Pricey Wanderlusters,

The passing of a decade is at all times event for some soul looking out, and we’ve completed our share. Fairly a bit has modified. In 2009, we had been as shiny and new as President Obama, and now we’re a worldwide firm with greater than 50 occasions all over the world, 6 studios and facilities, and a web-based tutorial media enterprise (and we now have a really completely different President, too). Again within the aughts, social media and our new iPhone three appeared like fantastic instruments for connecting humanity, and now many people are questioning how one can shut all of it off (after one final scroll on the ‘Gram). Most significantly to us, in 2009, yoga apply was on the coronary heart of a acutely aware neighborhood, searching for higher well being and private transformation.  Now, yogis have joined a worldwide acutely aware motion, leveraging our particular person practices to make the world a greater place, each on and off the mat.


Nowadays, we predict wellness is about extra than the way you apply, what you eat, or how a lot you sleep. The truth is, it’s about greater than you — it’s additionally about us, about our communities, our societies, our politics, and our planet.  It’s about exploring the various interconnected methods wherein we, as people, can enhance our well being and happiness, thrive, and attain our innate human potential. And it’s additionally about recognizing and correcting the various methods wherein we, as people, trigger our particular person and collective well-being to say no. It appears more and more pointless simply to good our apply if, as Greta bluntly tells us, our home is on hearth. With that realization, the center of wellness has advanced and expanded.

Again at Wanderlust, we’ve thought lots about how we match into all this. Our motto, discover your true north, is as easy and related as ever, however over time we’ve sought to develop the idea of “true north” to incorporate aspirations and objectives that fall exterior of the private. We began by including the Speakeasy to our festivals, introducing a deep exploration of transformational concepts.  A number of years in the past, we grew to become a B Company and reconsidered what success means to us, giving equal weight to every piece of the “triple backside line” (individuals, planet, and revenue). Final yr, we took wellness to the desert at Wellspring, providing a redefinition of wellness that features relationships, neighborhood and social justice (social wellness) in addition to politics, social change and environmentalism (international wellness).

Music Meditation Hike Garth StevensonWe’re pleased with what Wanderlust has change into. Abstracted to the best stage, we predict Wanderlust is a pageant that celebrates human potential.  Our occasions are a curated cauldron of consultants, artists, practices and concepts, a spot to stir the pot of risk and watch the alchemy. The meditation and yoga assist us quiet our minds, the group health and out of doors actions strengthen our our bodies and reconnect us to nature. The concepts problem our ingrained thought patterns, whereas the humanities fill us with surprise and encourage us to create. Final, however not least, there’s the facility of neighborhood itself. Neighborhood helps wholesome habits and picks us up once we fall. It’s additionally what’s sorely missing on this digital age:  the emotional bonds IRL, which (as is now confirmed) can’t be changed by a display screen.


On the similar time, we acknowledge that our international development has brought about us to lose one thing. Whereas we at all times added new occasions with the perfect of intentions – “c’mon crew, let’s convey this magical assortment of consultants, concepts and experiences in every single place!” – the truth is that scale is the enemy of nuance. And Wanderlust is nothing if not a nuanced expertise, rigorously curated and lovingly executed.  It depends upon shock, delight, whimsy and the surprising, which can’t be mass-produced or replicated with a cookie cutter, irrespective of how scrumptious the batter could also be. Equally vital, notably for an organization devoted to “individuals” as one in every of its three pillars, is that our crew merely can’t sustain with the workload. Even the 18 occasions we instantly produced within the US & Canada in 2019 (we did 32 at our peak!) are too many. We want extra time to dream and picture. We not too long ago spent 2 days in Squaw Valley doing simply that, and we’re actually excited to point out you what we’ve created.


squaw-mountaintop-sunshine-flowers-ali You’ll be able to count on a totally reimagined Wanderlust Squaw Valley in July, 2020, with thrilling new audio system & academics, reimagined venues, extra artwork and music, new health modalities, and expanded tenting experiences. We’ve labored arduous to verify the evening expertise — the celebration, the discharge, the surprise — is as vibrant and compelling because the expertise of nature, health and apply is by day.  We’ve expanded our curated meals distributors and created an out of doors eating space to commune in. And regardless of these adjustments, we’ve managed to make entry extra inexpensive than ever earlier than, all whereas providing an expanded vary of distinctive experiences for these in search of a premium expertise.

russell brand wellspring mainstage Wellspring will return to the attractive desert metropolis of Palm Springs in October, 2020.  If Wanderlust Squaw Valley is a transformational pageant, consider Wellspring as a transformational convention, sustaining our concentrate on human potential, however emphasizing talks and concepts.  It’s an occasion open to each practitioners and wellness professionals, providing an expo of upcoming wellness-focused manufacturers in addition to a variety of talks and panels appropriate for business professionals. As our latest occasion, Wellspring wanted the least reimagining, however even nonetheless, we’re refining and optimizing the expertise so you possibly can count on a summit with true affect.

wanderlust 108 brooklyn mc yogi crowdFinal however not least, Wanderlust 108 will return to Brooklyn in September, 2020, going down within the city oasis of Prospect Park. Our conscious triathlon has at all times emphasised enjoyable, neighborhood and accessibility, bringing high-quality yoga, mindfulness apply and health to freshmen and consultants alike. This yr, we’ll be amping up the artisanal meals choices (it’s NYC, in any case!), including new audio system, and dealing with our model companions to curate some distinctive goodies for our paid attendees. As at all times, there shall be free tickets obtainable to all these keen to get on a mat and quiet their thoughts.

Three distinctive occasions. That’s it.* It feels deeply satisfying to focus our energies round a couple of actually distinctive experiences within the U.S., slightly than dozens of nice ones. Because the inspirational founding father of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, mentioned, “The extra you realize, the much less you want.” We’ve taken that to coronary heart. Wanting ahead to spending the following 10 years with you, expensive Wanderlusters. Collectively, let’s change ourselves – and subsequent, the world.

In case you have any questions or feedback, be happy to achieve out to me instantly right here.

In gratitude,

Sean Hoess
CEO, Wanderlust

* Our 25+ Wanderlust occasions exterior of the US and Canada, which we produce with wonderful associates and companions in additional than 17 nations, shall be introduced in February 2020 alongside our US occasions.


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