On 7-8 September, Wiltshire's VERVE Wellness Festival will bring wellness, fitness, education, food, drink, camping and glamping all together for an almighty celebration of healthy hedonism. An alternative festival choice for those who'd take a weekend of tranquillity and mindfulness over music and mud, VERVE is a stylish, zero waste, independent festival set in a beautiful natural location with an events schedule packed with activities that combine health and hedonism. Here's a flavour of what to expect...
VERVE’s yoga programme has been curated by Megan Romilly and includes Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Broga and Yin as well as guided meditations and south baths. On the Saturday, join the Yang Yin Yoga class with Clare Allen from 12.30-13.30 and the Soulful Flow Yoga & Candlelit South Bath run by Megan Romilly and Joanie Solaini from 17.15-18.45. On the Sunday, there’ll be an Ashtanga Yoga class with Daniel Petkoff and a Chilled Yoga & Sound Bath run again by Megan Romilly and Joanie Solaini.
Plenty of pilates on offer at VERVE, with classes taught by personal trainer Olly Finbow. Head to the Pilates Tent on the Saturday for an introductory class 16.30-17.00 and for an Unwind and Revive session on the Sunday, 14.30-15.15.
The Zest Spa will sit in a quiet corner of the Wiltshire farm, offering services reconnecting attendees with Mother Nature. Run by Studio Zest, a South Wiltshire-based physical wellness studio, treatments available are as follows: Ayurvedic face treatment, hot stone massage, Thai foot massage and a Pinks facial, head, neck and shoulder massage. Pre-book your treatment at studiozest.co.uk.
Forget a cramped grey gym, a woodland workout at VERVE promises to be an invigorating and unique fitness experience, suitable for all abilities. Over the weekend, a Workout in the Woods class will run every hour between 11.00 and 16.00, lasting 45 minutes. If long distance is more your bag, Guided Farm Runs will be taking place across the surrounding fields and farms.
VERVE’s selection of classes and workshops are there to help attendees feel more at one with nature, and to encourage the practice of mindfulness. The schedule includes stargazing, silent walks, art workshops with local artist David Walsh and Bushcraft Initiative classes to teach all types of skills such as fire making and spoon carving.
The talks line-up covers topics such as sex and relationships, mental health, habit breaking, confidence building, sleep, nutrition, gut health and more. The speaker programme features experts including Julie Wright and Kata Armitage of WeSleep, behavioural change specialist Shahroo Izadi, actress Serena Evans, psychosexual and relationship therapist Aofie Drury and nutritional therapist Alli Godbold, plus more. With interesting people talking about interesting things, you’re bound to walk away having learnt something new.
In addition to the above there are also special events for kids, a rich range of street food and drink offerings, a party on the Saturday night with a live DJ and a boutique shopping area full of kitsch, independent brands to discover.
Get a Saturday Day Ticket for £75, a Sunday Day Ticket for £70, and a Weekend Ticket for £140. Check out the full list of ticket options including family and evening only entries at universe.com.
VERVE Wellness Festival
Manor Farm, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire