Learning paths content lists

06/24/2018 to 06/29/2018

Enjoy five days of great yoga practice, healthy food, peace and quiet, garden paths, reading, resting, walking, hanging by the lake, early morning meditations, pristine air, great prana, and fun with friends—old and new. Spend your mornings in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/27/2018 to 07/29/2018

Housing is limited; please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

Campus accommodations are sold out for this program. Please see our list of local hotels and inns. Call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

For more than 5,000 years, yoga has had a...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/24/2018 to 06/29/2018

Enjoy five days of great yoga practice, healthy food, peace and quiet, garden paths, reading, resting, walking, hanging by the lake, early morning meditations, pristine air, great prana, and fun with friends—old and new. Spend your mornings in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/27/2018 to 07/29/2018

Housing is limited; please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

Campus accommodations are sold out for this program. Please see our list of local hotels and inns. Call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

For more than 5,000 years, yoga has had a...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/04/2014 to 12/31/2016
Talk & Book Reading With Panache Desai

Change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance, and discover your life’s purpose in Panache Desai's new book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy.

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07/19/2014 to 12/31/2016

What would your life look like if your soul were in charge? What would change if you lived a life guided by your soul?

In this Omega Teacher Talk from 2014, Panache Desai, Brian Weiss, and Elizabeth Lesser inspire and energize the...

08/03/2015 to 12/31/2016
The Story of the Holistic Life Foundation

Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine, talks with the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation in this Omega Unscripted Teacher Talk.

Watch Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez share their experiences of...

09/25/2015 to 12/31/2016
Practical Ways to Pursue Joy

Pursuing happiness is a great American pastime. But despite our efforts, happiness often seems elusive. In this Omega Unscripted conversation, four teachers share their unique take on happiness.

Hear from American Buddhist Lama Surya...

04/29/2016 to 12/31/2016

One of the most challenging things to do is start a meditation practice—or any other practice—and stick to it. If you've struggled to start a practice of any kind, you'll be interested to hear what experienced teachers Loch Kelly, Maia Danziger...

How do you shift the culture of a school to be more mindful? Ali Smith explains how the Holistic Life Foundation goes into schools, to not only teach children and teens mindfulness meditation practices, but also train their teachers and principals.  More
We are living in a world where many of us are angry about issues of gender, race, and violence. What do we do with such strong emotion? Mindfulness teacher Rhonda V. Magee suggests we allow ourselves to be present with our anger so we can learn to generate compassion.  More
Iyanla Vanzant, one of America’s most profound spiritual leaders, takes a deep dive into the topic of prayer. From a refreshingly candid perspective, Vanzant teaches that prayer is not necessarily about religion. Learn what prayer really is, how to do it, and what the benefits are. More
Ann Bradney, founder and director of the Radical Aliveness Institute, has a mission to help people feel without censure, so they won't pass their pain on to others. Get a taste of what it's like to experience this kind of emotional freedom as she guides workshop participants to identify and embrace their deep emotions. More
Byron Katie, founder of The Work, demonstrates how you can change the world by making minor and major shifts in your thinking. More
Past-life regression expert Brian Weiss says we are a stubborn species and it often takes more than one try to learn our spiritual lessons. Reincarnation offers us a chance to be in relationship and practice love, compassion, and kindness again. More
Watch mindfulness pioneer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, in a riveting talk on the power of meditation not only for inner transformation, but as a foundation for taking action in a time of disruption. This 22-minute excerpt from Kabat-Zinn's presentation at Omega's 2017 Being Fearless Conference digs deep into using meditation as a transformative tool to address the challenges facing our democracy.  Want to jump right into a meditative practice led by Kabat-Zinn? Skip ahead to 8:15.       More
Watch Mingtong Gu's expert demonstration of this qigong practice for joint flexibility and try it for yourself today. It takes just 2 minutes. More
Pema Chödrön Foundation President Tim Olmsted explains why examining your fears is essential to overcoming anxiety and knowing peace.   More
Try this beautiful qigong practice to connect with the subtle energy of the universe. Watch leading teacher Mingtong Gu demonstrate a series of movements that train the body to function at its optimal energetic level. More
Over the last decade there has been an explosion of new findings and public interest in neuroscience. However, most books and resources don’t demonstrate and explain in practical and concrete terms how these discoveries apply to everyday life experiences. My challenge, as a brain geek and mind-hacker, was to find a way to make sense of all this information and create a practical approach that I could use myself as well as share more broadly, especially with audiences without in-depth scientific training and knowledge, such as students in inner-city high schools. More
Omega: How do you define self-compassion? Steven: The most common way we talk about it is treating yourself the same way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short, or fail. In general, people are more prone to being kind to other people than they are to being kind with themselves. Self-compassion gets them to direct this kindness toward themselves in the same situations.  Omega: What’s the difference between mindfulness and self-compassion? How do they work together?  More
Omega: Why do you think mindfulness has become so popular in the West? Saki: In the West we’re very interested in the mind. We identify powerfully with our mind and our thoughts. Mindfulness helps us realize we have the capacity to know ourselves more directly, to step back and say, “Wait a second; the mind that I have thought about as the mind is only one small aspect of mind." No one is diminished by offering love. —Saki Santorelli More
Omega: In your book Compassion in Action, which you wrote with Ram Dass, you say, “Acting with compassion is not doing good because we think we ought to. It’s being drawn to action by heartfelt passion.” What is your heartfelt passion?  More
Walking through the doors of the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles was a form of time travel for me. Instantly, I was transported back to the five-year-old me, in the hospital on Halloween and dressed as a bat, leaping, limping, and flapping my wings as I went trick-or-treating down the corridor of the administrative offices. I watched that silly apparition, wistfully reliving the last days of having my own two feet. More
Omega: Can you explain how the brain’s way of learning sets us up for addiction? Judson: Our brains operate with a reward-based learning system, or habit loop, that has a couple of key pieces: a trigger, a behavior, and a reward. This evolved to help us remember where food is. If we were hungry and we saw a berry (the trigger) and we ate it (the behavior), the stomach then sent a dopamine signal to our brain (the reward) that said, “That was good! Remember what you just ate and where you found it.” More
Omega: How did you develop your natural talent for communicating with spirits and what practices remain important to you today? Tony: I was very lucky, because I was invited to join a development group. A woman named Joan, who has now passed over herself, took me under her wing. She saw something in me. I was allowed to sit in her home circle, which was a very small group that met every Thursday. More
Omega: What's Buddism's take on happiness? Robert: Buddhism has a very positive view of life. Buddha, when he became enlightened, smiled with glee and happiness. He was actually announcing that happiness is possible to people. The only reason he mentions suffering is that if one remains confused and doesn't find the reality of oneself, then one will automatically bump into things and then one will suffer. More
It’s rumored that when the artist Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David, he observed a singular slab of marble and began steadily chipping away, removing everything that "wasn’t David." His approach wasn’t to shape the stone itself, but rather to reveal the Renaissance masterpiece within. More
The divine is summoning us to sacred activism, asking us to fuse together in the depth of our being the profound depth of awareness that we’re capable of and the wise and radical action that’s urgently needed. To do this we need to fuse together these five different kinds of service. 1) Serve the Divine The first kind of service is service to the divine, by whatever name you know and love the divine. This is a service of praise, thanksgiving, celebration, and prayer. This service will call down divine grace and divine guidance. More