September 8, 2021

world wellness weekend

Written by Emily

As a leading wellness destination on the Mornington Peninsula, we are committed to supporting the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of our guests, staff, and the broader community.

We are excited to be taking part in the annual celebration of World Wellness Weekend for the fourth consecutive year. This year we will be offering a complimentary virtual program to support and encourage growth, resilience, and connection.

Our series of inclusive online workshops and musical performances will be led by inspiring and engaging local practitioners who are leaders in the wellness space. They will support and guide you through a range of experiences designed to centre, ground, and realign you with the deep well of your being. Our program will open with a sunrise Yidaki meditation and close with a journey into sacred sound.

We hope this virtual offering will uplift and inspire you to continue to prioritise your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you get involved for one activity or all of them, each session can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Discover more information about our activities below and tune into the Facebook event at the scheduled times to get involved.

Disclaimer: Please note that when participating in online exercise classes, you are doing so at your own risk. Activities may not be suitable for those with pre-existing injuries, illnesses, or pregnancies. Please consult a health professional before participating in any online programs.

attend the event

Saturday, 18th September 2021

sunrise yidaki meditation with uncle lionel lauch

6:15am - 6:45am

Rise with the sun and immerse yourself in a live stream guided Yidaki (didgeridoo) sound healing meditation with Lionel Lauch from Living Culture. Lionel is a proud Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung – Bundjalung man and a skilled and practiced healer. Allow the powerful sound vibrations of the Yidaki to bring you into a deep and grounded state of relaxation that will carry you into the weekend.

meet the host: uncle lionel lauch, @livingcultureltd

Lionel is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung – Bundjalung man, who has lived on the Mornington Peninsula since he was six years old. Passionate about his cultural heritage and people, Lionel embraces the opportunity to share his knowledge of the land and educate others about his culture.

sweat session and meditation with nat diconza

10:30am - 11:15am

Join personal trainer, mindfulness coach and Lululemon Sorrento ambassador Nat Diconza for a sweat session to boost your heart rate, improve cardiovascular fitness and build strength at home. Nat will guide you through a full-body workout, focusing on joint stability, coordination, and lactic threshold. Having worked up a sweat, Nat will then lead you through a cool down, including a mini meditation that will focus on simple breathwork and visualisation.

mental resilience workshop with nat diconza

12:00pm - 12:30pm

After a quick break, guests are welcome to re-join Nat for a live and empowering resilience workshop via Zoom, where he will support you to reconnect, realign your values and rediscover your driving force.

meet the host: nat diconza, @natdiconza

Nat is a qualified personal trainer, paramedic, Lululemon ambassador and mindfulness coach specialising in high-intensity interval training, functional fitness, mental wellbeing, and resilience training. Nat is passionate about working with communities to improve physical, mental and social health holistically

yin yogataoism and the harmonising power of journaling with jane hone

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Learn about the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism while practicing yin yoga poses that balance your energetic pathways (meridians) and release muscular tension. We will dive deeper into the concepts of the Tao, yin and yang and what it means to harmonise with nature and its seasons, and then conclude with some introspective journal prompts to further cultivate yin energy. This session will invite you to reflect on both the physical and the spiritual.

meet the host: jane hone, @magicspaceyoga

Jane is a freelance writer and yoga teacher (specialising in yin yoga) who has trained in both India and Australia — including with yin yoga pioneer Sarah Powers. She's deeply interested in philosophy and in questions about how we can live slower, more awakened lives.

Ayurvedic practices for longevity with Sarada from organic india

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Sarada will guide you through a 30-minute workshop centering on the sacred, spiritual, and restorative nature of yoga and tulsi tea. Prepare a cup of your favourite blend of soothing ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Tea or herbal tea of your choice as you begin to wind down for the evening. Sarada will provide you with a series of nurturing and nourishing yogic and Ayurvedic practices that you can take away and incorporate into your daily routine.

meet the host: sarada, @organicindiaofficial

Sarada (Sally Martin) is a naturopath, herbalist, yoga teacher & mum currently travelling around Australia with her family. She works for Organic India Aus and is passionate about healthy, conscious living. Download a copy of Organic India’s Tulsi and Yoga e-book here.

live music performance from our artist in residence, sianna lee


During her week-long on-site residency, Sianna will be returning to the song form and experimenting with synthesisers in the creation of brand new musical works.  For World Wellness Weekend she will perform a short set of new material from her home studio live to Peninsula Hot Springs Facebook.

meet the host: sienna lee, @sianna.lee

Our third Peninsula Hot Springs Artist in Residence is Sianna Lee, a singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist from Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula. Sianna has been playing and writing music for over 20 years. Her musical style is raw and elemental, while her songwriting explores notions of self doubt, desire and the contingent moments of life, loss and love.

