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07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016

In this Advanced Songwriting workshop with Grammy-nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore, we further explore songwriting as a tool for self-discovery, building on insights and techniques drawn from the Songwriting workshop.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Jovinna Chan

Sacred dance is one of the most ancient transformative rituals. From the whirling dervish, to the waltz, to the rave, it is a practice of joy, cleansing, and clarity—guided by wisdom that transcends the thinking brain.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Rob Faust
Unmasking Our Many Selves

This workshop has been cancelled.

The mask is a powerful tool for transformation. With a mask, the shy find their voice, the boisterous find a sense of calm, and the scattered find focus.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Jacqui Lalita
How to Make Raw Chocolate Treats & Herbal Elixirs

This workshop has been cancelled.

Indulge your taste buds and build your health as you learn to make organic raw chocolate treats and herbal elixirs with chocolatier and herbalist Jacqui Lalita.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Jovinna Chan

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Dar Williams

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

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

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Chinese & Watercolor Painting

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list 877.944.2002.

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Barry Lubin
Bring Humor & Play Into Your Community

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Jason Little
Visual Storytelling for Beginners

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Douglas Beasley

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016

In this Advanced Songwriting workshop with Grammy-nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore, we further explore songwriting as a tool for self-discovery, building on insights and techniques drawn from the Songwriting workshop.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Jovinna Chan

Sacred dance is one of the most ancient transformative rituals. From the whirling dervish, to the waltz, to the rave, it is a practice of joy, cleansing, and clarity—guided by wisdom that transcends the thinking brain.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Rob Faust
Unmasking Our Many Selves

This workshop has been cancelled.

The mask is a powerful tool for transformation. With a mask, the shy find their voice, the boisterous find a sense of calm, and the scattered find focus.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/01/2016 to 07/03/2016
Jacqui Lalita
How to Make Raw Chocolate Treats & Herbal Elixirs

This workshop has been cancelled.

Indulge your taste buds and build your health as you learn to make organic raw chocolate treats and herbal elixirs with chocolatier and herbalist Jacqui Lalita.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Jovinna Chan

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Dar Williams

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

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

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Chinese & Watercolor Painting

This workshop is sold out. Please call Omega registration to be placed on a waiting list 877.944.2002.

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Barry Lubin
Bring Humor & Play Into Your Community

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Jason Little
Visual Storytelling for Beginners

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/03/2016 to 07/08/2016
Douglas Beasley

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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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.

At the 2015 Seeds of Change Conference, young poet Betye Arrastia-Nowak delivers a heartfelt poem dedicated to the civil rights and food justice movements.     More
In this video from the PBS News Hour, Omega Poetry Festival faculty Li-Young Lee reads his poem "Descended From Dreamers." Learn more about Li-Young Lee Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival     More
On PBS, Garrison Keillor introduces Omega Poetry Festival faculty Marie Howe, who reads her poem "The Gate."   Learn more about Marie Howe Learn more about the Omega Poetry Festival       More
Watch as Omega Poetry Festival faculty Aja Monet reads her poem "Unhurt." Learn more about Aja Monet           More
Watch award-winning poet Nick Flynn from the Omega Poetry Festival as he reads his poem "Haiku (Failed)." Learn more about Nick Flynn   More
Omega Circlesongs Workshop Faculty: I Wanna (featuring Judi Donaghy Vinar with Rhiannon, Dave Worm, Joey Blake, and Bobby McFerrin). The teaching team, led by Judi, offers an improvised mission statement for daily living, as practiced during the Omega Circlesongs Workshop in August 2014. Want to join the circle in 2016? Space is limited, so register early for Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs.   More
Bobby McFerrin leads 200+ Omega workshop participants in joyful song at the conclusion of Circlesongs 2014. Described as a life-changing journey by attendees, this improvisational singing workshop with Bobby McFerrin invites you to play, sing, and create—in music and in life. Many students make this workshop a yearly ritual. Space is limited. Register today for Circlesongs 2016! More
10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the Circlesongs, uniting more than 60,000 singers in spontaneous improvisation for the closing of the choral festival Day of Song (recorded live in Ruhr, Germany in 2010).   Learn more about Bobby McFerrin     More
In this archive footage, master teacher Olatunji and his West African dancers and drummers presented an unforgettable workshop experience at Omega in 1998. July 06, 2014 – July 11     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

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Omega Institute Mexican-Style Veggie Burgers by Suzanne Boothby
The trick to making a veggie burger that won’t fall apart is using plenty of mashable ingredients, such as potatoes and beans. This recipe is inspired by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli’s guacamole burger, made famous at her Manhattan restaurant, By Chloe. Makes 6 patties Ingredients More
Omega Institute: 7 Habits of Highly Engaging Storytellers by Sari Botton and Eva Tenuto
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.  Here are some keys to effective, engaging, true storytelling: 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
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

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