Weekend festival combines health, fitness, entertainment

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STRATTON -- Everybody gets the wanderlust at some point; whether its is for music, theater, health and fitness, or just the beauty of the great outdoors. Whatever your desire, Wanderlust Vermont has you covered.

Wanderlust Vermont -- a three-day festival of world-class yoga and wellness events, music and theater, and spiritual discussion, set amid the natural beauty of Stratton Mountain -- will be offered June 23-26.

Early morning meditations will mix with all-night chakra-spinning musical performances; getting centered on a yoga mat will contrast with getting funky on the dance floor; fresh local food will blend with new people from all over the country and the world.

Sponsored by the Omega Institute, the Speakeasy lecture series lineup boasts wellness expert Deepak Chopra, along with Anusara founder John Friend, kirtan all-star Krishna Das, and several more.

The Spiritual Cinema series will feature three thought-provoking and inspiring films, "Wake Up," "Kumaré" and "Dance of Liberation." "Wake Up" explores the essence of spirituality, "Kumaré" challenges our notion of what it means to be a guru, and "Dance of Liberation" demonstrates the healing power of dance and movement therapy. The films will be followed by a short question and answer with either the director or star of the film.

Set against an summer-green Vermont backdrop, the Globetrotter Main Stage will host musical entertainment from Michael Franti and Spearhead, the eclectic offerings of Andrew Bird, the ecstatic chanting of Krishna Das, and even another inspiring talk by Deepak Chopra. The intimate Anusara Lawn stage will host Wanderlust’s other musical attractions, including South African singer Vusi Mahlasela, sitarist Roop Verma and other up and coming talent. The Rue Boheme Stage will feature gypsy jazz, Vaudeville, burlesque, and out-of-the-box performances. At night, Grizzly’s Late-Nite on Friday and Saturday will offer late night performances by New York City-based DJ crew Sub Swara.

Wanderlust will also offer several live theatrical performances. Vermont’s own Bread & Puppet Theater will offer a special Saturday show mounted with recruits from the Wanderlust audience, as well as local and national performers like Shakti Sunfire, Vermont Vaudeville, and Gypsy Layne. Tickets range from a four-day yoga and music pass for $450 to one-day music passes as low as $24.50. For a complete schedule, tickets and information visit stratton.wanderlustfestival.com.



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