(The third in a series of catch-up blogs inspired by a weekend at the Omega Yoga Service Conference. Check out the first blog on Nikki Myers, Addiction and Authenticity or the second blog on Jnana Yogis, Kelly McGonigal and Bessel Van Der Kolk.)
Atmosphere informs much of our experience. Being stressed out at a busy train station is a world away from feeling stressed in the middle of a field. The physical spaciousness does wonders for our mental landscape, and suddenly those stress reactions seem to dissipate into the woods.
I’m uber grateful for the surroundings of The Omega Institute last weekend, which comes fully equipped with a world-renowned sustainable living center, sauna, forest, volleyball net, garden, library, meditation hall, delicious food, a lake, easy parking, and a whole lotta history of hosting brilliant events.
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Omega is a place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family.
Omega was founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Since 1977, we have offered diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Omega, a nonprofit organization, continues to be at the forefront of human development. We nurture dialogues on the integration of modern medicine and natural healing; design programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity; and lay the groundwork for new traditions and lifestyles.
Each year, more than 23,000 people attend workshops and educational programs delivered by hundreds of teachers, artists, healers, and thinkers on the leading edge of their disciplines. With special attention to our key initiatives in sustainability, women’s leadership, veterans care, and service, we bring awareness to issues that must be addressed in order for our society to heal and flourish.
Whether it’s a creativity workshop at our 200-acre Rhinebeck, New York campus, a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, or a conference in New York City, our lifelong learning programs provide tools for the art of living, and motivation to cultivate greater health, joy, and peace at home and in the world.