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 Brings Its Winter Program to Costa Rica

7 months 4 weeks ago

For more than three decades, Omega’s campus in Rhinebeck, New York, has provided a welcome space for those who seek personal growth, wellness, transformation, and leading programs that bring hope and healing to individuals and society. But since our Rhinebeck location is not designed to support a winter season, many people wish our programs didn't have to end in October.

Luckily, the Omega experience continues to ripple outward into the world during the winter season too. From January 4–February 15, 2014, Omega offers a unique learning vacation experience in Blue Spirit Costa Rica, where there is something for everyone. Omega’s winter learning vacations offer the best of both worlds—time to spend in workshops with some of Omega’s top teachers, and time to rest and explore one of the most beautiful natural settings, a lush jungle on the edge of a Pacific Ocean beach. To tide you over until our campus season begins again in April, Omega Costa Rica is the perfect place to learn, relax, and be inspired this winter.

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How To Make the Most of Living With Cancer

8 months 1 week ago

After individuals get a diagnosis of cancer, they must then begin the task of living with the disease. Learning how to make the most of living with cancer can be a daunting challenge, and fortunately there are people, programs, and steps you can take that can help. 

At one time, a diagnosis of cancer was largely a death sentence, but thanks to advances in conventional and complementary medicines, that has changed. More and more people are living with cancer for decades as a chronic condition or as cancer survivors, and with this new health status comes a new way of living.

In mid-August 2013, Omega is offering the Living Well With Cancer conference to “help those who have been diagnosed navigate the myriad choices they face on the cancer journey.”

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Inaugural Issue of Journal of Yoga Service Is Announced

8 months 1 week ago

The Yoga Service Council, formed at Omega in 2009, recently released the first issue of Journal of Yoga Service. The mission of the new publication is to help build a professional community for people bringing yoga to underserved populations, and to provide a place for discussion, educational information, support, and inspiration. The journal ranges from reflective articles to case reports to member listings, and the first issue includes articles by Beryl Bender Birch, Bidyut K. Bose, and Jill Satterfield. Beginning to seasoned yoga service providers will find information vital to supporting their continued service.

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200 People Reboot Their Lives at Omega With Joe Cross

8 months 2 weeks ago

Last week at the Reboot With Joe Cross workshop, Omega’s campus had 200 Rebooters on campus, enjoying juices, getting healthy, and changing their lives, often by losing what Joe Cross calls “excess stored energy.” In his documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, film maker Joe Cross lost 80 pounds, cured himself of a chronic illness, and helped change countless lives along the way. He continues to help others at retreats like Reboot With Joe Cross at Omega.

During a week full of juicing and healthy lifestyle practices, there were five full-time juicers creating 160,000 ounces of juice, with the help of many volunteers. Joe Cross also was joined by a vibrant team of fitness professionals, nutritionists, and doctors who discussed everything from the neuroscience of food cravings and will-power to how to maintain a healthy diet and stay fit. Many former Rebooters were there as well to share their success stories and inspire and motivate others to reach their own healthy goals.

“Who you are now is from how you have lived,” Joe Cross said at the end of what proved to be a transformative week for participants. “Who you will be depends on how you live now.”

Learn more about the week on Joe Cross’s Facebook page

Benefits of Mindfulness Practice Now Widely Recognized

8 months 2 weeks ago
Omega has offeredworkshops and professional trainings in a number of mindfulness-based modalities, a nonreligious practice which uses simple, universal techniques.

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Omega & Brian Weiss Inspire Healing & Love

8 months 2 weeks ago
Jeanne M. Stafford came to Omega to attend Brian Weiss’ Miracles Happen workshop. She came to strengthen her intuition, but she found more than she expected. She discovered healing and love, too.
 
“Omega is a space for healing. You don’t need to be broken to be there. In fact, the balance of people seeking deep healing and those coming for an affirmation or strengthening (me) created a beautiful circle of energy and ultimately powerful connections,” said Jeanne.
 
Jeanne was also deeply touched by Brian Weiss’ explanation of identifying unconditional love within.
 
“This was empowering, cool stuff,” said Jeanne. “Facing a new week is a lot easier after having a weekend like this!”
 
 

A Zen Portrait of Omega's Mission Statement

8 months 2 weeks ago
With his Zen-inspired approach to painting, Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han takes his students on a journey into the creativity of non-doing. Along the way, he reveals not only the art of painting, but also the process of inspiration, creation, and expression itself. While teaching a workshop at Omega this summer, Alok Hsu Kwang-han explored Omega’s mission statement as a practice and posed this important question to his students: “Do we have the trust, the love, to allow the best in our human spirit to be awakened?”
 
In a special ceremonial event during the workshop, he created an inspiring Zen portrait of the most familiar segment of Omega’s mission statement: “awaken the best in the human spirit.” As just one of the many expressions created during the weekend, the finished ink painting was displayed in Omega’s Sanctuary and is an offering of what Alok believes the Omega mission statement continuously conveys and creatively sends outward into the world.
 
 

How Yoga Can Help Keep Kids in School

8 months 3 weeks ago

Omega's Yoga Service Conference was recently featured in this article on Forbes.com:

"Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: that practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems...Last month, a group of American and Canadian scholars, researchers, businesspeople, and yoga teachers came together for a weekend at Omega Institute to discuss how this group of practices that helps us self-regulate as individuals could, quite possibly, help us regulate on a society level. The issues the country is facing – the massive dropout rate of school kids, substance abuse among all age groups, PTSD among veterans, the staggeringly high incarceration and recidivism rates – cost the country volumes in human potential, not to mention trillions in dollars."

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Living Well With Cancer Is Possible

8 months 3 weeks ago
Significant advances have been made in cancer care, allowing many to continue living with cancer as a chronic condition, according to The National Comprehensive Cancer Network®.

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Mindfulness Retreat Convinces Doctor to Recommend Meditation to Cancer Patients

8 months 4 weeks ago
“I had not routinely recommended meditation to the cancer patients I care for, mainly out of my own ignorance,” says Dr. Richard C. Frank. He came to Omega to try out meditation for himself, attending Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe with Florence Meleo-Meyer and Robert Smith.  
 
“I must admit, though, that after the first two days I remained skeptical. I was not really getting the breathing that was supposed to calm my racing thoughts; I was not able to ‘feel’ from my foot up to my ankle or other nonmoving body parts…. Then the third day came—a day of total silence…. By breakfast, my thoughts become clear and I had several new insights about my work. After lunch, I walked around Omega and actually looked closely at the flowers, counted their petals or leaves, watched a dragonfly suspend itself in place for an extended period of time, and observed bumble bees cross-pollinating flowers. I was opening up to things I walked right by for 50 years.”
 
Frank left inspired to both meditate on a regular basis and recommend meditation to his patients, especially those dealing with the emotional ups and downs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. “Mindfulness meditation,” he says, “is great medicine.”
 
 

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