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.

Documentary Film Features Omega

1 year 9 months ago

Beyond Iconic is a documentary about photographer Dennis Stock, who shot hundreds of iconic shots of the counterculture of the 50s and 60s. Some of the film was shot at Omega during one of Dennis' last workshops. The film will be showing at Upstate Films Theater in Woodstock, New York, this Sunay, March 3, if you're in the neighborhood. 

President Bill Clinton to Speak at Sustainability Conference at Omega

1 year 9 months ago

We are excited to announce that President Bill Clinton is the featured keynote speaker at this year's Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference. Titled Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions in an Interdependent World, the conference will take place October 4–6, 2013. Registration begins on March 4. Additional speakers include Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus, David W. Orr, Majora Carter, Paul Hawken, Bob Berkebile, and Michael E. Reynolds.

Read more at the Times Herald Record online.

Find our more about the conference.

Local SPCA Shelter Builds Constructed Wetland

1 year 10 months ago

When the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in nearby Hyde Park, New York, wanted to build a new animal shelter, they realized their old septic system couldn't support it. They decided to go with a system similar to Omega's Eco Machine™. Two of the constructed wetlands are now in place and the rest of the system is under construction. “We are really excited because it fits our mission,” Dutchess SPCA Development Director Catherine Forbes said. “It fits who we are, how we want to be as neighbors and how we want to protect the wildlife.(Photo: Darryl Bautista/Poughkeepsie Journal)

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Learn more about the Dutchess County SPCA

Mindfulness & Education Attendee Takes the Practice Into the Classroom

1 year 10 months ago

Tara Hornich-Lisciandro attended last year's Mindfulness & Education Conference and is now using the tools she learned here in her classroom. "Several years ago I noticed my students were anxious about taking Advanced Placement exams. It was easy to see that some students were so worried, they were not eating properly or getting enough sleep. Having suffered from years of anxiety and having learned the activities that accompany mindfulness, I began to utilize mindful techniques in my classes. Within just a few weeks my students were asking for mindfulness activities almost daily,"

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This year's Mindfulness & Education conference (August 16-18) will be open for registration by March 1.

Scholarships Available for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

1 year 10 months ago

In honor of World Cancer Day, the United Breast Cancer Foundation (UBCF) and the Omega Institute are proud to announce a partnership providing financial assistance to breast cancer patients and survivors so they can participate in classes, seminars, and other learning opportunities focused on holistic healing, health, and well-being at Omega's Rhinebeck, New York campus. Scholarships cover program tuition, meals, and accommodations for a weekend workshop. 

See scholarship details.

Learn more about World Cancer Day and the United Breast Cancer Foudation.

The 2013 Catalog: Coming to Your Home Soon!

1 year 10 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! 

Never received an Omega catalog before? Request a copy today.

Maya Azucena: How Do You Use Your Voice?

1 year 10 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.

 

Watch Dance Revolution.

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Elizabeth Lesser Interview With Women for One

1 year 10 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 11 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 11 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

 

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