Welcome to our second 'virtual' well-being festival - the
‘LIVE LIFE WELL WEEKENDER’ running from the
11th – 13th September 2020.
Thanks to the success of our earlier virtual weekender in May, launched in response to lockdown, we welcome you to the second of our 'virtual'
Well-being Festivals the ‘Live Life Well Weekender 2.0’, to help people better cope in these extraordinary times.
This three-day virtual festival will see the well-being community come together once again, to provide a range of expert talks, workshops, events and resources, and will explore everything from health and fitness, looking after your mental health, managing stress and anxiety, relationships and loneliness, safeguarding your children, to organising your finances, working from home,
home-schooling and studying, whilst helping you to take care of yourself and your family emotionally and physically.
Through these talks and workshops our experts and industry leaders will provide a central hub for vital and credible information, and create the discussions we all need to cope now, to help reduce the negative impacts on us and our families for the future, and better prepare ourselves for our new norm as we move towards our new lives after lockdown.
The Live Life Well Weekender is a not-for-profit event and will be accessible to all with FREE tickets for all frontline and key workers, FREE access for school, university and college students, as well as FREE tickets for those in need who are on low incomes or unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
A nominal fee of £12 per household for General Admission provides visitors with unlimited access to the whole three-days of content, of which all profits received will go charity to support the national NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER COVID-19 Appeal and local initiatives in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire.
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FOOD & NUTRITION
MEET THE SPEAKERS
We are excited to welcome some of the UK's leading wellbeing experts as well as a host of regional experts hosting a variety of talks on the issues that matter most to you.
Our line-up of speakers is once again building and we are thrilled to be able to welcome back some of our best-loved speakers as well as some new faces.
September will see the wonderful BBC commentator and wellbeing campaigner Dr. Radha Modgil return, Embarrassing Bodies host and Media Doctor, Dr Dawn Harper, Psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, fitness expert James Golden, Happiness expert Steph Peltier, Parenting Mental health campaigner Suzanne Alderson, Founder and Editor of Motherdom Anna Ceesay, nutritionist and women's health expert Le'nise Brothers, Life-changing motivational speaker Kirsty Hulse, Empowerment speaker and coach Presenter, host and Coach Kevin Duala, Wholeman Academy Founder Anthony Astbury, ex professional Boxer and mentor Johnny Nelson among many others to be announced.
You are guaranteed to feel inspired, well informed and entertained.
Hear from a wide range of experts in our talks and panel discussions.
These sessions will explore the wide range of issues facing our community today as we adapt to the new ways of living through lockdown. From mental health, wellness, self-care, relationships, parenting and workplace wellbeing.
Each session will be 30 minutes with 10 minutes for a Live Q&A.
Wake up and feel alive with our movement sessions, workouts and mindfulness practices for better physical health.
Experience new ways to move and connect with your mind and body in our guided activities. Introducing you to some fun and original activities, for every level and experience.
Each session will be 30 - 40 minutes and all Live.
Experience some new and fun activities in our exciting schedule of workshops.
Come and discover an exciting schedule of workshops that will get you creative this Spring.
Come together with like-minded people and learn new skills to keep you busy and calm as well as fun interactive workshops that will entertain.
Session will be individually timed.
Take a look at our full timetable for the three-day festival this September.
Take a look for the icon to identify the type of event it is and click the link to see full details.
FRIDAY FEELS 11TH
SUPER SATURDAY 12TH
SELF-CARE SUNDAY 13TH
WORKOUT WITH JAMES GOLDEN - THE FITNESS PRO
Join Fitness trainer, lifestyle coach and consultant to the Haybarn Spa at Daylesford, James Golden - AKA ‘The Fitness Pro’ - one of the go to fitness experts in the health and fitness industry for a body-weight HIIT workout. This session will be filmed in the beautiful grounds of Daylesford.
30 MINUTE SESSION
Steff Woodman is the Co-Owner of the Body Confident Bootcamp and Sweaty Betty Ambassador.
In this 30 minute workout expect an absolute stress reliever. Seff's moves are designed specifically to make you feel amazing inside and out.
Get Your Sweat On!
SESSION: 30 MINUTES
BODYWEIGHT BOXING HIIT WITH STEFF WOODMAN
Join this dynamic fitness class which will be a blend of strength, power and cardiovascular training with fitness pros The Huddle.
With over 30 years of experience in professional sport, the founders of The Huddle bring fitness that will inspire and encourage wellness and help anyone to improve their health and go beyond their goals.
