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Going to WellFest? Here are eight experiences you shouldn’t miss

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Going to WellFest? Here are eight experiences you shouldn’t miss


WELLFEST is back this weekend for its eighth iteration — a sure sign that summer is right around the corner.

For the past few years, the health and fitness festival has been pulling in over 10,000 yogis, gym bunnies, and cacao enthusiasts.�

This weekend is set to be no different, with a stellar lineup of new and returning fitness celebrities due to take to stages across the grounds of Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Between live workouts, food demonstrations, talks and more, there’s a lot to soak up. Here’s our pick of the top experiences you don’t want to miss.

1. Dance yourself free with Don King

Choreographer and dance coach, Don King Rongavilla, is a veteran of the WellFest lineup — and for good reason.�

He brings a heavy dose of enthusiasm and cheesy songs to his Wellfest dance classes. This year, he has been given the honour of opening and closing the festival.�

Catch him at 10.10am on the main stage for the ultimate feel-good start to proceedings and/or at 5pm on Sunday, to round out your weekend with a bang.

The Body Coach Joe Wicks on stage at WellFest Picture: Marc O’Sullivan
The Body Coach Joe Wicks on stage at WellFest Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

2. Burst out the burpees with Joe Wicks

Everyone’s favourite HIIT instructor, Joe Wicks, is back again this year to take everyone through their paces.

Expect burpees, mountain climbers and sumo squats from his 45-minute workout on the main stage at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.�

Make sure your water bottle is topped up.

Laura Dowling. Photograph Moya Nolan
Laura Dowling. Photograph Moya Nolan

3. Meet Laura Dowling’s vulva puppet

The pharmacist has just wrapped up her ‘Viva la Vulva’ tour.

Fear not, she’ll be bringing her vulva puppet and shame-free, humour-filled approach to women’s health and wellbeing to the WellTalk stage at 2pm on Saturday.

Last year, her talk (which included plenty of time for questions from the audience) was one of the festival’s highlights.

4. Take a yoga class

From fast-based Vinyasa flows to sleep-inducing Nidra practices, you could spend your day in the WellYoga tent.�

At 12.25pm on Saturday, Clare-based Caroline Rouine O’Connor’s Power Yoga combines body weight, a mini loop/resistance band and core work to target all major muscle groups. Expect to feel the heat in this one.

On the main stage at 4pm on the same day, The Apprentice star and sunrise enthusiast Maura Rath (Yoga with Maura) is one of the event’s main draws.

5. Workout with Vogue Williams and her personal trainer

Vogue Williams has been singing coach John Belton’s praises for years, so it’s no surprise the pair teamed up at the start of the year to launch Flexy Fit, a new workout app.

The duo will be gracing the main stage on Saturday at 1pm, to take attendees through their paces for a hard-hitting 45-minute total body workout.

6. Experience a cacao ceremony

The natural health industry is buzzing about antioxidant-rich cacao beans from Central and South America.�

Give it a go at Reformation’s tent at 3.45pm on Saturday with facilitator Amanda Marren.

If you miss out, nibbed cacao will be in the vendors’ tent, handing out free samples.

7. Take a dip in an ice bath

A new addition to the festival this year is the WellEnergy area.

Here, you’ll find saunas, hot tubs, ice baths, and treatments like facelift massages and systematic kinesiology.�

This area will be an extra charge — expect to pay €50 per 30-minute session for treatments, €30 for the hot tub and €20 for the sauna (both half-hour sessions) and €20 for 20 minutes in the ice bath (although we doubt you’ll take up the full session).

8. Wind down with sound therapy

Sound therapy seems to be experiencing something of a resurgence right now.�

Stretch out surrounded by Tibetan bowls, gongs, chimes and drums as Emma West leads a sound bath experience on Saturday at 5.20pm and Sunday at 4.35pm at the WellYoga tent.

Now that sounds like a relaxing end to the day.



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