Events To Watch Out For In January
With minced pie and mulled wine season well and truly over, it can seem like the fun is over for a while.
But, the fun has only just begun. Luckily, there’s a whole host of things happening in January; from forest retreats to nature-inspired tasting menus, here’s our pick of the best wellness events taking place in the city this month.
Kick off your year with one of these…
HEAD TO THE FOREST
Held on the first New Moon of the New Year, enjoy an afternoon retreat consisting of soothing movement, meditation and journaling and conscious crafting along with herbal teas and plant based snacks. There are also visioning and intention setting practices.
The retreat is run by Cher Brighton, a yoga teacher specialising in Women’s health, Restorative and Trauma informed yoga and Nicky North, an Energy Healing Therapist and Sound Healing Practitioner.
When and where: January 21 14.00-17.30; St Peter-in-the-Forest, 18 Woodford New Road, London
RESET YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Want to have better sex, and cultivate more positive relationships in 2023? Maybe you want to get past an ex, or reconnect with yourself sexually? Head to Emma Louise Boynton’s first sex talk of the year, where you'll be able to listen to a panel of experts discuss how to break old patterns and forge new ones so you can move forward with intention and cultivate a better relationship with yourself and others.
Tickets include a complimentary drink on arrival and a goodie bag.
When and where: January 25, The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, London
DREAMS COME TRUE
Make 2023, the year that you get everything you’ve dreamed of. The queen of manifesting, Roxie Nafousi, is leading the ultimate wellness retreat at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire.
For £373 per person, expect delicious food, yoga, meditation and a manifesting workshop where you can discover more about Roxie’s unique 7-step guide to manifesting.
When and where: January 20-21
ALL IN THE STARS
Former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop is back with her live podcast tour. The actress and model launched the Saturn Returns podcast back in 2020; it explores 'the challenges and opportunities that come with change and our individual quest for authenticity', supported by the astrological transit, Saturn Return. Nab tickets for under £20.
When and where: January 21, London Cadogan Hall
GET YOUR OM ON
Sound vibration has fast become one of the most renowned meditation techniques, aimed at reducing stress and helping individuals unwind. Now, OM has become the first wellness destination purely dedicated to sound bath meditations in London.
Hosted by two of the UK’s finest sound healers (one by your head and one by your feet), trained by Leo Cosendai - founder of the Third Ear sound meditation mobile app - and co-curated by Alex Holbrook from Otherness, expect hours of meditation in just 50 minutes.
Each OM experience - designed for up to four people at a time - costs £45, and takes place in a ‘half cocoon half space shuttle’ with the biggest gongs in the UK at The Other House in South Kensington.
Dates: January 1, 8 and 15, various times.
RELAX IN A POD
If you fancy experiencing meditation whilst relaxing in an aerial hammock, head to London’s first multi-sensory aerial relaxation experience which comes with live ambient music, gongs and aromatherapy. It’s an oasis of calm in a busy city.
When and where: Various dates in January; The Skylight Centre 49 Corsica Street, London
COMBAT THE BLUES
Monday January 16 marks the annual Blue Monday; supposedly the most depressing day of the year. So, to lighten the mood, Substation Brixton - a fitness and wellness space that offering a 1000 square metre state-of-the-art climbing wall, as well as yoga, HIIT classes, and a freestyle weights space- is hosting a Feel Good Festival.
Date: January 16, all day
A unique two-day pop-up dining and shopping experience is opening up in London this January, celebrating the benefits of organic produce.
Nature’s Choice Bistro is sponsored by brands such as Whole Earth, Doves farm, Crazy Jacks and Kallo. Expect an Instagrammable tasting board, containing dishes that have been designed around foods that work in harmony with nature with all food being fully organic and pesticide free.
Enjoy salads, chocolate soils, edible flowers and nectar infused treats. The full menu contains both vegan and non-vegan options.
When and where: January 25 and 26; 46 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch.
MINI BUT MIGHTY MICRO-RETREATS
This January, Michelle Roques-O’Neil - founder of Therapie - is running a 90-minute micro-retreat titled ‘Gifts & Blessings’, aimed at releasing the challenges of 2022 and setting new intentions. For £95, guests can expect a range of products from Therapie Life used to implement the self-care rituals learned on the retreat. Taking place in Notting Hill at Michelle’s Folly Mews Sanctuary just off the Portobello Road, this is your chance to reflect, prioritise, centre and reboot.
Dates: January 11 and 14, 12pm and 17.30pm on both days
CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT
Chinese New year falls on Sunday January 22 this year, with 2023 being the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese culture, rabbits are a symbol of peace, prosperity and longevity.
On the day, head down to London’s West End in the evening for free entertainment including a colourful parade, traditional Chinese food and various performances.
London is already graced with three of the Big Mamma Groups’ fun-filled Italian restaurants; now it welcomes a 4th. Jacuzzi opens in Kensington onJanuary 20 and is said to be spread across four floors with extravagant decorations (think glitter ball discos toilets), eclectic tableware and food that is screaming out for a photo, like the classic cheese wheel pasta topped with truffle. Well, life is all about balance after all…
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore yogi, or you don’t know the difference between a Downward Dog and a Catcow, all levels are welcome to this 60-minute yoga class which is also paired with a tummy massage tutorial and a deep meditation.
Led by the Bump Club, which is run by pre-natal yoga teachers Cassie McClements and Faye Joseph, there’s also the chance to mingle with other mums post-class at the venue’s beautiful cafe.