careers – Do they align? On that same day, World Leisure Youth Ambassadors Activities For Peace, The World Leisure Youth Ambassadors (WLYA) are inviting you to a full day of leisure activities for peace.

Sesc Verão – Serious Leisure in Practice A Conversation with Leonardo Cálix

Sesc Verão (Sesc Summer) has been delivered during the Brazilian summer months for 27 years. This webinar will explore how Sesc has incorporated serious leisure theory in the delivery and evaluation of over 800 activities with 100,000 participants in their 2022 program. You can join a Conversation with Leonardo Cálix to learn about Sesc (Brazil’s largest leisure provider) and how they organises their big summer event and the unique features that allows the Sesc Verão to be offered for free or minimal costs. This webinar is jointly organised with the WLO Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leisure Management, chaired by John Tower and Jo An Zimmermann, under the Leisure Management Webinar Series.


Western hemisphere: 11 April 2022 – 5pm Brazilian Time Zone; 4pm American Eastern Time Zone

Eastern hemisphere: 12 April – 6am Australian Eastern Time Zone; really early in Asian time zones.



Promoting & Advocating for Recreational Therapy

Online seminar “Promoting & Advocating for Recreational Therapy”

Presented by Dr. Jamie Hoffman (CTRS) from Sacramento State College and leaded by Western Sydney University.

When: April 13th from 12.30 – 1.30PM – Sydney time.

Registration: WL Day – Promoting & Advocating for Leisure Therapy


World Leisure Youth Ambassadors Activities For Peace

The World Leisure Youth Ambassador is inviting you to the full day of activities gathering.

When: Thursday, 14th from 8:00AM until 17:00PM CEST



Leisure Matters Panel hosted by VIU WLCE

In celebration of World Leisure Day 2022, the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at Vancouver Island University would like to invite you to join our panelists in discussing relevant leisure-related themes:

  • Leisure Matters – Does it Really Matter?
  • Recognition – Is Leisure Really on the Political Agenda?
  • Community Cohesion and Leisure Careers – Do they align?

When: Thursday, April 14th, 2022 | 9:00 to 10:30 AM PDT

Panel and panelists information here:



WL Day at our Brazilian partner Sesc

Often, Leisure Moments are when people can relax, have fun, entertain and develop themselves among many possibilities, in other words, it is a time to do what they like and identify with.

As a result, the practitioner can gain specific knowledge, like the surfer who understands the dynamics of wind and tides, or the street runners who rethink their relationship with the city. In addition, leisure practices build strong relationships between people, so it is quite normal to see teammates from basketball/volleyball and classmates from spinning or Yoga getting together on occasions other than the sports practice.

These small examples show the importance of Leisure in the daily lives of individuals, and as one of the ways to reflect on this relevance, on April 16 of this year, the second edition of World Leisure Day will be held with Sesc SP among the partners.

The theme chosen for this year is “Leisure Matters”, which seeks to show leisure as an essential part of the routine. In this way, Sesc São Paulo will present programs composed of practical and theoretical activities, of a transversal and hybrid nature, and with the potential to provide resources, information, and motivation aiming to encourage adherence and permanence in physical-sports activities as part of leisure moments in the participants’ lives.

The Sesc SP centers participating in this edition are Presidente Prudente, São José dos Campos, Santo André, Consolação, Ipiranga, Campo Limpo, Bauru, Taubaté, Santo Amaro, Sorocaba, Ribeirão Preto and 24 de Maio. Below there are highlights of the programs created by this Sesc Centers group.

Presential Activities


Path of Enchantments: Cycle Workshop
3/4, 10/4, 24/4, Sundays at 1pm. And 30/4, 7/5, Saturdays at 1pm


Climbing and Skills Circuit
10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, on April 16, at Sesc Thermas forest


World Leisure Day – Leisure Squares Matter!

1/4 at 10 am
7/4at 17:00
8/4 at 10am
16/4 at 10am

During the month of April, instructors from Sesc Sorocaba will offer sports and physical activity materials in squares and parks of the city with the objective of providing leisure activities to people, in an autonomous, pleasant, community way and in a way that relationships of belonging are established.

Online Activities


Active Leisure Matters!
Saturday, 4/16 at 12pm

The Sesc centers of Presidente Prudente, São José dos Campos, Santo Andre and Santo Amaro propose a practical activity through a recorded video that will promote and encourage the practice of physical activities, meanwhile, it presents the Sports courses program of Sesc SP, demonstrating various forms of leisure through simple but very fun activities.

Let´s Talk About Leisure
Saturday, 4/16 at 15pm

4 videos playlist that will introduce ideas about the importance of leisure in the daily routine, the relevant and healthy balance between leisure and work, how leisure could be an important tool in in promoting diversity and the ways the community would benefit by having a healthy leisure lifestyle.

Find more information about the WL Day at: