September 2015
Elizabeth Gilbert Bonnie St. JohnElizabeth Lesserangel Kyodo williams Nadia Al-Sakkaf Michel Martin

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Women & Power Retreat

Being Bold

September 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
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SM15-4902-974Elizabeth Gilbert , Bonnie St. John, Elizabeth Lesser, angel Kyodo williams , Nadia Al-Sakkaf , Michel Martin, KJ Denhert, Jamia Wilson, Sarah Peter, Carla Goldstein, Annie Ellman, Barbara Bash, Pilin Anice, Robyn Moreno, Vanessa Garrison, T. Morgan Dixon, Sari Botton, Eva Tenuto, Michele Bertran, Sarah Urech,

There are other ways of being brave.

It’s time to change our definition of what it means to be daring. The classic myth of the hero’s journey traces an arc of death-defying adventure, but across the globe women are forging a new path—one that blends risk-taking with caretaking, fearlessness with tenderness, and independence with interdependence. On our planet—with no territory left to exploit and no war that can be won—empathy, love, and wisdom have become the most heroic of all endeavors.

This retreat is for women who are ready to break new ground and heed the call for personal and collective boldness. Keynote talks and discussions inspire us to awaken our bold spirits, cultivate our innate aliveness, expand our ability to know both the self and “the other,” and connect with women who are redefining courage the world over.

Breakout workshops in movement, contemplation, and creativity provide tools for practicing everyday boldness. Throughout the weekend enjoy Omega’s campus and leave time for walks in nature, yoga and meditation classes, evening entertainment, and creating community with each other.

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:45 p.m.–9:45 p.m. Retreat
9:00 a.m.–Noon Retreat
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Breakout Workshops
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Evening Entertainment
9:00 a.m.–Noon Retreat
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

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

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is a journalist and best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things.

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John is a Paralympic gold medalist, best-selling author, and Fortune 500 leadership consultant.

Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser is cofounder of the Omega Institute and senior advisor on Omega’s board of directors. Author of The Seeker’s Guide and the New York Times best seller, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, she is a frequent host on the Oprah Radio channel on Sirius/XM. In 2002, she initiated the Women & Power conference series and is cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center.

angel Kyodo williams

Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei is an author, spiritual teacher, master trainer, and the founder of Center for Transformative Change. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. 

Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Nadia Al-Sakkaf is the first women to be appointed as Minister of Information in Yemen.  She is the first Arab to receive the Gebran Tueni Award and the Oslo Business for Peace Award and the former editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times. 

Michel Martin

Michel Martin has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, first in print with major newspapers and then in television. The Emmy Award-winning Martin is the former White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, former NIghtline correspondent, and the current host of the NPR program Tell Me More. 

KJ Denhert

KJ Denhert is a songwriter, guitarist, and performer. She has earned four Independent Music Award nominations and in 2009 was named as one of’s top female vocalists. She has performed at festivals around the world and has residencies at the ’55 Bar’, Smoke in NYC, at the Baz Bar in St. Barth’s, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller who is currently the Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media.  She previously served as the TED prize storyteller at TED Conferences, the executive director of Youth Tech Health (YTH), and Women’s Media Center vice-president of programs. 

Sarah Peter

Sarah Peter is an artist who lives in New York City. She has given generous and visionary support to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, the Modern Women’s Fund at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Odwar Fund in Uganda. At the heart of Sarah Peter’s philanthropic giving is the goal of acknowledging individual women’s contributions and helping to improve the lives of women.

Carla Goldstein

Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. An attorney with 25 years of experience in public interest advocacy, she has contributed to more than 100 city, state, and federal laws, and has worked extensively on issues related to women’s rights, poverty, public health, and social justice.

Annie Ellman, cofounder of The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), designed CAE’s programs and curricula, both of which have impacted thousands of women, LGBT individuals, teens, children, and survivors of violence. She has trained more than 200 women to teach self-defense, and has consulted with many organizations initiating anti-violence programming. 

Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, illustrator, author, and performance artist. She teaches classes in illustrated journaling, communication, creative process, and the popular Big Brush workshop. Her classes create a space for everyone to make their mark in the world, including Buddhist centers, corporate settings, elementary schools, prisons, and mental health facilities.

Pilin Anice

Pilin Anice is a dance and yoga instructor, holistic nutrition coach, performing artist, and model.

Robyn Moreno

Robyn Moreno is a writer, editor, and spokesperson for Woman's Day and a frequent guest on Today, PlumTV, NY1, Good Day New York, and the Early Show on CBS. She has written fashion, travel, and lifestyle articles for InStyleGlamourLatinaWoman's Day, and the New York Daily

Vanessa Garrison

Vanessa Garrison is an advocate of social justice issues focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life for Black women and girls. Vanessa currently serves as the COO of GirlTrek, a national health movement that she co-founded in 2011, and has been featured on NPR, CNN and The New York Times.

T. Morgan Dixon

T. Morgan Dixon is the Co-Founder of GirlTrek, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C that inspires African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives—simply by walking. She has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for both the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach for Haiti.

Sari Botton

Sari Botton is a writer and editor and serves as the Editorial Director of TMI Project. Sari's work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, The Village Voice, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the editor of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and a columnist for The Rumpus.

Eva Tenuto

Eva Tenuto is the executive director of TMI Project and the founder of The Women’s Experimental Theater Group. She is the director for the award-winning Tales of Geriassic Park; On the Verge of Extinction, and America’s Next Top. Her stories have been published in Goodbye to All ThatWriters on Loving and Leaving New York and Slant of Light.

Michele Bertran, MS, JD, is the director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Before joining the Omega staff, she worked for almost two decades on the staff of the New Jersey Courts. An attorney, mediator, and former court manager, Michele Bertran is committed to social justice and creative conflict resolution. She is also a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts.

Sarah Urech

Sarah Urech serves as manager of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. A Licensed Master's Social Worker and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy, and Sociometry, Sarah is the former directer of the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. She is currently the development director of Hudson River Playback Theatre.