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Thank you for visiting February’s sample schedule! Kripalu’s R&R Program is available year-round, and open for registration as far in advance as you wish. Our sample schedules reflect actual times and duration of activities, with the exception of outdoor, so that you may plan your day prior to arrival. Actual schedules, including workshop topics, descriptions, and presenter, are posted here approximately two to three months in advance. To book your retreat, please call 866-200-5203 or visit kripalu.org/stay/rr-retreats

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Creative Expression [clear filter]
Tuesday, February 4
 

11:00am EST

Writing as Medicine
Often in telling our stories we are able to uncover the deeper layers of ourselves and find meaning in significant moments in our lives. In this workshop we will kickstart a healing writing practice to be used as a form of medicine.

Faculty
avatar for Samantha Cullen

Samantha Cullen

Samantha Cullen, RYT, is a certified yoga teacher and outdoor guide for Kripalu R&R Retreats and other Kripalu programs.


Tuesday February 4, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
TBA

2:00pm EST

Creating Your Own Labyrinth
Learn about the history and uses of this ancient and sacred geometrical pattern as well as how to create your own yarn labyrinth at home. Explore the meditative and introspective benefits of what many consider a spiritual practice. Begin this journey inside, and if weather permits we will visit the Kripalu Labyrinth.

Faculty
avatar for Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, RN, E-RYT 500, is a senior faculty member at Kripalu, where she leads a variety of workshops, including 500 and 1000-hour level professional yoga teacher trainings. She works with clients privately and leads workshops internationally in group and corporate settings... Read More →


Tuesday February 4, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
TBA
 
Friday, February 7
 

2:00pm EST

Sand Mandala
Explore meditative creativity through mandalas in this fun hands-on workshop. In collaboration with others, create a temporary work of art using colored sand. After admiring the beauty of your efforts, mix the sand together in order to appreciate the temporary nature of all things.


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
TBA
 
Tuesday, February 11
 

9:00am EST

You Are The Prayer
You are the prayer; your body, your movement, your breath. The JourneyDance™ Prayer Circle invites a tribe of dancers into authentic movement of deep expression and celebration. We begin with an inspirational story, sharing what inspires us to dream, our inner most intention, then open our souls with evocative music to invigorate our emotions and our hearts.

Faculty
avatar for Toni Bergins

Toni Bergins

Toni Bergins, MEd, founder and director of JourneyDance™, is an artistic alchemist and passionate catalyst for people to transform their angst into art and their vulnerability into strength. Over the past 20 years, she has helped thousands of people find a new sense of self-esteem... Read More →


Tuesday February 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EST
TBA

7:30pm EST

Soundplay
Come free your voice from the constraints of unhelpful vocal habits, and physical and emotional blocks so that you can express yourself more fully in every area of your life. In this workshop, practice easy exercises to open the body, release the voice, and find your unique sound.

Faculty
avatar for Bhavani Lorraine Nelson

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson leads workshops in meditation and mindfulness, stress reduction, and her primary work, the power of the voice. A Kripalu Yoga teacher, Bhavani has practiced and led meditation for more than 40 years, and has taught in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Iceland... Read More →


Tuesday February 11, 2020 7:30pm - 9:00pm EST
TBA
 
Thursday, February 13
 

9:00am EST

Presence, Power, and the Yoga of Voice
A MOE is designed to help modern people receive the health and well-being associated with mindful time outdoors.  The experience includes a short introduction to the land in order to foster a sense of appreciation, curiosity and gratitude for place.  This is followed by a series of steps to invite awareness into the body and the present moment to awaken the senses and transition to a relaxed state of awareness.  A mindful outdoor experience includes walking with awareness, noticing sensations in relationship to the land and elements, as well as what we call “nature meditations”, in which participants are invited to sit and observe movement and stillness on the land.  The experience concludes with a group share and sometimes a relaxed fire meditation, tea or snacks. 

