Practice is at the heart of mindfulness, whether we are aiming to decrease suffering, teaching meditation, or trying to understand its scientific underpinnings. Before we can take any of these steps, we must explore what suffering is on an experiential level.
As we develop our ability to see the causes of suffering, we learn to bear witness to our own and others’ suffering, which helps us turn toward it instead of shrinking away. This radical shift can change our behavior, relationships, and lives in fundamental ways.
Understanding the science behind mindfulness can inform our own practice while helping us teach and serve more effectively. It is increasingly important to discern which reports are valid and meaningful, and why.
During this retreat we use the laboratory of our own body-mind, integrating periods of guided practice with brief presentations and discussions of relevant research findings. We link our subjective, lived experience to current scientific understandings of the underlying neurobiological processes. We explore:
- Positive and negative reinforcement and their relationship to suffering
- Craving and how mindfulness decouples it from behavior
- Lovingkindness as a selfless practice (experientially and neurobiologically)
- Basic design of methodologically sound clinical studies
- The stages of clinical research and implications of each for clinical practice
This workshop is open to all mindfulness practitioners, including health and mental health practitioners who use or wish to add mindfulness techniques to their practices. It is encouraged for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and other mindfulness-based intervention teachers and teachers in training.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss how psychological processes can be examined through experiential insight
- Apply scientific concepts, grounded in experience, to personal practice and teaching
- Describe basic design of methodologically sound clinical studies
- Discern which reports are valid and meaningful, and why
- Describe the stages of clinical research and implications of each for clinical practice
- Identify the relationship of positive and negative reinforcement to suffering
- Recognize how mindfulness decouples craving from behavior
- Explain lovingkindness as a selfless practice (experientially and neurobiologically)
CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. However, you must register for CE/CMEs to receive them. You may register for your CE/CMEs online or by phone with Omega registration at 877.944.2002, before your arrival or at check-in. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.
This workshop begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Judson Brewer is also teaching Experiencing Our Craving Minds and MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine.
Please note this course begins Friday at 7:00 p.m., ends Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and has a special schedule. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.||Meditation|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.||Meditation|
|9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
The Children's Program will not be available for the 6:00 a.m. meditation sessions and is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival 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 director of research at the Center for Mindfulness ...
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Tuition & Fees
We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.
Practice as Science & the Science of Practice
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.
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.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00
ACCME - Physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) $ 0
APA - Psychologists (American Psychological Association) $ 0
BRN/ANCC - Nurses $ 0
SW - Social Workers $ 0
SW-NYS - Social Workers of New York State $ 0