This past weekend, I had the fortune of attending Wanderlust. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a festival that combines several great things: yoga, music, food and above all, stunning natural beauty.
Aside from the all-star yogi teacher line-up, I was pleasantly surprised to find the festival is about much more than crazy body contortions and intense physical work-outs. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of those (if that’s what you’re looking for), but there was also a whole other side of the mountain to explore.
If you happen to find yourself at a Wanderlust festival (currently the two flagship shows take place in Vermont and California), I highly recommend some of the following activities:
1. Take a nature walk with David Lukas. He is an incredible “interpreter of nature,” and tells amazing stories behind the tiniest of creatures — you will never look at wildlife the same!
(Wanderlust festivals tend to differ slightly by year and location, so David Lukas may or may not be participating — but if he is, do yourself a huge favor, and sign up for his walk–or any nature walk!)
2. Dance with musicians on stilts. Yes, they were there — a band called MarchFourth Marching Band — ready to dance with anyone, and they were awesome!
3. Practice anti-gravity yoga. Just look at the picture on the top of this page, and you’ll see why. (This was one thing I didn’t do, but wish I had!)
4. Camp, if you can. Aside from being the lowest-carbon lodging option, camping is a great way to connect with nature! Campsites tend to fill up quickly, at least in Tahoe, so reserve a spot early and soak up the extra time in the beautiful outdoors.
5. Go trail-running (or trail-walking). Pick a trail, push your physical limits, and see some great views. With the altitude and the straight incline, don’t be surprised if you’re out of breath!
6. Get a body massage. Wanderlust offers a variety of body work options, including acupuncture and intuitive bodywork. (I would definitely recommend Alpha Lo if you can find him!)
7. Swim in / sit by the creek. There is no greater feeling than jumping all the way in refreshingly cool creek water. If that doesn’t seem fun to you, at least sit near-by, and you’re bound to have a nice reflective moment with yourself or meet someone new.
8. Try tight-rope walking. Not only is it an incredibly impressive skill to hone, tight-rope walking is an excellent way to practice balance and focus (increasingly challenging goals these days). Tight-ropes are set up and staffed with patient “Wanderslackers” ready to help anyone who’s willing to “walk the line.”
9. Meet yoga teachers! Definitely engage with the people who have dedicated their lives to following yoga. Life-changing conversations are sure to take place.
10. Take a nap under a tree. Between the yoga, running, hiking, and dancing, you will no doubt be tired. Skip the bed, and opt for your yoga mat under a tree.
Has anyone else attended this unique festival? What other “must-dos” are on your list??