Wanderlust #ToyotaWomen

Barring events like getting married and having my kids and all the milestones that go along with raising a family, I’d have to say that getting to attend Wanderlust California for the past several days was by far one of the coolest experiences of my life.

I’m about to board a plane and head back to the east coast and muscles I didn’t even know I had are aching from four days of yoga, hiking, and everything else I’ve done. I’m still on a peaceful high from Wanderlust, albeit a tired one.

I’ll have lots of details to share about my trip in later posts, but for right now, I wanted to tell you about the fab job Toyota did with their tent at Wanderlust. And I’m totally not saying that just because I was able to go on this trip as part of #ToyotaWomen: everywhere I went at the festival, people were talking about the Toyota Retreat.

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The Toyota Retreat at Wanderlust

Upon entering the Toyota Retreat tent, guests were asked to fill out a sweepstakes form and then received a Toyota stamp on their hands, which allowed you access to all of the activities inside. Every activity very much fit in with the yogi vibe of the Wanderlust Festival, like the Tranquil Tea area where you could sip on various organic teas and relax. And really, in the mornings, you needed something for the chill in the air(a surprise to this eastern Carolina girl).

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Tranquil Tea with Toyota

The next area was a Wellness Mix Station: inside the trunk of a Highlander, there were various ingredients for a snack mix. You were able to pick and choose which you wanted and take away your own individual snack. I wanted it all. I like to snack, y’all.

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Snack Time

There were plenty of crafts to make in the DIY Inspiration Lounge. The one I really loved was the Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner. Even after just my first class at Wanderlust, my mat was filthy! I guess that’s what happens when you are doing yoga outside! To make at home: 4 drops tea tree oil, 4 drops essential oil(I chose Lemon), 2 drops eucalyptus oil, 3/4 oz witch hazel or vinegar, and 2 1/2 oz water, combined in a spray bottle.

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For our filthy mats

You could also make an encouragement board/frame, stone photo display, and a glass marble magnet set. All keeping in that natural and peace-loving yogi vibe.

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Toyota crafts

Next up was a hair braiding station. It’s very much come-as-you-are at Wanderlust(though of course yoga pants were the style of the weekend), but it’s much easier to do yoga when you have your hair out of the way and braids are the thing right now.  Since I knew they were going to be doing this, I was super-lazy with my hair and showed up with it washed but that was it- I put my hair in their hands.


I know, I know: I need my roots done. Shhh.

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I totally look like a blonde Katniss, don’t I?

There was also a Silk Screening station where you could choose the colors you wanted for your bag and watch your bag being made right there with a design that is exclusive for this Wanderlust event.

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There were plenty of props for the Photo Booth inside a Toyota Camry Hybrid, where Danylle from The Cubicle Chick and I might have laughed ourselves silly.

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And finally, because Toyota is constantly finding ways to give back, they were working with Off the Mat to support local charities. Guests were asked to finish an “I will…” statement and tweet it out with the #ToyotaGiving hashtag: every RT raised $2 for a local charity. Thanks to y’all who RT’ed!


“I will remember to slow down.” Let’s see if I can remember this when I’m not at Wanderlust…

Time for me to head back to the east coast! I can’t wait to tell you more about my trip! A huge thanks to Toyota and Clever Girls for this experience!

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.


    • Shell says

      It was so much fun! And I loved the braid, too. Out of my way, but much nicer than my usual messy bun.

    • Shell says

      It was such an amazing experience. Now I’m tired and trying to adjust to reality!

    • Shell says

      Oh, definitely go. It was INCREDIBLE! I’ll be posting a little more about it later in the week and then do a picture post probably next week, when I can sort through everything!

  1. says

    You have the greatest hair.

    These ideas are great. I started out jealous, and realized all these could be done economically for my daughters’ friends to have a day party this fall.

    YAY , Toyota. It looks like a great time.
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  2. says

    I loved seeing all of your photos on Instagram. I wish I could’ve gone on this with you! It looked like just what I need too and my how I love a good braid!!
    So happy you got the time away and were able to relax. Oh and thanks for sharing the mat cleaner…that is awesome!!
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    • Shell says

      Thanks so much, Kristi! I feel so lucky that I was one of the ones who got to go. I really want to go again next year- it was really that good.