Faculty
avatar for Jurian Hughes

Jurian Hughes

Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is the founder of the Yoga of Voice, cofounder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™, and cocreator of the Yoga of Yes. A Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer, she is also a voice coach, personal mentor, writer, speaker, and theater performer. As a faculty member... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am EST
TBA
 
Friday, February 14
 

11:00am EST

Coloring as Meditation
Coloring is an easy way to calm the mind and occupy the hands. This active meditation focuses our attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion, inviting awareness to the present moment. This creative, mindful relaxation is based around the mandala, a sacred symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that can promote relaxation and calm.


Friday February 14, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
TBA
 
Monday, February 17
 

7:30pm EST

Haiku Stew
Originating in Japan and inspired by nature, haiku poetry allows us to hold fleeting images with words and to focus on a single moment. We’ll read some classic examples, stroll outside to gather material, and try our hand at the three-line form. No writing experience necessary.

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST
TBA
 
Thursday, February 20
 

11:00am EST

Pen Practice
"It's a practice," we say of yoga. The same goes for developing a regular writing routine. Learn practical tips for beginning a writing habit you can stick to and enjoy. No prior writing experience necessary.

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
 
Sunday, February 23
 

2:00pm EST

The Traveling Mindset
When traveling to a new place, we notice street signs and plant life; we send home postcards about what we see. As writer Alain de Botton says, we gain a “traveling mindset.” In this writing workshop, discuss ways to approach familiar settings with fresh eyes and “notice what we have already seen.”

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
TBA
 
Monday, February 24
 

2:00pm EST

This Precious Life
Through a combination of lecture, movement, guided meditation, and journaling, this workshop invites you to clarify your priorities and cultivate the ability to live each moment mindfully. Awaken to the gift that is your life.

Faculty
avatar for Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Sudha Carolyn Lundeen

Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, RN, E-RYT 500, is a senior faculty member at Kripalu, where she leads a variety of workshops, including 500 and 1000-hour level professional yoga teacher trainings. She works with clients privately and leads workshops internationally in group and corporate settings... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
TBA
 
Wednesday, February 26
 

2:00pm EST

Gratitude Journaling
What are you thankful for? What fills you with appreciation and grace? A gratitude journal allows us to contemplate and articulate these questions on a daily basis. Share your gratitude with others in a safe, supportive space and receive prompts to sustain this rejuvenating practice at home.

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Wednesday February 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
TBA

7:30pm EST

Harnessing the Heart's Energy
Get ready to nourish yourself from the inside out. In this class, we use meditation, creative visualization, and movement to harness the heart's energy and awaken self-love.

Faculty
avatar for Kimberly Coleman

Kimberly Coleman

Kimberly Coleman, LMT RYT 500, is a Healing practitioner who enjoys assisting others in personal transformation. In 1993, she started her healing journey as a Massage Therapist specializing in energy work & Facilitation. She has long been fascinated by people's ability to heal, and... Read More →


Wednesday February 26, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST
TBA
 
Friday, February 28
 

11:00am EST

I Remember
Childhood tends to remain a vivid time, no matter where we find ourselves now. In this unpretentious writing workshop, recall memories from early days and hear recollections from others. Using Joe Brainard’s whimsical memoir I Remember as a model, tap into tales from your youth and consider how these experiences have shaped you.

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
TBA
 
Saturday, February 29
 

11:00am EST

Om Tones
What does it mean to “find your voice”? This playful exploration of song starts with the simple soundings of om and experiments with singing as pranayama, allowing your throat chakra to open. Come sing for the joy of it, letting go of past judgments about being “good.”

Faculty
avatar for Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her prose has appeared in Writing Fire, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, and other literary publications. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am EST
TBA

7:30pm EST

Origami and Mindfulness
Come enjoy mindfulness through the ancient art of paper folding. Learn four basic origami designs: crane (peace), balloon (lightness), frog (emotion), and butterfly (transformation). Beautiful colored paper will be supplied. Consider passing one or more of your creations on to someone at Kripalu or back home as a gesture of gratitude and loving-kindness.


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST
TBA