The Costs of War, Violence & Denial | Omega
April 2015
Claude AnShin Thomas

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The Costs of War, Violence & Denial

A Retreat for Veterans Living With Post-Traumatic Stress: Open to Veterans, Their Families & Friends

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list 877.944.2002.

April 15, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Claude AnShin Thomas

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Many of us live with the after effects of our training and preparation to go to war, as well as the after effects of war itself. The consequences of these experiences have come to be known as post-traumatic stress. Symptoms can include a hostile or mistrustful attitude toward the world, social withdrawal and estrangement, feelings of emptiness or hopelessness, and a chronic feeling of being “on the edge,” as if constantly threatened.

The attempts of traditional counseling and therapy, although valuable, often leave our moral and spiritual wounds unaddressed. Without doing the work of healing spiritually, we only address symptoms, and this often does not support our learning to live and be at peace with our unpeacefulness.

In this veterans retreat, open to people of all religious and spiritual traditions, we practice many different forms of meditation as a path to healing, including work sessions and writing. “Meditation can simply be understood as the art of discovering what prevents us from living directly,” says retreat leader Claude AnShin Thomas. He also shares his inspiring spiritual odyssey from combat to Buddhist practice as a road map for any of us who might feel trapped in cyclical patterns of response from any type of traumatic experience.

More Information

This veterans retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, and ends at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

Thanks to a generous funder, significant scholarship funds are offered to all veterans for this retreat. Participating veterans receive scholarships of approximately 90% of the cost of tuition, meals, and accommodations (participants are responsible for $100). Scholarships are available, including limited stipends for travel expenses, call 845.266.4444, ext. 180. Please apply by March 27, 2015.

Because of these conditions, Omega is letting participants know they are invited to make voluntary financial donations directly to Claude AnShin Thomas during the event. If paying by check, please make these payable to the Zaltho Foundation, Inc. Please do not feel obligated to make a donation, as dana (generosity) should come from the heart. 

The tuition charged by Omega covers organizational expenses, e.g. hosting of the course (production costs, etc.), accommodations and travel expenses for Claude AnShin Thomas and his assistants. Omega has also included a fee that will allow Omega to make a donation to Zaltho Foundation on behalf of Claude AnShin Thomas.

Things to Bring:

Please wear shoes that slip on and off easily as you will be asked not to wear shoes in the classroom.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Workshop
7:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Workshop
7:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Workshop
7:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Public Talk
7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Check Out

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop and is not available on the Rhinebeck Campus until May 22, 2015.  If you have extenuating circumstances please contact Omega Registration at 877.944.2002.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Claude AnShin Thomas

Claude AnShin Thomas received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart, for his service in the Vietnam War. After struggling with reentry into society, Thomas studied mindfulness meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition by Baisen Tetsugen Roshi. He is author of At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace, and is founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes nonviolence and change.