TRAVEL Lost your job? Kripalu Center offers transformational retreat for laid off workers

At the request of Kripalu staff who offered to volunteer their time to lead a program designed for those who have recently lost their jobs, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health will be offering a three-day workshop, Transformation: Surviving Job Loss to Thriving.

The program, which waives the tuition fee is being offered June 7 through June 9 and again in the fall at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Mass., www.kripalu.org

“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.”

The program is being offered by Kripalu and its teaching staff, who are experts in leadership training, mindfulness, psychology, and mind/body medicine. Faculty includes Maria Sirois, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and inspirational speaker, and Coby Kozlowski, CPCC, a dynamic workshop facilitator and professional life coach.

A three-day workshop, Transformation: Surviving Job Loss to Thriving, for people who have recently been laid off from their jobs. Participants will receive training in personal leadership, stress reduction, resiliency, and mindfulness, all designed to ignite joy, clarity, and community.

Through conscious dialogue, introspection, and a focus on strengths, individuals will leave with awareness of the next steps necessary to bring them into meaningful, sustaining work. The program includes daily yoga and meditation, and walking the labyrinth.

Program tuition ($250) is free; participants pay only for housing and food expenses ($332—$806, including both nights). Commuters pay a day-use fee. Participants will also be able to take advantage of the Kripalu’s offerings in yoga, healthy eating, and, for an additional fee, healing arts treatments such as massage, energy balancing, and Ayurvedic treatments.

Kripalu Center, a nonprofit organization, has served people of all backgrounds for more than 30 years and is located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, less than three hours from Boston and New York City. For more information or to register for the program, visit www.kripalu.org or call 1-800-741-7353.

Kripalu Center Recipe

(From May 2008 Newsletter)

Indonesian-Style Rice Salad

Serves four.

3 cups cooked long-grain brown rice

½ green pepper, diced

½ cup mung bean sprouts

¼ cup chopped cashews

¼ cup golden raisins

Several scallions to taste

Dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon tamari

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Pinch cayenne to taste

This salad is a great way to use leftover rice you may have from dinner. Simply combine the dressing ingredients and toss the dressing over the cooked and cooled rice, with the other ingredients mixed in. Be creative with whatever you have around the house. Sometimes I add fresh pineapple or dried coconut, or I substitute the cashews with toasted pecans. Go crazy—it is still spring after all!

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