At the New Orleans 108 in 2018. Photo by Harry Graham
Tradition dictates that a 10-year anniversary is celebrated with aluminum; modern norms have ditched the tin for diamonds. As we begin celebrating 10 years of Wanderlust in 2019, we think the diamond is apropos: Over the years, we’ve certainly refined the proverbial lump of mindful coal into what we consider a shining beacon of the promise of wellness for all. It’s been a journey—and there have certainly been plenty of bumps along the road. But one of the things that hasn’t changed (and of which, full disclosure, we’re pretty darn proud!) is our great relationship with world-class teachers. Every year we bring you a roster of renowned talent to help you find your true north. In this series, we’ll highlight some of those teachers who have been with us over the years—and how they look back at their relationship with Wanderlust over the past decade. This week: Derek Cook. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this very special 10-Year Anniversary! Join the global mindful movement at a Wanderlust event this year.
All photos courtesy of Derek, who curated his favorite photo memories of Wanderlust over the years.[caption id="attachment_120653" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Flying high and keeping zen during the early days of Wanderlust, circa 2010[/caption] [caption id="attachment_120654" align="aligncenter" width="640"] At the watering hole near Wanderlust Stratton.[/caption]
Tell us about your first time at Wanderlust.The first time I met Wanderlust was as an assistant to my very first teacher, Cameron Shayne, in 2012. He was presenting at this cool festival not too far from NYC and asked me to come along. I haven't looked back (or missed a year) since. I found a community of engaged, kind, hard working, fun-loving and like minded people whose biggest desire was to create an event and a container for people to grow and learn and celebrate themselves and their practice. I was also at the summit of my first big personal and professional growth spurt, and Wanderlust inspired me toward what has become my singular passion. It was at Wanderlust that I came to understand that I had something unique and all my own to offer the world—and that it was my responsibility to hone my viewpoint and my work and ultimately to share it with others. [caption id="attachment_120655" align="aligncenter" width="641"] Teaching a bodywork myofascial release class.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_120657" align="aligncenter" width="639"] With teacher Mary Beth LaRue at Wanderlust 108[/caption]
Describe Wanderlust in three words.