Dear Friends,

Our hearts go out to anyone whose health has been affected by COVID-19, and to all who are on the front lines caring for the sick. In light of the evolving challenges, we are making regular adjustments in how we respond. Last week, I shared news that Omega would delay our Rhinebeck, New York campus opening until May 29, and today I write to say that it has become clear that date is too soon. To best protect everyone’s well-being, we have made the difficult decision to further postpone opening, until June 28.

For those who are registered for a program scheduled before June 28, you will be contacted by Omega this week. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience as our staff is working as quickly as possible on scheduling changes and outreach.

As we prepare for opening our 2020 season, we are taking every precaution possible to protect your health while we provide the kind of programming that can help to uplift the human spirit and give us strength and inspiration for these times. We invite you to take full advantage of the resources Omega has available online that can be accessed from the comfort of home.

Like so many nonprofit organizations, Omega is already feeling the financial repercussions. We have taken serious cost-cutting measures to ensure our sustainability through the coming months. Staff salaries have been reduced, and furloughs are anticipated. We are postponing or cancelling any activity that is not directly related to the production of our workshops and readying campus for when we can welcome you again.

Many in our community are asking how they can help. If you have registered for a program you can no longer attend, please consider donating the cost. If you can dig deeper, please make a larger donation by visiting In times like this, we need each other.

The challenges we are facing as a human family are real, and we are being called to work together in new ways. It won’t be easy, but together we will surmount this.


Robert “Skip” Backus


About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 250 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world.

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