Who says you can’t combine business with pleasure?

Kripalu’s Continuing Education programs are led by some of the world’s most accomplished teachers in yoga, self-discovery, and holistic health. Our programs are designed to help individuals integrate and access their greatest powers, skills, and leadership while providing the relevant, proven tools and knowledge applicable in their professional lives. Kripalu’s programs are unique because they are taught in an experiential, immersion environment that supports whole-person learning.

Kripalu currently offers Continuing Education for nurses (NURS), social workers (SW), massage therapists (NCBTMB), registered dietitians (RD), psychologists (PSY), physicians (MD/DO), coaches (ICF), and yoga teachers (Yoga Alliance). You are advised to check with your state board of licensure or professional association to determine if a particular program meets their continuing education requirements. Kripalu is not recognized by the state of New York to offer continuing education to massage therapists or social workers. If you only require verification of program attendance, a Letter of Attendance (LOA) will meet your needs. With the exception of R&R Retreat, all programs offer LOAs.

The hours awarded for CE credits may be less than the total hours the program is in session; hours awarded may vary by profession.

Fees There is a $30 charge for CECs and a $75 charge for CMEs. This charge is nonrefundable after the last day of your stay. There is a $10 charge for each LOA. For any questions regarding continuing education at Kripalu, please e-mail cec@kripalu.org.

Accreditation Boards

ICF: Programs have been approved for Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) units by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

MD/DO: The Berkshire Health Systems designates live educational activities forAMA PRA Category 1 credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society for Continuing Education through the Joint Sponsorship of Berkshire Health Systems and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. The Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NCBTMB: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider # 450645-08. Kripalu is not recognized by the state of New York to offer continuing education credits through the NCBTMB.

Nursing (CS, NP, RN, LPN): Nursing Continuing Education Credits provided through Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC). This course is designed for Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses, CNA's, and other health care and human service professionals and meets the requirements nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.

PSY: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

RD: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Provider # KC200

SW: Programs have been approved for Category 1 Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR through the collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons College Schools of Social Work. Kripalu is not recognized by the state of New York to offer continuing education credits to social workers through the Collaborative of NASW-MA Chapter and the Boston College and Simmons College Schools of Social Work.

YA: Continuing Education credits are granted in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards. See Yogaalliance.org for more information. All hours are contact hours.

CEC Process

Follow these two easy steps if you are looking for continuing education credits (CECs) for social workers, coaches, massage therapists, registered dietitians, or yoga teachers:

  1. Pay $30 when you register for your program, or at the Front Desk during your stay at Kripalu Center.
  2. Fill out a general evaluation form before you leave. Social workers and coaches will need to fill out a second, program-specific evaluation form. Both of these forms can be found at the Front Desk.

Follow these three easy steps if you are looking for credits for nurses or psychologists:

  1. Pay $30 when you register for your program, or at the Front Desk during your stay at Kripalu Center.
  2. Fill out a general evaluation form, as well as a program-specific evaluation before you leave. Both of these forms can be found at the Front Desk.
  3. Sign in to each session. Please Note You must attend and sign in to all sessions in order to be eligible for CE credits; no partial credit will be given.

Follow these three easy steps if you are looking for CME credits for physicians:

  1. Pay $75 when you register for your program, or at the Front Desk during your stay at Kripalu Center.
  2. Fill out a general evaluation form, as well as a CME evaluation before you leave. Both of these forms can be found at the Front Desk.
  3. Sign out at the end of the program. Please Note You must attend the entire program and sign out of all sessions in order to be eligible for CME credits; no partial credit will be given.

Note If you forgot to fill out an evaluation(s) during your stay, you may complete them online here. To acquire a program-specific evaluation, please e-mail cec@kripalu.org.

FAQ

How can I ensure that I will be able to receive the CECs I need before I make my reservation?
Our catalog is published well before some of our programs have been approved. You can find the latest and most up-to-date information on our website. When you find the CECs you need, you can pay for them when you make your reservation. You are advised to check with your state board of licensure or professional association to determine if a particular program meets their continuing education requirements prior to registering.

How do I know if my board will accept the CECs from Kripalu?
You are advised to check with your state board of licensure or professional association to determine if a particular program meets their continuing education requirements prior to registering. The boards that Kripalu is approved through are listed above.

How long will it take for me to receive my certificate?
You should receive your certificate within 6–8 weeks of your program’s end date.

I just need a document that says that I attended the program, but I am not associated with any licensing board—what should I do?
A Letter of Attendance (LOA) will meet your needs. A LOA will display your name, program title, presenter, dates, and the number of program hours. LOAs cost $10 and require the completion of a general evaluation form at the Front Desk. The difference between a Letter of Attendance and a CEC Certificate is that a Letter of Attendance is not associated with a professional licensing board.

I left Kripalu without completing one of the steps required to receive my certificate. What should I do?
If you forgot to pay the fee before leaving, you may call the CE Coordinator at 413.448.3127 and pay over the phone. If you prefer to pay by check, mail the check to:

Kripalu Center
Continuing Education
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262

If you forgot to fill out an evaluation form while you were here, you can do that online here.

If you forgot to fill out a program-specific evaluation for nurses, psychologists, social workers, or doctors, please e-mail cec@kripalu.org.

Please note that Kripalu is unable to grant CE credits to nurses, psychologists, or doctors who did not sign the attendance sheet in its entirety.

I completed each step that is required to receive my certificate. It has been more than eight weeks since my program ended, and I still have not received it. What should I do?
We send certificates via e-mail; it is possible that your e-mail address is in our system incorrectly. You may call the CE Coordinator at 413.448.3127, or e-mail cec@kripalu.org. We are happy to send an additional certificate at no additional cost via e-mail or USPS; please contact the CE Coordinator to make arrangements.

I took a program several years ago and now I need the CECs. Can I still get them?
It is best to request certificates while you are here or as soon as possible after your program ends. If we are able to verify your attendance and the credits you are requesting in our records, we can grant your CECs after a program has ended. Contact the CE Coordinator to arrange payment and complete the evaluation process at 413.448.3127, or cec@kripalu.org. Please Note We are unable to issue certificates after your program ends for nursing, psychology, or doctors due to the board's requirements.

I am unable to attend the entire program, will I be able to earn CECs?
This depends on the licensing board and the program. In general, participants should plan to be present for an entire program that they are earning CECs for. If you have an unusual circumstance, please contact the CE Coordinator in advance at 413.448.3127, or cec@kripalu.org.

If I complete all necessary steps, am I guaranteed my CECs?
Only on very rare occasions are we to unable grant certificates. Credit hours may need to be adjusted as the result of circumstances beyond our control (i.e., weather issues, airplane delays). In general, we do not anticipate problems and do our best, along with the presenter(s) and overseeing boards, to accommodate participants.