To the editor:
I just read "Kripalu breaks with local volunteers" as reported in the Eagle on Tuesday, July 19. I am a current member of BKC and was a BKC volunteer at Kripalu for almost a year.
The Berkshire Kripalu Community is a terrific organization — a mission-driven non-profit that has promoted yoga, community service and friendships in the Berkshires since 1992 — with classes at Kripalu and other venues.
The collaboration strengthens and benefits both organizations — providing community residents access to a beautiful place to practice yoga (Kripalu) with excellent teachers and other opportunities to participate in Kripalu programs.
BKC has been a pioneer and innovator, and its competent all-volunteer board of directors has helped the organization grow to more than 850 members.
It is all too common that innovative and grassroots non-profits — when successful, see their programs and services adopted within a larger organization — after they have proven the importance and value of their work.
The larger institution sees an opportunity to 'bring the programs in-house' with less hassle and more control — and perhaps doesn't feel it needs or wants to partner with another non-profit.
Yes, sometimes collaboration is challenging – especially as institutions change. And, yes, Kripalu can offer programs, discounts and other benefits for Berkshire residents. That is not the same as working with compatiblible non-profit organizations with in-synch mission.
I am familiar with the professional and caring work carried out by the volunteer BKC Board of Directors. They are experienced, skilled and reasonable.
By working to come to a reasonable agreement with BKC, the goals and opportunities of Kripalu,will be strengthened.