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More to Love Retreat!


More to Love Retreat at Kripalu, Spring 2018

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If you desires to break free from the clutches of body-shame and experience full-bodied liberation, this 3 day retreat will inspire you to celebrate your beautiful body and loving heart as we rise together through gentle yoga and awe-inspiring sessions. Hosted by More to Love and held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts, A Lovely Rising takes place from June 3-5, 2018.

Slip away from the stresses of modern life and be transported into a world where your your body and heart is welcome - just as you are. A Lovely Rising will ignite a full-essence appreciation and love for the whole of you. Through More to Love’s empowering activities and dedicate spaces to hold safely your cherished body, this 3-day experience will create a deep and lasting impression.

Led by Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love, A Lovely Rising will allow you to release your fears and insecurities about your body as you rise up and own your richest level of wholeness.  

  • You will feel liberated as you move through an body-loving yoga practices lead by Rachel Estapa and professional Kriplau faculty. You’ll let your inhibitions go during playful dance, experiencing a primal freedom you’ve been craving for so long.
  • There will be uncontrolled laughter as you gather with your fellow Lovelies over nourishing and plentiful meals, delighting in stories and moments you’ll remember forever.
  • During our sacred closing ceremony, you will be fluttering with tenderness and tingling from the experience of communion - with yourself, with me, and our circle - a buzz that will carry you home and beyond.

A Lovely Rising is a call to come home to yourself. A call to come home to your More to Love nature. And I invite you to come to what I consider my home, Kripalu, a special place that continues to transform me.


Perched within the peaceful woods of the Berkshire mountains, overlooking the shores of a glimmering lake, Kripalu Center for Health & Wellness is the epitome of solace, relaxation, and deep personal renewal. 

For more than 40 years, Kripalu has been teaching skills for optimal living through education for the whole person: body, mind, heart, and spirit. It is the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

Here, your home is a sprawling campus devoted to nourishing the body, heart and soul. Wander the miles of pristine woods in quiet thought; ease into a bubbling whirlpool to soak away your stresses; or snuggle up with your favorite book in the calm of a luminous solarium - Kripalu offers you a blissful setting as you experience the Lovely Rising retreat.


From Rachel...

More to Love would not exist if not for Kripalu. See, my first visit to this glorious campus was during the same time in my life I choose to let-go of feeling bad about my body. I was ready to live wholly on my terms, but didn’t know how. So I booked a trip on a hope, a whim, that maybe I’ll find what I was craving - liberation.



My experience at Kripalu was life-changing. I felt free to be me, confident to move my body without insecurity, I felt ripped open in a loving and glowing way that to this day, still pulses inside. It was a beautiful convergence of my inner world reaching out and the world around me hugging in.


Empowered, I soon completed my professional yoga training at Kripalu too, ready to have my work liberate people from body-shame through the power of yoga and personal growth. So it’s only fitting that More to Love’s first destination retreat should be at Kripalu because this impressive setting truly is the “soulful home” for me, for MTL, and soon for you.



Guests are responsible for making their own accommodations at Kripalu. Be sure to mention “More to  Love” program and receive 20% your stay.

The accommodations are in retreat-style housing. They are designed to support the retreat by removing distractions like television, telephones, etc.

Accommodations are in the main building, Shadowbrook and Annex that is a short walk to everything.

There is a variety of bedding and room options from standard plus rooms,k standard rooms, dormitory style and private accommodations. Below is a brief description of each. Please visit Kripalu’s accommodation breakdown here.

Wi-Fi access: There is Wi-Fi in the rooms in the Annex. In Shadowbrook there is Wi-Fi near the cafe.


Prices include accommodations, meals and meeting space/classes


Who is this For?

If you are a woman who desires to break free from the clutches of body-shame and experience full-bodied liberation, A transformational gathering of More to Lovelies to

Don't join us if you..

  • are someone comfortable with the ordinary and not interested in adventure and stepping beyond what is “allowed”
  • do not enjoy deeply connecting with themselves and others in the name of growth and self-love
  • think an escape from the modern world's distractions, especially when the hints of warming summer air breeze through the woods, sounds really boring.

The Essentials for joining

When and where does A Lovely Rising take place?
A Lovely Rising takes place at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is located in Stockbridge, MA, the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. The dates are Sunday, June 3 until Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Registration begins December 15, 2017.

What’s included?
A total package of well being - inside and out. A 3-day thoughtfully curated A Lovely Rising program lead by Rachel Estapa, featuring guest faculty from Kripalu on elements that complement our retreat; discount off standard Kripalu room accommodation during your stay; additional access to Kripalu's daily programming (including all yoga classes, R&R programming and any other special events; exclusive access to Kripalu’s manicured properties, including state of the art amenities, access to cafe and bookshop; 24-hour access to the dining hall, including all your daily meals and beverages; on-site parking.

What is NOT included?
Transportation to/from Kripalu; Healing Arts appointments; any additional stay added as outside of the A Lovely Rising program

How much is this beautiful experience?
This retreat will be capped to ensure an intimate and rewarding experience for all, so do not delay on registration. The price (excluding accommodations) is $389 early-bird before January 15. After, the price increases to $450.

Is there a payment plan available?
Payment plans are available, please contact Rachel directly to arrange.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?
We ask that you commit to the best of your ability to attend the program. Of course, unforeseen events occur. 100% refund guaranteed if requested within 10 days of your registration. After 10 days, you are granted a 75% refund if notice is prior to April 15, 2018. April 16, 2018 and beyond, all transactions are non-refundable (new and existing).

Additional information to help you join

What are the Kripalu accommodations like?
Kripalu offers numerous room styles and options available. Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodations. When you do so, mention you are with More to Love and you can receive a discount on standard room options (excludes Annex). I’ve stayed in all the rooms types and they are great. But personally - I LOVE the dorms - did it for a month solid and would totally do it again. They are nothing fancy, but totally comfortable. People are respectful of the rules and it’s a nice way to connect with others enjoying Kripalu too. But if you want a more private and a bit swankier option, check out the Annex.

What should I pack?
Clothing comfortable! You’ll rarely see anyone in jeans or anything remotely close to “business wear”. This is meant to let you feel relaxed. There are plenty of places to explore, so bring a good pair of shoes/sneakers, swimsuit for the lake or whirlpool, a journal to write in, water bottle, yoga mat if you want (there are tons of them already here) and anything else you cannot live a couple days without (medications, photo of your loved ones, that teddy-bear you still sleep with but we’re not judging!)

What about technology - aka - the love of my life, my phone!?
This is a retreat center designed to unplug from the world, so best to limit your use of tech as much as possible. Me personally -- I leave my phone off as much as possible. Read Kripalu’s policies on tech for more clarity.

Am I allowed?
More to Love has, and will be, open for all bodies and people to participate. That said, More to Love has prided itself as being a special gathering for folks in large bodies. If that’s not you, I just ask you pause and consider before registering “how might my presence impact other’s ability to feel at ease?” Regarding gender, folks identifying as male, female, both or neither, are all welcome.

How physically challenging will this be?
The short answer: not at all! Just like More to Love Yoga, this is based on what you want to experience. Any additional activities outside of our planned session is totally up to you. And this experience is not limited to just yoga - you can partake in other types of sessions too which will be posted daily as Kripalu - here is a sample so you can get an idea.

I’d love to come, but travel/transportation is tricky
Yes, travel will be needed for you to come to A Lovely Rising. BUT for those traveling here from the Boston area, I’ve got you in mind. If you’d like to offer up / partake in a carpool simply add your name to the carpool list when you register and I will connect everyone so you can make arrangements.



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