Australia’s First Nap In

Bellingen, NSW.

The Bellingen community was invited to come reasons why money can't buy happiness, lie down and be counted, to help make the mini-siesta a normal and valued part of our day.

So…on Tuesday June 28th, 2011 a group of keen nappers assembled at 12.45 pm on the Corner of Hyde and Church Street with pillows and napping aids (eg blanket) underarm.

We then proceeded to our local nap site – the Bellingen library, for a warm winter nap.
We had a 15 minute nap and some people actually got some real sleep!
A Nap Guardianwas present to help ensure nappers were undisturbed and comfortable.

Absentee nappers made their presence felt with “wish i was here” cardboard cut outs

At the end of the Nap-In nappers were issued their Nap Permit which stated: ”This permit entitles you to unlimited lifetime napping.”

Bellingen holds the worlds first ever nap in, were a group of residents from the small mid north coast town gathered in the main street and then proceeded to the Library were they lay down to have a 15 min nap to recharge .
Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Refreshed we had a post-nap chat exploring ways to embed napping into our lives and into our community.

We followed up with a napping tent at the Renewable Energy Fair in Sept. to remind us that personal sustainability matters too.

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