Often when one thinks of yoga they think of studios and classes but what about festivals? For the past five years, the North Shore of Oahu has been host to the Wanderlust Festival. This is a multi-day event that has all things yoga. The famed Turtle Bay Resort deep on the North Shore has been host to this event. The Wanderlust name has gotten so big and the events so popular that they have them all over the U.S. throughout the year. The brand has just recently opened top yoga studios by the same name in California.
Yoga, Food, and More!
This is a rain or shine, multi-day cultural experience. They have food, vendors, talks, hikes, camping and, of course, immersive yoga. The offerings include yoga classes throughout the day and all sorts of events. There can be a meditation class buy the water an aerial class on the grass or listening to a talk to expand your mind. The event is set up in a way to cater to all types of festival goers. This is not just for the hardcore yogi but also those that want to relax, unplug and learn more about the practice. There is hikes, experiences, surfing, horseback riding and SUP. You can find something for any level of interest. The diverse crowd is filled with men and women of all ages and even young yogis in training
Guests from All Over the World
The event draws attendees from all over the world. They offer discounted room rates at the hotel and also day passes for those who want to stay offsite. In addition to the hotel, there are specific campgrounds set up on the property for those looking to really connect with nature. This season the group has partnered with the brand Adidas. They are making clothes and also sponsoring events such as tennis clinics on the property. This year’s festival saw some amazing special sponsorship events such as the Sea-to-Table dinner with food showcasing the best local flavors of the island.
Music and Night Life
At night, the grounds are transformed into full-fledged concert arenas. This year’s concerts saw the stylings of DJ Drez, Moby, and Xavier Rudd to name just a few headliners. You can buy a single class admittance, a day pass or a multi-day package. With the day passes you can sign up for one to as many classes as you can squeeze in. The system is all designed on the app, allowing you to see where the classes are held and to adjust your schedule based on how full that specific event is. The day passes allow you access to the nightly festivals that have libations tents to grab that end of the day adult beverage.
Wanderlust – Find Your True North
Events are set up all over the expansive property. You may have an informal education talk in one of the hotel bars or a class of hundreds in one of the ballrooms. They have tents set up for classes near the ocean, in the woods, along the golf course and beach areas. This year’s events had taken up about 75% of the hotel’s 400+ rooms and cottages. The festival is large enough to have something for everyone and also intimate enough to see some new friends passing in the common areas. It is hard to not see someone walking around the property without a mat. This year’s event was held the first week of March, but be sure to look for upcoming events back on the North Shore and plan ahead.