Suddenly Unemployed? Kripalu Wants to Help
It’s not unusual for someone to have a favorite getaway, a place he or she loves above all other destinations. For many people, Kripalu, in Stockbridge, is just such a place. Far from your average spa, Kripalu offers world-class instruction in yoga, holistic health, personal growth, and spirituality. Another most unusual thing about Kripalu is that the folks who toil to make it special, the staff, feel such affection for the institution, which is a non-profit, and its guests that they are willing to sacrifice on both of their behalf.
On June 7 - 9, Kripalu is offering a special 3-day workshop, Transformation: Surviving Job Loss to Thriving. At the request of the Kripalu staffers who offered to volunteer their time to lead the program, the weekend is being offered at cost. Participants pay only room and board. Those who live in the region pay a small day-use fee. The program will be offered again in the fall.
Experts in leadership training, mindfulness, psychology, and mind/body medicine will offer training in personal leadership, stress reduction, and resiliency, all designed to “ignite joy, clarity, and community.” The hope is that participants will leave knowing the next steps necessary in finding meaningful, sustaining work. The program includes daily yoga and meditation, and “walking the labyrinth.” Among the faculty are Maria Sirois, a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and inspirational speaker, and Coby Kozlowski, a dynamic workshop facilitator and professional life coach.
“The employment crisis in our country is an opportunity for organizations like Kripalu to share our expertise and try to help people make positive changes in their lives,” says Kripalu’s President, Ila Sarley. “Participants will gain a greater sense of both empowerment and inner stillness, and the knowledge that they are not alone.”
Psychologist Maris Sirois speaks for many who are volunteering their time when she says, “I started working at Kripalu, and I kind of fell in love with the place.”
Transformational Retreat For Those Who Have Lost Their Jobs
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
June 7 - 9, 2009
Program tuition ($250 value), yoga, and healthy eating/free; housing & meals/$160 (dormitory-style room) - $610 (new “green” room with private bath) for 2 nights
Commuter day-use fee/$50, includes lunch
Massage, energy balancing, Ayurvedic treatments/additional fee