#badyogi does Wanderlust – Day 1

#badyogi does Wanderlust – Day 1

Can I be really honest here?

I’m at Wanderlust in Vermont and I’ve spent the entire day walking around exploring the grounds, checking out classes and people watching.


And all day it took every single fiber in my being not to silently make fun of every single one of these people; they aren’t really your average class-going yogis, either. They’re ultra dedicated to the cause: I’m talking barefoot, dreadlocked, body painted, hennaed, kombucha-loving hippies (and I do mean that in the nicest way possible, of course).

I, on the other hand, don’t exactly fit with these people. Obviously. I mean, I call myself the bad yogi and I don’t know how much more contrarian it can get after that, haha. Maybe like the meth cooking yogi? Too far, ok moving on… Anyway, so I ate a freaking delicious meal but when I ordered I’m pretty sure I could physically feel the daggers being shot in my direction because I ordered the only item on the menu with bacon. Go figure!

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After dinner I was supposed to go to this party called the Wanderlust Spectacular, which was basically a cirque du soleil -esque performance punctuated by random dancing. Now, let me stop here because you probably don’t know that I don’t dance in public, lol. Actually, let me clarify: I just don’t dance alone in public. If I was with someone, then sure, but flyin’ solo? That just feels awkward!

BUT! As I looked around in my total jerky, judgmental mood, I started seeing these people dancing like they didn’t even care if anyone was looking at them funny. They were so free and looked like they were having such a great time that I started to feel like an idiot for being the one just standing there. So what do you know? The ice around my cold heart melted and I danced like a Bollywood supastar all night. I actually left mentally planning the bodypaint colors and henna design I’m getting tomorrow, so hold tight for the next post! 😉


  1. A few months ago, the Pinup group I am in was volunteered for a Music Festival. To look at me I am not at all hippie-like. Unless you count my love for incense.
    Security gave us a tour of the grounds via golf cart.
    One of the other women expressed she wasn’t sure about this scene, but I loved it. It was so lovely seeing these people who looked so different just dancing and having this amazing freedom of fun. One fellow was even doing an interesting tai chi-type performance to the music.
    No, I won’t go vegan any time in this life, but it’s so beautiful to see different people. People are interesting creatures. Especially the hippies. 🙂

    • i SO agree with you, lisa! i’m the same way — not hippie at all, haha. it’s true though it’s refreshing to be among people who don’t care what everyone else thinks. maybe a lesson we can all learn! 🙂

  2. I had a similar experience when I attended Wanderlust VT last summer. I felt as if I didn’t quite belong, and I rolled my eyes every time I heard someone emerging from a class and saying something like, “that was life-changing!”

    Then I attended Suzanne Sterling’s Sing Yourself Awake class and, once I let go of self-consciousness and really surrendered myself to the experience… well, it sort of was life-changing.

    (When I later described it to my mom, she said it sounded like I was up there with a bunch of hippies. 😉

    I sort of wish I was there again this year, but life circumstances prevent it. Have fun!

    • so glad i’m not alone there! it definitely feels strange to just “go with it” when “it” is so naturally uncomfortable, haha. hoping you get to go again soon!! xo

  3. I went to Wanderlust VT last summer and absolutely loved it, but I was probably one of those free looking hippie folks you were talking about. I felt the same way when I started going to concerts and music festivals regularly, but then after a little while you really start to not care who is watching you and just have a damn good time =) I hope you had a good time there and that vegetarians didn’t judge you too much. They get so much judgement for the way they eat, they should know better than to judge others. Especially at a yoga festival, that’s just counter productive. =p


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