Veterans Yoga Retreat for Men
June 2017
Annie Okerlin

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Veterans Yoga Retreat for Men

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June 18, 2017 – June 23, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Annie Okerlin, Nicholas Caris
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Application is required; apply early, as enrollment is limited and spots fill quickly. Full tuition for this retreat is $395; scholarships are available to cover all but $75 of the total cost.
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Scholarships: The application deadline for this program has passed.


Research shows that yoga and relaxation practices help veterans reintegrate after the challenging experiences of military service. In this yoga retreat for male veterans, you learn techniques to comfort the body, ease the mind, and promote healing.

Guided by Annie Okerlin and veteran Nicholas Caris, and supported by a community of brothers, you practice yoga to gently open the body. You learn to modify postures to accommodate your unique physical limitations and ailments, including chronic pain, joint and spinal pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, and amputations.

You also experience daily iRest (Integrative Restoration) sessions, a technique endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and offered at military hospitals nationwide. A guided meditation based on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, iRest promotes deep relaxation, awareness, and acceptance of everything as it is. It helps the nervous system return to a balanced state of well-being, which is necessary to heal unresolved trauma and physical and emotional wounds.

Downtime in nature gives you the chance to integrate what you learn. You leave with tools and skills to continue your healing journey at home.

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
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
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
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
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.

Annie Okerlin

Annie Okerlin, RYT, is a certified yoga instructor and owner and president of Yogani Studio in Tampa, Florida. She is founder and director of the therapeutic yoga program Exalted Warrior Foundation.

Nicholas Caris, RYT, is a Marine veteran who found physical and emotional healing through yoga. He teaches adaptive yoga to veterans through the Exalted Warrior Foundation.