I would give 5 stars but they have one major downfall the rooms/housing. I have Even opted for the private, top of the line, most expensive rooms (in a tiny cabin building) the accommodations are abysmal. They charge top dollar for the sleeping quarters, similar to what you would pay to a 4 star hotel and I think there are probably many motels that are fancier than any sleeping accommodation at Omega Institute. I actually am lucky enough to live within a 1/2 hour drive from Omega so I could go home at night but that does take away from the overall meditative experience you are supposed to have at this holistic escape. To add further insult though to the injury of the lack of decent sleeping quarters, THEY CHARGE A HEFTY COMMUTER Fee to try to dissuade you from leaving campus and not payg the overpriced rates for the ran down rooms/bathrooms.
As for the rest of Omega it is OUTSTANDING,! The campus is gorgeous! The courses are AMAZING! The experience is delightful.
I brought my two young children with me for the first time this past summer as I am now a single parent and the child care facilities and staff were very good.
I am not a vegan or vegetarian nor a health food nut, so I really don't care for their cuisine but it certainly is edible and tolerable for a couple of meals. The dining hall is always extraordinarily crowded and LOUD but I suppose there is no way around that.
The staff at Omega has always been very friendly and upbeat from the moment you arrive and they transport your luggage for you free of charge which is nice.
They have an excellent gift shop which I always enjoy!
There is an overall feel of serenity at Omega and I have met some wonderful people there. The Institute attracts BIG CELEBRITY names as lecturers which is impressive.
I have availed myself of most of the "extras" you can get as well. I wouldn't waste my money again on the Natal Chart Interpretation as it was quite amateurish (albeit I am pretty well acquainted with this drill). I have received some nice massage therapy there. It is a good idea to book your massage(s) way before you arrive so that you are assured to get in what you would like at a time that works for you.
My girls and I were very sad to leave last summer and they were actually crying to go back because they had such a wonderful time (ages 7 and 10). They are already asking me when we are going back this year. I will definitely go again the season and would probably go more than once if the accommodations weren't so costly for what you get.
- Also Known As:
- Omega Institute Hotel Rhinebeck
- Omega Institute Rhinebeck