The Wanderlust Team

Wanderlust Festival Founders Jeff Krasno, Sean Hoess and Schuyler Grant

Wanderlust was created by three friends with a long and deep relationship:  the 20+ year husband-and-wife duo of Jeff Krasno and Schuyler Grant, and their mutual friend (and Jeff’s business partner of over a decade), Sean Hoess. We all met back in college during the dark ages of the late ’80s. Long before Wanderlust existed, we loved to throw a good party, and that hasn’t changed much.

But Wanderlust is more than a party. While it’s a great time, from the beginning we wanted to infuse it with meaning – to create an event that is fun but also based on underlying ideals, where attendees are actually participants, and where people left feeling better than when they came. We dreamed of an event that could be at least a good time and – at best – personally transformative.

Finding a clear purpose is a process both for a business and an individual. It’s very hard to distill, and it can change. For Wanderlust, our core purpose is to create community around shared values, and it has been incredibly gratifying to see such a large community grow around the pillars of mindful living – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism – and to know that Wanderlust is becoming a central gathering point for this community.

The cauldron of talent at Wanderlust never ceases to amaze us, and while we continue to seek out diverse and gifted teachers, speakers and leaders – it often feels like the festival is equally shaped by the power of its participants. The  pop-up scholars, performers, acroyogis, hoopers, and artisans that have organically integrated into the event create an exchange of ideas and energy that could never be replicated by any traditional festival or concert experience.

Wanderlust continues to evolve to include a broader range of experiences, from hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities to a more diverse array of lectures, expanded food and wine events, dance and photography workshops, and even a community garden project. Wherever possible, these new activities will involve interaction and interactivity, so our attendees can learn and create as part of the event.

This year, Wanderlust will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a lot to do, and many more locations to do it at.  We hope you can come take advantage of all of it, but don’t plan too much. Always allow yourself wander, because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces.

~ Jeff, Sean & Schuyler

Our Team

Jeff Krasno

Co-founder

Sean Hoess

Co-founder

Schuyler Grant

Co-founder

Linda Schmehl

President, Wanderlust Centers | Chief Financial Officer, Wanderlust Holdings

Jodi Blea

VP, Partnerships

Laura Gross

VP, Marketing

Liza Schlang

Lead Producer

Heather Story

Director, Operations I Wanderlust Events

Isabelle Abergel

Director of Yoga Programming, Technical Communications

Dan Wilf

Director of Business Development

Gretchen Sword

VP of Integrated Sales

Jacque Halstead

Brand Manager, Wanderlust Australia-New Zealand

Jonnie Halstead

Partner & Festival Director, Wanderlust Australia-New Zealand

Jake Laub

Managing Editor

Jess Roach

Director, Community

Kim Small

Director, PR

Ryan LeMere

Art Director

Anna Farkas

Coordinator, Ambassador Relations

Caitlin Milliken

Manager, Guest Experience | Sustainability

Denise Meikle

Associate, Marketing

Grace Edquist

Associate Editor

Gabrielle Brown

Accounting Manager

Jessica Hoffmann

Manager, Teacher Training

Jacky Bereznyak

Manager, Partnerships

Katie Fuller

Coordinator, Vendors

Kanan Shah

Graphic Designer

Kelly Casey

Coordinator, Guest Experience

Lauren Mathis,

Manager, HR & Volunteer Coordinator

Lindsey Falkowski

Manager, Merchandise

Lise Lawrence

Travel and Lodging Manager

Maria Gotay

Graphic Designer

Marie Desy

Manager, Logistics

May Yu

Accounting Clerk

Mike McFaddin

Manager, Sponsor Operations

Sarah Erickson

Manager, Festival Experience

Tatum Fjerstad

Manager, Social Media

Danielle Zotter

Manager, Partnerships Accounts

Melissa Masser

Coordinator, Guest Experience

Whitney Smith

Coordinator, Programming

Kendra O'Donnell

Manager, Events

Paige McGovern

Associate, Partnerships Administration

Jacquelyn Lewis

Manager, Digital Marketing

Rosaria Ferguson

Producer, Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

Doug Moores

Coordinator, Brand & Digital Media,
Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

Christina Hilton

Partnership Manager, Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

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