Are you yearning for time out to rest, recalibrate and reconnect with yourself?
Get away from everything that keeps you busy and join the Mission Beach community for the first ever Wellness Trail Weekend on the third weekend of July, 15-17.
Mission Beach is a place of natural beauty, where the rainforest grows right down to the beach, where traffic lights have yet to arrive and where cassowaries can be seen in the wild, making this a natural sanctuary for healing and restoration.
Winter, when the days are shorter, when we wrap ourselves in extra layers against the chill, is a natural time for introspection and slowing down.
This July for the first time ever, local wellness practitioners, small business owners, community groups, artists and performers will come together to showcase Mission Beach as a natural wellness destination, bringing you a trail of activities to help you feel good.
The idea to develop Mission Beach as a wellness destination started in 2011 in the aftermath of the devastation caused by category five cyclone Yasi, says Yoko Yasui from Wellness Mission Beach, one of the forces behind the inaugural Wellness Trail Weekend in Mission Beach.
“We were just getting to the end of our recovery after cyclone Larry in 2006, when we were hit by Yasi, the largest cyclone in living memory. The idea of making Mission Beach into a wellness destination was born when we were visited by assessors from the Blue Print for Bush, Building Rural Communities Fund who recognised an opportunity to assist our recovery with funds that would enable us to focus on community healing through wellness.”
Living with the restrictions of a global pandemic for the past two years, has challenged all of us to rediscover the meaning of slowing down and looking inside. As a community we feel the time is right to welcome back visitors, showcasing the resilience of our community and the wide range of wellness activities this place offers, Yoko says.
The Mission Beach Wellness Trail Weekend is a family friendly event, encompassing all four villages that make up Mission Beach spread along 14 kms of unspoiled beaches, though the trail starts on the road leading into Mission Beach where you’ll find Charley’s Chocolate Tours and the Community Gardens.
“We are inviting everybody in the community to participate. We’ll be offering a smorgasbord of actives, from live music and buskers, to sound healing sessions and a creative writing retreat, from yoga, Chi Gong and even an organised beach run, to massage and Ayurvedic practices, macramé and basket weaving,” Yoko says.
Restaurants will be encouraged to provide wellness-themed meals. The local market will be held at Ulysses Park on Sunday from 7am to 12pm and Mission Arts, which is open seven days, will open its Pottery Shed to the public on Sunday.
There’ll be something for everybody, Yoko says. Come alone and make new friends, or bring your friends and family, stay for a day or the weekend and design your own retreat.
An information station and a chill-out place will be set up outside the post office in the centre of town.
The program will be finalised two weeks prior to the event.
For more information visit: www.missionbeachtourism.com, follow the @wellnessmissionbeach hashtag on Facebook and Instagram, contact the organisers at email@example.com or get in touch via the Facebook page.
Written by Kerstin Pilz