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07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Chinese & Watercolor Painting

Join this 5-day immersion in Chinese painting and watercolor with a master of the art form, Lian Zhen.

This Arts Week workshop begins with an introduction to Chinese painting styles. Then, we learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink, and...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Bring Humor & Play Into Your Community

Find your funny with seasoned performers from the nonprofit organization Clowns Without Borders USA.

Learn the benefits of bringing play into your community while you activate your imagination through improvisation and clowning.

In...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Trapeze-Experience
An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Face and overcome your fears. Break through mental, emotional, and physical blocks. Take yourself to the edge and leap beyond your comfort zone with the flying trapeze.

Led by the Trapeze-Experience™ team, this popular workshop is an...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Put pen to paper—or fingers to the keyboard—in this writing workshop with master memoirist Beverly Donofrio.

Donofrio believes that writing heals. Writing exercises are designed to stimulate memories, which we learn to craft into...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Douglas Beasley

This photography workshop is not about making “pretty” pictures or postcard-like records of our travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection to the world around us, then learning to express that connection through our...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Artists are more than a mirror of society, says painter, poet, sculptor, and psychic medium Joseph Shiel—they are the life blood and cocreators of what can be. Shiel describes artists as agents of love, prophets of change, and the heartbeat of...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

The primal power of drumming touches the heart and moves the spirit, shifting our consciousness into transcendent states of being. In this inspiring workshop, we immerse ourselves in authentic African, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian beats. We...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Music, Mindfulness & Creative Play

The ukulele is enjoying a worldwide revival. It’s an affordable, portable, and easy-to-learn instrument, and a simple way to bring music into your daily life. Whether you’re new to the ukulele or have been playing it for years, you learn playing...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Are you seeking to hone your songwriting skills? Do you long to create a song that matters?

Having been a touring musician for more than 20 years, Dar Williams understands how challenging and rewarding it can be to turn our thoughts, ideas...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/07/2017 to 07/09/2017
Ubaka Hill
The Art & Spirit of Drumming for Women

Innovative drummer, teacher, and performer Ubaka Hill leads this celebration of women’s drumming through the traditions of various cultures, both ancient and contemporary.

Beginning and more advanced drummers are invited to join Ubaka in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Chinese & Watercolor Painting

Join this 5-day immersion in Chinese painting and watercolor with a master of the art form, Lian Zhen.

This Arts Week workshop begins with an introduction to Chinese painting styles. Then, we learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink, and...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Bring Humor & Play Into Your Community

Find your funny with seasoned performers from the nonprofit organization Clowns Without Borders USA.

Learn the benefits of bringing play into your community while you activate your imagination through improvisation and clowning.

In...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Trapeze-Experience
An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Face and overcome your fears. Break through mental, emotional, and physical blocks. Take yourself to the edge and leap beyond your comfort zone with the flying trapeze.

Led by the Trapeze-Experience™ team, this popular workshop is an...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Put pen to paper—or fingers to the keyboard—in this writing workshop with master memoirist Beverly Donofrio.

Donofrio believes that writing heals. Writing exercises are designed to stimulate memories, which we learn to craft into...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Douglas Beasley

This photography workshop is not about making “pretty” pictures or postcard-like records of our travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection to the world around us, then learning to express that connection through our...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Artists are more than a mirror of society, says painter, poet, sculptor, and psychic medium Joseph Shiel—they are the life blood and cocreators of what can be. Shiel describes artists as agents of love, prophets of change, and the heartbeat of...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

The primal power of drumming touches the heart and moves the spirit, shifting our consciousness into transcendent states of being. In this inspiring workshop, we immerse ourselves in authentic African, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian beats. We...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017
Music, Mindfulness & Creative Play

The ukulele is enjoying a worldwide revival. It’s an affordable, portable, and easy-to-learn instrument, and a simple way to bring music into your daily life. Whether you’re new to the ukulele or have been playing it for years, you learn playing...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/02/2017 to 07/07/2017

Are you seeking to hone your songwriting skills? Do you long to create a song that matters?

Having been a touring musician for more than 20 years, Dar Williams understands how challenging and rewarding it can be to turn our thoughts, ideas...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/07/2017 to 07/09/2017
Ubaka Hill
The Art & Spirit of Drumming for Women

Innovative drummer, teacher, and performer Ubaka Hill leads this celebration of women’s drumming through the traditions of various cultures, both ancient and contemporary.

