Relief From Chronic Pain
July 2017
Babs Yohai

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Relief From Chronic Pain

July 07, 2017 – July 09, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
David Hanscom, Bernie Siegel, Babs Yohai, Jasmine Yohai... See More
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SM17-2702-251David Hanscom, Bernie Siegel, Babs Yohai, Jasmine Yohai,

It may seem hard to believe, but a pain-free life is possible. Spine surgeon David Hanscom has helped thousands of people move out of chronic physical and emotional pain with his multilayered, patient-directed approach. Pediatric surgeon Bernie Siegel has been a pioneer in connecting patients with their own power to heal.

In a safe and structured environment, you get the support and information you need to begin to break free from pain. Through group discussions, guided imagery, and sensorimotor exercises, you learn to address all the factors that affect your perception of pain. You explore the neurological nature of pain and the shifts you can make through creative practices such as writing and drawing. You also learn energy work, meditation, and forgiveness practices for reprogramming your mind-body connection.

This approach benefits those suffering from chronic pain or illness, family members of those with chronic pain, and health-care professionals who want to implement these strategies in their practices.

Bernie Siegel joins us for the Saturday afternoon session only via live video stream.

More Information

This workshop begins Friday at 7:45 p.m. Bernie Siegel joins us for the Saturday afternoon session only via live video stream. Teachers are subject to change.

The following books are required reading for the course:

  • Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain by David Hanscom
  • The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing by Bernie S. Siegel

Additionally, you should actively participate in the expressive writing exercises outlined in Stage I of the website. The expressive writing is the foundation of the week. It is the first step of separating from your permanent and destructive pathways.

Lastly, Faculty recommends the following books for further study:

  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle
  • The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello by Anthony de Mello
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
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 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.


David Hanscom, MD, is a Seattle-based orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in complex spinal deformity. Hanscom, who has healed his own chronic pain, is author of Back in Control.

Bernie Siegel, MD, reached international acclaim in the late 1970s when he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace, which he wrote about in his first book, Love, Medicine & Miracles. Since then, Bernie Siegel has published 11 other books, including A Book of Miracles.

Babs Yohai

Babs Yohai is cofounder, with Gregory Hines, of the nonprofit dance studio, The Beat: Eddie Brown Center for the Arts, which focuses on rhythm tap. Among various disciplines, she integrates corporeal mime, African rhythms, and Balinese mask theater. She has lived, taught, and performed in New York, California, and Italy.


Jasmine Yohai is an expressive arts therapist who helps people connect emotions to physical sensations through the creative process.