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.

Turning a Toxic Landscape Into a Place of Beauty

2 years 1 week ago

Internationally recognized biologist, John Todd, the designer of the Eco Machine at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), is using similar technology, aptly named the Restorer, to treat commercial waste in the Baima canal in Fuzhou, China.

This 600-meter canal was considered one of the worst in the city due to the influx of 750,000 gallons per day of untreated domestic sewage. The city government worked with John Todd and Ocean Arks to restore the ecosystem to health by creating a Restorer, an affordable and low maintenance "living machine" which utilizes three natural elements—a marsh, a pond, and a stream.

Read the complete case study to learn more about the Restorer

Learn more about John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd's upcoming weekend workshop on Ecological Literacy at Omega from October 12–14, 2012. 

Omega Celebrates Staff Appreciation Day

2 years 2 weeks ago

Omega employs about 70 core staff who live off campus and support our organization in a variety of managerial and administrative positions. They come from nearly all walks of life and join together to serve Omega’s mission to provide hope and healing to individuals and society through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit.

Between April and October of every year, approximately 250 seasonal staff join us to be part of something larger than themselves, practice compassionate service, and enjoy meaningful work. There may be teachers on break from school working in the garden, lawyers serving in the Dining Hall, and college students eager to gain team-building skills helping participants with luggage. Many staff in mid-life find that a season at Omega is an ideal experience during a life transition or career change. It is also perfect for young graduates and active retirees who want to participate in community living.

The service and work provided by all of these amazing individuals is integral to the successful daily operation of our campus in order to provide thousands of guests with educational workshops, conferences, retreats, and trainings that foster personal development and social change.

Learn more about the staff experience at Omega

Omega on PBS: Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

2 years 3 weeks ago

Omega Institute was featured on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS in segment titled "Mindfulness Goes Mainstream" which included Congressman Tim Ryan and Jon Kabat-Zinn, as well as Ali and Atman Smith of Holistic Life Foundation speaking about the practice of mindfulness meditation.

As the practices of contemplative education, social/emotional learning, and mindfulness are now being widely explored in schools throughout America, research continues to show that mindfulness practice decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while benefiting their health, well-being, social relations, and academic performance.

Numerous field studies in mindfulness and education show that teaching this practice to youth is profoundly beneficial for the development of children in grades K through 12. Children can easily learn these techniques and, when learned young, they become lifelong tools supporting awareness, empathy, and resilience.

Omega will bring together influential leaders in the field, including Congressman Tim Ryan, Sir Ken Robinson, and key education researchers, to discuss mindfulness and education with inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, transformative group exercises, breakout workshops and panels, and more.

Learn more about the Mindfulness and Education conference

Netroots 2012 Panel: Love, Compassion and Other Outrageous Forms of Activism

2 years 3 weeks ago
Carla Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Mallika Dutt, and Leslie Salmon Jones explore tools for resilience of body, mind, and spirit to help support a sustained, transformational activism.

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Ask Elizabeth Lesser: Live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, July 24 at 11am E.T.

2 years 4 weeks ago

Omega will collaborate with the Urban Zen Foundation to host a live 30-minute Twitter party where you can ask your most pressing questions of Elizabeth Lesser, Omega’s cofounder and senior advisor.

She is the New York Times best-selling author of The Seeker’s Guide and Broken Open. For more than 30 years, she has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of emotional intelligence and healing—healing self and healing society.

Join the real-time conversation on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 11am. E.T. by including the hashtag #UZFevent in your tweets.

Important hashtag and handles to remember:

#uzfevent
@urban_zen
@Omega_Institute

The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects, and collaborates by raising awareness and inspiring change in the areas of well-being, cultural preservation, and empowering children in mind, body, and spirit. 

Learn more about the UZIT New York Masters Program: A Monthlong Advanced Training For Integrating Holistic Therapies Into Patient Care.


Pat Mitchell Named One of the Most Powerful Women Over 50 by Huffington Post

2 years 4 weeks ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center Advisory Council member and Women & Power 2012 speaker, Pat Mitchell, has been named by the Huffington Post as one of the Most Powerful Women Over 50. She was recognized for showcasing female media innovators with the Paley Center series “She’s Making Media” and being an important connector of high-profile female activists. Her commitment to connection and collaboration not only make her a powerful woman but her forward-thinking spirit is helping to redefine power for women, the media, and us all.

Girls' Leadership Worldwide Visits Omega

2 years 1 month ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) received a visiting today from an amazing group of young women from Girls' Leadership Worldwide. Formerly the Girls' Leadership Workshop, this international leadership development program for high school girls brings together students from diverse cultures and backgrounds for nine days in order to engage in workshops and activities designed to fully awaken the leader within them, using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about Girls' Leadership Worldwide

The Incredible Eco Machine on CBS New York News

2 years 1 month ago

The Eco Machine™ at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) was featured on CBS New York News: Seen at 11 this week.

The Eco Machine™ is the latest in nature-influenced technology designed by John Todd, a pioneer in the field of ecological design. An Eco Machine™ are water reclamation systems that clean water by mimicking the processes of the natural world. Together, John Todd Ecological Design, Inc., Natural Systems International, BNIM Architects, and the Chazen Companies designed an Eco Machine™ to address Omega's unique needs as a seasonal educational retreat center.

All the water from Omega's campus, including water used in toilets, showers, and sinks, flows to the Eco Machine™, where it is purified by microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, plants, and snails. This natural water reclamation process cleans the water using zero chemicals. In large dispersal fields under the parking lot, the purified water is returned to the aquifer deep beneath campus.

Learn more about the OCSL's Eco Machine from these frequently asked questions and answers

Carla Goldstein at DLD Women in Munich, Germany

2 years 1 month ago

Carla Goldstein, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, is currently at DLD Women in Munich, Germany. This international conference serves as a platform for creating create a new societal image of women. Bringing together global thinkers, CEOs, futurists, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, opinion formers, and creative talents to exchange experiences on all major leadership, health, and economic issues.

Watch the free livestreaming event from DLD Women on July 11-12, 2012 now.

Learn more about DLD Women

Won Buddhists From South Korea Visit Omega

2 years 1 month ago

A group of eighteen Won Buddhists from South Korea visited Omega Institute this week. They're looking for ideas and inspiration for two retreat centers they intend to build in the Jeolla province of South Korea, saying, "Since the Jeolla province houses the sacred sites of Korea's four major religions, we hope these two new centers will contribute to creating a 'spiritual belt' by providing a place for meditation, healing, edication, and research." Their visit included an tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a discussion about the history of Omega's programming, a campus tour, and lunch. They are staying at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York, not far from Omega.

Learn more about Won-Buddhism

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