Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 2: Aligning with Nature Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership

As a Level 2 Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, you develop skills that take your leadership to the next level. Deepen your exploration and relationship to the land through advanced forest-bathing techniques; an expanded set of nature-based mindful meditations and inquiries; further study with Mass Audubon; developing outdoor skills such as friction-fire making, shelter-building, and foraging; and ongoing Council practice. In Level 2, you present your personal project to the group.

Deepen your connection to nature and expand your skillset as a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide as you:

  • Share with your fellow guides the findings of your Level 1 home research project.
  • Learn from Shawn Stevens, language and cultural peacekeeper of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans, the history of the indigenous people for whom the Kripalu grounds are part of their ancestral homeland.
  • 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 of the unique subalpine environment atop Mount Greylock.
  • Develop the essentials of map and compass navigation with Mass Audubon.
  • Forage for wild teas and incorporate the ceremonial art of making and sharing tea within the context of guiding mindful outdoor experiences.
  • Bolster your guiding skills on an overnight adventure, learning about trip preparation, packing, gear selection, and cooking, as well as the health benefits of resetting your circadian rhythms when camping.
  • 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.

Prerequisite Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 1: Forest Community

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This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training or as a standalone program.

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Micah Mortali, Director of Outdoor Education and Programming and longtime Kripalu Yoga teacher, is the Dean and Founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership and author of Rewilding.

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Mark Roule, RYT 500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and outdoor guide who holds qigong teacher certifications with the Elixir Light and IIQTC schools, and is certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapists.

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

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Erin Casperson is the Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and a 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher.

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