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Omega Institute

May 1, 2015

  Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is a premiere educational retreat center, tourism destination, and leading nonprofit organization in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Hailed as one of the 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, Omega is an internationally recognized leader in health and wellness and lifelong learning—offering workshops, professional training, rest and rejuvenation retreats, and online learning.

Founded in 1977, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people annually to its workshops, conferences, and retreats on its 250-acre Rhinebeck, New York campus, and at exceptional locations around the world. Approximately 2 million people also visit Omega’s website each year.

As a nonprofit organization, Omega has consistently been at the forefront of human development. From nurturing early dialogues on integrating modern medicine and natural healing, to laying the groundwork for new lifestyles and traditions, to designing programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity, Omega continues to be a place where people from all walks of life come for inspiration, restoration, and new ideas.

To further our mission of providing hope and healing for individuals and society, we have established the following initiatives:

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) demonstrates and teaches what is possible through regenerative design. A state-of-the-art water reclamation facility and environmental education center, the award-winning OCSL is the first building in America to have achieved both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification—the highest environmental performance standards available. More than just a building, the OCSL provides educational opportunities for students, teachers, architects, environmental activists, policymakers, and visitors to Omega’s campus and online.  

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) is a growing women's leadership hub committed to redefining power—from the old “power over” to the new “power with”—and supporting women's leadership at home, at work, and in the world. The OWLC is developing an interdisciplinary leadership curriculum through its annual Women & Power gathering, Women's Leadership Intensive and skill-building workshops, Women & Power Library, and its Juno Leadership Residency & Questions Project. OWLC scholarship opportunities, ENews, and Office Visits support this growing community.