Kids and Teens at Kripalu

Share the Connection

Think a yoga retreat means you have to leave your family behind? Your experience can be as fulfilling when you’re surrounded by family as it is when you’re on your own. At Kripalu, enjoy reconnecting and just relaxing with enriching activities for everyone. You de-stress while they learn new skills in children's programs focused on art or the beautiful outdoors. 

Children’s programs meet for morning and afternoon sessions. Families are together at meal times, in the evenings, and overnight. Child-care services are available only for times when parents’ and children’s program schedules differ. Children must be supervised at all times and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also on-site at Kripalu.

Dining Information

  • Breakfast is a silent meal. (Silent dining helps support conscious eating.) There is a small dining room across the hall from the main dining room designated for quiet sharing during breakfast.
  • Kripalu serves meals with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. If your child is on a special diet, please bring or purchase the food items your child needs or prefers. The Kripalu Shop sells a wide selection of healthy snacks.
  • Because some children have food allergies, snack food and packing materials are provided in the dining hall during breakfast only for kids in programs. Please pack a snack for your child to bring to the program each day. We do not allow gum or candy in the program. Please inform staff if your child has any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  • Highchairs and booster seats are available in the Main Dining Hall.

Kid’s Favorites at Kripalu

We recognize that just like adults, our younger guests have varying food preferences and degrees of experience with the type of cuisine we serve. While we hope that your children will enjoy trying new foods and experience our main line as delicious, we also want you to be aware of the more traditional options we provide for kids.

Every lunch and dinner includes a sandwich bar with meat option as well as sliced cheese. There is a Panini grill available, so a grilled cheese sandwich is always just a few minutes wait away. We do ask that you do not allow younger children to operate the Panini as it is extremely hot. Also on the side bars at every meal is peanut butter and jelly with both bread and rice cakes. For kids who like very simple foods, we offer plain white basmati rice, steamed vegetables, and plain beans at every lunch and dinner on our Buddha Bar. In addition to the above, we offer a hot pasta dish every dinner made just for our younger guests. This dish is served separately on a side table immediately to your right when walking in the dining room, except on Tuesday nights when pasta is also available on the main line.

Also available for kids to use are colorful plastic plates and bowls. Our standard ceramic ware can be heavy for younger kids to carry so we encourage you to have your kids use the plasticware especially if they are taking food outside to eat.

Children’s Housing Rates

(meals included)

Children and teens must be housed with their parent/guardian and in non-dormitory accommodations. Housing for infants and children 4 and under is free. The housing rate for children ages 5–12 is $35 per child per night. When children 12 and under are housed with one adult, the adult pays the single rate for the accommodation. When children are housed with two adults, the adults each pay the shared rate for their accommodation.

In addition to housing, children 12 and under pay the tuition for their program, if they are enrolled in a program. Please call Registrations for more information about program and housing options for children.

Teens at Kripalu

In general, Kripalu programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older. Teens aged 16–17 may attend Kripalu R&R Retreat accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times in the same workshop. Program and facility use restrictions may apply. Teens pay adult tuition and accommodation rates and are housed in the same guest room as their parent/guardian in non-dormitory accommodations.

Healing Arts

People of all ages can benefit from Kripalu Bodywork and the other Healing Arts services offered at Kripalu. Kripalu adheres to the following guidelines to support a positive Healing Arts experience for children and adolescents under the age of 18.

  1. Healing Arts services will not be provided to anyone under the age of 18 without the written consent of a parent or guardian.
  2. For all minors between the ages of 12 and 18 a parent or guardian must be present in the treatment room for the entire service.
  3. Children under the age of 12 may not receive Healing Arts treatments.
  4. Children must work with a therapist of the same gender as schedule/treatment permits.

Parents should orient their children about receiving a Healing Arts service by explaining the following information before the session:

  • Healing Arts services help your body to relax and feel better. If you are receiving Kripalu Bodywork or other touch therapies, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level and to lie on a massage table under a sheet. The therapist will use massage oil or cream on your skin and apply pressure to various parts of your body. If you are receiving Self-Discovery, energy work, shiatsu, Thai massage, or positional therapy, please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Prior to the session, children should shower and use the rest room. At the start of the service, encourage your child to tell the therapist any important information about their body such as the location of injuries or sore spots. During the service, they can tell the therapist what feels good and what does not feel good.
  • Affirm that they are in control of the service, and it is always acceptable to say if they are uncomfortable or ask for what they need to feel safe and relaxed. They may tell the therapist not to touch their chest, buttocks, or any other part of their body that makes them uncomfortable. They may be encouraged to breathe deeply and evenly to help them relax. The therapist may also breathe deeply or sigh out loud to encourage them to breathe and relax.