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Chrissa J. Santoro
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Omega’s Theme Weeks Add Fun and Learning to Summer Vacations

Arts Week, Retreat Week, and Family Week

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega Institute, a premier educational retreat center and tourist destination in the Hudson Valley, is hosting theme weeks starting in July. Arts Week, Retreat Week, and Family Week pair summer vacation fun with lifelong learning, and are among Omega’s longest running and most popular programs.

“As our work culture is becoming 24–7 and we are increasingly expected to meet an endless stream of demands, Omega’s Arts...

Omega Has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level
Premiere Source of Nonprofit Information Honors Omega’s Commitment to Transparency

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega Institute for Holistic Studies today received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Omega’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized by GuideStar as an organization that has achieved a high standard of transparency as we work...

Omega Announces 35 Nonprofits to Receive Organizational Retreat Grants
“Connecting a Community of Change Leaders” is the Focus for Omega’s 2015 Service Week, May 25–29

RHINEBECK, NY–In an ongoing effort to support nonprofits in the Mid-Hudson Valley region and beyond, Omega is hosting its 11th annual Service Week, May 25–29. Omega today announced the names of 35 nonprofits being awarded a working retreat on Omega’s 250+ acre campus, including room and board, a meeting space, use of campus amenities, and a private consultation with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), a partner in the program. Participating organizations lead...

Regional Coalition Files Document with PSC: New Analysis Reinforces Lack of Need for Proposed Power Lines
Coalition of community groups, farmers, businesses and municipalities says evidence points to no need for project—not for reliability, consumer rates, economics or public policy

HUDSON VALLEY—The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition (HVSEC), a broad-based collaboration of community groups and officials partnered with Scenic Hudson, has filed official comments with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) in its review of proposed high-voltage power lines. Those lines could reach a height of 120 feet and cut through 25 communities in...

Omega’s Campus Reopens April 15th Drawing Renowned Teachers & Social Visionaries to the Hudson Valley
Elizabeth Gilbert, Pema Chödrön, Harville Hendrix, Vandana Shiva, Bonnie St. John & Ralph Nader Among Omega’s 2015 Faculty 

RHINEBECK, NY – Hailed as one of the 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, and known as one of the world's premier educational retreat centers and tourist destinations, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies kicks off its 2015 guest season April 15th. Omega has more than 325 workshops, professional training opportunities, and retreats planned for its Rhinebeck, New York campus from mid-April through October, and...

Omega to Convene Leading Experts in the Field of Mindfulness & Education in New York City
A Professional Conference at the New York Society for Ethical Culture:  Bringing Mindfulness Practices to Children Grades K–12

RHINEBECK, NY–According to a new trial published in Developmental Psychology, and reported by Time magazine, the benefits of mindfulness practice have been shown to improve everything from children’s social skills to math scores. For more than 35 years, Omega Institute has offered mindfulness-based programs—from introductory workshops to professional trainings, including the groundbreaking ...

Omega Expands Access by Awarding More Than $300,000 in 2015 Scholarship Opportunities
Veterans, Those Living With Lyme Disease & Women Leaders Among Eligible Candidates


Rhinebeck, NY - Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning, today announced plans to award more than $300,000 in full and partial scholarships this year, to eligible applicants.

“We strive to bring many voices, perspectives, and life experiences to Omega,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “The Omega Scholarship Program is one of the key ways we are committed to building a holistic...

Omega Launches Video Library Online to Feature Women Leaders Who #DoPowerDifferently
12 Years of Insights & Inspiration from Acclaimed Women & Power Conference Series Available for the First Time

RHINEBECK, NY – Omega Institute today announced it will release archival video from its acclaimed Women & Power series, which has run since 2002 and has featured dynamic trailblazers like Jane Fonda, Ani DiFranco, Mellody Hobson, Isabel Allende, Ai-jen Poo and many more. The Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) has curated videos from past conference speakers by the common threads of power, feminism,...

Omega Names Meg Downey Chief Marketing Officer

Former Managing Editor of the Tennessean & Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal to Head Omega’s Marketing Efforts

RHINEBECK, NY – Meg Downey, a leading voice for the environment, education, and social causes, has been named chief marketing officer of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, based in Rhinebeck, New York. Downey, former executive editor and editorial page editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal and, most recently, managing editor of The Tennessean...

Omega Announces Annual Nonprofit Retreat Grant Opportunity Aimed at Strengthening Community

Omega Service Week: Nonprofit Working Retreat Grant Application Available Online, Deadline February 9, 2015 – 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 Rhinebeck, New York campus. Service Week is comprised of two sessions this year: a Strengthening Communities Summit (May 25– 27,...