Sydney Travel

The Sydney Wellness Festival 2016


Sydney is literally health & wellness heaven. They have all those cool cafes you see on Insta with monster vegan pancake stacks, gyms on every street corner, and about 80% of the population is strolling around in activewear. This weekend I finally flew over for a visit. Not only did I get to try all the healthy cafes and sick studios, I spent a full day at the Wellness Festival, hosted by Colour and Coconuts. The event was an inspiration overload to say the least. It was literally like Hey! Let’s throw all the most inspiring people in the industry in this fabulously funky location, open up a big wellness market with healthy food & organic products, invite a shit ton of like-minded people and gift them with ridiculous goodie bags. Like um okay? I dunno, I guess that sounds pretty cool? No. It sounds f-ing amazing. And it was. For those of you that weren’t able to make it, here’s the low-down.

 The Speakers


Melissa Ambrosini

Melissa started off with a guided meditation (pretty genius way to get a room of 400 twenty-something girls to shut up). It was a really nice way to start her talk, where she focused on her coined term “Mastering your inner mean girl”. One of the main take-aways I had from Melissa’s talk was the 3 steps to mastering this negative, subconscious voice we all have in the back of our minds.

  1. Awareness: Listen to what the voice is telling you and be aware of it
  2. Gently close the door on this detrimental alter-ego
  3. Choose love. Everything you do, either change it, or love it.

Julie Stevanja

Julie’s talk was very business-oriented, and all about how she started the online phenomenon that is StyleRunner. Julie really gave off that go-getter vibe that just makes you want to hustle, hustle, hustle, until you kill the game just like she does. The main take-away I kept from her talk was when she said: “When you’re not working you should be learning.” Damn, that doesn’t leave much time for those daily meditations Melissa recommended.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is a nutritionist and founder of Brown Paper Bag Nutrition. When Melissa’s talk was very much on the spiritual, meditative, listen to your body, feel your soul kinda vibe, Julie’s was more on the “be-smart-work-hard, there ain’t no elevator girl, you gotta take the stairs” side of the spectrum. Jacqueline, was smack-dab in the middle. She spoke about how we often take pride in saying were sssooo busy and overwhelmed and omg I have way too much to do there are not enough hours in the day. But in the end, is that really something we should be proud of? She focused on the beauty of saying “no”, and that refusing to take on something new doesn’t make you any less of a committed, aspiring, determined person.

Sarah Holloway

Sarah was hands-down my favourite speaker of the night. She founded Matcha Maiden only a year ago, and had so much to share about the struggles of starting up a new company. What resonated with me the most was when she said “in the end, everyone’s just winging it.” In life you sometimes have to throw yourself at things and learn as you go because in the end, no one else really knows what they’re doing either. She also talked about the times at the very beginning of starting Matcha Maiden, where her boyfriend and her spent entire summer evenings sitting on the bathroom floor sweating  buckets in their underwear packing little matcha packs to avoid getting any clothing fibres on them ~ looool. She was just one of those super cute, fabulously sarcastic chicks you just want to go out for brunch with.

Jessica Sepel

Is it terrible that I don’t really remember Jessica’s talk? It was more of a live interview with the host Laura Dundovic, where Jessica talked about her story and how she founded JSHealth. Oh and something about her coming out with her own vitamin range soon. Oh and she has really pretty hair. That’s kinda all I remember. Oops.

 The Workout


BaseBody Babes

Pretty sure Stef and I have scrolled through the BaseBodyBabes Insta feed for inspo before every photoshoot we’ve ever done. And most of the time is goes something like “oh wow okay it looks no way as cute when we do it”. These two are so freakin fit I swear they could be sporting fedoras and Crocs and they’d still look amazing. The workout was a pretty classic circuit run with push-ups, burpees, sit-ups, squats, all the classics. The best part was when the BaseBody Babes THEMSELVES actually said to Stef and I, and I quote: “Damn you girls killed that workout” … No I am not kidding, yes that happened, yes I would like some type of prize or high-five, or celebratory cookie thank you very much.

The Market

The venue was full of “heaps” of stalls all them natural goods. From avo toast, superfood chocolate and activated nuts to organic makeup, tampons and essential oils. They had fresh coconuts at the entrance and a full stand to fill your water bottle up with fruit & filtered water: AKA enough to make a fit-chick squeal with joy. Us fit girls love hydration almost as much as we love shavasana. Am I right or am I right?













You Might Also Like