We did it. Spring has arrived.Breathe out.
I’m training for my first ever half marathon post 3 kids.
I could say, i’m trying to train. My calves are so pain-struck i had to walk my run today.
I was beaten.
Perhaps i will be beaten on the 30th of October when i run for hopefully no more than 2 and 1/2 hours across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge – revisiting the same race i did a decade ago.
I’m running for The Mental Health Foundation.
Moving my body, moves my mind, and is one way i got through that damp, that dark, those dull hues of our winter hood-scapes.
But enough about me.
Time to get out and about.
Get amongst it.
Crikey there’s a lot of wellness going on this month folks…
Get well soon (bahahahaha).
Thursday 18 August until 11 September – FILM – International Film Festival. Venue: Rialto Cinema, Tauranga.
Friday 2 September 9.30am until 10.45am – YOGA – Kundalini Yoga and Raw Sweets with Mari Hall. Cost: $15 (includes raw food and tea). Venue: Banks Hall, May Street Reserve, Mt Maunganui.
Saturday 3 September 9.00am until 2pm – MARKETS – Little Big Markets. Venue: Corner of Matai Street and Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui.
Sunday 4 September 2.00pm until 3.30pm – DANCE / MOVEMENT – Awakening Manipura Solar Plexus Chakra – The Dance of Power. Meditative movement, uplifting/joyful music, and creative visualization within a safe, candlelit, intimate space. Cost: $20 on door ($15 pre-booked). Venue: Banks Hall (Scout Hall), May Street, Mt Maunganui.
Sunday 4 September 2.30pm until 3.30pm – MUSIC – Family Concert starring Mr Wizowski (amazing acrobatic circus conductor). As part of Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s Youth programme, the orchestra’s next concert will be a FREE concert for all the family. From toddlers to grandies, everyone will have fun on the afternoon of Sunday 4th September!
While the longsuffering musicians do their best to perform wonderful music from famous composers, Mr Wizowski’s circus antics, as he tries to keep control, will have the audience in stitches! Cost: Koha is appreciated. Venue: This FREE hour-long concert will take place at Otumoetai College, Windsor Road, Bellevue.
Wednesday 7 September at 7pm – WELLNESS – Womens’ Wellness Night Introducing the relationship between body and mind – A Mums guide to getting what you want, presented by Claire Baker (from Inner Strength Physiotherapy) and Kate Apanui (Life Coach). Cost: $5 (all proceeds go to kindy) Venue: Matua Plunket Kindergarten (next to Matua School).
Saturday 10 September 4pm until 6pm – MUSIC – Kirtan (Chanting) the heart open with Premratna. Kirtan (joyful chanting) is the practice of singing your heart open. A leader (Premratna) calls (sings) a short mantra and we respond (repeat the chant). The accompanying instruments support as the chant increases in intensity before pulling back to a silence perfect for meditation. Experience how the singing aspect of yoga can bring you out of your head and into your heart. Come make harmonious sound with us, and move your heart. Suggested contribution $10. Venue: 356 Levers Rd Matua Tauranga. So we can get a bigger venue if needed please RSVP as soon as you can to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 16 September until Sunday 18 September – WELLNESS/RETREAT – Nourished: A Mothers’ Retreat. Wholesomeness for your body, mind and spirit. Join us for an uplifting weekend designed to nurture and inspire you as a woman and a mother, in the presence of like-minded others. Share in presentations and workshops on a variety of holistic topics, through which you can restore and rejuvenate your energy. We invite you to embrace the opportunity to relax and connect with other amazing mothers whilst enjoying nourishing wholefoods in restful surroundings. There will also be crafting, yoga, sharing and laughter, reflection and deep restoration. Further info click here. Cost: $185 (includes all food, accomodation and all workshops/speakers/craft). Venue: Te Rau Aroha Camp, Waihi Beach
Friday 16 September 8pm until midnight – MUSIC – Katchafire – Burn it down tour. Cost: $30 Venue: Totara Street.
Friday 16 until Sunday 18 September – RETREAT/SHIATSU – Spring Shiatsu Retreat. Cost: $365 Venue: The Log Cabin, Waihi. Contact: Autumn.email@example.com
Saturday 17 September 2pm until 4pm– WORKSHOP – The Art of Flying with Erin. Ka‘alele Au is a foundational tool learned by Kahuna navigators in order to see clearly, gain phenomenal endurance, and quick global understanding of all factors required for sound decision making. These same skills can assist us is the art of navigating the circumstances of our life. It’s a dynamic, moving meditation and like a martial art, it has many forms. Cost: $25. Venue: 64 Matapihi Station Road (wet weather plan = Mount Yoga Studio).
Saturday 17 September 7.30pm til 9.30pm PHILOSOPHY/INQUIRY Satsang with Erin. Consciousness Alone is Always. Cost: Suggested contribution $20 but all are welcome. Venue: 64 Matapihi Station Road
Friday 23 September until Sunday 25 September – WORKS HOPS/RETREAT – Interconnection: Weekend Retreat. Come and join Deborah Crowe and Duncan Catanach, as your hosts and Way of Nature Guides, for a wonderfully rejuvenating weekend in nature. Enjoy nourishing and wholesome meals created by Kevin and Jane Powell from Teacher in the Paddock. The weekend starts with a celebration to acknowledge the Spring Equinox. You may stay until Monday afternoon for additional relaxation and integration if you wish. Our desire is to provide a retreat weekend that does not require you to leave your family behind. We know the tension between rejuvenation for ourselves and wanting to be with our loved ones. We have developed a nature based programme that caters for this, with opportunities for learning supportive and resourcing practices for simply being, as well as a variety of nature based activities. We have a fabulous team with a variety of skills including facilitation, mindfulness, yoga, reiki, nutrition, child development and years of conscious personal development between us. We will share how we integrate these practices into our busy lives as parents, in business and as members of our community. Costs: click here. Venue: Aongatete Lodge.
Saturday 24 September – FESTIVAL/FOOD- Vegan Vibes. Vegan Vibes is a celebration of all things Vegan. A great combination of street food, food products, footwear, clothing, health and beauty. More info click here. Cost: ONLY $6 (kids under 14 FREE). Venue: Soper Reserve (next to The Rising Tide on Newton Street, Mt Maunganui).
Tuesday 27 September 7pm until 9pm – WELL-BEING / SEMINAR – Dr Libby comes to Tauranga with ‘From Surviving to Thriving’.In this powerful 2-hour event, Dr Libby gets to the heart of women’s wellness and explores everything you need t o know about how your body and mind work – from a nutritional, biochemical and emotional perspective. From the weight you can’t shift, to why you feel trapped on the “stress express”, or why you find it so difficult to say “no” to some people. Dr Libby empowers you with the knowledge to mak e the transition from merely surviving to thriving. Booking info click here. Cost: $39.95 Venue: ASB Baypark.
Wednesday 28 September 9.30am until 2pm – WORKSHOP VISUAL ART – Processing through grief…using art with Janice Higgins. Using oil pastels and mixed media we will process grief and its associated thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical effects through the therapy of art. Cost $150. Venue: The Arty House (Te Puna).
Great venues, organisations to check out are:
Arataki Community Centre, Yoga Collective, House of Yoga, The Arty House, The Incubator, Craft Collective, Totara Street, Tauranga Art Gallery * Toi Tauranga.
Wild Earth Organics also has an epic noticeboard informing the people about stuff going on.
Spring into action people. Go well.