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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

Available Until: 04/20/2014
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM14-0404-765
Teacher:
Claude AnShin Thomas
Tuition:
$355
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Description

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Many of us live with the after effects of war, known as post-traumatic stress. Symptoms can include explosive anger, depression, and flashbacks. 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 a change in our hearts and minds.

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. “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.

Scholarships are available.

 

More Information

This veterans retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, and ends at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. The cost of this retreat is substantially funded, includin tuition, accommodations, and meals.

Faculty requests that all participants share meals together.

Claude AnShin Thomas has taken vows as a mendicant monk. As a result his life and work are entirely dependent on the generosity of others. He does not receive any honorariums for facilitating events such as this and does not have any income.

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:

Faculty asks that you wear shoes that are easily slipped on and off, as you will be asked not to wear your shoes in the classrooms and breakout spaces.

Schedule
WEDNESDAY
4:00 p.m.–6:00 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 a.m.Workshop
8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Workshop
6:30 p.m.Dinner
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Workshop
 
FRIDAY
7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.Workshop
8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Workshop
6:30 p.m.Dinner
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Workshop
 
SATURDAY
7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.Workshop
8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Workshop
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Workshop
6:30 p.m.Dinner
8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.Public Talk
 
SUNDAY
7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.Workshop
8:30 a.m.Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Workshop
NoonLunch/Workshop Ends
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

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.

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