On Campus Program

Kripalu Outdoors Summer Solstice Retreat


Revel in the longest days of the year this summer in a program that connects you more deeply to the self, others, and the natural world.

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guides, Katie Hagel and Ami Jean Aubin, for a program that invites you to practice mindfulness in community with others who share an appreciation for nature. 

Enhance your relationship with the natural world and learn to meditate with the elements as you:

  • Explore waterfalls and pools, and forest bathe in Kripalu’s grove of ancient hemlock. 
  • Connect with yourself through mindful hiking, part of the Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Experience.
  • Practice outdoor skills such as animal tracking, fire-making, and foraging.
  • Participate in a forest tea ceremony with wild-foraged teas to honor the bounty of summer.
  • Enjoy an evening fire ceremony and drumming to celebrate the solstice.

The Berkshires—an area long-heralded for its enchanting natural beauty and ability to refresh the mind, body, and spirit—is an ideal place to practice mindfulness. Return home with new skills, a renewed appreciation for the environment, and concrete tools that can help you feel more comfortable outdoors. 

NOTE The June instance of this program occurs during the summer solstice and will contain content around this significant time of year. 

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
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Nature and the Outdoors


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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Zelda Hotaling, a spiritual intuitive, was raised in the Native American culture of the Haudenosaunee. Renowned for her diverse talents, she shines as an intuitive spirit guide, healer, author, visionary, and creator of the Sacred Dream Circle Project.

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