After a quarter century in New York City, the world’s largest urban center of holistic learning is opening its doors ever wider to those seeking paths to well-being, enlightened living and deeper awareness for themselves and the global community.
Welcome to Open Center Online Learning, where a worldwide audience can find many of the New York Open Center’s top programs—from wherever you are, in location and life.
Open Center Online Learning offers full-fledged online courses and O’CastsTM, our collection of podcast recordings of selected classes on health, wellness, self-development and many other popular holistic topics—body, mind and spirit. Online Learning offers a rich and expanding collection of recordings of current and premier archival programs, both as excerpts and as purchasable, full-length downloads.
And there’s much more to come—including extensive online instructional programs offering CEUs and certifications. So check our website regularly at LEARN.OPENCENTER.ORG to stay up to date on our latest programs and additions.
We’re looking to reach audiences, computer screens and portable devices wherever they may be. Wherever you are, there’s Open Center Online Learning.
The Open Center Online Learning Team
The New York Open Center staff members, consultants and volunteers involved in the Online Learning initiative are:
|Thomas Amelio, Managing Director and Vice President — A founding member and senior teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for 20 years, Thomas has worked with Deepak Chopra’s Infinite Possibilities Media, the Ross Institute for Well-Being, in East Hampton, NY, and noted authors in the field of wellness and consciousness such as Andrew Weil and Thomas Moore. He is a teacher and course programmer at the Open Center, and edited Swami Rajarshi Muni’s classic book Yoga: The Ultimate Spritual Path. www.thomasamelio.com|
|Walter Beebe, President — Walter has served as president and chairman of the New York Open Center since its founding in 1983-84. A graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Law School, he worked as a civil attorney for 40 years. He has served as director of many organizations, both corporate and nonprofit, including several in the field of medicine.|
|Peter Charles Benedict, Program Manager — Pete has over 20 years of experience in print and electronic media, including work in editorial services, marketing and fundraising communications, web design, graphic design and content management, for clients in the publishing, education, health and personal growth fields. He also serves as the Center’s catalog production manager and web editor.|
|Michael Burns, Program Coordinator — Michael has worked as a documentary filmmaker, web designer, union organizer and teacher. His projects — whether feature-length, short, or audio-based — have looked at contemporary social challenges, from preemptive war and political exclusion to social revolutions and PTSD treatments. www.michaelpburns.com|
|Lesley Rodriguez, Marketing Manager — Lesley is in charge of promoting the Center through print media, the Internet, targeted advertising and a variety of other initiatives. The Board of Directors has praised Lesley for her successful marketing programs.|
|Ben Abramson, Recording Specialist — Ben received his B.A. from SUNY Geneseo with a double-major in Philosophy and French. He has given several symposium lectures on eastern philosophy, comparative religion, and philosophy of religion, and in 2007 was selected to give a talk at West Virginia University on the philosophy of mathematics. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, chi kung and meditation, and currently quenches his insatiable appetite for learning new things by volunteering at the Open Center and assisting with classes.|
|Lena Kutsel, Recording Specialist — Lena is the office manager at Elias Associates, Inc., responsible for overseeing project purchases, finances and the day-to-day operations of the firm. Lena graduated with MBA in General Management and Human Resources, and her professional experience has spanned a number of countries. While at Elias, Lena pursues her interest in non-profit work volunteering for the Open Center, where her responsibilities include recording events and assisting in events coordination.|
|Bettina Sheppard, Soundtrack Composer — Bettina is a composer and performer based in New York. She has written music for theatre, film and clubs, is working on a production of her first opera, Stillwaters, and is the author of The Everything Singing Book. Her belief that music is always a mystical connection is reflected in her debut CD, “Solus,” available under her Welsh name, Brythonwen.|