Soneva Fushi’s SOUL Festival


Soneva Fushi, the pioneering luxury eco-resort located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has announced the full program for its inaugural SOUL festival, which will bring a global line-up of visionaries, thought leaders and wellness pioneers to the Maldives from September 29 to October 8, 2023.

A partnership between Soneva and the international wellness enterprise ORGANIC INDIA, the festival will explore health and wellbeing while touching on topics that span the mind, body and soul, regeneration, sustainability and more. SOUL Festival will span ten days and two weekends, offering guests the opportunity to explore the ancient healing traditions and modern science and medicine that serve individuals, communities, and the planet. Sunset cocktails on the sandbank and a plant-based gala dinner on the beach will mark the official opening of the inaugural edition, followed by a live music performance and stargazing at Soneva Fushi’s island Observatory.

Each morning throughout the festival, guests can join group yoga and meditation sessions on the sandbank, reach new fitness goals with bootcamps at the island jungle gym, explore the ocean on a guided paddle boarding excursion, be introduced to the art of hot glassblowing, or gain insight into gut health during expert-led nutrition masterclasses. Throughout the day, guests can reconnect with daily healing rituals and one-on-one consultations with acclaimed Soneva Soul doctors and visiting wellness specialists, or join one of the many panel discussions.

Stand-out sessions from the program include The Neuroscience of Wellness with Goi Peace Award recipient Bruce Lipton; gastroenterologist and author of The Mind Gut Connection, Emeran Mayor; scientist and social entrepreneur Shamini Jain; Medical Director & Senior Vice President of Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre Paul Salins; and Ayurvedic aromatherapy pioneer Farida Irani. Another session is called The Eye of the Storm – Finding Balance in Times of Chaos with clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert Shauna Shaipro; naturopathic doctor and doctor of Oriental medicine Dr Lilly-Marie Blecher; lifestyle ambassador and champion for Narendra Modi’s ‘Fit India Movement,’ Luke Coutinho; and the first Western Ayurvedic practitioner in India, Robert Svoboda. 

Guests can enjoy Soneva’s exclusive SOUL Festival offers, with specially curated three-, five- or ten-night packages. Starting from US$6,900 for a three-night stay for two at Soneva Fushi, the offer includes full access to the festival program, luxurious private villa accommodations, daily full-board dining and roundtrip domestic transfers.

A life-enriching festival with a purpose, proceeds from the sale of SOUL Festival tickets will go to the Soneva Foundation and ORGANIC INDIA Foundation​ to support the development of projects that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact.

“We are so proud to host the first edition of SOUL Festival at Soneva Fushi,” says Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and co-founder of Soneva. “Wellness permeates all that we do at Soneva: our sustainable, barefoot philosophy that reconnects our guests to the earth; our life-affirming natural locations; our delicious yet health-focused cuisine; and our life-changing guest experiences. The festival’s remarkable program is an opportunity to explore every facet of health and wellbeing, and I cannot wait to welcome the line-up of outstanding wellness experts to our shores.”

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Photo: Yoga on the Sandbank ©Soneva

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