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Omega in Action highlights inspiring people and organizations making meaningful change. From protecting the environment to empowering women, healing veterans, and serving nonprofits, you'll find fresh perspectives, trending news, and the latest information on noteworthy events here at Omega and around the world.

Omega & Brian Weiss Inspire Healing & Love

3 years 9 months ago
Jeanne M. Stafford came to Omega to attend Brian Weiss’ Miracles Happen workshop. She came to strengthen her intuition, but she found more than she expected. She discovered healing and love, too.
“Omega is a space for healing. You don’t need to be broken to be there. In fact, the balance of people seeking deep healing and those coming for an affirmation or strengthening (me) created a beautiful circle of energy and ultimately powerful connections,” said Jeanne.
Jeanne was also deeply touched by Brian Weiss’ explanation of identifying unconditional love within.
“This was empowering, cool stuff,” said Jeanne. “Facing a new week is a lot easier after having a weekend like this!”

A Zen Portrait of Omega's Mission Statement

3 years 9 months ago
With his Zen-inspired approach to painting, Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han takes his students on a journey into the creativity of non-doing. Along the way, he reveals not only the art of painting, but also the process of inspiration, creation, and expression itself. While teaching a workshop at Omega this summer, Alok Hsu Kwang-han explored Omega’s mission statement as a practice and posed this important question to his students: “Do we have the trust, the love, to allow the best in our human spirit to be awakened?”
In a special ceremonial event during the workshop, he created an inspiring Zen portrait of the most familiar segment of Omega’s mission statement: “awaken the best in the human spirit.” As just one of the many expressions created during the weekend, the finished ink painting was displayed in Omega’s Sanctuary and is an offering of what Alok believes the Omega mission statement continuously conveys and creatively sends outward into the world.

How Yoga Can Help Keep Kids in School

3 years 10 months ago

Omega's Yoga Service Conference was recently featured in this article on

"Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: that practices like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems...Last month, a group of American and Canadian scholars, researchers, businesspeople, and yoga teachers came together for a weekend at Omega Institute to discuss how this group of practices that helps us self-regulate as individuals could, quite possibly, help us regulate on a society level. The issues the country is facing – the massive dropout rate of school kids, substance abuse among all age groups, PTSD among veterans, the staggeringly high incarceration and recidivism rates – cost the country volumes in human potential, not to mention trillions in dollars."

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Living Well With Cancer Is Possible

3 years 10 months ago

Omega Announces Third Annual Conference to Explore Healing on All Levels

RHINEBECK, NY –Significant advances have been made in cancer care, allowing many to continue living with cancer as a chronic condition, according to The National Comprehensive Cancer Network®. For some, the illness is not only a part of life, but also a catalyst for increased health, renewed purpose, and a deeper sense of connection to self and loved ones. For the third consecutive year, from August 16–18, 2013 Omega is offering Living Well With Cancer, a conference to help those who have been diagnosed navigate the myriad choices they face on the cancer journey.    

“Omega is proud to be a resource for people facing the challenging diagnosis of cancer by offering a range of perspectives and practices that embrace an integrated approach to healing,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega.

Seven remarkable individuals will lead the conference, which begins Friday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m., with keynote addresses from Kathy LaTour, author of The Breast Cancer Companion, Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega, and Jeremy Geffen, MD, an oncologist and a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology.

“While illness is often difficult to face, there are ways to optimize resiliency at every stage of life,” concluded Carla Goldstein.

Sandra Gilbert will offer guests an empowering yoga practice, appropriate for everyone, as a lifestyle change that supports healing. Jeremy Geffen will present on the Seven Levels of Healing®, his unique cancer-care program created on the conviction that complete healing addresses the body, heart, mind, and spirit with equal integrity.  Sharon A. Bray, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer, will lead a writing workshop to help discharge complex emotions, gain perspective, and foster community. Carolyn Scott Kortge will lead a gentle, guided walk that links mindfulness with physical self-care. Kathy LaTour will perform her one-woman show, One Mutant Cell, and Scott Burton will provide comic relief with his award-winning juggling and stand-up act that confronts the mystery and fear of chronic disease.

Living Well With Cancer offers patients and their families the opportunity to envision a nurturing and healing approach for the whole person. Health-care providers gain a broader perspective on cancer patients’ experiences and needs, as well as information that will be useful in working with cancer patients. This year’s conference includes a new tiered pricing option.

A limited number of media passes are available. Photography restrictions may apply. To apply for a media pass, email

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 200  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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Mindfulness Retreat Convinces Doctor to Recommend Meditation to Cancer Patients

3 years 10 months ago
“I had not routinely recommended meditation to the cancer patients I care for, mainly out of my own ignorance,” says Dr. Richard C. Frank. He came to Omega to try out meditation for himself, attending Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe with Florence Meleo-Meyer and Robert Smith.  
“I must admit, though, that after the first two days I remained skeptical. I was not really getting the breathing that was supposed to calm my racing thoughts; I was not able to ‘feel’ from my foot up to my ankle or other nonmoving body parts…. Then the third day came—a day of total silence…. By breakfast, my thoughts become clear and I had several new insights about my work. After lunch, I walked around Omega and actually looked closely at the flowers, counted their petals or leaves, watched a dragonfly suspend itself in place for an extended period of time, and observed bumble bees cross-pollinating flowers. I was opening up to things I walked right by for 50 years.”
Frank left inspired to both meditate on a regular basis and recommend meditation to his patients, especially those dealing with the emotional ups and downs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. “Mindfulness meditation,” he says, “is great medicine.”