Beginning and more advanced drummers are invited to join Ubaka in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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Rythmic drumming and West African dancers join Nigerian drummer and activist for African music and culture in the United States, Babatunde Olatunji in the welcome song, Funga Alafia.        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. Learn more about Dan Mack More
Peter Gold and the Trapeze-Experience™ Team bring the joy, exhilaration, and satisfaction of flying on the trapeze to anyone willing to try. Watch as student Chrissa Pullicino tries the trapeze for the first time. Learn more about Peter Gold and the Trapeze-Experience™ Team More
Krista Vernoff, former executive producer and main writer of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" speaks about her experiences as Omega Seasonal Staff, how she came to be a writer at Omega, and how artists struggle without any support in our contemporary world.   More
Stewart Cubley  is the founder of the Institute for Art & Living and coauthor of Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression. He has traveled throughout the world for more than 30 years working with individuals and groups to access the potential within the human heart and imagination. Cubley leads his participants on a jourey of self explortion where they are left alone with their mind and the danger of negative self talk. On their journey there is one rule, listen to your body's desire to create without judgement.         More
A grandmaster of the American Tarot Association, Mary K. Greer is a member of numerous tarot organizations, and is featured at tarot conferences and symposia around the world. Greer also has a wide following in the women’s and pagan communities for her work in women’s spirituality and magic. An Arch Priestess-Hierophant in the Fellowship of Isis, she is founder of the Iseum of Isis Aurea. More
In this short documentary—shot over three days at Omega, in Rhinebeck, New York—calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han leads one of his workshops and discusses the power and definition of art.   Explore more from Alok Hsu Kwang-han.   More
Distinguished writer and commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Nancy Slonim Aronie says that there is so much judgment in so many areas of our life—our jobs, our schools, our relationships—that the most important part of the creative process is creating a safe, writing environment. Explore more from Nancy Slonim Aronie   More
Experience the extraordinary physical exhilaration of flying and catching on the trapeze in a fun and supportive environment. Discover why Peter Gold's workshop transforms the flying trapeze into a metaphor for life.   Explore more from Peter Gold         More

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In the digital age, when we tend to communicate via the abbreviated shorthand of texting and social media posts, it’s easy to lose touch with the instinct that had our ancestors spinning yarns around the campfire and passing down oral histories. Ironically, this is probably one of the reasons oral true storytelling has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Because you already know quite a bit about true storytelling—it’s innate for all humans and so you yearn for it.  More
Omega Institute Accepting Your Truth: An Interview With Mark Nepo
An Interview With Mark Nepo
Omega: Is there a poem that inspired you to be a poet? Mark: The poetry of Pablo Neruda really inspired me. When I first read his work, I felt like, “I must belong to this tribe.” My oldest friend, Robert, who comes with me as a guest every year when I teach at Omega, introduced me to Neruda. I was so moved, I wouldn’t give him the book back. Omega: In 1987, you were diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, which has greatly informed much of your work. What’s the first step toward healing?  More
Omega Institute Singing the Lessons of African-American History With Ysaye Barnwell
An Interview With Ysaye Barnwell
Omega: What was it like to grow up in a musical household? Ysaye: My father taught piano, violin, and viola in our home, and I wanted to do what they were doing. I remember at two and a half I had this little, tiny violin, and he started teaching me how to hold it. I was around music all the time and played in the orchestra in junior high school and then high school, and sang in a choir while I was in junior high school. It was a community choir, and all we did was spirituals. More
Omega Institute Self-Test: Do You Have Food Intolerances? Avoid These 7 Common Allergans by JJ Virgin
Avoid These 7 Common Allergens
The more trouble you’ve had with losing weight and keeping it off, the more likely it is that food intolerance is at the root of your problem. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, highly reactive or high-food intolerance (high-FI) foods are almost certainly behind your struggles with weight loss. If yogurt, eggs, soymilk, and whole-wheat bread are a frequent part of your diet—and especially if you’re eating them every day—your system is overwhelmed with problem foods, and your immune system never really calms down. More
Omega Institute Reviving Musical Treasures: An Interview With Jimmie Dale Gilmore
An Interview With Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Omega: What instrument would you still like to learn how to play? Jimmie: I would love to play the piano. I always regret that I didn’t learn the piano. I also would like to play the electric guitar. Omega: Do you match your music to your mood or can music dictate a mood? More
Omega Institute You Should Write, Even if You'll Miss the Mark: An Interview With Maia Danziger
An Interview With Maia Danziger
Omega: How has your acting career influenced your writing practice? Maia: It’s the same process, only with different outcomes. Really good acting is about being completely present in the moment. It's about having done your homework and then giving everything up and allowing the flow to move through it. As an actor I often hear people say, “Oh my God, I got nervous when I walked out on stage.” More
Pesto in mortar with pestle
Serves 4 Ingredients Pesto  1/3 cup walnuts 1 large garlic clove, chopped 2 cups baby spinach 2 cups arugula 1/2 cup mint leaves 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 to 1/2 cup water Sea salt and pepper   Directions More
Omega Institute Live Dirty & Eat Clean: An Interview With Robynne Chutkan
An Interview With Robynne Chutkan
Omega: Your mantra is "live dirty and eat clean." What do you mean by that? Robynne: To “live dirty" means to restore our essential connection with nature and with the trillions of microbes that call our bodies home—and whose survival is inextricably linked to ours. To “eat clean” means to eat unprocessed food from nature (mostly plants) grown responsibly, without harmful pesticides, etc. Omega: What’s your personal recipe for feeling your best? Robynne: I feel my best when I hit this triad: More
Omega Institute Why You Should Eat More Fat: An Interview With Mark Hyman
An Interview With Mark Hyman
Omega: What food mistakes did you make in the past that helped inform your current diet and recommendations? More

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