Working with Kripalu πŸ™πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈ

I wouldn’t share every work experience – but this is something of an origin story for me. Please enjoy.

Kripalu Center before Yoga and Health hired me during my first year in graduate school to convert two of their most successful face-to-face programs into online-only and blended programs.  Soon I was on my way to northwestern Massachusetts for two full day meetings to kickoff the project.

I was pertrified, contacted a professor at my university (UColorado – Denver), recieved some advice and forged forward. Result: The comment was made by one of the stakeholders present: “I’ve been in 2 hour meetings that seemed longer than that (8 hour) meeting.” So, apparently I could at least run a meeting. 🀯

Many months later we had completed and implemented the courses on their proprietary LMS. The creative direction was mainly provided by the marketing team at Kripalu while I was responsible for the architecture and implementation of the program.

It was an incredible education in behaviour change wellness programs and I was blessed to work with 50 year Kripalu faculty including Aruni Nan Futuronsky. They were serious enough about getting it right that they invited me to participlate in the face to face version of the workshop. I am still friends with other workshop attendees and hope to visit one nearby one soon… nearly 10 years later.

Clearly – the personal and emotional connection cultivated at Kripalu is a critical piece of their experience.

So. How to recreate that in an online program? This is a question I (along with many others) have grappled with since. However, a couple of things have happened in the past decade where this is becoming more and more acceptable and adopted:

  • Social Media
  • Younger people have grown up “connecting” online

At the same time – there is a question about creating genuine connection online. Peer to peer learning still meets with limited success. Online group projects are still loathed.

In conclusion: I miss my time at Kripalu. It is a time I should have appreciated more and not been so caught up in “work brain”. To this day, I still advocate for cross-cultural collaboration and learning through digital means and will continue to seek out and experiment with ways that we can connect accross disparate geographies.

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