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Location was pretty - will probably be my first and only time there. Issues with the registration office, their cancellation policy and lack of off hours help during the Hurricane not withstanding - I arrived at around 10 pm after traveling for 28 hours - 7 1/2 driving from Syracuse. The only thing good about the guest services that night was the new young volunteer who had the decency to understand that I had just driven a long way partly through the tail end of the hurricane to get there - from Vancouver BC. I can make a long list of improvements that seriously need doing - but after 30 years I doubt that they care any more. Getting too comfortable in past success is the down fall of many once great ideas. The main thing though is a huge need for better signage - not every one comes with Gps attached their person. But most importantly - people that work there represent the face of Omega - you should want that face to look good and be remembered fondly for all ages not just white 20 somethings and their first time away from home... I say specifically white - because that is all I ever saw. Not one other person of 1st Nations - Asian or African american descent, did I see working there. a) dont hire devas b) dont hire people that are racist or that cant handle people of other cultures (though I am Polish / Austrian I look to some, like I am 1st nations and get treated ie ignored - as such) c) definitely dont hire people that genuinely dont like people of all cultures and put them in a customer service position! sheesh some common sense here folks - when I asked to rent the blankets and towels, I was told 3 times, two of the times by her supervisor, it would cost 5$ - implying I was not going to get them unless I handed over the 5$. New Age attitudes = now the new passive aggressive. I said that I was going to be here the week and there would be plenty of time between now and then to get my purse from the car and give them the 5$. Which I did when I retrieved my belonging to take up to the dorm cabins. The young lady kindly offered - this should be standard for at least the first arrival - to give me a ride up an otherwise long and confusing walk in the dark, some parts have small yard lights long parts dont and you seriously cant see a thing! Again the signage is awful - not even a map of area is anywhere to be seen. My norm building did not have a sign either. She had a hard time trying to find it.... I then started to see the rose coloured glasses now coming off her eyes.
I had booked a Workshop there to see Dr. Brian Weiss for his "Miracles Happen" . It was my 1st time at Omega. I found it to be well run and clean. I loved the meals which were included in my booking along w/my cabin/room booking. Even tho they were Vegetarian and I am not. Everything was quite tasty and healthy and the buffet style ensured that you could eat as much as you wanted. Its a rural, quiet setting which we quite enjoyed. Our room held 2 twins (comfortable and clean) and bureaus and was plenty spacious enough for the time there. The shared bath was actually a separate toilet and separate shower behind the two guest rooms; and each room had a small sink area to wash/brush etc. I also much appreciated that the Campus is GREEN and I enjoyed the "Spiritual Wellness" of the whole complex. While I attended the Workshop my husband did R & R and read. No TV or cell reception was fine with us and I would go back again for other workshops. Definitely take Rt 90 if coming from the N.East to Taconic Pkwy. Rural routes might not be as well marked.
Omega is a wonderful place and way to expose yourself to all sorts of ideas. Some are academic, some are ancient/venerable, some are refreshing, and others are flaky... and the attendees are similar. The accommodations and lack of mobile connections can be a bit rustic for the uninitiated on the one hand while lacking the depth of an ashram on the other hand, but it is what it is: a retreat where you can take peaceful steps towards other things. My only longterm concern has been the lack of seminars and activities for children and teenagers. That has been improving to some extent (such as the Little Forest People, RoboFun Stop, tennis, and soccer), but if your kids come up frequently, the offerings are still sparse. I also disagree with the Wayfinder Experience, for there are elements of violence or subversion which dont fit with the retreat itself. I understand that teenage boys are engrossed with video games... but we dont have to foster that at a retreat geared toward expanding our consciousness and horizons.
Second time at Omega. Second time staying in a "tenting Cabin". I am lucky enough to have been given a generous scholarship to attend the retreat I wanted to attend. From the food, to the staff to the immaculate grounds Omega warms my heart each time I return. I was lucky enough to book an 80 minute deep tissue massage with a woman named Mallory. I have had massages all over the place and it was the BEST deep tissue massage I have ever had. I can tell you that Mallory used the best amount of pressure, I was not sore the next day. I drank plenty of water before and AFTER my massage as to help push the toxins out of my body. My retreat was helpful and full of love. I went to the Holistic Lifes "bringing meditation into your life". I have been on retreat with these same people 2 times before at Garrison Institute. Every time I see them I learn something new. Its always a pleasure. Omega you rock. Thanks for the wonderful weekend.
I paid 95 dollars for 60 seconds of trapeze. The class was two hours long. The class was WAY too full. The instructors were great and I dont blame them. The "institute" itself seems very disorganized. Weeks before I booked this class I had to call twice to get information on it because I had questions about a three day trapeze workshop. No one called me back the first time and the second time they didnt get back to me until a day before the workshop. At that point it had gotten too close for me so I just signed up for one class and Im glad I did because even that was a ripoff. There was no information prior to the class. For example, no one informed the students they were supposed to wear socks and no one was able to direct me to the trapeze area once I arrived.
I am glad that a place like that exist and is able to survive years after years... This is a wonderful retreat, the garden is amazing and the food... was great. Sadly not anymore, since few years the food had become a kind of frustrating. You are supposed to find healthy vegetarian or vegan food here during your workshop but today it is more a strange mix of cold pizza and kale, like being a vegetarian have to be a sad experience... The dinning room is covered of pictures of beautiful and appealing local fruits and vegetables but I am wondering when was the last time that things like that have been served at Omega, may be years ago...