On Campus Program

Kripalu Outdoors: Mindful Hiking Retreat

EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL KRIPALU CAMPUS

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 Katie Hagel, 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. Relax into nature meditations next to peaceful lakes and gently flowing streams. Increase your awareness and awaken your senses to the magic and wonder of summer in the Berkshire hills. 

In this retreat, you will

  • Log off the world wide web and log onto “the wood wide web”
  • Explore the practice of mindfulness as a doorway to deeper connection with the natural world 
  • Learn about fire craft and other bush crafting skills and how to forage for wild edibles  to feel more comfortable outdoors
  • Experience the nine steps of a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Experience, including a forest tea ceremony beneath the trees 
  • Learn to relax into the present moment, meditate with nature’s elements, and experience “earth time” 
  • Connect with community who share an interest in nature and mindfulness.

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

Note Although this is not a hiking program and walks will be gentle and meditative, most sessions will be outdoors. Please plan to dress in layers, bring a hat, waterproof shell, sturdy hiking shoes, and a day pack with a water bottle and journal.


KRIPALU SIGNATURE
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
None
Suitable For
Practitioner
Program Theme
Nature and the Outdoors
Schedule
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Presenter(s)

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

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August 12–14, 2022

Evelyn Gonzalez, Kripalu Legacy Faculty, has been on the yogic path for more than 20 years and continues to gather wisdom and skill from inspired teachers, including Erich Schiffmann.

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October 16–21, 2022

Christopher Holmes, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist, has expertise in anatomy and physiology for yoga and bodywork, and the healing of chronic pain patterns.

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