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.

Planting the Seeds of Yoga Service

1 year 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Explore more in Online Learning.

Read the full press release.

What Will the Next Generation of Net Zero Energy Buildings Look Like?

1 year 5 months ago

Ask a panel of engineers and architects, "What will the next generation of Net Zero energy buildings look like?" and they'll say that the new buildings may be bit smarter, or even a lot bigger, but they will be designed using the same principles. What’s new, they say, is a greater focus on the occupant’s role in operating these buildings. About 100 people, mostly from the design and build community, gathered on February 26 in San Francisco to discuss the industry's most successful Net Zero buildings, including IDeAs Z Squared, the first Net Zero commercial building in the United States, and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which was one of the first buildings designated as a Living Building.

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Majora Carter Builds Community With Startup Box: South Bronx

1 year 6 months ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) advisory council member Majora Carter continues her groundbreaking work in sustainable business creation and neighborhood revitalization with a new effort, Startup Box: South Bronx. Based in Carter’s native South Bronx, Startup Box: South Bronx will offer world-class programs in engineering, technology, design, and entrepreneurship to local youth; deliver extensive community outreach services; and porovide support to local early-stage companies with the goal of connecting the promise and excitement of the Tech industry with the extraordinary creativity of the South Bronx.

In an interview with Forbe's Fast Company, Carter explains, ""There is a dramatic shortage of engineering talent in theU.S.labor force, and we want to fill that gap with people who could otherwise end up in the criminal justice and welfare systems. Places like theSouth Bronxhave a lot of talent, but most of it leaves or is never nurtured into something positive. Opportunities make all the difference."

Carter’s partner in the innovative nonprofit is tech educator Lyel Resner, who says, "There are virtually no start-ups north ofCentral Park. We want to change that."

Learn more about Startup Box: South Bronx.

See the complete list of OWLC advisory council members.

Hear Majora Carter speak at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference in October.

Omega Responds to Tight Economy With Tiered Pricing Options

1 year 6 months ago

At Omega, we believe that the benefits of a holistic education should be available to everyone. We also recognize that what is affordable for some will not be for all. We are now offering Tiered Pricing on select programs to help meet the varying financial needs of our community. From some of our big conferences, like Women & Power and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference: Where We Go From Here, to all of the programs in Arts Week, you can choose the price that is right for you. Look for the Tiered Pricing logo (at left) in this year's catalog.

Learn more and view a complete list of programs that offer Tiered Pricing.

Ai-jen Poo: Looking Through the Eyes of Women

1 year 6 months ago
Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks with Marianne Schnall, founder of feminist.com, about the importance of recognizing the value of women’s work and women’s point of view in order to transform our world.

Marianne: When you hear the term power, what does it bring up in you? How do you define power?

Ai-jen: We talk a lot about the importance of organizing, especially among women, because we believe that we need to build power to change the world and win for women everywhere—particularly low income women. When I hear the term power, what it brings up is what it takes to win meaningful change in people's lives at scale, and that's the kind of power that we're interested in building.

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Ai-jen Poo will be speaking at the Omega Women's Leadership Center's 2013 Women & Power Retreat: Find Your Own Strength.

Grants Available for Women Serving Women Summit

1 year 6 months ago

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center is pleased to present the Women Serving Women Summit: Building Safety & Strength, a grant program for nonprofit organizations working to positively impact the lives of women and girls. This year the summit focuses on organizations working to ensure the safety of women and girls. Women Serving Women Summit grant recipients are awarded a two-day, two-night organizational retreat at Omega alongside other women’s organizations. The grant includes simple accommodations, meals, a private meeting space, and an optional hour of consultation with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON). Organizations can use the time on Omega's campus for strategic planning, team building, networking, and much-needed rest and relaxation. 

Apply for a Women Serving Women Summit grant.

Celebrate International Women's Day With Us on March 8

1 year 6 months ago

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day when we confront the bleak statistics of the lives of women and girls and celebrate that around the world women and men are experimenting with new ways to learn, work, and live together. Locally, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Walk at the Walkway Over the Hudson and it's expected to exceed last year’s 500 plus walkers. Omega is a sponsor of the event and Carla Goldstein, cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center is one of the speakers.

We hope you'll join us on the bridge. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m., talks begin at 3:45 p.m., and the walk is at 4:15.

Get the details of the Hudson Valley bridge walk on Facebook. 

Find an event near you.

Documentary Film Features Omega

1 year 6 months ago

Beyond Iconic is a documentary about photographer Dennis Stock, who shot hundreds of iconic shots of the counterculture of the 50s and 60s. Some of the film was shot at Omega during one of Dennis' last workshops. The film will be showing at Upstate Films Theater in Woodstock, New York, this Sunay, March 3, if you're in the neighborhood. 

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