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.

[Special thanks for accommodation during the shoot provided by Delta Whistler Village Suites.]


Whistler sunset

Sunset from the peak of Whistler.


Peter Jack Rainbird

Ambient guitarist Peter Jack Rainbird serenades the crowds at Wanderlust. The weekend was filled with numerous musicians, dancers, and performances in the streets.


Hoop dance

Of the many classes offered at Wanderlust, Shakti Sunfire teaches students the moves of hoop dance.


A look inside

Inside the various venues, students sweat and flow. Teachers from all over North America offer their unique flavour of yoga.


Panel discussion

Various panels were held at the "Speakeasy," including this one on the ethics of the student / teacher relationship. Here, AcroYogi Jason Nemer shares a story with the audience.


Janet Stone

Janet Stone tells the tale of Hanuman, the Hindu deity, during her class in "The Nest" inside the Whistler Conference Center.


Yoga DJ

DJ Drez spins live music to Janet Stone's class. Many of the classes had live musicians or DJs as a complement to the yoga.


Nico Luce teaching

Yoga teacher Nico Luce instructs his class on the outdoor stage in the Whistler Olympic Plaza.


MC Yogi and Krishna Das

The event hosted various acts, from Thievery Corporation to Quixotic. Here, MC Yogi and Kirtan legend Krishna Das share the stage together.


The audience approves


Outdoor yoga

Friday night included a massive outdoor yoga class, beautifully conducted by yoga mainstay Seane Corn, accompanied by the infectious music of Michael Franti.


Seane Corn

One of the most popular teachers in North America, Seane Corn is a master of her craft and an inspiration to the crowd.


The crowd

The yoga class / inspirational concert ends with the crowd in a frenzy. The collective energy was tangible.


Michael Franti

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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