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Me2uFu

Haydenville, MA

#1 Jan 2, 2009
Did anyone else hear of the lay offs at Kripula. 35 full time and 24 part time empolyees without a job. Can someone explain to me how a not for profit company that doesnt pay taxes, makes 200 million dollars last year can cry poor mouth. Maybe once again the big shots need to get there extra large glunten ridden salaries cut. What a crock of crap.
Richard Simmons

Averill Park, NY

#2 Jan 2, 2009
Where is Heller gonna do his Yoga?
HardeeHarHar

Falls Church, VA

#4 Jan 2, 2009
But of course, you won't read about any of this in The Berkshire Eagle.

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#5 Jan 2, 2009
Did any of the bigshots take a cut in pay first? I have a feeling they didn't. Imagine making big bucks and tax free to boot!
Me2uFu

Haydenville, MA

#6 Jan 2, 2009
These places make me sick, all these ceo's, board of directors, etc that make all this money and the little guy gets laid off. What the hell is wrong with this picture. It goes along with the banks, car companies, wall street ex, sports players like a hole arod that makes 28 million a year. The goverment needs to start taxing the crap out of these people and companies and set a side the money for the laid off working class when they dick them over. I hope Kripula folds anyway they are a bunch of tree hugging, nicey nicey to faces.
Censored

Falls Church, VA

#8 Jan 2, 2009
The Eagle is censoring again -- this thread!
GiveToKripalu

Falls Church, VA

#10 Jan 2, 2009
Kripalu's CEO, Patton Garrett Sarley, known also by his Sanskrit name, Dinabandhu, which means 'friend of the poor and the helpless', sure ought to be.

That's because for 2006, Mr. Sarley was paid nearly $232,000, according to the organization's latest available IRS Form 990.

Mr. Sarley's wife, Mary, is known around the retreat as Ila.

She is president of the organization, the same one for which her husband is CEO.

Kripalu paid her more than $186,000, thus making the couple's total 2006 compensation from the yoga center just over $418,000.

This is nearly eleven times the median household income for Berkshire County (MHI here is $39,047).

Richard Faulds (also known as Shobhan) is chairman of the board of trustees and is Kripalu's legal counsel.

His pay in 2006 surpassed $110,000.

Richard Faulds (aka Shobhan), Kripalu's board chairman and legal counsel.

While Mr. and Mrs. Sarley each averaged 40 hours per week in 2006, Kripalu reported to IRS that Mr. Faulds worked an average of just one hour per week.

It does not appear to be a typo, either.
GiveToKripalu

Falls Church, VA

#11 Jan 2, 2009
The Berkshire Eagle reported last April that Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (officially known as Kripalu Yoga Fellowship) has received its first PILOT "tax" bill -- for $61,222 -- from the town of Stockbridge.

The yoga retreat cum resort spa (2006 gross revenues $23.3 million) has its headquarters in Stockbridge and PILOT is meant as a 'payment in lieu of taxes'.

"But", according to The Eagle, "as yet, it is unclear whether the nonprofit organization will be liable for the real estate taxes" because the organization is presently classified as 'tax-exempt' by IRS.

It might be helpful to Stockbridge's case to review whether Kripalu is indeed 'not-for-profit'(and thus deserved of tax-exempt status), or just another money-making enterprise masquerading as a 501c3 for the many local, state and federal benefits such status confers.

Being tax-exempt gives Kripalu a definite edge over its commercial resort spa competitors like Canyon Ranch which, as a for-profit entity, has federal and state tax obligations, and is required, for example, to pay real estate and personal property taxes to the town of Lenox.

Kripalu's CEO, Patton Garrett Sarley, known also by his Sanskrit name, Dinabandhu, which means 'friend of the poor and the helpless', sure ought to be.

That's because for 2006, Mr. Sarley was paid nearly $232,000, according to the organization's latest available IRS Form 990.
SEE: PDF pgs. 33, 34, & 35.

Mr. Sarley's wife, Mary, is known around the retreat as Ila.

She is president of the organization, the same one for which her husband is CEO.

Kripalu paid her more than $186,000, thus making the couple's total 2006 compensation from the yoga center just over $418,000.

This is nearly eleven times the median household income for Berkshire County (MHI here is $39,047).

Richard Faulds (also known as Shobhan) is chairman of the board of trustees and is Kripalu's legal counsel.

His pay in 2006 surpassed $110,000.

While Mr. and Mrs. Sarley each averaged 40 hours per week in 2006, Kripalu reported to IRS that Mr. Faulds worked an average of just one hour per week.

It does not appear to be a typo, either.

At that rate, Mr. Faulds was making $2,200 per hour.

This isn't the first time that Kripalu, and the company's practices have been the object of public scrutiny.

According to The Boston Globe, "Dinabandhu Garrett Sarley and his wife, Ila Sarley, were among the original followers of Kripalu founder Amrit Desai, who left in the wake of a scandal in 1995. Indeed, Dinabandhu Sarley held chief operating officer responsibilities at Kripalu when the ashram's problems emerged.(Desai, who was married, encouraged his followers to practice celibacy. He later was revealed to have had sexual relationships with several of his female adherents and was forced to leave the community. The events nearly destroyed Kripalu, prompting its evolution from a devotion-based ashram to a more secular educational institution.)"

