This weekend, the Wanderlust Festival will make its debut as one of the first festival experiences to combine a full-fledged yoga retreat with an indie rock music festival, and it will all go down in the incredible natural setting of Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe, Calif.
It ain’t all just yoga and music though:
The Kula Village. Located in the Squaw Valley Village, the Kula Village is the centerpiece of the Wanderlust weekend. The Kula Village will showcase many vendors and not-for-profit groups, as well as wide array of restaurants that will feature menus with fresh, locally grown food. During the day, the Casbah Stage will feature acoustic music. Activities in the Kula Village are free and open to the public.
- Converse Geo-Dome at Gold Coast. This colossal structure up at Gold Coast is an interactive playpen for grown-up kids. Tap into your expressive side and create a custom silk-screened t-shirt to take home. Jump up on the Gibson stage for a rock star photo opp. Visit the resident poet and take home a haiku or sonnet inspired by you. Leave your mark on the Converse Geo-Dome with giant ink pens used to decorate the outside of the structure. Video screens inside will be showing films from the Road to Wanderlust film competition.
- LunaChix Bike Clinic and LUNAFEST Film Exhibition. Join the Tahoe Luna Chix professional mountain bike team for a free one-hour clinic Saturday and Sunday from 11am to noon in the parking lot at Squaw Valley. A mini-race course will be set-up for you to test your pedal skills. LUNAFEST will showcase short films for women, about women, and directed by women and will take place in the Aplenglow Room in the Squaw Valley Village on Saturday night at 8:45pm. LUNAFEST is free for all Wanderlust ticketholders, though at $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.
- Reverb Eco Village. The Reverb Eco Village was created in 2005 through a partnership between IZSTYLE and the environmental non-profit group Reverb, which aims to educate and engage musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future. The village includes local, regional and national environmental non-profit groups along side alternative energy and transportation exhibits. It also highlights all natural/organic food sampling and outdoor adventure sports equipment demos with brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Stonyfield Farm, Honest Tea, SIGG and Specialized. Visit the Reverb Eco Village in the Kula Village.
- Yogaslackers. Head over to the Gold Coast to check-out the Yogaslackers exhibition and clinics. These yogis are definitely not slackers and they are known for their yoga poses done above ground on a slackline. Think of it as yoga done on a tightrope. It is worth checking out.
- Fire and Ice Dinner. Squaw’s executive chef Scott Rutter, along with 3 other top chefs, have created a special dinner to be served on the deck of the Arc near the Gold Coast stage on Saturday night beginning at 6 pm. The menu will feature organic and local produce, a full grill, and even an ice sculpture. It’s a gourmet meal in a unique setting, all for a reasonable prix fixe price of $29.50 including a complementary glass of premium wine or beer. First come, first served. Reservations can be secured by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Happiness Is… Film Screening. The Declaration of Independence famously grants us the right to pursue happiness. And Americans spend great amounts of time and energy chasing it. But for many people, we’re not even sure what it is we’re chasing. Documentary filmmaker Andrew Shapter set out on a cinematic road trip to explore the myths and the truths of the “pursuit of Happiness” in America. This film provides an unequaled view into the hearts and minds of spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, philanthropists, authors, scholars, and everyday people, along with a few artists like John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. The screening will take place in the Alpenglow Room at 9 pm. The screening is free and open to the public.