Trew Fields: the UK’s first Holistic Health and Cancer Awareness FestivalCancer and Festival don’t seem to naturally go together? Indeed eyebrows raised when I shared with friends that I was planning to join the weekend. And yet, this is exactly what the world needs. A Festival of health that looks to change the way we treat cancer, think about cancer and speak about cancer. A Festival about empowering people and sharing knowledge and connection. A Festival that celebrates integrative medicine - in other words the very best of all medicines, orthodox, complementary, psycho-spiritual and self-help, for the treatment of illness and the prevention of illness. A Festival that is full of hope and fun.
Here's my film of the weekend
Sophie asks: ‘What if cancer is the body’s last attempt to save its own life? What if its purpose is not to extinguish us but to heal?'
|The Ice Bath|
But actually the Festival was so much more than the amazing talks, food and music - it was about a different conversation, about listening, living as well as possible, about fun, laughter and hope, about connection, sharing stories, learning, prevention, integrative medicine and so much more.
It was about reframing the aggressive mainstream narrative surrounding cancer into how we can nurture ourselves and bring more balance back into our lives. Indeed I was blown away time and time again over the weekend; the generosity, welcome and warmth of those running the Festival and those participating. Somehow people seemed to connect almost instantly; cancer opening doors but wonderfully, no judgements. Indeed Sophie Trew described the atmosphere of the 2017 Festival as 'like walking into a giant hug’; that’s also a great description of this years Festival.
|The Ice Bath by Jo Lawrance|
Thank you to all who made the Festival possible - and so inspired me and many others on our journeys to wellness. I love Sophie Trew's dream of taking this life-changing Festival to other countries - am sure it will happen - and I’ll certainly be putting next years Festival dates (5th/7th July) in my diary.
|Four Fillies coffee; the best!|
Here more about the Festival in this podcast on UK Health Radio.
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This blog also appears in Yes to LIfe's blog, Penny Brohn's blog and linked from the Cotswold Prostate Cancer Support Group.