Igniting The Creative Spark: Noosa Civic
School holiday workshops at Haven by Noosa Civic set to inspire both creativity and wellness. Christina Cannes discovers a haven of wellness for all ages.
Watercolours, photography, sewing, pottery, gut health, meditation and yoga will take centre stage this April at Noosa Civic shopping centre.
HAVEN is back on for the third year with local creatives and wellbeing experts joining forces to host a mindful and creative space for both parents and children.
“We’re rolling out a well-rounded program that appeals to a range of parents and children and takes the stress out of school holidays,” said Noosa Civic Marketing Manager Aimee Agnew. “You will find Haven in a beautiful, welcoming space next door to Woolworth’s. It’s a calm sanctuary for people to unwind.”
Daily from Monday 1 to Sunday 28 April workshop participants can relax, rejuvenate and upskill all the while raising funds for mental health charity Waves of Wellness. Most commonly known as WOW, Waves of Wellness is a mental health and surf therapy charity, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through a range of innovative programs.
“We developed these workshops as result of our focus on community, family and sustainability,” said Aimee. “And we wanted to provide something different for mums so there are workshops for an older demographic as well.
“Quite a few of our hosts have returned for the third year,” said Aimee. “They are thrilled to be back and love meeting so many positive, open people. It’s also an opportunity for them to reach outside of their existing community.”
When asked what participants enjoyed most about the workshops, Aimee explained, “it’s given them time out, the ability to be removed from everything else and mindfully present doing an activity which gives them a nice reprieve from the busyness of daily life. It’s also a lovely gift for themselves and a way to try things they’ve wanted to experience for a long time but didn’t have the time or budget.”
Aside from the free yoga classes, each workshop costs just $10, with 100% of these funds donated to the Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation. Waves of Wellness (WOW) will be rolling out local programs on the coast as of May.
“WOW has been our charity partner for the past three years,” explained Aimee. “WOW supports mindfulness and mental health. They’ve put on Fluro Fridays in Noosa for a few years and will launch a new program in May, so the campaign was a fantastic link with Haven.”
“Book early as the workshops book fast,” said Aimee. “We don’t want anyone to miss out and 100% of the workshop donations go to charity. Noosa Civic Travel Associates will also be donating 1% of all sales made during month of April to WOW.”
School holiday workshops
The HAVEN Mindful and Creative Space will be based at Noosa Civic shopping centre between 1 and 28 April. To find out more, book tickets or view the full calendar of activity, please visit www.noosacivic.com.au. For full details on WOW please visit www.foundationwow.org.