What’s On: 3 wellness events to help carve out calm

Wellness events UK and Ireland 2019

Would you attend a wellness retreat?

I always used to turn my nose up at the idea believing I was far too busy and would get ‘bored’. Then I tried a meditation weekend for the first time at the Chilston Park Hotel in Kent last year. As the old saying goes, the time to relax is when you don’t have time for it and, quite frankly, I’d forgotten how to unwind and appreciate still moments.

Our lives are so busy and sometimes it can feel counterproductive to just stop but, in my experience, this is usually when solutions to nagging problems miraculously appear! As I’m quickly learning, it’s not selfish to invest in yourself or self-care and scheduling time in the diary to switch off is essential for your overall wellbeing.

So whether you’re feeling frazzled or are simply looking for ways to de-stress, clear your mind and regain a sense of balance in your life, a wellness day or weekend could be the answer.

Here are three upcoming events which might tickle your fancy:



WHAT IS IT?  A day-long pit stop of self-care focussed on joy, empowerment, inspiration and rest.

WHO IS IT AIMED AT?  Busy or overwhelmed women who need to escape the outside world for a day and rediscover the things that bring them balance and joy.

WHEN & WHERE IS IT BEING HELD? Sunday, March 17, Field Place Manor House & Barns, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1NP

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Think art therapy, boob printing, laughter yoga, sound therapy, pranic healing, iridology, journalling as well as a number of talks including how to slay your inner critic and why your pleasure matters. There are three packages to choose from: bronze, the cheapest ticket, gives you access to workshops, talks and a goody bag; silver grants you vegetarian/vegan lunch as well as access to 30-minute spa treatments ranging from reflexology and massage to cupping and acupuncture, while gold incorporates all of the above and more including a 90-minute private hypnotherapy/life coaching/ EFT session with Restfest founder Naomi Newland. Everyone walks away with a goody bag too.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? Bronze Ticket £64, Silver Ticket £159, Gold Ticket £289 (early bird prices) *A 10%  discount is available across all ticket bands with the discount code RYSTH10

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?  https://www.restfest.co.uk/


WHAT IS IT? A health and wellbeing event that encourages people to make small changes to their daily lives that will give them the confidence to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. “The Full 360 is about joining the dots with our health and wellbeing and having fun along the way,” says event founder Alison Canavan, a health and wellness coach, master NLP practitioner and mindfulness teacher.

WHO IS IT AIMED AT? Stressed out people who feel as though they are too busy to take care of themselves as well as those who are interested in health and wellbeing.

WHEN & WHERE IS IT BEING HELD? Sunday, February 17, The Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Fresh juices, restorative yoga and meditation sessions, talks on gratitude, intention-setting, and mindfulness, practical tools to help you look within and learn how to take better care of yourself, and workshops on how to raise your vibration, prevent anxiety and improve sleep. There’s even a disco! Attendees will also receive a healthy lunch, goody bag and a 44-page workbook packed with advice on the Full 360 Series.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? From €99 (early bird ticket)

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE? www.alisoncanavan.com


WHAT IS IT? A holistic detox retreat including daily yoga activities, evening meditation and spa treatments.

WHO IS IT AIMED AT? Anyone in need of a little TLC or looking for ways to relax the body, renew the mind and revive the soul.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Woodland strolls – this country house hotel is set within 110 acres of woodland and gardens –  gratitude and mindfulness sessions, yoga and Eden Spa treatments as well as a nutritious three-course dinner, breakfast and lunch. Special guest Lucy Buckingham, founder of ethical Fair Trade food company ‘Lucy Bee’ will also host a talk on health and beauty.

WHEN & WHERE IS IT BEING HELD? 23 and 24 March 2019, Down Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? £295 per person

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?  www.downhall.co.uk

Have you been to a wellness festival or away on a wellness weekend? Where did you go and how did you find it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

*If you’re interested in wellbeing or alternative health articles you might like the following reads:

The surprising thing I discovered when I tried flotation therapy 
How a tapping session helped my anxiety 
Why I tried pranic healing
What really happens in a group meditation class 


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