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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

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April 15, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM15-0404-228
Teacher:
Claude AnShin Thomas
Tuition:
$355
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Description

Many of us live with the aftereffects of our training and preparation to go to war, as well as the aftereffects 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 14, and ends at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

The cost of this retreat is substantially funded; scholarships are available, including tuition, accommodations, meals, and limited stipends for travel expenses, call 845.266.4444, ext. 180.

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.

Schedule
WEDNESDAY
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
 
THURSDAY
7:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.Workshop
 
FRIDAY
7:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.Workshop
 
SATURDAY
7:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.Workshop
8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.Public Talk
 
SUNDAY
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.

Teachers
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. zaltho.org

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