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Let’s break bread at Kripalu!!

OCTOBER 9, 2019


Announcing a quarterly get together at Kripalu for dinner as a community. Please join us on Wednesday October 9 and, (so we’ll know how many seats to save and Kriplau food to prepare),

RSVP by emailing Michael Pulitzer, Jr ( with “I’ll be there” along with your full name.

BKC Dinner at Kripalu

Wednesday, October 9
Kripalu Healing Arts Center

Berkshire county residents should be registered with Kripalu as such in order to get the reduced dinner price of $10.71. If you have not registered with Kripalu as a resident, you can ask the front desk for a form to fill out on the spot. If you choose not to do so, note that dinner is $18. Either way, please sign in and pay at the Kripalu front desk before heading upstairs.
Once you are all checked in, head to the cafeteria on the second floor and look for a table with a sign reading “BKC”. We’ll grab our trays, help ourselves, and let the conversations flow.
Please RSVP by October 1 to ensure your spot at our table. We look forward to catching up with you all and seeing if this is a program worth repeating going forward!
Hope to see you on October 9.

BKC hike and chocolate with Peter Sibner

Saturday Sept 7, 2019

1 1/2 hours (approx) at Kennedy Park.

At the end of our hike we will convene at Chocolate Springs where Joshua Needleman has graciously offered to treat our taste buds with one of his delicious bonbons (of your choice).

Leave from

Rhythms at 9:30 AM after yoga class.

Come to either class or hike or do both!

Explore some of the lesser known trails in the Kennedy Park system. Moderate up and down hills (will depend on the group).

Please register (in case of weather cancellation)



August Potluck / Community Dinner

Sunday, August 25 
47 Hawthorne Street, Lenox

Ping Pong and Perogies*!!

      *Or whatever you’d like to bring

Our next community dinner will be at the home of Robin and Jim Yates.  As usual, please plan to bring a dish along with a label noting the ingredients.  For those interested, we will take advantage of their game room with a rousing round of ping pong, darts and/or bocce on the lawn.  Street parking may be a challenge so please plan to carpool if you can and/or park in Lenox and walk down the hill to their home.

From the obelisk in Lenox, head down Old Stockbridge Road and take your first right hand turn on Hawthorne Street.  The house is on the left hand side just around the curve from the Brook Farm Inn.  Look for a green mailbox with a painted “MorrisBrook” sign and know the house is primarily yellow with gray shutters (and a new gray extension). 


Sunday, June 23 

Hike Benedict Pond


Join BKC and Berkshire Knapsackers on a moderate hike in October Mountain State Forest.
We will hike around Benedict Pond to the Ledges on the Appalachian Trail in about 2 miles. We will then go back around the other side of the pond for a total of about 4 miles. This is a dog friendly hike.
Bring snacks and plenty of water.
Leave: 10:00 AM  Parking area in Beartown State Forest picnic parking area at Benedict Pond. Parking fee $8
Leader:  Melanie Levitan, 413-698-3437 or

Yoga for Healthy Bones

with Regina Burgio

Every Thursday 12pm-1pm
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness (Above the Beacon Cinema)

Cost: $8 cash only for BKC members

Studies have shown that yoga is one of the safest preventative measures and treatments for osteopenia, osteoporosis and low bone mass, a condition that affects half of everyone over the age of 50.

In this class you will learn ways to strengthen your bones and muscles through poses and exercises that improve posture, balance and core strength, in a safe and supportive environment. Hand weights are available to increase the challenge.

Ideal also for people of any age who are feeling the negative effects of technology on their body and mind.

Classes will also incorporate breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques to reduce tension and anxiety. Leave feeling relaxed, empowered and standing taller!

All levels and ages welcome. Chairs and props are available. As always, please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. • 413-281-3080



Gentle Yoga Class


Fridays 9-10 AM

Michael Pulitzer has very generously offered to open his regular Gentle Yoga class at Lenox Yoga (Curtis Building, 4 Main St. Lenox) to BKC members. The class is held on Fridays from 9-10 AM. Cost will be $8 cash for BKC members; please let Michael know that you are a BKC member at the beginning of class.

Description: Gentle Yoga students are shown how to find their range of effort based on instructing their mind to be gentle with their body. Together we will explore awareness, connecting to the breath, warming up the body, stretching, and gently flowing through postures with energy and ease; finishing up by calming and restoring the body and mind with appreciation, gratitude, strength, and happiness. Join Michael to have fun, build awareness, energy, and feel good for a meditation on the breath and sensation.

