Workshop

Costa Rica Week 1

Jan 06 - Jan 13 2018 Costa Rica
Omega Costa Rica offers extraordinary programs at Blue Spirit, January through March, 2018.

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism, learn to awaken love through chant and yoga, or experience memoir as a healing path. You also can use meditation to release patterns that hold you back, practice rejuvenating qigong, or learn the fundamentals of longevity.

Workshops meet each day (except Wednesday) in the morning and afternoon. Sample from a variety of programs with Omega’s acclaimed teachers, choosing a new workshop each day, if you like. Or, abandon your schedule, head to the beach and create your own experience.

Sample from any or all of the following workshops during Week 1.

Giving Life to Life
Exploring Compassion Inside & Out
Joan Halifax Roshi
In this contemporary approach to the teachings of Buddhism, we explore compassion as an internal process and as an engaged practice. Learn about the latest research on compassion taking place in the fields of social psychology and neuroscience, along with practices that engender compassion. Zen teacher and social activist Joan Halifax Roshi has a unique style of teaching—using story, koans, science, history, contemporary events, interaction, and she provides the opportunity for a plunge into meditation practice.

Your Vibrant Healthspan
Stress Resiliency, Cell Renewal & the Telomere Effect
Elissa Epel, PhD
Most of us have gotten so used to living in a matrix of stress—with constant demands on our time and attention—that we don’t even notice how stressed our body really is. But our cells are paying attention to stress levels. Learn the fascinating science behind how our cells age, and how simple, small choices and mindful attention during our day can promote psychological resilience and slow cell aging (telomeres). Discover fresh approaches, mind states, nutrition, aspects of sleep, and stress management practices you can take home. Elissa Epel also talks with Joan Halifax Roshi and Stephan Rechtschaffen about contemplative science and practices that promote a vital healthspan.

Awakening Bhakti Workshop
A Celebration of Divine & Human Love
Jai Uttal
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 Healing Practice for Daily Life
Nubia Teixeira
Explore accessible yogic techniques and bring healing into your life through mindful movement, breathwork, and prayer. 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. Breathing, singing, praying, and moving our bodies through asana, we learn to cultivate a nurturing practice to help navigate our everyday life.

Writing to Awaken
Spiritual Memoir as a Healing Path
Mark Matousek, MA
Learning to write truthfully about life experiences, to discern your soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, and so-called mistakes. This comes as an awakening. When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed. Discover spiritual memoir as a path to self-knowledge and take a literary pilgrimage within, using writing exercises, group dialogue, and one-on-one time with Mark Matousek.

Moving Beyond Habits
Recognizing & Releasing Habitual Patterns
David Nichtern
Do you feel stuck in patterns that keep you from living the life you want? Come explore the habitual mental states we create and get mired in, and discover how meditation holds the key to freeing yourself to live the life you’ve longed for. Based on an ancient Buddhist painting called The Wheel of Life, this up-to-date exploration reveals the six realms that keep us feeling trapped in our lives: gods (fixation on pleasure), jealous gods (competition), humans (hope and fear), animals (thick habits) hungry ghosts (addiction), and hell (rage and depression). Unlock the prison of the six realms and free yourself from habits that hold you back.

The Path to Longevity
Create More Time for Life
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician, author, and cofounder of Omega, Stephan Rechtschaffen, teaches integrative approaches to longevity, time, stress reduction, and well-being. Learn the fundamental basis to attain and maintain greater vitality and long life. Through inspiring lectures, guided visualizations, and meditation practices, the author of Timeshifting and coauthor of Vitality and Wellness, shows you how to lead a more balanced and integrative life while coming deeper into the present moment.

Cultivate Your Life Force
Waterfall Qigong Style
Steven Michael Pague
"Qi" is life force and "gong" is cultivation. Through one of the most eloquent and powerful methods of exercise and moving meditation, we delve into the mysteries and practicality of qigong. We easily learn and practice movements that enhance balance, flexibility, vitality, creativity, and more, while strengthening immune function and resilience. We also play and transform ourselves with unique and quite enjoyable forms called “Animal Frolics.” Join in and kindle the fire of your inner smile, align yourself between Heaven and Earth, and find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

 

Add an optional cleanse to any week:
Blue Spirit Longevity Program
7-Day Detox & Revitalizing Cleanse

Add this special weeklong cleanse program to enhance your health, longevity, and vitality during your stay at Blue Spirit. Dedicate time to focus on revitalizing your body through a nutritious cleanse diet, along with detox herbs, supplements, superfood smoothies, and yoga and qigong practices, plus daily check-ins. Return home rejuvenated, relaxed, and revitalized.

There is an additional $200 charge for this program. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for the cleanse.

Schedule

During Weeks 1–4 there are no workshops on Wednesdays to allow you ample free time to enjoy the area.

