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06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Richard Blanco
What a Poem Can Do in the World

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Melissa Bowe
A Role-Playing Adventure

Imagine a world where heroes and villains engage in a never-ending battle between good and evil, where the laughter of faeries is echoed by the roar of dragons, where powers exist that can raise the dead, heal the wounded, and enchant the living.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Melissa Bowe
A Role-Playing Adventure (Ages 12–17)

The Wayfinder Experience combines sports with play, rugged adventure with imaginative role-playing, and problem solving with creative expression.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Olympia Dukakis

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

The Descent of Inanna is a Sumerian myth that tells the story of Inanna, the goddess of heaven and earth, who journeys to save her sister Ereshkigal, queen of the underworld.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Rosary O'Neill
How Narrative Can Reveal Your Soul's Purpose

How can you make the story of your life into a script? How can you do justice to your experiences? Where can you find the depth of understanding and self-expression necessary to capture your unique narrative?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Lynda Barry
An Arts-Based Approach to Academic Writing

Looking for creative ways to bring new life to your research, writing, or academic papers?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Celebrate Your Story in Word & Song

This workshop has been cancelled.

We often find meaning in our life when we share our story with others. But how do we tell our story in a way that captures everything it means to us?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Megha Nancy Buttenheim

The Wild and Wise Women Let Your Yoga Dance® Festival is coming to Omega! The fifth annual multigenerational goddess gathering is where wild and wise women of all ages come together to enjoy each other’s power and grace.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/12/2016 to 06/17/2016
Heather Allen Hietala
Awaken Your Creative Spirit

Letting go of expectations and judgment allows our authentic creativity to shine through.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/12/2016 to 06/17/2016
Hongnian Zhang
Make Better Art by Balancing Opposites

Yin and yang is a Chinese philosophy that explains the world as a relationship of balanced opposites. Up is meaningless without down; hot needs cold; black implies white.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Richard Blanco
What a Poem Can Do in the World

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Melissa Bowe
A Role-Playing Adventure

Imagine a world where heroes and villains engage in a never-ending battle between good and evil, where the laughter of faeries is echoed by the roar of dragons, where powers exist that can raise the dead, heal the wounded, and enchant the living.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/03/2016 to 06/05/2016
Melissa Bowe
A Role-Playing Adventure (Ages 12–17)

The Wayfinder Experience combines sports with play, rugged adventure with imaginative role-playing, and problem solving with creative expression.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Olympia Dukakis

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

The Descent of Inanna is a Sumerian myth that tells the story of Inanna, the goddess of heaven and earth, who journeys to save her sister Ereshkigal, queen of the underworld.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Rosary O'Neill
How Narrative Can Reveal Your Soul's Purpose

How can you make the story of your life into a script? How can you do justice to your experiences? Where can you find the depth of understanding and self-expression necessary to capture your unique narrative?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Lynda Barry
An Arts-Based Approach to Academic Writing

Looking for creative ways to bring new life to your research, writing, or academic papers?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Celebrate Your Story in Word & Song

This workshop has been cancelled.

We often find meaning in our life when we share our story with others. But how do we tell our story in a way that captures everything it means to us?

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/10/2016 to 06/12/2016
Megha Nancy Buttenheim

The Wild and Wise Women Let Your Yoga Dance® Festival is coming to Omega! The fifth annual multigenerational goddess gathering is where wild and wise women of all ages come together to enjoy each other’s power and grace.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/12/2016 to 06/17/2016
Heather Allen Hietala
Awaken Your Creative Spirit

Letting go of expectations and judgment allows our authentic creativity to shine through.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/12/2016 to 06/17/2016
Hongnian Zhang
Make Better Art by Balancing Opposites

Yin and yang is a Chinese philosophy that explains the world as a relationship of balanced opposites. Up is meaningless without down; hot needs cold; black implies white.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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04/29/2016 to 06/30/2016

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 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
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
Omega Institute Roasted Artichokes by Suzanne Boothby
In his “Ode to an Artichoke” Pablo Neruda wrote, “The tender-hearted artichoke dressed up as a warrior, erect, it built itself a little dome, it kept itself impregnable beneath its armoured leaves.” Cooking artichokes can be intimidating thanks to their tough exterior, but their health benefits are worth the extra effort. Along with being a great source of fiber and vitamins C and K, artichokes are full of antioxidants. Makes 6-8 Servings More
Omega Institute A Writer's Rules for Meditation by Natalie Goldberg
More than four decades is a long time to be engaged in one activity. Have I managed to do meditation every day no matter what? No. Have I often experienced states of bliss that kept me going? No. Did my knees hurt? Yes. Did my shoulders ache? Yes. Was I sometimes filled with anger, aggression, tormented by old ragged memories? Yes. Did I burn with sexual desire, crave a hot fudge sundae so bad my teeth ached? Yes. Why did I do it? What kept me going? More
The Courage to Choose: An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert, Part 3
An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert, Part 3
Omega: Women in the 21st century are forging new paths while being held to impossible “women's magazine” standards—“perfection” and “balance” are words you encourage women not to use. The Signature of All Things tells the 19th century life story of a rare, intrepid woman scientist. Do you consider yourself political in your writing? More

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