On Campus Program

Fall Nature and Mindfulness Retreat


The woods, fields, and streams of Berkshire County have long been heralded for their enchanting beauty and ability to refresh the mind, body, and spirit.  

In this mindful outdoor retreat guided by Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership faculty, you are invited to log off, slow down, and enjoy gentle strolls outdoors in an intimate relationship with trees, stones, the great elements, and our friends in the more-than-human world. Let yourself be guided on soothing forest therapy walks among majestic Eastern Hemlock and White Pine trees. 

In this retreat, you will:

  • Deepen and explore your connection with the natural world and learn awareness skills.
  • Try animal tracking, forage for wild edibles, and go birding with our Kripalu mindful outdoor guides.  
  • Enjoy gentle woodland strolls and relax into guided nature meditations on Kripalu's beautiful campus. 
  • Foster a meaningful connection with nature, an essential part of a healthy and balanced life. 
  • Relax into nature meditations next to peaceful lakes and gently flowing streams. 

Return home with simple tools for continuing your practice of nature connection and mindfulness.  

NOTE Although this is not a hiking program—walks will be gentle and meditative—most sessions will be outdoors. Please plan to dress in layers, and bring a hat, waterproof shell, sturdy hiking shoes, and a day pack with a water bottle and journal. This program was formerly called Kripalu Outdoors: Birding and Mindfulness.

Additional information about what to bring. 

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

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 Health, Fitness, and Wellness


Katie Hagel, RYT-500, is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and Kripalu Yoga teacher.

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Ami Jean Aubin is a naturalist, certified wildlife tracker, and Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide.

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