AEDA launches its WellFest Adelaide festival program

Last updated 07 Oct, 2022

From the biggest yoga session in Rundle Mall to forest bathing at the Adelaide Zoo, events and activities that tap into the mindfulness movement will take over the city as part of WellFest Adelaide next month.

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency last week launched its program for the festival that celebrates all things wellness, and highlights Adelaide as an emerging destination in wellbeing tourism.

The WellFest Adelaide program includes an exciting line-up of experiences to channel one’s inner Zen, including Meditation at the Museum and Colour in the [Himalayan salt] Cave.

Local businesses across the city will also be offering experiences as part of the festival.

Fitness enthusiasts will also take over the city on October 22 at Rundle Mall’s Biggest Yoga Session.

AEDA Managing Director Ian Hill says WellFest Adelaide, in its second year, will be another jewel in the crown of South Australia’s world-class suite of festivals.

He says the event will have a focus on six pillars of wellbeing — health, fitness, nutrition, appearance, sleep and mindfulness — that were identified in McKinsey and Company’s 2021 wellness research.

“Our aspiration is for WellFest Adelaide to be what South by Southwest (SXSW) is for Austin. That’s our vision,” Mr Hill says.

“Adelaide is one of most liveable cities in the world offering transformative and engaging wellbeing experiences, and we want city users and visitors alike to be part of the festivities.”

City businesses will offer a series of unique events and wellbeing experiences, while AEDA will present three hero events including:

WellFest Adelaide Arts and Wellbeing Forum, discussing the positive effects of arts and creativity on mental health and wellbeing on Friday 7 October.

The Leaders’ Luncheon, at the National Wine Centre of Australia, has a top line up of speakers that will delve into wellbeing and business, including keynote speaker Effie Zahos.

Canstar’s Editor-at-Large and former Money magazine Editor Effie Zahos — who has more than two decades of experience helping Aussies make the most of their money.

Effie has expertise in balancing financial wellbeing and serious business, giving a fresh insight into how to manage yourself, and your business, in today's busy lifestyle.

Other guest speakers include Woods Bagot Principal Rosina Di Maria and City of Adelaide Chief Executive Clare Mockler.

Rundle Mall’s Biggest Yoga Session on Saturday 22 October.  AEDA will donate the full ticket price of the Rundle Mall’s Biggest Yoga Session to Beyond Blue.

Flinders University Health and Science senior lecturer Dr Tully Barnett, Creative Recovery Network Executive Officer Scotia Monkivitch and OzAsia Festival Executive Producer Joon-Yee Kwok will be part of the event.

WellFest Adelaide 2022 will be held from Friday 7 October until Sunday 30 October.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit to book tickets and to view the full program.