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Wellbeing Village

This is a past event


26 August 2022 - 28 August 2022
10am - 3:30pm


Main Square
Swanston St Forecourt
The Edge
The Atrium
Koorie Heritage Trust


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

Stop and smell the smoothies, and step into a Fed Square transformed into your own, personal health and wellbeing village.

Drop into a mindfulness workshop or free yoga class, get your free bike tune-up at the Bicycle Network pop-up or attend a Ceres workshop to plant a seed and learn how to grow your own veggies – wellbeing can mean many things, but mostly it’s about slowing down and taking the time to focus on being present.

So come and enjoy some ‘you’ time as you mindfully meander through the Wellbeing Village!

Featuring informational talks, marquees, a free film screening and free workshops and classes, Wellbeing Village is your portal into learning and experiencing different paths to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Presented by Fed Square and VicHealth.

Wellbeing Village was initially conceived, designed and planned by six participants in the Future Focus Group 2021-2022 Program of Committee for Melbourne before being passed on to Fed Square for final planning and delivery.

Workshops & Classes

Fri–Sun, various times | Atrium, The Edge, Main Square & KHT

Whether you enjoy your health and wellbeing activities slow or super-speedy, there’s a workshop or wellbeing class for you at the Wellbeing Village.

We encourage you to pre-book, but many classes will allow walk-ups, depending on class capacity.

Marquees and info stands

Fri–Sun, 10am–3.30pm | Main Square & Swanston St Forecourt

  • Gather mental health resources at the Beyond Blue Bus or the Love Me, Love You Marquee
  • Immerse yourself in a five senses wellbeing experience at the Peninsula Hot Springs marquee
  • Get your free bike tune-up, try out an e-bike and learn about cycling in Melbourne and surrounds with Bicycle Network
  • Spin your own smoothie with Bike ‘n Blend!
  • Plant a seed and learn how to become an urban farmer with Ceres
  • Visit Melbourne Farmers Markets to chat all things produce and take home some freebies
Food trucks

Sat–Sun, 10am–3.30pm | Main Square

Enjoy some delicious food at the on-site food trucks, including coffee, smoothies and other healthy snacks. We’ll even have free items for you to enjoy until stocks last!

Main Stage Program


  • 12pmWelcome to Country. With Aunty Diane Kerr.
  • 12.10pmMental health – two personal stories. Beyond Blue community speakers Emily Unity (they/them) and Jake Russell (he/him) will both share their journey of hope, recovery and resilience in the face of a mental health condition, talk about what Beyond Blue does and how the audience can seek help or support a friend or family member. Please note: these talks will contain discussion of mental illness and touch on themes of suicide. If you require support, please contact the Beyond Blue support service or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
  • 1pm Overcoming adversity through diversity. Hear from Love Me, Love You founder Lance Picioane talking about the challenges of life and how we create positive behaviour change through our actions.
  • 1.30pmPlant the seed: Urban Farming 101. Plant the Seed aims to spark interest in urban farming for people who live in or around Melbourne’s CBD. This panel discussion features innovators in urban farming and is aimed at beginner enthusiasts interested in setting up their own urban farm at home or in the community. The panel will discuss the links between gardening, growing your own food and mental health. Panel members: Kit Kline, Founder of Nature Based Therapy and with over 20 years experience in the mental health sector; Ben Penberthy, founder of Adaptable Gardens, specialising in finding solutions to grow your own produce at home; and Ryan Garrat, Heronswood Retail Manager from The Diggers Club with 20 years nursery and garden industry experience.
  • 2.30–3.30pmSound healing. Tom and Marty Williams (aka Cousin Leonard) will be joined on stage by sound healer Dan Byrne, Boonwurrung Elder Uncle Shane Charles and a few more special guests, to take us on a healing journey through music and story that celebrates our deep cultural connection to each other and to the planet that provides for us all. Presented by Peninsula Hot Springs.
Inside Out

Sunday 28 August, 2pm | Main Square

PG: Mild themes

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. This 2015 Disney Pixar film is a modern family-friendly classic, helping kids develop the language to communicate about emotions.

©2022 Disney

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Event participants:

Beyond Blue
Bicycle Network
Bike n’ Blend
Koori Heritage Trust
Les Mills
Love Me, Love You
Minus18 x Lululemon
No Nasties Project
Naked Life
Peninsula Hot Springs
Plant the Seed Melbourne
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