For years my sister (a Kripalu trained yoga teacher) had been trying to get me to go to Kripalu with her. I finally went with her in September 2010 and LOVED it so much that I went back in January 2011 and again last week.
An except from the Kripalu website – For more than 30 years, Kripalu (kri-PAH-loo) has been teaching skills for optimal living through experiential education for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America (Stockbridge, MA).
I am not a yoga person, I’ve tried to like it but it’s not for me. Kripalu is a wonderful place if you love yoga but it also has so much more to offer. What I love about Kripalu is how I feel the minute I walk into the building; at peace! On this last trip I participated in a fantastic program with 14 strong wise women and an unbelievably talented leader, Dr. Susan Lord. I’m smiling now as I remember their kindness, compassion, fellowship and most of all, what they all taught me.
One of the entrances to Kripalu, you can see the main building in the background.
A view from the main building, it was also the view from my room. Accommodations include dormitory style rooms with 8+ people, a double or a single. Some have their own bathrooms, many share a hall bath.
I took a beautiful walk up through an apple orchard to Monk’s Pond, a peaceful oasis.
Monk’s Pond – I sat on the rock in the foreground and wondered how many other people had sat in the same spot and experienced the same sense of peace I felt. The pond was green.
The Stockbridge Bowl, a pond a 10 minute walk from Kripalu.
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