Wellness As a Right, Not a Privilege

We, as a community, have a long road to expand access to wellness. Here’s a small bit of what we’re doing to help.

There is no shortage of information or statistics that wellness—the wellness industry—is having a moment. According to the Global Wellness Institute, it was a $3.7 trillion economy in 2015. There are a number of reasons for that, not least of which include a growing resistance to products that have long made us unhealthy (in May 2018 even the World Health Organization recommended banning all trans fats in processed foods). Forbes reports that people are not just demanding products that are healthier, but also that help to facilitate a healthy lifestyle as well.

But—and let’s be real—wellness is expensive. We haven’t reached a moment in the so-called wellness revolution that we can say with confidence that access to wellness, access to the activities and products and choices that allow us to be well, is available for all. In fact, as the income gap widens, so too does accessibility of choice. There are loads of inspirational people working to change that, but it’s certainly a long road.

Why we should expand access

“We need a culture of wellbeing that takes care of everyone,” says Kerri Kelly, social disruptor, activist, and founder of CTZNWELL. She believes that we can’t really have a truly well society until we all have the access to make choices to be well. She’s not alone. angel Kyodo williams, ordained Zen priest, writer, and founder of Center for Transformative Change believes that access to wellness is a right for all humanity. “Wellness,” she says, “is when everyone has access, resources, and a sense of entitlement to get what they need to be well.”

All to say: The conversation around access to wellness is happening right now—in a big way. Wanderlust believes that this conversation is not only worthwhile to have, but crucial. Our new event, Wellspring, happening October 26–28 in Downtown Palm Springs, will highlight this discussion—among other important community topics—to a greater extent than our festival already do.

Our ticket prices reflect the quality of our teachers and the caliber of our locations. This year, in an effort to continue to be a leader in not only discussing access to wellness but practicing what we preach, we’re offering the first-ever Wanderlust scholarship to Wellspring, Wanderlust Whistler, and Wanderlust Tremblant. We’re also offering a Wellness Pro discount to Wellspring. Here’s what that means for you.

Wanderlust scholarship

Do you absolutely love Wanderlust but are having trouble getting there? Gotchu. Wanderlust is offering up to 100 scholarships for Wellspring and up to 50 scholarships per Canadian festival.* Scholarships are awarded based on need and community involvement. You’ll need to tell us exactly why you deserve this scholarship, and how you plan to take your experience back to your people. Just can’t wait to take class with Chelsey Korus so you can bring some new tips to a free community class you’re starting in a low-income neighborhood? Yeah. This scholarship is for you.

Learn more and apply here.

This scholarship may be expanded to US festivals for the 2019 season—stay tuned!

Wellness Pro Discount

One of the most frustrating dichotomies of being a wellness professional may well be (pun intended) that these are relatively low-paid gigs, regardless of the value they bring to students—and the world at large. According to the Global Wellness Institute, a whopping $542 billion was spent on fitness and mind-body activities in 2015—though yoga teachers may not feel like they’re getting their piece of that pie. We get it. If you’re a wellness professional—yoga teachers, meditation teachers, acupuncturists, Ayurveda practitioners, etc—we want to help you get to Wellspring this year.

Learn more and apply here.

How do you help to expand access to wellness in your community?