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What to Expect at the Inaugural Wellness Festival Singapore

by Voices Wellness 10 May 2022
Photo: Wellness Festival Singapore

Focus on your wellbeing at this fun and meaningful festival, happening across the Lion City from June 3 to 12 this year.

As we ease back into working in offices and living with newly relaxed COVID-19 measures, there’s no doubt life can feel anxiety-provoking. Although changes are inevitable, there’s plenty you do to help boost your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out the inaugural Wellness Festival Singapore, happening from June 3 to 12 this year. The 10-day line-up is packed with more than 120 offerings across fitness classes, meditation workshops, as well as arts and lifestyle experiences.

Photo: Wellness Festival Singapore

Highlights include The Wellness Sensorium, a multi-sensory pop-up at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Visitors can explore six zones offering fun and photo-worthy activities, including the Stone Ritual, which engages visitors in the mindful and collaborative exercise of stone-stacking to heighten their spatial awareness, as well as the Light and Sound Bath, a darkened environment filled with slow-moving coloured lights and ambient sound to induce a state of calm. Visitors can also take part in free daily programmes at the Masterclass Studio. For example, participants can learn slow-stitching meditation from textile artist Agatha Lee or join a cooking demonstration and nutrition workshop that celebrates health and Singapore’s local flavours with Charlotte Mei and Sarah Huang Benjamin. Other activities include fitness workouts, wellness talks, and mental health circles.

Photo: Wellness Festival Singapore

Over at Sentosa, there’s the Zentosa Fest, which will transform the resort island into a wellness retreat for guests to escape from the stresses of urban living. Organised as part of Sentosa’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, specially curated wellness-themed stayover programmes, beach activities, and a diverse pipeline of lifestyle offerings would be held throughout June to help guests discover the art of living well. The Southernmost Point of Continental Asia, for instance, will be transformed into an escapade called “Stress Stop”, which will feature meditations, breathwork, and sound bathing sessions; while Palawan Green will be transformed into a tentpole Zentosa Festival Village, featuring masterclasses, sports workshops, and outdoor performances.

Meanwhile, nature lovers will appreciate the three Merli Wellness Trails launched by 42Race, a hybrid race platform, across the Singapore Botanic Gardens, HortPark-Harbourfront, and Fort Canning Park. Participants can explore the parks and garden, and answer questions in exchange for exclusive Merli and Friends virtual badges.

Art-related wellness workshops will also be held island-wide. Look forward to Somatic Movement workshops in National Gallery Singapore, which allow participants to express themselves through qi gong, silat, and other movements accompanied by traditional instruments and an eclectic playlist. Others include the Slow Art programme that encourages mindful art appreciation and an immersive Sound Bath Experience especially designed for 10–14-year-olds to enjoy soothing sounds that will relax the body and mind.

Photo: Wellness Festival Singapore

On June 12, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape will host a full-day open house to inspire individuals, couples, young families, and children to embrace fun and curiosity in their journey towards lifelong wellness. Guests can experience mindfulness-based art and movement for children, partner yoga, Pilates classes, as well as nutrition and fertility talks. From 11-12 June, visitors to Jewel Changi Airport can enjoy complimentary fitness and health classes at the Shiseido Forest Valley, set against the backdrop of the HSBC Rain Vortex.

There’ll also be wellness food tours such as the ‘TCM in Food’ Tour by Let’s Go Tour Singapore, where participants can discover how traditional Chinese medicine is applied t food preparation. They can also go on a ‘Family Farm Adventure’, an outdoor tour of Kampung Kampus by Earth Adventures that includes a farm-to-table plant-based organic lunch on the farm.

More information here.

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