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Workshop Proposal

How does Omega develop its workshops?

The majority of Omega's programs come from in-house research conducted by our program department and not from unsolicited proposals. Our research explores current trends in the publishing industry, performing arts community, and the fields of holistic medicine and psychotherapy. We stay up-to-date in the fields of bodywork, yoga, meditation, medicine, spirituality and religion, various forms of healing, parapsychology, comparative mythology, and other subjects. We carefully read our participant feedback, both for evaluations of current teachers and for interest in new topics and teachers.

What kind of teacher is Omega looking for?

Omega is the largest and most successful institution of its kind in North America. We always seek the original founder of any particular discipline (if he or she is still living), rather than his or her students. We are interested in published authors, scholars, artists, musicians and athletes with established careers and reputations, and experienced health professionals with solid links to legitimate institutions. Potential teachers should have experience in leading retreats, teaching courses, or performing before large audiences. We are especially interested in bona fide spiritual teachers and healers from ancient lineages or traditional cultures now in danger of extinction. And of course, we are always open to an original idea or new theme, or to a unique individual with a remarkable story.

Omega offers workshops at a variety of locations: our Rhinebeck, New York campus; at Blue Spirit Retreat in Costa Rica, and at weekend conferences held several times a year in cities nationwide. If you are interested in offering a workshop at one of these locations, it is best to review a few of the catalogs or brochures to get an idea of the kinds of topics offered. In addition to workshops, Omega also offers hour-long classes in yoga, meditation, tai chi, and movement in the mornings and afternoons-before and after the normal workshop times-at most of our venues, and we are sometimes interested in finding local, experienced teachers to lead these classes.

I want to send a course proposal to Omega; what should I do?

Please fill out the below application forms and press the Submit Proposal button at the bottom of the page. Your teaching credentials and experience should be briefly summarized, and your actual proposal should be no longer than one page. Please note that no proposals will be accepted other than via this process.

In developing a proposal, consider the following:

  • Workshop title
  • What will the participants learn (subject matter, particular methods, skills, etc.)?
  • Participants bring home: New skills? Improved health? Great awareness? Deeper understanding?
  • The workshop is appropriate for: Professionals? Lay people? Beginners? Experts? All levels? Who is the intended audience?
  • Participants learn through: Hands-on experience? Group discussion? Writing? Drawing? Lecture? Any combination thereof? What percentage of the workshop is experiential or lecture?
  • What course materials (if any) will be needed?
  • Provide a history of experience of teaching a weekend or weeklong workshop in a retreat setting.

 

Please use succinct, uncomplicated language and make sure that your name, mailing address, daytime phone number and/or e-mail address are submitted. If there is interest in your proposal, a representative of the Omega program department will contact you, possibly several months later. At that time, you may be asked to submit copies of your videos, CDs, or books. (All such books, documents, and tapes become the property of Omega and cannot be returned.)

PLEASE DO NOT CALL Omega regarding the status of your proposal.

Thank you.

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Learning paths content lists

10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Path to Happiness & Healing

What if loving and accepting yourself unconditionally was the secret to true healing and happiness? How do you learn to fully love and accept yourself so that healing can take place?

In this inspiring workshop, discover how...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

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Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

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Join two of the most beloved psychic mediums for three days of...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

This workshop has been cancelled.

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Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Journey Into Asana, Meditation & Pranayama

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Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

Sit in powerful ceremonies. Experience energetic initiations. Shed the old skin of the past. Usher in a new era.

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Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
Keep Your Bond Strong Through the Preteen Years (Ages 10-12)

This workshop has been cancelled.

Sil Reynolds and her 26-year-old daughter, Eliza Reynolds, lead mothers and their 10-to-12-year-old daughters in a weekend of initiation, communication, and celebration. We take the time to nourish our relationship and learn how to respect and...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
01/06/2018 to 01/13/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism, learn to awaken love through chant and yoga, or experience memoir as a healing path. You also can use meditation to release patterns that hold you back,...

Location:
Costa Rica
01/13/2018 to 01/20/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can unlock the power of purpose, bring more presence and meaning into life, or rediscover your wholeness through spiritual inquiry. Learn to sustain your passion for life, practice rejuvenating yoga or qigong...

Location:
Costa Rica
01/20/2018 to 01/27/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a revolution of consciousness, unlock your erotic intelligence, or learn to become more resilient. You can also discover ways to transform your relationship with money, immerse yourself in ecstatic...

Location:
Costa Rica
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Path to Happiness & Healing

What if loving and accepting yourself unconditionally was the secret to true healing and happiness? How do you learn to fully love and accept yourself so that healing can take place?

In this inspiring workshop, discover how...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

Based on the work of activist and writer Parker J. Palmer, this Courage & Renewal® retreat explores issues of transition and vocation, relationships and aging, passion and purpose, and more. Through reflection and connection, we examine the...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

Are you curious about the afterlife, or do you strive to connect with spirit? Would you like to flex your intuitive muscles, or have you felt stuck on your life journey?

Join two of the most beloved psychic mediums for three days of...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

This workshop has been cancelled.

Do you yearn for a creative adventure, more freedom of expression, or a more fulfilling life? Join international best-selling author Julia Cameron for an intensive trek to identify and unravel old and unworkable ideas that block your creative...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
A Journey Into Asana, Meditation & Pranayama

Yoga has long been recognized as a spiritual and physical journey to experience life directly and be at peace. To further your journey, spend this weekend exploring asana, meditation, and pranayama with two of the nation’s most respected yoga...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

Sit in powerful ceremonies. Experience energetic initiations. Shed the old skin of the past. Usher in a new era.

It is rare for indigenous shamans from South America to leave their villages to share their traditions and wisdom. In The...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017
Keep Your Bond Strong Through the Preteen Years (Ages 10-12)

This workshop has been cancelled.

Sil Reynolds and her 26-year-old daughter, Eliza Reynolds, lead mothers and their 10-to-12-year-old daughters in a weekend of initiation, communication, and celebration. We take the time to nourish our relationship and learn how to respect and...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
01/06/2018 to 01/13/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism, learn to awaken love through chant and yoga, or experience memoir as a healing path. You also can use meditation to release patterns that hold you back,...

Location:
Costa Rica
01/13/2018 to 01/20/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can unlock the power of purpose, bring more presence and meaning into life, or rediscover your wholeness through spiritual inquiry. Learn to sustain your passion for life, practice rejuvenating yoga or qigong...

Location:
Costa Rica
01/20/2018 to 01/27/2018

This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a revolution of consciousness, unlock your erotic intelligence, or learn to become more resilient. You can also discover ways to transform your relationship with money, immerse yourself in ecstatic...

Location:
Costa Rica
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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 pick up a conversation they...

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.

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

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04/29/2016 to 12/31/2016

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07/28/2017 to 07/30/2017
On Demand Online Event

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