"Cultivating Meaning And Happiness Through Mindfulness And Yoga"

Event Highlights

  • Highlights of this event include many interactive exercises and mentalisms that will give the students great insights into why they think about the things that they think about and how they can make improvements.


Each class begins with a dharma talk, then has a yoga class, and concludes with a guided meditation. There are classes Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. The talks are about authenticity and how we can all be more vulnerable and authentic in order to attract the love that we really crave.

About This Event

Long-term studies prove that our happiness correlates strongly with the quality of our intimate relationships. But in order to engender loving, supportive, positive, secure connections, we need to be able to drop our facades and show up authentically. Our authenticity inspires our partners, friends and family members to nourish and nurture us with the love, respect and appreciation that we crave and deserve.

In this workshop, Ira will teach the five tools from his best-selling book that result in authenticity: Attachment, Atonement, Attunement, Presence and Congruence. We will explore specific practices that will enhance all of our interactions with both other people and ourselves; we will outline our long-term goals and delineate how to realize them; and we will practice all-level Vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, as well as myriad mindfulness meditations to help us cultivate non-reactivity and peace of mind.

“Ira Israel’s work intimately speaks to us all at a level of wisdom and compassion that leads to authenticity, joy, and freedom. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” ~ Reverend Michael Beckwith “Ira Israel speaks with wisdom and power about the central psychological issues of our day. His voice is a gift to all who are seeking to find their way.” ~ Marianne Williamson “Ira Israel has discovered the way to be fully mature and keep a childlike sense of wonder. In print and in person he is a delight to be with.” ~ Sam Keen “The cultural illusions that my dear friend Ira Israel so elegantly unpacks in this deep-thinking dive into the heart of being human are nothing short of a revelation.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas “It is a helpful blend of psychology east and west… a subject that is dear to my own heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield “Ira Israel draws upon a broad and deep array of knowledge to brilliantly expand the paradigm of mindfulness by making us conscious of everything we absorb unconsciously in culture. Few thinkers give us more tools to guide us through the minefield preceding personal empowerment than Israel.” ~ Warren Farrell “How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult weaves together the wisdom of reflection, the beauty of art and the rigor of clinical practice. The wealth of ideas and practices in this illuminating work will be of benefit to all of us welcoming a new way of perceiving that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.” ~ Shauna Shapiro “With mastery and wit, Ira Israel challenges us to make a journey— from the identity we constructed to protect us as children, to authentic adults living a creative, meaningful and joyful life.” ~ Allan Badiner “With this comprehensive and engaging book, Ira Israel stations himself on the cutting edge where modern psychology meets authentic spirituality. Many books that attempt to synthesize East and West fail to do justice to either, and many that draw from a broad range of sources remain on the surface of each. This one draws deeply from ancient traditions such as Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism and blends their wisdom seamlessly with the pragmatic insights of science. Readers will find it illuminating and transformational.” ~ Phil Goldberg

What's Included

  • Please visit the Kripalu website to figure out the best accommodations for you. All amazing meals are included for the weekend!

What's Not Included

Airfare is not included.

Venue Highlights

Kripalu is one of the most glorious and scenic retreat centers in the world!


Please call Kripalu for various accommodations.


All types of delicious food are available.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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