“This all started when I finally realized that the party lifestyle was taking its toll on me. After witnessing a number of suicides in my early 20s, I began the slow path towards a healthier lifestyle. It was out in nature, out in the elements where I really started to get to know myself. The cold of winter was what grounded me.
“I was born and raised in Geelong, but I lived in Melbourne for 7 years. That’s where I started to immerse myself in the health and wellness scene. Melbourne was full of communities that were that were doing great things for the world, and I learnt so much. But it didn’t have the natural beauty and charm of Geelong. The coast, the calmness. So eventually I came back and started Cold + Conscious.
“Cold + Conscious is a way to step out of your comfort zone, in a controlled supportive environment. I’d been to many events similar to this while living in Melbourne and personally found the benefits to be life changing. When I started it here, I didn’t want it to just be a once-in-a-blue-moon event for people who could afford it. I wanted it to be accessible to everybody, and consistent enough so that people could add it to their regular wellness routine, just like a yoga or fitness class.
“By challenging ourselves on a regular basis, surrounded by people that are ready to help us out no matter what, we create a safe environment for personal growth. I believe that if more of us do that, we’ll be able to have a real positive impact on the world.
“Science is starting to show us that the combination of meditation, breathwork, and cold therapy has incredible benefits for our physical, mental and even emotional health. It boosts your immune system, relieves anxiety and depression, and is great for fat loss and improving your metabolism. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg
“It’s mind boggling each week to see just how many people are coming, and how diverse our community is. We’ve had sessions with up to 100 people down on the beach, all there to push each other to be their best. I never thought I’d see anything like it here.
“People ask if I’m surprised at how much it’s caught on? On one hand, no. I’m not surprised that in this technological, socially distanced world, people are hungry for real connection; which is exactly what we are providing. I know I am.
“On the other hand, growing up in Geelong I always felt like I was hiding in plain sight, and didn’t quite fit in. I had a dream that one day I’d leave town for a while, and return with something new. Something important that I could bring back to help the community. In a small way, I feel like I’ve accomplished that dream. And I couldn’t be happier
“When restrictions are lifted, join us at Eastern Beach every Saturday at 7am (and soon, Torquay!)”
@coldandconcious Steven Nikolovski
Cold + Conscious will be running a workshop at the Expo on Oct 10th (backup date Dec 5). Photo supplied.