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Omega Announces Annual Nonprofit Retreat Grant Opportunity Aimed at Strengthening Community

Omega Service Week: Nonprofit Working Retreat Grant Application Available Online, Deadline February 1, 2016 – Apply Now!

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega today announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for its annual Service Week program. Omega Service Week provides fellow nonprofits working across the spectrum of social, economic, and environmental issues with 2-day, 2-night self-led working retreats on Omega’s campus in Rhinebeck, New York. The retreat grant application is now available on Omega’s website with a deadline of...

PSC Allows High-Voltage Power Lines to Proceed Despite Project’s Failure to Meet Tests of Need, Fairness and Emissions Reduction

Coalition says it made project better but that transmission lines still pose threats to regional environment and economy

Dec 17th by Scenic Hudson

HUDSON VALLEY—The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition (HVSEC) expressed disappointment with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) decision today to move ahead with a major, high-voltage power line project through the Hudson Valley. The decision, the coalition says, ignores ample evidence that the $1.2-billion, ratepayer-financed initiative is unnecessary,...

Omega’s Remedy for Winter Is Close to Selling Out

All-Inclusive Winter Learning Vacations in Costa Rica Still Available for Week of January 30-February 6, 2016

RHINEBECK, NY– Omega, a premier destination for wellness and lifelong learning in New York’s Hudson Valley, returns to its winter home in Costa Rica for the 6th year. Omega Costa Rica, offering more than 20 programs at Blue Spirit between January 9 and February 13, 2016, is nearly sold out. Opportunities to sample from a variety of programs with top teachers are still available for the week of January 30–February 6, 2016.


The Yoga Service Council & Omega Institute Publish First White Book in New Series

Yoga Service White Book: Best Practices for Yoga in Schools Now Available on

RHINEBECK, NY – The Yoga Service Council (YSC) and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies today announced they will publish a series of white books to establish best practices in the field of yoga service. The first book in the series, Yoga Service White Book: Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, is the work of 27 of the nation’s leaders on yoga in schools and is now available on

Omega Brings Leading Experts in Mindfulness & Complementary and Alternative Medicine to New York City for 3 Unique Events

Omega to Host: 1-Night Event with Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1-Day Training with Jack Kornfield & 2-day Professional Conference on Veterans, Trauma & Resilience

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a premier destination for lifelong learning in New York’s Hudson Valley, today announced it will bring some of its top teachers to New York City. Omega plans to host three separate events aimed at offering a range of health and healing perspectives to enhance...

Omega Recognizes Poughkeepsie Farm Project With the 4th Annual $10,000 Leadership in Sustainable Education Award

Award Ceremony & FREE PUBLIC EVENT With Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke, Maude Barlow, and

Omega CEO Robert “Skip” Backus Planned for Saturday, October 10th at 8:00 p.m.

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega Institute, home of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), today announced the fourth recipient of their Annual Leadership in Sustainable Education Award. The award recognizes nonprofit peers who exemplify leadership in sustainable education and who share Omega’s...

Omega Conference Seeks to Catalyze Meaningful Change on Environmental Issues in the Hudson Valley & Beyond

Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Maude Barlow & More to Present Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons –   October 9–11 With Free Live Online Event on Food Justice

RHINEBECK, NY–For the past several years, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's conferences and programming have pushed the envelope by exploring solutions to the most pressing environmental issues of the day, bringing together change agents from near and far to increase vital collaboration in the Hudson Valley and beyond. This year Omega continues...

Omega’s 2015 Women & Power Retreat Invites Women to Break New Ground & Heed the Call for Personal & Collective Boldness
Women & Power: Being Bold, September 18–20 to Feature Elizabeth Gilbert, Bonnie St. John, Wendy Davis & More Trailblazing Women who #DoPowerDifferently

RHINEBECK, NY—At a time when the news seems to reflect an increasingly divided country, with partisan debates about what kind of leadership is needed most, Omega Institute is again stepping up and stepping out as a hub for conversation about how together as a human family we can #DoPowerDifferently. Omega’s 2015 Women & Power Retreat carries the theme of Being Bold,...

Omega Helps Educational Professionals Bring Mindfulness to Children Grades K–12 to Alleviate Stress & Build Resilience

Leading Experts to Present Increasing Evidence That Teaching Kids Mindfulness Improves Learning & Wellness Outcomes – Mindfulness & Education Conference (7/31–8/2)  

RHINEBECK, NY – The practices of contemplative education, Social and Emotional Learning, and mindfulness are being widely explored in schools throughout the United States. Research shows that mindfulness practice decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while also benefiting their health, well-being, social...

Regional Coalition Submits Expert Reports Showing Proposed Power Lines Would Have Environmental and Visual Impacts Including Impairment to Roosevelt National Historic Site

HVSEC looks forward to upcoming two-part technical conference

HUDSON VALLEY—The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition (HVSEC) on July 6 submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) a series of reports by expert consultants. These reports indicate potential major environmental and visual impacts from a current proposal for high-voltage power lines in the Hudson Valley. Research shows some of the proposed projects would threaten the farms and orchards in the heart of the valley’s agricultural region as well...