Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rediscover Happiness

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rediscover Happiness

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Byline: Jan Richards

WANDERLUST

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Thursday, October 20 - Sunday, October 23

wanderlust.com/festivals/ sunshine-coast

WE LINED up to collect our Wanderlust bracelets: our entrA[c]e into the next few days of classes, talks, hikes, surfing and stand-up paddle boards - all with yoga.

Around us were young, lithe yogis in funky tights and coordinating tank tops.

My friend said: "I heard 85% of the people here are in their 20s and 30s."

I took a closer look. Yes, they were young, mostly.

Yes, they were lithe, pretty much. And they were wearing the latest in yoga gear.

But there was something else. A vibe.

It was healthy and happy and adventurous, and I liked it.

So I pushed away thoughts of being the oldest body in the class, claimed my bracelet, and ventured into yoga land with a smile on my face.

Wanderlust is not just about yoga. There's also meditation and music day and night, and all sorts of other treats - from jewellery to funky yoga gear - around just about any corner of the packed Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Not to forget the heaps of yummy food stalls - vegetarian, vegan and protein for meat lovers - plus the Vegan Earth to Table Dinner featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce and sustainably produced beverages.

With venues named The Quiet Place, The Mothership, The Uncommons, and The Speakeasy, you're in for an experience that's anything but boring.

We meditated on the beach at sunrise, did yoga on the beach at sunset. We listened to talks, chanted mantras and danced to Sneaky Sound System, alongside the young lovelies, in the huge marquee.

Yes, we were at the pointy end of the age range, but we didn't feel out of place, and we didn't disgrace ourselves.

We weren't as bendy as some, but we held our own. And we had a ball.

That was last year, and I'm lining up again this year, smile still in place.

And for those other adventurous grey-haired yogis, I've put together a list of a few events I think might just fit the older yogi's tastes.

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