Still on the fence about attending a Wanderlust Fest? Let me help you seal the deal:
1. The Yoga
I’d say nearly every attendee at WL loves yoga. So you’re not only going to be doing yoga one or more times a day, you’ll be doing it with other incredible yogis. Practicing with the combined energies of the outdoors, fellow yogis, groovin’ music, and awesome teachers is so uplifting and powerful. If you feel blissed out after your usual yoga practice, just wait until you attend one at WL.
2. The Music
Dancing shoes required. Wanderlust picks some of the most talented DJ’s and musicians to move us through yoga classes and dance our yoga pants off. Just when you think you’re downward-dog tired from all the fun, day-time activities, you’ll somehow find an extra surge of energy as soon as you hit the dance floor.
3. The Teachers
Wanderlust manages to snag some of the most renowned and talented yoga instructors out there. Even if you have absolutely no idea who any of them are, you’re sure to find a new favorite teacher. Browse through the yoga schedule and pick any class that speaks to you and might end up trying something new and out of your usual routine—last year I picked a random class and ended up loving her style (which involved five minutes of running around in circles with our tongues out and flailing our limbs all over the place like electrocuted octopi).
4. The Outdoors
Have you ever done yoga outdoors? If not, then what is wrong with you, man! Get the hay-hay out there!
There is something so different about doing yoga under the sunshine with gorgeous nature surrounding you—a big change if you’re used to stinky, sweaty yoga studios. Nature’s energy and vibrations are overwhelming after a yummy yoga sequence while laying in savasana. Spending all day outside and away from poor lighting, computer screens, and stale air is your prescription for a blissed out day!
5. The Food
Omnivore? Check. Vegetarian? Check. Vegan? Checkity check. Gluten-free? Got it. Not only are there options for everyone, it’s all good. From kombucha on tap to grass-fed beef burgers, the Food Coop has something for you, you, and you.
6. The Vendors
Bring yo wallets, people. You’re going to find something you just “can’t live without” at Wanderlust, for sure. The variety of vendors that show up at WL range from exquisite, hand-made jewelry & malas to recycled material leggings with patterns that look like something you’d experience in a LSD trip. Oh, and did I mention the free swag? Many companies come to WL and offer free samples of their products, ranging from juices to granola bars to ice cream—I didn’t even need to buy lunch after taking a stroll through the vendor tents!
7. The People
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wonder if there’s a place where all of the kindest, friendliest, most amazing, I-just-met-you-but-now-we’re-bffs people in the world go?” then I’ve got an answer for you: Wanderlust. My first time at WL I met so many awesome people just by unrolling my mat next to them. My mom and I even had some people just approach us when they saw us eating by ourselves. I didn’t meet a single rude, ungrateful, negative person the entire weekend. I was blown away by the overall positivity and love by the people surrounding me.
8. The Activities
Not a yogi? No biggie! There are an abundance of other activities and events to attend that might be something you already enjoy or something you’re interested in trying! Besides yoga and music there’s: meditation, lectures (not the boring kind), workshops (ballet sculpt, photography, dancing), hikes & runs, hooping, slackline, standup paddleboard, massages, roller discos, pool parties… Have you found something yet? As long as you love having fun, you’ll find plenty of things to do at WL!
9. The Learning
Whether it’s a new hooping trick, a difficult yoga posture, or just a moment of clarity, Wanderlust has a lot to teach you. If you attend with an attitude of adventure and openness, you can unlock something truly incredible and (third eye?) opening.
10. The Love
You hear “no judgements” but might not believe it. Well, if you’re going to Wanderlust get ready for an overload of positivity, encouragement, and love. Last year, after being paired with a random (and extremely tall) man to “be a wall” for a forearm hallow-back, I was nervous to say the least. This guy was at least a foot taller than me so I was sure I was going to be toppled over by his flinging legs and cause a domino-yogi effect. But no, I was nervous for nothing (as we usually are), and not only was he extremely kind and welcoming, he encouraged me when I was uneasy and gave me confidence to try again. And luckily he was quite graceful and no yogis were hurt in the making of that posture.
Making the decision to go to Wanderlust Fest is a big one. Let’s be real, it’s a big commitment financially to say yes—you have to consider time off of work, travel expenses, lodgings, and of course, the ticket price.
But I promise that whether you choose to go for one day and camp in a tent or stay all four days in the Village lodgings, you will not regret a moment of this beautiful joining together of yoga, music, and love.
Peace, love, and more love,