Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eat, Sleep, Stretch and Repeat; TRENDS A Host of Mindful New Festivals Are High on Field Good Factor. Your Weekend of Wellness Awaits, Says Samuel Fishwick

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eat, Sleep, Stretch and Repeat; TRENDS A Host of Mindful New Festivals Are High on Field Good Factor. Your Weekend of Wellness Awaits, Says Samuel Fishwick

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Byline: Samuel Fishwick

AS IF you're not tired. August is receding in the proverbial rear view. Stretching out instead, over miles of asphalt, is a bleak winter calendar of project potholes and hard deadlines.

Whichever way you look at it, this time of year is tough for the common or garden Londoner. You could consider summer totally lost or you could hit the reset button and go again.

Opportunities to recharge, rebalance and realign abound. A glut of well-being festivals, purpose-built to tackle the trials and tribulations of modern life, are sweeping London and the wider world. Leading this is the inaugural ReSET Festival, which kicks off in London from September 24-29, in association with Breast Cancer Care and the Evening Standard. The curated line-up is semi-officially tailored to women who are constantly on the go and need to press life's re-set button, the ethos is essentially "you do you", with a little help from the experts. And no one's had enough of those.

At the South Kensington Club, "digital sanity" clases with Niraj Shah, the founder of Mind:Unlocked, are designed to reintegrate your malicious mobile phone into life in a less stressful way. At Kettner's Townhouse, Dr Guy Meadows, the sleep specialist behind The Sleep School, intends to help you master a good night's sleep.

Meanwhile, the North comes to London with Wanderlust 108 Festival's foray here. A celebration of mindful living, usually in the midst of some of breathtaking natural settings, the global yoga and wellness festival arrives in Battersea Park on September 15.

"Living in London is chaos," advises Alan Steel, Wanderlust's UK MD. "For many Londoners these are the joys of the city, but at the same time they can to stress and continue to go through our days accepting it as a way to just 'carry on', rather than make lifestyle and attitude changes for the better. …

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