What Do You Do at Wanderlust Festival? ~ George Mihaly‏ {Video & Contest}

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on Aug 7, 2012
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This past weekend it was my job to take pictures at Squaw Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe, California.

When I wasn’t behind the camera, I was on the computer editing photos or video. When not behind the computer, I was likely unrolling my mat in one of dozens of packed classes that were simultaneously taking place.

Swimming, dancing, paddle board yoga, long dinners with new friends and late night tea house sessions were some of the other activities that filled my days. To say I had a good time at Wanderlust Festival would be a serious understatement.

As a photographer at the event, my role required me to capture the activities of the attendees (a.k.a., Wanderlusters). Even though I was behind a camera taking photos of other people doing yoga, the activity of taking those photos became an extension of my yoga practice.

Capturing photos like the one of Shakti Sunfire on a paddle board had me wading chest high in Lake Tahoe for close to an hour. Had I not had been using ujjayi pranayama, cultivating the stamina to endure the frigid water and focus to capture the perfect moment would have been impossible. The yoga of photography is not something that is typically conveyed in the image the audience sees, but rather something that the photographer practices every time he picks up his camera.

I’d like to share with you a short film I created with my friend and fellow Wanderluster, Hannah. Sometimes I feel moving images tell a better story than just words alone. Let Hannah show you what happens in a typical day at the world’s biggest yoga class.


Contest Details: George Mihaly, videographer and author of this article, is shooting photos for Whistler Wanderlust Festival happening on August 23rd-26th and would like to create a video with an elephant journal reader who is already attending the upcoming festival. George and elephant journal will pick the reader who writes the most clever response to this article in our comments below. Contest ends on August 19th 11:59 p.m. PST. Happy commenting!


George Mihaly is a Portland, Oregon based videographer and yogi. He has made online videos for yoga teachers, wellness companies and prAna clothing. George enjoys drinking tea, bouldering and blender chefing. You can watch his videos at http://mihalymedia.com or connect with him on Facebook.



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11 Responses to “What Do You Do at Wanderlust Festival? ~ George Mihaly‏ {Video & Contest}”

  1. kim amlong says:

    Sean Hoess, Co-founder of Wanderlust said: “If we can get to a place where even a majority of our consumers are educated enough to forego all meat, then I will happily convert Wanderlust to a vegetarian event.” Be a Force of Positive Change For the World. Help Create the World’s Greenest, Most Consciousness-Awakening Festival. Ask Wanderlust to Go Vegetarian Today or Sign the Petition To Say No To Meat at Yoga Festivals. Countless Sentient Beings Will Thank You.&nbsp ;http://www.thepetitionsite.com/973/236/055/say-no-to-meat-at-yoga-festivals/

  2. kim amlong says:

    How Far Can Yogis Bend the Philosophy to Suit Their Hedonistic Lifestyles? Only You can Prevent Yoga Festivals From Evolving into Mindless Meat Fests!! Read the Article and Take Action Today !http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/07/are-yoga-festivals-evolving-into-mindless-meat-fests-kim-amlong/

  3. kim amlong says:

    It is not about a lack of respect for meat eaters, it is about educating people on how destructive meat eating is to everything and everyone. If people still remain completely disconnected after they are educated, I will still have respect for them. I believe it is extremely important that people are made aware of their choices so they are eating with the full consciousness of the impact their dietary choices have on themselves, the planet and all other sentient beings. Read this to understand why I am so passionate about Wanderlust's evolution. How I Tore off the Chains and Broke Free from the Reign of Pain !http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/07/from-rocky-mountain-oysters-to-nirvana-kim-amlong/

  4. kim amlong says:

    “Today One Billion people are Hungry, 20 Million People will Die from Malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% could feed 100 million people and Eliminating Meat will End Starvation Forever.” Philip Wollen: Animals Should Be Off The Menu. Please Watch This and Ask Wanderlust to Take Meat off the Menu Today!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc&fe

  5. Thanks for the insight Kim! I've been eating vegetarian for almost 15 years, so this one hit home for me 🙂

  6. cathy says:

    The Most Clever Response!

    This looks like giant energetic FUN! I am going to be volunteering at Wanderlust. I am jumping inot the great unknown re transportation, places to stay and planning food, etc… I know there will be yoga, rexcitement, sun, clean air and a marvelous mind-blowing video!

  7. kim amlong says:

    Wanderlust teacher: Tina Maria James said: “I know its hard but please watch, all we have to do is be the change we wish to see right now, if enough teachers at Wanderlust get together now, we can change the face of Yoga festivals and support our local Raw vegan Vegetarian restaurants if that cant happen now what about one meatless day, Please help lets get together speak up.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTifP6idBPs&fe….

  8. Anastasia says:

    What the said…jk 😉 No really, I came across this article after I googled "Can you take pictures at wanderlust?" and "I want to photograph wanderlust"…and then I became insanely jealous of YOU! Well no, I get to do all the acro, arm balancing, nature walking, yummy food eating and awesome shows (quixotic) watching, so I am good. My point is, I am usually behind the camera, would love to be in front of it…(still want to know if I can photograph wanderlust though). Either way see you there!

    I'll be the redhead with with the purple mat, a few piercings, speaking weird languages while trying to figure out my new 5d mark iii…

  9. cathy says:

    did you pick a winner?

  10. Congrats Anastasia! Please send me an message either on Facebook or via email (george at mihalymedia.com) so we can coordinate a little shoot this upcoming weekend! : ) -George

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