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Being Fearless

Action in a Time of Disruption

October 13, 2017 – October 15, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Jon Kabat-Zinn... See More
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SM17-5502-198Amy Goodman, Van Jones, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Bill Moyers, Cornel West, Paul Hawken, Rhonda V. Magee , David W. Orr, Sarah van Gelder , Jamia Wilson,

CNN political contributor Van Jones talks about taking action and giving a damn.


As we look to understand our way forward, it is difficult to find common ground when positions have become so oppositional and hardened. As our ability to hear each other is compressed into the 140 characters of a tweet, and news has become spin—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

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Presenters are subject to change.


Please note that there is a special schedule for this program:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Omega Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Opening Session
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Morning Session
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Tour the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Optional)
2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Conference Mixer
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Evening Panel
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Morning Session
1:00 p.m Check Out

*schedule is subject to change - check back in the coming weeks as more information is added

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing worldwide. Her independent grassroots political journalism offers millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.

Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, is author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. He is a political contributor to CNN and president of Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator. In 2009, Time magazine called him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is senior research professor on trauma, forgiveness, and reconciliation at the University of Free State in Blomfontein, South Africa. She served as coordinator of victims’ public testimonies on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and has been involved in studying the process of forgiving in order to deepen the understanding of its reparative elements in the aftermath of gross human rights violations and mass trauma. She is author of A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is Professor of Medicine emeritus. He is the author of numerous books on MBSR and mindfulness, currently in print in more than 40 languages. He teaches mindfulness around the world.

Bill Moyers, a broadcast journalist for more than four decades, has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times—one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-05), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-10) and Moyers & Company (2011-15). He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has a passion for inviting people from all walks of life into his world of ideas to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, activist, and author who writes about the environmental movement and the impacts of commerce on living systems. He has founded successful, ecologically conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and business leaders on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Rhonda V. Magee, JD, is professor of law at the University of San Francisco. She teaches contemplative lawyering and is author of "Contemplative Practices and the Renewal of Legal Education" in the book New Directions in Teaching and Learning: Contemplative Studies in Higher Education.

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. He is founder of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.

Sarah van Gelder is cofounder  and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine, a public speaker, and the author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, which tells the story of her solo road trip around the United States, seeking out the people who are making deep, transformative change happen.

Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller who is currently the Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media. She previously served as the TED prize storyteller at TED Conferences, the executive director of Youth Tech Health (YTH), and Women’s Media Center vice-president of programs. Her words and works have been featured in The New York Times, Elle, Refinery 29, and The Guardian.