Prancing (and More) at Wanderlust Whistler

Prancing (and More) at Wanderlust Whistler

It’s never a bad thing to stretch out your body and loosen up your mind and Wanderlust is Whistler’s annual gathering of free spirits and inquisitive souls alongside some of the best yoga instructors in the world and a host of other inspiring speakers, performers and musical acts.

But there’s a lot more to Wanderlust Whistler than just yoga mats and mantras. The Speakeasy lecture series includes renowned charity founders, environmentalists and a former NFL football pro who walked away from a $37 million contract to create a farm dedicated to feeding the hungry.

LEFT: Maeve Jones teaches two seminars on Prancing. RIGHT: Michael Franti will be back on the stage for 2015.

The Wanderlust schedule also includes a farm-to-table dinner, a non-profit market/exhibition, a slate of films at the Soulful Cinema and a host of excellent musical acts including Michael Franti and Nahko and Medicine for the People. And set amongst the stunning mountains, lakes and forests of Whistler, Wanderlust will also explore the connections we have with nature through guided hikes, runs, Stand Up Paddleboard yoga and, new for 2015, prancing.

Officially called “Wild and Free” on the Wanderlust schedule, prancing is all about moving through Whistler’s wild places in a manner that subverts societal expectations of what human movement is supposed to look like. It’s part Ministry of Silly Walks, part dance, and all kinds of fun.

The Insider hooked up with local prancing master/yoga instructor Maeve Jones to get a sneak peak.

Prancing is even more fun than it looks and even that short session gave me a ton of energy and totally salvaged my day in the office. Maeve is a genius who knows how to find real meaning in play, just check out her other Wanderlust Whistler seminar: Treehugging.

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Feet Banks

Feet Banks

Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.