Last night I was planning to look through a small stack of homeschooling books fresh from the library. Instead, I only had eyes for the latest course offerings from Kripalu.
Four times a year, the Kripalu catalog rolls into my home. For me, it's the equivalent to what a J.Crew or Boden catalog might be for someone else. I want it all. Everything looks beautiful, and just the right style for me. I could easily see myself fitting at least a half dozen workshops/trainings/retreats into my year. After all, Kripalu is only 1 1/2 hours from my home. So easy to get to! It's just soooo pricey.
It's not the program fees that put the Kripalu experience out of my reach, time and again. It's the room and board. For instance, there is a 5 day program I've got my eye on, the price is $465. Not bad at all for 5 full days of quality programming. However, add to that (private, because I am) room/bath and board, and this week jumps to just about $2000. Yikes! I just can't do that.
Over the years my husband has taken classes at Yestermorrow, in Vermont (might be one of the coolest school concepts on earth). They have a camping option for those lodging at the school. How smart is that? He brings his own food, puts a few quarters in the shower, and sleeps under the stars.
Kripalu has over 600 acres, I bet they could make this happen, couldn't they? Oh, it would be amazing! I know so many people who aren't able to take advantage of Kripalu's offerings due to the cost of lodging. And yes, their food is wonderful, but so is mine! I'd be happy to pack a cooler for a week and eat simply, if it meant I could attend workshops with some of the greatest teachers in the world.
So, I sit here this morning, with my course wish list for the season in hand, putting this idea out into the world (and sending a suggestive email off to Kripalu). I wonder how it will all manifest and dream of the day when I can pitch a tent in the woods right outside their front door. Sweet bliss. They would definitely see so much more of my money than they do now...
(I should add - It might seem doable to daytrip it seeing as I'm not really far away, but for a multi-day, intense program, driving home each night with yoga/prana brain would be really hard to do.)
Thanks for listening to my wish for the day!