Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is a renowned source for wellness and personal growth, and a perfect fit with the Four Winds Society to serve as one of its campuses. Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes Four Winds students from all parts of the world.
Omega is a pioneer in exploring, teaching, and embracing new ideas, focusing on health and wellness, personal spiritual growth, and self-awareness. Their main campus in Rhinebeck, New York is designed to be a healing center, a peaceful oasis in a hurried world. You can relax, rejuvenate, and feel at home in the midst of nature’s bounty and a community of warm, caring people.
The beauty of the gardens, lake, and rolling hills, the friendly staff, the wonderful food, and the facilities at the Wellness Center all support what people come to Omega to learn. Most of all, it is the sincerity and openness of everyone that make Omega a place where you can tend to your own health and wellness, personal spiritual growth, and self-awareness, and learn how to make the world a better place while discovering within yourself the courage to become a happier, healthier, and more spirited person.
In the autumn of 2013, Omega hosts yet another four courses for The Four Winds:
In 2014, the Omega Institute serves as a primary campus for The Four Winds, with four of our most popular courses in the spring and summer:
To view different lodging options, visit http://www.eomega.org/visit-us/rhinebeck-ny/planning-your-stay/accommodations/. To reserve your room at Omega call (800) 944-1001. When making your room reservation, indicate that you are with The Four Winds as well as what session you are attending. Please make your room reservation 6 weeks prior to the course to insure availability.
Please Note: When you enroll for the program, you must also register with the venue, even if you are staying off site. If staying offsite, there is a small offsite fee that is paid to the venue. This fee entitles you to receive the full benefits of the unique Omega All-Inclusive Accommodations Package, excluding the cost of accommodations.
Meal time at Omega is a community event. The Dining Hall is a place to join new friends, talk about the day’s events, and share your unique experiences. Join a table in our Dining Hall or take a seat on the porch outside. At their communal tables, you’ll taste the bounty of the Hudson Valley in three delicious vegetarian meals each day. Omega FoodWorks prepares all meals using local and organic ingredients as often as possible. Much of our food is supplied by farmers right here in the Hudson Valley. Limited poultry and fish options are available for purchase at the Omega Café. For special dietary concerns, contact the Dining Hall directly at 845.266.4444, ext. 551.
Transportation to Omega
From the North/East: Take I-91 South to I-90 West (Mass. Pike). From I-90 take the Taconic State Pkwy, South about 40 miles. Exit at Bull’s Head Road (Route 19) and turn left at the stop sign (West). Go 2 miles to Centre Road (Route 18) and turn left. See On Centre Road below.
From NYC/Long Island: Take the Saw Mill River Parkway. to the Taconic State Parkway North. Exit at Bull’s Head Road (Route 19) and turn left at the first stop sign, then left again at the second stop sign so that you drive over the parkway (West). Go 2 miles to Centre Road (Route 18) and turn left. See On Centre Road below.
From the North/South/West: Take I-87 (NYS Thruway) to Exit 19 (Kingston). At the traffic circle, take the first right (Route 28 West toward Pine Hill). Go 1/4 mile and turn right on Route 209 North to the Rhinecliff Bridge, about 5.2 miles. Cross the bridge (Route 209 becomes Route 199), go 1.4 miles to the second stoplight and turn right (Route 9G South). Follow this road 4.7 miles to Route 19 (Slate Quarry Road). Turn left and go 4.3 miles to Route 18 (Centre Road). Turn right. See On Centre Road below.
From Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie: From Route 9G South, turn left; from Route 9G North, turn right on Route 19 (Slate Quarry Road). Go 4.3 miles to Route 18 (Centre Road) and turn right. See On Centre Road below.
On Centre Road: Go 2.3 miles to the first four-way intersection. Turn right on Fiddlers Bridge Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Lake Drive. Continue 3/4 mile to Omega’s campus; signs will direct you to parking and registration.
By Plane, Train, or Bus
Plane. By air, the best connections to Omega are from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.; Albany International Airport in Albany, N.Y.; or JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports in the New York City area. From Stewart Airport, Omega offers limited shuttle service or you may take a taxi. (See Omega Transportation Services below.) There is no direct connection to Omega from JFK, LaGuardia, Albany, or Newark airports. From New York City area airports, you must arrange transportation into Manhattan to get a bus or train. (See bus and train options below.) To get into Manhattan take: 1. An airport shuttle bus (call 1-800-AIR-RIDE or ask at the airport); 2. A taxi to either Penn Station (if you are taking Amtrak or Omega’s Charter Bus; see below) or Port Authority (if you are taking the Shortline bus; see below).
Train. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff, New York; major connecting points are New York City (at Penn Station), Albany, Toronto, and Montreal. Call 800-872-7245 for information. Omega’s shuttle service can pick you up in Rhinecliff. See Omega Transportation Services below.
Bus. You may take either Omega’s New York City Charter Bus or the Shortline bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal. For Shortline call 800-631-8405 or 212-736-4700. Take the Shortline bus to Rhinebeck; our shuttle service can pick you up at the Beekman Arms Inn.
Taxi/Limo Service. For Rhinebeck or Rhinecliff, call Red Hook Taxi at 845-758-1478. For airport service, call All Airports Transportation at 800-379-8294.
All Omega Transportation Services must be reserved in advance.