Online Learning

An Online Retreat With Pema Chödrön

Welcoming the Unwelcome

Available until Online

Beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön humorously explains how our mind can radically alter our experience.

More than 5,000 people worldwide joined Pema Chödrön for this live teaching event at Omega recorded on Sept 11-13, 2020, which will be available for a limited time on demand until November 13, 2020. Note: Pema will be on retreat and not teaching at Omega again until 2022, so don't miss this special on-demand class. 

Perhaps never before has so much of our lives changed so dramatically and so quickly. It seems everything has been upended, leaving us no solid ground beneath our feet. Ancient Buddhist wisdom can help us get to the heart of our ensuing stress, anger, grief, and fear. And when taught by a contemporary master, it’s just what the world needs today.

Pema Chödrön is widely beloved for her insightful, down-to-earth teachings of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences, offering thoughtful insights conveyed with her characteristic warmth, clarity, and humor. In this live online weekend program, she explores the touchstones of Buddhist teachings that can help guide us through today’s upheavals. We learn how to center ourselves with the basic goodness, resilience, intelligence, and compassion that is available to each of us all the time.

It is from this still place deep within ourselves—fully present and open—that we can benevolently respond to whatever’s happening all around us, and by our example show others how to do the same. This is what makes the teachings of the Buddha both timely and timeless—and invaluable.

The weekend includes talks, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions with Pema Chödrön. Tim Olmsted guides us in meditation practices that show us how to apply the weekend’s teachings to our everyday lives.

Note: Pema Chödrön will not be teaching during the Saturday afternoon session; Olmsted will offer a talk and a series of guided meditations. 

Meet the Teachers

  • Pema Chödrön is a well-known and beloved American-born Buddhist nun and author of many spiritua ...
  • Tim Olmsted is former director of Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia, Canada. H ...


 The schedule below is the original weekend schedule. With the on-demand program, you can watch all at once or at your own pace.


  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT
    Workshop (taught by Pema Chödrön)


  • 9:00 a.m. – Noon EDT
    Workshop (taught by Pema Chödrön and Tim Olmsted)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Workshop (taught by Tim Olmsted only)


  • 9:00 a.m. – Noon EDT
    Workshop (taught by Pema Chödrön and Tim Olmsted)



This was Pema Chödrön's final teaching event at Omega until 2022. 

Tuition & Fees

Unlimited slots available
Title Price

A Weekend Retreat With Pema Chödrön Livestream



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