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Grammy Award-winning artist, Ani DiFranco, conveys the courage and importance of telling our reproductive stories, and the strength it builds in community. More
Wendy Davis, politician and speaker, urges us to consider every woman as we consider ourselves and to unite in solidarity to achieve true equality. More
Bonnie St. John, Paralympic gold medalist, best-selling author, and leadership consultant, describes a new way of understanding and communicating across differences. More
Esther Armah, award-winning journalist, playwright, and political commentator, asks us to consider all intersections of personal identity and broader culture when building social transformation. More
Marcia Ann Gillespie, author, editor, and activist, tells of her empowered lineage passed down from her grandmother to her mother. More
Kerry Washington, the film and television actress, remembers the importance of combining art and activism to promote sexual education in communities. More
Writer, activist, and women’s rights movement leader, Gloria Steinem, gives tips and guidance for learning between generations. More
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa, served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She explains her understanding of trauma. More
Leymah Gbowee, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and cofounder of The Women Peace & Security Network, invites women to unite together to fight against patriarchy. More
Michael Kimmel, author & Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Gender studies at SUNY at Stony Brook, explains how gender equity benefits men as well as women.  More

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Omega Institute Let's Dream a New World: An Interview With John Perkins
An Interview With John Perkins
Omega: Was there a turning point or defining moment in your life that “lifted the veil” for you? John: There have been a lot of turning points, but probably the key one happened when I was in the Amazon and I got very, very ill. I was dying and lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time, then a shaman healed me in one night in a shamanic shapeshifting ceremony. More
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This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes. People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate, which makes sense. Who these days has time to do nothing? It’s hard to justify. More
Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon at a march
An Interview with Vanessa Garrison & T. Morgan Dixon
Omega: Part of your mission is “To re-establish walking as a healing tradition in Black communities as a tribute to the women who walked before us.” You recently caravanned over 500 women from 10 cities to Selma for the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. How did it feel for women to, quite literally, be walking in the footsteps of grandparents and ancestors? More
An Interview With angel Kyodo williams
Omega: To be a spiritual warrior—an archetype in all traditions—you've said we need to “transcend the stories we make up in our own minds about ourselves and our shortcomings.... It's the labels that we apply and that are applied to us that box us in, break us down, and wear us out." How does this apply to women, specifically, who want to act in service to the greater good? More
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Conflicts arise when communication is not clear and open. Having an open heart helps us tap into our inner truth and communicate with confidence and compassion. This mindful communication exercise can help you open yourself to deep levels of self-awareness. When you practice it, you develop a courageous and effective way to approach conflict from a place of personal power.  Get Settled More
Omega Institute Family of Woodstock Builds Relationships at Service Week
The motto of Family of Woodstock (Family) is: “Any problem under the sun.” This year, Family celebrated its 45th anniversary in part by returning to Omega Service Week, an initiative that supports fellow nonprofits who come for self-led organizational retreats on Omega’s campus. More than 30 organizations took part in the retreats this year. More
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Healthy Relationships to Anger
Anger is capable of pointing us back to love. It arises as a result of an offense to what we love. If we can use anger to reconnect to love, then that anger—the response that we have to injustice, pain, and suffering in the world—can be a generative force rather than a destructive one. More
An Interview With angel Kyodo williams
Omega: You’ve said, “The heart that hurts is the very same heart that heals.” How do we build a bridge from personal to collective healing, and apply inner gentleness to systems and structures that urgently need to alter? angel: I think it’s incumbent upon us waving our flags about inner work during such a pressing experience of social ills and destabilization to respond—at least as best we can. More
An Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert
Omega: What is your relationship to curiosity and how do you cultivate resilience? More
Woman looking in mirror
Burnout. Compassion fatigue. Secondary traumatic stress. These are terms used to describe the emotional (and physical) drain experienced by many trauma workers. The symptoms can mimic those of post-traumatic stress, or PTSD: feeling numb, anxious, depressed, cynical, discouraged, or fatigued. Caregivers may also experience sleep issues from working too many hours or seeing too many patients.  More

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