Natural therapies star of health festival

February 17, 2017

Wellbeing festival: Heart of Riverina Health & Wellbeing members Megan Lench, Barbara Woods, Angela Peris, Fiona Edwards, Tanya Maxwell (absent Jacqui Hermann).

The newly-formed Heart of Riverina Health and Wellbeing group will host Berrigan’s fourth annual Health and Wellbeing Festival this weekend.

Group president Angela Peris said the festival would see natural therapy practitioners share their skills and expertise to ‘‘help country folks live longer with vibrant health and wellbeing’’.

‘‘I am passionate about promoting health and wellbeing, whether it is using Western medicine or natural therapies,’’ Ms Peris said.

‘‘We all work towards helping people to live life with good health, fitness and a positive mindset.

‘‘There are many natural therapy modalities available for us to learn how we can heal our bodies naturally.’’

Practitioners will be coming to Berrigan from all over Australia, according to the committee.

Riverina Health and Wellbeing secretary Jacqui Hermann said she would personally be providing an insight into kinesiology at the festival.

‘‘This is an opportunity for me to contribute and showcase my work as part of the complementary therapy services available to the local community, in a friendly and helpful setting,’’ she said.

This year’s festival will be held at the Health and Lifestyle Retreat in Cobram St, Berrigan, allowing more space and room to expand.

Group vice-president Megan Lench said the location would allow for more stall holders and outdoor entertainment for the whole family than in the past.

An opening ceremony will be held at 11am on Saturday with guest speaker Cr Bernard Curtin and a special welcome to country ceremony performed by Aboriginal dancers.

The day will include special features and empowering talks from health practitioners including kinesiologists, reiki practitioners, spiritual healers, aromatherapists and more.

The day will end with a stillness meditation session.

Sunday will begin with a tai chi session at 11am.

Catering will include a barbecue, ice cream van and Sri Lankan curries and there will be a jumping castle and face painting for the children.

Gates open at 10am on both days and entry is $10.

Those attending on day one get free entry on day two.

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