Yoga/Music Wanderlust Festivals Set Summer Schedule; Stratton First June 19-22
The 2014 Wanderlust Festivals will run from Vermont to Colorado to California in the U.S., and Canada’s Whistler and Tremblant.
The summer festivals begin at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain June 19-22. It then journeys to Aspen-Snowmass in Snowmass Village July 3-6, followed by Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley July 17-20. Two festivals will be held in Canada: Whistler in British Columbia, July 31-Aug. 4, and Quebec’s Tremblant Aug. 21-24.
The activities at each venue are extensive and can be experienced for one day or more. Three types of tickets are available: Sage (4-day, Thur.-Sun.), starting at $425; Seeker (3-day, Fri.-Sun.), starting at $350; and Pilgrim (1 day), starting at $90.
All tickets offer three activities or classes, a Speakeasy Lecture, use of gondola or lifts, and access to all music on the day(s) of your ticket. You also receive a one-year subscription to Fitness Magazine. Buy early as ticket prices increase about one month prior to the event.
Four resorts also offer the Voyager ticket: Stratton ($950, 8 days), Aspen ($925, 8 days), Squaw ($925, 8 days) and Whistler ($850, 9 days). Voyager tickets provide an immersion of in-depth yoga instruction and practice and are limited. Tickets can be purchased online in the section pertaining to each site.
The festival experience includes yoga from beginners to experienced participants in small intimate groups or an entire tent full. Mix in meditation with classes or try something totally different like standup paddleboard or aerial yoga. Music plays a large part in festival activities with artists offering a wide variety of music performed on a main stage evenings to smaller shows and live performances accompanying yoga classes.
Along with yoga and music, you can enjoy outdoor adventures, depending on the site, through hikes, outdoor expeditions and runs. Speakeasy lectures, given by yoga teachers, musicians, authors, business leasers, philosophers and filmmakers, are more like candid conversations than lectures.
All festivals are formed around a few principles including practicing yoga, eating well, practicing “green”, working with like-minded companies, and creating awareness of worldwide problems. More spa and healing services and workshops are included this summer, including photography, dance, and ayurveda classes.
The first Wanderlust festival was held in 2009 at Squaw Valley. It was developed by three longtime college friends who said they “dreamed of an event that could be at least a good time and – at best – personally transformative.”
Photo: Stratton Mountain Wanderlust 2013 (wanderlust.com)