What Every Festival on earth can Learn from Wanderlust

“Wanderlust” is described as a strong desire to travel the world, but that wish can only be fulfilled if we work together to take care of ourselves, strive to care for one another and live to take care of the planet. Wanderlust , a traveling, worldwide celebration of mindful lifestyles for yoga enthusiasts and music lovers alike, is a true embodiment of that mindfulness and it shines through the festival’s commitment to sustainability.

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Written by : Jacki Moon

Why setting is everything for a Festival

Day Zero, as always, encouraged attendees to go deep within and find their true selves. As guests wandered through jungle paths illuminated by signs asking “How Can I Make a Difference?” or “What Do I Really Want?” or explored cenotes and hidden caves adorned with “Get Lost” signs in bright neon, or got lost in Mayan acrobatic performances, it was clear the fest wanted to challenge personally everyone to find their true intentions, and encourage attendees to tap into personal growth, social responsibility, and creative expression. The interplay of humidity at Day Zero not only created a steamy jungle dance party but also allowed for lasers to shine brighter to create a vibe often only found in underground warehouses.

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Written by : Jonathan Akbari

7 Amazing Transformational festivals according to Rolling Stone

In a 2010 TEDx talk in Vancouver, documentary filmmaker Jeet Kei Leung coined the term “Transformational Festival” to describe this “remarkable cultural phenomenon.” These are destinations where anything goes, active participation is encouraged, the weird is wonderful and eye contact, ecstatic dance, long hugs, incense, sacred space and psychedelics permeate the scene. The events tend to take place in a natural setting over multiple days and, according to Leung, all share “the co-creation of an immersive, participant driven reality.”

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Written by : Kitt Doucette

Spark: A burning man story

“I was completely inspired by the movie, with a deep longing to be as creative as the people who create art for Burning Man.” – Hilary Armstrong, The Huffington Post

“The film is gorgeous: a virtual carnival of images that reflect the spectacle that is Burning Man.” – Marcia Franklin, Boise Weekly

“Provides a fascinating look into the inner circle of the event’s organizers. A worthy exploration of a unique phenomenon.” – Marc Mohan, The Oregonian

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Visionary arts at festivals and their Transformational power

“For me, this is the simple solution to our world’s current dilemma” Thompson muses. “As a whole, the human population is lacking in inspiration, deluged with negativity by the media and coerced into a system that fundamentally favors homogeny over individual creativity. So the path of salvation in my opinion, involves staying inspired and using our gifts and passions to inspire others,” says Thompson.

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Written by: Cameron Crumpler

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Meadows in the mountains work towards saving our planet

“I feel very strongly about environmental awareness and I think Meadows is a really good platform for us to not only entertain people and make them conscious but also to educate them on how they can contribute to making things better. I also feel that it’s our generation that has the chance to save the planet, if we don’t start to make changes soon… it’s already make or break for us, it will be too late for our children to make that change. It’s up to us, that’s why it’s a no-brainer that we get behind it.” – Benjamin Sasse

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Written by: Marcus Barnes

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How I stopped worrying and surrendered to Psytrance

“You don’t actually dance to psytrance,” the visionary artist Android Jones had warned me, “psytrance dances you.” As the kinetic electronica rippled through my body I made eye contact with another rapturous trancer who smiled with glee, acknowledging our mutual stokedness. Android’s partner Martha leaned over to me and, with a mixture of guilt and pride, confessed, “I feel more accepted here than I do anywhere else… like in my entire life.” I laughed, my body kept moving. I noticed I was doing some sort of zany karate. I surrendered. – Eamon Armstrong

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Written by: Eamon Armstrong