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Health and wellbeing take centre stage at Port Stephens expo

A place located on Sydney and Newcastle’s doorstep is hoping to rival Byron Bay when it comes to the Health and Wellbeing industry.

An expo is set to show all that Port Stephens has to offer in a bid to attract more people to the region.

It’s attached to a good cause too, with profits from ticket sales being donated to vital counselling service, Yacaaba Centre in Nelson Bay.

Co-organiser Chontelle Grecian says the Port Stephens Wellbeing Expo will showcase the region’s practitioners.

“We have a huge range of professionals in the field, including physiotherapists, podiatrists, kinesiologists, yoga instructors, day spa operators and more,” she said.

“This expo is all about showing them off – we have 35 stallholders and a number of workshops.

“We have a very broad range of workshops on offer, everything is $5 and what you get is the opportunity to participate in an array of activities.

“People can even attend a yoga class before the expo starts.”

Other workshops include Breakthrough Toolkit for Continuous Calm with Well and Good, Cultivating Confidence with YouTopia Wellbeing, Mindful Movement with Kinetic Medicine, and Meditation and Energy Workshop with Pranic Healing Hunter.

Chontelle added the idea came together about two years ago when she and co-organiser Kerri Rodley started to look at the sector.

“We are both in the wellbeing industry and have backgrounds in marketing,” Kerri said.

“We saw a lot of people going to Byron Bay to seek out day spas and things like that and thought we have it all here, let’s put together an expo that shows what Port Stephens has to offer.”

The pair suggest taking advantage of the early bird ticket prices to secure your spot, especially for the workshops.

“Tickets will also be available at the door but not only will they be more expensive, the eight workshops may be booked out due to limited seats,” Kerri said.

Chontelle adds they are very grateful to their supporters.

“This event would not be possible without our three major sponsors, Port Stephens Council, iGym and Nelson Bay Wholefoods,” she said.

It will all start at 10am and go until 3 pm at the Shoal Bay Convention Centre (34-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay) this Sunday 28 March.

To be COVIDSafe visitors at the expo will be limited to 200 people.

Chontelle says they have the necessary social distancing measures in place.

“If we reach 200 people it will be a one in one out scenario,” she said.

Go to Port Stephens Wellbeing Expo website for more information.

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