It’s been a full day of yoga and mediation lessons. You’re blissfully subdued, consciously paying attention to each flower, and the sunshine within the sky. As you not far away, you see a mass of individuals dancing with their limbs waving—but there isn’t a music. Um, what? Have all these inversions and Kundalini lessons triggered hallucinations?
It’s while you strategy that you simply discover the headphones, relaying beats that permeate by way of uninhibited our bodies. A stranger catches your eye and senses your intrigue. Grinning, they attain for his or her headset and, persevering with to bop, slides it over your ears. The music fills your head with rousing pulsations, touring by way of your extremities and past. And there you might be, a gaggle of blissed out yogis shifting as one.
I just lately had the privilege of talking with this Wanderlust vet and was blown away—all of her tales illustrate the overarching vibe of the Wanderlust neighborhood. It’s a spot the place distinctive people come collectively; the place totally different pulses meld into one large vibration.
Karen, now a devoted Wanderluster (and cherished Wanderlust volunteer), a retired flight attendant, she is not any stranger to journey. And she or he does it with fervor, chasing Wanderlust Festivals across the globe like a loyal Phish or Grateful Lifeless fan.
This can be a place the place distinctive people come collectively; the place totally different pulses meld into one large vibration.
Her ardour for attending these festivals is three-fold. Most evident: The yoga lessons, meditation classes, lectures, and actions enrich her each day life. Second, there’s the distinctive setting of every location, which intoxicates the senses and sometimes permits for a much-needed immersion in nature. However most of Karen’s tales and noteworthy experiences appear to revolve across the last piece of the puzzle: the unlikely shock of the ever-changing, ever-powerful neighborhood.
With a stockpile of multi-colored bracelets beneath her belt, we are able to belief Karen when she says, “None of [the festivals] have ever been the identical.” Although there are pleasant requirements you come to depend on—“There’s yoga, meditation and enjoyable in each pageant”—Karen reiterates that every occasion is a residing, respiration entity. The explanation? “Every pageant has its personal persona due to the individuals who come.” The construction, the placement, the lessons, the music… They supply a container for the expertise. But it surely’s the individuals who fill it, and the way they work together with each other, that give the pageant its personal vitality.
“Every pageant has its personal persona due to the individuals who come.”
With a revolving door of one-of-a-kind attendees—pageant addicts, the occasional goer, and newbies alike—you might be certain every occasion will proceed to have its personal life power, regardless of what number of occasions you partake.
Although Karen’s inaugural Wanderlust expertise was shared together with her niece (and the 2 nonetheless frequent festivals collectively to today) she advises those that they don’t want to come back with their pals. Make it a solo journey. The neighborhood will welcome you with open arms. That’s why Karen suggests, whether or not or not you include a gaggle, that you simply give your self the chance to satisfy new folks.
“It’s nice to go along with pals. However generally it’s good to go alone and be open to assembly someone you could have a reference to,” Karen says. Shock encounters with kindred spirits, assembly like-minded folks from world wide, sharing moments of laughter and stillness and progress… These are issues that deepen your itinerary’s face worth. Take into account every occasion a uniquely profound, 360-degree enrichment.
However don’t suppose it’s essential be an extroverted fire-twirler to make new pals or really feel at residence amidst the group. (Fellow wallflowers, you’re in good firm.) Whether or not you determine extra with the previous crew, chasing Acro lessons and slack-lining throughout your free time, or the latter, shifting quietly from asana to meditation, Karen pacifies our have to be-all, do-all.
“We’re all experiencing it at our personal tempo and want,” she reminds festival-goers. The excellent news is that this expertise is uniquely yours. What’s even higher is that you’ve got the palpable help of an unbelievable neighborhood surrounding you.
When requested about recommendation for the curious first-timer, Karen, whose pageant experiences have been peppered by stunning strokes of happenstance, serendipity and destiny, presents up sage recommendation: “There are issues in life you could by no means get to expertise except you’re open to the chance.” So when that stranger presents you their headphones, settle for them with a giant smile and simply dance. Dance your coronary heart out. You’re in good firm.
Kacey Janeen Waxler is a California-based yoga teacher and author on the hunt for journey and good tales. Her phrases might be positioned amongst noteworthy manufacturers together with Corona Further, Athleta, and Darling Journal, and within the flesh she might be discovered studying unapologetically from the glow of a headlamp, geeking out over sequencing, or neck deep in a deliciously sizzling tub. Comply with her adventures at @kaceyjaneen or kaceyjaneen.com.