Omaha Healing Arts Center (OM Center) is a remarkable and dynamic space for education, holistic healing, performing arts and community. Experience and learn about alternative medicine, acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, bodywork, Craniosacral therapy, Shiatsu, color therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, astrology, herbal therapy, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, hypnosis and counseling, workshops, seminars and holistic clinic.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 2013

OM Center 1216 Howard St. 
Omaha, Nebraska 68102  •  402.345.5078

2013 OM Calendar 
Weekly Classes 
Monthly At a Glance 
Full Event Details Below

Yoga • Tai Chi • Meditation

YOGATuesdays 6-7:30pm 
$14 drop in (10 classes pd in advance $100)
Instructor Jennifer Pierce On-Going Drop-In Class• All Levels 
Eclectic Hatha: meditation, relaxation, postures!

TAI CHI • Wednesdays • 5:45-7pm
$90 (6-wk course-Call 402.345.5078 for current dates)
 Master Frank Fong 
Learn “Awareness Through Movement”

Mind  over MadnessThursdays • 6:30-8pm  
$40 adv (4wks) or $12 drop in
Instructor Don McKenna
Meditation Training for People Who Think They Can’t Meditate

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 At A Glance • OM CALENDAR 2013 
2 • Labor Day Parade • Mon • 10am
4 • Healing for Healers • Healing Mediation Clearing • Wed. • 7:30pm •  $25   
6 • Art Show "What Does Compassion Look Like?" Meet The Monks! Fri. • 6-9PM "FIRST FRIDAY" Old Market 
7 • Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony: Impermanence • Sat. • 8pm  • $10/adults, $5/children 5 and up 
     Tibetan Blessings For: House, business and Personal Tibetan Blessings 
     AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT:   Call OM 402.345.5078
12-14 • BMR 1 Founder /Instructor Jonathan Tripodi ~ Intro to Body Memory 
14 • Poetry Slam • Saturday • 7:30pm • $7
16-18 • BMR 4 Founder /Instructor Jonathan Tripodi ~Subtle Energy 
18-Oct. 10 • Mind Over Madness Meditation with Don McKenna • Thursdays (4wks) • $40 ($12 drop ins)

21 • Aromatherapy 101 with Chanell Jaramillo • 9am-5pm (8 CEU's)• $75 • RSVP OM Center 
25-Oct. 30• New Beginner Tai Chi Class with Frank Fong • Wednesdays (6wks) • 5:45pm-7pm • $90
25 • 8 Healing Sounds QiGong with Sarah Brandt • Wednesdays • 10-11am • $56 • Pre-Registration Required • (4wk class) 
25 • Enter Yoga with Sarah Brandt • Wednesdays • 11:30am-12:30pm • $55 • Pre-Registration Required  • (4wk class)
27• Family and Systems Constellations with Larry Kessler, M.A • Friday • 6:30-9:30pm • $45 with RSVP / $35 if pd by Sept. 26 with PayPal (See Event Details for PayPal link)  
28 • Gerson Therapy Conversation with Steve Torneten • Saturday • 4-5:30pm • FREE!!!

OM Full 2013 Event Details
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August 28 Thru September 8, 2013

 The Beginning......
Creation of The Sand Mandala • Opening
Watch the Tibetan Monks Begin to create the Mandala
WEDNESDAY, August 28 • Noon
DAILY VIEWING Aug. 28- Sept. 7
Donations welcome
Watch the team of Monks recreate an ancient tradition by building a Sacred Sand Painting dedicated to the female Buddha of Compassion, Green Tara. Viewing this detailed Mandala opens the mind and awakens the spirit.  When a Mandala is built of sand, the goodness that it brings is multiplied by the number of grains of sand that it contains.
Stop by daily to watch the sand painting evolve.

