What is Wanderlust, again? 

Part 2 of our guide to Whistler's newest festival

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"To have that caliber of yoga instruction and music at a resort in the summer, it's really quite a great opportunity," says Myra Foster, spokesperson for Stratton Mountain, adding that there's something for people at all levels of the yoga practice.

"I felt as though, with that calibre of yogi, you have to be really, really good and be practicing forever, but it's very inviting and open to everybody...at any level or interest," she says.

Even if you're not into the yoga, there's still the music and the foodie aspects to enjoy. "There are still a lot of people who want to have a lot of fun, drink a few glasses of wine... and see some great music. We're trying to find a home for all of that," Hoess says.

What do the locals think?

It's hard to say what everyone thinks (sadly, we're not mind readers), but the general consensus within the yoga community (and the community at large) is that Wanderlust will be very positive for Whistler.

"Everybody I've been talking to about it so far is very excited about Wanderlust," says Dave Haliwell, owner of locally owned yoga-ware retailer Fruv Freedomware.

"It's a really exciting thing that's coming to Whistler."

Janet Corvino, studio manager at NewAlpine Yyoga, says the festival is a positive step toward putting Whistler on the map as yoga centre.

"Right now, Vancouver is one of the top cities in the world," says Janet Corvino, "It's on the cutting edge of yoga, and to bring that to Whistler, to showcase that, Yyoga has many of its teacher up here, which is a great opportunity for the locals to experience that."

She says that while she'll be at all of the events, there's been some concern among locals that she has talked to about ticket pricing (tickets range from $99 to $475).

"The Whistler locals find it a little challenging, financially," she says. "I think they would like the option to drop in. They're all working, they're not on vacation. They'd like the option to drop into one class, as opposed to have to buy the full day pass."

Regardless, there's little question that the community is excited to see how this inaugural year works out.

What will the festival look like?

Since Wanderlust is an untested product, it won't take the village over as, say, Crankworx did last week. With that said, the festival will be use as much of the village as they can. There will be yoga workshops at Whistler Olympic Plaza, along with all the free concerts. There will be yoga-related animation throughout Village Stroll all weekend. The ticketed yoga events will be held at various hotels and venues throughout Whistler.

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