Omega in Action

Omega in Action highlights inspiring people and organizations making meaningful change. From protecting the environment to empowering women, healing veterans, and serving nonprofits, you'll find fresh perspectives, trending news, and the latest information on noteworthy events here at Omega and around the world.

The 2013 Catalog: Coming to Your Home Soon!

1 year 6 months ago

Creative Director Kathleen Laucius and Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser put the finishing touches on the 2013 catalog pages before we send it off to the printer in about a week. If you've received our catalog in the past, you don't need to do anything except to look for it in your mailbox in the beginning of March. We think it's the best catalog we've produced yet! 

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Maya Azucena: How Do You Use Your Voice?

1 year 6 months ago

Award-winning singer and activist Maya Azucena takes a stand against violence through the upcoming One Billion Rising Campaign and her new music video, Dance Revolution. Maya connected with One Billion Rising founder, Eve Ensler, at Omega's 2012 Women & Power Conference. This resulted in a unique collaboration to help end violence against women and girls. The Women & Power Conference is a celebrated biennial gathering bringing together women leaders and visionaries from all over the world to share ideas and insights.

 

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Elizabeth Lesser Interview With Women for One

1 year 6 months ago

"What is a common trait among leading healers and spiritual teachers?" Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser answers this question and more in an interview with Women For One, a global community of women encouraging authenticity and inspiration. 

Read the complete interview.

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Van Jones: Keynote at Design by Nature 2012

1 year 6 months ago

Globally recognized, award-winning author and pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy movement, Van Jones was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world. In this keynote presentation from Omega's Design by Nature conference, he discusses the politics of the green economy and why it's a lot less complicated than you might think.

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Omega's Living Sewage Treatment Plant Featured in Yes! Magazine

1 year 6 months ago

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is featured in the latest issue of YES! Magazine:

"In a large greenhouse two hours north of New York City, banana trees, flowers, and other tropical plants grow amid frogs, fish, and burbling waters. Outside, bullrushes and cattails wave in the Hudson Valley breeze. Each year, more than 20,000 people travel to the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies for yoga retreats, wellness workshops, and conferences on how to live simpler, cleaner, better.

And each year, they stop in their tracks, stunned to learn that those lush gardens are actually sewage-treatment plants at work. At Omega, plants, animals, and microorganisms annually transform 5 million gallons of human feces, urine, and other waste into water rated pure enough to drink (though Omega uses it for irrigation).

'It looks like it came out of your kitchen faucet—there’s no odor, it’s perfectly clear,” says Omega’s CEO Skip Backus. 'It’s really sort of a life-changer for people.'"

 

Read the full article from Yes! Magazine

 

New York Spirit on Being Yoga

1 year 7 months ago

"The air was humid and warm, but as raindrops began to gently sprinkle down and cover us in their dew, a mild chill set in. There are certain types of experiences that, as you approach them, you know that they will change you. As 200 strangers stood in line at the Omega Institute registration kiosk, it was as though we collectively sensed that this would be one of those transformative life experiences. Some of us were students, many of us teachers, but all of us on a journey into the heart of the path of yoga...."

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Hudson Valley Women Raise Money for Domestic Violence Shelter

1 year 7 months ago

Inspired by the global message to end violence against women and girls at Omega's recent conference Women & Power: What’s Possible, Mary Goggin, Jessica Sillins, and Noelle Adamo decided to act. They immediately organized an event to support local women facing violence in New York’s Hudson Valley, not far from Omega's Rhinebeck campus. In November, Jessica and her partner Julie Abrams hosted a fundraising celebration attended by over 50 people and raised $3,000 for local domestic violence shelter Grace Smith House.

Jessica told the enthusiastic crowd that she had been particularly moved by Women & Power faculty and Omega Women's Leadership Center Advisory Council member Hibaaq Osman. Hibaaq is Founder & CEO of Karama, an organization that connects women working to end of violence across the Middle East. She challenged American women to turn their attention to issues facing their communities. “In that moment," Jessica acknowledged, "this initiative was born.”

The organizers' goal is to keep this energy moving. They thanked guests and donors by saying: “Yes, we raised money. Yet more significant perhaps is the awareness and conversation that has begun. We are thrilled. Let's encourage one another to be bold enough to continue the conversation, and to take action for change, both within ourselves and in the world."

Learn more about Grace Smith House.

Photo: Jessica Sillins, Susan Denton, Julie Abrams, Mary Goggin, Noelle Adamo, and Sarah Urech

The Living Building Challenge: A Short Film Featuring the OCSL

1 year 8 months ago

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is featured in a short video titled The Living Building Challenge produced and directed by David Henderson-Hean and Todd Brooks. This inspiring short film on deep-green design was recently named a semi-finalist in the Focus Forward: Short Films, Big Ideas competition. Your vote could help this film win an Audience Favorite award.

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Bob Berkebile's Vision for the Future of Regenerative Housing

1 year 8 months ago

Bob Berkebile, the founding principal of BNIM Architects, brings more than 37 years of experience to the architectural profession. By combining his design and leadership skills, he has consistently created new approaches to holistic, integrated community building. He utilizes education, historic preservation, quality housing, mental health and public safety, and neighborhood conservation as tools to restore social, economic, and environmental vitality.

In this video and article for EcoHome Magazine, he shares his vision for 2020 and the future of regenerative housing. 

Elizabeth Lesser: Bozos on the Bus

1 year 8 months ago

Omega's cofounder, Elizabeth Lesser reads the excerpt "Bozos on the Bus" from her best-selling book, Broken Open, in the Ram Dass Library during Family Week at Omega Institute.

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