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.

Veterans Find Peaceful Cure for Post-Traumatic Stress

1 year 3 months ago

For more than 20 years, Omega has been engaged with veterans and family members dealing with the after-effects of war known as post-traumatic stress. We recently hosted The Costs of War, Violence & Denial: A Retreat for Veterans Living With Post-Traumatic Stress on our Rhinebeck, New York campus. The annual retreat is led by Vietnam veteran, author, and Zen Buddhist monk, Claude AnShin Thomas and welcomes veterans, their family and friends to attend on scholarship. Columbia University’s Uptown Radio host, Alexandra Hall, attended the retreat and interviewed Thomas and some of the retreat participants about their experience dealing with the physical and spiritual wounds of war.

Listen to the interview here.

Bringing Mind-Body Practices to the Military: A Growing Trend

1 year 3 months ago

The future of health care in America is integrative medicine. Things like mind-body practices, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and other complementary practices are here to stay. In this interview, Kevin Berry, MD, the vice president for military medical research at Samueli Institute and a faculty member of Omega’s Veterans, Trauma, and Treatment Conference, talks about how more than 50 percent of the men and women who serve in the United States military are now using integrative medicine to improve their performance and their lives in this recent interview with Huffington Post.

Read the interview on Huffington Post

Leran more about the Veterans, Trauma & Treatment Conference

BeadforLife & Maya Azucena Launch The Opportunity Tour

1 year 4 months ago

Omega sponsor BeadforLife, an organization working to create sustainable opportunities to lift women and their families out of extreme poverty, is thrilled to bring two inspirational women, Joan and Teddy, from Uganda to America for the first time ever. Throughout the month of April they will share their stories in six cities across the United States. The Opportunity Tour first launched in Bolder Colorado, where Omega faculty member Maya Azucena, an award-winning singer, activist, and cultural ambassador, performed. Maya first learned of BeadforLife during Omega's 2012 Women & Power conference, and later joined them on a recent trip to Uganda as an ambassador.

Watch Joan & Teddy's Inspiring Story

Learn more about BeadforLife's meaningful work

Earth Day Every Day

1 year 4 months ago

We love our planet—that's why we think of every day as Earth Day. Omega's teachers agree, and they've got some suggestions for how you can make small changes in your life that will make a difference for all of us. Check out their tips then share your suggestions with us.

Watch the video.

Omega Dining Hall is 3-Star Green Dining

1 year 4 months ago

Meal time at Omega is a community event. Our Dining Hall is a place to join new friends, talk about the day's events, and share unique experiences. And because we're a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant, guests can also be assured we're making the most sustainable choices possible when it comes to sourcing, cooking, delivering, storing, and composting our food.

We are certified by the Green Restaurant Association, who has been certifying restaurants for the past two decades. Potential restaurants must meet certain standards in the following categories:

 

 

  • Water Efficiency
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Sustainable Furnishings and Building Materials
  • Sustainable Food
  • Energy
  • Disposables
  • Chemical and Pollution Reduction
 
 
 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Terrorism

1 year 4 months ago

Should you make your kids talk about a tragic event like the Boston Marathon bombing? Should you let them watch or listen to the news? What do you do when your child tells you he or she is scared? Xavier Amador, PhD, a clinical psychologist and professor at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, is frequently asked these questions during times of tragedy. He's put together some basic guidelines to help parents and teachers work with kids during times of collective trauma. 

Read the complete article.

Study with Xavier Amador at Omega.

The Real Costs of War: Free Public Talk And Book Signing

1 year 4 months ago

For more than 20 years, Omega has been engaged with veterans and family members dealing with the after-effects of war known as post-traumatic stress. Join us on our Rhinebeck campus for a rare opportunity to hear from Vietnam veteran, author, and Zen Buddhist monk, Claude AnShin Thomas. Thomas will share his insights on healing from post traumatic stress at a public talk, The Real Cost of War,Saturday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch a video of Claude Thomas talking about the costs of war.

Join the event on Facebook.

Planting the Seeds of Yoga Service

1 year 4 months ago

The Yoga Service Council was formed in 2009 at the Omega Institute by a group of organizations bringing yoga to underserved populations. As they worked to support each other, exchange ideas, and envision the future, a collaboration was sparked. Each year the membership of the Yoga Service Council grows and their capacity to serve grows with it. Their members currently bring yoga practices to tens of thousands of people, including veterans, trauma survivors, incarcerated adults and teens, cancer survivors, at-risk children, and domestic violence survivors. 

Learn more about the Yoga Service Council.

Learn about the second annual Yoga Service Conference presented by Omega and the Yoga Service Council. 

Interview: Joan Halifax Roshi Talks to Krista Tippet

1 year 4 months ago

Renowned Zen teacher and activist Joan Halifax Roshi has spent a lifetime practicing engaged Buddhism. She's applied the depth and breadth of her wisdom to the problems of everyday living in venues around the world, including the Omega Institute, where she will be teaching at the Omega Women's Leadership Center's 2013 Women & Power Retreat.

Through initiatives like Being and Dying professional training program at the Upaya Institute, Joan Halifax Roshi has addressed both the needs of the dying as well as those who care for them. In this interview on public radio's On Being with Krista Tippet, she addresses the reality of caregiver burnout on a broader scale, touching on themes central to this year's Women & Power Retreat, including care, strength, and compassion. In this wide-ranging talk, she also introduces the concept of "edge states," places where our compassion meets the human limits of facing the suffering of the world.

"I think a lot of this world that is hooked up in the media right now, that a good part of the globe is going numb. And I don't really agree, Krista, with the term "compassion fatigue." I think what we're seeing actually is not compassion fatigue, but empathic distress where there's a resonance, but we're not able to stabilize ourselves when we're exposed to this kind of suffering. When we are more stabilized then we can face the world with more buoyancy, we have more resilience. You know, we've got more capacity to actually address these very profound social and environmental issues. So that's why I call these things edge states because they really call us to our edge."

Listen to the complete interview.

Read a transcript of the interview.

Come study with Joan Halifax at this year's Women & Power Retreat.

Omega Now Offering Select Courses Online & Live Video Streaming Events

1 year 4 months ago

Study with world-class teachers from the comfort of home. Omega Online Learning is now offering a handful of easy-to-use, affordable, and community-rich digital experiences, including select online courses and live video streaming events. We are especially excited to announce that Pema Chödrön's spring program at Omega is now being offered as a live video stream event. “For more than 35 years, Omega has offered diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Now, you can get a taste of Omega’s unique approach to lifelong learning via the web,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega.

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Read the full press release.

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