Attendee Info

Here is information about registration, attendance, the Omega facility, logistics, etc. If you can’t find what you need here, please contact the festival team or Omega from the Contact page.

Where and when is the Celebrate Life Festival?

Omega Institute is hosting the 5-day Celebrate Life Festival, August 12 – 17, 2018, in partnership with the Academy of Inner Science.

Omega Institute,150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, is located about 90 miles north of New York City and about 190 miles west of Boston. Detailed driving directions as well as suggestions for Rideshare, bus, train, or plane are available on Omega’s website in their extensive Travel section. You can also reach out to the Omega Main Office at 877.944.2002.

What is the theme of the Festival?

Restoring a Fragmented World.

Please view the video on our Celebrate Life Home page for a deeper dive into the theme. 

FAQ's about Omega (Campus, Accommodations, Dining, Children and Teens, Cancellation Policy)

For specific questions about Omega’s campus, check out their FAQ page.

What is the cost of a ticket?

A Full 5-day ticket for Adults is $535 and covers entry to the event.

Are food and lodging included in the price of the ticket?

Food and lodging are not included in the ticket price and are selected at the same time as ticket purchase. Omega offers a wide variety of package options, including a commuter option. All options include 3 meals a day. You can review room types/costs here.

Can I purchase a ticket at the event?

No, tickets should be purchased and housing arrangements made before your arrival. Please call Omega with any questions: 877.944.2002.

Does my child/baby also need a ticket?

Teens ages 14 – 17 may be enrolled in the Celebrate Life Festival program for a ticket price of $185.

Children under age 14 do not have a fee for the event. Those registered in Omega’s Children’s Program will pay $40 per day in addition to housing for the program. The Children’s Program is available to children aged 4 – 12.

At Omega, children stay in accommodations with their parents. Fees listed below are for a child’s accommodations if they attend with two adults. For single-parent rates and availability, please call 877.944.2002. Teens 14 and older pay adult fees for their accommodations; children under age 4 stay at no cost. If notified in advance, we can provide cots.

Dorms are unavailable to parents with children.

Price Per Child




7-Night Stay
A Housing (w/2 adults) $218 $365 $511
B Housing (w/2 adults) $188 $340 $476
Tent Cabin (w/2 adults) $136 $240 $336
Camping $126 $215 $301
Commuter/Facility Fee $46 $80 $112

For information about children and teens on campus, see Children & Teens.

Is there child care available and/or activities especially for children?

Omega provides a Children’s Program throughout the week. You must pre-register at least 7 days in advance. The cost for the program is $40 per day. 

The Children’s Program is located in the fenced-in cottage near the Dining Hall. Please drop off children before normal workshop hour sessions (9:00 a.m.–Noon; 2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. most days) begin, and make every effort to pick up all children promptly at the end of your workshop session.

Limited babysitting services may be available through Guest Services for a fee. Please check with Guest Services at the beginning of your stay for more information.

The Celebrate Life Team will also be offering some special activities for children and parents during the week, at no extra fee. This will not replace the Omega’s children’s program hours, but will be an additional offering from long-time students of Thomas.

I can only attend part of the festival. May I register for just a day or two?

Answer coming soon! 

How do I purchase a ticket?

Go to the Omega Registration website:

Create a login using your email and a password (or log in using an existing account, if you have one).  Once you have created a login, you can register online.  You can also register by calling their office:  877.944.2002

On the registration page, you will be asked for your room preference.  Please review room types here before registering.

5 nights Commuter Fee, +$200
5 nights A Double Deluxe, +1,200
5 nights A Single Cabin Room, +$1,370
5 nights A Double Cabin Room, +$1,065
5 nights B Single Cabin Room, +$1,160
5 nights B Double Cabin Room, +$865
5 nights Dorm Single, +$740
5 nights Tent Cabin Single, +$750
5 nights Camping, +$495

How do I make room reservations?

Room reservations are made at the time of ticket/tuition purchase with Omega Institute, either online or by calling 877.944.2002 (845.256.8144 from outside the United States).

What is Omega’s Cancellation Policy?

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 8 days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

Do I need to stay on-site or can I stay off-site?

