Special to the Reformer
STRATTON >> Southern Vermonters seeking progressive summer entertainment could drive hour upon hour up to the state's Northeast Kingdom to get down to the dance-to-a-different-drummer beat of Bread and Puppet Theater. Or they could stay home and savor the healthy backyard high of the four-day Wanderlust Festival, unfolding this Thursday through Sunday at Stratton Mountain Resort.
The sixth annual movement, music and mindfulness program is set to feature nearly 100 presenters, from internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual activist Seane Corn to "The Sound of Sunshine" singer Michael Franti to Oprah Winfrey's "next generation thought leader" Gabrielle Bernstein.
The festival, produced by the organizers of Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, aims to attract natives and newcomers young and old interested in the peace and music of Woodstock without all the mud.
As the event describes its core mission: "Creating community around mindful living."
This week's event, like those since the inaugural in 2011, is expected to draw several thousand yoga and meditation devotees who can practice for a day or two or three or four.
Participants also can partake in such exercise as hiking and stand-up paddleboarding and entertainment from such musicians as the Daft Phunk tribute band, DJ Drez, Magic Giant, Sheela Bringi and Tasha Blank and the Get Down Crew.
A series of Speakeasy talks will address topics ranging from "Design Your Bold Life" and "Embodied Decision Making" to "Having it All: At What Cost? Why Balance is Necessary for Health, Happiness, and Success" and "When You Think You've Surrendered, Surrender Some More."
This being an election year, Wanderlust also will present a Mindful America Town Hall to discuss political issues through the lens of the ctznwell.org campaign.
The full list of activities can be found on the website wanderlust.com/festivals/stratton.
Stratton has a history of hosting summer spectacles, be it the Volvo International tennis tournament that lured the likes of Andre Agassi from 1985 to 1989 or the McCall's LPGA Classic golf tournament that hooked Nancy Lopez and her peers from 1990 to 1995.
This week's Wanderlust Festival is one of more than two dozen such events taking place worldwide, with ticket prices ranging from $30 for Saturday's concerts to $470 for admission to all four days of programs. People seeking more information can log ontowanderlust.com.