Why the F*ck am I going to Wanderlust?

Via on Jul 2, 2012


A non-yogi’s take on Wanderlust Festival Colorado.

I’ve probably done yoga no more than five times in the last year. I try to meditate here and there until I remember I have something to add to my to-do list and get up before I forget. I can’t name the chakras. I don’t know what hatha or vinyasa mean. And I don’t get kirtan. But this is exactly why I am excited to go to Wanderlust. It’s a festival that isn’t all yoga, yoga, yoga, but has options so I can find my place to fit in.

I do want to be a healthy, happy, good person. I want to connect to my community on a greater and more personal level than via the web. I do want to ground and center myself in an effort to be of benefit. And I do want to try new things that can make me more me and make me slow down and appreciate the present moment.

So, Wanderlust Colorado, here I come.

Three Reasons I’m excited for Wanderlust Copper:

1. The pines, the crisp mountain air, the heat and the yoga, music and speakeasy talks. Wanderlust has something for everyone. Just because I’m not dying to go to one yoga class over another, there are options. My days will be filled with some running around and mingling, some hiking and hopefully a lot of enlightenment. My nights will be packed with a Farm-to-Table dinner, films including The Highest Pass and Crazy Wisdom and hopefully a band somewhere in between. I’d say not too shabby for a non-yogi.

2. elephant’s own, Waylon Lewis, will be leading a meditation hike and discussing yoga clubbiness in his speakeasy talk.

Join us:

Meditation Hike

“God, she is to be found in the out-of-doors.”

Waylon Lewis, a second generation Buddhist or Dharma Brat, will lead a contemplative, fun hike…sharing Buddhist techniques to connect the busy mind to powerful Mother Nature, and ending with meditation instruction on the summit. For all levels.
<Saturday at 2:00-3:30>

Speakeasy: Club Yoga: are we here to be cool, or to serve?

Yoga as club defeats the purpose. We as a community have a choice: we can fight over where to sit on the Titanic (climate change, inequity) or Save the World (and have a good time doing so). We have the choice to “pop” external clubbiness, just as our practice helps us to learn to make friends with our internal egos & insecurity. How can our yoga community stop our occasional silliness, and—perhaps more than any other community—be of (joyful) benefit to a world full of real suffering?
<Sunday at noon>

3. There’s music, and a variety at that. I’m looking forward to seeing Elephant Revival and Julia Easterlin. Need I say more?

(If so, check out the full music lineup.)

Why are you excited? What class or talk or music artist are you dying to go to?

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Bonus:

About Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block loves a good picnic, bottle glass of wine and a new recipe. She likes to do all the cliché things: sing in the shower, dance in her underwear in the living room—which her dog doesn't approve of, yet—and take long walks on the beach. She's currently struggling with misanthropy, but working on it every day—although it's hard living in California.

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15 Responses to “Why the F*ck am I going to Wanderlust?”

  1. catnipkiss says:

    I'm volunteering at Wanderlust. I'm taking a class with Shiva Rae, listening to Aaron Ralston speak, grooving with Ziggy Marley, and hoping to drop in on Deepak Chopra. I'm excited about meeting my Couchsurfing hosts, making connections with new people, getting together with old friends, too I'm looking forward to it ALL…. Alexa Maxwell

  2. cathywaveyoga says:

    New idea for title: Yahoo! I'm Goin' ta Wanderlust"

    or

    " Wanderlust or Bust"

    have a good time, the fck isnt an eyeopener

    • elephantjournal says:

      Can't speak for Lindsey, but for many folks who aren't in the yoga club, the idea of going to a yoga festival is off-putting. The privilege and yuppiness reeks (though there's a ton of great stuff at various festivals, for those of us who have the privilege to figure out how to attend).

      That's what's great about WL—as Lindsey says, it's not all yoga, yoga, yoga. It connects yoga with politics, with social action, with (great) music.

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  4. @mat_witts says:

    Ho-Hum – I really hoped this was going to be satirical – shame – because that was a missed opportunity. Yoga Loses Its Innocence: http://matwitts.com/blog/yoga-loses-its-innocence

  5. Tony says:

    Hi Lindsey,
    I'm going up there as well for non-yoga activities. Want to meet up for a hike? (Not sure that I even know of anybody else going for non-yoga activities). I'll probably show up to Copper sometime this afternoon and am planning on seeing Elephant Revival tonight for sure. If not, no worries, hope your trip goes well!
    Tony

  6. yogasamurai says:

    This must be the first EJ post with "F@ck in the title that wasn't widely read? Maybe even EJ readers are becoming inured.

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