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.

Omega on PBS: Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

2 years 2 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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

Construction Digital Magazine's Top 10 Net Zero Buildings

2 years 3 months ago

Construction Digital Magazine (June 2012 issue) names the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) as one of the top 10 net zero buildings around the world. 

Check out the complete list of self-sufficient energy projects from around the globe

Over the course of a year, the OCSL generates more electricity than it consumes. More than 200 photovoltaic solar panels capture energy from the sun at the OCSL. Solar energy, which does not pollute the air or add to the greenhouse effect, supplies 100% of the building's electricity needs.

Learn more information about net zero energy

The International Living Future Institute Honors CEO Skip Backus

2 years 3 months ago

The International Living Future Institute recognized Omega's CEO, Skip Backus, along with eleven other leaders, at the Living Future 2012 unConference for their tremendous efforts to adopt and champion the Living Building Challenge™.

For the past five and a half years, the Living Building Challenge has inspired significant change in how buildings are designed, built, rehabbed and operated. In addition to the six projects that have been all or partially certified under the Challenge, including the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, there are nearly 140 projects in the works around the world demonstrating possibilities for the built environment that are helping to pave the way to a restorative future.

Read the full press release for more information about the award recipients of The International Living Future Institute

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