I went with a friend for a three day retreat weekend. Arrived at 1:30p after a five hour drive and was not greeted graciously. Told we would not be allowed to check in until 4:30. Ok. Jump back into the car and wandered into Lenox and found a great farmers market. Went back at 4 and was checked in but another unpleasant woman who informed me I was only allowed to use my phone inside a cell closet! What! We had paid for an upgraded room with a lake view. After schlepping ALL our luggage to the far end of the former seminary... We open the door to find two cots and a box fan! A sink over the foot of the inside bed, NO AC, no closet and no room for even our suitcases. Oh and NO bathroom! It wad over 90 degrees and very high humidity. I was not happy with the first three hours of this retreat. It was a lot of aggravation and no retreat so far. Let me tell you Henry saved the day. Charming and accomodating. He checked on availability and moved us to the Annex for an additional $240.., but there was air, private bath and a smidge more space. No TV, RADIO but thankfully Internet. Of course no assistance in moving us from one end of the campus to the other. And you can omly park near a building for 30 mins and the lots are a good hike down from the buildings. I run my own business so I cannot disappear for three days. By the tiime we settle in we haul butt back to the main building for dinner. Inhale a very fresh and delicious meal and then book it over to the "mandatory" orienatation. Off we go only to find out once we got there that this was not an orientation but a CLASS! I was in a long skirt and tank top! I was not in a position to be doing any downward dogs! Half the room were wearing street clothes. Very upsetting. I had to leave. And the instructor was breathing so heavy into his headset that it sounded like a horror movie. You can remind us to breath without sounding like he is gasping for breath.
End of the night. I went back to the room to read and answer emails. Next morning, up early to hike a nearby mountain. Excellent adventure. Beautiful views. It was billed that when we got to the top of the mountain that we would do some yoga. Well my pack moved a little slower and as we reached the summit... The leader was coming down. When asked about the yoga he bluntly said "you missed it." Excellent. Took pics and came down. We wanted to go to the lake only to be told that there was not enough time. Took a very nice gentle yoga class Saturday night... Then to bed to observe mandatory quiet time at 10p. Sunday... It was made clear that we had to be packed and out before noon.. But you can stay, eat lunch and take another class. So you tell me where we are to keep our belongings, run them back and forth to the car and relax or do yoga. We just left. There is an unsecured luggage room. But really? No coffee in the cafeteria but you can buy a cup in the cafe for nearly $3.00 and if you save your papercup you can get .20 off your next cup. Again REALLY. Ok let me carry this paper cup around with me at all times. I paid $700 for a day and a half, one full yoga class, tasty food but not impressed for all the reputation. Henry at the desk was fabulous and I had the best massage ever --- for an additional $80 for 50 mins. Do your homework before you go. I had expected so much more. The R&R option offers a more a la carte schedule versus the hiking and yoga retreat we signed up for. But overall a great disappointment. Severely lacking in many areas. Need more options for classes. How can they not make available ONE vinyasa class. First class of the day starts at 6:30am, then the remainder had us tied up with the hike. So the only option we had was a gentle class around 7p saturday night or get up and hit the Sunday morning class at 6:30a. But we still needed to eat breakfast, shower, pack, load the car and drive home at least five hours. BTW kitchen doesn't open until 7 so you cant get any nutrition prior to the 630a class. Basics are lacking... Just an overall disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health Hotel Stockbridge
- Kripalu Center For Yoga And Health
- Kripalu Yoga Center