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The Next School for The Work

5-14 March 2019
Ojai, California
12-21 July 2019
Bad Neuenahr, Germany
 

Dates

Tuesday, 5 March 2019–
Thursday, 14 March 2019

 

Dates

Friday, 12 July 2019–
Sunday, 21 July 2019

 
 

Location

Ojai Valley Inn
905 Country Club Road
Ojai, CA 93023

 

Location

Dorint Parkhotel
Am Dahliengarten 1
53474 Bad Neuenahr, Germany

 
 

Cost

$5,997 (first-time registrant)
$5,697 (early bird)

Cost includes tuition, double-occupancy room, and meals.

Early-bird rate expires 1/30/2019 11:59 p.m. PT

 

Cost

$3,545 (first-time registrant)
$3,245 (early bird)

Cost includes tuition and meals.
Accommodations are 1,155 € for a double-occupancy room.

Early-bird rate expires 5/10/2019 11:59 p.m. PT

 
 

Contact

805.444.5799 (US)
+1 805 444 5799 (Int'l)

registration@thework.com

 

Contact

805.444.5799 (US)
+1 805 444 5799 (Int'l)

registration@thework.com

 

Testimonials

 

Byron Katie is an immeasurable gift to the world. Just returned from Byron Katie's 9-day School for The Work. Two words: Do it. But only if you want to permanently end all your suffering. I'm serious. Thanks and love to everyone I met there.

MARTHA BECK
AUTHOR OF FINDING YOUR OWN NORTH STAR

 

Thank you for what you do (revealing the illusion of mind) and for who you are.

PRINCE EA

 
 

Byron Katie's Work is a great blessing for our planet. The Work is like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being.

ECKHART TOLLE
AUTHOR OF The Power of Now

 

Byron Katie has rocked my world and shaken loose my mind more thoroughly than any other spiritual teacher I’ve ever encountered. Using her simple process called The Work, I have managed to liberate myself from thoughts and beliefs that had brought me years of suffering, and that I had honestly feared would never leave me.

ELIZABETH GILBERT
AUTHOR OF EAT, PRAY, LOVE and BIG MAGIC

 
 

What You'll Learn

Unlike every other school on earth, this one isn’t for learning—it’s for unlearning. You’ll spend nine days losing the fear-based stories you’ve innocently clung to all your life. They might be stories like “I’m not good enough” or “I need a partner” or “I’ll never get over it” or “I have to be in control.” Who would you be without those stressful stories?  

This is an immersion experience—an immersion in freedom. Imagine a place where you are supported to feel and say anything, and know that it’s all okay.  

At the School you’ll discover that your stories are everyone’s, and everyone’s stories are yours. You’ll be welcomed into a diverse, supportive family where you can be completely yourself without fear of judgment, perhaps for the first time in your life. You’ll facilitate your classmates’ Work as they open up to themselves. Then you’ll trade places, and they’ll do the same for you. This is the ultimate inner adventure.

 
 

Curriculum

The curriculum at the School is a living, evolving process, changing with the needs of the participants and on the basis of past students’ experiences. The exercises and activities are designed to mirror the transformation Katie herself went through after she woke up to reality in 1986. You will work on issues such as:  

  • relationships
  • addiction
  • body image
  • money
  • sex and sexuality
  • gender
  • fear


Each day during the School you may find yourself feeling freer and happier than the day before. Old habits may fall away like outworn clothes. You may find yourself eager to get up in the morning so that you won’t miss a moment of this unfolding adventure.  

Many participants consider these nine days to be the most important days they have ever spent. Insights and realizations continue long after the School has ended, and for many people these insights are permanent. People report that they experience life in a profoundly different way, that for the first time they recognize that the universe is friendly, and that they feel a genuine commitment to doing The Work as a daily practice.  

 

The Next School for The Work

5-14 March 2019
Ojai, California
12-21 July 2019
Bad Neuenahr, Germany
 

5–14 March 2019
School for The Work

Additional Information

Below is a brief summary of the first and last day of the School, so that you can plan your arrival and departure accordingly. We ask that all participants attend the first and final sessions; they are essential to the course.

Tuesday, 5 March

4–6 p.m.
5–6:15 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Registration
Dinner
First session begins

Thursday, 14 March

7:30–9 a.m.
7:30–9 a.m.

9 a.m.–noon
Breakfast
Hotel checkout. A luggage
room will be provided.
Final session

SBA–Santa Barbara Airport (51 miles)
BUR–Burbank Bob Hope Airport (83 mi)
LAX–Los Angeles International Airport (86 miles)

The U.S.-based School for The Work is presented in English only.

If you need translation, please inquire about the Europe-based School for The Work. For more information, please contact our registration team at +1 805.444.5799 ext. 1, or registration@thework.com.

First-Time Participant:
$5,997 (tuition $3,545; accommodations $2,452)

The early-bird registration discount for first-time participants is $300. This discount expires Wednesday, 30 January 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Repeat Participant:
$5,075 (tuition $2,623; accommodations $2,452)

 

12–21 July 2019
School for The Work

Additional Information

Below is a brief summary of the first and last day of the School, so that you can plan your arrival and departure accordingly. We ask that all participants attend the first and final sessions; they are essential to the course.

Friday, 12 July

15.00–18.00
16.00–18.00
17.15–18.15
18.30
Hotel Registration
Event Registration
Dinner
First session begins

Sunday, 21 July

07.30–09.00


09.00–12.00
Breakfast
Hotel checkout. A luggage
room will be provided.
Final session

CGN–Cologne/Bonn Airport (54 km)
FRA–Frankfurt Airport (122 km)

The School for The Work is presented in English only.

If you need translation, please contact our registration team at +1 805.444.5799 ext. 1, or registration@thework.com.

First-Time Participant:
Tuition $3,545; Accommodations 1,155 €

The early-bird registration discount for first-time participants is $300. This discount expires 10 May 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Repeat Participant:
Tuition $2,623; Accommodations 1,155 €

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No prior experience with The Work is necessary. This is the School of You, and it has no grade levels. It's just you, Katie, her staff, Katie's brilliant curriculum, and the four questions.

Yes, and children who are under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Anyone who can answer the four questions can benefit from the School. No one is too young or too old to have their feelings hurt, to be confused, or frustrated, or depressed, and everyone deserves to know how to deal with their own suffering. Katie does recommend that each participant read Loving What Is before coming to the School.

Two words: Byron Katie. She will be sitting with you through all nine days, facilitating The Work, answering your questions, and sharing her awareness. A competent, dedicated staff works with Katie to make your School the most powerful experience possible.

In another sense, you will be your own teacher, giving yourself the understanding that only you can provide. Katie and her staff are there to support you at every step along the way. And every classmate you work with will be your teacher, and you will be theirs.

The day begins at 7 a.m. The group gathers for a breakfast, and morning meditation, which is followed by an opportunity to share your insights. The schedule for the rest of the day is morning session, lunch, afternoon session, dinner, and evening session (for those who want more).

Katie's curriculum is very rich and thorough, and it is her heart's desire that everyone get what they came for: their own freedom. So expect long hours, and all exercises and sessions are optional—this is made clear every day. With very rare exceptions, participants find that they just can't get enough of the curriculum, it is so fabulous (according to them). The long hours are Katie's response to their requests, and never something Katie is imposing on them.

Katie's first School lasted for twenty-eight days, and people found it difficult to get away from their jobs and life for such a long time. Later, by request, she reduced the School to fourteen days. Still later, because so many people who wanted to attend the School said that they could afford only a week away from their families, she reduced the fourteen days to nine. Katie gives people the most that she can possibly give in such a short time.

Most of the curriculum at the School consists of exercises that help you go deeper and deeper into self-inquiry. Much of the time you will write your answers on Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheets or One-Belief-at-a-Time Worksheets. In the process, you will gain valuable experience in identifying the stressful thoughts that are the cause of your suffering and in facilitating others in The Work. Facilitation is not psychotherapy; it is simply doing The Work in pairs. But it can make a surprising difference in the texture of your Work experience.

You'll be with and work among a couple of hundred of the most generous, open-minded, open-hearted people you've ever met. And they'll all be serious about doing their own Work and facilitating yours.

All over the world. We've had students from Aruba, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Zimbabwe—not to mention West Virginia, Utah, Texas, Nebraska, Hawaii…

Great! You'll enjoy three meals a day in a large dining room, choosing from a wide variety of dishes. The majority of our food selections are vegetarian, and often vegan. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible, and individual dietary requests can be accommodated if we know them ahead of time and if they are doctor-prescribed. Breakfasts include eggs or a similarly hearty main dish. Also, we serve one or more hot cereals, several types of fresh and dried fruit selections, and nondairy as well as dairy milks. Lunches and dinners feature at least two main dishes, a plentiful array of salads, and numerous side dishes of vegetables, legumes, and grains.

This is Katie's way of supporting participants in staying focused on what they came for—their own freedom, rather than their email—for nine days. It is not a requirement: it is a suggestion. It is important to Katie that participants are offered the opportunity to stay focused on their own process of inquiry, and not be distracted by business or non-emergency family matters for nine days. (Any emergency messages from family or business get to participants immediately through the hotel phones in their own rooms.)

No. Some people do choose to have single rooms. Our experience is that by the end of the nine-day School everyone who had a roommate is very happy that they did. And often those who chose not to have a roommate feel that if given the opportunity again, they would say yes.

We have an amazing aftercare program to help you make The Work a permanent part of your life. It is free of charge and is available to whoever chooses to enroll in it. This program provides daily-practice sessions and our free helpline. Many graduates form independent groups to do The Work in their communities or by phone. Chat groups for School graduates are also popular. The School is a continually extended welcome. For those graduates who wish to include The Work in their occupation, or to make it their occupation, the Institute for The Work of Byron Katie offers a Certification Program.

Licensed professionals such as marriage and family therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, alcohol and drug-abuse counselors, and acupuncturists can receive continuing education credit for attending the School.

50 CEUs / CE contact hours are available for licensed professionals. Byron Katie International is currently approved as a provider of CEUs for the School for The Work by the following organizations:

  • California Marriage & Family Therapists, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)
    Byron Katie International is approved by the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) (Provider #134909) for 50 CE credits.
  • California Registered Nurses
    Byron Katie International is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider #CEP 13091) for 50 contact hours.
  • California Teachers
    5.0 contact hours with California State University, Hayward. Please note that there is an additional fee for teachers only.
  • National Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
    Byron Katie International is approved by the NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program (Provider #362) for 50 contact hours.
  • California Acupuncturists
    Byron Katie International is approved by the California Board of Acupuncture for 50 CE credits (Provider # CEP 279).

That's up to you. The one thing that can be said with complete confidence is that, if your mind is open to inquiry, the School will change your life, and always in a positive way. The great majority of our graduates find their mental, and even physical, well-being enhanced. Their ability to manage stress is markedly improved. They become better listeners, better communicators, better friends, better family members. They become more creative in the face of life's changes. They may find themselves responding calmly to situations that used to upset them. And the longer they keep doing The Work, the more that kind of realization will become a familiar experience.

I love that The Work is always free on my website. Everything you need to do The Work is there, as well as in my books, which are in as many libraries, school systems, prisons, and nonprofit organizations as we can afford to place them in. There is also a free Helpline on the website.

As for the price, it has not increased in more than a dozen years. I originally looked at all comparable seminars and workshops, and set the price for the School slightly below the median price. By now, the School is considerably underpriced. You can easily check this by searching for other nine-day workshops. If I didn't think that the School's value was far more than the price of tuition, I wouldn't offer it.

To pay for the events, the venues need deposits that are very large, and the balance paid, whether or not the event takes place, and paid in full after the event even if the event must be cancelled for some reason and we still must give participants back their money. So I love that registrations show me whether to do the events or not. They guide me. Any time anyone registers for an event, it tells me their intention, and I love meeting that. It's my life.

There is nothing like the School on the planet. It is pure, it is radical, and I love that everyone who can take the time and afford to do it has the opportunity to know that it exists. And many who can't afford it are given financial aid; there are many scholarships and grants to teachers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others who do hospital, public schools and universities, prison, government, rehab, literacy work, etc. These people and institutions don't always have the funds to allocate because their budgets are stretched to the point of bare essentials just to continue operating. The scholarships are not loans: they are gifts, with no strings attached. People do not pay them back. And there is a separate financial assistance program available to those who qualify. Some people find this extremely helpful. They pay back $10 a month or $100 a month, and they are consistently grateful for it. With very few exceptions, they don't take on the obligation to repay the money unless they think they can keep their promise.

The money earned from the School allows me to pay for my website, my large office staff, my airfare and hotel expenses, bring staff with me, and support them, pay for their food, lodging in hotels, etc. (staff who can afford it buy their own airfare and pay their own expenses). The School venues cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the airfare is expensive, and then I pay staff to hold registration all year, I pay for the office staff, accountants, taxes, insurance, employee health insurance, and the list runs on and on. And in this way the School is made possible.

Everything I have is in the four questions and turnarounds. When people go to my website, instructions for The Work are available front and center. That way, no one has to pay for anything. And if they have the time, the money, and the desire to attend the School, then their money supports not only the School, but our continued efforts to move The Work in the world.

The Next School for The Work

5-14 March 2019
Ojai, California
12-21 July 2019
Bad Neuenahr, Germany

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