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Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 2 Aligning with Nature


This intensive nine-day immersion provides a powerful opportunity to deepen your relationship to the earth through meditation and practices, as well as traditional outdoor skills which add depth to your presence and practice as a guide.

Join Kripalu's School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership (KSMOL) faculty as you learn transformational outdoor skills—such as friction-fire birthing, shelter building, and Bush-craft tool making—and understand the history of the first people of Kripalu’s land from Stockbridge-Munsee Community member Shawn Stevens. Deepen your connection with nature and expand your skillset as a KSMOL guide as you

  • Share with your fellow guides the findings of your Level 1 home research project. 
  • Explore advanced nature meditation, working with the air, ether, fire, water, and earth elements as your focal points. 
  • Carve your own bow-drill kit, learning the ancient art of birthing fire through friction. 
  • Learn how to integrate fire into your mindful outdoor experiences, both as a focal point for meditation and as an ally for carving your own wooden tools and utensils. 
  • Continue your studies with Mass Audubon, honing your exploration of the geology, flora, and fauna, and developing the essentials of map and compass navigation. 
  • Forage for wild teas and incorporate the ceremonial art of making and sharing tea within the context of guiding mindful outdoor experiences. 
  • Discover how to fashion a safe, dry, and cozy shelter using only what you gather from the forest—a crucial skill for building confidence and a sense of connection to the outdoors. 
  • Receive mentoring and supportive feedback from faculty and peers on the 45-minute Mindful Outdoor Experience you lead at the completion of your Level 2 training. 

This experience will include two-full day excursions to ecologically and historically rich places of power in the Berkshires. We will explore Ice Glen and Masaswahi, two sacred places to the Mohican people that provide a powerful juxtaposition—a deep, boulder-filled chasm, inhabited by the oldest Eastern Hemlocks in New England, and the axis-mundi, sky-piercing summit of Masaswahi which provides the only 360-degree view above tree line in the Berkshires. This will be a true journey from the earth to the sky and will be both an educational and ceremonial journey, retracing ancient steps and honoring the Great Elements. You will also visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary where Dale Abrams will guide you through an ecosystem that has been protected for more than 100 years. 

Note Upon successful completion of KSMOL Level 1, you are eligible to register for Level 2. No additional application is necessary. 

Prerequisite Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 1: Forest Community

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Nature and the Outdoors

Micah Mortali and Mark Roule: Nature Deficit Disorder


Micah Mortali is lead Kripalu faculty, the Founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership and author of Rewilding.

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

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Dale Abrams, MS, is the education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries and a lifelong naturalist whose specialties include birding, wildlife tracking, and ecosystem studies.

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Shawn Stevens (Red Eagle), a member of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans, is a Native American culturalist, artist, musician, and ceremonial helper.

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