Whether you are you new to Omega's Rhinebeck campus or have been attending for many years, questions often arise about various locations, policies, and procedures. Following is a handy alphabetized list of facts that will be helpful during your stay on our Rhinebeck campus.
Can't find what you're looking for here? We are happy to help. Call us at 877.944.2002 Monday–Thursday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. E.S.T. We're also available on Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. E.S.T. during the Rhinebeck campus season, from April to October.
Arrival & Departure Please see details at Arrival & Departure.
Bookstore At the Omega Bookstore, you will find an array of items designed to enhance your stay and your life back home. It's also a terrific resource for gifts. Bookstore hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Sunday: Noon–10:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Noon–11:00 p.m.
Café The Omega Café is the social center of our Rhinebeck Campus. Enjoy organic coffees and teas, locally made ice cream, healthy baked goods, and hearty comfort food. Have a lively conversation with new friends, access the free Wi-Fi, use one of our public computers, or relax on the deck and enjoy the natural beauty of the campus. The Café is open daily from 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Canoes, Kayaks & Rowboats Omega provides canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. Please leave your own at home.
Cell Phones To uphold the integrity of your experience at Omega, we discourage cell phone use on campus. If usage is necessary, cell phones may be used in phone booths, your car, or the main parking lot. Please be sure cell phones are turned off during workshops and other gatherings.
Chemical Sensitivities Some of our guests have chemical sensitivities due to health difficulties or allergies. We ask that you please refrain from using strong perfumes and oils whenever possible.
Commuter Fee Guests who are registered for a program at Omega but choose not to stay on our Rhinebeck campus are required to pay a Commuter Fee. This fee covers 3 meals per day in our Dining Hall and full access to our campus amenities. It includes daily open classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and movement; Evenings at Omega, including concerts, films, and workshops; Lake swimming (June–August); canoeing and kayaking; basketball and tennis; and nature trails. You also have access to the Ram Dass Library, Sanctuary, Sauna, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), and parking.
Continuing Education Credit Please see a full listing of continuing education opportunities at the available CE chart or in our catalog. You must pre-register for Continuing Education Credit (CEs/CMEs). Please call registration at 877.944.2002 if you have not pre-registered. You can pick up your continuing education packet at the Main Office when you check in, or at your workshop. To receive accreditation, you must sign in daily at your workshop and drop off your (signed) disclaimer form, continuing education request form, workshop evaluation form, and needs assessment form and/or disclosure form (if applicable) at the Main Office on the last day of your workshop. Failure to submit all paperwork and fees at the conclusion of the workshop will disqualify you from receiving credit.
Emergency Assistance For 24-hour emergency assistance, there are emergency call boxes at convenient locations around campus.
Fax & Copying Fax and copying services are available at Guest Services (see below) for a small fee.
First Aid & Medical Attention Guest Services (see below) can assist you with first aid and getting outside medical attention.
Flashlights In order to be more in harmony with our natural environment, our campus is not brightly lit. Please bring a flashlight with you. A limited number of flashlights are available at Guest Services.
Guest Services Guest Services is located at street level under the Café. Some of the services provided are: baby-sitting (subject to availability), directions, fax and copying, first aid, flashlights, local and general information, lost and found, and maintenance and housekeeping requests. Guest Services can be reached at 845.266.4444, ext. 125. Hours of operation are: Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., and Friday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m.–Midnight.
Information Kiosks We have kiosks chock full of information and schedules conveniently located throughout campus. Check them for daily open classes, Evenings at Omega, and other activity times and locations.
Lake Take time to swing in a hammock, or go for a swim or boat ride. Omega's Long Pond Lake is located on the east end of campus accessible by paths on the opposite side of Lake Drive (the public road) across from the Dining Hall. Swimming is permitted only within the roped section and only when a lifeguard is on duty. Bathing suits are required. Long Pond Lake hours are 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Hours are subject to change.
Ram Dass Library The Ram Dass Library is located along the path leading to the Main Hall. It is devoted to spiritual studies and serves as a place to read quietly, listen to audio recordings, or access related Internet sites. Ram Dass Library hours are 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily.
Limited Mobility Omega's campus is lovely, but large and hilly. Contact us at 877.944.2002 before registering if you have a physical disability that affects your mobility so we may better accommodate you. Only authorized Omega vehicles are allowed on campus. Wheelchair accessible accommodations are available.
Lost and Found If you think you may have left something behind, please contact Guest Services at 845.266.4444, ext. 125.
Mail & Messages Mail and phone messages are posted on the bulletin board to the left of the door outside Guest Services. Please check the board daily. We will make every effort to deliver emergency messages by hand to your classroom or lodging.
Mail may be addressed as follows: (Your Name), Guest Omega Institute 150 Lake Drive Rhinebeck, NY 12572-3252
Phone messages may be left at 845.266.4444, ext. 190. This voicemail box is checked several times daily. To protect your privacy, we will not confirm your attendance with callers or individuals who ask for you on site.
