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“AS A SOCIETY, WE YEARN FOR CONNECTION AND A SENSE OF BELONGING; TO FIND OUR TRIBE”
Aisling Mustan is cofounder of new health and wellbeing event
Wild & Well, along with her three friends: Gemma Thorogood, Ali Rowe and Kat Ballam.
“We all met at work, creating festivals like Shambala, Bestival and Port Eliot,” says Aisling. “We love bringing people together to share incredible experiences. As a society, we yearn for connection and a sense of belonging; we want to nd our tribe. So we decided to create a new kind of festival that would do just that, taking all the fun of the eld and applying it in an innovative way.”
For Aisling, the festival programme was key in creating this sense of community – where people feel accepted and supported, whatever their age, shape or tness level. “Whether it’s a silent disco woodland workout or paddle boarding on the river, everything we programme is designed to help people connect,” she explains.
The activities can support attendees in other ways, too. “I’ve experienced mental health challenges throughout my life,” says Aisling. “I’ve spent a lot of time developing a wellbeing toolkit that works for me – tness, meditation, yoga, time in nature. I now know that I have this foundation to come back to when I need it
– it’s incredibly empowering.”
The focus of the event is very much on keeping that feeling going. “We want people to leave Wild & Well bursting with ideas and inspiration,” says Aisling. “We’ll be hosting events between festivals and creating a supportive network for them to tap into. Our rst event is happening in Bristol, but we have plans to bring the festival to other cities too, to share it with as many people as possible.” Wild & Well takes place 20th-21st October, in Bristol, UK. For more info visit www.wildandwell.org