It’s summer and time for some fun! Living in the Bay area there are always music festivals to enjoy, but this year I am lucky to be among those attending Wanderlust in Squaw Valley.
Wanderlust is a leader in the yoga and wellness space, and the festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living. They bring together instructors, musicians, speakers and chefs for a four-day retreat in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts. It’s a great way to get out in nature, explore new ideas, and make new friends.
Wanderlust tickets are kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure purchase; you can pick for “music-only” tickets or go for the complete experience of picking from scheduled activities each day (such as yoga, meditation, and the Speakeasy lecture series), plus enjoy access to the concerts.
The first Wanderlust Festival festival was held in Squaw Valley in July 2009 and has grown to seven festivals in the United States and Canada. “Festivals are all about community,” says Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno. “They bring people together who tend to share similar values in an environment that’s all about music, dance and fun.” The concept for Wanderlust was sparked when Krasno, co-founder of the record label and artist management company Velour Music Group, got inspired by the yoga community he saw in his wife Schuyler’s Manhattan studio. “There’s a growing cultural movement toward more mindful living, and concepts such as ethical consumerism and fair-trade fashion that seemed progressive back in the 70s are now mainstream,” says Krasno. “We wanted to provide a place for people who share these values to come together and commune.”
If you can’t make one of the Wanderlust locations this summer, you can check out Wanderlust Speakeasy online. The casual lecture series covers topics ranging from holistic health to progressive politics.