Give Your Sweetie a Valentine’s Day Gift for the Two of You with a Kripalu Retreat
Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift that’s perfect for couples.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the beautiful Berkshires in Massachusetts has a couples-centric gift for Valentine’s Day. Their special R&R Relationships Retreat from February 9-14 offers a schedule of daily workshops designed to strengthen your ties to the people you care about most. Throughout the week, you'll learn effective ways to mindfully communicate and engage with your loved one; experience yoga and movement classes focused on how to better listen to your body; explore tools and practices for self-love, self-care, and self-compassion; and connect with nature on guided snowshoeing excursions.
If the weather cooperates, you can join in on a walking meditation through the forest on the center’s grounds where you’ll learn how to be at peace with yourself and hopefully translate that experience to your significant other. I found it to be an incredibly insightful hike. Regardless, you’ll take away a healthier outlook on your relationship while enjoying healthful dining and learning healthful habits.
If the timing isn’t right, you can also book a retreat for the two of you to any of Kripalu’s more than 700 programs a year. They’ll also customize a program to meet your needs with yoga, massage, dance, hiking, canoeing (in warmer weather), and sightseeing in the area. Here are a couple of others in February perfect for couples, Partner Yoga for Couples - (February 14-17) or Loving Like You Mean It: Emotional Mindfulness to Transform Relationships - (February 14-17).
Kripalu is one of my favorites, and it’s been around for 40 years catering to yogis like me who enjoy exploring yoga, mindfulness, outdoor activities and having an extensive menu of indulgent spa and wellness treatments at any time of the year.
The all-vegetarian and vegan food choices are pretty wonderful, too, and there are cooking classes to teach you how to make the recipes on your own.
The morning's silent breakfast is a fascinating opportunity for self-contemplation or couples' contemplation.
All photos by Meryl Pearlstein