Wanderlust Wednesdays: How to Prep for an Epic Adventure with Katie Brauer!

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1.Get your tickets (don’t worry if all your friends are coming up with excuses of why they cant make it, book anyway, new lifelong friends await you!)

2.Book your accommodation, get close to the action, but not too close. You want to be close enough that you can nick back to your room throughout the day if needed (to change out of sweaty clothes after an incredible heart thumping ecstatic dance or go take a nap after a hike in the mountains and absorb your day for far, before hiting the afternoon/evening festivities. Beware not to get too close to the action as it can be noisy at night. Ask people that have attended before and find out where they stayed and if they would stay there again. Book it, book it now.

wanderlust-farm-to-table-dinner3.Book your Farm to Table Dinner (this sells out quickly and is offered at most, if not all of the Wanderlust Festivals). You will be sorry if you don’t, bc they are always the talk of the town. Amazing delicious food and wine, great connection and conversation and above all you are supporting the local farming communities making this a must. (Again, do not fret about booking this solo, you will meet others and have a blast. One of my all time favorite memories was coming down the hill in the gondola at Tahoe with Steve Gold amongst the 80 people on board with his guitar. He started jamming and the entire gondola was dancing and screaming at the top of their lungs. You never know when a golden wanderlust experience is about to hit, so be open, receptive and let if flow).

4.Now the Yoga – look at the schedule. See who pops out and what teachers you definitely cant live without. Rather than scheduling 3 classes a day, book into 1 or 2 and go with the flow for the rest. I have run into way too many people that are “stressed out” bc they are running from one thing to the next, with out any opportunity to enjoy and soak in. Chill. Trust that you will get where you are meant to go and the rest is in the flow. Choose at least one person on the schedule that you have never heard of, Wanderlust is full of hidden gems beyond the big names and some of my favorite experiences have been with teachers that have not been on the cover of magazines or in the lime light.

5.Go on a hike (or do one of the activities that’s offered and exclusive to the Wanderlust you are attending. It is great to mix it up.

Unknown6.Talk to strangers. While in line for a coffee or a class. There are so many incredibly amazing people that flock to Wanderlust Festival, you never know who you may meet. I remember having a conversation with Jeff Krasno the founder of Wanderlust Festival about this topic. He said he gets an overwhelming amount of emails, and feedback about people meeting their soul mate, best friend, business partner etc at Wanderlust. It is a mecca for awesome!

7.Pack for several changes of clothes and be sure to include a swimsuit – you never know where the day or night may take you. It could include a poolside party with acro yogis and live dj’s or a private house party with a hot tub and live drummers.

8.No matter what your dietary requirements, Wanderlust Festival has vendors to meet your every need, so nourishing your body is covered.

9.Pack sunscreen, hiking shoes, and an open attitude.

10.Relax, enjoy the music and performers as well as the teachers and informers, connect and enjoy.

IMG_2142Katie Brauer is an International Yoga Teacher, Inspirational Speaker and Director of Yoga Programming and Teacher Trainings for Yoga Six based in San Diego, California.  

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The Art of Happiness with Kate Mak.

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We caught up with super inspiring Calgary based yoga instructor and foodie, Kate Mak, to chat about all things inspirational. The Wanderlust instructor and oh-so-lovable lady had some great insights on gratitude and living life with intention.

The Art of Happiness

Life within the present moment is always such a beautiful thing (even through tears and even heartbreak sometimes). I know, that there are days when we wake up and we just feel… off.

On those days, I encourage and invite you to quickly list off 5 things that you are grateful for.

The celebration of life, your mini and large successes, the things that made you smile or laugh that day or even the thoughts that reminded you of great memories you have with special people.

They can be really simple things like this…

 

  • The way the first sip of coffee tastes and dances in your mouth.
  • How your friend’s eye seems to sparkle while you enjoy each other’s company and conversation.
  • An amazing laugh of a loved one that can shake the room and make it sparkle.
  • For the warmth a fuzzy scarf can offer you on a cold day.
  • Sights and sounds of nature all around you (a sleepy sunset, a bird that sings, the sun upon your face)

 

happiness_gratitudeThere is science behind expressing gratitude and it can very positively change your day in increasing your happiness. Gratitude is one of the biggest contributing factors to happiness! You can change the course of your own day by starting this exercise early in the morning on your way to work, school, errands or off to coffee with friends. And if you want to take it one step further… then you reach out to somebody you are grateful for. Send them a text, an email, call them up or even send some good ‘ol fashioned snail mail (people love snail mail). Not only will you change the course of your own day, you’ll change the course of their day too. Being an instrument of positive change is an astounding and really lovely thing.

I love the Create Mala because it’s a reminder to one that the life that you want is created and shaped by nobody else but you! You are in control of your happiness and your destiny.

Get out there.
Smile. Laugh. Eat. Practice. Love.
xxx <3

Kate

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Confessions of a Boho Fashionista: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

 

mirrormirror1 Hey Boho Beauties,

Last May I moved into my dream apartment. Something about it just oozed magic. It was my first time living without another person. Before I’d rented the place, which sat under oak trees and always smelled like maple syrup, I was dreading spending the summer solo.

But it didn’t take long before I realized that I’d created a sanctuary for myself. It was my own personal palace that I’d subconsciously designed in which to celebrate and support myself.  I’d unpacked plush throws, adorned the place in vanilla candles and hung flowing satin curtains. There was something sparkly about this space that was much different than any other home I’d lived in.  Every morning I rose, feeling excited about all of the synchronicities that might happen throughout the day, and late in the evenings I was inspired to write all of my greatest stories.

Friends from near and far would appear with gifts and stay late to drink wine, laugh and dance long into the night.  We would share stories of all of the places we’d been and the exciting people we’d met there.  One night in the thick of the summer, after cooking the largest fresh salmon I’d ever laid eyes on, we sat doe eyed around the stone fire.

“Your home is enchanting,” said one of my pals. “I noticed though, there’s something is missing.”

“What’s that?” I replied.

“You don’t have any mirrors,” she said, “None in the bathroom, no mirrors anywhere. What’s the deal?”

I looked around. She was right, there were no mirrors in my apartment. May had rushed into June and June shifted smoothly into July. Here we were smack dab in the middle of August and I’d not placed a mirror on any of my walls. I looked around the glow that lit up this circle of my closest friends. My gaze shifted lovingly from pal to pal: Their wide eyes, their open hearts, their curious minds.

Then it hit me: I had many mirrors.  The mirrors I’d placed around my home were much more valuable than any picture of myself in a glass reflection.  The home I’d created and the beautiful gal pals in it were the best mirrors I could have picked out.awakening

Next time you’re self-reflecting, pop on your Awakening Mala and remember that all that you have created in your life is a beautiful reflection of who you are, no mirrors required.

 

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx