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09/04/2015 to 09/07/2015
The Yoga of Voice

Join us for our 11th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/07/2015 to 09/08/2015
Krishna Das

This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 7, from 2:30 p.m.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/08/2015
Krishna Das
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

Join Krishna Das for this one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice. This is a special opportunity to study with one of the foremost devotional singers in the world.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/18/2015 to 09/20/2015
Shelley Berc
Practical Techniques to Ignite Your Creativity

This workshop has been cancelled.

You are creative by nature, and your creative style is as unique as your DNA.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/18/2015 to 09/20/2015
Dondi Dahlin

Have you always longed to belly dance? This workshop is perfect for the pure beginner who is interested in feeling feminine and strong; who wants to celebrate herself and all women.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/20/2015 to 09/25/2015
Victoria Johnson
A Shamanic Journey

Our old stories of scarcity, fear, and victimhood are limiting us in ways we may not consciously realize. As a result, our deepest heart offerings are never manifested.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/20/2015 to 09/25/2015
Wendy Hollender

Join an artists retreat, and observe and draw the natural world at harvest time.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/11/2015 to 10/16/2015
Jump-Start Your Memoir

Dive into writing and discover your own rhythms, use your own language, and tell your own story, whether you are just keeping a journal or have a memoir in mind.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/11/2015 to 10/16/2015
Daniel Vitalis
Transcending Human Domestication

Awaken your instincts, reconnect with your nature, and engage your biology as nature-based philosopher Daniel Vitalis guides you on a journey to bring you closer to your wild, authentic self.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
01/30/2016 to 02/06/2016
Mark A. Hyman

In week 4, you can learn to achieve optimal health and wellness, unlock your erotic intelligence, or find ways to become more resilient.

Location:
Costa Rica

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09/04/2015 to 09/07/2015
The Yoga of Voice

Join us for our 11th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/07/2015 to 09/08/2015
Krishna Das

This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 7, from 2:30 p.m.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/08/2015
Krishna Das
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

Join Krishna Das for this one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice. This is a special opportunity to study with one of the foremost devotional singers in the world.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/18/2015 to 09/20/2015
Shelley Berc
Practical Techniques to Ignite Your Creativity

This workshop has been cancelled.

You are creative by nature, and your creative style is as unique as your DNA.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/18/2015 to 09/20/2015
Dondi Dahlin

Have you always longed to belly dance? This workshop is perfect for the pure beginner who is interested in feeling feminine and strong; who wants to celebrate herself and all women.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/20/2015 to 09/25/2015
Victoria Johnson
A Shamanic Journey

Our old stories of scarcity, fear, and victimhood are limiting us in ways we may not consciously realize. As a result, our deepest heart offerings are never manifested.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/20/2015 to 09/25/2015
Wendy Hollender

Join an artists retreat, and observe and draw the natural world at harvest time.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/11/2015 to 10/16/2015
Jump-Start Your Memoir

Dive into writing and discover your own rhythms, use your own language, and tell your own story, whether you are just keeping a journal or have a memoir in mind.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/11/2015 to 10/16/2015
Daniel Vitalis
Transcending Human Domestication

Awaken your instincts, reconnect with your nature, and engage your biology as nature-based philosopher Daniel Vitalis guides you on a journey to bring you closer to your wild, authentic self.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
01/30/2016 to 02/06/2016
Mark A. Hyman

In week 4, you can learn to achieve optimal health and wellness, unlock your erotic intelligence, or find ways to become more resilient.

Location:
Costa Rica

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Watch as Omega Poetry Festival faculty Aja Monet reads her poem "Unhurt." Learn more about Aja Monet Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival         More
On PBS, Garrison Keillor introduces Omega Poetry Festival faculty Marie Howe, who reads her poem "The Gate."   Learn more about Marie Howe Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival       More
In this video from the PBS News Hour, Omega Poetry Festival faculty Li-Young Lee reads his poem "Descended From Dreamers." Learn more about Li-Young Lee Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival     More
Watch award-winning poet Nick Flynn from the Omega Poetry Festival as he reads his poem "Haiku (Failed)." Learn more about Nick Flynn Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival   More
Omega Circlesongs Workshop Faculty: I Wanna (featuring Judi Donaghy Vinar with Rhiannon, Dave Worm, Joey Blake, and Bobby McFerrin). The teaching team, led by Judi, offers an improvised mission statement for daily living, as practiced during the Omega Circlesongs Workshop in August 2014. Wanna join the circle in 2015? Space is limited, so register early for Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs.   More
Bobby McFerrin leads 200+ Omega workshop participants in joyful song at the conclusion of Circlesongs 2014. Described as a life-changing journey by attendees, this improvisational singing workshop with Bobby McFerrin invites you to play, sing, and create—in music and in life. Many students make this workshop a yearly ritual. Space is limited. Register today for Circlesongs 2015! More
10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the Circlesongs, uniting more than 60,000 singers in spontaneous improvisation for the closing of the choral festival Day of Song (recorded live in Ruhr, Germany in 2010).   Learn more about Bobby McFerrin     More
In this archive footage, master teacher Olatunji and his West African dancers and drummers presented an unforgettable workshop experience at Omega in 1998. July 06, 2014 – July 11     More
While leading a workshop at Omega, Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han discusses “Zen as art, art as Zen,” and creates an inspiring Zen portrait of one aspect of Omega’s mission statement.   Explore more from Alok Hsu Kwang-han   More
For more than 30 years, Daniel Mack has worked with wood and natural materials as an artist, furniture maker, and architectural consultant. He teaches how to work with rustic materials as an artistic path of honoring the unseen.   Daniel Mack is teaching Working Rustic July 6–11, 2014.   More

