If you were hoping for some quiet before the storm (aka, the winter festive season), then November is refusing to oblige. Beyond the return of Hong Kong’s biggest music festival, Clockenflap, this month in Hong Kong is jam-packed with wellness conferences, conscious pop-ups, and yoga days by the dozen. Get out your calendars, and start marking down the essential wellness events in Hong Kong this month.
To celebrate World Vegan Day, Conscious Cinema will be screening the 10th anniversary edition of Earthlings, a documentary about humankinds dependence economically on animals. Tickets include food and beverage from MANA! and founder Bobsy Gaia will join the event for a talk. Buy tickets here.
Running throughout November and into December, Flex invites you to take on the 30-day Pilates Challange. Opt for a specially priced 10 or 15 class package, and see what allegro, trios and a private session can do for your fitness. Find out more here.
Bringing sustainability and luxury fashion together, Lane Crawford Joyce Group’s social initiative Luxarity presents a conscious fashion pop-up in Central Hong Kong. Head to On The List, Duddell Street to do your part (and reboot your wardrobe at the same time). Find out more here.
IRIS has become more than just a yoga festival in the last year, and this November its teamed up with Ngong Ping 360 to bring you an urban wellness escape like no other. Taking place each weekend in November, enjoy the sweeping views of Lantau from the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, and then join yoga, fitness or mediation sessions in Ngong Ping beside Big Buddha. Buy your ticket here.
Renowned Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner, Santina, join the Four Seasons Hong Kong spa team for three days this month, offering bespoke private sessions as part of the Masters of Wellness series. Santina completed the primary, second and third series of the Ashtanga yoga system under mentor Mark Togni, and is a certified Master Teacher in the Nicky Knoff Yoga System, as well as holding a Masters of Gestalt therapy. Book your session here.
You know the drill by now: the Spartan Race returns to Kam Tin Country Club for the third year, with 13km+ Super, 5km+ Sprint and Kids race options in the multi-challenge assault course. There’s still time to sign up if you’re feeling daring or want to join your friends last minute as a team. Expect mud, sweat and beers. Learn more here.
The RUN Charity Race gives you more than just good health: raising funds for sports and education programmes to rehabilitate vulnerable refugees, you can run for a cause and support the refugee community in Hong Kong. Run 14 or 19KM through Tai Tam Country Park, or run the 19KM as a two-person corporate team. Sign up here.
As part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2-11 November), join Susie Orbach, author of “Fat is a Feminist Issue”, for lunch at the Old Bailey in Tai Kwun. Written more than 40 years ago, Orbach’s insights into diet culture and societies obsession with women’s bodies is more relevant than ever as she explores current feminist movements and the evolution of fitness in the age of social media. Get your tickets here.
You don’t always have to jump on a plane for a wellness escape (although we’re always a fan of a luxury yoga retreat), and Marysia Do’s 30-hour yoga immersion provides a break right here in the city. A five-day journey of asana, meditation and journaling, the immersion helps participants refocus expectations, ideas of community, and how we can contribute to the world around us. Learn more about the course here.
Part of the Eaton Workshop, this international festival—which debuted in Washington DC in September—combines celebration and activism to explore our role in society and what we can do to progress to a better future. The lineup includes group energy healing and sound bath sessions, meditation classes, environmental film screenings, an LGBTQ+ rainbow brunch, vegetarian cooking class, and musical and dance performances from local and visiting artists. The event will benefit Hong Kong non-profits like Pink Alliance, A Plastic Ocean, and Wandering Voices, so you can spend your weekend helping great local causes. Learn more here.
Live Zero, Hong Kong’s first zero-waste store, will share the ‘little green steps’ we as consumers can take to help out with Hong Kong’s environmental problems, and contribute to the global sustainability crisis. Learn more here.
The third of Solar Wellness Series events combines wellness, music and sustainability for an afternoon of relaxation in the city. This session includes a creative flow yoga session with Joakin Olin, and a meditation tea ceremony with May Ngoy of the Garden Gathering. Learn more here.
Hong Kong athleisure brand FeloSophie have curated a Charity Wellness Christmas Marketplace of the best in health and wellness fashion, skincare, home goods and jewellery. Hosted in WeWork Taikoo between 11am and 7pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to get ahead of your Christmas shopping. While the event is free, the first 50 people to RSVP get a free goodie bag when they attend the marketplace. Sign up here.
The second annual TEDxTinHau Women event will be hosted at Sky 100 in the ICC. On the theme of ‘Showing up’, expect the talks to push boundaries, break rules and rise beyond the status quo. Buy your tickets here.