Sample Daily Schedule (Weeks 1-4)

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Daily Open Yoga or Qigong Class
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
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, director of the Urban Zen Inte ...
  • Elissa Epel, PhD, coauthor of the New York Times best seller The T ...
  • Mark Matousek, MA, is author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enl ...
  • David Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage ...
  • Steven Michael Pague, cofacilitator of Omega’s winter programs for more tha ...
  • Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, author of Timeshifting, is cofounder of t ...
  • Nubia Teixeira, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a ...
  • Jai Uttal is a Grammy-nominated singer a ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Omega Costa Rica Week 1

$ 0.00

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.

TYPE Rate - 7 Nights

Superior Ocean View Room - Single

Relax in a tastefully furnished room with a king-size bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, and a balcony with extraordinary ocean views.

$ 3395.00

Superior Ocean View Room - Couple

Relax in a tastefully furnished room with a king-size bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, and a balcony with extraordinary ocean views.

$ 2620.00

Ocean View Room - Single

View the ocean’s beauty through lush jungle foliage from the balcony of a room with one king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2975.00

Ocean View Room - Double

View the beauty of the ocean from the balcony of a room with two twin beds, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2395.00

Ocean View Room - Couple

View the beauty of the ocean from the balcony of a room with a king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2395.00

Mountain View Room - Single

Observe the beauty of the mountains from the balcony of a room with one king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2875.00

Mountain View Room - Double

Observe the beauty of the mountains from the balcony of a room with two twin beds, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2295.00

Mountain View Room - Couple

Observe the beauty of the mountains from the balcony of a room with one king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2295.00

Pacifico Cottage - Single

Tucked away amidst the lush tropical gardens and close enough to the sandy Pacific Beach so that the sound of the ocean will rock you to sleep, these beautiful and rustic new rooms feature a private porch with a hammock, one queen-size bed, an outdoor shower, and air conditioning. From the main building, the Pacifico Cottages are a short walk down the hill toward the beach.

$ 2875.00

Pacifico Cottage - Couple

Tucked away amidst the lush tropical gardens and close enough to the sandy Pacific Beach so that the sound of the ocean will rock you to sleep, these beautiful and rustic new rooms feature a private porch with a hammock, one queen-size bed, an outdoor shower, and air conditioning. From the main building, the Pacifico Cottages are a short walk down the hill toward the beach.

$ 2295.00

Nature Suite - Single

Situated on a hillside, these wood-frame suites have one king-size bed, private bathroom with an outdoor shower, enclosed porch with a desk, and air conditioning. Nature Suites are a short walk (down a set of stone steps) from the main building.

$ 2750.00

Nature Suite - Double

Situated on a hillside, these wood-frame suites have two twin beds, private bathroom with an outdoor shower, enclosed porch with a desk, and air conditioning. Nature Suites are a short walk (down a set of stone steps) from the main building.

$ 2145.00

Nature Suite - Couple

Situated on a hillside, these wood-frame suites have one king-size bed, private bathroom with an outdoor shower, enclosed porch with a desk, and air conditioning. Nature Suites are a short walk (down a set of stone steps) from the main building.

$ 2145.00

Hermitage Room - Single

Relax in a private, cozy room with one queen-size bed, natural ventilation, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2300.00

Hermitage Room - Double

Relax in a private, cozy room with two twin beds, natural ventilation, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2020.00

Hermitage Room - Couple

Relax in a private, cozy room with one queen-size bed, natural ventilation, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

$ 2020.00

Eco Cottage - Single

Get in touch with nature in one of these wood-frame cottages set amid the lush vegetation of the tropics. Each eco-cottage has two twin beds, natural ventilation, and a private bathroom with ambient water showers (hot water showers are available in the nearby bathhouse). Eco-cottages are a 10-minute walk (down a long set of stone steps) from the main building.

$ 1775.00

Eco Cottage - Double

Get in touch with nature in one of these wood-frame cottages set amid the lush vegetation of the tropics. Each eco-cottage has two twin beds, natural ventilation, and a private bathroom with ambient water showers (hot water showers are available in the nearby bathhouse). Eco-cottages are a 10-minute walk (down a long set of stone steps) from the main building.

$ 1555.00

Tent - Single

Set on a platform under a wooden roof, tents include a queen mattress with sheets and towels, and share a bathhouse.

$ 1310.00

Tent - Double

Set on a platform under a wooden roof, tents include a mattress with sheets and towels, and share a bathhouse.

$ 1310.00

Tent - Couple

Set on a platform under a wooden roof, tents include a queen mattress with sheets and towels, and share a bathhouse.

$ 0.00

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. Special rates are available through TravMark's A+ Program Protection Plans. Get a free quote today.

Continuing Education

Special Discounts

  • Early Bird: Save $100 when you register on or before 5:00 p.m. EST November 3, 2017. This discount is available both online and by phone.
  • Extend your stay: Save $200 when you book two or more weeks of Omega Costa Rica at Blue Spirit. To take advantage of this discount, please call Omega at 877.944.2002.

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