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At The Good Life Experience we're in the business of spreading happiness, and helping our guests live The Good Life, not just for one magical weekend in Wales, but for the other 51 weeks of the year too! Our wellness programme for 2019 is our best yet, and joins a list of other activities and events that are good for the body, good for the mind and good for the soul.

yoga  /  therapy  /  massage  /  food  /  talks  /  tai chi  /  wild swimming  /  AND MUCH MORE

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The Zest Life is a local yoga and wellness retreat company who will be providing a yoga space at TGLE for the 6th year running. It is a calm quiet space where the whole family can come to unwind, destress and have a good stretch. All styles of yoga, for all ages abilities will be offered. There are a host of inspired teachers coming from across the country to share their wisdom with you all. Sessions take place on the hour, every hour through Saturday and Sunday. Mats will be provided so you can just turn up and take part. Remember, there is limited space so please turn up a few minutes before to avoid disappointment. The Zest Life teachers can’t wait to see you on the mat.

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tai chi

We've hosted Tai Chi sessions -with Rose & Gerry- since TGLE No.1 back in 2014. They're passionate to introduce people to Tai Chi as a way to chime in with the Good Life values - living at our best in the moment, enjoying self expression, fellowship and finding ways to enhance our common well being and make new friends.

Try your hand at one of the oldest, and most authentic forms of Tai Chi, the Chen style, as well as the simplified Yang form that many have encountered while on holidays.


therapy + massage

Heilsa Therapies is again being joined by the amazing Liz Crosland to help Kate sprinkle a little therapy magic across The Good Life Experience! From The Bean and our Bell Tent, Kate and Liz will be offering a range of treatments over the weekend from Reflexology and Children’s Reflexology, Hot Stone, Sports, Deep Tissue, Seated, Aromatherapy, Cancer Care Massage to Japanese Facial Massage, Hopi Candling and so much more.

"Come and find us and we’ll help ease those aching muscles, release those tensions and find your very own festival chilling space!"


wild swimming

Wild Swimming expert, and friend of TGLE, Vivienne Rickman-Poole will return to The Lake to lead swims, encourage creativity and keep the lakeside campfire stoked all weekend long.

Viv is an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer who has lived in the mountains of Snowdonia for 15 years. Her project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. Her film 'Afterglow' won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.


reasons to be cheerful with mark shayler

It’s a new dawn, a new day, and I’m feeling good.

This is a fresh set of talks at TGLE. The idea is to create a set of talks so inspiring, so positive, that it sets the weekend up. This is an ”up-close and personal” approach. The plan is a talk each from 2 speakers. Then a conversation between Mark and the speakers, then a long Q&A. This will take 90 mins per pair. Then a break. Then we do two more speakers. Then we go again.


How Ancient Philosophy Teaches us to Live Well with Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson is a British writer, commentator, retailer and holder of strong opinions, mainly expressed via The Idler, where he is editor. His books include Business for Bohemians, How to be Free and How to be Idle.


What we learn when we make fear our friend with Hillary Gallo

Hilary Gallo is a lawyer, coach, negotiation expert, sometime jewellery designer and the author of Fear Hack and The Power of Soft. As Hilary puts it ‘my focus is on enabling people. What binds my work together is a belief in our power from within’.


How to get what you want out of life with nina grunfeld

Nina Grunfeld is a writer, journalist, public speaker and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Life Clubs, a workshop-based system for self-development. Her best-known book is, perhaps, The Big Book of Me which lead to her Daily Telegraph column Get A Life.

Nina will host Life Coaching sessions inside Hawarden Castle at TGLE 2019. Find out more, and book your place, here.


How to stop working with Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is an author of several books and a journalist who writes on modern literature, cultural theory and psychoanalysis.


How to get the best from people with Charlie Gladstone

Charlie Gladstone is an entrepreneur, author and land owner. He has founded or co-founded The Good Life Experience, Pedlars, Glen Dye Cabins & Cottages, The Glynne Arms and Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. He hosts The Mavericks Podcast and co-wrote The Family Guide to the Great Outdoors with his wife Caroline.



Karen O'Donoghue is the founder of Happy Tummy Co. Karen’s attitude to food comes from a deep respect for the land. As the daughter of two horticulturists she prefers as little intervention as possible between the time a food is picked and the time it reaches your mouth to keep your tummy in optimum gut health. This workshop will see you ferment and bake breads for optimum good gut health. Book here.



Harriet is a former international model now living sustainably, seasonally + hosting workshops such as this. Harriet's workshop is titled: Plant Power for the changing Season. It's a talk and workshop with Harriet the Herbalist. Book here.


Ultimate vegan sunday lunch with THE VEGETARIAN SOCIETY

The Vegetarian Society’s mission is to inspire, inform and enable people to be vegetarian. Their cookery school offers a whole host of veggie and vegan cookery experiences from vegan cheese making to mushroom foraging. They’ll be popping up in Hawarden Castle Pavilion for the ultimate vegan Sunday Lunch.

See the menu, and book your spot, here.



Tom Herbert is a fifth generation baker and one half of The Fabulous Baker Brothers. He won Young Baker of the Year as soon as he left baking college and has since harboured the ambition to 'do for bread what Rick Stein has done for fish’. He’s started a baking school, published a couple of books and ‘has lots of floury tricks up his sleeve’. He is the author of Do Wild Baking. Book here.


overcome your fears

From Hilary Gallo’s fear hack to conquering Hawarden Castle, a weekend at The Good Life can help you overcome your fears. Test your resolve at the fire walk, try your hand at flying trapeze, or abseil down the walls of a 700-year-old castle.



The Good Life Experience is unique in its openness and friendliness. There are fences and security, of course. But there are few other festivals that encourage guests to genuinely explore the site: the hills, the woods, the village, The Old Castle, the farmland. Bring the dog!



Head down to our beautiful lake, and Victorian Boat House, to find out the schedule and sign-up for sessions throughout the day. The schedule will alternate between wild swimming and canoeing.