Michael Pulitzer is a 500-hour Kripalu professionally trained, certified yoga and meditation instructor with a certificate in Positive Psychology. He began his inquiry and yoga practice over 10 years ago while working in broadcasting.


Celebrate Fall Potluck Dinner October 13

Celebrate Fall 

October BKC Potluck


Potluck party at the Lakehouse

Tim and Niti Martin

Saturday, October 13

arrive at 5, dinner at 530.

Located at 1 Onota Lane (not Onota St), Pittsfield.

Off Pecks Rd, past Valentine Rd, but before Onota Boat Livery.

Tim and BKC signs will direct you to parking at the Lakehouse.


H 413-243-1530

C 413-441-6812

Note:  Please bring a main course or dessert and label all ingredients

Contact Melanie Levitan to host future potlucks


Hike up Monument Mountain

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Join us for a BKC hike on Monument Mountain

Enjoy this beautiful Fall hike with fellow BKC members. If you have never hiked Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, this is the perfect opportunity to venture out with this supportive group. It is a moderate hike with some steep inclines, 3-4 miles and rewarding spectacular views on top. Co-leaders: Lynn Meyers and Peter Sibner.

Please email to register for hike:
Those who register will be emailed if hike is cancelled.


Fall Foliage, Tasty Treats and Cat Chat Hike

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Join us for our next BKC hike



This is a moderate hike. We plan to venture one and a half miles each way through lovely woods with some short steep ups and some flat areas.

We are so thrilled to offer this hike in coordination with the wonderful chocolatier of Chocolate Springs, Joshua Needleman, and with the expertise of one of our newest BKC members, Dr. Sally Umlauf of the Lenox Cat Hospital. Joshua will honor us with a free taste of chocolate at the end of our hike. Sally will answer any of your pet questions along the way (yes, she’s a cat veterinarian but her knowledge of all pets knows no bounds).

Meet at the trailhead in the back of Lenox Commons.

Directions: Head north on Main Street in Lenox until it ends at Rte.20/Rte. 7. Take a left and then at the first light take a left into Lenox Commons. Head to the back of the parking lot, past Rhythms, and behind the large park where you see the sign for Trailhead Parking.

Come hike with fellow BKC members!

Bring water, a snack if you would like, and appropriate footwear for hiking.

Co-Leaders: Robin Yates and Peter Sibner

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Rain cancels

Please email to register for hike:

Those who register will be emailed if hike is cancelled

~ Join Us! ~


Celebrate the Harvest Potluck

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Home of Karen and Mehernosh Kahn
1292 Lenox Mountain Rd.
Richmond, MA
Phone: 413-441-2937
Harvest Celebration and All Things Indian

Celebrate the Summer Harvest and Karen Kahn’s garden!
Indian theme as well. Karen Arp-Sandel will give a talk on her fabulous journey to India last Winter. Janis Bowersox accompanied her and will be a guest also. Following dessert there will be dancing, outdoors, weather permitting.

Directions: Take the road in back of Kripalu past the Apple Tree Inn. Pass Olivia’s Overlook at top. Pass Shark Rock. The house is the third driveway on left after rock.

Note: Please bring a main course or dessert and label all ingredients.

To host future potlucks contact Patrice Farrell at


BKC Potluck

Chanting & Potluck

Sunday, December 2, 2018


Enjoy an evening of chanting and potluck
Home of Melanie and Joel Levitan
170 Old Post Road
Colonial Acres
Richmond, MA
5:00 PM Chanting with Bhavani and Company
6:30PM Potluck
Directions from Pittsfield:
Take Rte. 20 West to Hancock Shaker Village. Turn left on Rte. 41.   Take Rte.41 for a couple miles and turn left at pillars for Colonial Arms.
Bear to right, house on right, a blue ranch.
Note:  Please bring a main course or hearty side dish and label all ingredients. Host providing vegetarian soup and dessert  


To host future potlucks contact Melanie

Hike and Herb and Wildflower Identification on Lenox Mountain

Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:30 am

As we hike, we will identify plants and learn about their uses both historical and modern with Herbalist and  Flower expert, Naomi Alston.

We will hike for approximately 2 hours Water and bug repellent are recommended.

Come hike with fellow BKC members on this easy-moderate hike. We will again explore the beautiful BNRC property, leaving from Olivia’s Overlook

Hike begins with 5 minutes of silent walking to connect with yourself and nature.

Co-leaders Lynn Meyers and Naomi Alston
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Directions: Park at Olivia’s Outlook, accessed from Walker St. or Rt 183 in Lenox, up Richmond Mountain Road 0.4 miles, parking lot is on the left coming from Lenox.

Please email to register for hike: Those who register will be emailed if hike is cancelled due to weather.