Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is a non-profit educational retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Founded in 1977 by Elizabeth Lesser and Stephan Rechtschaffen, inspired by Sufi mystic, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and his ecumenical spirituality, today it offers classes to over 25,000 people a year, at the 190-acre (0.77 km2) campus.

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  • Sister Joan Chittister: The Culture Shift

    Sister Joan Chittister traces the arc of social change between the 1960's and the early 2000's, offering a new social perspective and paradigm. From Women & Power 2005: Meeting in the Field. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Isabel Allende: A Critical Number of Women

    Isabel Allende, acclaimed novelist and lifelong human rights advocate, explains how the world can generate “mamisma”, a critical mass of fierce, abundant, female energy. From Women & Power 2008: Women & Courage. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

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  • Joan Halifax Roshi: Cultural Diversity is Our Health

    Joan Halifax Roshi, Zen Buddhist priest, author, and founder of the Ojai Foundation and Upaya Zen Center, describes the two "streams" of socially engaged Buddhism. Women & Power 2013: Find Your Own Strength. Explore more at http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Elizabeth Lesser: Women & Multiple Intelligence

    Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), makes a case for a society that incorporates the full range of human intelligences. Women & Power 2008: Women & Courage. Explore more at http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Loung Ung: Peace Is A Choice

    Loung Ung, author, lecturer, and activist promoting equality and human rights describes the choice we each have to acknowledge the best in humanity, especially in the aftermath of trauma. Women & Power 2006: Enlightened Power. Explore more at http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Isabel Allende: Anger into Action

    Isabel Allende acclaimed novelist and lifelong human rights advocate talks about the funneling of anger and grief into creative healing as an artist and mother. Women & Power 2008: Women & Courage. Explore more at http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Marjora Carter: Journey to Environmental Equity

    Majora Carter, eco-entrepreneur, urban revitalization strategist, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, explains why no community should bear the brunt of environmental burdens and not enjoy environment benefits. Women & Power 2007: Power & Peace. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Nadia Al-Sakkaf: Spreading the Word

    Nadia Al-Sakkaf, activist, journalist, and former Minister of Information in Yemen, recalls her decision to live tweet about her nation's coup. Women & Power 2015: Being Bold. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Kimberle Williams Crenshaw: Structural & Political Intersectionality

    Kimberle Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia on Critical Race Theory and Civil Rights, explains a legal case that illustrates overlapping forms of oppression and the failure of society to respond. Women & Power 2007: Women, Power, & Peace. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela: Empathy, Understanding, & Our Humanity

    Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a clinical psychologist and senior research professor in South Africa who served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission following apartheid, explores the nature of our humanity. Women & Power 2005: Meeting in the Field. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Mellody Hobson: Financial Empowerment as Service

    A national voice on economics, Mellody Hobson is chairman of Dreamworks Animation and Ariel Mutual Funds. Here she recalls her mother's financial path, a boom and bust childhood, and her own capitalist journey. Women & Power 2004: Our Time to Lead. Explore more at http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Jamia Wilson: Naming One's Self

    Jamia Wilson, feminist media organizer and Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media, in conversation with journalist Nadia Al-Sakkaf, describes how she learned to embrace what set her apart. Women & Power 2015: Being Bold. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Gloria Steinem: From Independence to Interdependence

    Gloria Steinem, leading feminist and social justice activist, calls on women to celebrate their independence on the way to achieving a healthy and equal interdependence. Women & Power 2004: Our Time to Lead. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Sister Joan Chittister: Spirituality, Action & Culture

    Sister Joan Chittister, the iconic spiritual feminist and activist, asks us to consider spirituality as a call to action in our culture. Women & Power 2005: Meeting in the Field. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Esther Armah: Expanding Our Notion of Culture

    Esther Armah, an award-winning journalist, playwright, and political commentator, asks us to consider all intersections of personal identity and broader culture when building social transformation. Women & Power 2014: Women & Men: The Next Conversation. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Loung Ung: Leadership Requires Taking Risks

    Loung Ung, an author, lecturer, and activist promoting equality and human rights, describes how she keeps putting her voice forward, in spite of doubts and setbacks when following her passion to speak for change. Women & Power 2006: Enlightened Power. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

  • Alice Walker: Choose Truth Over Comfort

    Alice Walker, the author, poet, and activist, asks us to not limit ourselves by taking the path of safety, but to embrace our edges and the “radical me” that can change the world in this conversation with Eve Ensler. Women & Power 2003: Bringing the World into Balance. Explore more: http://www.eomega.org/owlc

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