Venture Vermont: Wanderlust Festival


Stratton Mountain Resort. 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton, VT 05155.


What to expect

Wanderlust is a yoga, music and food celebration that brings together the world’s most renowned yogis, teachers, inspirational speakers and artists for four unforgettable days. This being my first ever Wanderlust Festival, I can attest to how amazing it is. I practice basic yoga once a week for the health benefits and was not really sure what to expect while entering a class titled “Magical Elements: Black Light.” However, Wanderlust is all about trying new things. And the best part about it is that it doesn’t matter what your ability level is, everyone can join in and practice together.


Throughout the four days, you can choose from a variety of different types of classes such as:

  • Stand up paddle board yoga
  • Meditation
  • Acro-yoga: using hammocks for an acrobatic experience
  • Black light: yoga in a dark room with blacklights to make your white clothing glow. Wanderlusters walk around and paint your arms and legs with tribal markings that glow, as well.
  • Yoga at the summit of Stratton
  • Small classes of 20 & large classes of 100+ yogis
  • Body specific: focusing on handstands, working your core, or focusing on breathing.
  • Classes to the tune of live music. The closing festival class included the lively sounds of High & Mighty Brass Band and an upbeat DJ.
Wanderlust acrobatic performers.
Wanderlust acrobatic performers. How the heck do they do that?!

Expect to make new friends, forget all your troubles and dance like no one’s watching. During the closing class of the festival, I hugged at least 5 strangers, danced in a conga line, and relaxed for savasana with 100 people around me.

Photo credit: Ali Kaukas
Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

Expect to experience a wide variety of musical acts. High & Mighty Brass Band returned to Stratton with their unique sound that you can’t help but dance to. Trevor Hall rocked the stage with his acoustic jams and had everyone clapping to the beat. The Barr Brothers amazed the crowd with their skills on the harp and MC Yogi brought the house sound to the Wanderlust stage Saturday night.


Expect to sample healthy protein bars and shakes and try new meals from local Vermont farms and restaurants. My personal favorites were the chia bars from Health Warriors & the farm fresh salad from Earth Sky Time. There are also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. :-)

Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

What to pack

  • Yoga Mat
  • Nalgene or other refillable water bottle – there are water stations throughout the village to re-fill. It can get hot during the day, and doing all the activities available, you’ll want to hydrate as much as possible.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweater/sweatshirt/warm clothes- Although it may be in the high 70’s or warmer during the day, Vermont nights get chilly.
  • Rain gear – just in case.
  • Cash – many vendors accept cash only, and you’re going to want to shop around, trust me. :-)
  • Comfortable clothing – after all, it is a yoga festival – bring whatever you would normally wear to yoga or to work out.
  • Bathing suit – if you plan on taking a SUP yoga class or exploring local swimming holes or Stratton pools.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to try new things. 

Age Range

The festival as a whole is suitable for the whole family. The artists, live music and dancers will amaze all ages and the food to sample will have your taste buds wanting more. Yoga classes are geared towards adults, however, you do not have to be a seasoned yogi to participate. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a yoga class for you.

Photo credit: Ali Kaukas
Photo credit: Ali Kaukas

What we learned

Book your classes as early as possible. The more popular classes, such as the Acro-yoga and SUP yoga classes fill up quickly. If a class you really want to take is full, go anyway. You will be put on a waiting list and more often than not, they will make space for you.

Learn more about wanderlust Festivals by clicking here. We really hope to see you here next year. Did you attend this festival? Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #WanderlustFestival  #Stratton and #VentureVermont. If you would like to share your amazing experience to be featured on this blog, please contact Cassie at

Photo credit: Courtney DiFiore

About the Author:
11400974_10153466996973689_6866650049873347312_nCassie Russo
| Cassie’s family clicked her boots into skis at the age of 2, and she couldn’t be more grateful. Growing up in Central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens, where she worked at a ski shop as she studied for a degree in journalism. She switched to snowboarding at age 10 & her passion for the sport grew every time she touched snow. You can now find Cassie living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet almost every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.

