WELLNESS WANDER THE ADELAIDE HILLS AND HAHNDORF

Hosting Australia’s very first Wellness Wander event, Hahndorf locals and their neighbours in the Adelaide Hills are throwing open their doors, farm gates, studios, and shops to offer you an immersive exploration of wellness in the region.

Meander through local markets to discover farm fresh produce and artisanal products, connect with nature and the local wildlife or allow soulful practitioners to soothe stress with indulgent, creative, and mindful activities.

Wellness Wander harnesses the most enriching experiences in the Adelaide Hills so you can step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for some truly restorative time out.

Wellness Wander have carefully curated experiences designed to benefit your physical, mental, and social wellbeing while exploring some of the most beautiful parts of our country.

Click here to see full event program or read below to see events in Hahndorf.

 

The Haus Group
Recharge and Reconnect at our Haus

Wellness Your Way at Haus in the Picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Switch off, step back and refocus on your health with two nights’ accommodation in the Adelaide Hills for Wellness wander.

Check in to one of their gorgeous properties, all located just off the main street of Hahndorf for an overnight escape.

Soak up all that the Wellness Wander itinerary has to offer plus enjoy a complimentary $30 Haus Restaurant voucher and a locally sourced ‘pamper hamper’ curated with the following to enhance your experience:

  • Handcream by Jurlique
  • Bath milk by Hahndorf Soap Factory
  • Mini organic soapbox set by Hahndorf Soap Factory
  • Soy wax candle from Little Glow Candle Co.
  • ‘Quiet mind’ tea by T2
  • Block of artisan chocolate by Chocolate No. 5

Additionally, guests will receive a nutritious and locally sourced picnic basket with the recommendation to take it to the stunning Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens where you can immerse yourself in nature for a mindful lunch break.

As the Adelaide Hills are home to some of the world’s best boutique wineries, artisans and natural fauna and flora, guests will also receive a list of recommendations of dedicated add-ons to ensure you enjoy your wellness weekend your way.

Their three boutique properties offer 4 and 4.5 star stays for solo adventurers, groups, families and those travelling with their furry best friends.

Visit The Haus Group book now link for more information on accommodation options and availability.

 

Beerenberg Farm
Strawberry Provenance Experience

Picking, cooking, and eating strawberries!

Enjoy a few hours at Beerenberg inside their brand-new visitor experience/cafe and demonstration kitchen.

You’ll walk the farm, pick your own strawberries, and watch their chef’s cooking demonstration with delicious recipes you will enjoy at lunch.

Lunch will include three recipes using fresh strawberries: strawberry salad, strawberry dressing, and sorbet!

Experience includes:

  • Guided tour
  • Strawberry picking
  • Cooking demonstration
  • 3-course strawberry lunch with beverages
  • Take home recipes and goodie bag

Since their ancestors settled in Hahndorf nearly 200 years ago, Beerenberg has grown into an iconic Australian-made brand with 100 employees and nearly 100 delicious products.

They might have gotten bigger, but what hasn’t changed is their commitment to the land they’ve called home for 6 generations, their dedication to fresh produce and home-cooked craftsmanship, are family values they live and breathe every day.

They pride themselves on authentic, delicious, homemade recipes made right here on their farm in the Adelaide Hills and brought to you by the wonderfully committed people behind the brand – the family of Beerenberg.

Experience is $95pp – book here.

MediSpa by Breathe
Just Breathe

Bespoke Relaxation Spa Package. Unwind, relax and indulge in precious ‘you’ time.

Surrender to a blissful two-hour treatment package that will leave you completely relaxed from head to toe.

Start with a stress relieving 45-minute Glimpse of Paradise massage to ease away tension and calm the mind. Your therapist will hit all five senses and focus on key areas to leave you feeling completely blissed out.

Following your massage, enjoy a luxurious and results-driven oxygen facial. An O2 Life Facial treatment infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides, and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into your skin, leaving it luminous, refreshed and rejuvenated. This treatment immediate results making it the ideal pre-special occasion facial or the perfect solution for an instant pick-me-up.

To complete the treatment, your therapist will finish off with a foot massage and paraffin treatment leaving you with soft, supple feet.

Spend the last few minutes of your treatment winding down even more sipping ice-cold water or fresh herbal tea before floating back to the outside world to enjoy the other delights of the Adelaide Hills.

For more information and tickets click here.

MediSpa by Breathe
Nurture Yourself Back to Wellness

A Soothing Full Body Relaxation Massage. A journey of pure relaxation to leave you completely blissed out and ready to step back into the outside world to face another day.

