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Landers, California

The Dream Wanderer

A parked bus takes patrons on a trippy virtual reality journey mediated by mediums from a psychic utopian community. 

While traveling through the California High Desert, keep an eye out for a parked bus that seeks to transport visitors to a different reality.

The Dream Wanderer showcases a virtual reality piece called Lily Dale. It’s inspired by the small faith-based psychic utopian community in Western New York.

Lily Dale was founded in the 1880’s as a haven for spiritualists and freethinkers. Mediums that live there claim to talk to the dead. The Buffalo, New York-based arts collective Flatsitter has created an immersive virtual reality experience that takes viewers on a vivid dream-like journey based on interviews from mediums that live in Lily Dale today.

The entire experience blends a rich soundtrack with intense visuals to give patrons a deep, complex look into the mediums’ stories. Viewers begin their journey by choosing from a deck of Tarot cards. The three cards they draw then determine which reality they enter.

Before the Dream Wanderer arrived at its final desert destination, it traveled throughout the United States. During the months-long tour, the artists brought these virtual reality experiences to thousands of people across the North American continent.

Their now-permanent location is a unique stop for those seeking a relaxing, trippy, and mind-opening experience while traveling through the Joshua Tree area.

Know Before You Go

Check the website for open hours and to make an appointment! This VR is kid-friendly too.