Next week the women of Hepburn Shire are being encouraged to find new ways of being physically active. Council has taken up the Victorian Government’s program, This Girl Can, and is facilitating a series of free events for women in Trentham, Clunes and Daylesford/Hepburn.

The state-wide program has been offering women online support to become more active “however, wherever and whenever they choose, without being judged” since the beginning of the year.

The This Girl Can website offers online sessions in everything from Pilates and yoga to Bollywood dance and Zumba.

The Hepburn Shire program includes live-streamed Bollywood dancing but, now that people can actually gather outdoors in small groups, Council is hoping women will take to the fresh air too. In Daylesford and Hepburn there are in-person events from Monday to Thursday.

Lorene Gottschalk from Hepburn U3A is taking a Clogging class on Monday morning. Clogging is form of dance that evolved in the Appalachian mountains in the US. It can get pretty hectic but this class caters to people of all levels of fitness and ability.

On Tuesday evening, the Wombat Fight Club will be hosting Go!Box – Women’s Beginner Boxing, a non-contact version of boxing which is safe, inclusive, enjoyable and non-judgmental.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pat Harrison, also from Hepburn U3A, will be offering International Circle Dance with easy-to-learn dances from countries such as Romania, Turkey, Macedonia and Israel. Pat says, “Dancing is a great way to maintain fitness and balance and keep your mind and body working in harmony.”

And then on Thursday morning, you can join Pilates for Mums, which will focus on the specific needs of women who have had children.  The session will be presented by Jessica Davis from Adica Arts and there will be an onsite playgroup so that mums can relax and look after their own health and wellbeing.

All the in-person events will be COVID-safe. The dancing and Pilates classes are being held in the undercover area at Hepburn Recreation Ground.

Numbers are limited because of restrictions so bookings are essential.