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Week 1


January 9–16, 2016

This week at Blue Spirit Costa Rica—Omega's winter home—you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism or prepare for the next exciting stage of life. You also can practice healing qigong or yoga, learn how to shift from seeking to being the love you long for, or discover the fundamentals of longevity.

Throughout the week, enjoy a workshop in the morning, try another in the afternoon, or abandon your schedule and head to the beach.

Sample from any or all of the following workshops during Week 1.

Giving Life to Life
Exploring Compassion Inside & Out

Joan Halifax Roshi
Out breath
and in breath—
know that they are
proof that the world
is exhaustible.
Ryōkan (1758–1831)

In this contemporary approach to the teachings and practices of Buddhism, Zen teacher and social activist Joan Halifax Roshi shares views, practices, and projects related to compassion as an internal process and as an engaged practice. Learn about current research in social psychology and neuroscience on compassion, and practices that engender compassion. This is a unique opportunity to experience the teachings of Joan Halifax Roshi in an intimate and informal environment.

Unlock Your Purpose
Richard Leider
Are you ready to explore your real potential? To get a life, you need a purpose in life. Fundamental to health, healing, and happiness, having a purpose can give you the will to not just live, but to live long and well. Discover your primary drive and learn to integrate purpose into everything you do. Led by Richard Leider, coauthor of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose, you gain the tools you need to live your life with purpose.

The Healing Power of Qi
Qigong & Tai Chi Practices for Life

Roger Jahnke, OMD
Qigong is the ancient Chinese art of awakening and cultivating the vital energy of the universe within you. Anyone can learn to focus their connection to qi (chi), or vital energy, to manifest radiant health, experience the light of their eternal spiritual nature, and alchemically transform their life. Dynamic teacher Roger Jahnke—a doctor of Chinese medicine and author of The Healing Promise of Qi and The Healer Within—guides you through accessible principles of Chinese medicine and easy qigong practices you can remember and use for a lifetime.

The Free Heart™
Annette Knopp
Many of our challenges in life revolve around love and significant relationships. Discover through gentle inquiry the perfect love at the core of your being, and how to shift from seeking to being the love you long for. Guided by spiritual counselor Annette Knopp, we learn through experiential exercises how to rediscover our natural wholeness, befriend ourselves, and use the challenges in our life as a doorway to come home to our true self.

Yoga for Rejuvenation
Marianela Ortiz

In this rejuvenating week of hatha yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Gaia Yoga, and chanting, you transform old patterns stored in the body, recover your deepest inner wisdom, and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Learn to activate Kundalini energy through asanas and other dynamic movements. Use yogic sounds and sacred chants to elevate and accelerate cellular vibration, all while stimulating physical, mental, and emotional detoxification and renewal.

Longevity & Beyond
Living Fully in This Moment

Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician and cofounder of Omega, Stephan Rechtschaffen, teaches holistic approaches to time, longevity, stress reduction, and well-being. Learn the fundamental basis for vitality and long life while finding fulfillment in the moment. Through lecture, visualization techniques, and mindfulness practices, the author of Timeshifting and coauthor of Vitality and Wellness, shows you how to slow down and come into a more authentic and balanced rhythm of life that is the result of living fully in the present moment.

Vibrancy & Resilience Qigong Practice
Waterfall Qigong Style

Steven Michael Pague
Enhance your practice and your qi (life force) anew through the simple yet profound stillness and movement practice of qigong. Kindle the fire of your inner smile, align yourself between heaven and earth, and find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Led by Steven Michael Pague, you come away with a real sense of the promise of qi and a practical understanding of how to bring these restorative practices into daily life.