This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism, learn a new approach to joyful eating, or develop the art of attention. You also can experience memoir as a healing path, practice rejuvenating qigong or dance, or learn the fundamentals of longevity.
Throughout the week, enjoy a workshop in the morning, try another in the afternoon, or abandon your schedule and head to the beach.
Sample from all these workshops during the week.
Standing at the Edge
Finding Freedom Where Fear & Courage Meet
Joan Halifax Roshi
Explore a radical vision of compassion in this contemporary approach to Buddhist teachings. Zen teacher and social activist Joan Halifax Roshi has a unique style of teaching—using story, koans, science, history, current events, interactions, and meditation practice as a way to open our lives to a vaster horizon.
Awakening Bhakti Workshop
A Celebration of Divine & Human Love
Celebrate and connect with the divine through bhakti yoga—the yoga of divine love. In the practice of bhakti yoga, devotional chanting (kirtan) becomes our teacher, reconnecting us with spirit and helping us find healing and wholeness within ourselves. Guided by Grammy Award-nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal, we explore, express, and share the deepest caverns of our souls, and ultimately find the eternal spring of love, service, and surrender.
Bhakti Nova Yoga
A Pilgrimage Into the Heart
Explore accessible yogic techniques and bring healing into your life through mindful movement, breathwork, and prayer with Nubia Teixeira, founder of the Bhakti Nova—a unique combination of techniques from bhakti, hatha, and kriya yoga. Pranayama (breathwork) and bhakti yoga (spiritual devotion) are two profound ways to connect with the divine source. While our breath connects our "inner and outer" environments, Bhakti Nova Yoga creates an inseparable link with spirit throughout our daily life. Through breathing, chanting, and asana, you learn to cultivate a nurturing practice to help navigate life.
Writing to Awaken
Spiritual Memoir as a Healing Path
Mark Matousek, MA
When you learn to write truthfully about life experiences and discern your soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of your struggles and triumphs. When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed. Join memoirist Mark Matousek for a literary pilgrimage within and discover spiritual memoir as a path to self-knowledge, using writing exercises, group dialogue, and one-on-one time with Mark.
Inviting the Wisdom of Death Into Life
Frank Ostaseski, a renowned Buddhist teacher and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, offers pragmatic tools, real life stories, and ancient wisdom to help you discover how an awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well.
Living From Heart-Mind
There is a dimension of our being that remains free and undamaged, no matter the conditions of our lives. Through meditation, experiential inquiries, and contemplative dialogue, Annette Knopp guides you toward the direct knowing of your heart-mind and helps you learn to relax more into what is already profoundly complete within.
The Path to Longevity
Create More Time for Life
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician, author, cofounder of Omega, and founder of Blue Spirit, Stephan Rechtschaffen teaches integrative approaches to longevity, time, stress reduction, and wellbeing. Learn to attain and maintain greater vitality and a longer life, and discover ways to lead a more balanced life while coming deeper into the present moment.
Cultivate Your Life Force
Find the Extraordinary in the Ordinary With Waterfall Qigong
Steven Michael Pague
"Qi" is life force and "gong" is cultivation. Delve into the mysteries of qigong through a blend of easy-to-learn movements designed to increase vitality, strengthen immune function, enhance creativity, achieve harmony and balance, and much more. Led by Steven Michael Pague, certified instructor in Chinese movement and healing arts and founding Omega staff member, you rekindle the fire of your inner smile and find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Add an optional cleanse to any week:
There is an additional $200 charge for this program. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for the cleanse.
During Weeks 1, 3, and 4 there are no workshops on Wednesdays to allow you ample free time to enjoy the area.
Sample Daily Schedule (Weeks 1, 3, and 4)
|7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.||Daily Open Yoga or Qigong Class|
|7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.||Breakfast|
|12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.||Dinner|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Entertainment, Workshop, or Free Time|
Meet the Teachers
Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, activist, and aut ...
A Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community, Jai Uttal has led kirtan ...
Nubia Teixeira, E-RYT 500, YACEP, founder of the Bhakti Nova School of Yoga ...
Mark Matousek, MA, a writer, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner, is the author of two acclaimed m ...
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen ...
Annette Knopp is an Inner-Depth Counselor, shamanic practitioner, and certified vinyasa yoga ...
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, author of Timeshifting, is cofounder of the Omega Institu ...
Steven Michael Pague, a founding staff member of the Omega Institute, has been cofacilitating Ome ...
Tuition & Fees
Costa Rica Week 1
Please see Stay With Us below for all-inclusive prices, as costs will vary depending on your program and room choices.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), and more.
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
A refund, less a $100 processing fee, will be offered for cancellations made on or before the close of business, 45 days before each program. No refund or credit will be offered for cancellations made with less than 45 days notice; if you do not show up; or if you leave a program early.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, which insures you against unforeseen sickness, injury, job loss, inclement weather, and more. Rates are available through TravMark's A+ Program Protection Plans. Get a free quote today.
- Early Bird: Save $100 when you register on or before November 10, 2018. This discount is available both online and by phone.
- Extend your stay: Save $200 when you book two weeks at Omega Costa Rica. Add another two weeks and save an additional $200. To take advantage of this discount, please call Omega at 877.944.2002.
- Members also receive $100 off anytime. This discount is available both online and by phone.