A Day at Mind Body Spirit Festival 2018 | London
As soon as I heard about the existence of a festival focused on spirituality and well-being PLUS vegan food.... well I'm sure you can picture my reaction!
I was lucky enough to be invited along to this festival in London a couple of days ago and the first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. Full of friendly people, some incredible brands (for a variety of different reasons), a whole lot of glitter, dancing and meditation and inspiring talks going on throughout the day.
There were so many brands that I'd never heard of, which meant that there was a lot of exploring and discovering to be done (woop woop!). Some of my favourites were the stalls selling jewellery, essential oils, white sage, palo santo wood, vegan food and drink, and the charities (more to come on the one that interested me most in another blog post).
There were multiple opportunities to join in with yoga, meditation, silent discos, panels, talks, dancing and so on, some bookable in advance and others free to join on the day which I thought was brilliant. I've never seen so many smiles in one room!
I attended a talk on 'Creating Your Own Reality' with David Hamilton - an incredibly inspiring man who mixes science with spirituality to discover and explain many philosophical thoughts, particularly around the subject of consciousness, the human brain, meditation, and the whole of existence itself (sounds huge I know, but that's how I'd describe it!). I found it fascinating to listen to as it's a subject I love, and he taught the group a couple of meditations during the talk that I found really helpful. If you're into talking and hearing about the perception of reality, the human brain, consciousness and so on, I'd recommend going to another of David Hamilton's talks or workshops.
For lunch, my boyfriend Jordan and I headed upstairs to Inspiral to find the most delicious and flavoursome lunch I genuinely think I've ever had. Sounds exaggerated I know, but seriously, I'm going to have to try and recreate it myself. My lunch is pictured below; hummus, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, rocket and edible flowers on toast, followed by a peanut butter cup (of course).
To end the day I carried out an interview with the charity Ashok Tree Foundation, which I was introduced to by the Chair of MBS Festival, Melvyn Carlile, who also works as a chairman and trustee of the charity. They are doing some incredible work here in the UK and over in India, and the interview with the project manager and trustee Michele Carvalho will be shared in another blog post. If you'd like to find out a little about who they are and what they do in the meantime, you can find more information here on their website.
That's all for now on Mind Body Spirit Festival - I hope to see some of you there next year! A huge thank you to Whole Influence for the opportunity to attend this incredible day, and to Equinox Kombucha and Melvyn Carlile for the little collection of goodies. (This post is not sponsored - just a whole lot of lovely people coming together to do wonderful things).
Love, Ally x