After everything we do daily, it’s no wonder that our bodies and minds crave a healing, tension-releasing massage to help us wind down and feel relaxed. The expert bodyworkers at MediSpa are well-versed in delivering treatments that offer corrective care, deep relaxation, stress busting, chronic tension relieving, increased circulation, or just plain fluff!

In the ‘Touch of Heaven’ massage, the professional therapists will take you on an hour-long journey of pure relaxation. This signature massage journey hits all five senses leaving you completely relaxed.

The treatment starts with an invigorating lemon foot soak and heat packs to relax points of tension.

This is followed by a full body massage at a pressure of your choosing designed to ease tension and stress. Feel your body unwind as your therapist expertly finds points of tension and gently dissolves them.

A facial mist will awaken you back to reality, topped off with herbal tea, cool water, and a piece of chocolate. Pure bliss!

For more information and tickets click here.

The Fairy Garden
Make Your Own Mala

Mala Bracelet and Necklace Making Workshop. Mala is the Sanskrit word for garland. These meaningful pieces of jewellery have been used for centuries as meditation aids and to help people set intentions.

A Mala is a beautiful piece of jewellery comprised of gemstones or beads infused with meaning. Malas take on an even deeper meaning when you make them for yourself. The idea is to think about what you need most in your life at present and infuse your Mala with an intention. It becomes a physical representation of your manifestation and something you can think about when you wear it.

In this Mala making workshop, join Sarah from Red Mandala as you create your own 21 bead elasticised bracelet from an assortment of natural gemstone beads and precious metal-plated accents.

Following this, Sarah will guide you through the process of making your own modern version of a Mala necklace.

Using the traditional number of 108 beads (a powerful number in astrology and various spiritual practices), our Mala necklaces contain no knots creating an easy to wear necklace from a beautiful selection of natural gemstones beads.

This workshop will take approximately an hour and a half.

Please note that some of the essential components of your Mala creations may not be suitable for those with metal sensitivities.

Saturday – choose from two 30 mins bracelet sessions, cost $60 pp

Sunday – 90 mins necklace workshop, cost $90 pp

For more information and tickets click here.

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar
Easy Cheesy Home Cheesemaking Class

Blessed are the cheesemakers. It’s good for the soul, gastronomic for the mouth and great for the mind.

Join celebrated Udder Delights cheesemaker Sheree Sullivan for this fun and informative 4-hour class.

Be prepared for a hands-on experience where you get to do and eat everything. You’ll craft your own feta while learning how the same recipe can be used for camembert and lots more.

Taste your way through an in-depth masterclass featuring five cheeses and fresh-baked ciabatta, paired with a glass of Hesketh wine or Grunthal beer. The experience concludes with afternoon tea.

Each guest will leave with recipes and tools to extend cheesemaking at home, plus a $10 voucher to spend in-store.

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar is based at their new home, Grunthal Brew in Verdun, with classes held in the private greenhouse onsite.

For more information and tickets click here.

 

The Cedars
Forest Bathing at The Cedars

Join Bronwyn Paynter of ‘Flourish, Nature-based OT’ at The Cedars Hahndorf for a forest bathing experience in the unique landscape that inspired one of Australia’s greatest landscape artists, Sir Hans Heysen.

If you find you are often rushed, stressed, and overwhelmed with the pace of life this is the session for you!

Immerse yourself amongst the mighty gums and landscape that played muse to famous Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen in an unhurried forest bathing session. Forest bathing is not like hiking or bushwalking. Instead, it is an opportunity to ‘bathe’ or immerse yourselves in the natural environment.

This gently guided experience, led by Bronwyn Paynter of ‘Flourish, Nature-based OT’ will allow you to disconnect from technology and remind you that you are a part of nature, belong in nature and care for nature.

Sir Hans Heysen was deeply connected to the Australian landscape, and this is an opportunity to see and understand the transformative nature of The Cedars for yourself whilst indulging in some self-care.

Research shows that Forest Bathing (also known as ‘shinrin yoku’, forest therapy or nature therapy) has benefits including reducing stress hormones in the body, improving mood, and reducing worry.

For more information and tickets click here.

 

The Cedars
Botanical Immersion

Submerse yourself in everything botanical at The Cedars & Kidman Flowers.

Unleash your inner artist through a botanical art class, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch in the stunning Heysen Artist’s garden and create a beautiful botanic bouquet at Kidman’s Flower Farm.

Join renowned Botanical artist Sandra Johnston for a morning drawing class at The Cedars Hahndorf in the unique landscape that inspired one of Australia’s greatest landscape artists, Sir Hans Heysen. Enjoy an indulgent gourmet lunch in The Cedars’ gardens and finish your day learning native floral arrangement techniques with Angela Kidman of Kidman Flowers at her flower farm in nearby Balhannah.

