5 Things I’m Looking Forward to at Wanderlust Oahu

A few years back I trav­eled to Wan­der­lust Fes­ti­val Col­orado in search of teach­ers who were shar­ing yoga from unique per­spec­tives. There I met Rachel Bra­then, and the Yogaslack­ers, and learned about their trav­els as wan­der­ing yogis.

Recent­ly the Yogaslack­ers and some of the folks who make Wan­der­lust hap­pen reached out and asked me to share more of the sto­ry. So in about a week I will be head­ed to Wan­der­lust Oahu to fol­low up with the Slack­ers and learn about their Road to Wan­der­lust. I will also be inter­view­ing Jeff Kras­no, one of the fes­ti­val founders, to learn more about the Wan­der­lust vision. I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing a lit­tle time in the world of full-time adven­tur­ers, and those who have ded­i­cat­ed their careers to cel­e­brat­ing the wanderer’s spirit.

In prepa­ra­tion, here are five things I’m look­ing for­ward to at Wan­der­lust Oahu:

A Com­mu­ni­ty of Yogis

Wanderlust Community
Pho­to by Ali Kaukas for Wan­der­lust Festival

While there are all kinds of activ­i­ties at Wan­der­lust, Yoga is clear­ly the bridge that uni­fies the peo­ple who show up. There’s music, danc­ing, talks, med­i­ta­tion ses­sions, and all kinds of move­ment arts. How­ev­er, they are being expressed with­in a field of peo­ple who love the prac­tice of Yoga enough to take time out of life to cel­e­brate it. There’s noth­ing like shar­ing the joy of your prac­tice with old and new friends for a cou­ple of days in a beau­ti­ful loca­tion. My par­ents live on Oahu, and my mom will be tak­ing class­es on the first day of the fes­ti­val, which I’m sure will only add to the fam­i­ly vibe. The Yogaslack­ers have assured me that they’ll be able to teach her how to walk a slack­line, and it’s that kind of inclu­sive­ness that makes for a fun time.

Post-Yoga Dance Parties

Wanderlust Music
Pho­to by Chris­ten Vidanovic for Wan­der­lust Festival

I love a good dance par­ty, and after you’ve prac­ticed for 4+ hours in a day, you might just need to crash. But per­son­al­ly, I love a post-yoga dance ses­sion, and Wan­der­lust does a good job of find­ing top notch musi­cal acts. Nahko and Med­i­cine for the Peo­ple are head­lin­ing, so there will def­i­nite­ly be some hip­pie sway­ing going on. DJ Drez gen­er­al­ly bal­ances out the equa­tion with some more dance­able beats. Either way, I’ll be shakin’ it.

Deli­cious Food

Wanderlust Food
Pho­to by Aman­da Bjorn for Wan­der­lust Festival

I skipped the Farm-to-Table expe­ri­ence in Col­orado, so I am decid­ing to treat myself to Sea-to-Table, a din­ner made with fresh, local, organ­ic ingre­di­ents by Chef Con­rad Aquino. I also plan to hit up one or two of the North Shore’s famous shrimp carts. Also, hav­ing been to the Tur­tle Bay resort when The Clymb offices worked there remote­ly a cou­ple years ago, I know that their break­fast buf­fet is amaz­ing. Essen­tial­ly, I plan to have a hand­ful of epic meals over the course of the four days, and then light­ly snack the rest of the time. Speak­ing of snacks, for those that haven’t been to Wan­der­lust, there are often lots of free healthy snack sam­ples. I will do my best not to over­dose on coconut ice cream this time around, but no promises.


Wanderlust Perspective
Pho­to by Ali Kaukas for Wan­der­lust Festival

I have a reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion and self-inquiry group that I’ve worked with for years, and a dai­ly yoga and med­i­ta­tion prac­tice here in Port­land. But going to some­thing like Wan­der­lust is so dif­fer­ent from my every­day. Intro­spec­tion on a deep­er lev­el is inevitable, even if it’s just by virtue of being in a dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ment. This will be ampli­fied by an assort­ment of mind cen­ter­ing med­i­ta­tion ses­sions by Eri­ca Jago, body and heart open­ing move­ment prac­tices, beach-clean-ups, excur­sions through nature, meet­ings with like-mind­ed yogis, and of course sev­er­al mid-day naps which I def­i­nite­ly plan on taking.

Oahu’s North Shore

Wanderlust North Shore
Pho­to by Chris­ten Vidanovic for Wan­der­lust Festival

I grew up on Oahu. It feels like home to me, and there is no place quite like the North Shore. The cli­mate is, as far as I am con­cerned, the type in which human bod­ies were meant to thrive. The beach­es are beau­ti­ful, and loaded with famous surf spots like Pipeline. For any Wan­der­lust Oahu trav­el­ers, if you have nev­er surfed before, you will not find a bet­ter place to learn. The Hans Hede­mann surf instruc­tors are excel­lent. On arrival, I plan to walk a mile down the beach, swim out past the reef, and make con­tact with the water. These days, it’s not uncom­mon to see turtles.

Hope to see you there!