By the way, Kripalu reported zero taxable fringe benefits paid to the above executives in 2006.

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#12 Jan 3, 2009
How much does it cost to stay there, overnight rates and day rates?

Since: Aug 08

Pittsfield, MA

#13 Jan 3, 2009
Here is a link for an upcoming 5 day program. Pricing is on the right.

http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/RRMY91/yo...

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#14 Jan 3, 2009
Emeritus wrote:
Here is a link for an upcoming 5 day program. Pricing is on the right.
http://www.kripalu.org/program/view/RRMY91/yo...
Thanks. Is that what non-profit places charge everywhere. Tax free no less.
I need a job

AOL

#15 Jan 3, 2009
Looks like I'll need to get a job to be able to go there. Do they offer scholarships??? I haven't hugged a tree in a long time... I feel withdrawl seting in
Me2uFu

Haydenville, MA

#17 Jan 3, 2009
Of course this wasnt in the Eagle thats because these bleeding heart, tree hugging, wuzzies want to keep it quite. I know first hand that the lay offs took place from some one that works there. I bet the big shots jobs and titles and pay is still in place.
cbb

Ashfield, MA

#18 Jan 4, 2009
I heard from a friend who works there that top management took a significant pay cut. If so kudos to them for sharing the pain.

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#19 Jan 4, 2009
cbb wrote:
I heard from a friend who works there that top management took a significant pay cut. If so kudos to them for sharing the pain.
May-be they will feel guilty enough to give Stockbridge and Lenox some money too, after all they run a multi-million not for profit business.
Dolly

Eddyville, KY

#20 Jan 4, 2009
If you don't like tree huggers then go swim in Silver Lake. I think Kripalu has done an amazing job and attracts people from all over the US with their programs. Its time people from Berkshire Couty wake up and support these successful businesses and stop whining about how they are NOT getting a big enough slice of the pie. Why don't you try VISITING Kripalu and seeing what it is about before you go spouting your hate rhetoric. Disgusting!!!
Burt Reynolds

United States

#21 Jan 4, 2009
Dolly wrote:
If you don't like tree huggers then go swim in Silver Lake. I think Kripalu has done an amazing job and attracts people from all over the US with their programs. Its time people from Berkshire Couty wake up and support these successful businesses and stop whining about how they are NOT getting a big enough slice of the pie. Why don't you try VISITING Kripalu and seeing what it is about before you go spouting your hate rhetoric. Disgusting!!!
Dolly, Love those cannons!!

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#22 Jan 4, 2009
Dolly wrote:
If you don't like tree huggers then go swim in Silver Lake. I think Kripalu has done an amazing job and attracts people from all over the US with their programs. Its time people from Berkshire Couty wake up and support these successful businesses and stop whining about how they are NOT getting a big enough slice of the pie. Why don't you try VISITING Kripalu and seeing what it is about before you go spouting your hate rhetoric. Disgusting!!!
The reason for giving organizations a tax free status is to help them survive financially, Kripalu does just fine in that sense, to be an anchor so other businesses that do pay taxes do well, Kripalu visitors for the most part stay on the site, so restaurants, and the like do not benefit, and should not affect for profit businesses, which in the case of Canyon Ranch it does.
We only believe they have an obligation to pay their fare share, they do not and have not for years.
So forget the hate line, it is and always has been about the money.
Dolly

Eddyville, KY

#23 Jan 4, 2009
pat the painter wrote:
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The reason for giving organizations a tax free status is to help them survive financially, Kripalu does just fine in that sense, to be an anchor so other businesses that do pay taxes do well, Kripalu visitors for the most part stay on the site, so restaurants, and the like do not benefit, and should not affect for profit businesses, which in the case of Canyon Ranch it does.
We only believe they have an obligation to pay their fare share, they do not and have not for years.
So forget the hate line, it is and always has been about the money.
This is BULL. People in Berkshire County hate it when anyone pulls in a paycheck over 100,000. It is called jealousy. The have indicated they will pay taxes. They are not trying to weasle out of their responsibility. Their business has evolved over time into a financially successful endeavor due to good business practices (which MANY Berkshire County businesses could learn from - example: Spice) and they are operating in a manner that any business which has worked hard for their profits would. It is apparent that their tax status has to be analyzed and possibly changed but it is disgusting the way that people are scrutunizing every paycheck. Why don't they do that for The Mount - there is an endeavor that needs serious scrutinizing with all the corruption and bad business practices. Kripalu is not trying to commit any fraud and the "toxic" insults that people are making here are pathetic - INSULTING them and calling them tree huggers. If those people want to CONTAMINATE their bodies go jump in Silver Lake.
lost freedoms

Springfield, MA

#24 Jan 4, 2009
Avoid Kripple-You, the Yogi gets rich while You die

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