From 10am to noon, botanical artist Sandra Johnston will teach you how to create your own beautiful work of art in colour pencil. Focusing on the majestic eucalyptus, you will learn techniques to compose and draw gum leaves, gumnuts and blossoms under Sandra’s expert guidance.

This will be followed by a lavish gourmet picnic lunch in the stunning gardens of The Cedars, as featured recently on both ABC Gardening Australia and ABC’s ‘Back to Nature’.

After lunch, you will then travel to the 30-acre native flower farm ‘Kidman Flowers’ in nearby Balhannah for a masterclass in floral arrangements with Angie Kidman. Let your creativity flow as you make your own gorgeous bouquet of freshly picked native flowers.

You will leave with a full appreciation for the landscape that played muse to Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen and the unique beauty of the Kidman Flower Farm while taking away new skills and wonderful memories.

Enjoy a relaxed and creative day out in a beautiful Adelaide Hills autumn.

For more information and tickets click here.

The Cedars
Mindful Art Class

Capture the Colourful Botanicals of The Cedars

Tap into your inner artist and create a botanical masterpiece at Hans Heysen’s stunning estate, The Cedars.

For far too many, there is not enough time in the day to stop and smell the roses, let alone capture them in pencil. Yet the benefits of slowing down and mindfully focusing on an activity such as drawing, or painting are plentiful.

In this skillfully guided art class, let your inner creative loose at the estate of a revered Australian landscape painter, Sir Hans Heysen. The beauty of this property inspired two of Australia’s most famous painters – Hans Heysen and his daughter Nora Heysen, the first female to win the Archibald Prize.

Come and immerse yourself in the same stunning environment that inspired their award-winning works and create your own masterpiece while immersing yourself in an activity that will pull you in the present moment.

Through two hours of art indulgence, you will discover the detail of gum leaves and blossoms with artists’ coloured pencils.

Under the tutelage of talented botanic artist Sandra Johnston, develop your own creative skills and leave the class with your own frame-worthy artwork.

Art materials to be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own Artists’ quality-coloured pencils.

For more information and tickets click here.

Hahndorf Academy
Guided Life Drawing Workshop

Be inspired body and soul.

Create new connections with the human figure in a guided life drawing class for beginners and experts. Paige Lusk, an oil painter, and life drawing tutor will guide you to capture form and expression from a life model.

Discover for yourself why drawing from life remains a tenant of figurative art practice. Explore the intimacy of studied observation and learn new skills to illustrate a living subject.

“I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing” Vincent Van Gogh.

This workshop is for adults only and suits all levels of experience. All materials and refreshments are provided, and model fees are included in the ticket price.

Hahndorf Academy is a leading cultural centre of the Adelaide Hills, situated in a beautiful heritage building. We are a not-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes, and assists to develop the work of South Australian artists and preserve Hahndorf’s rich cultural heritage.

We have a vibrant contemporary arts program with exhibitions, workshops, studios, and annual arts prizes. Our shop showcases SA artists and our museum interprets stories from its cultural and historical collection.

For more information and tickets click here.

Hahndorf Academy
Yoga in the Art Gallery

Enjoy Iyengar yoga in our art gallery.

Yoga is great for strength, relaxation, and a calm mind. Art engages, inspires, and connects people. Nicola Semmens, a certified Iyengar yoga instructor with 25 years’ experience, will lead a class among immersive, dynamic graphics of Wendy Dixon-Whiley.

Iyengar Yoga is based on the traditional yoga teachings of BKS Iyengar. A style that has an emphasis on precision, alignment, and the use of props. The practice of yoga will not only bring strength and flexibility to the body but also a sense of mental clarity. “It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self & intelligence” BKS Iyengar Wendy Dixon-Whiley will cover the gallery walls in mind-bending creations that come alive through augmented reality.

Her bold graphics feature wild creatures and dynamic figures as part of this immersive experience. ‘Oblique Strategies’ will exhibit until 5 April.

This class suits most people at any age or level of experience. It is held in the upstairs gallery in the Hahndorf Academy. Please bring your own mat.

Hahndorf Academy is a leading cultural centre of the Adelaide Hills, situated in a beautiful heritage building. We are a not-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes, and assists to develop the work of South Australian artists and preserve Hahndorf’s rich cultural heritage.

We have a vibrant contemporary arts program with exhibitions, workshops, studios, and annual arts prizes.

Our shop showcases SA artists and our museum interprets stories from its cultural and historical collection.

For more information and tickets click here.

