WHAT started out as a gathering of people who wanted to see a better world, has grown into a flourishing festival that attracts people from around the planet.
The Wellness Festival will hit the hinterland this weekend for its fifth year of health, wellbeing, sustainability and beyond.
The event focuses on activating positive change, with creator PoMei Kwong calling on movers and shakers, change makers, environment activists, dreamers and healers to come together in an attempt to make the world a better place.
Ms Kwong said the festival was the perfect opportunity to wind down for the school holidays, rather than wind up.
"Many of us are observing the rise of living costs, the global companies taking over local businesses, and sometimes coming to a feeling that we are all too small to act," she said.
"I believe it's a matter of us getting together, joining efforts and organising ourselves to visualise and create a world that we want to see.
"The festival is on a long weekend and there is a lot happening in our beautiful paradise."
Activities include workshops, talks and dances, with more than 35 guest speakers and facilitators volunteering their time to keep the crowd inspired.
Michael Roads, who has published 14 books and travelled the world giving hugely popular talks on unconditional love and emotional balance, will be among the must-see talks.
Experts on wellness will be available from all corners, including Ms Kwong who has been through the ups and downs of physical health.
"Years ago I was diagnosed with a terminal disease - it was a mistake, which I only found out a year later," Ms Kwong said.
"But from that I learnt that no matter what, health and wellness come first
"Health and wellness go beyond the physical body, but it encompasses the physique, the social and environmental aspects."
Wellness Festival tickets are $25 for a day and wellness fiesta, $12 for day only, with children under 12 free. To buy tickets, visit wellnessfest.org.