Sunday, 19th September 2021

sunrise hand pan meditation with dan byrne

6:15am - 6:45am

Be immersed in the hypnotic sounds of Dan Byrne from D2Soul ’s hand pans and crystal harp, as he welcomes the sun live streamed from his beautiful backyard for day two of World Wellness Weekend.

meet the host: dan byrne, @cymatic_harmony

Dan Byrne from D2Soul has been a regular performer at Peninsula Hot Springs over the last couple of years. He creates healing sonic meditations and soundscapes with his hand pans and crystal harp.

the art of qi gong with dan woodley

7:30am - 8:00am

Find balance through movement as you mindfully explore a series of grounding & powerful postures with host Dan Woodley. Just 30 minutes of this moving meditation can help set the flow for your day ahead. Suitable for all levels of experience as variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.

meet the host: dan woodley

Dan is a mindfulness practitioner who specialises in the transformative power of breathwork, hot and cold immersion therapy and the ancient art of Qi Gong. Dan is a dynamic wellness host and advocate who guides guests through a range of signature wellness activities at Peninsula Hot Springs.

slow flow yoga class with yvonne pert

10:30am - 11:15am

Explore the wisdom of yoga through a gentle flow with experienced teacher and host Yvonne who will guide you through a mindful, physical practice and provide you with simple breathing and meditation techniques to calm and steady the mind. This class will leave you feeling open, focused, and relaxed.

meet the host: yvonne pert

Yvonne is a highly experienced yoga and meditation teacher who specialises in hatha and vinyasa flow yoga. She has a grounding, nurturing style that leaves you feeling calm, supported, and aligned. Yvonne is a passionate wellness host and advocate who guides guests through a range of signature wellness activities at Peninsula Hot Springs.

How nutrition affects your gut, brain and wellbeing with Resident Naturopath and Nutritionist, freya lawler

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Join Freya to explore how the gut and mind are intimately linked and what we can do in our own kitchens to optimise our gut x brain connection to enhance resilience and support immunity. This conversation will connect the dots between how best to support and nourish ourselves during lockdown and beyond. Follow along with Freya as she walks you through how to make a nutritious, quick and easy gut healing smoothie.

meet the host: freya lawler, @freyalawlernaturo

Freya is a Melbourne based naturopath, nutritionist, and natural fertility educator specialising in holistic wellness and functional nutrition for optimal wellbeing. Using a combination of pathology and clinical symptomology, Freya is particularly passionate about working with women’s health, gut, skin and hormone health.

mantra and meditation with nataraj chaitanya

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Nataraj Chaitanya for an immersive experience into the heart of sacred sound. Through Sanskrit mantra, yogic philosophy, and meditation, Nataraj will guide participants into an uplifted state of consciousness. The devotional practice of kirtan, call and response chanting, is an ecstatic way to calm the mind and open the heart and will be accompanied by classical Indian instruments, played by Nataraj and the kirtan band.

meet the host: nataraj chaitanya @nataraj.chaitanya

Nataraj has immersed himself in the teachings of yoga and tantra since he was 13 years old and has since gone on to lead yoga and meditation retreats, workshops, kirtan and teacher trainings all over the world. He has inspired countless seekers to take up a spiritual practice and has dedicated his life to bringing the wisdom of yoga to everyday life.

ambient sound journey with spud thompson

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Spud Thompson’s ambient soundscapes are inspired by his upbringing in rural Victoria surrounded by beaches and bush, and he will be playing a short live streamed set from his home studio to close our World Wellness Weekend celebrations.

meet the host: spud thompson, @spudthompsonmusic

Mornington Peninsula local musical creator Spud Thompson is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and emotive vocalist whose work runs the whole gamut of human emotions; improvised sonic soundscapes painted with more familiar ballad, folk roots and synthesized electronica colours and textures.

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