It seems hard to believe, but a pain-free life is possible even after decades of suffering. Spine surgeon David Hanscom has helped hundreds of people move out of chronic physical and emotional pain with his multilayered, patient-directed approach. Movement artist Babs Yohai and expressive arts therapist Jasmine Yohai both focus on mindful movement and body awareness in their work.
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 practice. You also learn energy work, meditation, and forgiveness practices to reprogram your mind-body connection. In a safe and structured environment, you get the support and information you need to begin to break free from pain.
This approach benefits those suffering from chronic pain, family members of those with chronic pain, and health-care professionals who want to implement these strategies in their practices.
Faculty asks that you read the following books in preparation for the course:
- Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain by David Hanscom
- Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health & Happiness by Fred Luskin
Additionally, Faculty recommends you read 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 by Anthony DeMello
Lastly, the Faculty asked us to pass along this letter, containing more information on this program, as well as this questionnaire. Please read the questions on the questionnaire carefully and return your completed form by:
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Or scan and email:
Things To Bring
Please bring materials for the following activities:
- Reconnecting with the Best Part of Who You Are
- The intent of this exercise is to recall times of your life that were truly enjoyable and share them.
Bring symbols or memoirs such as:
- A photograph, souvenir, letter, etc.
- Songs on a digital device
Pictures of yourself
- Baby < one year
- Elementary school
- High school or college
- Within the last year
- This is an exercise that you will do with your small group during lunch on Saturday.
- Sharing – Saturday evening
- On Saturday evening, you will be sharing something about yourself that we wouldn’t ordinarily know. It can be a poem, song, story, sharing your art or music, or any other talent
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|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|Noon–2:00 p.m.||Lunch with small groups|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Sharing Session|
|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
David Hanscom, MD, is a Seattle-based orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine surgery, i ...
Babs Yohai is cofounder, with Gregory Hines, of the nonprofit dance studio, The Beat: Eddie Brown ...
Jasmine Yohai is an expressive arts therapist who helps people connect emotions to physical sensatio ...
Tuition & Fees
We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.
Relief From Chronic Pain
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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