Are you free July 18 through 21? Not for long: Wanderlust Squaw Valley is coming up quick. The multi-day immersive experience combines the healing properties of yoga, music, and the outdoors for an adventure that is all but impossible to forget. Find your center, your north star, your true self—and discover the difference that holistic health can make—all under the shining sun of California’s North Lake Tahoe.
Choose your own adventure high above the sparkling cobalt waters of Lake Tahoe by taking self-care to a whole new level. Whatever it is that soothes your soul—from stretching, to hiking, to eating healthful foods, to dancing under the moonlight—you can explore it all from the unparalleled peaks of Squaw Valley.
The mountainsides make way for open vistas, giant trees dot the landscape, warm days give in to cool nights, and a striking calm settles over the valley. Arriving here is a spiritual experience in itself, but the festival amplifies the feelings to a new level by placing holistic health at the forefront. It can be incredibly easy to put our health on the back burner as we rush through everyday life, but driving deep into the mountains, allowing ourselves to sit and meditate for an hour, and cultivating mindfulness throughout the day instantly transforms the body and mind.
Opt to camp out during Wanderlust to build memories that will last a lifetime. Set up your spot on Wednesday to give yourself plenty of time to settle in and meet fellow festival-goers before the adventure truly begins. Pitch the tent, roll out the sleeping bag, lather on the mineral sunscreen, and arm yourself with natural bug repellant before pulling out the s’mores to share at the campground as the sun goes down.
As you wait in anticipation for the launch of the event, take advantage of the opportunities awaiting in this incredible location. Since Squaw Valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the area is complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a cable car, horseback riding excursions, spas, and restaurants that can easily fill any gaps in your schedule.
Once Wanderlust officially kicks off, make sure to grab a towel and water bottle as you prepare to be guided through the festival by a curated selection of world-renowned teachers, artists, instructors, chefs, and performers. The festivities commence on Thursday, with several immersion classes beginning at 9 a.m. and the official opening ceremony taking place at 7:15 p.m. This experience is truly like no other: Only here can you experience the deep serenity that comes with savasana on a stand-up paddle board; the hope that comes with hiking mountain peaks; the energy that comes from sharing the dance floor with hundreds of like-minded individuals; and the connection that comes with sharing a farm-to-table meal with new friends.
Start the day with a two-and-a-half hour hike that will remind you of the contentment found in being alone, then move on to the excitement and release of aerial yoga before being serenaded deep into the night—or choose another adventure that is entirely your own. While planning your schedule, leave some time for reflection, take one of the drop-in classes, and don’t miss the farm-to-table dinners, which are sure to be a highlight of the trip.
No matter what you decide, the beauty of Wanderlust is the journey. So relax, trust your instincts, and allow the transcendent energies to flow during the lectures, hands-on workshops, and every moment in between.