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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

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57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262-9100
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Kripalu is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. Located in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Kripalu offers weekend R&R retreats and more than eight hundred 3-5-day programs each year featuring world-class teachers, thinkers, authors and presenters in yoga, meditation, holistic wellness and self-discovery. Kripalu's sprawling campus features multiple hiking trails, beach and kayak access to the Stockbridge Bowl, wildflower and butterfly gardens, a labyrinth, and scenic country roads for walking and running. Voted Best Fall Yoga Retreat by Conde Nast Traveller
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This has been on my wish list for many years. Attended this workshop with a friend. We shared a twin room with a bathroom in the Annex. Overall, Dani Shapiro was excellent, although she only spoke for a total of 8 1/2 hours over the weekend. Close to two hundred were in attendance and most I spoke with were surprised of the workshop's size making it impersonal and not why they came. There was no direction from Kirpalu to bring writing journals, pens, or any books with you to the workshop. Waiting in a line outside the hall prior to the start times of each session was not received well by those in line, and thought to be silly and unnecessary. This workshop should be shortened to one night as Sunday's session of Q & A was useless and wasted time. Kirpalu Annex facilities were stark and cold and expensive for what they were. The Annex rooms are cement walls with no color. The rooms were cold due to temperature (it's winter!) and feng shui. A rug on the floor and a warm color on the stark cement walls would make a huge inviting difference of comfortability. The food was good; well prepared, good quality, good selection for all eaters. Breakfast is a silent meal with which I had no problem. The yoga classes are of course the best. Tip: Come prepared to take off your shoes when entering a studio or hall. There was much down time during the weekend. A winter program needs more inside activities as not many were seen walking the grounds, especially since it snowed and flurried all weekend.
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This was a remarkable waste of money and energy, and a tremendous disappointment, because I love Dani Shapiro. It's hard to find the front entrance at night, they could do with better signs. The front entrance greeter was rude (told me to leave and check in at the Annex entrance, which I pointed out had closed more than 30 minutes earlier, so she grudgingly pointed me towards the long, meandering check-in line). The check-in person was surly and incapable of making eye contact, and either had a really rough day or a personality problem. She didn't bother letting me know that I should make a point of getting dinner ASAP since the kitchen was closing in 20 minutes. I had signed up for what I thought was a writing workshop with Dani Shapiro. I guess I made that presumption because it was listed on her personal website under Workshops. To me, a workshop means 12 people, max, sitting around a table, getting personal; it means individual attention. So I was shocked when I entered the meeting room and saw 180 people waiting in a cathedral-like room with a vaulted ceiling. Dani Shapiro was far away, enthroned on a plush red chair, sitting cross-legged like the Buddha, and flanked by life-sized sculptures of Shiva and Krishna. The size of the group was not mentioned in the ad, and I wish I'd asked before I booked. Never occurred to me. At one point we broke up into groups of—45 groups of 4 people, to be precise—which was Dani's cue to leave the room for a break. We wasted 10 minutes calling off numbers, one by one, each of us claiming a number (1 through 45) again and again and again till everyone in the room was accounted for. (The three women in my group had also expected a much smaller group.) I should mention that as I was walking up the steps leading to the cathedral room, I was stopped by a monitor and shoe-shamed. Shoes, apparently, are forbidden in the cathedral, so I walked back down the stairs and removed my shoes. But not before I blurted to the shoe-shamer, "There's no coffee anywhere." (She escorted me to several empty coffee urns, then suggested that I should arrive earlier, when there's still coffee.) After the writing session, I went to lunch and began to fill my tray, only to be shamed again, this time cause I wasn't wearing shoes. I had to leave my tray and go put my shoes on (which I'd left on a shelf by the cathedral). I enjoyed the food (minus the foot shaming). I witnessed several people being shamed for electronics use. As far as I could see, they were just taking photos of the mountains. I chose a room in the Annex cause that was the only option for a private room with a private bathroom. (The rest is dormitory style.) I chose "mountain view" over "lake view" to save money, but I was looking forward to a breathtaking view of the mountains, as shown in advertisements. My mountain view consisted of a view of the parking lot. The room was claustrophobic and lacked warmth. Maybe they were aiming for minimalist, but it just felt cruel, with a weird concrete ceiling that looked water-stained. The bathroom was