We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to check social media, binge eat, smoke, drink, feed anxious thought loops, or any other behavior we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating.
Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? When and how does willpower fail? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? Can we hack our brain’s learning circuitry to break bad habits, and cultivate behaviors and mindstates that support our health and happiness?
Join psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer and psychologist and behavior-change expert Robin Boudette to explore how our minds work and how we can tap into the processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to break unhealthy patterns. Learn how the mind works to form habits and pragmatic ways to engage this very same brain process to change habits.
In very accessible ways, we learn how awareness, curiosity, and mindfulness practices can interrupt habits, and discover how to build our natural capacity for awareness, kindness, and curiosity. Weaving together patient stories, 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 helpful for mental health professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive and habitual behaviors and individuals hoping to break habits such as emotional eating and anxiety.
We engage in experiential exercises, including writing and guiding our own meditations in small groups. We learn through feedback and, always, mindful attention to our own experience. As we get clearer about how to share meditation, our own practice deepens immeasurably.
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 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|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.||Workshop|
|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 field of habit change and the “science of self...
Robin Boudette, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, behavior-change expert, and mindfulness teacher...
Tuition & Fees
How to Tame 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).
2 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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Agenda and Professional Objectives: Download PDF
|Certificate of Attendance||$25|
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