Ready to join our seasonal community? Below is some helpful information to help you prepare and find your way here.
What to Bring
- **Your IDs as required by page 3 of the I9 Employment Authorization form. We must see original IDs and cannot accept copies. You can find the I9 at this link: https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-9-paper-version.pdf?download=1
- Earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
- Several towels
- A battery-operated alarm clock: This is a must, even for people who live in dorms. Occasionally the power will go out and you will still be expected to get to work on time. Omega has a definite time schedule and some departments begin their work very early in the morning.
- Clothing: In general you should bring clothing for all types of weather. Omega has a simple dress code: clean and neat. You may wear jeans, shorts and t-shirts. For the occasional party or evening off campus, consider bringing some fun or fancy clothing. This, of course, is optional. NOTE: It is not acceptable to wear ragged, ripped, unwashed or stained clothing. For those who will be on campus for the John of God program (early October), you may consider bringing some white clothing since all participants will also be wearing all white. This is also optional.
Department Specific Clothing Considerations:
- Faculty Support, Wellness Center, Reception, or Guest Services: Your job involves working directly with program participants and thus you may want to bring some casually dressy clothing, however, jeans or shorts and t-shirts work fine, too.
- FoodWorks (Kitchen and Dining Services), Café, and Float: Serving in Food Works or the Cafe requires No Skid/Slip-Resistant Shoes. Please contact your manager regarding this requirement along with any other related questions you may have.
- Float: Your job requires that you wear closed-toe shoes and a head cover (hat, scarf, net, etc.).
- Maintenance, Campus Support: You should bring sturdy footwear and a hat for working in the sun.
- Lifeguards: You will need a hat and sunglasses.
- OMEGA T-SHIRT: Each individual receives at least one Omega T-shirt. Campus Support, Dining Services, Café, and Float staff wear the T-shirt as a uniform when working.
- Rain gear: Departments such as Housekeeping, Maintenance, Production, Campus Support and Floats perform the majority of their work outdoors in all weather. Also, bathhouses are a short walk from all tent sites and some dorms.
- Sweaters, jackets, hat, and yes, even mittens: Temperatures can drop into the 30's during the early and late months in the season: (April/May and September/ October). The campus is located in the Hudson Valley – you can check out the forecasts using the zip code 12572. Weather conditions can fluctuate from chilly to hot and humid with many sunny comfortable days in between. It rains here often, and in the very early spring or early fall we have occasionally had an unusual snowstorm.
- Laundry: There is a free laundry facility with four washers and four dryers. Clotheslines are also provided. No bleach is allowed in the machines. Omega provides eco-friendly detergent, so you need not bring your own.
- Allergy medicines: If you are living in a dorm or trailer and are prone to mold or mildew allergies, it is recommended that you bring allergy medications. Mildew can flourish in the damp Hudson Valley. Summer rains can create more of a problem. Those sensitive to mold and mildew should come prepared. Bringing an air purifier might also be helpful.
- Any medications you are currently taking.
- Flashlight: Very important, regardless if you are living in a tent or a dorm.
- Tick and bug repellent: IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a high incidence of tick-related Lyme disease in Dutchess County. While here, we recommend you take appropriate precautions. View link: Citronella oil and any of the following essential oils are useful in repelling Lyme ticks and mosquitoes, both found the north-east woods: eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, cedar wood and tea tree.
- Reusable drinking cup: Omega strives to be a green campus; it is recommended that you bring your own drinking bottles including cups for hot drinks.
- Spending money: You will want to have some cash on hand for the Café, Omega Store, and Wellness Center. An ATM machine is available in the café. You will not be able to cash checks on campus.
- Headphones: These are required for listening to music, etc., in your dorm or tent during quiet hours and at other times depending on the needs of your neighbors. We request quiet mindfulness throughout the housing areas.
- Driver’s information: If you are working in the following departments: Campus Support, People and Culture, Production, or Maintenance, you may need to drive an Omega vehicle as part of your job. We will need to check your driving record. Please bring a current driver’s license.
- Additional Note: If you are bringing a cell phone to campus, please note that Verizon has extremely limited service on Omega’s campus. Better service has been found with AT&T and StraightTalk wireless providers.
Seasonal Staff who will be living in a dorm or trailer should bring:
- Several blankets and/or a sleeping bag.
- Seasonal staff may want to bring wall hangings, rugs, or other materials to create comfortable and homey space.
*You can email firstname.lastname@example.org up to two weeks before your arrival date to inquire about what size sheets you will need.