Honoring the Life of Toshi Seeger

3 years 10 months ago

Toshi Seeger passed away on July 9 at the age of 91. While obituaries in the New York Times and Rolling Stone focus on her 70-year marriage to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, those in the Hudson Valley know her as a tireless activist whose decades of work hung on the principle that music and the arts could be channeled as a force for positive change in the world. Guided by this conviction, Toshi and Pete stepped to the forefront of the environmental movement in 1966. 

Horrified by severe levels of oil, sewage, and chemicals that polluted the river near their home in Beacon, New York, they established Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization that helps protect and preserve the Hudson River and its ecosystem. The nonprofit has worked to pass significant legislation, such as the Clean Water Act. As a founder of the organization, Toshi consistently involved the local community and invited as many diverse voices as possible, always keeping in mind the bigger picture. For 35 years, Toshi was also a key organizer of the Great Hudson River Revival, a music festival which draws upwards of 200,000 people to Croton Point Park each year, and which benefits environmental causes. 

Omega is grateful to the groundbreaking accomplishments of this incredible and inspiring woman. 

Elizabeth Lesser & Omega Inspire Spiritual Arts Center in Newtown

3 years 10 months ago

“The idea for Sound began with seeing Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006,” says Jennifer Zulli, new age composer, music educator, and founder of Sound, a spiritual arts center in Newtown, Connecticut. During the next five years and a number of life trials, Jennifer found herself continually turning to Elizabeth Lesser’s books,The Seeker’s Guide and Broken Open, for inspiration, support, and guidance 

During Jennifer’s second reading of Broken Open, the idea for Sound was birthed as a way for her to be of service. She long admired Omega, and even though she had never visited, it became a model for Sound.

Jennifer’s inspiration to serve the spiritual needs of others couldn’t have come at a more poignant time. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred the day before Sounds’ opening. Since then, Sound has served as a place of solace and healing for many of those affected by the tragedy.

Learn more about Sound: A Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness

Perfect R&R Escape: Omega Institute in South Jersey Times

3 years 10 months ago
Did you know that you don’t have to take a workshop to spend time at Omega? Rest & Rejuvenation Retreats at our campus in the beautiful Hudson Valley invite visitors to bask in the bucolic setting, eat locally-sourced food from the three-star kitchen, and experience the atmosphere of a welcoming community. R&R guests can choose from a wealth of rejuvenating options offered by the Wellness Center and take part in daily open classes that recharge the body and calm the mind. Those eager for the chance to unwind and have fun, or learn a new skill while connecting with others can pick from exclusive daily R&R classes. 
The Omega campus provides a treasure of opportunities. Visitors can check out the Omega Bookstore, enjoy the tennis courts or play a game of basketball, and rejuvenate in the sauna. Spend a few quiet hours reading in the Ram Dass Library, which houses over 7,000 volumes on holistic living. Experience The Sanctuary, where visitors can sit in meditation, prayer, or contemplation in a place of beauty and tranquility. Evenings at Omega often present the occasion to go to a concert, watch a film, and attend a reading or a sample workshop. Of course, visitors can always choose to hike our wooded trails, kayak on the lake, or settle down with a book at the garden.

Omega On the Road: Wanderlust Vermont

3 years 10 months ago

Omega staff members Chrissa Pullicino and Veronica Domingo recently returned from the third annual Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival at Stratton Mountain in Bondville, Vermont.

Omega cosponsored the Speakeasy lecture series, featuring inspirational figures that run the gamut from holistic medical experts to technology buffs, from filmmakers to yoga teachers, from authors to CEOs with green business models. The Speakeasy is intended to be a casual experience where presenters can “speak easily”. Some highlights from this year’s Speakeasy included talks from yoga teachers Ana Forrest and Elena Brower, filmmaker Michael Skolnik, musician Sarah Neufeld, and a representative from the office of U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, a practitioner and advocate of mindfulness.

The series of talks will be posted on Wanderlust's website in coming months. Stay tuned. 

Making Friends at the Yoga Service Conference

3 years 10 months ago
Jennifer Harper Cohen, a leading voice in the children’s yoga community, helped Omega and the Yoga Service Council organize our recent Yoga Service Conference that was attended by more than 135 yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, therapists, and health professionals representing more than 30 service organizations. 
Jennifer (at left) decided to bring her young daughter Isabelle along for the weekend. Paige Eleson (at right), founder of the Africa Yoga Project, had the same idea, and brought her daughter Penzi. The little girls formed an instant bond, and what both mothers hope will be a lasting friendship. Incredibly, they live 7,000 miles away from each other, but were born only 4 days apart!  Jennifer says, “It will be interesting to see how experiences like this one shape who they become.”
Sharing yoga with children can be a unique and fulfilling way to bring great joy to both teacher and student. Jennifer is the founder of Little Flower Yoga, a unique organization that provides education based yoga programs to schools and youth organizations, teaches creative and nurturing classes for children and families, and trains teachers to engage, encourage and inspire joy in all students. 
Learn more  about the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training at Omega August 11–16


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