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A Wellness Retreat for People Living with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners

Tuition $250.

Accommodations and meals  Please call Kripalu at 866.200.5203 for information and pricing.

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Healthy Living and National Parkinson Foundation faculty for this program include the country’s foremost movement disorder neurologists and Parkinson’s specialists, and senior Kripalu faculty.


Maria Sirois, PsyD, is an inspirational speaker and clinical psychologist who lectures internationally on the study and application of Positive Psychology, mind-body medicine, and resilience. She weaves together inspirational stories and poetry with data and research to enable people to move forward toward the life they most want—one filled with vitality, health, and meaning. Maria teaches frequently with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, leading expert in the field of happiness. She is the author of Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience, used as a teaching tool in wellness centers, hospices, and hospitals around the country.


Aruni Nan Futuronsky is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and the senior Life Coach and Program Advisor for Kripalu Healthy Living programs. She has been teaching in a variety of venues for more than 35 years, and has been on the Kripalu faculty for more than 20. Author of Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope and Already Home: Stories of a Seeker, she developed the Kripalu coaching methodology based in presence and right action. Aruni’s experience is rooted in a long-term commitment to a Twelve-Step program and the practice of living yoga.


My experience at the Kripalu Retreat was life-altering. I was newly diagnosed with PD and had many questions. During the week, I learned everything I needed to know, from the importance of exercise to the benefits of medication to helpful advice on lifestyle adjustments to information on current research and studies…Mainly, it was wonderful to spend the week with my two daughters and for the three of us to be a part of a positive, healing community in such a beautiful setting. Since my return, I practice daily some aspect of the newly gained knowledge and advice. Thanks to Kripalu and the National Parkinson Foundation staff for being so accessible to us and providing this opportunity. It was GREAT!
– Emily S.

Offered in collaboration with the National Parkinson Foundation for people diagnosed less than three years and who meet the mobility requirements, and their partners.

Are you or someone you love living with Parkinson’s disease? Learn the latest information on research, medication, and lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Each day of this retreat offers both educational sessions and hands-on workshops on the benefits of movement, meditation, yoga, and conscious communication.

In this program, you

  • Learn the latest research
  • Demystify medications
  • Discover what you need to know about exercise and nutrition
  • Learn how yoga and meditation can improve quality of life
  • Enjoy yoga and dance classes
  • Share and learn from each other in daily breakout groups for caregivers and people living with Parkinson’s
  • Develop new skills for managing stress and self-care.

Join a community of others facing the same challenges as we explore how to live as fully as possible.


To find out if you qualify for this program and to register, please contact:

National Parkinson Foundation

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