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Training Dates

Online Format

To see a list of all upcoming online teacher trainings, click here. The page is updated as new trainings become available.

Kripalu Campus Format

Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we have made a decision not to reopen our campus in 2020. This means that all programs at the retreat center will be canceled this year. Read more.


Program Overview

Go outside. Go within.

Spending time in nature can be a powerful antidote to the stress of modern living. In recent years 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.

The Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership is an exciting new branch of the Kripalu Schools. This training—which combines forest bathing, yoga, Ayurveda, outdoor skills, and an overview of relevant research on nature’s health benefits—is taught in two convenient 9-day modules and is designed for those who are called to share nature’s gifts by integrating their love of the outdoors with mindfulness.

Meaningful connection with the generative powers of nature is an essential part of a healthy and balanced life. As Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guides, we can be powerful catalysts for strengthening our and our clients’ bond with nature and, in doing so, improve the chances that our communities will steward the natural systems we all depend upon for our health and well-being.  

This program currently consists of two modules, Level 1 Certification: Forest Community and Level 2 Certification: Aligning with Nature. Each module is a fun-filled, 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.

Potential Continuing Education for Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guides in Coordination with R&R and Mass Audubon:

Note All hours of Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership training also count toward Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification.

Two Certification Levels

Select a module to find out more including the curriculum, program schedule, FAQ, and more.

Please note Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2 certification.

Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 1: Forest Community

Level 1 certification is comprised of approximately 75 hours of instruction and practice in nature meditation, council practice/group facilitation, forest bathing, outdoor skills, and more.

Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 2: Aligning with Nature

Level 2 takes your leadership to the next level as you deepen your exploration and relationship to the land and develop outdoor skills such as friction-fire making, shelter-building, and foraging. You also present a personal project to the group.

Admissions and Certification Requirements

Please Note Given the uncertainty in our reopening date, we have temporarily paused the processing of admissions applications. You are encouraged to apply, but please know your application will remain in the queue and we will be in touch as soon as we are sure of our reopening date, or if there will be an online learning opportunity.

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.

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.

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


More than just knowledgeable guides, our faculty are a dedicated group of earth stewards, environmental protectors, and nature lovers deeply committed to sharing with you the wondrous gifts of Mother Earth. 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.