While the kids are heading back to school, its time for the rest of us to get back into our regular routines—summer break is well and truly over. The weather is still stellar though, and with sunshine abound there’s plenty of wellness events in Hong Kong over the next four weeks to tide you through mooncake season and into a fitness-focused autumn with sustainable plogging gatherings, yoga festivals and mental health seminars to make sure you’re well inside and out.
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Sunny Sunday 69Slam Beach Run
For Sundays through September, the Gone Runners Running Club are joining forces with 69 Slam to bring you beach runs every weekend. With different distances to suit every ability, the runs finish on Repulse Bay where you can join your fellow runners for some relaxation on the waterfront. Find out more here.
Sept 7: Mental Health 101 — An Introduction to Mental Health
MindHK invites you to a short workshop to learn the basics of mental health. The perfect precursor to anyone considering taking the Mental Health First Aid certificate course, the seminar covers the stigma surrounding mental health, the spectrum of mental health, self-help treatments, the difference between counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, and where to get help in the city. Find out more here.
Sept 9: Green Queen UN SDG Vegan Dinner Series: Bedu Vol.3
Bringing attention to the UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG) by creating a 100% vegan dining series, Green Queen’s third plant-based sustainable dinner is in collaboration with Bedu. The six-course Middle Eastern menu aligns with the SDG values, focusing on sustainable ingredients and nutrient-dense food, and includes a welcome drink: groups, friends, dates, and solo diners are all welcome. Book here.
Sept 9: Healthy Me, Powerful Me, Strong Me Workshop
Exploring the impact of body image on women and girls, guests at this workshop will join in discussions led by athletes and wellness experts, as well as joining in activities designed to promote positive body image. Sign up here.
Sept 14: Wellness for Mind, Body and your Finances
Learn from wellness experts in beauty, fitness, nutrition and personal finances the best way to balance life to optimise your health. If you find yourself struggling to juggle your time and commitments, this workshop can help you prioritise your life and make it work for you in the long term. Find out more here.
Sept 14: Midnight Runners X Reebok City Orienteering 2019
Despite the name, this event takes place in the afternoon and not at midnight. Get together a team of your fittest friends, and spend an afternoon exploring the city as fast as you can to reach as many of the checkpoints as possible. Plus, you can trial the brand new Forever Floatride Energy series to give your run a little extra bounce. Find out more here.
Sept 19: Urban Dads by Urban Hatch
New dads or those about to become a parent for the first time can head along to Urban Hatch’s afternoon to answer all their questions about labour, birth, and parenthood. The informal panel discussion will include stories from new dads, psychologist Sebastian Droesier, and midwife and Urban Hatch Founder Sofie Jacobs, all designed to help you support your partner and better manage your own wellness through fatherhood. Tickets include beer, soft drinks and snacks: sign up here.
Sept 21: IRIS: Your Escape with ManulifeMOVE
Back for the second time this year, IRIS: Your Escape is Hong Kong’s biggest outdoor wellness and yoga event. With more than 80 classes across six zones, activities include yoga, meditation, gong baths, HIIT, Pilates, martial arts and more from some of Hong Kong’s top fitness instructors. The marketplace is free to attend, while those with tickets can attend unlimited classes inside the festival: find out more here.
Sept 22: Countryside Clean-Up—Maclehose Trail Section 6/7
Fixing Hong Kong’s trash problem one jog at a time, HK Ploggers are taking to the trails to clean up one of Hong Kong’s best-loved hiking routes. Jogging and picking up trash—known as plogging—along the 11-kilometre section 6 and 7 of the Maclehose Trail is no easy task, but one that is as good for your health as the environment. Find out more here.
Sept 25: FIT Summit Asia Fitness & Wellness Summit
A gathering of some of the biggest and best in the wellness business from Hong Kong and abroad, the FIT Summit combines keynote speakers, panel discussions and networking sessions to provide a meeting point for the thought leaders of the wellness industry. Learn more here.
Sept 28: Therapeutic Forest Bathing Experience with Amanda Yik
Escape the frenetic urban buzz of the city with a rejuvenating afternoon in nature. Forest bathing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as boosting mood, immune system and energy, and founder of Shinrin Yoku Hong Kong and Certified Forest Therapy Guide Amanda Yik will lead a slow walk through Lung Fu Shan country park near Kennedy Town. Sign up here.