Prodigal Fathers, Wayward Sons
May 2017

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Prodigal Fathers, Wayward Sons

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May 26, 2017 – May 29, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Sam Keen, Gifford Keen
Plus accommodations
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While Sam Keen was recovering from a head injury and multiple surgeries, his son Gifford Keen visited him. In a gesture of healing, Gifford reached out to his father and said, “Whatever it was I held against you all these years, the statute of limitations has run out.”

Through subsequent deep listening and honest storytelling—recounting the experiences of their relationship each from their own point of view—they began to reconcile their longstanding, intractable differences and reframe their contentious relationship.

In this workshop with Sam and Gifford, you examine positive male role models and learn new ways to move beyond old wounds. You explore proven and concrete methods to overcome longstanding failures as fathers and sons, examine your personal mythologies, and understand the old and new ways that boys are ushered into manhood. As you reveal what has divided and united you, you become open to new possibilities to create the intimacy or forgiveness that is your heart’s desire.

All men are welcome, whether you come with your father, your son, or by yourself. Women interested in exploring this topic are also welcome.

More Information

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Prodigal Father, Wayward Son: A Roadmap to Reconciliation by Sam Keen and Gifford Keen

Sam Keen is also teaching What's Next.

4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop
10:00 a.m.-Noon 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 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.


Sam Keen, PhD, is a freelance philosopher, teacher, workshop leader, and renowned pioneer in the personal mythology movement. He is author of numerous books, including Fire in the Belly, Learning to Fly, and Faces of the Enemy. He is coathor, with his son Gifford Keen, of Prodigal Father Wayward Son.

Gifford Keen is a former software executive, chief executive officer, and real estate investor, and an aspiring novelist. He is coauthor, with his father Sam Keen, of Prodigal Father Wayward Son.