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
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
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
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:
There is an additional $200 charge for this program. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for the cleanse.
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|
|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 author ...
Elissa Epel, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychiatry, at University of California, San F ...
Mark Matousek, MA, a writer, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner, is the author of two acclaimed m ...
David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoch ...
Steven Michael Pague, a founding staff member of the Omega Institute, has been cofacilitating Ome ...
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, author of Timeshifting, is cofounder of the Omega Institute a ...
Nubia Teixeira, E-RYT 500, YACEP, founder of the Bhakti Nova School of Yoga & ...
A Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community, Jai Uttal has led kirtans wo ...
Tuition & Fees
We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.
Omega Costa Rica Week 1
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.
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.
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- 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.