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Wanderlust Festival makes international debut in Whistler

Handout photo of the Wanderlust Festival in Vancouver.

Wanderlust Festival

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."

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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."

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