We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?
Join psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer to explore how the mind works on many levels, and how we can tap into the actual processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to break unhealthy patterns. In very accessible ways, we learn how awareness, curiosity, and mindfulness practices can interrupt habits, and discover how to build our own natural capacity for awareness, kindness, and curiosity.
Weaving together patient stories, Brewer’s own experience with craving, mindfulness practice, and the latest scientific findings, this workshop offers a path for moving beyond cravings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, and living a fuller life.
This program is especially helpful for clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors. Individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits such as emotional eating are welcome.
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
- Refine their ability to examine psychological processes through experiential insight
- Apply scientific concepts, grounded in experience, to personal practice and teaching
- Explain how mindfulness affects brain activation and pathways
- Describe basic connections between brain and behavioral processes related to underlying mechanisms of mindfulness
- Refine their accuracy in detecting and tracking reward-based learning processes
- Identify specific learned rewards that perpetuate unhealthy habits
- Describe ways to tap into intrinsic rewards that help individuals step out of old habits into new ones.
The following book is required reading for the course:
- The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits) by Judson Brewer
Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
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
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined ...
Tuition & Fees
Experiencing Our Craving Minds
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).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 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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