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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.

Learn the basics of nature connection and community-building, including

  • Advanced Theories of Nature Connection Explore a variety of perspectives on the relationship between people and place, drawing from yoga, Ayurveda, modern science, and various indigenous cultures
  • Advanced Nature Meditations Delve into the air, ether, fire, water, earth, and wood elements as focal points for meditations in nature
  • Refining the Art of Wandering Wandering involves sauntering with reverence and deep awareness of the earth. In this level, we explore indigenous approaches to moving in nature intuitively  
  • Birthing Fire, Level 2  Learn to build your own bow-drill kit and how to make fire through friction. You also hone other techniques to deepen your connection to the fire element, and discover how to work with fire in a safe, empowering way
  • The Mindful Naturalist Continue your studies with Mass Audubon as you deepen your exploration of the geology, flora, and fauna of the Berkshires. Tree and plant identification, animal tracks, signs and scrapes, as well as basic foraging, are covered
  • Shelter Building Finding prospect and refuge in nature can be an important part of creating a safe, satisfying outdoor experience. In this level, you play with various techniques for keeping cozy and dry when exposed to the elements

Prerequisite Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification, Level 1: Forest Community

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Micah Mortali, Director of the Kripalu Schools and longtime Kripalu Yoga teacher, is the Founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership.

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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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Tracy Remelius, RYT 300, teaches hatha yoga and yoga nidra and is certified in ACA stand up paddle boarding, yoga, and wilderness first aid.

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