Coming to Terms with the Full Catastrophe

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Rhinebeck, NY

Omega Member Benefits

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member

$500

regular

$555

Workshop

Coming to Terms with the Full Catastrophe

A 5-Day Residential Mindfulness Retreat

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Rhinebeck, NY

Program Tuition

member

$500

regular

$555

Dive deep into a rigorous practice of silent meditation, dialogue, and inquiry with the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn explains why sitting in meditation is not only a political statement, but a radical act of love.

At a time like this, in the aftermath of what the world has been through in the past year and a half, how might we effectively bolster our own intrinsic capacity for well-being, calmness, and clarity, insight and embodied action, and deep connectivity and belonging in the face of all the grief and loss, uncertainty, pain, and suffering?

How can we literally and metaphorically sit with the enormity of it all, and bring a degree of wisdom, kindness, and engagement into the world in the service of addressing and healing the wounds and downstream consequences of what we have been through and what we are facing?

This retreat will be a deep dive into the universe of mindfulness as both a rigorous meditation practice and as a way of being in wise and active relationship with ourselves, each other, and the larger world. We will be engaging together in a range of practices to access and inhabit greater mindfulness and heartfulness, moving in and out of periods of extended silence, deep listening, dialogue, and inquiry. Periods of formal meditation practice will be interspersed with small and large group dialogue about our meditation experiences and their relationship to our everyday lives, as well as informal talks by Jon.

The retreat will draw primarily on mindfulness practices lying at the heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program that is now over four decades old and taught throughout the world. Its broadly beneficial effects on health and well-being, stress, pain, and illness have been studied scientifically since its inception. This approach to mindfulness emphasizes that, ultimately, the real meditation practice is life itself and how we are in relationship to it moment by moment. And that often means realizing our own limitations and blindnesses, and that we need each other to help us to see domains of suffering, beauty, and privilege that our limited personal experience often precludes our recognizing and honoring. In other words, we need each other to point out those places where our own life experience and conditioning lead to ignorance of other people’s experiences of harm, injustice, othering, and exclusion.

Through the cultivation of mindfulness, we will explore the possibility of growing more and more deeply into ourselves in ways that can allow us to live our own lives as if the dignity, well-being, and agency of each and every one of us really mattered, and to understand more profoundly and directly how we might fit into, belong, and contribute to the larger tissue/fabric of the body politic on any and every level—from the well-being of the planet we live on to being awake and at home in our own skin.

Being about life itself, the “curriculum” of the retreat naturally includes the domains of social justice, implicit bias, and the koan of true diversity and inclusivity, for to deny them is to privilege ignorance and delusion. We will use the gateways of the senses to wake up to and increasingly inhabit the liberative domain of awareness itself, and its manifestations in silence and stillness, in motion and language, in embodied compassion and kindness, and in acting skillfully in the world in accordance with our being, our longings, our traditions, and our loves.

Professionals and laypeople are welcome, as are newcomers and longtime practitioners of mindfulness.

Participation is also available to anyone from the BIPOC community who is not in a position to pay through the contemplative justice fellowships of our Omega scholarship program. These scholarships are application-free and work on an honor system. Call 877.944.2002 to register. Please note, candidates should already have an established meditation practice as the retreat is rigorous. 

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Please note that Omega will not be providing yoga mats to borrow, so you must bring one with you or purchase a mat at the Omega Store.

Please Note: This is an intensive retreat with extensive early morning (6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.) and evening (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) sessions. Please do not attend if you are not prepared to engage in the entirety of the offering.

SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
 
Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
 
Workshop
 
MONDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
 
Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon
 
Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
 
TUESDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
 
Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon
 
Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
 
Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon
 
Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
 
THURSDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
 
Meditation
9:00 a.m.–Noon
 
Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
 
Workshop
 
FRIDAY
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
 
Meditation
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
 
Workshop
1:00 p.m.
 
Check Out

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

Program Tuition

member

$500

regular

$555

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight

Stay With Us


Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, paddling on the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.

A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).

Commute

5 nights commuter fee
$200.00

The commuter fee includes lunch and use of amenities and facilities. A list of local hotels and inns is available.


See our Cancellation Policy.

Certificate of Attendance : $25

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