If the typical Glastonbury and Reading type festivals aren’t your thing, then don’t worry! We have rounded up a few of our favourite wellbeing festivals that will tickle your hip and healthy taste buds! These buzzing events are jammed to the brim with delicious food, boutique camping and inspirational health and wellness scenes.
Wilderness, 4th – 7th August
Nestled in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Wilderness, is going to be alive and brimming with hot yoga, pilates and mediation classes. Something the H&H team are really looking forward to is ‘Nine Lives Yoga Rave’; a seriously awesome way of incorporating the physical benefits of yoga with heart pumping tracks! Nine Lives Yoga, is only one of the many types of yoga classes that will be on offer here – hotpod, hatha, ballet and vinyasa yoga classes will be running throughout the festival. Another unique yoga class, which we will definitely be checking out is Acro yoga. Acro yoga is a beautiful connecting practice that combines yoga with acrobatics and the healing art of thai yoga massage.
Not only, will there be lots of classes to attend, there will also be fantastic wellness workshops running through out the weekend. Neal’s Yard, in particular, will be hosting a plethora of workshops including; aromatherapy and massages, facials, reflexology, and the Neal’s Yard’s Festival SOS skincare workshop. In this workshop you will be able to create your own festival skincare, from face mists to sea salt spray for your hair, so you can say goodbye to the usual grotty festival feeling and hello to feeling beautiful, fresh and fragrant. There will also be various mindfulness workshops including; morning mindfulness sessions, a meditative musical adventure workshop and many, many more.
To go alongside all the amazing classes and workshops, this year, Wilderness will be serving up some delicious and nourishing food. In our eyes, the star of the food scene for 2016 will be the Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella. Mae’s amazing food will be on offer throughout and we will certainly be at the front of that queue! Innocent will also be there with their Coconut Water treehab stand!
Wave Week, 13th – 20th August
Another wellbeing festival, which we think sounds amazing, is Wave Week! Forget the typical English festivals and opt for luxury, sun, sea and excitement! Sail down the celestial Croatian coast on your choice of yacht or catamaran. Throughout the week you will stop at seven babylonian destinations. This exclusive week will be filled with delicious nourishing food, a buzzing nightlife, exclusive access to some of Croatia’s most beautiful places and incredible people!
As you sail down the stunning coastlines, you will be joined by a convoy of 40 other boats, each heading to the same parties, sites and scenes as you. The drinks will be flowing, the sun will be shining, and who knows, you may just have a hot summer fling along the way!
The Lost Village Festival, 27th – 29th May
The next festival we want to flag up promises to offer ‘A kaleidoscopic dreamscape of sights, sounds, secret hideaways, banquets of fine food and rituals of the weird and wonderful all await those who dare to enter this mysterious place”. The description alone is enticing. However, for those who want a little more information, The Lost Village Festival, will not only offer a stellar music scene, there will also be a ‘lake of tranquility’ which sounds right up our healthy alley. This glorious lake of tranquility, nestled in the woods, surrounded by beautifully still waters, will feature wood-fired hot tubs, indian head massage, holistic therapy, yoga to name but a few.
Obonjan, 28th July – 6th September
There’s one final festival which has definitely grabbed our attention; Obonjan. Hosted on a beautiful island in Croatia, this festival will be running from the 28th of July to the 6th of September, giving you the opportunity to stay for as long or as little as you like. Obonjan promises to be “All the things we love in one place. It’s a place for arts, wellbeing, ecology, music, sports, talks, natural beauty and super comfy beds!” Doesn’t that sound amazing? Deep in the Obonjan woods there will be a wellbeing centre offering all sorts of wondrous treatments, hot tubs, yoga classes, sauna’s, not to mention all the delicious fresh juices and healthy and refreshing food. As you may have guessed, here at Hip and Healthy, we love our fitness and Obonjon offers a range of exciting sporty adventures; free-diving, sea-kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding, to name a few.
Now to decide which one to book!
words by Olivia Fantoni