The PaintBox
The Art of Wellness | The Essence of Flowers

An Immersive Experience

Join The PaintBox on a time-honoured path to wellness through meditative creativity in a series of structured workshops led by local artists and organic producers, all materials provided.

Most people know the staff at The PaintBox in relation to the art supplies that they sell at the shop but their family are also organic producers of a great mass of food and flowers from their farm in Mylor, market gardens in the Basket Range and of course the large back garden of their shop which has supplied fruits and flowers to Hahndorf locals for over a hundred years.

Along with several local artists and like-minded growers they are delighted to share their enthusiasm for all of this abundance which is inextricably linked with their love of creativity.

People who enjoy art and engaging with nature will likely attest to the fact that making art has a spiritual quality.

Enjoying music, art and relating to the natural world can form, shape, and hold in front of your very eyes, something that you feel internally.

This type of connectivity between your emotions and mind is transcendent—but did you know it’s also extremely restorative for your mental and physical wellness?

Join them for tutored afternoons immersed in art and flowers in their beautiful heritage-listed studios which open out onto the rambling gardens planted by the Thiele family.

The organic café and bar, Thiele’s Shop will be open in support of these events.

For more information and tickets click here.

Bike About
Wellness on Wheels

Explore Hahndorf’s best by e-bike

Let your senses be your guide on this rejuvenating e-cycling experience where you can immerse yourself in nature whilst sampling some of the best produce that the Hills has to offer.

Take in the picturesque landscape as you pedal through quiet country lanes with the late summer breeze caressing your face. In this beginner-friendly tour, be guided through Hahndorf on electronic bikes to explore iconic sites in the town and sample amazing local produce from some of the best Adelaide Hills producers.

Covering approximately 14km at a relaxed pace, this energising tour meets at The Lane Winery at 9am and from here we will meander through country lanes to Beerenberg Farm which to pick ripe strawberries fresh from the bush and sample their delicious products.

We will then move on to Udder Delights where you can enjoy some of the best handmade cheese you’ll ever taste before heading to The Cedars Hans Heysen’s Studio to view Australia’s oldest artist studio.

Next, we make our way to Shaw & Smith for their wine flight experience before we wander back to The Lane for 2pm to finish up with a picnic lunch. Relax at one of the estate’s stunning picnic locations with a basket full of local produce and a bottle of their Lois Sparkling Wine.

With approximately an hour between each location, there is plenty of time to soak up the beauty of each location while taking a leisurely cycling pace.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and dress according to the weather with plenty of sun protection to get through the day.

For more information and tickets click here.

The Cedars
Drawing from Life in Watercolour & Gouache

Join South Australian artist Gemma Rose Brook for an art workshop at this historic home.

Discover your inner creative and connect to nature whilst nestled amongst the Adelaide Hills landscape that inspired one of Australia’s greatest painters, Sir Hans Heysen.

An inspiring drawing and watercolour class taught by South Australian Artist Gemma Rose Brook at the historic home of Sir Hans Heysen, ‘The Cedars’.

Over a blissful two hours in the native bushland that inspired some of Australia’s most well-known works of art, you will learn to connect to nature through painting and drawing.

Discover The Cedars property and the history of the Heysen family as you learn to use a variety of mediums and tools to capture the essence of the mighty gum trees that have stood for hundreds of years and ultimately work on a final watercolour or gouache painting.

Materials including brushes, watercolours, gouache and paper will be supplied, however if you prefer to use your own materials you are more than welcome to bring them along.

Spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Adelaide Hills having fun, learning a new skill and relaxing amongst an inspiring landscape.

For more information and tickets click here.

Coco Marie
Botanical Face and Body Boost Workshop

Learn how to make your own natural, Australian clay face and body mask from your pantry and garden.

An informative, hands-on experience with Coco Marie – learning which common household and garden ingredients are suitable for your complexion, and how to use them to create a botanical skin boost, spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home.

You’ll get the chance to create your very own Australian clay botanical face and body mask to take home using ordinary, everyday ingredients from your pantry and garden.

Each participant receives a face mask, application accessories, information booklet and 10% discount voucher for their next purchase.

Coco Marie is a South Australian, family-owned, and operated business that creates small-batch, natural and organic skincare, bath, and body products without the use of chemicals.

After studying aromatherapy overseas at her second home in France, co-owner Marie was inspired to create an entirely natural range of beautiful, handmade products using only the purest and most powerful plant-derived oils, botanical extracts, vitamins, and minerals.

Today, together with her daughter, Coco Marie formulate and manufacture all their products by hand from their family property in the Adelaide Hills.

For more info and tickets click here.

 

 

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