I just got back from Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley, in Lake Tahoe, CA. If you don’t know what the Wanderlust Festival is, I will tell you. It is a combination of yoga, music, arts, fun, healthy food, and healing, surrounded by beautiful people, infused with breathtaking natural beauty. If you want to know more about the festival, you can check their website at www.wanderlustfestival.com. For a total of four days, I completely stepped out of my regular daily routine to connect with myself and others, through attending amazing yoga classes (3 times a day!) taught by well-known yoga instructors, as well listening to great music, eating healthy, playing around and having lots of fun. I feel so lucky to be able to participate in this adventure. Such a blast!
The real definition of the word wanderlust is a “strong desire for or impulse to wander, or to travel and to explore the world.” This definition makes so much sense to me. As a yogi or yogini, we practice on the mat internal curiosity about our bodies, our breathing, our sensations, our feelings. Then, when we go travel, we have the opportunity to explore off the mat for external curiosity, about nature, people, food, as well as tours. Wanderlust is definitely a festival to attend, if you have a strong desire for growth and curiosity on and off the mat. Yogis and yoginis are always seeking for self-discovery, true love, and happiness. We usually obtain what we are looking for when we step out of our comfort zone. Some of the biggest self-realization moments usually happen when we are exposed to an unknown situations, or when we challenge ourselves in any way, physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. It does not happen when we are chillin’ on the couch, comfortably watching TV. Getting to know ourselves takes time, effort, patience and focus, and it happens when we least expect it.
However, to be able to experience the beauty of discovering our true selves, there is a call for preparation. When I was at the festival, I was camping out, and the weather in the mountains was extremely dry. I was definitely not in my comfort zone. Thus, I had to take with me some important elements to prepare myself to fully experience the festival.
- A Journal – to write down ideas, tips, and thoughts (Suggestion: anyone recycled ones to help preserve the planet!)
- A Sunscreen SPF 30 or plus – to protect my skin against the intense sun (Suggestion: RACCO Soleil Oil Free Facial Sunscreen SPF30 – #3055). You can find RACCO amazing products at www.raccocosmetics.com
- Baby wipes – to keep myself clean when there are no showers; only portable restrooms (Suggestion: RACCO Intimos Travel Intimate Soap – #1024)
- Lip Balm with SPF – to minimize dryness on the lips (Suggestion: RACCO Soleil SPF 15 Sunblock Lip Balm – #3030)
- An open mind (Suggestion: just be open to share yourself with others and to grow as a person!)
Preparation is the key to travel so keep that in mind. Without these elements, it would be very challenging for me to fully enjoy the festival activities and weather. I had an amazing time this weekend where I learned more about myself and how I connect with the world. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to attend Wanderlust Festival next year. Remind yourself to keep growing, learning, and sharing yourself with others. It will most likely happen when you are in the wanderlust mood – the traveler inside you.
Much love, fun, light & blessings to you all!