Two historical events occurred this weekend on opposite coasts. Chelsea Clinton got married in New York, celebrating with more than 300 guests. Meanwhile, a few thousand miles to the left, more than 8,000 yogis celebrated yoga, rock and roll and dance at the Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe, California. I attended the latter.
My Wanderlust journey began with Annie Carpenter's 8am class Thursday morning. Smiling volunteers welcomed us to the first class of the festival. Next up on the line-up was Shiva Rea with live DJ Bom Siva and the Mayapuris, who lead us into an ecstatic dance and yoga practice as an informal opening ritual to the festival.
We raised the vibration to the level Shiva and co-founder Jeff Krasno (other co-founder Schuyler Grant) dreamed up over 2 years ago while lounging on the terrace of Shiva's Malibu home. The celebration continued into the afternoon, where Shiva hosted a sold out river rafting party with live music. As we lazily drifted down river in the summer sun, we soaked in Mayapuri's kirtan and Steve Gold's rhythm and blues melodies.
This uniquely epic experience raised the collective conscious vibration of the planet with it's diverse line up of world renowned yoga teachers and musicians raising awareness of sacred activism including a Yoga Aid event that spilled off the yoga floor onto the hot tarmac; funds were raised for Seane Corn's Yoga Off the Mat; Baron Baptiste and Paige Elenson's Africa Project; Shiva Rea's Global Mala Project; Brock Cahill's Kurmalliance (Rescuing Turtles from the Gulf Coast Oil Spill). Moby's Speakeasy talk, "May All Beings Be Free of Suffering: Why I Am a Vegan," moderated by Kaitlin Quistgaard editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, was also an event to remember.
Celebrity sightings included world-class sport climbing champion Chris Sharma and Nick Rosen from the Enlighten Up! documentary. And "non-celebrity yoga celebrity," John Friend made a surprise appearance on Saturday afternoon, days after The Yoga Mogul appeared in the New York Times, stepping off Beaver Theodosakis' private Prana plane in time to participate in the Yoga Aid event taught by Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea.
Ecstatic dance parties included (music headliner) Moby's epic Friday night performance, a breakout dance session in front of the Natural High booth during Base Nectar's Saturday night performance (which almost burst open the fences with record attendance), and literally climaxing (a t 8,200 feet) on Sunday afternoon at the pool at High Camp, the ultimate chill-out zone where relaxing yogis and families made way for DJ Dragonfly's spinning extravaganza. What a weekend!
For more information, go to www.wanderlustfestival.com.
Twee Merrigan is senior teacher trainer of Prana Flow and a sacred activist traveling through America this August to raise funds for the Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up on her Butterfly Effect Tour. Wanderlust was a stop on the Tour to raise awareness and inspire sacred activism.