With in summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to think about what you want from the rest of 2017. Whether it’s learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, tapping into your creativity, hiring a coach, or taking a break to rest and recharge, making time to nurture yourself and your dreams every once in a while is vital for your health and wellbeing.

Here’s our pick of the best upcoming festivals, events and talks to help you on the path to doing what you love…

Path of love

Path of Love

WHERE: Hunter Valley, near Sydney, Australia (NB: retreats also run in the UK, Italy, Brazil
, Scandinavia, Greece
, Israel and the USA on different dates through 2017)

WHEN: August 3 – 10, 2017

COST: $3850 (but early bird and other discounts available – see website for details)

This 7-day retreat will open your eyes and empower you to realise your full human and spiritual potential and live the life you dream about – authentic, joyful and connected. The Path of Love is an intense, loving, liberating and effective developmental process, which will support you to find inner resources to transform your life. Integrating the latest research and understandings in scientific and spiritual development, you’ll learn tools to access and develop your emotional intelligence, facilitating a shift in self-awareness, empathy and motivation. This inner shift has a direct effect on your state of wellbeing, outer confidence and interpersonal relationships.

More information at Path Retreats

Happy Startup Summercamp

WHERE: Sussex, UK

WHEN: September 15 – 17, 2017

COST: Apply for information via the website

Named “One of the top business events in Europe” by The Guardian, Happy Startup Summercamp is an inspiring meeting of minds. Now in it’s fifth year this inspiring event will see a small group of budding entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, movement makers and startup founders gather on a beautiful site set within 300 acres of rolling countryside.

You’ll find inspiration all around, you’ll make amazing connections and you’ll hatch new ideas. Tickets are selling fast so get booking!

More information at Happy Startup Summercamp

 THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE 2016 BY PAUL WILLIAMSON.jpgThe Good Life Experience 2016: Image credit Paul Williamson

The Good Life Experience

WHERE: Hawarden Estate, Flintshire.

WHEN: September 15 – 17, 2017

COST: Ticket prices vary – see website for details

The Good Life Experience is a feel-good festival with therapeutic qualities – good food, a focus on wellbeing and the gifts of the outdoors. Now in its fourth year and co-founded by singer, broadcaster and author Cerys Matthews with Pedlars founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, it draws the best of literature festivals, music festivals and food festivals into one outside event. It’s all about passion, discovery and family fun and with so many makers running hands-on arts and crafts workshops you’ll also almost definitely learn something new.

Expect a low impact and sustainably responsible event, with locally sourced entertainment, foods and artisan beers. If you hanker for a simpler life, this festival is for you. 

More information at The Good Life Experience.

Restival - ArizonaFeeling free in the Arizona dessert 2016: Image via Restival


WHERE: Arizona, USA

WHEN: Weekend One September 14 September 17, 2017 | Weekend Two September 21 September 26, 2017

COST: Ticket prices range from $1,800 – $2,950 per person

Restival fuses the best of festivals and retreats with the creation of beautifully curated, intimate wellness travel experiences with indigenous cultures.  You’ll go off the grid for five days to the Arizona Desert and immerse yourself in immerse yourself in the Navajo world where you’ll experience Navajo peacemaking, horsemanship, artists and jewellers’ workshops, mask making, sweat lodges, story telling, astronomy, Navajo Horsewhispering and much more. It’s a transformational retreat in nature, offering you the rare opportunity to reconnect with yourself, let your hair down, become a tribe and truly connect with nature in eco-lux comfort. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like.  If you need to check your emails it’s ok, fancy a glass of wine in the evening – our pleasure.  Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride and let our collaborators take you on a trip of a lifetime, in nature.

More information at Restival

Image credit mindbodyspirit.co.uk

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival

WHERE: N.E.C, Birmingham, UK

WHEN: November 3- 5, 2017

COST: Tickets from £9

The Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival is a three-day celebration of self-exploration, self-expression, music, yoga, meditation which offers like-minded people real-time shared experiences and sensory indulgences. Expect to hear from top motivational speakers, visionaries, artists, musicians and performers and participate in cutting-edge workshops. There’ll also be the opportunity to shake your retail booty in holistic shopping heaven, to get re-energised in the mantra lounge, be sacred in the pop-up temple and relax in the Wellbeing Spa. Ditch your work mind come along and enjoy becoming part of a wonderful community.

More information at Mind Body Spirit Festival

And if you can’t make it to any of these events, why not take your journal off somewhere quiet and answer some of these questions yourself?

  • What you really want from life? What do you want to give back?
  • How you want to feel each and every day? What could you do differently, or more often, so you feel that way?
  • Do you get annoyed at people’s (or your own) negative attitude to life? If so, what can you do about it.
  • What could you do today to make yourself more aware of the small things in life that make you happy?
  • What small changes can you make to give yourself more time each day to relax?

Let us know how you get on,

The DWYL team

Disclaimer: We are not affiliates of or involved in the running of any of the suggested events. Please contact the organisers directly with any questions or queries.

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