Travel Blog

21 Aug

Wanderlust brings chakra cornucopia to Whistler


Most of Whistler at this moment is recovering from Crankworx, that spectacle of spinning chains that sling past the naked men of Heckle Rock, and other assorted dirt + bike shenanigans — which is to say, it’s time to don the spandex and/or stretchy brand wear, put on that deep, esoteric smile, and drop into Downward Dog. Yes, it’s Whistler’s first festival of all things yoga, sound meditation, thoughtful hiking and incense smuggling, Wanderlust. What better way to erase those memories of shirtless ape-men than by playing up the chakras and stretching those tight tendons? Indeed.

Wanderlust, eternal time of reflective walks and emptiness, open heart and crystal unicorns. Or so the story goes. Given it’s Whistler, I expect it to be a number of things — a mix of post-hippie patchouli fest and sleek German engineering driven by attractive species of all genders. But enough beating around the bush. Wanderlust is one of the finer exports of the southeast Asian continents by way of American mid 20th century counterculture, which is to say, this is the first Canadian edition of a well-respected festival series in the States. Here’s the details.

In this edition, music by Michael Franti Spearhead and lounge lizards Thievery Corporation (though I have to admit, Franti is well-travelled around these here parts — it would have been intriguing seeing psytrance legends Shpongle, who played other editions).

Talks stretchy time with Sean Corne, Baron Baptiste, Marianne Williamson, and a cast of yogis from across the spectrum, offering everything from advanced classes in specific disciplines of yoga and introductions in sound meditation to guided nature walks. Here’s the schedule.

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