Insider Tips for #WLVT ~ How to Find Your #truenorth

Posted by admin on 6/19/13 in Community

• A map is key for any journey - you can download our festival map and our Program Guide here, and you can always access it on your phone by using our web-based app. What's a web-based app? It means you don't need to download anything fancy, you just need to enter the following URL in your phone's browser, and if you login, you'll have your schedule at your fingertips, as well as a festy map and other cool 411:

• Our scheduler locks tonight atmidnight, so please take one last peep at your lineup to make sure you're satisfied with your daily flow. Any changes to your schedule hereafter should be made at the box office for a small fee of $10. (Why? Keeping people adhering to their schedule is key to us, as we are constantly re-allocating our resources based on demand, so we do this to discourge last-minute swapping that leaves us unprepared for unanticipated crowds). Please note that if you simply make changes online only without going to the box office will not be reflected in the class check-in lists.

• There are gorgeous wares & mementos to be picked up all throughout Kula Market and at the d'Om ~ we are particularly smitten by these beautiful tags from Sara Lua Designs (right), which (along with theJill Platner custom Wanderlust bracelet - read about it here), both of which make a most awesome keepsake to remember your time here in Vermont at Wanderlust.

• You're in the mountains, so it shouldn't come as TOO much of a surprise that we have a wildlife warning, and Stratton staff wanted us to pass on the message that a mama bear and her two cubs have been spotted in the lower mountain area. We all know not to mess with a mama bear's cubs, so if you do spot the trio, please observe from a distance and do not approach them. Bears are generally happy to continue with their business if you continue with yours without interferance, so even if those cubs are capital 'C' cute, don't be tempted to get to close.

• Have you heard about our drumming workshops? You don't have to be a musician to add the beat of the Wanderlust rhythm: communicate with the community without wordsin one of our delicious drumming workshops. This popular offering is almost completely full, but there is one workshop still available on Sunday, or get on the waitlist for classes like "The Yoga of Drumming" here.

• In Manchester Center, just half an hour from Stratton, is Northshire Bookstore, one of New England's premier independent bookstores, and (we're proud to say) our official Speakeasy book-seller! The award-winning Northshire is not to be missed. An elegant atmosphere, a hand-picked selection and expert booksellers await you. If you don't have time to drop in on your way to #WLVT, make sure to swing by the Chapel of the Snows where we host the Speakeasy to see their amazing selection of books that they're bringing to the festival, and maybe even get a speaker to sign their book for you!

• First Run Ski and Boot Lab in the heart of Stratton Village is offering a free bag checkfor all our yogis, so you dont have to lug stuff around or go back to your room between classes! Thanks guys!

• Pack your sneaks! If you're a runner, you'll be thrilled to hear that we've addedrunning to our Outdoor Expediations this year, so bring those lace-ups and check out our offerings for guided trail runs right here.

• If you're looking to earn cultural bonus points on a pit stop on your way to or from the festival, swing through Stockbridge, MA to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum.

• While the forecast is looking great for the end of next week, just know that the Green Mountains of Vermont play host to changeable weather conditions, and it never hurts to pack a rain coat and some puddle-friendly footwear. Remember, packing for rain usually ensures sunshine, so let's all over-prepare and bring those sun rays out as a result!

• If kirtan is your jam, we have a special workshop & performance from Adam Bauer to do deeper into Bhakti & Kirtan at Stratton Mountain. On Friday, June 21, he will be presenting "Sing Ourselves Home" to explore the deeper yogic context in which Kirtan practices are rooted through chanting and the "truthful gathering" experience that is satsang. All levels of experience are welcome to join this gathering at The Quiet Place from 6-7:30pm.

• If you're driving up route 100 on Sat (or back down on Sunday) with some wee ones inthe car, they might enjoy a stop in at Adams Family Farm for a horse-drawn wagon ride in Wilmington, VT, just 45 min south of Stratton.

• You're going to be hearing a lot about the d'Om while you're at #WLVT: it's going to be the hub of activity and the place where community gathers. Sure, you'll be able to pick up essential yoga goods there, but there is so much more planned that you'll have to drop in daily for an Om in the d'Om with us.

• Did you know that Thursday night we are putting on a one-of-a-kind performance to welcome you to Wanderlust? Don't miss our opening ceremony with lights, fire, music and dance! First we'll congregate around the pond at 8pm on Thursday, followed by a procession to The Greatest Place for the Wanderlust Spectacular, which features the talents of Quixotic, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, Shakti Sunfire, Cameron Shayne, the AcroYogis and more! The best part is that you don't need at Thursday ticket or a Sage pass: if you're on site on Thursday night, come on out for the party and get your Wanderlust started on the white foot (you DID get the memo about Thursday night's dress code being all-whites, right?)

• If you're driving up from points south, and you fancy a dip on your trip, you could stop in to soak at the mineral springs in Saratoga, NY!

• Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle, as we have worked hard with Camelbak to make the coolest hydration stations in the land available all over site! Do your best to avoid buying plastic water bottles, and if you forget your reusable bottle, you can pick up a custom Wanderlust Camelbak water bottle at the d'Om.

Tags: in the know, Tips, Wanderlust Vermont, WLVT

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