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Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney


Wanderlust changes format, adds immersions…and a passport

Wanderlust, the holistic eco-festival that I’ve long dreamed of being a groupie for, has added an immersion experience to its festival lineups. Wanderlust festivals happen in all the coolest places–Whistler, Tahoe, Snowshoe, Tremblant, San Francisco, and Honolulu, among others. Given that Wanderlust is a multi-day festival with great music (I’ve seen Moby, Beats Antique, Michael Franti, Nahko, and this year, Bob Moses is headlining here in Honolulu), yoga (with world class instructors), holistic business talks (I sat front row for Jeff Hollender’s talk in Tahoe two years ago), and spirituality. To put it simply, Wanderlust is my happy place.

Sean Hoess, co-founder and CEO, put it best:

“Wanderlust has always served as a bridge connecting the practice of yoga with the larger lifestyle of yoga, which values community, giving back, adventure, and conscious living.”Β  Amen brother.

Honolulu program

This year, in addition to Bob Moses, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray Love) will host an immersion on the five necessary emotional components of living a creative life, which she describes as courage, enchantment, permission, persistence and trust. Paul and Kelly from Yogarden will be doing an organic farming immersion (already sold out, sorry folks!).

Kelly (teaching) and Paul Izak (accompanying musically) from Yogarden will be back at this year’s Wanderlust, and this writer is stoked.

A few new wrinkles are coming for this year’s festivals. The first day of the festival is now a day of immersive activities. These full day immersion workshops strive to take us deep into a practice, and are guided by experts in the field. I’m eyeballing Blissology EcoKarma, where Eoin Finn will bridge the yoga – reverence for nature gap. It’s a discussion on ecology, then yoga, and then a beach cleanup with a bunch of fellow eco-warriors. Sounds like my tribe.

Check out all of the Wanderlust events (one day and multi) here. This year, they’re selling a Passport, which gives you full access to all events.

The best part of Wanderlust is the people drawn to it. I’ve enjoyed every Wanderlust to the fullest, and have made lifelong friends solidified by the common ground of yoga, mindfulness, sustainability, spirituality, love and friendship. That’s me on the right. πŸ™‚


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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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