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.

Reciprocity Foundation's Retreat at Omega

2 years 1 day ago

Nonprofits are increasingly unable to find adequate resources to respond to the growing needs of society’s most vulnerable populations. Omega is committed to serving those who serve others through our annual Service Week grant program.

Each spring, we award grants to nonprofit organizations—small and large, local and global—to come to our campus for working retreats that support and strengthen each organization’s ability to serve the community.

In 2011, the Reciprocity Foundation was one of the grant recipients. An organization dedicated to helping youth overcome homelessness, isolation, trauma, and hopelessness, Reciprocity brought 5 young men and women to Omega for a 3-day retreat in order to shift their belief in what was possible. This moving video was their way of saying thanks.

Omega Service Week grants are by invitation only and include accommodations, meals, a private meeting space, use of our facilities, and one hour of free managerial consultation with our Service Week partner, the New York Council of Nonprofits. In 2012, more than 20 nonprofit organizations with a focus on either working with young women and girls, or providing safety-net services in the Hudson Valley are expected to participate in Service Week.

For more information about Service Week, contact Marta Szabo at

To support Omega Service Week and help those who help others, contact

Omega to Celebrate Achievements of Women in International Women's Day Global Celebration

2 years 1 month ago

 “Join Me On The Bridge” Events Planned at Brooklyn Bridge & Walkway Over the Hudson

 RHINEBECK, NY– Held annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women around the world. Omega Institute today announced that it will join two of Women for Women International’s 3rd annual, Join Me On the Bridge events. Carla Goldstein, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, will be speaking at the Brooklyn Bridge event, which is sponsored by What BETTER Looks Like. Omega staff will participate in a solidarity walk across the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie,New York, which is sponsored by the Women's Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“For more than three decades Omega has been providing interdisciplinary opportunities for women’s growth and development in all aspects and at all stages of life. Over the past 35 years, Omega has seen more than 600,000 women come through its doors. We are proud to show our support for women by joining in these events,” said Goldstein. “Today is both a celebration and a call for action. Women around the world, fromRwanda toNew York City, will stand together and speak out for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world for everybody.”

The first International Women's Day took place in 1911, more than 100 years ago. The theme for 2012 is connecting girls, inspiring futures. In 2012 the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, best known for its annual Women and Power conferences, will offer two programs aimed specifically at helping women and girls advance. This year’s Leaders In Service for Women and Girls will support nonprofit organizations serving women and girls’ needs and interests. Omega’s Young Women and Girls Collaborative will support the development of future leaders by cultivating the strength of young women and girls through its leadership training program.

To register for one of Women for Women International's Join Me On the Bridge events, visit To register for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's event at Walkway Over the Hudson, visit

About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world.

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OWLC Global Scholars Spotlight: Mel O'Gorman

2 years 1 month ago

The Omega Women’s Leadership global scholarship program connects us to global women leaders who are actively engaged in creating a more just world. One of our recent scholars, Mel O'Gorman, is the founder of Shingiririai Trust, a grassroots community organization in Zimbabwe that delivers psychosocial support for orphans and vulnerable children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Mel reports that recently more than 175 children graduated from the Shingirirai Early Childhood program and that "the appreciation from the community is translating into more financial support, and that the program is now on its way to becoming self-sufficient." Mel hopes to return to Omega one day. We are honored and grateful for the opportunity to offer our support to such an amazing woman and, through her and Shingiririai Trust, to the families and communities in Zimbabwe.

Learn more about our Global Change Scholars program.


Parade or No Parade, Returning Veterans Face Uphill Battle

2 years 2 months ago
Omega honors veterans with four unique programs to address complexities of mental health and reintegration.