WANDERLUST FESTIVAL 2017

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Before Aveda approached me to attend the Wanderlust Festival, I had heard of the event but never really knew what it was about. 

Aveda, like myself, believes in a holistic approach to beauty. All of their products are made with pure flower and plant essences and they are committed to using organic ingredients. I also love that Aveda is a cruelty-free brand! If you are yet to visit an Aveda salon, you can expect to be treated with either a mini-facial or massage to compliment your treatment. Personally, in the past I have only ever tried 1 or 2 of Aveda's hair products as I did not think that natural products would work on my hair. But I have been totally converted and I cannot wait to get my next colour done with Aveda

Wanderlust is a 4 day celebration of mindful living, bringing together a group of dedicated yoga and meditation instructors, musical performes, speakers artists and chefs in one location to give all its guests a unique experience.

I was SO excited to bring along my trainer Esther Hesse to experience Wanderlust first hand and share it with you!

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One of my favourite products from Aveda; the 'Cooling Balancing Oil'. As soon as you inhale this beautiful oil you automatically feel relaxed. This baby is a cooling aromaology with certified organic peppermint, blue camomile and naturally derived menthol which refreshes the senses.

One of my favourite products from Aveda; the 'Cooling Balancing Oil'. As soon as you inhale this beautiful oil you automatically feel relaxed. This baby is a cooling aromaology with certified organic peppermint, blue camomile and naturally derived menthol which refreshes the senses.

Surrounding us was a hive of activities, healthy food stalls, music, classes, guest speakers and so much more. This place was a wonderland for everything health and fitness!

Tonight was our Earth to Table dinner with Aveda under a magical tent with the menu curated by 'I Quit Sugar's Sarah Wilson. The evening kicks off with James Colquhoun from Food Matters, welcoming all of the guests, while we sipped on kombuchas and organic wine. The food was so delicious and healthy; my favourite was the salmon and tumeric dip - sugar free, dairy free and gluten free, of course. 

DAY 2.

The alarm goes off at 6.30am for our wake up call. As we walked to the lobby to catch our buggies to the other side of the resort, the sun was shining. It was such a beautiful day!

We arrived at Aveda's Beauty Bar, which was now located on a beautiful beach setting the mood for our 30 minute yoga session with Briohny Smith. I am not much of a yogi, but Briohny had the best energy and we all had a laugh.  

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With our morning yoga done, the Aveda house was awaiting us with an incredible Aruveydic breakfast buffet. 

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I met the most amazing and influential women that I look up to and admire. Lee Holmes is one lady that I aspire to be like. Her book 'Heal Your Gut' might sound familiar to some of you. Her Supercharged Food website first started after being diagnosed with a non-specific autoimmune disease 'fibromyalgia'. She knew she had to take charge of her health and change her diet to help improve her symptoms. 

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Two inspirational women, Angela Simson and Sarah Holloway attended the breakfast. Angela (who I had met previously) is a nutritional health coach and has her own website called The Gratitude Project. She also has the most beautiful family. Sarah is a lawyer turned entrepreneur and has her own website Spoonful of Sarah. She also owns a cafe called Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne - I want to fly down JUST to visit. 

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Next stop, Esther and I tried tightroping. Needless to say our hopes of joining the circus have been squashed! It looks MUCH easier than it is!

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Later on in the day I attended Lee Holmes 'Heal Your Gut' talk with Food Matters. She spoke about cooking at home, as well as different natural remedies for different beauty and health issues. Lee is all about the anti-inflammatory diet, which is something I live by!

She demonstrated two different recipes which are SO easy and have limited ingredients, making it great for cooking at home. These are on her website Supercharged Food. 

That night we had dinner with a few girls from Aveda, and a few influencers in Maroochydore. 

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DAY 3.

We had breakfast at our favourite tent - My Hemple! The abundance bowls were so delicious and simple; quinoa, basmati rice, kimchi, egg, roasted kale, radish, carrot, sauerkraut and miso dressing - YUM!

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I visited the Food Matters stall and went a little crazy! I have never really liked cookbooks as I find them a little hard to follow. But the Food Matters cook books are so easy and simple, and the ingredients are minimal. 

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Our last event was Cooking with Luke Hines and he did not disappoint! He took us through two recipes step by step, so that we can make them at home. The first was healthy banana pancakes and the other was his cauliflower bread with pesto.

I want to give special thanks to Sophie, Lauren, Clint and Aveda for giving me the opportunity to meet the most amazig people who share a passion for health and wellness like I do.

I can only imagine Wanderlust 2018 to be even better! 

HealthMonique Swart