On a drizzly autumn evening last Monday, a crowd assembled at Daylesford Notting Hill to ponder and explore the complex, sprawling topic of wellbeing. We wanted to look beyond the fads and buzzwords to unpick what health and wellbeing truly means and why they seem to be an increasing area of concern.

Daylesford Discusses events are designed to be an open forum for discussion, led by a panel of experts curated from diverse fields to share their wisdom, shed light and debunk misconceptions.

While the sky darkened and the rain poured down on the pavements outside, within the warm and comfortable café, our collective understanding was illuminated.

The panel, chaired by friend of Daylesford Joey O’Hare, included Daylesford’s resident nutritionist and naturopath Rhaya Jordan; Vettri Selvan from the Bamford Haybarn Spa who has taught yoga and meditation for over 15 years and is highly skilled in the practice of ayurvedic cooking; Adrienne Ldn, a personal trainer, fitness blogger, runner, mentor and mother; and clinical psychologist Dr. Genevieve Von Lob who works with individuals from all walks of life to find a greater sense of happiness and clarity.

The conversation could have continued all night, but the group managed to stay focused and touch on the most important angles within an hour, leaving time for questions.

Starting with nutrition, the panel considered gut health, pre- and pro-biotics, intuitive eating, seasonal choices and plant-based diets. The main points were that if you eat a broad, varied diet with plenty of fibre, your gut health should be able to take care of itself. Understanding the difference between needs and desires and listening to your body’s cues are key.

It was agreed that whatever your dietary choices, the approach should be light-hearted and playful; everyone should feel empowered to experiment freely with different foods to see what makes them feel good.

The discussion then shifted onto movement. Adrienne recalled the transformations she witnesses when she sees people adopting a more active lifestyle – it can renew energy, self-confidence and self-worth.

The panel discussed the importance of play and accessing that childlike, creative state we all have when we are young, in which we are most open to learning, creativity and problem solving. The panel referred to the many mental health benefits when you allow yourself to enjoy play, fun and humour in otherwise serious adulthood.

This led onto the third part of the discussion, which examined the importance of rest and taking breaks from busy lives packed with technology and fast-paced information. Each of the panel shared their recommendations for dealing with stress and anxiety.

Although we felt we just scratched the surface of the weighty topic, the main conclusions reached were that nutrition, movement and mental health are interconnected and their harmony is essential to overall wellbeing.

The next Daylesford Discusses is on 9th October at our Pimlico farmshop and will debate “Organic – What’s the Point?”. We will be serving a seasonal organic supper for those who would like to stay on after the discussion. 

Watch the full recording of the discussion: