To complement their programme of world-class music, woodland-theatre, forest parties, talks and famed chef line-up, Wilderness have curated a tranquil realm of Wellbeing, a festival within a festival.
In their seventh year, Wilderness brings new talent and the most prestigious Wellbeing partners. Think masterclasses from eminent yoga leaders, workshops from renowned health experts and specially designed programmes from celebrated centres of excellence.
Nestled close to the soothing sounds of the emerald swimming lakes is The Sanctuary. A shanti space for winding down away from the bustle of festival life and exploring new practices. Whether it’s trying Hot Yoga for the first time with Fierce Grace, or getting balletic with Xtend Barre, or a luxurious therapy with Neal’s Yard Remedies The Sanctuary will provide something for what ails you.
The Sanctuary garden will become home to healers, yogis, and holistic practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and will offer more traditional classes for Hatha, Slow Flow, VInyasa, and Ashtanga, with plenty of options for all skill levels.
Acclaimed therapists from Neals Yard Remedies will offer their signature facials, deep tissue, and aromatherapy massage, which will leave you revitalised and ready to explore the wonders of Wilderness.
New for 2017, Carl Faure, the founder of renowned school London yoga studio Stretch, and Rocket Yoga’s Marcus Veda will be offering classes specially catered to men who might feel afraid to give Yoga a try. Adam Husler, will be hosting a workshop that aims to shed light on ‘The Real Reason Men are Terrible at Yoga’.
Cate Miller, founder and owner of Xtend Barre London, is at the forefront of the Barre movement. Her world-famous workout combines dance, ballet and pilates. At Wilderness, Cate will bring the classic Xtend Barre technique to Cornbury Park for a workshop sure to get your heart racing.
Further exciting highlights include partnerships with exceptional institutions such as The Life Centre, Sangye Yoga School, The Special Yoga Centre and Oxford’s Inner Space, each offering a unique style and experience.
Those looking to explore something new can try their hand at styles less familiar, including Hip Hop Yoga with Julie Montagu, super energetic and dynamic flow yoga to the more legendary hip hop tracks, to get your heart racing.
Nine Lives will be offering Acro Yoga, a workshop that seamlessly blends acrobatics and yoga. The blissful lake will host Paddleboard Yoga. Friends of Wilderness and Internationally acclaimed dance company Rambert will impart wisdom on the formal approach to movement and flow with their Movement Workshop.
Settled on the banks of the lake, The Wilderness Lakeside Spa is set to return for 2017. The Lakeside Spa has inspired many imitators, and remains the most stunning spot to relaxing a wood-fired hot tub by the clearest of lakes.
Wilderness provides a rare opportunity to experience the joys of a thriving arts community in resplendent surroundings, whilst cultivating your inner self.
"Where else can you have a fabulous massage and wallow in a hot tub in a field while a rocking' great festival goes off in the background?"
The Tatler Spa Guide
“A weekend romping around the Oxfordshire countryside did wonders for the mind, body & soul”
Wellbeing at Wilderness...
In The Sanctuary, the festival’s dedicated Wellbeing area:
Centres of excellence…
XTEND BARRE STUDIO / FIERCE GRACE
THE LIFE CENTRE / SANGYE YOGA SCHOOL / STRETCH / THE SPECIAL YOGA CENTRE
Masterclasses, Workshops & Talks from the experts...
YOGI ASHOKANANDA / JULIE MONTAGU / MARCUS VEDA / TANIA BROWN / G-LOVE / NINE LIVES / JEFF & JENNIE PHENIX / TAMMY MITTEL / AMBER SCOTT
Yoga Classes For Everyone…
HATHA / SLOW FLOW / VINYASA FLOW / ASHTANGA / YOGA NIDRA / JIVAMUKTI / KUNDALINI / RESTORATIVE & RE-ENERGISING YOGA / ROCKET YOGA
PILATES / MOVEMENT WITH RAMBERT / GENTLE YOGA
Try something new...
HIP HOP YOGA / ACRO YOGA / YOGA RAVE / YOGA LIGHT VIBES
PADDLEBOARD YOGA / FAMILY YOGA / YOGA BRUNCH CLUB
Massages, Treatments & Facials with NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES
Relaxation and Meditation...
MEDITATION WITH INNER SPACE OXFORD
MINDFUL EATING MEDITATION
QOYA DANCING WITH YOUR WILD WOMAN in the forest
WOODEN STAFF WORKSHOPS, FANS AND MINDFUL MOVEMENT WITH TAI CHI LIFE
FOREST SCHOOL MOVEMENT
‘THE REAL REASON MEN ARE TERRIBLE AT YOGA’ WITH ADAM HUSLER
NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES MASSAGES & FACIALS
To see the full programme so far, please visit:
A taster of the rest of the 2017 programme…
The Main Stage
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
GRACE JONES - BONOBO Live
FIRST AID KIT - MICHAEL KIWANUKA - TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
AURORA - RAY BLK
HUDSON TAYLOR - LOUIS BERRY - THE CORRESPONDENTS
THE TURBANS - SIGRID - THE SKA VENGERS - BRIAN DEADY
TEN FE - TENDER CENTRAL - CATHERINE MCGRATH
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI - NUNO MENDES - THOMASINA MIERS