It’s hard to believe that festival season is right around the corner. But rather than relying on the old standbys (you know, those events that leave you sticky, hungover, and in need of some serious restoration), consider a different breed of fun: the wellness festival.
These events, usually spread over a few days and hosted at stunning destinations, combine feel-good activities (like yoga, hiking, and meditation) with inspiring talks, soulful music, and one-of-a-kind experiences that will uplift you inside and out. Best of all, you’ll meet new friends who share your interest in living your very best life.
Here are some of the best wellness festivals to look forward to this year:
Sun Valley, Idaho, June 29 to July 2
This popular festival has attracted big-name speakers for more than 20 years. While 2018 speakers have yet to be announced, previous A-listers have included Arianna Huffington, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Deepak Chopra. When you’re not listening to engaging discussions, checking out eco-friendly film screenings, taking guided hikes, or getting your sweat on in fitness classes, you can get lost in the “Experience Hall”—an exhibitor showcase offering spiritual jewelry, soul readings, inspiring books, and wellness products.
Los Angeles, Feb. 3
Meet likeminded friends and deepen your healthy lifestyle at this trendy Los Angeles wellness festival. The one-day event includes talks about self-acceptance, having great sex, and healing your relationships with food, among other topics. Attendees can also shop at the wellness marketplace, take yoga classes with renowned instructors, and attend crystal healing workshops. Afterward, join your new pals for some cocktails and gluten-free snacks at cocktail hour.
Amelia Island, Florida, Nov. 9 to 11
Welcoming people of all abilities and ages, the Amelia Island Wellness Festival celebrates healthy lifestyles on a beautiful island just off Florida’s east coast. Attendees have their choice of fitness classes (like dance cardio and yoga), meditation workshops, and yogic experiences. The schedule blocks off time for personal growth during which you can reflect on your experience in a journal (provided by the festival), meditate, or practice some self-care. Communal dinners and oceanfront bonfires (with drinks!) transform the festival from a public event into an intimate gathering.
Telluride, Colorado, July 19 to 22
Want a true escape from the bustle of everyday life? Head to the Telluride Yoga Festival, where you’ll be surrounded by fresh mountain air in a former mining town 45 miles from the nearest stoplight. As its name suggests, this fest places a major emphasis on yoga. You can bliss out in traditional vinyasa flows, then push your practice to the next level in aerial classes, handstand workshops, circus yoga, and acroyoga (with a partner!). You’ll also have a chance to get those endorphins pumping off the mat by participating in 5k fun runs, prana dancing, and martial arts. This event is jam-packed with physical and spiritual experiences that will invigorate you.
Oahu, Hawaii, March 1 to 4
Snowshoe, West Virginia, June 8 to 10
Stratton Mountain, VT, June 21 to 24
Wanderlust hosts some of today’s most popular multi-day wellness festivals, which combine yoga with live music. You’ll also get a taste of the local culture of the destination you choose—the Oahu festival, for example, includes standup paddle-board yoga and botanical nature walks that make the most of the tropical setting. Take a look at the nine festivals already planned for 2018 to see which one most appeals to you.