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.

Veterans, Trauma and Yoga

1 year 9 months ago

When Rob Schware, executive director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, started studying yoga at Omega seventeen years ago, yoga and the military didn't go together in his mind, but now they do.

Read Rob Schware's article on Huffington Post "Veterans, Trauma and Yoga: Are We Moving Quickly Enough?"

The number of veterans from current conflicts dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been estimated at 25 to 35 percent of those who return from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. PTSD finds expression in suicide, homelessness, abusive behavior, addiction, and other issues at great cost to individuals, families, and society. This growing crisis calls for creative and alternative approaches in the search for successful treatment, a fact recognized by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, which actively support many mind-body modalities ranging from yoga to mindfulness practice.

Learn more about Omega's upcoming conference on Veterans, Trauma and Treatment on October 12-14, 2012.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour Interviews Sister Joan Chittister

1 year 10 months ago

Sister Joan Chittister, a member of the Omega Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time. For more than 30 years, she has advocated  for dialogue about the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a sought after international speaker and unifying voice across all religions. In this CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, she responds to the Vatican's recent assertion that American nuns have strayed too far from the church's teachings.

Learn more about Sister Joan Chittister's upcoming presentation at Women & Power this September.

Clearwater Receives the First Leadership in Sustainable Education Award

1 year 10 months ago

Skip Backus, Omega's CEO (left), presents the first Leadership in Sustainable Education Award to musician Pete Seeger (center) and Jeff Rumpf (right), executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

"Clearwater is honored to receive this recognition from Omega Institute for our work to create a healthier, greener, more sustainable and equitable Hudson Valley," said Jeff Rumpf, Clearwater Executive Director. "Clearwater is working to carry forward Pete Seeger’s legacy, cultivating new and diverse environmental activists with environmental education, watershed awareness, and stewardship training. Along with Omega Institute and our partners, we are building a green, sustainable future, one that empowers communities with opportunities for green jobs and puts the "eco" into the economy."

Learn more about the Leadership in Sustainable Education Award


Women Serving Women Summit 2012

1 year 10 months ago

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center held its second annual Women Serving Women Summit, which gathered 14 local and regional non-profits serving the needs of young women and girls. Organizations working in areas including gender, race, and economic equality, engaging youth in media making, ending street harassment, and helping young women and girls meet their fullest potential convened on Omega's campus to take much needed time away from their offices to envision, plan, network, and rejuvenate. Meet some Summit participants as they candidly share some of challenges facing young women and girls today and join them as they imagine a new, bold world for everybody.

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Omega To Award $10,000 Grant To Clearwater

1 year 10 months ago
Omega Breaks New Ground by Offering its First Annual Leadership in Sustainable Education Award.


Strategies for a New Economy: A Free 3-Day Live Web Event

1 year 10 months ago

What would an economy based on principles of fairness and sustainability look like? How do we collectively strategize to fully implement it? What are the implications for our culture, our society, and our health and well-being?

These pressing questions will be addressed at the New Economics Institute’s free 3-day live online conference from Bard College. More than 20 speakers will gather together to reshape our economic system by working together to achieve a common goal. We invite you to be part of the solution.