And what do you know? Lucky for me, I got to go this year!
I honestly didn’t know what to expect of the festival. I knew that, yes, there would be lots of yoga, tons of yogis, and let’s be real…lots of Lululemon. I read up on the events for the weekend, so I knew that there would be hiking, live music, and delicious food. What I didn’t realize, or couldn’t research beforehand, was the amount of heart and soul it took to put this festival together.
I didn’t know that I would be doing hip hop yoga in the room where Colin and I will host our reception (or that I would be doing a back bend to “Shoop” by Salt ‘n’ Pepa for that matter…might have to recreate that at the wedding?…), or that I would listen to a talk on EFT Tapping in the chapel where we will recite our vows. I didn’t know that I would eat the most delicious empanadas I’ve ever tasted (from Ana’s Empanada’s in Rutland, VT), or that the chicken at the farm-to-table dinner would knock my socks off. I couldn’t predict that I’d sit with the founder of BreastCancer.org, and her lovely daughter who is currently interning at Stonyfield (great company!) at said farm-to-table dinner. I didn’t realize that the amount of lucy activewear that I spotted would rival the Lululemon ladies (and gents for that matter) — and how their clothes are just as comfortable and fashionable as their competitor. I didn’t know the number of laughs Kate (my friend and Wanderlust partner in crime) and I would share, or how great the people watching would be when I took a moment to just sit and watch. I forgot how much I love Ziggy Marley’s music, and couldn’t predict which of his father’s songs he would play. Before I arrived at Wanderlust, I couldn’t tell you how BIG my heart would smile when I heard Ziggy sing Bob Marley songs.
I didn’t realize my favorite part of the weekend would be the media tour with founders Jeff Krasno and Sean Hoess to learn more about the why’s, where’s, and how’s of the event. (That, and Ziggy Marley of course — he was beyond words.)
Watch the video below for more info from Jeff and Sean. I asked them why they chose Stratton — since I am a Stratton lover — and they explained that for one, they were drawn to the beauty and size of the resort / mountain, but that they also wanted to bring in some revenue for the area especially after the devastation from Hurricane Irene as well as the mild winter we had this past year. I thought that was really awesome, and very interesting.
I enjoy yoga, but am not even close to being any kind of yoga master whatsoever, so I was definitely intimidated by the folks that would be there. Once I got into the swing of things, I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone was. I decided to just go for it, and not worry about what I looked like in a pose, whether or not I liked my ‘yoga outfit’ for the day, or the fact that I was a little anxious about the ‘unknown’ of the weekend. I decided I wouldn’t feel foolish if I did something I wasn’t used to like meditating, or hiking with a barefoot man (our guide, not some random person). I dove right in, and came out feeling great. I think that’s the way you have to go after most things in life. Be open to new opportunities, make sure your heart is in the right place, and try to just enjoy the ride.
Check out some more of my pictures from the weekend:
*A BIG thanks to everyone at Wanderlust and Stratton Mountain for allowing me to attend this festival free of charge. All opinions expressed in this post are honest and from the heart. xo