Chay Drol: Clearing Obstacles
WEDNESDAY, August 28 • 7:30pm
This powerful ritual helps remove the obstacles that prevent one from achieving enlightenment. The Lama places colored strings and fabric ritually fused to represent obstacles on participants. These obstacles are cut using Weapons of Wisdom, opening the door to liberation, wisdom and achieving your goals.
Empowerment of Chenrezig
FRIDAY, August 30 • 7:30pm
The Bodhisattva Chenrezig embodies the universal compassion of all the Buddhas.
The meditation and blessing of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit,Kwan-Yin in China, Kannon in Japan) helps us be more peaceful and compassionate, even in times of instablity.  Participants are initiated to Chenrezig’smantra: Om Mani Padme Hum, which is believed to contain the essence of all of Buddha’s teachings.
Sacred Dance and Chant of Tibet • Performance
SATURDAY, August 31 • 7:30pm
These ancient and sacred dances, chants and debates celebrate Tibetan mythology, the spiritual history of Tibet and its guiding principles.  All are presented with vibrant costumes, scupltural masks, evocative instruments and permeating multiphonic vocalizations.  For all ages.
Labor Day Parade • Downtown (not at OM)
MONDAY, September 2, 2013 • 10AM-NOON
The Septemberfest parade starts at 16th and Cass Streets, travels south on 16th Street to Capitol Avenue, continues east on Capitol to 10th Street and concludes by proceeding north on 10th Street to Webster Street.  
The two hour parade goes on rain or shine. There will be flag carrying honor guards, marching bands, Labor Unions, businesses, floats, animals, horses, clowns and roaming artists.
More than 100 units will participate with approximately 3000 people. There will be six gigantic balloons at the same quality and scale as the Macy's parade. Dozens of labor volunteers arrive at 6 a.m. to fill the balloons and guide the balloons along parade route. These gigantic balloons require about 38,000 cubic feet of helium.
Healing for Healers
(Open to Anyone)
WEDNESDAY, September 4 • 7:30pm
Join us for OM Center’s traditional Healing for Healers.  This ritual cleansing by Vajraviharan, the Buddha of Purification, removes negativity and its subtle imprints, bringing clarity of body, mind and spirit. Especially beneficial to those in the healing arts this healing is open to everyone.
What Does Compassion Look Like?
FRIDAY, September 6 •  6-9pm

DAILY VIEWING Aug. 28- Sept. 6th
Donations welcome
With an visual point of view, artists were challenged to create art using Post-it Note suggestions for a more compassionate Omaha generated during Compassion Omaha’s inaugural event, Five Days of Compassion. Over 600 notes were collected over the week. Meet the monks as they put the finishing touches on the sand mandala and the artists who share their vision of a compassionate world.

(Art sales benefit both Compassion Omaha and Gaden Shartse Monastery.) 
Impermanence: Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony
The meditative Mandala practice culminates with a closing ceremony and the destruction of the Mandala, signifying the transience of life. Be a part of this traditional ceremony of compassion and blessings. 
Participants receive a small piece of the mandala.

House, business and personal
 All events are fundraisers to benefit the Monastic College’s effort to preserve the educational, spiritual 
and cultural of traditions of Tibet. (Art show also benefits Compassion Omaha.) Omaha’s Gaden Shartse events
have made significant contributions to the Monastery over the past 22 years: helping build the main temple, enclose open sewers, build/equip the health clinic, library and office, provide solar water heaters, and give medical care for the large number of Tibetan and  other refugees in the area.
Tax deductible donations are accepted at all events.

Body Memory Recall 1 and 4
Thursday-Saturday • September 12-14, 2013 • (21 Contact Hours CEU's)
Monday-Wednesday • September 16-18, 2013 • 9:00am-5:30pm

Founded in 1997 by Jonathan Tripodi, International Author, Speaker & Teacher
BODY MEMORY RECALL (BMR) State of the Art Hands-On Healing that combines Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Energy Work into One Approach

Training Seminars at OM Center
BMR 1: Intro to Body Memory September 12-14
BMR 4: Subtle Energy Barriers September 16-18 (prerequisite BMR 1)
21 Contact Hours Each (NCBTMB Approved)

Students receive Jonathan's book:  Freedom from Body Memory - Awaken the Courage to Let Go of the Past • All are Welcome to Attend!  *  Early Registration Discount Ends Aug 5
Registration & further information at:

Poetry Slam at OM!
Saturday • September 14 • 7:30pm • $7

What is a Poetry Slam?
It's competition poetry; meaning humor, politics, enlightenment, sex, entertainment masquerading as literature, literature masquerading as entertainment. Poets will read, then judges will flash Olympic-style scoring to determine who goes on to the next round until there's just one poet left standing as the champion. It's a lot of fun!