SESSION TIME: 30 MINS
MID MORNING MOVES
Alice Strachan is a globally renowned Barre instructor who has worked with Ellesse, Capezio and Neom amongst others.
Join her for a half hour total body barre class suitable for all levels.
Barre is a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga and Pilates, that focuses on low-impact movements designed to strengthen and tone your body. Feel like a ballerina as you sculpt and define!
SESSION TIME: 30 MINS
BARRE WITH ALICE STRACHAN
MID MORNING MOVES
Le'Nise Brothers is a registered Nutritional Therapist, women's hormone and health coach, yoga instructor and founder of Eat Love Move. Her mission is for women to understand and embrace their hormones and menstrual cycle and this relates to how we should exercise too.
Join Le'Nise for a 30 minute Yoga session demonstrating the different focus and flow that should be used at each stage of a woman's natural cycle. After the session Le'Nise chats to Live Life Well in greater depth all about hormones, health and wellbeing in an in-depth talk at 9.45am.
SESSION TIME: 30 MINS
EAT MOVE LOVE: THE HORMONE WORKOUT
MID MORNING MOVES
BUSY LIZZY MUMS WORKOUT
BusyLizzy is the UK's leading family club offering pregnancy, postnatal fitness sessions, baby and toddler classes, talks and family events.
Local Cheltenham Resident and 'Club Owner,' Amy Clarke shows us a signature BusyLizzy workout for mums.
Expect 30 mins of exercise to raise the heart rate safely and suitable for all.
SESSION TIME: 30 MINS
MID MORNING MIND
SELF CARE FOR TOUGH TIMES WITH SUZY READING
Join Psychologist and Yoga Teacher Suzy Reading for a practical application of soothing self care for times of stress, loss and change, encompassing the head, heart and body.
Drawing on the therapeutic benefit of movement, posture, touch, and breathing, Suzy will use mental strategies including visualisation, mantras and coping tools.
Build your toolkit of yoga inspired shoulder and neck releases, breathing practices, self massage tips, and hand gestures to calm and nourish, and to move through emotions in a safe and healthy way.
This workshop will show you the inseparable nature of mental health and physical health, bringing together the healing wisdom from psychology and yoga, helping you come home to your body and become your own safe place.
SESSION TIME: 30 MINS + Q&A WITH SUZY
Working with the magic of the moon cycles
Our body is not a machine and its about time we treated it right. In this talk we welcome Le'Nise Brothers a registered Nutritional Therapist, women's hormone and health coach, yoga instructor and founder of Eat Love Move, and Dr Shahzadi Harper, a specialist menopause doctor, interested in optimising women's wellbeing and health. Together Le' Nise and Dr. Shahzadi will look at hormones and how they affect us on a daily basis.
Both of our speakers work with women who want to get control of their health and wellbeing, to restore their equilibrium and empower them with the mental positivity to sail through whatever hormonal challenges they may be facing.
Le'Nise and Dr Shahzadi advise and help many women with hormonal issues ranging from PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy, painful, missing & irregular periods, post-natal depletion, perimenopause and menopause among many other issues.
Hormones, we all have them so lets take the time to better understand them.
SPEAKER: Le'Nise Brothers & Dr Shahzadi
MID MORNING MIND
Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread with Pauline Beaumont.
In this 40 minute workshop join Pauline Beaumont as she demonstrates the meditative, physical and mental benefits of baking bread.
Pauline believes that when life gets challenging, simple pleasures and timeless traditions can help us manage. Bread Therapy is a love letter to the art of making real bread.
So come and enjoy this unhurried, creative activity that is joyful, calming and productive - providing a much-needed antidote to life's stresses and strains.
SESSION TIME: 40 MINS
MEANINGFUL GOALS FOR FRAGILE TIMES
Join Kemi Nekvapil, an ICF credentialed executive and personal coach, who is shaping a new paradigm for women, in leadership and life in this inspirational talk on Setting Meaningful Goals for Fragile Times.
Kemi is an internationally renowned coach who has worked in the wellness industry for 25 years. Having studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, trained as a yoga teacher in India with a 23-year yoga and meditation practice, Kemi understands there is a process for meaningful, connection to ourselves, our work, our families and communities.
In her coaching practice Kemi works with female leaders to unlock the obstacles that prevent value-based leadership and as a facilitator Kemi designs programs and speaks for global organisations.
