The sun may be setting on the 2012 Wanderlust season, but it shined brightly on 4 sublime days of community and connection at Wanderlust Whistler. In a blissed-out, post-Krishna Das haze, the Rebirth Brass Band led us in a New Orleans-inspired second line procession to the lovefest that was the East Meets West party.
We remember well the nearly 2,000 practitioners down-dogging and dancing at Olympic Plaza on Friday, as Seane Corne and Michael Franti created a new art form before our eyes. At many points, we paused for a breath in the vibrant world created with our friends at lululemon, chilling out in a hammock or at a picnic table, getting a henna tattoo, or diving into the AcroYoga throwdown in The Front Yard.
Michael Franti & Spearhead gave it up in a soon-to-be-legendary performance on Saturday, where smiles, tears, and jumping up and down became the norm. And as a backdrop to it all, there was Whistler itself: a cinemascope film starring deep blue sky, glistening glaciers, soaring mountains and sunshine (and not just a cameo, either!).
More than anything, Wanderlust Whistler was about the love, friendship and support of the Whistler and Vancouver communities, who turned out in force to mix with their American yogi brethren and stamp Wanderlust Whistler firmly on the yoga map. We are grateful to all those who wandered with us: to our talented teachers, our hardworking staff, to lululemon athletica and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and most of all, to you. We can't wait to see you in 2013.
Here's just a fraction of the totally jaw-dropping shots we collected at #WLBC...
Michael Franti lights up the main stage.
The inception of the 'blacktuskasana' pose.
Eion Finn shows you how to get the fire in your flow.
We all are rock stars.
"How ya feelin'?" Good, Michael. Very, very good.
YMCA on a paddleboard, anyone?
Just another day in the office for Quixotic.
Thievery Corporation taking the dance party deep into the night—and the light.
This is BC, after all, and thus a beautiful photo of an inukshuk is virtually required.
MC Yogi laying it down at the Olympic Pavilion.
Seane Corn's yoga posse rolls deep ... 500 deep.
When the trombone player is in tree pose, you know you must be at Wanderlust.
We get dizzy just looking at this.
Rebirth Brass Band and Quixotic, the pied pipers of yoga.
Baron Baptiste points to the source of his inspiration.
Contemplation, with wine assist, at the Roundhouse Farm to Table dinner on Whistler peak.
Sianna, Janet, & Jason discuss the student-teacher relationship at the Speakeasy.
We're grateful for all the amazing people who made Wanderlust Whistler so inspiring.
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