Joan Kopperl

The reward of serving as a Trustee of Kripalu is to see the power of positively changing people's lives, to teach a mindful yoga practice to individuals and communities for their betterment. It is giving new life, similar to sowing seeds in the earth to grow and flourish. Your practice becomes your guide, constantly accessible, and you can take it with you wherever you go.

Joan Kopperl has been an active public servant in the Berkshires for most of her life. She is a founding director of the Berkshire South Community Center and a longtime board member of the Stockbridge Bowl Association. In the 1970s, Joan chaired the Shadowbrook Committee, which successfully fought a state plan to turn Shadowbrook, the building Kripalu now occupies, into a state prison.

When she lived in New York City, she served on the board of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center while earning a master’s degree in clinical social work at NYU and Fordham. Joan has worked for Berkshire Country Day School and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and served on the Lenox Planning Board, and is a trustee of the Robbins de Beaumont Foundation. Joan and her husband, Paul, live in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.