In this talk, Kemi will share her insights into how you can feel empowered to fulfil your own potential even in an unpredictable world.
SPEAKERS: Kemi Nekvapil
OBESITY : IS IT YOUR FAULT?
From the dangers of crash dieting to the effectiveness of exercise, we’ll be breaking down the government’s obesity strategy to explore how you can REALLY make a difference to your health.
Join award-winning journalist Amy Abrahams and nutritional scientist Toral Shah as they investigate the factors for a healthy life and reveal the truths behind the headlines on Covid and weight. Whether it’s the confusion over BMI, the health inequalities in BAME communities or the psychological impact of calories on menus, there’s never been more debate about what good health actually is.
In this talk, we’ll be illuminating the issues to help you feel the most informed. It’s time to rethink what you feel about food and your body.
SPEAKERS: Toral Shah and Amy Abrahams are the founders of What The Health? Events.
HOW TO COPE WITH REDUNDANCY
Career coach Alexa Shoen shares her expert advice on coping with redundancy and job searching in times of Covid-19.
Alexa Shoen is the author of #ENTRYLEVELBOSS: A 9-step guide to finding a job you like (and actually getting hired to do it), and has successfully guided thousands of jobseekers through the process of securing their next role.
If you're one of the one million people who have been made redundant or are now looking for work during the coronavirus era, Alexa will provide some much needed expert advice and support to help support you through the process.
SPEAKER: Alexa Shoen
LONG COVID: THE LONG-TERM HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19
The effects of Long Covid are far reaching, with a vast array of symptoms encompassing both the physical and neurological that drag into weeks and in some cases months.
Many of those experiencing long term coronavirus symptoms were fit, active people whose lives have been completely turned upside down by the ongoing symptoms.
What do we know about Long Covid, how is it affecting people and is there help for those who need it?
Join Dr David Arnold lead research from the COVID Discovery team, and primary care nurse and respiratory specialist Carol Stonham, who will talk about the long-term effects they are seeing on patients, and what we can do to help recovery and protect our health for the future.
SPEAKERS: Dr David Arnold & Carol Stonham
BRINGING UP RACE: HOW TO RAISE A KIND CHILD IN A PREJUDICED WORLD
What does race mean for all parents? How do we talk to children about racism? How do you bring up children to confront racism? Those are the questions Uju Asika, a multiple award-nominated blogger, screenwriter and creative consultant, addresses in her new book, Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World.
We are pleased to welcome Uju, to the festival to share her thoughts and experiences of this important topic. In this talk we will explore the book, approaching race as a topic for parents and kids, her response to Black Lives Matter and her own experiences of bringing up kids in todays world.
A former journalist for publications such as The Guardian, Time Out and Salon.com, Uju has been a fixture on the parent blogging and influencer scene for years, known for her popular blog Babes About Town and her presence at events and conferences. A published poet and screenwriter, she’s written Bringing Up Race, incorporating her experiences of raising two boys in London.
SPEAKER: Uju Askia, Hosted by Ed Draper
PPE : SUFFOCATING OUR SKIN
Join Skin Experts, Yuliya Culley of Novello Skin, and Sara Prue of SJP Beauty as they discuss the disturbing side effects of PPE on our skin.
As it becomes normality to wear face masks, shields and gloves just what exactly is this doing to our skin health? There have been reports of rashes, burning, redness, dermatitis and acne outbreaks. According to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology Hands, cheeks, and the nasal bridge are the most commonly affected areas. However, are these temporary discomforts or long lasting problems?
What can we do to protect, prevent and preserve? We talk to highly acclaimed local skin specialists to discover exactly why this is happening and what steps can be taken to minimise the effects.
SPEAKER: Yulia Culley Novello Skin and Sara Prue SJP Beauty
STRESSED OUT PARENTS: HOW TO TAKE TIME FOR YOU.
Over the last five months, Parents who have had the added pressures of juggling working from home, home schooling their children and the distress due to unstable financial circumstances, are said to be one of the groups of people most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This added stress has no doubt had a huge impact on parents own mental health and well-being, so we are looking forward to providing an informative, insightful and hopefully comforting discussion dedicated to parent's well-being.
Join founder of charity Parenting Mental Health Suzanne Alderson, Principal Academic at Bournemouth University, and specialist perinatal mental health campaigner, educator, consultant and charity governor Dr Andrew Mayers, and founder and editor of parental mental health title Motherdom, Anna Ceesay, who will come together to discuss their own personal experience of maternal and paternal mental health, as well as discuss how the last five months will have affected parents well-being and what we can do to look after ourselves and be kinder to ourselves over the coming months.
