By Alix Norman
Starting to feel the aches, pains and grumps of winter? Then this week has just what you need to put you back on the path to physical, mental and emotional balance. Yes, it’s the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival: that long-standing exposition of everything you need for holistic happiness. A rollcall of the island’s great, good and community-minded, it’s the leading festival of its kind in Cyprus, and organisers promise it will help you to “live a happier, healthier and less stressful life!”
“With the negative effects of modern life people strive to find new methods to improve their lifestyle, wellbeing, mental and physical health. Everyone is looking for alternative and healthier solutions away from the traditional western methods,” say the organisers. Thus the festival brings together a plethora of “professionals in the areas of wellbeing, giving the opportunity to visitors to explore their options and start their personal journey of exploration and transformation”.
Just reading that makes you feel better, doesn’t it? Here, in one place, are the people dedicated to making you feel your very best, be they purveyors of services, products or lifestyle advice. “Are you feeling stressed? Do you have continuous anxiety about life or the future? Do you feel that you and your family have to live a healthier life? Do you want to explore your physical and mental health? Are you looking for healthy foods? Do you want to unclutter your mind? Do you want to look healthier?” ask organisers in a rhetorical inundation.
Well, in that there’s certainly no-one I know who can’t reply in the affirmative to at least one of the above (they had me at ‘uncluttering the mind’!), then the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival is clearly the place to be: yoga sessions, delicious health foods, pampering sessions… this year, we’re all in for a treat of epic proportions! “We’re expecting the festival to be a great success,” says Marilena Angelides, one of its co-organisers. “This year, we’ve moved to a new venue, the Filoxenia Conference Centre, which has enabled us to really expand; it’s going to be very exciting!”
Among the host of seminars, workshops, presentations and stalls on offer, there’s bound to be something that appeals to each and every one of us. From life coaches to clairvoyants, spiritual healers to herbalists, this is the festival that has it all. And with over 100 exhibitors, there’ll certainly be plenty to see, do and try.
My favourite shiatsu practitioner – Emma Michael – will be there to tell you about her new venture, The Centre, and advise you on the benefits of this ancient Chinese therapy. Osteopath Clement Rhein will be able to guide you through the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, discussing a treatment which is aimed at manually rebalancing the whole body and resolving the cause behind your symptoms. And EWTO Cyprus – who represent the European WingTsun Organisation – will no doubt be able to inform you about just why they’re part of the biggest martial arts organisation in the world: with 2,000 schools and more than 60,000 active students there’s clearly a lot to be said for the practice.
Liana – of Liana’s Life Coaching – will also be in evidence, ready to help you achieve your goals through the elimination of destructive thoughts, mental barriers and limiting beliefs. Motivating, encouraging and helping you to take charge of your life, she’s bound to be a hit with those of us (yes, me too!) who sometimes need a little extra inspiration to keep going!
A vast number of shops and products will also be providing my favourite therapy: retail. Heaven on Earth Herbals – run by qualified eclectic master herbalist, nutritionist, naturopath and iridologist Caroline Evans – will not only offer you the opportunity to find out more about quality holistic health care, working with nature and understanding how our body’s natural healing actions work, but will also give you the chance to stock up on perfect Christmas presents from the range of teas, tonics, essential oils and herbal skincare products.
Not to be outdone, the P.E.S. Cyprus Donkey Farm will be featuring their ‘Cleopatra’s Line’ of donkey-milk cosmetics – all of which boast amazing anti-ageing and refreshing abilities – and the Lo Shu Feng Shui shop will be offering a selection of handmade gem jewellery, crystals, Chinese statues, charms, fountains, wind chimes, angels and fairies. And Be Natural organic health shop will be selling “everything you need in order to have an ethical approach to your life”, along with a wide variety of traditional Cypriot products from local producers.
The festival also sees a whole host of presentations taking place on both days: everything from ‘Body Balance’ classes to ‘Holistic success from the heart’ making an appearance. Susan Worwood of the Platres Lavender Farm will be talking about ‘Essential oils for Emotional and Physical Wellbeing’; Rakesh Rootsman Rak will highlight the benefits of Permaculture in ‘A Spiritual Path to Planetary Balance – Yoga for the Planet’; Nandia Georgiadou will be taking a look at ‘African Dance – Nia Dance’; and Eliana Eleftheriou will be able to tell you all about ‘Theta Healing’.
Of course, this is only a fraction of what’s going on over the weekend. From drum workshops to reflexology, tai chi to hypnosis, it’s certainly going to be eventful. Especially, one might add, if you’re a devotee of yoga: kids’, kundalini, hatha, twist and shout, core strength, core power, Vinyasa flow, healing, laughter and acroyoga are all on offer.
So, next weekend, why not “Discover your inner artist, dance, eat and expand your knowledge! Make the most of this opportunity and connect with a community of people who always look on the bright side of life!” And get your mind, body and spirit back in balance at this one-of-a-kind festival.
Mind, Body and Spirit Festival
At the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia on November 7 and 8. Doors open at 10.30am and events run until 9pm on both days. Tickets cost €8 per day and can be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.mbscyprus.com, email [email protected] or call co-organiser Marilena Angelides on 96 382333