Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival is set to return to the Assembly Rooms on 1ST and 2nd of February for another packed weekend of talks, classes and workshops to help us all lead healthier and happier lives.
The festival will feature some of the biggest names in wellbeing, covering everything from plant-based diets, physical fitness and yoga, to menopause, mindfulness, mental health and dementia.
Key themes this year are loneliness, the importance of community, power of music, and how physical activity impacts our mental health.
Headline speakers include Olympic Gold Medalist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE; award-winning cookery writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe; Buddhist monk and bestselling author Gelong Thubten; BBC Doctor Rangan Chatterjee; Instagram’s favourite parents Mother and Papa Pukka, and world-renowned Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, David Nutt.
Fitness classes are suitable for all levels and include yoga star Steffy White, Pilates PT instructor Hollie Grant, celebrity trainer and Nike Ambassador Faisal Abdalla, and Dame Kelly Holmes who will be running one of the first of her new Military in Motion classes.
Felix Buxton of electronic music duo Basement Jaxx has even written a bespoke piece for the festival which will be performed by Edinburgh’s Got Soul Choir.
This special event, which is presented in partnership with Edinburgh Music Lovers, will celebrate the power of music will celebrate the power of music to bring us together, with a one off performance, and a panel discussion on how music can benefit our health.
Music will run throughout the festival, with disco yoga, sound baths, binaural beat therapy and more.
Holistic Scotland Magazine will host its very own Zen Zone in association with Positive Change Yoga and holistic fitness and wellbeing coach Kellie Macmillan, offering Zen Yoga and Nia tasters, as well as state-of-the-art sound journeys, sound baths and breathing workshops to leave you feeling inspired and relaxed.
You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the latest issue Holistic Scotland Magazine and browse the Naturals range of organic, vegan natural skincare, candles and pulse point rollers.
For those who want to try something new there will be workshops on how to make everything from kombucha to herbal remedies and, once again, themarketplace will be full to the brim of wellness products, health advice, discounted treatments and delicious food.
This year, Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival has partnered with Edinburgh Leisure, whose Active Communities programme harnesses the power of physical activity to tackle inequalities and combat the effects of inactivity.
Each year, it supports 10,000 people in need who face the greatest barriers to being active, including those affected by health conditions, disabilities, inequalities and poverty.
Street Fit Scotland delivers a programme of health, fitness and wellbeing which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people who have experienced homelessness or who are vulnerably housed.
It supports anyone who has experienced issues around mental health, offending behaviours or trauma.
The Joshua Nolan Foundation was set up to reduce suicide by funding counselling sessions for those who desperately need it, while also improving awareness of mental health issues.
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome the return of the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival to the Council’s beautiful Assembly Rooms.
“Last year’s event was packed with award-winning athletes, bloggers and chefs and this year’s programme is even bigger.
“As a champion of Edinburgh’s Festivals and as a keen runner myself, I see first-hand how culture, sport and the arts go hand-in-hand with physical and mental wellbeing.
“Come along to our wellness festival to be inspired by speakers like Dame Kelly Holmes MBE and hear how small changes can contribute to feeling good!”
Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival is a partnership between The City of Edinburgh Council and Good Thinking. Its media partners are i-ON, MADE and Holistic Scotland Magazine.
For the full schedule go to Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival
For tickets go to the Usher Hall website
All tickets include 10% booking fee. Discounts for Students, Senior Citizens, Disabled & Unwaged can be found on the Usher Hall website.
Day Ticket £49.50
Fitness Ticket: £27.50
Conversations Ticket: £27.50
Weekend Conversations Ticket: £44