Open Spaces: Health and Wellbeing
Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
Come and hear first-hand from the Convent’s wellness practitioners. This is your opportunity to experience a selection of wellbeing 'tasters' over the Open Spaces weekend. Take some time out and learn new ways to look after yourself in a relaxing space!
WELLBEING AT THE CONVENT
WellBeing Sessions at One Heart
With a committed team of more than 20 highly-qualified practitioners, WellBeing at the Convent provides the people, place and professional practices needed to support your physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health. Meet some of our practitioners and enjoy free workshops and afternoon tea.
Sun 12 – 12.45pm Yoga with Hannah
Join One Heart teacher Hannah to explore the element of water in an intuitive vinyasa yoga practice. Together we will investigate how it feels to embody fluidity as well as strength in our movement practices. Vinyasa can be both a dynamic practice and a moving meditation, and self-enquiry will enable safe and healing practices for new and experienced yoga practitioners alike, in this body-positive and inclusive environment.
Sun 1 – 1.45pm Wayapa Wuurrk, Indigenous-based Movement with Alana Marsh
One Heart is home to Wayapa Wuurrk, a wellness and movement practice based on indigenous knowledge and wisdom. This practice focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for living well and healing ourselves. Come along and experience a taste of this gentle sequence, suitable for all. Learn about ongoing Wayapa Courses at One Heart.
Sun 2 – 3pm Chanting with Patrick Glennan and Anahata Giri
Chanting is a community approach to singing that welcomes all. As we sing these very simple, beautiful and repetitive songs, we create a meditative space that is deeply relaxing and nourishing. Chanting together in this way is about practice, not performance, and rusty voices are very welcome. Handouts will help you with the words, the harmonium will accompany us with its beautiful resonance and our singing will nourish mind, heart and spirit. We will finish the session with complimentary chai and treats.
Sun 3.15 – 3.45pm Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) with Ulli Baxter, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Did you know that according to Neuroscience every memory we have is encoded in our brains with an emotional charge? The more we experience and repeat negative, limiting emotions, the more they can become ‘trapped’ in the body and can lead to ill health. Learn how Tapping can help you release any negative emotions and to ‘rewire’ these neural pathways to improve your health and wellbeing.
Sun 4 – 4.30pm Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety with Ulli Baxter, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Mindfulness has become one of the most popular techniques for dealing with stress and anxiety, as it helps us to focus our attention on the present moment and become aware of and accepting of our thoughts without judgement. Learn some simple mindfulness techniques to help you manage your daily stresses more effectively and be able to control and reduce anxiety.
MORE HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAMS
Saturday 2.30 – 3.30pm | Providence lawn
Tai Chi movements are performed slowly and rhythmically and focus on building up your internal energy to assist circulation throughout the body. Come along and join these energising sessions to learn how to charge your own energy battery and call on it at any time.
Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
Sunday 12 – 6pm | C1.01, Convent building
Have a try at making mini books, creating mandalas, and drawing your self-portrait alongside the Convent's resident art therapy studio artists.
Connecting to the Heart Space: A Meditation and Breathwork Class by Sian Pascale from The Light Collective
Sunday 2.30 – 3.30pm | Lawn by Separation Tree
Enjoy relaxing meditation using gentle breathing techniques, visualisations and affirmations to connect you to a state of love that radiates from the very core of your being. Bring a cushion, journal and warm clothes. Chairs will be available for those who want to meditate seated.
If you’re looking for healthy and ethical food options on the day, why not check out the Slow Food Farmers’ Market and Vegan market of Melbourne pop-ups as part of our delicious food offering.