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Wanderlust Festival strikes chord with local attendees

By: Natalie Otis/ For the Auburn Journal

Wanderlust, which was held July 16-19, combines yoga and meditation with guest speakers, classes, music and outdoor activities.

The festival offers an opportunity to unplug from ordinary life and plug into yoga, meditation, live music, educational speakers and the people around you.

“I live in Auburn, people are friendly and there are many events for the community to participate in annually, but there are still-feelings of isolation, judgment, and various challenges as felt in any town or city,” Trish Pietrzak said. “The difference between what my regular community offers and what the community at Wanderlust offers is the feeling of total support and love.”

Pietrzak, an educational consultant and yoga instructor, stressed that the interactions we have with each other are the foundation for healing.

“For me, it’s all about the connection, and connecting with people brings about healing. Wanderlust reminds us to be present,” she said. “It reminds us we are all human and vulnerable. It reminds us that we need each other as a way to heal.”

Ryan Bailey, owner of Auburn Yoga studio, Yoga Reclaimed, said he feels like community healing is something people resist at first.

“So much of our society has come into isolation in a way, so to gather and connect and bring us all together — it is healing,” he said. “It may be that we see each other and that is cool — we can be different and really all be the same.”

Bailey took in Wanderlust during a concert.

“I think Wanderlust does an excellent job at creating unique experiences for people to get connected to sides of themselves they may not get to in their everyday lives,” he said, adding that just getting out to release and socialize at a concert is a form of healing as the collective bonds through music.

Bailey added that much of that connection that people need — and might not even recognize that they need — also comes through practicing yoga together.
“Yoga in every way is asking us to pay attention,” Bailey added.

The premise is that when you pay attention you might start seeing things — and people — a bit differently.

During the event, one of the speakers and musicians, Trevor Hall, stressed the importance of healing and appreciating what each person and experience has to offer.
During his talk he explained the meaning behind a song due out for release on Aug. 21 on iTunes relating it to his own recent illness.

The song is titled “You Can’t Rush Your Healing.” Hall explained that he understands that people go through rough patches and offered a story of hope.

“Sometimes the hardest thing for people to do is to know that everything happens at just the perfect time,” he said adding that even the worst of things can have the best outcomes.

His own personal story he told was that he had come down with a staph infection just as he was supposed to go to Australia on tour. The illness caused a chain reaction that resulted in his wife being absent during the tragic earthquake in Nepal in April of this year that killed 9,000 people.

The epicenter was where his wife was scheduled to be that day, but she canceled her trip to help heal him.

The singer was tearful as it obviously hit him once again that while his staph infection was on its surface a terrible thing — it happened at the perfect time.
The event ended for many with Hall’s story lingering in the room at Wanderlust. Each person was asked to end with embraces with their neighbor sending people like Pietrzak and Bailey back to Auburn to make their own connections — till next year.