Hiking and Yoga

Experience a mindful approach to hiking and a true connection to the outdoors in one of the most beautiful and inspiring locations in Berkshire County. Explore miles of trails directly adjacent to the Kripalu campus, and enjoy group yoga classes with experienced outdoor guides and yoga faculty.

In this program, you

  • Hike the winding trails of the Yokun Ridge, a conserved area maintained by the nonprofit Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and designated as Forest Legacy land by the US Forest Service
  • Enjoy a unique approach to mindful movement in diverse forest settings
  • Learn about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a healing, meditative therapy that brings the mind and body back to nature
  • Explore the benefits of yoga, qigong, and tai chi.

Note Participants should be prepared to cover several miles each day over hilly and sometimes difficult terrain. Appropriate footwear required; trekking poles provided.

Additional Information

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Health, Fitness, and Wellness


March 31–April 2, 2017
June 23–25, 2017

Susannah Gale, RYT, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and R&R workshop presenter who leads mindful outdoor experiences in the Berkshires.

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Mark Roule, RYT 500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and outdoor guide who leads R&R and programs at Kripalu. He holds wilderness EMT/lifeguard, instructor-level kayak, stand up paddleboard, and snowboard certifications.

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April 21–23, 2017
August 18–20, 2017

Sarajean Rudman received a bachelor’s in health and wellness and sports management, and a master’s in integrative clinical nutrition. She has more than a decade of experience in personal training and group fitness.

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May 12–14, 2017

Michelle Dalbec, E-RYT 500, is a passionate Kripalu Yoga and Yoga Tune Up® teacher who offers workshops and directs Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training programs.

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September 22–24, 2017

Sherrie Howard, RYT 500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who leads hiking, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding workshops and teaches classes for the Kripalu School of Yoga.

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October 20–22, 2017

Kari Harendorf, E-RYT 500, yoga teacher, educator, holistic health facilitator, and Reiki master, has studied exclusively with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee since 2005.

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November 10–12, 2017

Ben Seidman, E-RYT 500, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga instructor, guides outdoor activities and yoga at Kripalu.

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