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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 is a field leader in whole-person education for body, mind, heart, and spirit, Kripalu offers onsite and online programs and retreats across a wide range of topics including yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, cooking, outdoor mindfulness, social and environmental justice. Located 2.5 hours north of New York City and west of Boston, 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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3tothebeach wrote a review Sep 2022
Scottsdale, Arizona261 contributions61 helpful votes
I came back again since coming annually pre-Covid, and I signed up for six nights in most expensive room in the annex. I had been before and I knew I needed the R&R love that Kripalu can provide. And I agree with other reviewers that with the “right expectations the Kripalu center for yoga can provide a fantastic setting for a restorative retreat”. The bottom line is I do want to come back again next year. Given that it was a bit different than pre-covid times - which is to be expected,,, what do I mean? Lack of variety of R &R offerings – especially in the early weekdays (MON _ THRUSDAY) - For some of the time it seemed like ground-hog day – same thing offered each day. Although there was either a gentle or a intermediate yoga offering - I also felt that the sequencing within the yoga class was often the same. I notice that on the weekends there was an additional offering of Vinyasa class – which helped a lot. Front Desk issues - Was told on the phone that I didn’t need to sign up for limited space “special offerings” such as the weekday SOUND BATH as there was be ample space and could do so when I got there – This was false. I did not get on the list in time for the weekday SOUND bath but I was diligent to get there and wait – luckily someone was a no- show (actually there were 4 no -shows) but this was stressful Little weekday variety in the instructors/ facilitators What I noticed soon in my stay was lack of and little variety in the instructors/ facilitators. What do I mean? Well the same (lovely) employee who is leading the guided hike will soon thereafter be your yoga instructor and then the following day she will be your guide for kayaking. Again, I can appreciate that for these instructors that to make it work financially they have to be a “jack of all trades” but isn’t there a way to correctly compensate them so that there can be some specialization? I don’t want them to get “burned out” – i.e. only teaching gentle yoga 5 days a week – btu I think that the way they have them scheduled popping from a Bedtime yoga then up to teach at 6:30 flow might be a nightmare for their schedule as well. ( I did hear something to this effect when I asked one instructor) There was SOME specific specialized instructors, and they OF COURSE were fabulous! This is what you expect at a world-famous wellness and yoga facility. Stand outs were – KEN NELSON - Qigong The wonderful instructor on Positional Therapy – who trained under LEE ABLERTSON – AMAZING! And as she promised LIFE CHANGING!! Shout out to Rachel who was a wonderful yoga teacher and great outdoors gal who brought music and joy into the yoga classes she facilitated TONI BERGINS – creator of JOURNEY DANCE is someone who you NEED to keep on staff – An expert and complexly specialized in her craft (MISS THE DRUMMING SOOOO Much though!) I had others with Christine – Antoinette – Michell Dalbec Great healing arts massage with Jermanine Gomes! he yoga classes were very nice class schedule was OK – I would have liked to have one more time slot offered as the afternoon time slot was also outdoor time. I was soooo lucky that the weather was great~! I would have liked to do the stand-up paddleboard but again given the time slot I wasn’t able to do that on this trip. FRONT DESK ISSUES – It literally took my FOUR times back and forth from the ANNEX to get into my room! I was tired – exhausted from a plane trip and rental car and then check in…- Here is what happened the woman at the front desk WROTE DOWN THE WROGN ROOM NUMBER on my key card holder! Of course the key would not work – she said it was my putting it by my phone etc etc I had to get security and then we saw it was the wrong room! Then later the key malfunctioned once again~ and never did the woman who checked me is say – I’m sorry or show any compassion – As I was there over the course of several days, I did have other folks at the front desk who were better -s some where VERY GOOD – nice gentleman and the manager was there too to oversee the sign up process AND again, back to the room – I had a neighbor beside me listening – watch TV until midnight so I moved and upgraded to a QUEEN vs a TWIN – which was def the right move Here I knew that he rooms even in the Annex rooms are basic. Even the more expensive rooms was basic but I very much appreciated the bathtub… but ia m wondering for my next visit if there is a significantly positive difference between the queen size room with an en suite bathroom in the main building and what I had in the Annex I do want to come back – and maybe when TANGLEWOOD is in session as I loved the MUSIC and YOGA offerings. I know that you are reopening after being closed and MUCH of the staff left – yet it is my hope that you will continue to progress to make this the world recognized wellness and yoga retreat that it can be again. Maybe taking again to the front desk about being very customer friendly – and helping the guest to ease into a rejuvenating and meaningful stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Carmie H wrote a review Sep 2022
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This was my first visit since 2019 and boy do I love it here. I was here for a retreat with friends. The instructors/guides were Kripalu faculty Erin Caspersen and Susan Wrba were amazing and I would return to learn from them in heartbeat. There were a few other standouts during my stay. 1) The food. Honestly this is my favorite food on the planet. It’s beautiful to look at and there are so many choices and it feels so good to eat and be nourished by this stuff. I keep dreaming of the salads… 2) the grounds. Our program had us hiking on Kripalu’s property and occasionally we would hike in surrounding areas. So beautiful and peaceful. We also kayaked and the lake was equally peaceful and beautiful. Evelyn Gonzalez joined us for the kayaking portion and she was such a treat to be with that we also took a yoga class with her later in the day and that was lovely. 3) Finally; the healing arts offerings are always wonderful but this time I had the good fortune to experience the Abhyanga Garashana with Susannah and I think I’m still under its effects a month later. I can’t wait for my next visit
