This week, sample from a wide variety of programs with Omega's acclaimed teachers. Enjoy a workshop in the morning, try another in the afternoon, or stick with the same workshop all week. You can also abandon your schedule and head to the beach.
Sample from all these workshops during the week. Note: Workshops meet each day (except Wednesdays).
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 uses story, koans, science, history, current events, interaction, and meditation practice as a way to open life to a vaster horizon.
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.
Ways to Step Up During Moments of Planetary Crisis
Many of us may feel stressed, upset, or even powerless about recent climate change assessments that describe the destruction humans have caused over the past 50 years. But at moments such as these, Christiana Figueres—a Costa Rican diplomat with 35 years’ experience in policy— explains how we can awaken to the reality of interconnectedness and rise strong to this planetary crisis.
Moral Distress, Resilience & Repair
Jack Saul, PhD
Due to actions committed in our name that violate deeply held moral values, many of us today experience what is called moral distress. Jack Saul, author of Collective Trauma and director of the International Trauma Studies Program, asks, “How do we mobilize our individual and collective resilience to mitigate that distress and promote moral repair?” Explore and find creative ways of addressing current moral challenges in your life, and in the world.
Connecting to Your Heart-Mind
Tibetan Mind-Energy-Body Practices for Health & Well-Being
Alejandro Chaoul, PhD
Long ago, Tibetan yogis, monks, and nuns developed mind-energy-body practices to address universal human emotions and obstacles so we could connect more deeply to ourselves, and to others. Alejandro Chaoul, a senior teacher with The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, teaches these timeless, easy-to-learn Tibetan yogic practices.
The MindBody Self
How Longevity Is Culturally Learned & the Causes of Health Are Inherited
Mario Martinez, PsyD
Growing older is merely the passing of time, whereas aging is what we do with our time. Rather than having to be genetically sentenced with family illnesses or with the aging beliefs we assimilate from our cultures, we have the capacity to change how our genes express disease or good health. Mario Martinez, a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of Biocognitive Science, shows you how changing your mind can help change your life.
Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck
Explore your individual life puzzle through the lens of personal well-being, creative expression, and the development of tangible business skills. Guided by David Nichtern, senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, you learn how to develop clarity, precision, and stability, as well as a friendly and inquisitive attitude in life. Discover ways to incorporate traditional Buddhist meditation practices as the ground for transformation and personal evolution.
Slow Flow Yoga
Monica Ramos Tapia
Learn to create space and find relief from restrictions with Slow Flow Yoga. Guided by the director of the Healing Centre in Costa Rica, this class blends gentle mobility exercises, spinal undulations, and intelligent sequencing to liberate the body and mind. Experience a vinyasa flow, a sprinkle of longer held yin yoga postures, and the exploration of meditation principles, all anchored in the breath. Add a strong message of self-care and mindfulness, and each session can be compared to a journey—an inquiry into the present moment.
The Path to Longevity
Rest, Restore & Repair
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician, author, cofounder of Omega, and founder of Blue Spirit, Stephan Rechtschaffen teaches integrative approaches to longevity, time, stress reduction, and well-being. 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
The ancient, proven, and easy-to-learn practices of qigong can strengthen immune function, enhance creativity, increase bone density, improve balance, and vitalize your entire being. With Steven Michael Pague, certified instructor in Chinese movement and healing arts and founding Omega staff member, you learn to experience the extraordinary in the ordinary in a Waterfall Qigong style.
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.
Wednesdays are a free day so you can explore all that Blue Spirit and the surrounding area have to offer.
Sample Daily Schedule (Weeks 1, 3, and 4)
|7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.||Daily Optional Yoga or Qigong Class|
|7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.||Breakfast|
|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...
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the...
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United...
Jack Saul, PhD, author of Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience...
Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit...
Mario Martinez, PsyD, is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in how cultural beliefs...
David Nichtern, one of the original Western students of renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation...
Monica Ramos Tapia is the director of well-being at Harmony Projects and creative director of the...
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, author of Timeshifting, is cofounder of the Omega Institute and...
Steven Michael Pague, a founding staff member of the Omega Institute, has been cofacilitating...
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.
- 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.