Calm Amid Chaos

September 16th – 20th, 2024 | Live Session Times: 12pm – 3:00pm EST (UTC-5)

How to Stay Comfortable…

When you look around, does the world seem unstable (chaotic) and unpredictable (chaotic), and do you find events like intense, deadly heat waves, flash floods, pandemics, political conflicts, and wars almost too much to bear? And are you personally facing extreme life challenges or a crisis? The illness or death of a loved one? The break-up of a significant personal relationship? Internal family conflict, your job or income loss, or even an emotional or physical trauma? Do you feel kind of overwhelmed, like it’s all unfair?

Or maybe you just want to figure out how to stand tall in the face of any event or any obstacle. We can show you how!

Imagine maintaining an inner quiet and strength when confronted with challenging and seemingly incomprehensible events, not by hiding from, or ignoring them, but by facing them unflinchingly and with ease. In Calm Amid Chaos, you will learn a wonderful, easy-to-digest system to organize, understand and neutralize what appears to be “chaos.” You’ll then be able to create “calm” that will empower you to thrive, no matter what life throws your way.

This is the program Co-Founder Barry Neil Kaufman describes as “a life game-changer that took me to the next level.”

What You’ll Learn:

  • Make Everything Make Sense: Shift your point of view so that everything makes sense – take in the world through a powerful perspective that lets you find meaning and beauty in seemingly senseless events.
  • Positive Bias: Uncover judgments that create a negative spin on life; replace them with perspectives that let you see the light where you previously saw darkness.
  • Like a Rock: Use our “intelligrid” to build a sturdy foundation of unshakeable beliefs that will empower you to overcome adversity and challenge.
  • Construct a practical everyday philosophy: Utilize this foundation to guide your life and take practical steps toward your goals and desired path.

Transform your life. Join us on this journey of self-discovery and claim your Calm Amid Chaos.

Five LIVE Sessions via Zoom
Session Times: September 16th – 20th, 2024
12 – 3pm EST (UTC -5)
Course Fee: $1000.00 USD


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The experience of Calm Amid Chaos E-learning course was awesome!! It helped me uncover the system of limiting beliefs I used to evaluate situations in my life before this course. Then, the Intelligrid opened my heart and mind to view the world through a different, limitless, system of beliefs. OMG!! Interactions with the group, and individual group members were opportunities to test drive past experiences using the new beliefs, and understand the powerful impact they will have in my life going forward!! It was a beautiful experience!!

Dave C.

Manufacturing Engineer, USA

Calm Amid Chaos E-Learning course has been a beautiful journey of exploration and breakthrough. The concepts are easy to grasp and understand. The handouts helped me to apply and internalize the concepts. Hearing other participants experiences and challenges created the support and understanding I could apply to my situation. These are concepts and skills I will be using for the rest of my life to fulfill my quest for happiness.

Sandra Lee R.

Caregiver, Idaho, USA

I have been taught all of my life that the universe is benevolent. I just never really believed it was true for me. Through the activities and classes in Calm Amid Chaos E-learning course, I’ve figured out how to want to believe it, decide to believe it, and then to choose to believe it. In my chaotic experiences, I take on a more purposeful and empowered role. This applies to past experiences and current ones, and that makes all the difference.

Kirsten S.

Mom/Radio Host/Machine Embroidery Support Staff, Utah, USA

In Calm Amid Chaos E-learning course, I learned tools and interacted with others in the program which helped me make significant shifts in my beliefs to embrace a more loving life experience. I am so thankful for the Option Institute for making this shift in their program platform so I could experience this course via Zoom.

Debra C.

Licensed Massage Therapist/Practice Owner, Alabama, USA

The Calm Amid Chaos E-learning course training was excellent! Stan and Suzanne were both engaged, enthusiastic and energetic. The pace of learning was excellent and really supported my internalization of the Option Process.

Mary B.

Retired Software Developer, California, USA

I really enjoyed this experience, Calm Amid Chaos E-learning course. First of all, I recognized that the chaos was what I choose to create within myself. Secondly, I gained tools to be able to manage and navigate my responses to my circumstances.

Pessy N.

Education, Nevada, USA

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, 5 Days to Live, Defying a Terminal Cancer Prognosis , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

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PRE-REQUISITES for attending Advanced Power Dialogues are:

  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar