New Mindful Outdoor Leadership Program

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 23, 2018

Making News

As green exercise and the health benefits of spending time in nature gain more prominence in popular and scientific news, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is introducing a Mindful Outdoor Leadership Program in October.

The curriculum includes elements of forest bathing, Ayurveda, yoga, outdoor skills, and research related to nature’s health benefits.

Micah Mortali, director of Kripalu Schools and founder of the program, says, “Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guides are trained to lead experiences that foster a sense of connection and intimacy between people and living earth. . . . The work of a KMOG is to promote connection that opens the senses, soothes the nervous system, builds a sense of community, and introduces people to skills of becoming comfortable in the more-than-human world.”To learn more, go to outdoor-leadership. For an update on green exercise and its benefits, see

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at