During a regular season at Omega, there is much to explore and learn outside the program you've enrolled in. Here are some must-see places on campus.
Long Pond Lake
11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Omega’s 80-acre Long Pond Lake is a serene haven for recreation and wildlife. Along the shore, you’ll find a sandy beach and plenty of canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. Go for a swim, paddle a boat, or relax in one of our hammocks.
Our Lake is free from the noise of motorboats and you just might spot one of the two wildlife species it protects: the endangered northern cricket frog and the Blanding’s turtles, a threatened species.
Long Pond Lake is available for use by those who are:
- Registered participants of Omega's programs
- Omega staff members
- Guest of Omega staff members (under the guidelines outlined for staff guests)
- Approved members of Omega's Neighbor Program (from the towns of Clinton and Rhinebeck)
Please note that Long Pond Lake may be closed for swimming due to inclement weather, if no lifeguard is available, or if water quality is compromised. Closures may occur with no advance notice. We apologize for any inconvenience as we make every effort to provide safe and enjoyable swimming opportunities.
*The Lake is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. All swimming is supervised by professionally certified lifeguards.
Ram Dass Library
Ram Dass, revered spiritual teacher, former Omega board member, and author of Be Here Now, served as a trusted guide to Omega and thousands of spiritual seekers worldwide for more than four decades. In honor of his transformative work, Omega's non-lending library was named after him. The unique building was designed in the shape of eight lotus petal blossoms, symbolizing the unfolding of divine energy.
Step inside and browse more than 7,000 books on holistic living. Read quietly in a window seat, listen to an audiobook, or study the work of a favorite teacher.
With so many titles to choose from, Omega's Ram Dass Library provides inspiration and lifelong learning opportunities for everyone.
Sanctuary & Yearning Pond
7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (check kiosks for availability)
Group Meditation Hours*
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. (except Friday and Sunday)
Perched on a hill and surrounded by trees, the Sanctuary is the spiritual heart of Omega's Rhinebeck campus. A space of beauty and tranquility, it is open for meditation, reflection, prayer, or quiet contemplation.
You can access the Sanctuary by stepping through the archway next to the Juniper classroom and taking the stone stairway. Along the way, you’ll pass the Yearning Pond, curving stone walls, ever-changing cairns, and more. For a longer but less steep route to the Sanctuary, take the walking path past the Omega Wellness Center, and turn left onto the trail to the Sanctuary.
*We ask that you please observe silence in and around the Sanctuary, and remove your shoes before entering. Workshops are sometimes scheduled in the Sanctuary, which may result in limited open hours; please check the information kiosks for the current schedule.
Omega’s gardens offer an appealing dash of color all season long. Inhale the rich scents of herbs, vegetables, and flowers in our popular Omega Garden. Sit, contemplate, and listen to the sounds of nature in the Meditation Garden.
Some of Omega's gardens are practical as well as beautiful. Meals at the Omega Café are often seasoned with herbs from the Omega Garden and flowers from the Omega Garden are found in colorful arrangements throughout campus buildings.
Basketball & Tennis
Join a basketball game outside the Dining Hall. Bring your racquet and play a game of tennis, or brush up on your skills at our practice wall. Don't have a racquet? We have plenty that you can borrow.
Fixed on top of a grassy hill overlooking Main Field, the Labyrinth was created as a meditative space to walk and explore. Spend time reflecting and following the winding path to find your center.
Spend time in nature on our 250-acre campus, stretch your legs, and leave your worries behind. Whatever your fitness level, Omega has a trail for you. See our trail guide below.
Questions? Visit Guest Services.