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Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world.

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Erica Jong on Feminism for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Erica Jong made a splash in 1973 with her debut novel, Fear of Flying, which articulated a new path of self-discovery and liberation for women and gave voice to a generation of burgeoning feminists. In this interview, she talks about feminism today and the need to...

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Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:42 PM


As David W. Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project, tells it, we have entered what is called the Anthropocene, an age when the actions of 7 billion humans have become, for better or worse, the dominant force changing the earth. Orr sat...

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Marriage and Gender Equality Today: An Interview With Stephanie Coontz

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:44 PM


Stephanie Coontz, teacher and author of The Way We Never Were and Marriage, A History, is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families. In this interview with Omega, she speaks about the evolution of marriage and...

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What's Carbon Got to Do With It? An Interview With Paul Hawken

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:13 PM

2014-08-15-paul_hawken_250x.jpgPaul Hawken shares his perspective on carbon--viewing it as the foundation for life rather than the cause of our problems. In this interview with Omega, he shares his beliefs on a sustainable economy and his hopes for the future.

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Financial Literacy for Women: An Interview With Manisha Thakor

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:27 PM

In this interview with Omega, personal finance expert Manisha Thakor, founder of MoneyZen Wealth Management, talks about gender and finances, the culture of investing, and the language of money.


Omega: You spent 15 years working as an analyst, portfolio manager, and...

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An Interview With Deepak Chopra: There Is Only One Consciousness

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Deepak Chopra, one of the world's leading writers, teachers, and entrepreneurs in holistic health and healing, talks to Omega about meditation, transcendence, and the nature of consciousness.

Omega: You've had such a prolific career as an author, teacher, lecturer, and...

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Debunking Relationship Myths: An Interview With John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:53 PM

John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, founders of the Gottman Institute, are dedicated to searching, discovering, and ultimately distilling the qualities and attributes of long, loving, and lasting relationships. Their groundbreaking work remains highly influential in the fields of contemporary psychology and couples therapy....

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An Interview With Alanis Morissette: When I Take Care of Myself, There's Always Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:30 PM

In an interview with Omega Institute, Alanis Morissette shares how she remains creative after more than 20 years writing award-winning music.

Omega: After more than two decades in music and acting, what continues to inspire your creativity?

Alanis: Servicefulness, activism,...

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Print or Digital: It All Has Environmental Impact

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:47 PM


Are you reading fewer than 100 books on your e-reader before upgrading? Do you read the news more than 10 minutes each day? If so, the printed page is better for the planet than your digital screen.

For many people...

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8 Ways to Cope With Grief at Milestones

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Author of Broken Open Elizabeth Lesser and Zen psychologist Brenda Shoshanna offer practical ways to make milestones manageable for those who are grieving.

If you've lost a loved one, a milestone event such as a holiday, anniversary, or birthday can trigger a new wave of grief. Long-held traditions tug at...

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Find Your Own Strength: 6 Tips for Women Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:55 PM

At the Omega Women's Leadership Center 2013 Women & Power Retreat, Carla Goldstein solicited presenters' advice on how emerging women leaders can find their own strength. Here are her six big takeaways.

Carla Goldstein

1. Anchor
When we...

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Dare to Live Greatly

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:08 PM

2013-08-27-BreneBrown.jpg Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly, reveals how vulnerability is the path to a full life.

In your research, you've documented the importance of vulnerability in our personal and professional lives. Why do you think...

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5 Tips to Help You Stop Rushing

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 9:49 AM

2013-07-31-RechtschaffenStephan_banad.jpgPhysician and Omega cofounder, Stephan Rechtschaffen, says you can relieve the feeling of always being pressed for time -- even in the face of the longest to-do list -- by dropping the fight and savoring the present moment.

When I teach...

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How to Parent an Introverted Child: An Interview With Susan Cain

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Susan Cain, author of the New York Times bestseller Quiet, reflects on how time alone is important for both children and parents, introverted and extroverted, in this interview by Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering.

Reynolds: All of us who are raising children...

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Holding on to Your Kids in a Digital Age: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Gordon Neufeld, coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids, talks with Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering, about discipline and the effects of digital media on our kids.

Reynolds: In your book, Hold On to Your Kids, you write that you when...

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Putting Parents Back in the Driver's Seat: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Gordon Neufeld, coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids, talks with Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering, about the need for children to be dependent on their parents in order to become fully independent later in life.

Reynolds: There is some disagreement in the...

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Women and Men Advancing Gender Equality Together

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:17 PM

2013-03-13-GoldsteinCarlaStandardWeb.jpgCarla Goldstein talks about building a stronger partnership between women and men, partnership that acknowledges and embraces our interdependence and that builds on our mutual interests in achieving gender equality.

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world to honor women's...

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Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: Debbie Ford on Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 2:25 PM

We are saddened by the recent loss of a special teacher and friend to Omega -- and to many of you. Debbie Ford passed away on Feb. 17, 2013. Our hearts are with Debbie's family and friends. Below is a recent interview with Debbie Ford, where she talks...

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You Are Not Broken

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Panache Desai Takes a New Approach to Self-Discovery

In this interview by Omega, Panache Desai encourages you to see that you are not a mistake, that you are not broken.

Omega: How did you come to be a spiritual...

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Moving Beyond "Green"

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Bob Berkebile encourages us to look to nature as our model for how to live sustainably. Join Bob Berkebile at the upcoming Design by Nature Conference.

Omega: For more than 30 years, you have been a pioneer in the sustainable design movement, and helped introduce...

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