Wanderlust Festival

Yoga and Music Festival

Wanderlust Austin 2013. Photo by Jake Laub for Wanderlust Festival

The Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival began in 2009 as a collaboration between Schuyler Grant, the founder of New York City's Kula Yoga Project, and her husband, Jeff Krasno, who co-owns Velour Music Group, a record label, and is a co-founder of the yoga talent agency YAMA. The first Wanderlust Fest took place in Squaw Valley, CA on Lake Tahoe in the summer of 2009 and featured yoga teachers John Friend (founder of Anusara yoga) and Shiva Rea (trance dancer) and musical acts Spoon, Broken Social Scene, and MC Yogi.

The festival was an immediate success, returning in 2010 with Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, and Seane Corn on the yoga side and Moby headlining the music acts. Wanderlust has to continued to expand each year, capitalizing on its winning strategy of using off season ski resorts as venues.

In 2011, Wanderlust added events in Miami Beach and Vermont to its roster in addition to the signature Squaw Valley gathering (July 28-31), which saw the return of John Friend, Shiva Rea, and Seane Corn, among others. The musicians included Michael Franti, who was scheduled to perform in 2009 but had to pull out due to appendicitis.

Summer 2012 had Wanderlust events occurring in Vermont (June 21-24), Colorado (July 5-8), California (July 26-29), and British Columbia (August 23-26). In addition, the first yoga studio to bear the name opened in April, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

In 2013, Wanderlust ventured into the winter, with festivals in Chile and Hawaii.

The summer schedule was also expanded with an additional event in Quebec. There is also a second Wanderlust Studio now in Montreal.

On the roster for 2014 are festivals in Oahu, Chile, Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland), Vermont, Colorado, California, Texas, and Canada (Whistler, Tremblant).

In 2015, Wanderlust plans to hold events in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, West Virginia, Vermont, Colorado, California, and Canada.

For more info, visit www.wanderlustfestival.com.

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