5 of the Best Wellness + Fitness Festivals Around the World 2018
By: Angelica Malin
Looking to discover some of the best health and wellness festivals around the world in 2018? You’re in the right place. Festivals have got a total makeover this year – gone are the days of festivals full of drunk young kids, muddy boots and sleeping in a tent. Oh no, festivals have got a sexy, healthy new face. Health and wellness festivals are popping up all over the globe. They’re perfect if you crave a festival experience, but want to come away feeling better, clearer and more inspired than when you arrived. If you’re a health-lover, discover our pick of the best, healthy, global festivals in 2018:
For a Yoga Festival: Yoga in the Alps – Salzberg, Austria
The Lowdown: Yoga in the Alps is the largest yoga festival in Europe with around 40 yoga teachers teaching more than 300 yoga classes in three different locations, over 10 days. It’s the place to come to fill up your energy reserves, listen to your inner voice, rediscover calm breathing and enjoy movement.
What: Taking place in the Gastein Valley, there will be the chance for meditation and relaxation classes as well as sensual, creative and spiritual courses offered in dance, singing, cooking, nutrition, nature and spirituality. You’ll be in amazing rooms facing the mountains and practicing outdoors in nature itself. The perfect break from everyday life!
When: 12th-21st October 2018
For a Transformational Retreat: Wanderlust Tremblant – Québec, Canada
The Lowdown: Wanderlust Tremblant is a transformational retreat bringing together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs at the famed Tremblant Resort, nestled in the heart of the world’s oldest mountain chain.
What: The retreat includes multi-level yoga and meditation sessions, mouth-watering organic and whole foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing outdoor activities on offer in this stunning Canadian province. Visitors can go for a meditative hike amidst 600 acres of terrain, practice yoga by the shores of the beautiful Lake Tremblant, or take to the lake itself in a standup paddleboard yoga class. For further information and ticket details, see here.
When: 23-26th August 2018
For Meditation: Thimphu Festival – Bhutan
The Lowdown: Bhutan, the landlocked Buddhist Kingdom in the Eastern Himalayas, is known for its dramatic landscape, monasteries, festivals and most importantly, for prioritising its population’s happiness by using ‘Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) as an index of measurement. There are countless festivals and events throughout the year for visitors to attend, including the Thimphu Festival in September. Blue Poppy Tours and Treks, a local Bhutanese tour operator, enables travellers to experience the wellness festival, whilst discovering the country’s environment, culture, traditions and spiritual heritage.
What: Travellers will see locals dressed in their finest clothes, many of whom have walked for miles to attend the festivities. Locals come to watch masked dances, to pray and to feast and travellers can join in the celebrations. Whilst the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances are presented as plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava.
Those inspired by the country’s Buddhist culture and festivals can visit temples, monasteries or even attend a ceremony or blessing whilst in the country. Meditation, yoga and wellness retreats are readily available and travellers are invited to attend a guided meditation session or visit a nunnery whilst touring the Kingdom. Travellers can also attend talks on Buddhism and healing as they delve deeper into the country’s rich history and heritage.
When: 19th-21st September 2018
For a London Festival: Wanderlust 108 – London, UK
The Lowdown: Wanderlust, the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, returns to a new location for 2018 with Battersea Park in South West London playing host to over 4,000 yogis moving and breathing together. Wanderlust’s signature triathlon, which is produced in partnership with adidas, comprises a 5k run (or walk), a DJ-powered 90-minute outdoor yoga class, and a 30-minute guided meditation. Attendees will also enjoy live music and DJs, artisanal vendors, local foods and The Uncommons venue, which plays host to a wide choice of free activities including acro-yoga, aerial yoga, guided meditation, hula-hooping and more to be revealed.
What: Due to popular demand, leading health guru and best-selling author Julie Montagu will lead the yoga stage, joined by new announcements Jonelle Lewis and Mona Lisa Godfrey; Michael James Wong will lead the guided meditation, and AcroYogaDance returns to The Uncommons alongside Tania Brown. Presenter and host Will Sebastian will be the MC for the day. Battersea Park is a stunning location and one of London’s most beautiful parks, featuring water fountains, sculptures, and a Peace Pagoda. This enormous outdoor space is easily accessible by transport links making it the perfect setting for Wanderlust 108 London.
When: 15th September 2018
For a Food Festival: Bali Vegan Festival – Ubud, Bali
What: As the first and only vegan festival in Bali, a tourist hub with 4.2 million residents and millions of visitors every year, it has a tremendous responsibility to inspire. Vegans, vegan-curious, flexitarians, and omnivores are all welcome. To promote inclusion, residents will receive a discount on the price of the passes and the vegan village will have free access for all, with food stalls, community yoga, and concerts.
When: 5th-7th October 2018
They all sound so amazing! Which one do you want to attend the most?