I received a two-sentence e-mail from my manager a few weeks ago that simply said, “Would you be interested? I thought of you immediately.”
What followed was a forwarded e-mail from Jess, a connector at one of the most inspiring yoga festivals out there called “Wanderlust.”
Wanderlust speaks to my soul in more ways than one. Not only does it include 4 days of yoga BLISS (world renowned yoga teachers, lectures, and hours of fun asana), but it also includes MUSIC, inspirational speakers, top chefs, and it is always strategically placed in an area of natural raw beauty. Wanderlust found itself in Vermont, California, Colorado and Whistler this past year. I had JUST missed the one in California, flying out to Tahoe just a few weeks after Wanderlust had already spread it’s magic dust in Squaw Valley.
My manager even reminded me that it was on my goals TWO years ago to attend… Well, manifestation worked it’s way in a different form. Instead of me going to them, Wanderlust is coming to me- and everyone else on the islands! They’ve added Oahu to the line-up and are taking over the North Shore in February 2013!
So how am I involved? Not only am I STOKED to be a participant, I get to help promote as a “Wayfarer” – an extension of the Wanderlust team based in New York. I am incredibly honored and humbled that I was asked to help with such a spectacular experience. As a Public Relations major in college, I’m no stranger to promotion. However in the past few years I have definitely strayed from the field, finding that the corporate side wasn’t resonating with me. Looking at job opportunities and reading the responsibilities did nothing but detour me even more. But this is completely different. This is something that I connect with and can speak authentically on. It’s not about selling tickets or persuading anyone. It’s about getting people educated and excited about this incredible opportunity to play, explore, and connect with like-minded peeps. I would be doing that even if I wasn’t officially asked to help ;)
How could you not get juiced on a festival whose core mission is create community around mindful living? And that’s just the beginning..Wanderlust’s list of principles to support their mission include eating well, purchasing from local and organic farms , being green- committing to sustainable practices including recycling, waste reduction, and utilizing renewable energy sources, showcasing art - really giving local artists a place to show their skills and passion, and creating awareness on the multiple important issues of today.
In the end, Wanderlust is something to be experienced, not talked about. With that being said, you will still probably hear me talking about it until February
Roam around their website, follow them on facebook, and prepare to be WANDERLUST!
*All photos borrowed from Wanderlust official Facebook page.