School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership


The Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership braids ideas from across cultures to create a modern understanding of mindfulness in the outdoors. As human beings, we spent the majority of our history living very close to the Earth. Research now shows what indigenous peoples, mystics, poets, and ecologists have known for a long time: mindful time in nature is profoundly good for us on all levels. As a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, you will invite people into reciprocity with the Earth through a mindful connection to place. Our trainings are suitable for all those called to share nature’s gifts by integrating their love of the outdoors with mindfulness. Each training is a hands-on adventure that equips you to guide others as they experience the healing power of the natural world. Our community of mindful outdoor guides works in a variety of settings and with many different communities as mindful ambassadors between people and place.



Learn the foundational skills to guide people into a mindful connection with nature through a mix of yoga, Ayurveda, and mindfulness.



Deepen your relationship to the Earth through meditation and practices and learn traditional outdoor skills to add depth to your presence and practice as a guide.


What Our Students Say
Student Cindy O.

This program opened me to the magic of nature, so the power of being able to share that is so much deeper.

Student Raei B.

I felt such a strong sense of community in the training—we knew we were all there working together to do this.

Student Cathy W.

I’ve been able to go deeper into my connection with the earth, and it has lifted my spirit.

Student Deron D.

I’ve spent the last decade learning how to heal, and this week took that to another level.

Program Dates

Level 1: Forest Community   ON CAMPUS  
September 20–29, 2024 


Level 2: Aligning With Nature   ON CAMPUS  
October 18–27, 2024 


Level 1: Forest Community   ONLINE   
November 1–December 15, 2024 


Rewilding Summit   ON CAMPUS  
November 21–24, 2024 



Information Sessions

Register for one of our free, online information sessions to learn more.



Kripalu Schools are committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their lives and realizing their full potential through yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor leadership regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are offered when funding is available and made possible by the generous support of Kripalu's donors.  Once accepted into a training, you can apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications will not be processed without prior program acceptance. Please note that scholarships are limited and not all trainings have scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded first come, first serve on a rolling basis. Thus, those who apply early have the best chance of securing available financial support.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please refer to the training webpage.


Kripalu Staff Micah Mortali

Founding Director of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership

Faculty Katie Hagel

Kripalu Faculty

Admissions and Certification Requirements

The KSMOL program has an intensive schedule and curriculum that is physically, mentally, and emotionally rigorous. To be admitted, you must demonstrate readiness to participate in the demands of this program. In addition, an applicant must be able to support the group learning process and may be denied admission if it is determined that their participation would in any way compromise a safe and cohesive learning environment. The KSMOL Admissions Committee may require your medical provider to furnish a note confirming that the training is suitable for your capabilities.

Applicants for the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership (KSMOL) must

  • 18+ years of age
  • Display English-language competency
  • Have received a high school diploma or GED
  • Exhibit the ability to contribute to a safe and cohesive learning environment
  • Demonstrate physical, mental, and emotional preparedness to fully participate in all aspects of the program.
  • Must be capable of being outdoors in a variety of weather conditions for up to 10 hours on any given day
  • Must be able to safely and skillfully navigate a variety of outdoor terrain and conditions, including uneven ground, mud, ice, streams, and inclines/declines
  • Must have a regular mindfulness practice—such as meditation and/or yoga—of at least two years
  • If you are participating in an online or hybrid program format you must have access to reliable internet and a computer or tablet with Zoom and word processing capabilities.

You can view our Payment, Cancellation, and Refund Policies here.

The Kripalu School for Mindful Outdoor Leadership is not an employment training program. Rather our program is intended for professionals who want to incorporate mindfulness in nature into their already existing work, and for nature enthusiasts who wish to deepen their personal connection with the outdoors.

“Truth is only one but the ways of realizing it are many.” - Swami Kripalu