Kimba Gears Up for Health & Wellness Weekend in October | Port Lincoln weather


Kimba is preparing for a second health and wellness weekend, after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

FULL WEEKEND: Committee member Ellen Zibell hopes to promote good mental health during Kimba Health and Wellness Weekend in mid-October. Photo: Lauren Fitzgerald.

The weekend is scheduled for October 15-17 and includes many shows, workshops and other events.

Committee member and organizer Ellen Zibell said she was thrilled to know that the first weekend of 2019 went so well.

“The first one was really great and I think this one will be even better and different,” she said.

“It’s just about presenting people with new experiences that can help them improve their health and well-being.

“What works for me may not be what works for you … there is more than one for your well-being and we want to showcase what our community has to offer.”

Another committee member, Meagan Lienert, said it would be a “great weekend for people across the Eyre Peninsula”.

“Free camping is available, or book your accommodation early,” she said.

“Our booking app (for workshops and events) should be up and running by mid-September, or call the Our Town office.”

Ms Zibell said they wanted to inspire rural communities to take care of each other during all the hardships they face.

“We just want to invite the Eyre Peninsula to be a part of it, it’s not just for Kimba,” she said.

She said this year they had “revamped” the event slightly, such as bringing in plenty of South Australia-based speakers to make sure everything went smoothly.

She said Friday night was sort of “opening night” and would include a meet and greet, comedic acts such as Anthony Lamond and a comedic hypnosis show, as well as a performance by CirKids.

“Then on Saturday we’ll have markets here at Workshop 26 and a lot of other different things including a male catch-up,” Ms. Zibell said.

“The markets will be a bit of a base and a lot of other things will happen in the city.

“There will be live music (at Workshop 26), Pilates and meditation throughout the day.

“We are also in the process of implementing an app so that people can book workshops.”

She said that for the kids there will be boxing, art workshops, CirKids, a nature walk, pilates and yoga for the kids.

On Sunday, they will also have a fun run and a gym group walk.

Speakers include Suzie Kenny and Cherry Farrow who are neurolinguistic programming coaches, Chloe and Chris Blowes (who survived a shark attack), Jeremy Edwards (who formed I’m Not Afraid To Talk) and Warren Davies aka The Unbreakable Farmer.

Mr Davies, from Kyabram in northern Victoria, said that upon leaving school he became a dairy farmer but would lose the farm in the event of a drought.

After running other farms and working in real estate, Mr Davies said he has “gotten out of hand” and now shares his mental health issues to inspire and empower others.

“By sharing my story, I want to empower others to share theirs and create a safe environment for them,” he said.

“Basically what I was doing before COVID was traveling across Australia to speak in communities as a mental health advocate.

“My main focus is rural and regional communities.”

Mr Davies said he was looking forward to visiting Kimba for the first time.

“I can’t wait to be there… I want to catch up with people individually and in small groups too… Sometimes it can be good to get rid of things,” he said.

“We hear it quite often, but it’s okay not to be well.

“We need to make sure we have conversations about our mental health and look out for each other.

“This is how you build resilient communities.”

For updates on the weekend’s itinerary, follow Kimba Health and Wellness Weekend on Facebook or Instagram.

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