On Campus Program

Express Your Sparkle A Queer and Trans Yoga Retreat


Join social justice educators and yoga teachers Jacoby Ballard, Susanna Barkataki, and David Kam for a special retreat designed just for queer and transidentified individuals.

In this weekend program full of community, connection, sparkle, play, joy, delight, courage, rest, and clarity, you will 

  • Practice lovingkindness as a form of fierce protection 
  • Be supported by nourishing yoga practices
  • Explore how to queer your asana practice
  • Counter cultural appropriation and honor yoga’s roots through authentic practices 
  • Experience freedom of movement and expression.

Join us and express your identity in all its fullness in this weekend full of yoga, art, rest, and magical expression! 

NOTE This program was featured in Yoga Journal's The Best Yoga Retreat Trends of 2023.

This is a retreat for queer and transidentified individuals to revel in their sparkle, and it is our goal at Kripalu to provide a welcoming environment for all. 

  • We have created Gender Expansive Dorms with the explicit goal of providing a housing experience with a sense of belonging and community for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming guests, as well as LGBTQIA+ guests and allies of those communities.
  • Guests who select Gender Expansive dorms agree to live with and create a welcoming environment for students of any gender identity.
  • To book this type of accommodation, please call our registrations team at 413.448.3500.
  • We acknowledge and apologize for the unintentional harm that may be experienced by our existing binary online booking option. We are aware of this issue and in the process of rectifying it. In the meantime, we encourage guests to contact our registrations team at 413.448.3500 to book their experience via phone. 

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Jacoby Ballard (he/they) is the author of A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation and a social justice educator and yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the country.

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Susanna Barkataki, (she/her) E-RYT, C-IAYT, is an Indian yoga practioner in the Shankaracharya tradition, educator, and founder of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.

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David Kam is a London-based movement artist, educator, and yoga teacher sharing embodied practices of connection from the lens of joy, wonder, and freedom.

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