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The Omega Institute was founded in 1977 by Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., and Elizabeth Lesser. They envisioned a dynamic “university of life” designed to foster personal growth and social change. The name “Omega” came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term “Omega Point” to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.

Today, Omega is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth, welcoming more than 23,000 people to our workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck and at exceptional locations around the world.

A nonprofit organization, Omega has consistently been at the forefront of human development. From nurturing early dialogues on the integration of modern medicine and natural healing; to designing programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity; to laying the groundwork for new traditions and lifestyles, Omega continues to be a place where people from all walks of life come for inspiration, restoration, and new ideas. Their mission guides people to find health, happiness, and community while living gently on the Earth.

Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society.

Written by Robin Downes for Elev8.com

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