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 Named One of the Best Places for Silent Retreat

2 years 8 months ago

Omega was featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best places to go for a silent retreat. Constant communication is a highly prized part of modern-day life, while going quiet has been shown to ease stress, lower your blood pressure, and reflect on the things that matter most. 

For more than 35 years, Omega has offered general mindfulness workshops, professional trainings in a number of mindfulness-based modalities, and groundbreaking conferences.  Our mindfulness programs feature notable voices in the field—from Jon Kabat-Zinn to Sharon Salzberg—and reach a broad spectrum of people—from kindergarteners to yoga enthusiasts and corporate executives.

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What Young Women are Saying about Rachel Simmon's Workshop

2 years 9 months ago

Here's a blog post from Naomi Chick and Julia Hunter who recently participated in the Omega Women's Leadership Center's workshop for young women Say What You Mean, Be Who You Are with Rachel Simmons. There was a lot of enthusiasm and engagement among the young women who attended the weekend and a commitment to creating change not only in their own lives, but in the world.

Starflower Experiences Tour the OCSL

2 years 9 months ago
Starflower Experiences, a Long Island based nonprofit educational organization offering focused environmental learning experiences, visited the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) this week. Their mission is to engage the head, the heart, and the hands in helping people understand natural systems, care about wild places, and take personal action to lower their impacts on the earth. 

Their Rangers of the Earth program, designed by the international organization, The Institute for Earth Education, helps 4th and 5th graders learn basic ecological concepts through first-hand experiences in the natural world in order to gain an understanding of how their personal choices and habits impact the earth.

Group and individual tours of the OCSL are offered by appointment year round, and students of all ages are welcome. Contact us at for more information.

How Yoga Changed One Man's Life After Coming to Omega

2 years 9 months ago

Rob Schware, the executive director for Give Back Yoga Foundation recently interviewed lawyer Bob Altman for Huffington Post about why he decided to change his life's work.

In 2008, Bob Altman attended an Off the Mat, Into the World intensive here at Omega Institute. That experience inspired him to wind down his law practice and put him on the path to yoga service by starting Grounded for Good, a yoga service initiative offering yoga and mindfulness classes to homeless youths in Atlanta.

Read the full interview with Rob Schware and Bob Altman on Huffington Post.

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Turning a Toxic Landscape Into a Place of Beauty

2 years 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 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 10 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 10 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.

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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 10 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.