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.

Finding Home Wherever You Are

11 months 1 day ago

Environmental lawyer and Omega board secretary and treasurer, Renee Martin-Nagle, has found her home in a wide variety of places, from Baltimore to Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to Paris. But in the end, she has found the whole planet is her home.

Recently, she spoke to students at her alma mater, Mount Aloysius College, about the life changes that led to her passion for discussing the ethics of water on the global stage. She also encouraged students to strengthen their connection with God to help them create home wherever they are.

Read Renee’s full remarks 

Renee Martin-Nagle will be talking about apportioning water fairly among cities, agriculture, and ecosystems at World Water Week in Stockholm, September 1-6, 2013 

Omega Brings Its Winter Program to Costa Rica

11 months 5 days 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.

Learn more about Omega Costa Rica

How To Make the Most of Living With Cancer

11 months 2 weeks 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.”

Learn more about the conference

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Inaugural Issue of Journal of Yoga Service Is Announced

11 months 2 weeks 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.

Read the Journal of Yoga Service

Learn more about the Yoga Service Council 

200 People Reboot Their Lives at Omega With Joe Cross

11 months 3 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

11 months 3 weeks ago

Leaders Strategize on Improving Education for the Next Generation & Join in Creating a Mindful Society

RHINEBECK, NY – More than 20 million Americans meditate regularly, according to the National Health Interview Survey. One of the most popular and beneficial styles of meditation is mindfulness practice, a nonreligious practice which uses simple, universal techniques. For more than 35 years, Omega has offered general mindfulness workshops, and professional trainings in a number of mindfulness-based modalities. Today Omega announced it will hold two important conferences on their 200-acre Rhinebeck, New York campus.

“Research continues to show that mindfulness practice decreases stress, depression, and anxiety, and increases health, well-being, and our ability to relate to one another. Omega is proud to offer lifelong tools that support awareness, empathy, and resilience,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega. 

The Mindfulness & Education Conference, August 16–18, brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), including psychologists, educators, administrators, and teachers to explore practical ways to teach mindfulness techniques to children grades K through 12. Internationally renowned speakers will address topics including: implementing mindfulness programs in schools, ways to support Social and Emotional Learning, cultivation of resilience, at-risk youth, and practices that support utilizing the methods of interpersonal neurobiology. This program is eligible for Tiered Pricing.

The Creating a Mindful Society Conference, September 27–29, featuring U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan and other leading voices, will explore the benefits of mindful communication at home, at work, and in healing a fractured society. This special program presented by three leading organizations in the mindfulness field—the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Omega Institute, and Mindful magazine—is a continuation of the creative conversation on developing a mindful society begun in New York City in 2011, a conversation that has continued to grow in the national mindfulness community. Continuing education credits are available.

A limited number of media passes are available. Photography restrictions may apply. To apply for a media pass, visit eOmega.org/press.

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 200 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. eOmega.org

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Omega & Brian Weiss Inspire Healing & Love

11 months 3 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

11 months 3 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

12 months 1 day 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."

Read the full story

Living Well With Cancer Is Possible

12 months 2 days ago

Omega Announces Third Annual Conference to Explore Healing on All Levels

RHINEBECK, NY –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®. For some, the illness is not only a part of life, but also a catalyst for increased health, renewed purpose, and a deeper sense of connection to self and loved ones. For the third consecutive year, from August 16–18, 2013 Omega is offering Living Well With Cancer, a conference to help those who have been diagnosed navigate the myriad choices they face on the cancer journey.    

“Omega is proud to be a resource for people facing the challenging diagnosis of cancer by offering a range of perspectives and practices that embrace an integrated approach to healing,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega.

Seven remarkable individuals will lead the conference, which begins Friday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m., with keynote addresses from Kathy LaTour, author of The Breast Cancer Companion, Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega, and Jeremy Geffen, MD, an oncologist and a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology.

“While illness is often difficult to face, there are ways to optimize resiliency at every stage of life,” concluded Carla Goldstein.

Sandra Gilbert will offer guests an empowering yoga practice, appropriate for everyone, as a lifestyle change that supports healing. Jeremy Geffen will present on the Seven Levels of Healing®, his unique cancer-care program created on the conviction that complete healing addresses the body, heart, mind, and spirit with equal integrity.  Sharon A. Bray, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer, will lead a writing workshop to help discharge complex emotions, gain perspective, and foster community. Carolyn Scott Kortge will lead a gentle, guided walk that links mindfulness with physical self-care. Kathy LaTour will perform her one-woman show, One Mutant Cell, and Scott Burton will provide comic relief with his award-winning juggling and stand-up act that confronts the mystery and fear of chronic disease.

Living Well With Cancer offers patients and their families the opportunity to envision a nurturing and healing approach for the whole person. Health-care providers gain a broader perspective on cancer patients’ experiences and needs, as well as information that will be useful in working with cancer patients. This year’s conference includes a new tiered pricing option.

A limited number of media passes are available. Photography restrictions may apply. To apply for a media pass, email ChrissaP@eOmega.org.

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 200  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. eOmega.org

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