Utopia Women’s Wellness was the premier full day event created by Renee Gardner and Levi Walz, held at All Hallows Girls School in Fortitude Valley on Saturday 13th July 2013. Pulling together the likes of Lorna Jane, Jess Ainscough, Ashy Bines, Nat Kringoudis and Therese Kerr, among many other familiar faces in the wellness industry, has been the dream of both organisers.
As soon as I walked in, I felt at home. I couldn’t wait to see the Wellness Market with all the food stalls, nutrition and supplements, organic makeup and skincare, Vitamix blenders, jewellery and so many other exciting things to explore. I could have spent all day there. I got to chat with many of the stall holders, who were all just as excited to share their products as we were to find out about them.
I had the choice of two stages with a full day’s schedule of speakers on just about every topic I could dare to dream; yoga, fertility, lifestyle transformation, detoxing, relationships, weight loss, mindset and everything in between.
There was a smoothie competition hosted by Almond Breeze in the main arena, fitness competitions. Lorna Jane was signing her new book for just about every woman in attendance and the guitarist in the background only added to the mood.
I was in my own kind of heaven.
So when I spoke to Renee, I almost felt star-struck. How did she manage to convince leading names in the wellness industry to participate in Utopia?
“Therese Kerr and Jess Ainscough responded within hours. Lorna Jane was also on board straight away,” she explains. That’s when she knew it was really happening.
Everything had been well thought-out, including the choice of venue. Renee and Levi had visited ten girls’ schools in Brisbane before deciding on All Hallows’ School in Fortitude Valley. It was the perfect open-air venue to create the atmosphere they wanted. Even the weather was perfect.
As I wandered the stalls, I felt a sense of connection. Chatting to people at the stalls felt like catching up with old friends. Utopia had such an intimate feel and it was clear people felt comfortable to strike up a conversation.
I was excited to discover Happy Skincare and learnt their creators, Phoebe and Aaron, traveled from the Hunter Valley to be here. They have a fantastic product – Intensive Repair Oil – created especially for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe dry skin. Phoebe gave me a sample pack of their 4-step Happy System and after just one, use I am hooked. Check them out at www.happyskincare.com.au.
Renee has plans to grow her business with future events and other ideas in the pipeline. I know of at least 1000 women who attended this one who are eager to find out what she does next.
To stay updated on future events by Utopia Women’s Wellness, head over to www.utopiawomenswellness.com.