For the sixth year in a row, Wanderlust will bring a robust program dedicated to the mindful, balanced life to Oahu's North Shore.
The Wanderlust Festival, March 1-4 at Turtle Bay Resort, will feature live music, sports clinics, outdoor activities, food experiences, speakers, a slate of U.S. and international yoga instructors and other programming. The stated purpose is to help attendees find their "true north," an invitation to improve on one's mind and body through music, meditation, yoga, fitness, interaction with nature and healthy eating.
"Our focus is on health, community, nature, food and the arts, and North Shore's gorgeous Turtle Bay Resort is the perfect place to exhale, explore and unplug," said Kim Small, Wanderlust director of publicity. "Our attendees often say that they are transformed after they attend a Wanderlust event — that they are better at the end of the weekend than they were at the beginning."
Thousands attend each year, and the festival continues to expand with a host of new activities coming for the 2018 edition, which kicks off the year for Wanderlust's annual series of events around the world.
The Oahu festival now features hundreds of classes for participants to choose from during the festival weekend. This year, Wanderlust has added a Sunrise Silent Disco, where early risers can start their day with a dance session, zipline excursions and volleyball clinics in association with Adidas. The clinics are led by Katie Holloway, captain of the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball team and a gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Wanderlust Oahu is the company's only beachside event in the United States, and they take advantage of the island setting with activities such as kayaking and surfing. There are numerous add-on experiences for festival attendees including stand-up paddleboard yoga, aerial yoga, a bike tour and horseback riding.
At the core of the Wanderlust program is an international roster of yoga instructors and lineup of speakers focused on inner reflection, self-improvement and mindfulness.
"When we first started, the notion of combining yoga, music and surfing in a festival atmosphere seemed like a wild idea," Small said. "However, there is a natural connection between yoga and surfing — surfers need to ride the wave with power and grace in the same ways that yogis ride movement and breath, being completely aware and in the moment. The festival in Oahu quickly appealed to mindful adventurers all over the world, and we now welcome those from New York to Los Angeles on the mainland as well as yogis from Australia, Japan and New Zealand."
This year, for an additional fee, they are offering a special sea-to-table dinner highlighting local ingredients and led by James Aptakin, Turtle Bay Resort's executive chef and first-place winner at the 2016 Seafood World Food Championships.
The meal will be served family-style on the resort's Bay View Beach Lawn and will only use ingredients that have been sourced and foraged from within a 10-mile radius of Turtle Bay. On Friday night there will be an add-on beachside barbecue.
Live music is held at Kuilima Point, and this year's lineup includes Xavier Rudd, DJ Drez and Good Crush, Ron Artis and the Truth, and Elijah Ray.
Wanderlust Oahu tickets are available for the full four-day festival, as single-day passes and music-only tickets.