Break out your best poses for the yoga mat and the dance floor, and mix pop with pranayama as the Wanderlust Festival makes its international debut in Whistler.
Described as a cross between a yoga retreat and a music festival, the fest offers workshops and classes led by top yogis during the day, then concerts and parties at night – among them a free outdoor show by long-time yoga practitioner Michael Franti and Spearhead, and a DJ set by the Thievery Corporation.
“It’s an arc from more personal and inward-focused to more community, outward-focused at night. Sometimes I joke that it’s detox then retox,” Wanderlust co-founder Sean Hoess says with a laugh. “And by the end of the night, hopefully, you’ve had a couple glasses of wine, danced yourself silly, you go to bed, then get up and do it all again.”
The wellness-minded fest – which started in California – also offers hikes, outdoor movies, farm-to-table dinners, a kids camp and more.
“We want to help foster a mindful generation of people who are positive forces in their communities. That is my dream,” says Mr. Hoess. “But I think the worst case scenario is that you’ll have a hell of a good time.”