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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

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