Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics – New York

Registration is open

Think of this weekend retreat as a relaxed and practical distillation of what meditators have been learning for 3,000 years. There will be meditation, some movement, some sharing and discussion. This isn’t three days in a cave of silence. Also: there will be jokes.

Every time I host this retreat I emphasize different things. The curriculum, if you want to call it that, changes. It reflects where I am in my own learning and practice and life. Being human takes practice – apparently that never goes away. But it does get more playful over time, less an onerous obligation, more a grateful remembering of the basic fluency and creativity and potential for connection available in each moment.

What doesn’t change is the exploration. We always explore, in real time, the core existential skills that get trained in meditation. We learn to adjust the dials on our concentration and our care, on our mindful clarity and our equanimity, and, of course, on our exquisite nature-given right to do nothing whatsoever. The more we understand about how meditation works in our own peculiar nervous systems, the more confident we feel about about being our own life teacher.

And then we pass it on, so the practice can find its unique expression in someone else. This is how sanity becomes a social movement.

This retreat is appropriate for all experience levels. For information on Omega’s Covid safety protocols, see here.

Other Omega perks:

  • Daily Open classes in Yoga, Meditation, Dance/Movement
  • Access to the campus – Long Pond Lake (canoes and kayaks available), hiking trails, tennis courts
  • Access to the Wellness Center (fee based services including massage and wellness treatments) and access to a free hot sauna room
  • Access to the Omega Café, Bookstore, and Library

When you sign up for your housing option, your fee also includes all meals in the Omega Dining Hall, which serves a mostly vegetarian mostly farm to table menu.

Registration is OPEN

This retreat is also streamed live from Omega’s Rhinebeck campus. You can learn more about this option and register for the livestream here.

For those of you interested in applying for a tuition scholarship for this retreat, please email


“Jeff is a fantastic teacher: funny, empathetic, open-hearted, wise, and smart as a whip. The workshop was a game-changer for my meditation practice.”

“Jeff Warren is a wonderful teacher for those of us just beginning to get deeper into a meditation practice. I have no doubt he can support more experienced/seasoned mediators as well. I found him down to earth, easily able to relate to and a teacher I would be interested in taking a longer meditation retreat with. A really positive and welcoming experience for me.”

“It was a fantastic program that was able to reach people of many different levels of meditation experience. Jeff Warren uses humour and his own experiences to de-mystify meditation in a way that makes it accessible to anyone!”

“Jeff Warren did a fantastic job! He is an excellent speaker and teacher and I’d be thrilled to attend any program he offers in the future.”

About Jeff

Jeff Warren is a meditation instructor and journalist, known for his dynamic and accessible style of teaching. He’s co-author of The New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, author of The Head Trip – a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking – and founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a nonprofit meditation adventure group based in Toronto. He is co-host of The Consciousness Explorers Podcast, which explores the mystery of being human through practice. His mission is to empower people to care for their own mental health, through the realistic, intelligent and sometimes irreverent exploration of meditation and personal growth practices. His meditations reach millions of people through the Ten Percent Happier and Calm apps.


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