LOCATION: Omega Institute,
DATE: May 10-12, 2019
TIMES: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 9-12 & 2:30-5; Sunday 9-12
Have you seen the Omega catalogue? Hundreds of glossy teachers and techniques from every tradition and approach imaginable. That’s a lot of options. I always wonder: how are you supposed to know which one is right for you?
This situation pretty much sums up my first few years as a practitioner. I spent all my time pinging around in a lather of ADD-powered excitability, jumping from teacher to teacher and technique to technique, never sure what I was doing or why.
I would like to help you avoid this scenario by … giving you yet another option. Because, yes, now I’m IN that catalogue, with my own ridiculous offering.
Welcome to Meditation Retreat for Fidgety Skeptics, where it doesn’t matter how many techniques and paths you’ve neurotically screwed up. In this workshop, we start again fresh, by exploring the core existential skills being trained across all techniques.
We’ll dig into the magical mystery weirdness of concentration, clarity, equanimity, and friendliness, and then we’ll build a customized practice that works for each of us. We’ll do all this in a rigorously humanistic way that nevertheless gets bat-shit mystical at the end, because, frankly, that’s where the fun is.
Other perks you can enjoy while staying at the Omega Institute :
- 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
“It’s been 3 weeks since our retreat, and the effects are no less than profound. As a relatively new meditator, I was a bit nervous about going on the retreat, but felt pulled to do so. And I’m so glad I did! I’m just going to list all the things about the retreat that I am grateful for:
– The peace that came from time without my phone.
– Jeff’s excellent lessons on the pillars of clarity, concentration, equanimity and friendliness. His teachings gave me a relaxed understanding of the aim of mindfulness, something I could not have come to on my own.
– The camaraderie with the other retreat participants. The coldest and coziest bonfire of my life.
– The silence. Damn did I love that silence.
– Discovering I could sit with my body and my mind and nothing else and not die. And actually liking it (most of the time).
– Going head-to-head with my anxiety. My old friend is nowhere near gone, but we had some pretty deep conversations.
– Having delicious & healthy food cooked for me!
I know in my bones that this will be a turning point year in my life. The heightened awareness that I’ve experienced over the past 3 weeks is mind-blowing. If this is just the beginning, what’s next? I can’t wait to find out”.