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Omega Institute Drawing Closer to Nature
Botanical Illustration Brings a Long Tradition to a New Movement
It seems like nearly everything today is digital. For many people, listening to music, watching movies and television, or reading the news takes place solely on digital devices, and often all on the same device. Creating art—photography especially—is often done digitally and shared solely online. Set against the backdrop of this pixelated world is a revived interest in creating things by hand. Botanical illustration is a great case in point. More
Omega Institute 15 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity Today by Shelley Berc
Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts. We often think about creativity as making something, but in fact the root meaning of the word means "to grow." More
Omega Institute Miso Vegetable Soup: A Cooking Meditation by Suzanne Boothby
A Cooking Meditation
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh sums up Zen practice with these few words: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” In our busy lives, it's not uncommon to rush when preparing (and eating) a meal. But miso loses healthful enzymes and its aroma when boiled, so rushing is not the best strategy. Warming the soup slowly and gently requires mindful attention, which is the perfect opportunity to take Thich Nhat Hanh's advice. More
Omega Institute Visualization Meditation 101
What: Visual meditation is used in many spiritual traditions, including yoga, Taoism, Christianity, and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in secular and therapeutic settings.  There are two primary forms of visual meditation. One is internal visualization, during which you focus on a mental image of a color, symbol, object, place, or situation. Two is gazing meditation, during which you stare at a fixed object (such as a tree, candle flame, or statue of a deity) to focus your mind. More
Omega Institute Preserving Food Saves Farms & Flavor: An Interview With Marisa McClellan
An Interview With Marisa McClellan
Omega: How did you get started preserving food at home? Marisa: I grew up doing it with my mom. We lived in Portland, Oregon, and had apple trees and blackberry bushes in and around our yard and in the neighborhood. We’d go picking and do a little canning—not tons and tons, but I knew how to do it. When I was in my mid-20s I went blueberry picking one day, and came home with 13 pounds of blueberries. That was the instigator. I canned some jam and I loved it. I wanted to do more, and it just went from there.  More
Omega Institute Brain-Boosting Avocado Smoothie
This simple green smoothie features a secret brain-boosting ingredient: avocado. Unlike many other fruits and vegetables, avocados contain healthy unsaturated fats that help keep your brain cell membranes flexible and protect nerve cells. As a bonus, avocados create a creamy, silky smooth texture much like soft serve ice cream. Try blending this treat today. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients More
Omega Institute Passage Meditation 101
What: Passage meditation is the act of sitting quietly and reading out loud or mentally repeating a passage from a spiritual book or text. It has been historically practiced in numerous world religions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism.  More
Omega Institute Orange Goji Lemonade
Ingredients1 cup goji berries7 cups water (divided)1 cup lemon juice2 pinches salt12 drops orange stevia3 drops orange essential oil DirectionsSoak goji berries for one hour in 2 cups of water. Blend with lemon juice, 2 pinches of salt, and 5 cups of water. Strain and add 12 drops of orange stevia and 3 drops of orange essential oil. More
Omega Institute 3 Traditional Home Skills Worth Learning
Bake Your Own BreadNo matter the style of bread you make—a hearty, country-style loaf, a light baguette, corn bread, tortilla, pita, naan, or a gluten-free variation on any of these—learning how to make one of the most basic foods there is for yourself can be powerfully nourishing. More
Omega Institute Vegetable Fritters by Jon Gabriel
Makes approximately 8 fritters. Ingredients:1 tablespoon ghee1 small brown onion, diced1 ounce broccoli, finely chopped1 clove garlic, crushed1 egg1/2 carrot, grated1/4 zucchini, grated1 teaspoon dried thymesalt and pepperflaxseeds More

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