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Aerial Workshops added to July’s Burpham Wellfest Programme

Published on: 22 Mar, 2023
Updated on: 22 Mar, 2023

Aerial yoga and aerial hoop workshops will be part of the Burpham Wellfest programme, which takes place in Sutherland Memorial Park on Sunday, July 9.

Four aerial yoga workshops will be led by Jack Tattersall of Guildford’s Yoga Drum organisation and three aerial hoop workshops will be led by Heidi Harris and Carolina Fandino of Guildford and Farnhams’s Sky High Aerial, who are also bringing cCircus skills workshops to the festival

Aerial hoop workshops will be at Burpham Wellfest.

Jack said: “If I had to describe aerial yoga in one word – fun, it brings out your inner child. You can hang and sway your way to a fitter, healthier self. Aerial yoga involves the use of low-hanging silk-hammocks, the material supports your body allowing you to access many more yoga postures, including upside down ones.”

Heidi added: “‘Being upside down is our happy place and we can’t wait to show you how much fun it can be. Not only that, aerial is an exciting way of exercising and learning a unique new skill.”

As will be aerial yoga.

Ruth Stone, the organiser of Burpham Wellfest, said: “The aim of Burpham Wellfest is not simply to bring wellbeing to the community for one day. We are seeking to enable the delivery of wellbeing to all in need for the long-term, because we know any wellbeing programme will only work if it is sustained over time. And this partnership is one way in which we hope to realise that aim.”

The festival has partnered with Kind To Mind to help build the festival programme and to fund mental health support for Surrey residents.

Emma Lyddon, founder of Kind to Mind, added: “The mental health and personal development services Kind to Mind offers can be life-changing, but are denied to so many owing to their costs. Having this opportunity to expand their benefits at Burpham Wellfest and increase the impact they can have is so exciting.”

Junk Jodie, an award-winning visual artist, crafter, performer, storyteller, environmentalist and workshop leader is bringing her Rainbow-LICIOUS children’s mindfulness storytelling show to the festival.

The narrative is based around helping children improve their wellbeing and is designed to inspire young people to make toys from recycled materials and then bring them to life with their imagination.

Artist and storyteller Junk Jodie.

Jodie said: “I’m really excited to be bringing this story to Burpham Wellfest and to use recycled materials to spread the message about the importance of kindness and the climate emergency. I’m confident it will help encourage local families to reduce, reuse, recycle and take care of our planet even more.”

The interactive storytelling show is ideal for six- to seven-year-olds.

Burpham Wellfest is looking forward to welcoming back charities and organisations including Surrey Hills Baby Clothes Library, GUkraine, Surrey Hills Berries and the World Wild Fund for Nature.

The workshops can be booked on Eventbrite. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.

To find out more about Burpham Wellfest visit

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