A Sober Awakening

I must be getting old. More and more I find myself dodging nights of heavy drinking and partying, disappointed in myself when I do occasionally indulge and and all the more aware of the detrimental effect alcohol has on my body. But sobriety needn’t mean hiding away at home, for there is hope for the health-conscious party animal in the form of a new trend spreading through the world, that of the sober rave! Laura Rosser has brought this unique and uplifting experience to Jersey in the form of her dance event The Awakening Club. Is the clubbing experience synonymous with narcotics or is it possible dance your way soberly to dizzy heights of happiness?

 Sheri "Bugs" Burt leads the event warm up with some jazz hands.

Sheri "Bugs" Burt leads the event warm up with some jazz hands.

Mindful dancing. Conscious clubbing. These are just some of the terms being coined by a new generation of individuals who care more for their health and wellbeing than poisoning their body with alcohol, but don’t want to miss out on the fun atmosphere that music events offer. Step in the sober morning rave that gives you that early morning buzz like no other; that sets you in a positive vibe for the rest of your day.

 A slightly different bar scene courtesy of Wild Health.

A slightly different bar scene courtesy of Wild Health.

Morning Gloryville, the original sober rave, kicked off the trend in London in 2013 proclaiming to “bridge the gap between the spiritual getting-into-your-body feel, and a ‘let’s go out and party’ vibe”. Laura was keen to replicate this craze in Jersey to provide people with an outlet where you can let loose and lose your inhibitions without damaging your health. Set at Havana, The Awakening Club can be likened to a cross between a kids party and a clubbing event. First class DJs provide banging beats, whilst amongst the smoke you can discover glitter stations, free massages and down delicious fresh smoothies and raw goodies.

 Naomi West provides a flute accompaniment to DJ Stefunk.

Naomi West provides a flute accompaniment to DJ Stefunk.

Part exercise craze, part mass party, attendees can get freaky on the dance floor or partake in the mass yoga practise led by Nat Fox. For new ravers it can seem a little intense (cue people hopping round like crazed loons), but you really cant help but be swept up in the wave of happiness and positivity in the room. For practised sober ravers, its a chance to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, letting yourself embrace the powerful effect dance and music can have on body and mind.

“You wouldn’t believe how life-affirming it is to be in a club where there is no animosity, no attitude, no arseholes”.
— Boy George commenting on sober clubbing

Looking to its hold its 4th chapter next February, The Awakening Club fits effortlessly into Jersey life amongst a growing community of health-conscious people and well-being practitioners. Behind Laura is a strong team of talented ravers including Gemma Bartlett of WildHealth, DJ Stefan and resident DJ Craig Alder, yogi Nat Fox, Masseuse Janicke Michel, glitter artist Nikki Tostevine plus many, many more smiley faces. But Laura insists that there is always room for more love at the club as her tribe constantly grows and expands!

 Leaving The Awakening Club with my sober glow!!

Leaving The Awakening Club with my sober glow!!

Either sheer brilliance or complete bonkers, the event doesn't claim to be for everyone, but if you want to get into the spirit of the club - then there is no need for judgement. In the daily grind of life you forget what a powerful and contagious drug happiness is and The Awakening Club is there to serve as a friendly reminder. The only sore head you’ll get from this rave is from a bravely attempted headstand. The one drawback with the concept is that without an alcohol induced haze, you will be sure to remember everything from the rave. But then, maybe we should be making more things worth remembering! 

Find out more about The Awakening Club here.