john friend pulled from wanderlust festival 2012 lineup

John Friend at Wanderlust 2011 (image by JT Liss, via

In light of recent developments in the Anusara world, Wanderlust, North America’s leading yoga and music festival, announced that John Friend has been removed from the lineups of this summer’s events.

Yoganonymous posted the official announcement from Wanderlust today:

Over the past 6 weeks, we have closely observed the situation unfolding within the Anusara community. Both Anusara Yoga and John Friend personally have played a positive role at Wanderlust over the past couple of years, and our heart goes out to the entire Anusara community during this time. Throughout this period, we’ve tried to take what Buddhism calls “the middle path” — to look at the situation from all angles and draw mindful and reasoned conclusions.

Our mission at Wanderlust is to create community and it is our sincere hope that we can use our platform not only for joy and celebration but also healing.  We feel Wanderlust has a unique ability to bring people together. This being said, we’ve mutually determined that it is best for John to not teach at Wanderlust festivals in 2012 as he focuses on personal reflection, retreat, and reconnecting through teachings with the Anusara yoga community.

The yoga experience at Wanderlust remains as rich and diverse as ever, and we offer the Anusara community our support.

For those who have already signed up for one or more of John’s classes at our Colorado, California or Whistler events, you are free to choose a new class — but you do not have to. Our staff will reprogram each of John’s classes with a top teacher and a new class name and description by Thursday, March 22, and you will automatically be enrolled in that new class. Of course, you also are free to use our scheduler to switch to any other class of your choice. You are always free change any of your class selections up until a week before each festival begins.

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