The weather is cooling down, which means… its race season. There’s plenty of running groups taking to the track and over the next couple of months, running races abound. It’s not all about sport, though: from goal-setting sessions to LGBTQ+ health forums to pre-loved fashion sales, there’s something for everyone this November. Check out the essential wellness events in Hong Kong for your calendar this month.
Nov 1: Setting Goals & Finding Balance with Michael Wardian
For anyone looking to up their competitive running and literally go the distance, join for an inspiring evening of long-distance running insights on work-life balance and achieving goals from ultra-marathon champion Michael Wardian. Learn more here.
Nov 2: Breathe to Unwind
If you’re hiking around Lantau on Saturday, take an hour out of your day to unwind with a conscious breathwork session at Lantau Base Camp with Respira Breathwork. You’ll learn techniques to speed up your sporting recovery time and improve your overall health while you’re at it. Find out more here.
Nov 2: Vegan Block Party 80s Edition
Sweet dreams are made of… ‘80s tunes, free-flow and vegan bites. For those who want to dance the night away with a slightly healthier twist, Vegan Block Party is where it’s at. Find out more here.
Nov 3: Women’s Five Running Training Begins
Women’s Five is back, and for those who have never run or aren’t sure how to train for a race, this five-week training programme to prepare you for the five-kilometre race at the end of the month is the perfect couch-to-5K regimen. There are different groups for different skill levels, and the first run will take place at Bowen Road. Sign up to the five-week programme here.
Nov 4-23: 200HR Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training
If you’re looking to take your yoga practice to the next level, join experienced teachers Chau Kei Ngai and Yogesh Varun for a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The course focuses on theory and practice, philosophy, and teaching methods, and students who complete the required elements will be registered teachers with Yoga Alliance. Learn more here.
Nov 8-10: Garden Gathering
Back for the fifth edition, this gathering of women in wellness is a great opportunity to explore alternative holistic practices and celebrate womanhood. The three-day mini-festival includes nutritious plant-based dining and workshops like energy healing, forest bathing, and tea ceremonies. Find out more here.
Nov 9-10: Spartan Race Trifecta Weekend
We hope you’ve been training (especially if you’re signed up) because the Spartan Race is back and its bigger than ever before. With the Beast category coming to Hong Kong for the first time, there’s a whole new level of competition and Hong Kong participants can now complete the Spartan ‘Trifecta’ of the Beast, Sprint and Super. Learn more here.
Nov 9: RUN Charity Race (14K or 19K)
If you prefer running without the mud and military-style obstacle courses, then RUN’s annual charity race in Tai Tam might be more your style—make no mistake though, this course isn’t an easy one. This fundraiser works with refugees to organise and participate in the race, as well as helping support RUN’s mission to provide sporting and education programmes to refugee groups in Hong Kong. Even if you’re not running, find out how to support here.
Nov 10: Asia Miles x Rooftop Republic
Get your green fingers on with a little rooftop gardening. Learn how to grow your own crop in the midst of the city as part of Asia Miles ‘Living and Wellness’ members-only workshop, in collaboration with Rooftop Republic who are plant-potting pros—plus, Asia Miles members will earn miles 1-to-1 for the event fee. Learn more here.
Nov 12: Green Queen UN SDG Vegan Series: Roots Eatery
Dine out for a good cause with a 100% vegan menu with Canto-French bistro Roots Eatery. Curated by Green Queen, the evening will help to raise awareness about the UN Sustainable Developments Goals and support local NGO Redress through the five-course vegan dining experience—an ideal evening for planet-conscious foodies. RSVP here.
Nov 13: Crystal Sound Bath Full Moon Meditation with Maria Wong
The full moon is a time to renew and restart, so help tie up your loose ends and close unfinished projects by channelling positive and cleansing negative energy of the ‘Beaver’ moon in this restorative sound bath. Find out more here.
Nov 16-17: Hong Kong Eco Film Festival 2019
Asia Society Hong Kong Centre is rolling out the green carpet to welcome in an impressive collection of passionate storytellers, scientists and changemakers trying to impact climate change. The films focus on biodiversity, protecting our oceans, resources, and the future, in a two-day event packed with speakers, workshops, and of course, short and feature-length films. Find out more here.
Nov 13: Pink Season 2019 Health Forum
LGBTQ+ groups are often left out of health and wellness conversations, but Pink Season welcomes a dedicated forum of expert panellists to discuss the health topics most important to the LGBTQ+ community. Originally planned for October 5th, and rescheduled for November 13th, the forum will cover health and medical topics like LGBTQ+ mental health, transgender health and transitioning, gynaecological health, dating someone HIV+, and more. A variety of speakers from organisations like AIDS Concern, Gender Empowerment and the Red Ribbon Centre, along with doctors and GPs, will join the event. Find out more information here.
Nov 18-22: WeBarre Popup in Admiralty
For five days, try ballet-inspired workouts with WeBarre at its Admiralty popup at Tesbury Centre, across from Pacific Place Three. With classes daily in the morning and afternoon, there’s plenty of opportunities to pop in and work on your pointe. Book your slot here.
Nov 22: Celebrate the Divine Wellness Dinner
Fivelements Habitat is welcoming its latest guest practitioner in style with a wellness-infused dinner. Hosted by Fivelements Habitat Wellness Curator May Nogoy and special guest Bhakti Musician Daphne Tse, the dinner will include a light buffet meal at Sakti Elixir Lounge and a soulful sound experience with music and movement—wear loose, comfortable clothing to best enjoy the experience. Find more information here.
Nov 23-24: Bhakti & Nada Yoga Workshop Module 1
Led by Daphne Tse of Soulsongs, immerse yourself in the world of Bhakti and Nada Yoga, a mix of toning, chanting, voice activation, movement and chakra alignment all using sound and its vibrations. Lunch is included on this two-day full course at Fivelements Habitat in-house raw and vegan dining spot. Module 2, for those interested, will take place in 2020. Find more information here.
Nov 30: Women’s Five Race Day
Whether you joined for the five-week training programme, or just want to run the race, the Women’s Five is a great excuse to get out and pound the pavement with your girlfriends. With an added 10K category this year, in addition to the classic 5K distance, the run through Tai Tam Country Park is sure to be scenic. Sign up here.
Nov 30: Hand Me Down Collective
Looking to rejuvenate your wardrobe but foresworn fast fashion? Hand Me Down Collective is a quarterly pre-loved sale of designer bargains. Those looking to clear out their closet of good-condition old clothes or never-worn impulse purchases can also sign up as sellers. Find out more here.