10 Years of Wanderlust with SUP Teacher Sarah Tiefenthaler

It’s our 10-year anniversary! In this series, we catch up with some of our most beloved Wanderlust teachers over the years. This week: Sarah Tiefenthaler.

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: Sarah Tiefenthaler

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.

woman on SUP yoga board lake in Vermont
Sarah teaching at Wanderlust Stratton, 2015

Tell us about your first time at Wanderlust.

My first Wanderlust experience took place in Quebec at Mont Tremblant in August 2014. It was the last festival of the summer and is one of the furtherest locations from where I live in LA, but I was recommended to manage the SUP program and teach. I of course immediately jumped at the opportunity—I think I literally jumped! It didn’t matter how far away it was, it could have been in Egypt… All that mattered was, it was Wanderlust. Being asked to be a part of it was a dream come true!

Teaching SUP Yoga at Wanderlust is a special experience. We often have many students on the water that have never attempted floating yoga before. Witnessing their joy and excitement is truly special. To see them in awe of what they are doing: flowing through yoga poses on top of their paddleboard with the gorgeous backdrop of mountains, lake, and summer sky, is like watching a child experience something wonderful for the very first time. It is real and it is pure. I feel truly blessed to be given the opportunity to teach a grown-up something new in a setting so magical.

woman teaching SUP on lake tahoe
Sarah teaching at Wanderlust Squaw Valley, 2017. Photo by Melissa Gayle

Describe Wanderlust in three words.

  • Inspiring
  • Invigorating
  • Friendship

Sarah participated in this Wanderlusters episode, shot at Wanderlust Snowshoe, 2015.

What does WL mean to you?

Being the SUP Program Coordinator is not just a “job” to me, it is a gift. Wanderlust provides the opportunity for all of us, teachers and festival goers alike, the chance to travel and not just to beautiful locations but inward. Through Wanderlust, we are provided the opportunity to step away from the day to day and reconnect with ourselves and the relationship we have with ourself is the most important one.

woman in low lunge on paddleboard in british columbia
Teaching at Wanderlust Whistler, 2016.

How has Wanderlust been a part of your journey?

Wow…honestly I don’t even want to imagine what life would have been like without it. The definition of “Wanderlust” is “a strong desire to travel” but that is only half of it. Yes, traveling with Wanderlust has increased the desire to see more of this beautiful world for sure but has also created friendships. All the beautiful souls I have crossed paths with because of Wanderlust is something I can’t even put a value to. The meaningful friendships I have made with teachers, staff, students, volunteers and locals is deeply cherished. Because of Wanderlust, the gorgeous locations we travel to and the wonderful people we meet leaves me feeling fulfilled and reminds me that I am precisely where I am meant to be.

woman in yoga pose on lake in Hawaii
Sarah chilling at Wanderlust O’ahu, 2018. Photo by Melissa Gayle