Holistic Education Programs
One of the great benefits of being at Omega is the opportunity to experience the multidimensional programs that are designed for Core Staff, Seasonal Staff, and Seasonal Service Corps Members. Omega offers a diverse selection of classes, gatherings, and special events designed to provide the opportunity to learn new skills, find inspiration and meaning, and build a sense of community. Most of these classes are open to all Core Staff, Seasonal Staff, and Seasonal Service Corps Members, although some may need special permission. The legacy of one former Staff Program, the Omega Peace Quilt project, can be seen adorning Omega's Dining Hall and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.
The Holistic Education Programs are divided into four pillars. Each pillar offers a path of learning designed to meet the varied needs of our community. Some are drop in style, whereas others require a deep and longstanding commitment. Below is a deeper explanation of these Four Pillars:
Holistic Studies Classes (HSCs) are self-contained class experiences that do not require enrollment or long-term commitment. An integral part of the Omega seasonal experience, HSCs run from one to three hours. Professional teachers provide a consistent selection of offerings in yoga, tai chi, meditation, writing, dance, and art, as well as more eclectic topics.
Strategies for Conscious Living classes (SCLs) are highly focused, full day or day-and-a-half intensives that often contain the spark necessary to facilitate a significant shift in personal growth or life path. For this reason, preregistration and commitment to the schedule of the class is required. Subject matter for SCL classes may encompass a wide range of material, from the practical to the esoteric, and often involve a fusion of both. Topics might include: self-responsibility, communication, play, wellness, community, work, body movement, spirituality, creativity, or sustainability.
Life Skills Workshops (LSWs) are focused workshops that develop skills to enhance your life or deepen your understanding of a particular topic. LSWs require a long-term commitment (at least four weeks, meeting twice per week) and are progressive in nature. Preregistration (pre-approved by department managers) and regular attendance is required. Each season, LSW classes might include: alternative healing techniques, community building, shamanism, communication skills training, or how to build a website .
Full Season Guilds (FSGs) are for seasonal staff who will be working at Omega for the entire season and are willing to focus a significant amount of time and energy toward developing particular skills. Entrance into a FSGs requires the approval of department managers, as well as auditions or an application process. These FSGs actively engage staff in developing life skills, while also giving back to the community and the world in which we live. Ongoing classes meet for a 3-hour session, once a week. FSG topics might include arts, leadership, health and fitness, peace, and Reiki training.
Daily Open Classes
Omega's daily open classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and movement are designed to help you relax and unwind. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, Omega's daily open classes have something for everyone and offer a variety of practice styles. As a seasonal community member you can deepen your own practice by attending Daily Open classes throughout the season, which offers the opportunity to learning various styles of the same practice taught by some of the best teachers around.
If you are joining us on Sunday evening, don’t forget to check out our special Sunday evening open classes, including The Heart of Play or Centering Into the Omega Experience.
Year-round and seasonal community members are invited to attend special Omega events, including community dances, talent shows, arts and crafts fairs, and Sanctuary Hour, where we gather as a community to hear special guests share wisdom about their own life experience. Speakers have included Brian Weiss, Julia Butterfly Hill, Alex and Allyson Grey, Alan Arkin, Bobby McFerrin, Elizabeth Lesser, and Stephan Rechtschaffen.
Samplers are short 90 minute evening workshops on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are offered by some of Omega’s world renowned catalog faculty. These evening learning opportunities are a rich addition to the seasonal community educational experience.