Being Fearless Conference

Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Conference

Being Fearless

Action in a Time of Disruption

Oct 13 - Oct 15 2017 Rhinebeck, NY

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

The Being Fearless Conference brings together activism and contemplative wisdom as a foundation to navigate the times in which we live.

On-campus cabin and dorm accommodations are sold out for this workshop. Camping is available, as are nearby lodgings (see Commuter fees section below). Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop. Can't join us in person? Register for the online event.

 

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward.

How do we find ways to enter profound and necessary dialogue to address the urgent questions before us?

This critical conference, guided by an extraordinary group of courageous and insightful teachers, thinkers, and community leaders, brings together innovative thought, deeply felt activism, and contemplative wisdom as a foundation to navigate the times in which we live. Through stories from the front lines of change and panel discussions, along with interactive sessions, engaging conversations, community experience, and mindfulness practice, we explore the way ahead.

Whether you are a concerned citizen, business leader, educator, student, designer, builder, social activist, or politician, this gathering will inform and inspire you to take further action in your community.

Join us and step into a deep dialog engaging the path forward and exposing the strength and hope we all share for the future.

Scholarships are available; see Being Fearless Conference application at eomega.org/scholarships.

More Information

Presenters are subject to change.

Schedule

Through stories from the front lines of change, interactive sessions and experience in community, panel discussions, and mindfulness practice, we explore the way ahead.

FRIDAY
7:15 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Conference Opening & Evening Session 
  Music with Tony DePaulo
  Conference Opening with Laura Weiland and Robert "Skip" Backus
  Righteous Solidarity & Rising in Resistance with Jamia Wilson
  Critical Thinking & the Profound Desire for Justice with Cornel West
  A Need for New Prophets with Sister Joan Chittister
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Morning Session
  The Practice of Non-Dual Awareness in Difficult Times with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  The Work for All of Us: Living Fearlessly with Identity-based Suffering with Rhonda Magee
  Conversation and Q&A: What Use is Mindfulness in the Face of Injustice? with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Rhonda Magee
  Drawdown: Transforming the Climate Change Conversation with Paul Hawken
2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Afternoon Session 
  Performance: Climbing PoeTree
  The Attention Economy: What is Technology Doing to Us? with Tristan Harris
  America Then and Now: What History Tells Us About the Future with Jon Meacham
  Democracy Now: The Movements Changing America with Amy Goodman
  Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together with Van Jones
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.* Evening Session
  OCSL Leadership Award in Sustainability Education with Laura Weiland
  2017 OCSL Award Honoree Soul Fire Farm with Leah Penniman and Jonah Vitale-Wolff
  The Revolution Where You Live with Sarah van Gelder
  Panel: The Changing Role & Responsiblies of Media with Van Jones, Amy Goodman, and Jon Meacham. Moderated by Sarah van Gelder.
  Music with Tony DePaulo
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Morning Session
  Bringing Mindfulness into Our Lives with Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez
  Presentation with Elijah Coles-Brown
  The Way Forward: Strengthening our Democracy with David W. Orr
  Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times with Omékongo Dibinga
  Keynote with Opal Tometi
  A Conversation with Opal Tometi and Rhonda Magee
  Conference Close with Robert “Skip” Backus

*Saturday evening session start and end times approximate.

Schedule and presenters are subject to change. Please note that Bill Moyers unfortunately had to withdraw from the event due to personal reasons. We are excited to have Jon Meacham join us, a renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at Time.

Meet the Teachers

  • Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, ...
  • Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, is author of The Gre ...
  • Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writ ...
  • Opal Tometi is a cofounder of Black Lives Matter, the historic political p ...
  • Joan Chittister, OSB, PhD, a Benedictine nun, is one of the ...
  • Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a prof ...
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) an ...
  • Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, activist, and author who writes about the ...
  • Rhonda V. Magee, JD, is professor of law at the University of Sa ...
  • David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studi ...
  • Jamia Wilson, a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller, is the e ...
  • Sarah van Gelder is cofounder  and editor-at-large of YES! Magazin ...
  • Tristan Harris is a former design ethicist at Google who left the company to ...
  • Omékongo Dibinga, PhD, is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, televisio ...
  • The Holistic Life Foundation was founded in 2001 by brothers Ali Smith and Atman ...
  • The Holistic Life Foundation was founded in 2001 by brothers Ali Smith and Atman Smith ...
  • Andres Gonzalez, MBA, is cofounder and chief financial officer for the Holist ...
  • Elijah Coles-Brown is a teenage motivational speaker and social justice advocate. He serves as ...
  • Climbing PoeTree is the spoken-word duo of Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman. C ...
  • David Hasbury is an organizational and community development consultant, educator, and facilit ...

Tuition & Fees

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Title Price

Being Fearless

$ 425.00
Tier Name Tier Price

Friend

This is the price of your workshop plus a tax-deductible donation of $75 to support Omega and our mission.

$ 500.00

Tier 1

This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.

$ 425.00

Tier 2

This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.

$ 350.00

Tier 3

This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.

$ 275.00

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 2 Nights

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 594.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 692.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 500.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 538.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 578.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 436.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 386.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 368.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 366.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 282.00

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 236.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 50.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

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Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

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