Looking back on the Wellbeing Festival

The May Bank Holiday weekend saw the culmination of many months of preparation, as the fourth annual Wellbeing Festival finally arrived at Hamilton House.

The theme for Saturday’s event was ‘Community Matters’, a reminder that our own individual wellbeing is intrinsically linked with that of the wider community, especially its most vulnerable members. It was also a reference to the outreach work being done by the Wellbeing team with older residents of care homes in Bristol.

The day was packed with talks, workshops and activities on topics such as mindfulness, managing anxiety and transformational bodywork. Kid’s activities included snack making and story-telling, while a delicious selection of Greek food was supplied by the Community Kitchen.

A soundtrack to the day’s activities was supplied by emerging artists including singer-songwriter Lady Nade, with an energetic and colourful Capoeira performance bringing things to an end.

Lioba Fezer, one of the organizers of the festival noted that “from my point of view, it was a success. I got a lot of feedback from workshop leaders and several attendees said it was the best festival yet”.

As well as being a chance for visitors to explore various therapies and approaches to wellbeing, the day was also the launch of the Wellbeing team’s crowdfunder campaign, which aims to raise £3700 to fund a team of therapists to provide one-to-one mindfulness and massage to care home residents at risk of social isolation.

£450 has already been raised, with the campaign running until the end of the month. For the chance to contribute and win some fantastic prizes including hampers from our wellbeing rooms, click here.

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