SPEAKERS: Suzanne Alderson founder of Parenting Mental Health, Anna Ceesay, founder and editor of Motherdom and Dr Andrew Mayers, parental mental health expert of Bounemouth University.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LIVING WELL
The use of art as therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years,but is it the ultimate formula to the science of living well? Does drawing emotions, feelings and difficult thoughts actually make us feel better?
Who better to explore such a concept than Artist, illustrator and trained Occupational Therapist, Elena Skoreyko Wagner. Elena found her way to illustration when asked to illustrate a pediatric assessment. Throughout her career, art and science have been perpetually blurred and her work is often a narrative, depicting women and children touching gently on health and social issues to find magic, and support personal well-being.
In this workshop Elena shares her famous e-zine the "Little Book of Feelings' and discusses the science between illustrating emotions to allow an individual to live life well.
SPEAKER: Elena Skoreyko Wagner.
HOW MEN CAN LIVE LIFE BETTER
Amid the chaos of modern life, men still aren’t talking enough about their mental health, well-being and the pressures upon them - meet the men trying to change that.
Anthony Astbury founder of the Whole Man Academy, a living, breathing magazine for men, is on a mission to inspire men to do life better; to get men to be 'real men' by talking to improve well-being and change the tired dialogue that strong men stay silent.
Anthony will be joined by Ex boxing World Champion and well-being advocate Johnny Nelson in an informal chat hosted by Sky Sports Presenter Ed Draper, discussing the male conundrum, and how men can do life better.
SPEAKER: Wholeman Academy Founder Anthony Astbury, ex pro boxer Johnny Nelson & Sky Sports Ed Draper.
THIS TOO SHALL PASS: EXPLORING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF COVID & LOCKDOWN
The last six months as individuals, families and communities, there has been a huge amount of change, loss, trauma and personal reflection. We are all being re-programmed for 'COVID Times' - so what do this mean for us psychologically now, and in the long-term.
Join Psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick and Dr Claudia Herbert, hosted by Kimberley Pena MA RDMP, as they discuss the psychological impacts of COVID-19 and lockdown, as well as the long-term impacts of the last few months on us personally and culturally. Our experts will share their insight into how we can build resilience, overcome trauma and look forward to a new future.
SPEAKERS: Dr Aaron Balick, Dr Claudia Herbert Hosted by Kimberley Pena
ORDINARY PEOPLE TURBULENT TIMES
In these chaotic days of COVID-19, we are all struggling with an incredible amount of change, uncertainty and worry.
Join our speakers wellbeing campaigner and practicing GP Dr Radha Modgil and presenter and coach Kevin Duala who will discuss how we as individuals and a nation have come together over the past six months and what we can learn from this experience for the future.
Dr Radha and Kevin will discuss the power of connection, how to build resilience and communities that make us stronger individually and collectively. They will talk about overcoming difficult situations in a world that's been turned up side down and finding hope and promise in adversity.
SPEAKERS: Dr Radha Modgil, Kevin Duala hosted by Lucy Donoughue, happiful
WEAR AND TEAR IN LOCKDOWN
After months of online workouts, working from home at make-shift desks, stress, a lack of sleep and potentially poor diets, how has that left our bodies?
As we emerge from lockdown we look at the wear and tear on our body and joints specifically, and what we can do to ease symptoms from a multi-faceted approach.
Examining three different disciplines, from the Eastern Influence of Acupuncture, the Western Regime of Chiropractic, to Precision Medicine that examines your genetics and biological makeup, learn how to heal your body efficiently and achieve optimal health and strength.
In this talk we talk to Cotswold Optimal Health, function medicine expert Dr. Ranulf Crooke, Tivoli Chiropractic's Nadene Lidington, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinic Director and Purelands Acupuncture- Paolo Nicosia, BSc. (HONS), MBAcC, hosted by dance movement psychotherapist Kimberley Pena to
look at how each discipline can provide answers, empowering you to understand your body better.
Cotswold Optimal Health's Dr. Ranulf Crooke, Tivoli Chiropractic's Nadene Lidington, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinic Director and Purelands Acupunture- Paolo Nicosia, hosted by dance movement psycotherapist Kimberley Pena.
