The Practice of Empowerment | Omega
July 2015
Gail Straub

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The Practice of Empowerment

Facilitating Behavior Change & Deep Transformation

July 10, 2015 – July 12, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
David Gershon, Gail Straub
SM15-2902-993, ,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

David Gershon and Gail Straub are renowned for their pioneering work in the field of empowerment and their mastery of personal growth facilitation. Developed over three decades, their empowerment framework has been used by thousands of practitioners worldwide to enable profound transformation at the personal, organizational, community, and societal levels.

This weekend experiential empowerment training provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply the empowerment framework both professionally and personally. Together, we explore how to:

  • Help individuals shift from a pathological worldview to a visionary worldview and from a static to an organic model of growth, and achieve self-awareness and behavior change using the empowerment model, a structure for transformative change
  • Apply the empowerment methodology, a four-part strategy for transformative change to help individuals increase self-knowledge so they can discover what’s important to them, translate this knowledge into a compelling vision, identify and transform limiting beliefs that arise when creating something new, and develop the skills of directed thought to manifest their vision
  • Facilitate the empowerment coaching model, a how-to for personal transformation, to enable a person to create and manifest a new possibility, their growing edge

This empowerment training is appropriate for coaches, trainers, organizational development practitioners, therapists, social workers, community organizers, social entrepreneurs, managers, educators, health-care professionals, parents, and anyone wishing to empower others.

More Information

This workshop begins Friday at 7:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 4:00 p.m. 

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It by Gail Straub and David Gershon
Things to Bring:

An unlined journal. 

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Workshop
8:30 a.m.–Noon Workshop
1:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Workshop

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


David Gershon is a gifted facilitator of personal growth work who has pioneered the field of empowerment over the past three decades. He is codirector, with his wife Gail Straub, of the Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change, and author of numerous books on empowerment.

Gail Straub

Gail Straub, a foremost expert on empowerment, codirects the Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change and is director of IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women working with women in Africa, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Jordan. She also is the author of four books, including Empowerment, The Rhythm of Compassion, and her award-winning feminist memoir Returning To My Mother's House.