Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership

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Program Overview

"I consider myself pretty mindful and attuned to nature and the outdoors, but hiking or kayaking with a guide whose focus is on mindfulness totally opened my eyes to this practice."
—Past KSMOL Participant

The Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership is an intensive nine-day immersion providing the experience and skills necessary to become a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide. Our mindful outdoor experiences integrate elements of forest bathing, yoga philosophy and practice, Ayurveda, outdoor survival and connection skills, and an overview of relevant research on nature’s health benefits. The training is taught in two convenient modules and designed for those who are called to share nature’s gifts by integrating their love of the outdoors with mindfulness:

  • Level 1 Certification: Forest Community
  • Level 2 Certification: Aligning with Nature

Each nine-day module is a hands-on adventure that provides you with the knowledge, skills, and support you need to safely and expertly guide others as they experience the healing power of the natural world. Students receive a badge and certificate for each level completed. Our community of mindful outdoor guides works in a variety of settings and with many different poulations, as mindful ambassadors between people and place.

Spending time in nature is a powerful antidote to the stress of modern living. A growing body of evidence has proven what many naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, poets, and indigenous cultures have long known: the great outdoors is profoundly good for us on all levels.

Upcoming Trainings

On Campus
Dates: September 23–October 2, 2022
Cost: $1,074 + accommodations and meals
On Campus
Dates: October 3–12, 2022
Cost: $1,074 + accommodations and meals
Dates: October 21–December 18, 2022
Cost: $1,074


More than just knowledgeable guides, our faculty are a dedicated group of earth stewards and nature lovers deeply committed to sharing with you the wondrous gifts of the living Earth and the "more than human" world. They offer practical outdoor skills to make sure your experiences are safe and enjoyable, as well as insights on how to tune into the subtle signals from the natural world so that you can access your intuitive awareness.

Learn More About KSMOL

Go outside. Go within.

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 fully 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

  • Be at least 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.

Additional Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Training Requirements

  • 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

Certification Criteria

  • 100 percent attendance
  • Active class participation
  • Teaching competency and proficiency
  • Maintain safe space for teaching and practicing as a Mindful Outdoor Guide
  • At-home assignments completed on time
  • Professional behavior and ethical conduct