Take the energy and aesthetic of a rock festival and pair it with the practice and food of a spiritual retreat.
FIRST HELD IN 2009, the Wanderlust Festival has now expanded to multiple locations across the US and Canada. This year was the first time it was held in Whistler, BC. I was tasked with shooting the event, and finding time to actually practice my yoga. The four days were a whirlwind of downward dogs, provocative talks, yoga pants, and solid music acts, including Thievery Corporation and Michael Franti.
A video series is soon to come but, for now, enjoy the pictures.
Friday night included a massive outdoor yoga class, beautifully conducted by yoga mainstay Seane Corn, accompanied by the infectious music of Michael Franti.
One of the most popular teachers in North America, Seane Corn is a master of her craft and an inspiration to the crowd.
The yoga class / inspirational concert ends with the crowd in a frenzy. The collective energy was tangible.
Michael Franti serenades the crowd with his signature melodies.
Saturday night is packed for the headliner, Michael Franti. With the weather holding clear, and the moon peeking over the stage, it was a fitting night for a weekend of spiritual practice and celebration.
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Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.