Wanderlust brings yogis to Whistler

The annual festival returns from Thursday to Monday

Yogis of all levels are set to descend upon Whistler for the Wanderlust festival from Thursday (July 30) until Monday (Aug. 3).
The annual event offers yoga, music, speakers, meditation, outdoor events and stand up paddle boarding at various venues throughout town. Attendees can’t pack everything into five days, but rather they’re encouraged to “choose their own adventure” and sign up for a handful of the various sessions.
This year, festival organizers have added more meditation classes — due, they say, to increased demand last year. They have added a venue that’s lit in black light to add an “extra sensory dimension,” as well as a laughter yoga class.
“Wanderlust is about more than just the practice of yoga,” Sean Hoess, co-founder of the festival, said in an email. “Our mission is broad — we want to help people find their true north. We’re really a container for experts, practices and recipes for living that guide the journey toward an inspired life, and part of that journey is about trying things you’ve never done before. So if you’re a mountain biker, maybe you want to try a yoga or meditation class. If you’re a yogi, maybe you want to try mountain biking. It’s all part of the journey.”
On the musical front, attendees can check out Nahko and Medicine for the People, Michael Franti, the High & Mighty Brass Band! and Sarah Neufeld, to name just a few performers. Soulscape Classes feature Gina Caputo accompanied by a roster of DJs who create a special playlist for the classes. This year you can anticipate sessions devoted entirely to Pink Floyd and The Police.
Although Wanderlust runs festivals across North America all summer, Hoess said the Whistler location has some unique aspects, Hoess said.
Whistler is one of our most international events, drawing from Canada and the U.S., of course, but also from Europe, Asia and Australia.
“First off, there’s the incredible beauty of both Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor,” Hoess said. “Leaving Vancouver and going on one of the most beautiful drives in the world to get to Whistler really sets the tone for the whole weekend. I’d also say that Whistler is one of our most international events, drawing from Canada and the U.S., of course, but also from Europe, Asia and Australia. This is partly because of the location, but also because Whistler itself is a world-class destination.”
For more information visit wanderlust.com/yoga-festivals.

Whistler Writers Festival announces headliner

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Canadian literary star Lawrence Hill will headline this year’s Whistler Writers Festival, organizers announced last week.
Hill is the best-selling author of The Book of Negroes and has won several awards for his work, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. He is set to release his new novel, The Illegal, in September.
Other acclaimed writers attending this year include Grant Lawrence, Nino Ricci, Eleanor Wachtel and Eric Walters. “We are thrilled about the caliber of authors attending this year, including Lawrence Hill who is such a well-known literary talent in Canada and will be an incredible draw for readers and writers alike,” said Stella Harvey, director of the festival. “Our mix of authors comprises award-winning fiction and non-fiction writers, CBC radio hosts, journalists, short story writers, children and young adult writers, cookbook writers, crime writers, poets and more.”
The entire lineup will be released on Aug. 10 and tickets will go on sale that same day. For more visit whistlerwritersfestival.com.

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