Service Corps (tenters) should bring:
- A tent with all necessary gear: We have a variety of tent platforms ranging from 8x8 to 10x10, and only a handful that are larger. If your tent is larger than 10x10, you may have to camp on the ground instead of a platform. In order to find the right place for your tent, we will need to know the actual size. Please indicate this on the housing questionnaire included in your Welcome e-mail.
- At least one large tarp with grommets: the rainfly that comes with the tent is not adequate for the amount of rain we receive in the summer. The best size tarp is 18’x20’ or 20’x20’. Please bring green or brown tarps, not blue.
- Bedding, including pillow, several blankets and/or sleeping bag: A sleeping pad, air mattress or camping cot may be helpful.
*If you do not have a lot of experience camping, we recommend practicing setting up your tent a few times before you arrive.
There are many paths to our campus. Below is some information to help you find the best one for you.
Omega is conveniently located about 90 miles north of New York City and the major metropolitan area airports, and about 190 miles west of Boston.
Omega Institute, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
For the safety of our local community, please do not use a GPS to get to Omega. Follow the Print Directions below.
From the North/East: Take I-91 South to I-90 West (Mass. Pike). From I-90 take the Taconic State Pkwy South about 40 miles. Exit at Bull's Head Road (Exit 64, Route 19) and turn left at the stop sign (west). Go 2.7 miles to Lake Drive and turn left. At the first intersection bear right to stay on Lake Drive. Omega’s parking is ¾ mile on the left.
From NYC/Long Island: Take the Saw Mill River Pkwy. to the Taconic State Pkwy North. Exit at Bull's Head Road (Exit 64, Route 19) and turn left at the first stop sign, then left again at the second stop sign so that you drive over the parkway (west). Go 2.7 miles to Lake Drive (Lake Dr is the 1st left turn after you pass County Route 18) and turn left. At the first intersection bear right to stay on Lake Drive. Omega’s parking is ¾ mile on the left.
From the North/South/West: Take I-87 (NYS Thruway) to Exit 19 (Kingston). At the traffic circle, take the first right (Route 28 West toward Pine Hill). Go 1/4 mile and turn right on Route 209 North to the Rhinecliff Bridge, about 5.2 miles. Cross the bridge (Route 209 becomes Route 199). Go 1.4 miles to the second stoplight and turn right (Route 9G South). Follow this road 4.7 miles to Route 19 (Slate Quarry Road). Turn left onto Route 19 and go 1.6 miles. Then turn right onto Lake Drive. At the first intersection bear right to stay on Lake Drive. Omega’s parking is ¾ mile on the left.
From Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie: From Route 9G South, turn left; from Route 9G North, turn right on Route 19 (Slate Quarry Road). Go 1.6 miles then turn right onto Lake Drive. At the first intersection bear right to stay on Lake Drive. Omega's parking is ¾ mile on the left.
By Plane, Train, or Bus
By air, the best connections to Omega are from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY; Albany International Airport in Albany, NY; or JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports in the New York City area. There is no direct connection to Omega from Albany, JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports. From New York City area airports, you must arrange transportation into Manhattan to get a bus or train. (See bus and train options below.) Book your trip with Expedia and enjoy the Expedia best price guarantee!
Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff, NY; major connecting points are New York City (at Penn Station), Albany, Toronto, and Montreal. Call Amtrak at 800.872.7245 for information. Omega's shuttle service can pick you up in Rhinecliff.
You may take the Shortline bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal. For Shortline, call 800.631.8405 or 212.736.4700. Take the Shortline bus to Rhinebeck; our shuttle service can pick you up at the Beekman Arms Inn.
You will receive a detailed information packet on date and time of your arrival after you have been offered a position within our Seasonal Community.
To keep the campus vehicle-free, we allow only Omega vehicles on interior roads. Arrivals park in the main parking lot, located within walking distance of campus buildings. Upon arrival, check in with People & Culture at our offices, located on the opposite side of Lake Drive from the main parking lot and in the same building as Guest Services. On arrival days, your luggage will be transported to your accommodations after you have checked in with the People & Culture team.
If you arrive after 5:00 p.m., please check the bulletin board outside of our Guest Services office (from the main parking lot, take a left onto Lake Drive and look on your right for the porch with the Guest Services sign). There you will find a packet with your room assignment, campus map, and other information you will need. It is important that you check in with People & Culture at 9:00 a.m. the next morning.
We look forward to seeing you on campus!