The Fairfield Ledger: Fairfield readies for Sunday debut on Oprah network

Fairfield readies for Sunday debut on Oprah network

Mar 21, 2012

Sunday’s televising of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” featuring Fairfield and Transcendental Meditation is expected to generate interest in the community.

A number of initiatives are under way to aid tourists and potential visitors.

“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the airing,” said Maharishi University of Management alum Mariam Daudi, a coordinator for many of the initiatives. “The whole community is coming together to prepare in case there’s a big response. It’s fulfilling to work with so many different community leaders.”

Involved parties include Fairfield officials, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Maharishi School, M.U.M., Maharishi Vedic City, Maharishi Foundation, David Lynch Foundation and Ideal Community Group.

The convention center is developing a self-guided tour for visitors. A one-day training session for volunteer ambassadors also is in the works.

The welcome and information center at the Maasdam Barns site on Highway 1 South is expanding its hours.

Plans are under way to open the Taste of Fairfield visitors’ weekends in May and June to those who don’t practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. Planning also continues for M.U.M’s Experience the Self event to be held July 10–22.

Oprah visited Fairfield Oct. 19 to film for the hour-long program. It airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Locally, O.W.N. can be accessed on channel 203 on Mediacom, channel 279 on Direct TV, channel 90 on Lisco and channels 189 and 885 on Dish Network.

Student Activities at M.U.M. is hosting a viewing of the program at Dalby Hall in the Argiro Student Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the program, visit

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Addendum: Members of  the Fairfield community are invited to a live viewing of Oprah’s New Chapter, Sunday, March 25, at 8 pm CT (doors open at 7 pm) at the Sondheim Theater, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Free Admission – First come first seated.


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4 Responses to “The Fairfield Ledger: Fairfield readies for Sunday debut on Oprah network”

  1. School of Thought - The Movie Says:

    How wonderful! I have been informed by the producers at O.W.N. that they are using clips from film, School of Thought in the promotions and movie!


  2. Rannie Boes Says:

    Congratulations on this wonderful event for the town of Fairfield, where I have lived for 23 years – until last summer. ENJOY
    Rannie Boes, Ph.D.


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  4. School of Thought - The Movie Says:

    Thank you Mayor Malloy, Ken Chawkin, David Lynch and all the wonderful people at the Maharishi School, University and in Fairfield for your amazing support in the making of SCHOOL OF THOUGHT. Everyday I hear from folks telling me how they want to visit Fairfield after watching our movie and see the amazing things that are happening here for themselves. The heart, soul, happiness and compassion from everyone in the film comes shining through and people everywhere are relating to it in a very real way. Thank you Fairfield, and for folks like Oprah, who are bringing this important story and message to people across the planet.


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