But with Wanderlust, a four-day retreat coming to Snowmass (July 3–6, wanderlust.com), the practice gets a subculture celebration that sounds like Burning Man meets Yogapalooza.
Stopping in Snowmass as part of an eight-city tour, Wanderlust mashes up meditation workshops, art, live music, cocktail hours, and, of course, a bevy of beautiful yoginis. No doubt, the event’s backbone is yoga, yoga, and more yoga, with daily classes taught by rock stars like Seane Corn and Rod Stryker, as well as by local instructors including Evan Soroka and Aaron King. The standard Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, and Yin disciplines are all here, but so are classes with names like Yoga for Dudes, So Funk’d Up, and Mind Bending and Back Bending. Belly dancing with the Shimmy Sisters and hoopdance (yep, your childhood hula hoop just got an upgrade) with Shakti Sunrise only add to an atmosphere that will make you wonder when a Hindu-monikered DJ might take the stage. (Don’t wonder too hard; DJ Bhakti Styler will perform every day of the festival.)
A four-day festival pass costs $495 and allows for three activities a day, plus hiking and access to all of the music. Single-day passes range from $100 to $150, depending on the day. Attendees can add other activities—from a farm-to-table dinner and stand-up paddleboard yoga classes to hiking, biking, rafting, trail running, spa services, and even a class on “The Art of Walking”—for additional fees. Because free-spiritedness isn’t free.