Sweaty Betty's Wilderness Edit: This year's don't miss events
Sweaty Betty has recently announced that we’re the official wellness partner at this year’s Wilderness Festival, and excitement around the UK’s most holistic summer festival is building by the day. Created for culture vultures, food fiends and wellness enthusiasts, it’s an invigorating weekend cherished by Sweaty Betty founder Tamara Hill-Norton. Among Tamara’s highlights from Wilderness Festival 2014 are wild runs ending in spontaneous lake jumps, electro swing dancing, gourmet banqueting and hula hooping with Marawa the Amazing.
The good news? As Sweaty Betty ambassador, Marawa and her Majorettes will be back to teach their tum-toning party tricks and inspire your bandstand dance moves. The great news? There will be even more wellness events on at Sweaty Betty’s beautiful Zen Den, like partner yoga, fusion barre workouts and nutrition workshops by food blogger and author Madeleine Shaw. Be inspired by our complete Wilderness programme here.
Of course, there will be plenty going on both in and out of our Zen Den, and we want you to experience the best the festival has to offer. Here’s our pick of the coolest events to fill, perk, power and lift you up.
Fill up – selected food and drink events
The Adventures of Wild Food with Tom Hunt, at the Wilderness Cookery School – Forage and feast your way back to the history and etymology of wild food, and cook up a delicious meal with the ingredients you find. (Saturday 8 August, 2pm)
Food to Make You Happy – Book into this cookery class designed to create the ultimate, healthy comfort food. Come away with soul-warming Umami bone broth and raw brownies that taste naughty but are body-nice. (Thursday 6 August, 6pm)
Angela Hartnett’s Long Table Banquet – Take your seat and let the celebrated Chef Patron at Murano cook up a Sicilian-inspired feast to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. (Friday 7 August)
Perk up – selected performances and debates
Bjork – Immerse yourself in Bjork’s imaginative world with what will inevitably be a unique blend of music, fashion, art and performance. (Friday 7 August, last up on the Main Stage)
Opera Holland Park’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Get lost with Alice in this immersive performance of a children’s classic story, with music by an eleven-piece ‘Alice Band’. (Four live performances across the weekend)
Acrojou – Experience a unique blend of sublime visuals, acrobatics and dance as this troupe plays out love, heartbreak and freedom in a performance illustrating one man’s escape from a running mind. Sweaty Betty predicts it ends in savasana. (Performances across the weekend)
Ritual art and shamanism – Find a greater sense of wonder and exhilaration through meditation, drama therapy and personal mythology, with the theatrical genius of Foolish People’s John Harrigan. (Saturday 8 August)
Wilderness School of Thought – Join a debate on anything from ethics and history, to gardening and cloud-spotting. Wilderness promises that ‘you and the world will be better because of it’. (Talks and debates across the weekend)
Power up – selected Sweaty Betty fitness sessions
Join our talented, creative, energetic ambassadors for endorphin-releasing, breath-taking, sweat-making sessions. Find out more here.
Wild Runs – Make a bright start to each day with a 3km off-road run and discover the beauty of the Wilderness site. (Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, setting off at 10:30am)
Meet Me at the Barre – Strengthen, tone and sculpt your body through a mix of dance, ballet and Pilates, led by Xtend Barre instructor Belinda Norton. (Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, 3-3:30pm)
Hula Hooping – Release your inner child, work your core and enjoy an element of performance with the world-renowned hula-hooping fitness instructor Marawa. (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, 5-5:15pm)
Upside Down & Inside Out Workshop – Strengthen your core and shift your perspective with a detoxifying inversion workshop by Sweaty Betty ambassadors Jo Arthur and Charlie Morgan. (Friday 7 August, 4-4:30pm)
Lift up – sanctuaries, retreats, wellness events and yoga classes
Yoga at the Bandstand – Join Sweaty Betty for a mass yoga practice to stretch, strengthen and restore the body in a wild, peaceful, natural environment. (Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, 9:30-10am)
Spitz & Co Perfume Making – Encapsulate your personality in a fragrance completely unique to you, in this fascinating perfume-making workshop with the world-celebrated perfumer Sarah McCartney. (Friday 7 August, 12pm)
There She Glows – Make a break from harmful chemicals and learn how to create your own all-natural, invigorating and luxurious cosmetics in this wellness workshop. (Sunday 9 August, 4pm)
The Sanctuary – Head to the Pure Pamper Zone for head-to-toe treatments or to recline in the Buddha Garden. There’s everything you need to unwind and chill. (Open all weekend)
Sweaty Betty hopes to see you at Wilderness Festival next month. And if it’s not yet in your diary, you may be in with a chance to win two tickets for free. Go fetch your lucky rabbit and enter the exclusive Sweaty Betty competition before 19 July – find out more.