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This is the year to Get Reconnected


After a 2020 full of uncertainty associated with COVID-19, Georges River Council is encouraging local residents to reconnect with family, friends and neighbours this New Year by taking part in its Get Reconnected Festival, with a wide variety of COVID-19 safe events on offer.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that Get Reconnected offers participants the chance to learn new things or take time for some self-care.

“The New Year is often viewed as an opportunity for new beginnings,” said Mayor Greene. “We’re offering residents a range of events that will teach and inspire.

“The festival kicks off in late January with an 8-week adult beginner’s yoga offering, an online program which will be delivered via Zoom. There will be breath work, meditation, physical movement and relaxation.

“To accommodate a range of abilities, the instructor will be providing modified poses. This is an 8-week commitment that will run every Wednesday from 27 January.

“For anyone who has ever struggled with their relationship with food, sign up for our Mindful Eating Techniques workshop on Monday 1 February. Alison Hutchens will explain how mindfulness can transform our relationship with food, which can increase our enjoyment, appreciation and satisfaction with eating food.

“And whether you’re experienced creating art or not, I encourage you to join the Art for Wellbeing workshop on Friday 12 February. This includes a guided meditation, as well as a presentation on how aesthetics plays a role in our lives, and hands-on activities which encourage creative thinking to increase emotional, sensory and perceptive abilities.

“For the little ones, throughout the month of February we’re offering Storytime at the Park, which is for children aged 3-5 years and will be held in five different parks throughout the local area, with two sessions available on each day.

“We also have two exciting exhibitions on display at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery, including the 2019 Stencil Art Prize, which is edgy, political, and inspired by pop-culture.

“This snapshot of The Stencil Art Prize features 55 finalists from around the globe and focuses on grassroot stencil art which is now thriving on the streets in every country around the world.

“Also on display is Life carved in stone, a collection of sculptural works by artist Sam Eller. His stone carvings focus on the human figure and explore and capture the intangible elements of life such as relationships and emotions.

“Postponed until April due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions is a Get Connected Fun Run and Festival, so stay tuned for more information on that.

“Each of these events is intended to help us reconnect and find renewal as a community so we can continue to be resilient and support each other,” added Mayor Greene.

Bookings are required for the free workshops and classes. Head to Council’s website for more information or to register.
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