Birding and Mindfulness

This program—developed and led by our own faculty with the Kripalu methodology in mind—is offered exclusively at Kripalu.

For all levels and ages.

Observing birds in nature shares many qualities with mindfulness—the focused awareness and calm observation of both practices helps to soothe the mind, enabling you to connect to the world, and yourself, in profound new ways.

This program copresented by Mass Audubon and Kripalu faculty, introduces you to the meditative joys of bird watching. Come hike the lovely trails and explore the serene waterways of Kripalu’s Berkshire campus, and Pleasant Valley Sanctuary in Lenox, Massachusetts. You might encounter great blue herons, woodpeckers, and bald eagles along the way!

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Birding and Mindfulness


Becky Cushing, MS, director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries, has led natural history and birding programs throughout New England and has been published in the Journal of Raptor Research.

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May 26–29, 2020

Steven Leonard, a Lead Faculty member at Kripalu, is a functional movement specialist, meditation educator, teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga, and a Mindful Outdoor Guide.

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Dale Abrams, MS, is the education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries and a lifelong naturalist whose specialties include birding, wildlife tracking, and ecosystem studies.

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October 13–16, 2020

Katie Hagel, RYT 1000, is a compassionate and engaging Kripalu Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

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