Pitched as a “transformational festival”, Wanderlust brings together yoga and music, to open hearts, minds and hip flexors.
Arli Liebermann accompanying a yoga class at Wanderlust - photo by Ali Kaukas.
Started in the United States in 2009, it has grown exponentially, with seven Wanderlust festivals over the U.S. and Canada, and 17,000 attendees at the largest event in Squaw Valley, California.
The Wanderlust experience has been brought to New Zealand and Australia by Jacque and Jonnie Halstead. The parents of three-under-five were the perfect partners to pick up the NZ and Australian editions of Wanderlust; Jonnie has spent years producing music festivals including The Gathering, Homegrown, and Coromandel Gold, and she’s a Yoga teacher, originally from Seattle.
The first four-day event was held in Taupo last weekend, with a music line-up that included Nightmares on Wax, Xavier Rudd, Nahko and The Medicine For The People, and a mix of traditional chant and dance DJs during the yoga classes, keen yogini Kirsten Johnstone went to check out the vibe.
Live music and yoga. Photo Ali Kaukas.
- Nightmares On Wax at Wanderlust
- An interview with Israeli Musician Arli Liberman
- Yoga On The Water - Amelia Nurse tries yoga on a stand-up paddleboard
- This Way Up investigate a 'smart yoga mat'
- Benjamin Lorr on Bikram Yoga
- William Broad on 'The Science Of Yoga'
Artist: Nightmares On Wax
Song: Om Sweet H(Om)e
Album: Feelin' Good
Artist: Tibetan Singing Bowls
Song: Root Chakra
Album: Tibetan Singing Bowls for Relaxation, Meditation and Chakra Balancing
Label: Nature's Cure Records
Artist: Arli Liebermann
Song: Yin Yoga Improvisation
Album: RNZ Recording
Label: RNZ Recording
Artist: Four Tet
Song: Ba Teaches Yoga
Album: Beautiful Rewind
Song: Hyperparadise (Flume Remix)
Album: Parallel Paradise EP
Label: Elefant Tracks
Artist: Suzanne Sterling
Song: Ome Mane Padme Hum, Sivasana
Album: Blue Fire Soul
Label: White Swan Records
Artist: Medicine Drum
Song: Funk Chakra
Composer: Medicine Drum
Album: Original Face
Label: Higher Octave Music