separated from the bedroom by a glass wall, which was weird and awkward. I don't want to see the toilet from my bed. I think there was a shower curtain that could have been pulled across the glass pane for privacy, but something about that curtained glass gave me the creeps, like there was someone hiding there. (Like a monitor.) My double bed had a hump in the middle, so I rolled to one side, and felt stiff rather than firm. Not comfortable. The room was very hot and the temp couldn't be adjusted. After my 2nd writing session, I went to check-in and asked how to handle my parking ticket. By the time I parked my car it was after 9 pm and there were no parking spots left, so I’d parked in the lot, but along a curb away from the cars. (By the way, the Annex door was locked, so I waited in 18 degrees, on a pitch-black night, out of breath cause I’d just climbed the side of a mountain with my luggage, until someone inside finally noticed me pounding on the glass and opened the door.) The check-in person glared at me when I explained my car situation and said, “Oh, you’re that person.” I explained that there were still no parking spaces and was told to go to Security. No one was in Security, so I wrote a note, but as I delivered it, someone showed up. She made eye contact, but there was nothing friendly about her. She said there were parking spaces on the other side of the building, which is quite a distance and requires a mountain hike. There is no shuttle and she did not offer to drive me back. When I pointed out that I don’t feel capable of that kind of trek, she didn’t say, “No problem, we can give you a lift back.” She glared at me and said, “Well, you can’t leave your car there. Find a parking space on the other side and someone will give you a ride back.” At that point it was really clear to me that the only way I was going to get my money’s worth—and Friday to Sunday at Kripalu represents a whole lot of money—was to leave immediately. I stayed at Kripalu for just under 24 hours and leaving was without a doubt the best part.
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Tonight's dinner was exceptionally good. Great bean soup, delicious fish and phenomenal apple cranberry walnut oat crumble. Others enjoyed humas and chips,tuna, panninies, and a variety of hot bvb and cold teas.
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My 3rd time going...love it, all of it - i just thought for the heck of it, i would read the "terrible" reviews...NOT a good idea.... By the way, the concept here is to "disconnect" in every sense possible, from your phone/laptop/newspaper/social media (you know, like the thing you're reading here)---there are still designated areas for cell phones but it really destroys the ambiance and intention of a place such as this---IF there is an emergency, one can always be reached. I am the guy's guy who would stay a 1000 miles away from a yoga retreat...although that changed completely after my first workshop-visit. An actual real life 'convert" - YES, i drank the kool aid, and it was good. My partner is a yoga instructor and lets say...well...i, am not---but yoga (even though it is in the title) is not what all Kripalu is all about. It has a general feeling (not contrived) of peace, healing and reconnecting...with yourself. THe silent breakfast, THAT is what it is about-- the food is 90% excellent (especially considering they are feeding 600 people) FYI / this aint club med...the rooms (i've stayed in 3 different options) are functionable, pedestrian and VERY clean...you are NOT going to be spending a lot of time in your room cruising the internet watching videos on tiktok...or...if you do, go to a comfort inn.The common spaces are plentiful and lovely. They now allow men to share in the whirlpool with the "cold dip" pool...GOOD move Kripalu...as i should stress, in the 3 times i have gone in the last year, there is definitely more men. Like everything in life, this experience is subjective...your experience will be your own...but if you bring an open mind, you may be....transformed
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I was in Room 232, at the end of the hall, but not too far from the dining rooms, and very easy access to Mountain View room, the location where my program took place. It was a private room with shared bath. Room was small and simple, but everything was very clean. Food was amazing, especially the breads, scones, and salads. Adored the fresh apple cider, as well. I was here for a five-day Kundalini yoga & mediation program for healing and it was everything I'd hoped it'd be. The R&R offerings looked wonderful, but I wasn't able to partake. Next time!
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United StatesMassachusettsBerkshiresStockbridge
NUMBER OF ROOMS
230
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Which popular attractions are close to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Nearby attractions include Norman Rockwell Museum (4.3 miles), Tanglewood (0.8 miles), and Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a fitness center, a spa, and free parking.
Is parking available at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chocolate Springs Cafe, Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Six Depot Roastery and Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Does Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home (2.5 miles), Chesterwood Museum (4.6 miles), and The Mission House (4.6 miles).
Does Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.