Hosted by Matt Mason. Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the featured performer and the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited and will only be allowed after 7:30 if less than 8 are in the slam.

 Mind over Madness • Meditation Class • Don McKenna
Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm • 4wks $40 or $12 drop in   

Meditation Training 
for People who Think 

Can’t meditate? Don’t know where to start? Don’t know your Mind from your Muladhara?
 This is your opportunity 
to ask someone who’s had his eyes closed (been in the dark) for 22 years!

• enhance quality of life and decrease stress symptoms  
• decrease blood pressure 
• increase energy and reduce pain  
• decrease sleep-interfering cognitive processes (e.g., worry)
• increase mindfulness, which in turn leads to symptom reduction and improved well-being
• reduce distress and improve positive mood states

Call OM to reserve your spot! 402.345.5078  

Don McKenna is a Reiki Master/Teacher, student of Sri Vidya, meditator in the Transcendental, Zen, Tibetan, and Tantric traditions, Certified in Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong and Therapeutic Touch, and student of the meditative arts of aboriginal cultures.

Aromatherapy 101 with Instructor Chanell Jaramillo
Saturday • September 21 • 9am-5pm • $75 • (8 CE's) • RSVP OM Center 402-345-5078

The wonder, versatility and liveliness of these living energies are ideal alternatives to synthetic chemical medicines and fragrances. The simplicity of aromatherapy application takes very little effort and yet the benefits are considerable. However, it must be said that aromatherapy is not an art to be taken lightly. The use of essential oils should be accomplished with knowledge, respect and honor of the plant kingdom. Though these living energies are natural, effective and mostly safe, they are also powerful healing agents with contraindications.

Essential oils are medicines provided by our plant kingdom and therefore, like any ecological healing medium knowledge and respect are of utmost importance. There is much confusion that lies within the world of plant medicine and aromatherapy is not in the clear of this often misrepresented field. In fact, it is one of the most boldly used forms of plant chemicals in the health and wellness industry.
This course will provide massage therapist with the essential knowledge needed to work with aromatherapy in their professional practice. This course will focus on 12-15 popular oils.

Chanell Jaramillo is a PhD candidate and an integrative holistic health practitioner and educator. She is an approved provider for the NCBTMB (#169). In addition she is an affiliate member with the International Center of Reiki Training, a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a Board Certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practioners. 

8 Healing Sounds QiGong
with Sarah Brandt
Wednesdays • September 25-October 16, 2013 • 10-11am • $56 • Pre-Reg Required 

The practice of the 8 Healing Sounds and coordinated movements combine:
sound, vibration, movement, breath, and visualization for balancing the mind and body.

In the Taoist tradition, this practice enhances one’s overall well-being
 and works directly upon particular organs, emotions and energy channels in the body.

These Ancient Taoist Healing practices
will enable you to transform the effects of emotions and daily stress through sound and movement. There is an old saying, “Our ‘issues’ reflect in our tissues.” Strong emotions and high stress require extra energy and have an effect on the body’s immunity and organs, often accelerating the aging process. This class will review the five major organs and their associated emotions, colors, sounds & elements—in accordance with the Chinese 5 Element Theory. The 8 Healing Sounds & Movements is a practice for self-healing and rejuvenation. Discover how to integrate sound with movement to maintain a life of wellness and harmony!

Sarah Brandt is a direct disciple of Master Chen and is a 26th generation lineage holder of the Taoist Dragon Gate Branch. Through Master Chen she has received teachings and training in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Energy Healing and I Ching Numerology. Sarah offers group and individual instruction for Qi Gong, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, physical conditioning, and self-healing methods.

Enter Yoga
 with Sarah Brandt 
~~ Beginner's Yoga ~~
          Wednesdays • September 25 - October 16, 2013 • 11:30am-12:30pm • $56                      • Pre-Registration Required (4wk class)

Sarah Brandt is a direct disciple of Master Chen and is a 26th generation lineage holder of the Taoist Dragon Gate Branch. Through Master Chen she has received teachings and training in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Energy Healing and I Ching Numerology. Sarah offers group and individual instruction for Qi Gong, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, physical conditioning, and self-healing methods.

