More than just a music festival, this weekend’s Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley seeks to build a community and encourage mindful living.
The festival, now in its sixth year, combines yoga, music, speakers and outdoor adventure into a unique celebration in the High Sierra.
“Nestled in one of Mother Nature’s most picturesque creations, this four-day retreat will gather together yoga enthusiasts, families, foodies and mindful adventurers for an unforgettable getaway,” according to a press release from organizers. “Surrounded by the High Sierra peaks, attendees can practice yoga from renowned instructors, take in live music from today’s conscious artists, participate in inspiring lectures, venture in outdoor activities such as hiking, paddle-boarding, biking, and indulge in organic delicacies.”
Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Gurmukh and Eoin Finn are among the numerous yoga instructors participating in the event, which begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday afternoon.
Philadelphia, Pa., DJ RJD2 headlines Friday night’s musical acts, while Colorado electronic-outfit Big Gigantic headlines Saturday Night. Polyphonic Spree is among the final performers of the festival, playing a Sunday afternoon set. Nahko and Medicine for the People, MC Yogi, Ana Sia and DJ Cakra Khan are also included among the musical acts at the festival.
“If yoga is the soul, music is the beating heart of Wanderlust,” according to organizers. “True to our name, music at Wanderlust is just as much about discovery as it is about spending an evening with artists you know and love. We offer a wide variety of musical performers in myriad settings, from the epic main stage and live performances that accompany your yoga classes to intimate pop-up acts.”
In addition to music and yoga, Wanderlust offers hikes, adventure runs, biking and meditative rafting, as well as activities like hooping, aerial yoga and slacklining. Daily family yoga classes are also being offered for the first time at the festival, allowing kids of all ages to learn and practice yoga alongside their parents.
Gabrielle Bernstein, chef Sarah Copeland and meditation teacher Sally Kempton are among the featured speakers at the festival’s Speakeasy, which encourages audience participation.
“These are not stuffy lectures, but rather candid conversations that take place in an intimate environment where you can get up close and personal with some of the most engaging personalities at Wanderlust,” according to the festival.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since we landed our first event in Squaw Valley,” said Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno in a statement. “This magical place has inspired us to continually innovate around how man can work harmoniously with nature. We look forward to another year of bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas and experience the good things in life.”