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Pamela wrote a review Jul 2022
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I finally scratched Kripalu off my bucket list! I purchased the day pass at an affordable price which included 3 meals. Being a picky eater I was worried there would be no food that I would eat but that was not the case. The food selection is amazing. I only wish they offered some desserts. If you are craving sweets after you eat there is a small cafe on the main floor that sells cookies and ice cream. Breakfast was the only silent meal but feel free to take your food outdoors if you prefer to talk. I tried 2 gentle yoga classes and both were excellent. The temperature of the room was just right, not too hot or too cold. I preregistered for a guided hike and guided kayak which were both enjoyable. If you choose to kayak, I would bring a change of clothes and leave in your locker ( whish is free) because you might get wet like I did ( the water was a bit rough that day). I wish the front desk had explained upon check where the meeting spot was for the kayak tour and that it would take 20-30 minutes to walk to the lake. Since it was my first time kayaking, I was a little nervous but John was very helpful and made me feel comfortable. After kayaking, I felt like I needed to rest so I asked the front desk if i could switch to an afternoon hiking class which they allowed me to switch to without any problem. The hike was very nice. I just wonder why they don't level the guided hikes so that you can choose an easy hike (flat) or a more difficult hike (uphill). Make sure you bring water since the guided hike is 2 hours. There are water stations throughout the building that you can use to refill a bottle at not cost. i thought it was interesting that when you check in, your credit card is scanned so if you go to the Kripalu store, you just give your name and they charge your card. The store is nice but a bit pricey. Surprisingly, the did not have a lot of Kripalu merchandise. i would have liked a zip up sweatshirt or even a Kripalu sticker for my water bottle. I did not stay on site but found an affordable Hampton Inn only 10 minutes away. I highly recommend it. Overall, I had an enjoyable day and upon leaving a double rainbow came out!!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Jessica T wrote a review Apr 2022
Cleveland, Ohio40 contributions43 helpful votes
Kripalu offers a safe, welcome experience for all. There is something for everyone. The silent breakfast asks you to be present with yourself mind and body. The food is the best you'll ever eat at every meal. The grounds are beautiful, sessions and classes are informative, and you'll leave invigorated.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Mj C wrote a review Apr 2022
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I just did the R & R at Kripalu, and was so happy to be able to return after 2+ years of Covid. I needed the spiritual and physical reboot that Kripalu offers in full measure. The instructors are gifted, the buffet - morning, noon, night is healthy, inventive and abundant. There is something for everyone on it. Trust me! Kripalu is a quality place to explore mind and body. We’ll run, immaculate, positive energy. This was my 4th time due to the Covid hiatus. I will absolutely return. Thank you Kripalu! ❤️🙏🏽🇺🇦
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Date of stay: March 2022
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kyle10014 wrote a review Mar 2022
New York City, New York2024 contributions216 helpful votes
With the right expectations the Kripalu center for yoga can provide a fantastic setting for a restorative retreat. For us it was also a wonderful way for my brothers and I, together with our spouses and closest friends, to gather for a late winter reunion and getaway. Kripalu sits on an enormous campus with a tremendous history stretching back to robber barons of the late 1800s including Vanderbilt and Carnegie. The lands and buildings were eventually turned over to what seems to have been a seminary for the first half of the 20th century. While the original manor house burned down in the 50s the seminary built the enormous structure which houses the yoga center, classrooms, dorms, and dining facilities. When the seminary moved out the compound became an ashram and eventually evolved into the center as it exists today. It is a weird sort of utilitarian non-architecture in terms of style but practically speaking it seems perfectly suited to the purpose for which is now used. The class schedule was extremely easy to access and there was something to do at virtually every hour. Space in each class was not an issue. During the weekend I was there I participated in approximately a half dozen sessions and each had a terrific instructor and was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. I have no idea what the overall experience level was of the other guests but I know virtually nothing about yoga and found myself thoroughly enjoying every minute of my stay. In addition to the classes, the compound is surrounded by miles of trails that are easy to walk and provide a wonderful injection of nature into a stay at the center. The meals were surprisingly tasty and well prepared in a comfortable very clean dining room. The buffet style service was similarly immaculate and maintained at the highest levels throughout each meal service. The rooms are basic. Even the more expensive rooms are basic. Do not expect much beyond a comfortable place to lay your head at the end of the day or when you would like a break. I had the most expensive room in the annex and while budget is not particularly a concern I don’t believe it was really significantly better than the queen size room with an en suite bathroom in the main building. Like the dining room, our guest room was very clean and well maintained. The only glitch during the weekend is there was no housekeeping in the room. The staff were on point everywhere which was all the more impressive since they’re just coming out of the pandemic and all it’s impact. Everyone smiles and is nice and helpful. The facial I had was quite good and my skin actually looked different afterward. My husband said his massage was one of the best he has had and the massage therapist seemed extremely knowledgeable and skilled. Make no mistake, this is not canyon ranch nor is it intended to be. It truly is a place to go to do a lot of yoga, eat healthy food for a few days, detach from the outside world, and to gain a sense of restoration. I felt the overall value was good. While the room rate may seem expensive at first it does cover all meals and as many classes as one chooses to take. Going into the weekend I never thought I would be saying this, but I actually cannot wait to return again at least once a year and to maybe try it during different seasons.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Brad G wrote a review Oct 2021
