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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

April 14, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Claude AnShin Thomas
SM15-0404-228Claude AnShin Thomas,

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.

Claude AnShin Thomas does not accept payment for his teachings. Omega is donating a portion of the retreat’s proceeds to the Zaltho Foundation. Additional voluntary donations to the foundation may be made during the retreat. All meals will be vegetarian and in silence. 

Things to Bring:

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

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

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

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.