BEATING THE MONEY BLOCKS
Given the economic uncertainties caused by COVID-19 and the extended lock-down, a rise in unemployment, an uncertain economic climate, personal financial worries for people across the UK are on the rise.
During these uncertain times, it can be hard to see ahead, but it is important to assess your current financial situation and gauge the long-term impact on your personal finances.
Often, a few small, simple steps can help you stay ahead, so here we welcome Clever With Your Cash founder Andy Webb, financial well-being expert Darren Laverty and Money Mindset coach Cat Plummer to show you 'How to Beat the Money Blocks', in times of uncertainty'.
SPEAKER: Darren Laverty, Cat Plummer and Clever Cash author Andy Webb
THE NO-BULLSHIT GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR HAPPY
We all want to know how to find happiness. But what does Happiness Mean to you? There are many definitions of happiness and now positive psychology is starting to explore the science behind happiness in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.
Join the NO-Bullshit Happiness girl Steph Peltier who will take you through a science backed strategy of how you can find happiness in your life.
SPEAKERS: Steph Peltier
A STRONG RETURN TO SCHOOL LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN
As schools re-open across the country how are you as a parent feeling about your child returning to class?
According to new research from ONS, Two-thirds of parents in the UK are said to be worried about their children returning to school. Whether its fear for catching COVID, Nervousness over social bubbles and how your children will interact, to the effects on their education and behavior, this is a challenging and anxious time for parents.
Here we talk to Natalie Costa, child development coach empowering children to know their own minds, parenting mental health campaigners Suzanne Alderson, Head teacher of Westonbirt School Natasha Dangerfield and founder of mental health app I AM ME Claire Libby, as they explore the pressures on our children and worries for parents, and how to safeguard your children from difficult times ahead.
SPEAKER: Suzanne Alderson, Natalie Costa & Natasha Dabgerfield and Claire Libby.
GETTING BACK TO WORK - HOW TO THRIVE IN A POST COVID WORLD
The world has been enmeshed in a global health crisis that stretches to all levels of society. Our day-today lives thrown into a spin, but as lockdown begins to ease and people begin to think about returning to normal life and heading back into work, how can we as individuals go from surviving to thriving in our new world?
In this talk we welcome Inspirational and “life changing” thought leader, confidence coach and stand-up comedian Kirsty Hulse, as she empowers you to embrace our new world, a new way of thinking and find the confidence and belief within to help you achieve more than you ever thought possible.
SPEAKER: Kirsty Hulse
WHAT THE HEALTH?
FOOD & NUTRITION
BAKING BREAD: THE GUT AND BRAIN BENEFITS OF SOURDOUGH
Join Vanessa Kimbell, specialist sourdough baker and founder of The Sourdough School. She is an award-winning author & regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Food Programme, Vanessa is currently researching the effects of fermentation, the gut microbiome and mood towards a PhD in nutrition and digestibility of bread.
In this workshop Vanessa will demonstrate baking the perfect sourdough whilst talking about the synergy between the fermentation of flour to make bread and gut microbial health.
SPEAKER: Vanessa Kimbell
BREAKING THE SILENCE
Exploring how employees can support their staff and team's mental health in times of uncertainty.
David Beeney suffered for over thirty years, not wanting to tell his colleagues or employer that he was battling mental health problems; believing that it would damage his career, he was embarrassed and scared of the potential consequences.
David is now using his experience, commercial background and business knowledge to help organisations implement mental health & well-being strategies within the workplace.
Here he talks to business psychologist Fiona Phelps, founder of Whistle Well, as they discuss how we as individuals can 'Break the Silence' and feel comfortable to talk about our mental health at work, and how managers and leaders in organisations can create cultures that support teams and individuals in the workplace.
SPEAKER: DAVID BEENEY & FIONA PHELPS
RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICS IN A PRESSURE COOKER WITH TRACEY COX
The ‘Pressure cooker’ environment created by Covid-19 has inevitably lead to increasing tension and relationship stress for many of us.
In this talk we speak to one of the world's leading relationship experts Tracey Cox about the impact the last few months has had on our love lives. From the highs and lows of lockdown sex, dating in uncertain times and finding lasting love, to marriage conflict and relationship struggles.
We will look at how we see ourselves, our partner’s and lovers, and how we can better understand one another, as well as provide the practical advice to help you communicate, have fulfilling relationships, as well as cope in stressful times.
SPEAKER: Tracey Cox & Lucy Donoughue of Happiful Magazine
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