Intercultural Roots invites you to be Healthy, WELLthy and Wise at their impressive new London-based Body, Mind & Spirit Festival.
“The first wealth is health” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
At this important moment in the history of humanity, in the face of climate and health crises, Health & WELLth redefines “health” (and “wealth”) to reconsider ourselves and our relationships – with our families, friends, colleagues and communities; and in relationship with our environment, nature and the planet earth. This international festival draws together more than 40 highly experienced and insightful practitioners, professional commentators and performers from the UK and overseas who are facilitating over 50 hours of professionally led wide-ranging workshops, performances, discussions and masterclasses. “Your health is an investment, not an expense.” Unknown
Activities include a menu of concurrent sessions in contemporary dance, theatre, choreography, physical theatre, devising, contact improvisation, creative labs, physical comedy, tap, singing, sound, wine glass orchestra, tai chi, Pilates, qigong, yoga, mental health and wellbeing, ecstatic dance, burlesque, cabaret, live music, DJ and party.
“We don't heal in isolation, but in community” S. Kelley Harrell
The central Café ‘Hangout’ is a community Festival space where there will be music, singing, performances, talks and time to eat, drink and ‘chillax’. Other sessions will take place in the dance studios.
“The part can never be well unless the whole is well” Plato The Health & WELLth festival offers you a unique opportunity to participate in a hugely diverse range of body-mind-spirit ‘embodied practices’ that have huge health, wellbeing, artistic and educational benefits.
Sounds great! But what IS an embodied practice? It is the experience you have of your body as perceived from within. It’s thinking done physically! It can be yoga, dance, Pilates – anything where you experience the body with higher than normal awareness or concentration.
“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ” John Steinbeck
The Festival programme is hugely varied and aims to be as inclusive and accessible as possible to engage people who might feel excluded by society. It is aimed at addressing pandemic levels of loneliness, anxiety and depression, and is timed to coincide with World Health Day on 7th Apr 2020. According to published statistics, 25-30% Londoners are lonely some or all of the time. London Mayor’s Office evidence (Nepho) suggests that across many areas of London there is a prevalence of mental health ‘all phobia’ problems. Affecting more than 25 out of 100 people.The Festival aims to be an early intervention that may contribute towards preventing an escalation of mental illness. It will provide practical tips for exercise, cooking, parenting, relationships and managing stress and information about positive steps that individuals can take in response to climate crises.
Please note the festival is for 18 years and over only
The Place is fully accessible for people with disabilities.