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania25 contributions33 helpful votes
I cannot express how elated we are that Kripalu has reopened and done so in such a way as to keep its guests safe while still honoring its roots. We wholeheartedly applaud Kripalu for taking steps to protect its guests and manage a global pandemic. My partner and I have been grievously harmed over the last two years by the pandemic and the global response to it. To be able to escape to Kripalu to heal some of our trauma was, quite literally, life changing. Yes, they are requiring vaccines - good for them. Yes, they are requiring masks - good for them. We love you, Kripalu, and we feel the love you have for us, too. For those who have been to Kripalu in prior years, the magic is still there. For those who have not been there, Kripalu gives back 10x what you give it. If you embrace the simplicity, lean into nature and mindful living, and let go of expectations, you'll leave refreshed and cleansed of much of the garbage that has become our standard way of living in the US. Kripalu to us can be summed up by one thing - the care that the staff have for all. From Chef Jeremy and his staff loading your plate with love and nutrition to Micah using owl hoots to call us back from a sit spot and the staff encouraging us to kayak or paddleboard, Kripalu has a faculty and staff that live, breathe, and speak their love for their jobs, the location, and the guests.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Patricia C wrote a review Sep 2021
Somerville, Massachusetts34 contributions60 helpful votes
The Maria Sirois class on resilience on 8/29/2021 was worth the price of the entire trip. Yoga classes were amazing and also the array of other classes running on Saturday. Paddleboard class anyone? The healthy food was delicious. (Three meals per day, served cafeteria style, are included in the price.) Even my partner, the world's fussiest eater, found things to eat in the cafeteria and loved the chocolate chip cookies at the Cafe store. Safety: Guests must show up with either their vaccine card or a recent COVID test. Everyone must wear masks while indoors except when eating. Windows are open everywhere. There is a thorough cleaning of bedrooms between guests. Hand sanitizer is everywhere. Numbers of guests is restricted: 600 guests per day was the norm pre-COVID. Now it’s about 200 guests a day. Given the amount of safety measures, I felt that Kripalu had done the absolute best job possible to ensure everyone's safety. Accessibility: Every part of the open complex areas is reachable by one of the three elevators. Getting There: Frequently check a traffic alert service as you are driving. One traffic accident can cause a massive backup. In summation: My partner, an avid bicyclist, who attended not a single class, said, "I forgot how quiet and beautiful it is here." My Take? A fabulous, rejuvenating, and meaningful stay.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Ryan wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions9 helpful votes
I really enjoyed my visit pre-covid and I truly felt Kripalu was a magical place. Unfortunately they have fallen victim to the intense propaganda campaign taking place. If you have to show proof of vaccination or be tested for something you don't have then that is not yoga! Not to mention the idea of wearing of mask during yoga is completely ludicrous. My freedom doesn't end where your fear begins. The bottom line is that true health and wellness doesn't come from an injection or a pill. If you think it does then you're in the wrong business. Luckily I can decide who to support and where to spend my money. Needless to say but it wont be at Kripalu.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Tracy Williams, Marketing at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Responded Aug 31, 2021
Hello, the health and safety of our guests, staff and community is our top priority. Kripalu's safety protocols were created in full compliance with Massachusetts state guidelines. We continue to monitor the situation daily and encourage you to visit our website to stay updated. Thank you.
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FFmilerr wrote a review Jun 2021
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Epic fail opening w Covid mask ground rules - get over the fear and follow the science - won’t partipate when your fears are imposed on me, 15 year repeat RnR guest. So silly how some can accept normal is customer friendly and appropriate now
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Tracy Williams, Marketing at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Responded Jun 7, 2021
Hello, Our team is continuing to monitor safety and health guidelines on a daily basis as things change and we expect some of our protocols to change prior to opening on August 19th. We encourage you to visit our website to stay updated. Thank you.
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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), The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home (2.5 miles), and National Shrine of the Divine Mercy (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a spa, free parking, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
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 Brava.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health?
Yes, guests have access to fitness classes and yoga classes 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.