New Beginner Tai Chi Class
with Instructor
Frank Fong

Wednesdays • September 25-October 30 • 5:45 pm-7pm • $90 • (6wk class)

Have you been wondering about taking Tai Chi Class?
 This is your opportunity to try it out!  
Call OM to reserve your spot • 402.345.5078

Benefits of practicing Tai Chi
  • Increases awareness,facilitating the mind and body to work together ensuring the best function for the whole being
  • Keeps injuries at bay and quickens recovery from illness and injury
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Assists to regain, maintain and sharpen physical and mental balance
  • Physical balance wards off falling -Mental balance wards off and relieves stress
  • No impact exercise . . . instead, soft and gentle movements
  • Relieves arthritis pain by promoting the flow of the body's natural lubricants
  • Assists in lowering and managing high blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces pain and helps manage headaches
  • Helps to maintain regularity
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Regulates the body temperature and comfort by cooling the body in the summer and warming it in the winter
  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Improves stamina and helps the body to recover from overworking
  • Tones and smoothes the skin
  • Improves and maintains flexibility and elasticity of the body
  • Particularly helpful for those in recovery from strokes and heart attacks
Instructor, Master Frank Fong

Frank Fong emphasizes soft and gentle movements to promote stress relief, mood enhancement and a relaxed temperament. His chief goals for his students are self healing and inner development. Step by step, he will help students find their own path and build their own strength and confidence; leading towards a healthy body, a happy spirit and a better life. 
Master Fong
is from China (Hong Kong), where he learned from three grandmasters. He has been practicing Tai Chi for over 45 years, and has been teaching it for 30 years. He has shared his art in Tai Chi classes through many organizations. He continues to improve on the skill and knowledge by traveling across the U.S., Canada and China, periodically, to share and exchange techniques with other Tai Chi masters and teachers.
You may contact Frank Fong at 556-3568 or email:

Family and Systems Constellations
                                      Facilitated by Larry Kessler, M.A. 
Friday • September 27 • 6:30-9:30pm • $45 with RSVP/$35 w/PayPal before Sept. 26 

“As long as our ancestors are still suffering within us, we cannot be truly happy. If we make a step with awareness . . .
we do this for all the past and future generations. They all arrive at the same moment we arrive and we all find peace at the same time.”  
- Thich Nhat Hahn, Buddhist Monk

“We are affected by the seven generations that come before us and affect the seven generations that will follow.”
 - Francesca M. Boring, Shoshone Elder
It is obvious that our ancestors affect us physically through our DNA. What is not so obvious is that the emotional and behavioral imprints of our ancestors keep showing up generation after generation. Emotional,mental, and physical conditions—not to mention relationship issues,that we assume are our problems may actually be issues we carry for our parents, their parents, and/or their parents, and on and on. Family constellations reveal the past wrongs, hidden dynamics, and entanglements of our families and their effects on our personal as well as business lives. The constellations resolve these issues and allow love to return and flow through our lineage. Our soul can then make a movement toward peace and understanding. A deep sense of wholeness follows.In a family/system constellation, a person chooses others from the group to represent family members or even work colleagues.  After he arranges them in the room, the stresses on the family or work system come to light. The representatives surprisingly feel and think what the people they are representing felt and thought and start moving and interacting in a new dynamic.The stresses on the system are then resolved and the love hidden in the system allowed to flow. Based on the discoveries of Bert Hellinger, this is a technique that is acknowledged worldwide and growing in popularity in the United States. It is astonishing, powerful, and beautiful, loving work.
 Space is limited for this event—please pre-register! Your payment reserves your spot.
Checks: Make payable to Karen Baumstark / Credit Cards accepted
PayPal: Use the following link (you will have to cut/copy and paste the link);

 Contact: Karen Baumstark, 11905 Arbor St, Omaha NE 68144

Larry Kessler, M.A., facilitates workshops on Family/Systems Constellations and teaches Hawaiian Shamanism around the country. He also has a private healing practice in Long Beach, CA. 
Contact Larry at

Defeating Cancer and other Chronic Illnesses
Learn about The Gerson Therapy
A Conversation with Steve Torneten 
Saturday • September 28 • 4-5:30pm • FREE!

While attending the GERSON RESTORATION CENTER. Stever Torneten participated in what is internationally known as the most successful cancer therapy program in history. Learn the simplicity of healing yourself and becoming free of disease and suffering! 

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