Main Office For registration and housing questions, including registration for future programs and class switches, and to register for Omega Transportation Services, or for mail, postal, and shipping services, please go to the open window in the Main Office lobby. Main Office hours are: Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Friday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Meals Included in your Accommodations Package are three delicious, vegetarian meals per day, served in Omega's Dining Hall. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Lunch runs from Noon–2:00 p.m. Dinner is from 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. Weekend workshops: Meals begin with dinner on Friday night and end with lunch on Sunday. 5-day workshops: Meals begin with dinner on Sunday night and end with lunch on Friday.
Money Cash, AMEX, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and personal or traveler's checks may be used for purchases at the Omega Bookstore and Omega Wellness Center. The Omega Café accepts cash only and Guest Services accepts cash only for postal, copying, and fax services. Omega cannot cash personal checks or give a cash advance on your credit card. There is an ATM located in the Omega Café lobby for your convenience.
OCSL The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), located next to the tennis courts, is a state-of-the-art environmental education center and water treatment facility. Tours of the OCSL are available. Please check the information kiosks for scheduling information.
Packing Suggestions We suggest packing an eco-friendly reusable water bottle or thermos, toiletries, alarm clock, flashlight, insect repellent, extra towels for the beach or Sauna, rain gear, umbrella, and bathing suit (required for swimming). You may wish to bring extra blankets, depending on the time of year. For daily open classes, you may want to bring loose clothing, dancewear, or your own meditation pillow or yoga mat (meditation cushions and yoga mats are provided by Omega). If you are planning to camp or hike on our trails, we suggest packing long pants, long sleeve shirts, and bug repellent.
Pets Pets are not permitted on campus. Please see Local Hotels and Inns for local accommodations that will accept pets. Or, check with Guest Services or the Main Office.
Phones There are no phones located in Omega's lodgings. However, pay phones are centrally located in the south foyer of the Main Office entrance, behind the Omega Bookstore, inside the entrance of the Omega Café, in the Dining Hall, and behind Main Hall.
Recordings Recording (video or audio) of any workshop or Evenings at Omega program is not permitted.
Recycling & Conservation Omega strives to recycle and conserve resources whenever possible. Please participate in our efforts by conserving water, utilizing the recycling containers conveniently located around campus, and turning off lights and heaters when not in your room.
Roads Lake Drive, which runs through the center of Omega's Rhinebeck campus, is a public road. Please look both ways before crossing.
Sanctuary The Sanctuary is the spiritual heart of Omega's Rhinebeck campus. Perched on the hill above campus, the Sanctuary is a space of beauty and tranquility. It is open for meditation, reflection, prayer, or quiet contemplation. Workshops are sometimes scheduled in the Sanctuary, which may result in limited open hours; check information boards for the current schedule.
Sauna Located on the ground floor of the Omega Wellness Center, our Sauna is open to all Omega participants at no cost. Swimsuits are optional. Please bring a towel to sit on. There are separate hours for men and women; please check information boards.
Seasonal Staff Each year more than 200 people join Omega's seasonal staff. In exchange for work, Omega offers room, board, and educational opportunities. To find out more about our seasonal staff program, see Seasonal Staff; call 845.266.4444, ext. 304; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an information packet and application.
Smoking Omega's Rhinebeck Campus is a nonsmoking facility. There is one smoking area on campus. Please ask our friendly staff to direct you to its location when you arrive.
Ticks Ticks are a part of life in this wooded landscape. Check your body carefully for deer ticks (they're much smaller than other kinds of ticks) after being outdoors. Ticks will be easiest to spot against light-colored clothing. Your best protection is to wear long pants, shoes and socks, and long sleeves. Insect repellents are available at the Omega Bookstore. See the information boards or First Aid (accessible through Guest Services) for more information.
Wellness Center You can enhance your stay by booking a relaxing massage, facial, or other therapeutic service at the Omega Wellness Center, located beyond Main Hall on the path through the center of campus. Treatments and services are scheduled daily from 9:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m. For more information, see Omega Wellness Center or call 845.266.4444, ext. 575.
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is free and available in the Omega Café. There are also three computers with Internet connections in the Omega Café. Availability and access to these services may be limited.
Workshop Changes If you start your program and decide it's not for you, you may be able to switch into a different program, pending availability, certain prerequisites, teacher approval, the appropriateness of switching into the program once it has started, and if you request to switch no later than the following deadlines:
- by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday for a weekend workshop
- by 9:00 a.m. on the first full-day of class for a 3-day workshop
- by 9:00 a.m. on the second full-day of class for 4-, 5-, and 7-day workshops
If you switch to a program with higher tuition or additional fees, you are responsible for the difference. If you switch to a program with lower tuition, we are unable to refund the difference. Refunds are not available if you leave a workshop early for any reason. No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day of your workshop or stay, if you do not show up, or if you leave early for any reason. We strive to program the highest quality instructors; no refund will be given if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with the presentation or content.