Wanderlust is a yoga and music festival that descends yearly upon Stratton Mountain Resort making it look like a yoga college campus. Students flood the resort carrying mats, walking to and from classes and lounging on the grassy common area relaxing, socializing and eating.
My daughter and I took a total of nine classes and a hike to the summit over the course of four days. Classes varied from bringing awareness to the breath, giving gratitude, connecting with our inner child, learning detailed alignment of poses, challenging arm balances and inversions in the air.
The instructors all brought something different to the mat and they were accompanied by assistants who helped and musicians who played instruments or sang during the practice. These classes were held in various locations: one at the top of the mountain, another on an outdoor field, and yet another in a hammock suspended in the air. But mostly these classes were held in large wedding style tents equipped with flooring, staging and elaborate sound systems. The student body was plentiful and included fellow teachers, students, a few children and a couple of well-behaved dogs.
In the background of all of this are healthy food vendors, temporary tattoo stations, rocks for building sculptures, sculpting sand, water refill stations, free snacks, slack-line walking, hula hooping, jump roping, mural painting, hair braiding, music and flowers. It is nothing short of an imaginative playground encouraging us to make connections, try new things, or the chance to remember and revisit them.
As a teacher, I attended to enhance my practice, so in turn, I can enhance my students practice. After four days of immersion, I am a bit saturated and feel I need time to absorb, process and reflect upon what I have experienced. The festival has left an imprint on me.
Take time, make time to wander and explore.
The Wanderlust Festival gives the opportunity to wander and explore both our internal and external worlds, connecting with ourselves, new people, places and things.