Venture Vermont: Manchester VT Community Library


Manchester Community Library – 138 Cemetery Avenue / Route 7A Manchester Center, VT 05255. After taking a right onto Route 7/Main St. heading north toward Dorset from the main Manchester roundabout, the Manchester Community Library is on the corner of Cemetery Ave. on the right with plenty of public parking.

What to Expect

Imagine taking all of the coolest amenities you’ve seen at other libraries (aside from massive granite pillars & lion statues out front) and put them all under one roof – that’s what the Manchester Community Library has accomplished.

The building was finished in Fall 2014, so it is completely ADA-compliant, WiFi-friendly, and has a great open-space flow, making accessibility a non-issue. Make sure to stop in the library’s Commons area upon arriving – note the cathedral ceilings and massive 4-pane windows while you flip through a magazine, take a phone call, or enjoy a cup of coffee at the Café (Mon-Fri). Restrooms and access to the downstairs study rooms via elevator or stairs are also found in the Commons. If you’d like to rent out a study room, visit the Help Desk for access to the Lower Level.Manchester Library - YA Lounge II

The library is home to over 20,000 books, audiobooks, DVDs and more in its Main Corridor, which houses the Help Desk and access to kids-specific reading spaces. The Young Adult Loft contains several computer workstations, stylish furniture, and a laundry list of board games in a unique space specifically designed with teens in mind. For younger kiddos, the Children’s Barn is a fantastic space to foster creative development – volumes of dedicated children’s books, bean bag chairs, and the Kids’ Craft Room, which hosts weekly programming such as PreSchool Story Time. In the Main Corridor, browse tens of thousands of items from Arts & Literature to Nature to Gardening, Health, and Food. Don’t forget to post up near the fireplace at the east end of the Main Corridor in the Mark Skinner Reading Room. Or, try the Adirondack chairs on the outdoor patios & take in some gorgeous VT views. Two entrances to the Hunter Community Room can also be found in the Main Corridor and the Commons. This space is ideal for local gatherings and events, and is one of several rooms available to rent.

This state-of-the-art facility also offers free online classes, technology and computer trainings, local history & genealogy collections, and free summer reading programs for kids. For the kids, make sure to check out the Summer Reading Program, running July 9 thru August 13. Sessions cover music, movement, mad science, and one week with live turtles!

Manchester Library - childrens barn

If you’re not library member, no worries! You can still reference materials in-house, hop onto free WiFi, and relax in a uniquely welcoming & cozy environment. To borrow library materials, however, requires membership. If you’re a Manchester resident, your library card is free! For non-residents (or those simply summering or spending the ski season close by), there are individual & household memberships with annual and 6-month options. Visit one of the friendly librarians to learn more.

What to Pack

 Don’t forget to bring a few extra dollars – the “Liberry” muffins are a must-try & are a super filling treat for just a $2 donation. For something lighter, coffee and granola bars run $1. If you’re using the printer or copier (color prints available as well), there’s a small fee. For an afternoon of reading and relaxing, $5 should do the trick.

Suggested Age Range 

The Manchester Community Library is ideal for all ages! It’s not uncommon for kids as young as two accompanied by their grandparents to enjoy some game-time in the Children’s Barn together – a place that truly offers something for everyone.

What We Learned

 Fun knowing such a “hidden gem” exists right down the road from Stratton Village. Make sure to check out all that the Manchester Community Library has to offer on your day trip to the ‘city’ – it’s worth the drive. Biggest takeaway? Some much needed peace and quiet & some light reading next to the over-sized fireplace in the Reading Room – doesn’t get any better! If you get the chance, don’t miss out on the Summer Wednesday Series. Taking place the first Wednesday of each month from June 3rd – September 2nd, the Series offers unique programs like “Hometown Storytellers” & “Reading and Writing Memoir”, free & open to the public.







About the Author:

Steve Croucher | Steve’s true passion outside of work is training for off-road triathlon … coaching stevebioMasters Swimming, grinding up local MTB singletrack, & trail running nearby Equinox and Bromley peaks. Originally from York, PA, Steve spent three years in Vail, CO before moving back to the East Coast to coordinate activities, programs, & events with Stratton Mountain. Steve also enjoys cooking, catching The Walking Dead, NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on Saturday mornings, family BBQ’s, and a strong Moscow Mule on Friday nights.