Awaken is a 3 day, 2 night yoga retreat to honor and celebrate plus size bodies.
Held June 21-23, 2020 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Led by Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love, Awaken creates a sense of coziness in your body as you explore inspiring yoga and body-positive well-being.
WELCOME TO KRIPALU
The Essentials for Awaken
Awaken will take place at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, located in Stockbridge, MA, the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. The dates are Sunday, June 21, 2020 (arrive by 4PM), Monday, June 22, 2020 and Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (depart after 1PM)
A 3-day thoughtfully curated Awaken program led by Rachel Estapa; all meals/beverages during our program; additional access to Kripalu’s daily yoga classes; exclusive access to Kripalu’s manicured properties, including state of the art amenities, access to cafe and bookshop; 24-hour access to the dining hall for snacks and teas; on-site parking; and A LOT of positive vibes!
Guests are responsible for booking and payment of their on-site Kripalu accommodations based upon your personal preference (please see below for more); transportation to/from Kripalu; Healing Arts appointments; any additional stay added as outside of the Awaken program.
The cost of Awaken (excluding your travel and accommodations) is $399. Attendance will be capped to ensure an intimate and rewarding experience for all, so do not delay on registering.
All bookings and payment options are are managed by Kripalu
We recommend contacting Kripalu directly about their refund and cancellation policy. They can be reached at 866.200.5203, or reading their policies by clicking here.
“What are the Kripalu accommodation options?”
Kripalu offers numerous room styles and options available. Attendees are required to stay on site + are responsible for booking their own accommodations. I’ve also requested a “More to Love Only” dorm room those wanting a cohesive boarding experience, too.
Please call Kripalu directly for accommodation options and pricing and/or check here for current rates.
“Do I have to stay at Kripalu to participate?”
Yes, staying is required as this program is about community, too, and pricing factors in the amazing amenities of Kripalu. The accommodation rates for staying overnight have been discounted exclusively for this retreat. .
“Do I have to book my room now too?”
You will be prompted to book your room, when you check out on the Kripalu website.
I have stayed in all types of accommodations offered by Kripalu – from the dorms to the swankier Annex, and still, my preference is the dorms. Why? The beds are super-soft, the rooms and spaces are clean, people are extremely respectful of the rules, and it’s also lovely to meet people from all over. Don’t think of these dorms like campgrounds – they are meant to promote restoration and ease during your stay.
“What should I pack?”
Clothing wise…be comfortable! You’ll rarely see anyone in jeans or anything remotely close to “business wear”. This is meant to let you feel relaxed. There are plenty of places to explore, so bring a good pair of shoes/sneakers, swimsuit for the lake or whirlpool, a journal to write in, water bottle, yoga mat if you want (there are tons of them already here) and anything else you cannot live a couple days without (hair dryer, medications, photo of your loved ones, that teddy-bear you still sleep with but we’re not judging!)
“What about technology – aka – the love of my life, my phone!?”
This is a retreat center designed to unplug from the world, so best to limit your use of tech as much as possible. Read Kripalu’s policies on tech for more clarity.
“Am I allowed?”
More to Love has, and will be, open for all bodies and people to participate. That said, More to Love has prided itself as being a special gathering for folks in large bodies. If that’s not you, I just ask you pause and consider before registering “how might my presence impact other’s ability to feel at ease?” Regarding gender, folks identifying as male, female, both or neither, are all welcome.
“How physically challenging will this be?”
The short answer: this is a retreat…not a yoga bootcamp! Just like More to Love Yoga, this is based on what you want to experience. Any additional activities outside of our planned session is totally up to you. And this experience is not limited to just yoga – you can partake in other types of sessions too which will be posted daily as Kripalu.
“I’d love to come, but travel/transportation is tricky.”
Please visit the Kripalu website for numerous travel options.
“I joined a previous MTL retreat, can I come again?”
Of course! No two More to Love experiences are ever the same. In fact, you likely will be able to take your experience to another level.
“I have another question….”
No worries – please email firstname.lastname@example.org