The Joy of Play

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Rhinebeck, NY

Omega Member Benefits

Omega members enjoy reduced rates on workshops and campus purchases while supporting Omega's work in the world.

member

$335

regular

$375

Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled. 

Workshop

The Joy of Play

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Rhinebeck, NY

Program Tuition

member

$335

regular

$375

Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled. 

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Years of education, responsibility, and stress have turned a lot of us into people afraid to have fun, look silly, get dirty, or step outside of our comfort zone, grumpy habits, or boring routines. But as George Bernard Shaw says (and current medical research backs up), “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” In this workshop we reverse the aging process as we learn new games and old standards, including: how to juggle; how to trip and fall with grace; 101 variations of emotionally safe dodge ball; how to look dignified while being out of control on a water slide; and the sneakiest way to conduct immature raids on the kids’ camps.

Elizabeth Lesser co-teaches with Joe this year (on Monday and Tuesday morning) and leads meditation practices and other exercises that help us open our hearts, let go of control, and release what may be blocking our joy. All of this adds up to a safe and warm gathering of kindred spirits and new ways of being a more present partner, playful parent, or generally goofy human being.

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.


Family Week

There is something for everyone at Family Week. Workshops for the grownups that teach skills or help you relax or give you a renewed sense of purpose. The schedule is more flexible than at other times so that the most important people in the world—parents—can get a well-deserved rest. And for the kids there are camps that engage their body, mind, and spirit, get them outside on our beautiful campus, help them make friends, and instill the values of cooperation, compassion, and joyful living.

Please note: If you don't have children you may participate in this program, but be advised almost 200 children are on campus, and services and schedules are geared for children and families. Learn More.

This workshop is being held during Family Week. If you don’t have children you may participate in this program, but be advised almost 200 children are on campus, and services and schedules are geared for children and families.

Adult Workshops meet each morning from 9:00 a.m.–Noon, and Monday/Tuesday from 2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m., take time off to relax or enjoy Dabblers Delights—classes in music, dance, wellness, yoga, and more, led by workshop teachers and special guests. In the evenings, everyone gathers for family entertainment.

SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
 
MONDAY
8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Family Week Welcome Gathering
9:30 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
TUESDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Dabblers Delights
 
THURSDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Dabblers Delights
 
FRIDAY
9:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m.–Noon Closing Gathering in Main Hall
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 (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.

Program Tuition

member

$335

regular

$375

Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled. 

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

Stay With Us


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).

Commute

5 nights commuter fee
$200.00

The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.


See our Cancellation Policy.

Certificate of Attendance : $25

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