If you look closely around Adelaide, you'll inevitably see an advertisement for the Adelaide Body, Mind, and Psychic Expo. They don't stand out. You probably wouldn't notice it unless you're stuck in traffic and happen to glance up at a billboard, across at sign wired to a fence of an abandoned lot, or at a poster plastered to the back of a truck. A photo of these ads will likely end up on the Expo Facebook page, and the owners politely remind you not to take photos whilst driving. Though they're there every year, without fail. If you have seen one and if you've ever thought to yourself hey, that might be kind of cool... yes. It is kind of cool. Experience it this weekend.
Hailed as Australia's 'largest alternative health, well-being, and psychic event', the annual event is a showcase of Adelaide's alternative/holistic health and fitness, lifestyle and nutrition, natural remedies, and relaxation and recreation industries.
Independent businesses are showcased, meaning you can browse and buy unique objects that you wouldn't find at your everyday shop in the Mall. You can even donate to smaller charities.
If you're a fan of alternative spirituality, it's heaven. From personal experience, you're going to have to debate whether or not you really need your ninth dreamcatcher (you probably do).
Australia's best mediums and psychics give you the chance to get your future told, and your questions answered through a variety of channels, including tarot readings, astrology, palmistry, and numerology. If you're a first-timer, try getting a basic tarot done, and if you're up for something a little more unusual, try numerology.
The expo hosts hourly workshops that are either free, or $5. You can listen to talks about paranormal experiences, and the benefits of crustal therapy, learn about ethical nutrition, how to read the tarot, and how to overcome stress. Take a lesson in yoga, or have a group meditation session, and much more. Throughout the day, free entertainment is available, including performances of traditional dances, music made by crystal sound bowls, and body painting.
Whether or not you're willing to take everything with a pinch of salt, there's nothing quite like The Body, Mind, and Psychic Expo.
This year, it's on Saturday, May 14th until Sunday, May 15th at the Adelaide Showgrounds. If you're in close proximity to the train or the tram, seize the opportunity and hop on the nearest form of public transport to get yourself to the Jubilee Pavilion.
Entry for adults is $15, concession is $12, and children under 14 accompanied by an adult go free.
All images via the Body, Mind and Psychic Expo Facebook page.