January 11–18, 2014
In Week 2 of Omega Costa Rica, you can explore the wisdom of the heart, practice rejuvenating yoga or qigong, or experience ceremony as a way to deepen your connection with the universe. You can also repack your bags for the next exciting stage of life, or rediscover your wholeness through spiritual inquiry.
Explore the sample workshops in the morning and afternoon, stroll the three-mile-long sandy beach, and then simply relax and enjoy exciting evening activities offered at Blue Spirit. Or, you can leave the schedule behind and try an excursion.
Sample from any or all of the following workshops during Week 2.
The Wisdom of the Heart
Where Science, Psychology & Spirit Meet
Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dveirin
Feeling tired? Grouchy? Ready to revive? Immerse yourself in the mystery of love and discover the importance of compassion and connectedness for health and longevity. From the bonding role of oxytocin to the healing power of gratefulness and appreciation, love is what matters most. Join mind-body medicine pioneer, Joan Borysenko, and cofounder of the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry, Gordon Dveirin, and share this quintessentially human journey to your own tender heart and the heart of all that lives.
Discovering Your New Life Possibilities
Transitions can feel overwhelming even to the most successful people. While many of us face a new uncharted second half of life, due to longer life expectancy, we often end up navigating strange new landscapes without a map. If you are experiencing unexpected life changes or contemplating a transition into a new phase of your life, Life Reimagined will help you turn challenges and confusion into possibility and purpose. Led by Richard Leider, coauthor of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose, you gain the life map, seasoned guidance, and tools to design the next phase of your life and forge the connections that will support you in living your life with purpose.
Claiming the Healing Promise of Qi
Qigong, the skill of consciously attracting and cultivating vital universal energy, can transform your life. Since ancient times in China, master teachers have focused their connection to qi, or vital energy, to manifest radiant health and the light of their eternal spiritual nature. Join dynamic teacher Roger Jahnke, doctor of Chinese medicine and author of The Healing Promise of Qi and The Healer Within, to directly experience qi cultivation practices to access this profound way of being.
Standing on Holy Ground
Carl Big Heart
To be happy in these troubled times, we need to further a fundamental shift of being in alignment with our living Earth Mother. Wherever we are, we stand on holy ground and are the messengers of love’s purpose. Together in ceremony, we establish deeper connection with the receptive, responsive universe as we become a doorway for blessings to move into our world, hold sacred space with consistency, and bless and benefit all future generations.
The Free Heart™
As human beings living in a conditional world, we tend to look outside of ourselves for perfect love and acceptance, and overlook what is already present in the core of our being and heart. Guided by spiritual counselor Annette Knopp, we learn through meditative inquiry and 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.
Joyful, Blissful Yoga
Edgar Ortiz, president of the Costa Rican Yoga Association, guides us in a fun-filled practice of yoga that serves as a reminder of the divine. Drawing on the precise alignments of Iyengar Yoga and a joyful attitude inspired from the Anusara tradition, he challenges us to find, explore, and respect our limits in postures ranging from handstands to restorative poses. Through our practice, we come more fully into the present moment and find well-being and harmony inside and out.
Longevity & Beyond
Living Fully in This Moment
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: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life 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.
Free Fall of the Laughing Stream
Steven Michael Pague
Practicing qigong—using simple, yet profound systems of breathwork, mental focus, movement, and stillness—we learn to let go, allowing life force to flow. Experiencing the laughing free fall of the mystery of qi (chi), we increase general health and strengthen immune function, while also enhancing intuition, creativity, sexual vitality, and much more. 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.
While You’re Here
Add an optional cleanse to any week.
Healthy Vacation Cleanse
While you enjoy your other classes, you can also add this special healthy vacation cleanse to enhance your experience at Blue Spirit. Restore and rejuvenate yourself with an abundant array of delicious foods combined with detoxifying herbs, teas, and juices. Available during Weeks 1–6. There is an additional $200 charge for this program.