Why Wanderlust Festival Rocks: Something for the Soul, Plenty for the Body

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Multiple bands play every night at Wanderlust; above is a mid-dance shot from Fela Cuti’s second set.

This is the second year I have attended Wanderlust, both times at Stratton, Vermont, though they have festivals throughout North America (coming in just a few days to Copper, Colorado; then on to Squaw Valley, California; Whistler, B.C.;Quebec; and in 2014 on to Chile and Hawaii!). I always have such an amazing time; surrounded by yogi, health nuts, dancers, creators, designers and life-lovers, I can’t help but come away feeling refreshed and really ready for a fantastic summer season. Beyond the great attendees, the teachers—whether it be yoga, dance, meditation, music or hiking—are the best in the business, and I always learn something new (body and soul).

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I took a Hoop Vinyasa class with the Hoop Yogini. Yoga mixed with hooping, it was equal parts challenging, fun, silly and a crazy-good core workout.

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We had as much fresh, filtered water as we could drink courtesy of Camelbak. Imagine if all those plastic bottles had been drunk, how much garbage would have been made? ALL festivals should have free, fresh water, no?

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Check out my awesome shorts from Victoria Keen, made in NYC! (That’s me on the right, the designer herself, Victoria, in the gorgeous blue dress—her own design, of course—in the middle, and my friend Cara Joy on the left.)

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This was just before Seane Corn’s vinyasa class began; she is one of my favorite yoga teachers, and it’s an amazing opportunity to get to go to an event like Wanderlust and get to practice with her.

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The bonus of having Wanderlust at a ski mountain is….gondolas! My legs were utterly pooped from dancing and hoop vinyasa, so the ride up to the top of the mountain was a wonderful treat.

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I took some time in the shade to relax, enjoy the view, and meditate in the cool summer air.

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It was fun to walk around the village area, and enjoy healthy treats (like So Delicious coconut milk ice cream pops, KIND bars, and Tumeric drinks) the random music that played all afternoon and all the awesome vendors selling yoga clothes, incredible jewelry, and more.

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Mrs. Meyers had a big booth set up at Wanderlust, perfect for the frequent hand-washing I availed myself of. My friend Cara Joy poses here with all the lovely samples the company was passing out.

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Yup, I definitely needed some hot-tub time to soothe my sore muscles! I stayed in the gorgeous Hearthstone condo at Stratton, just minutes from all the action at Wanderlust. It was an ideal accommodation for the group of us ladies, with pool, incredible mountain views, large windows and porches to enjoy them from, and tasteful decor (not to mention a really nice kitchen!)

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Even though I thought I was too tired to, on the last day of Wanderlust I took Coby Koblowski’s fantastic mountaintop dance class. Grooving to great music, with a cool breeze blowing, and loving those views was one of my favorite experiences at the festival.

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This cute kid was the center of attention for about an hour-long DJ set in the middle of the afternoon. How fun!

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