Colonization is pervasive, but for Indigenous, Black, and Latinx Peoples the impacts of genocide, slavery, appropriation of traditional culture, loss of cultural identity, and the loss of and removal from ancestral lands remain. Traumatic memories are encoded in every one of us, and the stigma of our refusal to assimilate is always present, especially in the face of current threats to our planet, cultures, and communities.
This gathering, led by and held for Indigenous, Black, and Latinx Peoples, is both a leadership exploration and a healing retreat focused on mindful decolonization strategies intended to help undo the legacy of colonization in each of us and within our practice of activism. Themes include:
- How settler colonialism has impacted our thinking and ways of being
- How we engage in responsible land guardianship and restoration
- How we re-incorporate sacred laws into our daily life
- How we can mindfully decolonize ourselves and our communities
- How we can heal historical divisions between different groups
We come together in unity to plant a seed that will benefit current and future leaders, by cultivating the spiritual warriors of today and tomorrow.
Throughout the week we are joined by guest presenters Leah Penniman, Sachem Hawkstorm, Naftali Duran, David Ragland and Stephanie Morningstar.
Teachers are subject to change.
Eligibility: This retreat is for Indigenous, Black, and Latinx Peoples 18 and older, and requires the submission of an Application Form.
Attendance is limited to 2 people from the same organization as space is limited. Participants may apply for a 3rd member of their organization if space is still available by June 15th.
Cost: $75 registration fee.
All other costs (including accommodations & meals) have been underwritten for this program.
*PLEASE NOTE we were able to switch to a larger space, so everyone from the waitlist is welcome to join us. However, underwritten housing is now full. We can still take applications for this program, but new applicants will need to choose between camping or finding offsite accommodations. You may also inquire whether there is any housing for purchase left at Omega when you register.
Housing Package Note: Meals and single dorm room accommodations with shared bath are available on a first come, first served basis at no cost for accepted applicants. If you prefer upgraded housing options, they are available for purchase based on availability.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation to Campus|
|MONDAY - THURSDAY|
|9:00 a.m.–Noon||Morning Session|
|12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.||Lunch and Free Time|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Afternooon Session|
|7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Evening Schedule TBD|
|9:00 a.m.–Noon||Final Session|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
|12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.||Lunch|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the facilitation team.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Michael Yellow Bird, PhD, coauthor of For Indigenous Minds Only and Decolonizing Social Work, is...
Sherri Mitchell, JD, is an indigenous rights activist, spiritual teacher, and transformational...
Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in...
Sachem HawkStorm, hereditary sachem (chief) of the Schaghticoke People, is a fierce advocate for...
Neftali Duran is a cook, advocate, educator, and organizer working towards an equitable food...
Stephanie Morningstar (OnΛyota'a:ka – Oneida, Turtle clan, Lotinosho:ni/Haudenosaunee Confederacy...
David Ragland, PhD, serves as Senior Bayard Rustin Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation ...
Tuition & Fees
We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.
Decolonizing Our Hearts, Minds & Movements
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), 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 below).
5 Nights Commuter Fee
If you are a commuter not staying in Omega accommodations, this non optional fee covers Omegas overhead costs, all meals, and use of the facilities, which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all guest services. An off-campus referral list is available.
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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|Certificate of Attendance||$25|
Eligibility: This retreat is for Indigenous, Black, and Latinx Peoples 18 and older.
Please include with your application:
- This Application Form
- Your Personal Statement (see application for questions)
Send application materials to:
Fax: 845-266-9617 with subject: Decolonization Retreat Application – (Your Name)
Mail: Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Decolonization Retreat), 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
NOTE: Submitting an application does not register you for the retreat. When an application has been received, we will send you a confirmation email.
Once your application has been accepted, you will receive instructions to register and pay the $75 fee to hold your space in the program.