You can stay off-site and purchase a commuter ticket to the Festival. There are a limited number of commuter tickets available so be sure to purchase early.  The Commuter Fee includes the full benefits of Omega’s All-Inclusive Stay, excluding the cost of accommodations.

Omega lodgings can sell out quickly and weekends are a busy time in the Hudson Valley. We encourage you to plan ahead when making your reservations at Omega, or nearby. See the list of Local Hotels and Inns.

Is there electricity in the Tent Cabins?

Yes, Tent Cabins have electricity and include a small table lamp. There is no heat in the Tent Cabins; but please do not bring heaters or candles. You are welcome to bring a fan in the warm months.

Should I bring a heater or fan?

With the exception of Tent Cabins, all rooms are heated and have either a ceiling fan, table fan, or standing fan. You are welcome to bring a fan for the Tent Cabins but not a heater.

Average August temperatures in the Hudson Valley tend to be warm during the day (82’F/28’C) and cooler at night (61’F/16’C).

How much does it cost to rent linens?

A “Dorm Kit” containing sheets and towels is available for $8.00. Payment is due upon arrival.

Can I bring my RV?

Omega cannot accommodate RVs on campus. However, there are several RV parks nearby. Call us at 877.944.2002 for more information.

I have a restricted diet, can Omega accommodate this?

Omega’s Dining Hall offers vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, as well as nondairy, wheat-free, gluten-free, and soy-free options.

Omega is not able to cook specifically for individual guests, but offers 24-hour access to a shared Guest Kitchenette Space (used by guests and Omega’s seasonal staff), where you will find a microwave, sink, and a guest-only refrigerator and freezer. You are invited to bring any supplemental foods with you that you may need. For those with severe food allergies (peanuts, soy, dairy, etc.), please contact Omega’s Special Needs Coordinator at 845.256.8144, ext. 181.

See the Eat section for more information about Dining at Omega.

What are my options to travel to Omega?

The Omega campus is conveniently located about 90 miles north of New York City and the major metropolitan area airports, and about 190 miles west of Boston. 

See Omega’s Travel section for more detailed information. You can also reach out to the Main Office at 877.944.2002.

By Car:

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 (Exit 64, 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 Pkwy. to the Taconic State Pkwy. North. Exit at Bull’s Head Road (Exit 64, 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:

By air, the best connections to Omega are from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY; Albany International Airport in Albany, NY; 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.) There is no direct connection to Omega from Albany, JFK, LaGuardia, 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.) Book your trip with Expedia and enjoy the Expedia best price guarantee!

Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff, NY; major connecting points are New York City (at Penn Station), Albany, Toronto, and Montreal. Call Amtrak at 800.872.7245 for information. Omega’s shuttle service can pick you up in Rhinecliff. See Omega Transportation Services.

You may take either Omega’s NYC 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. See Transportation Services.

Do you provide shuttle services?

Omega provides convenient shuttle services from Stewart Airport, charter buses from New York City, access to taxis and Rideshare opportunities, and other transportation options. See Omega’s Travel section, or call Omega’s Registration team at 877.944.2002 for the most up-to-date information.

Don’t want to drive? Omega Transportation Services offers a variety of alternate ways to easily travel to and from our campus if you take public transportation. You can also reserve a spot on our NYC Charter Bus with direct roundtrip service from New York City to Omega. Call 877.944.2002.

Omega offers a Rhinebeck/Rhinecliff Shuttle, a NYC Charter Bus, and a Stewart Airport Shuttle. Reservations are required for all Omega Transporation Services and full payment is due upon reservation. Seats sometimes sell out; please book early.

Rhinebeck/Rhinecliff Shuttle Service
Our shuttle service makes pick-ups in Rhinebeck (at the Beekman Arms Inn on West Market Street) or Rhinecliff (at the Amtrak Station) on Fridays and Sundays approximately once every hour from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Return service to the Beekman Arms and the Amtrak Station departs Omega every hour from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays. Call for availability when workshops begin and end on other days.The fee is $25 per person. Call 877.944.2002 or 845.256.8144 for information and to make reservations for this service.

NYC Charter Bus
Omega offers limited bus service on an air-conditioned coach to New York City at 1:15 p.m. during July and August only. The bus drops off at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 40th and 8th Avenue (625 8th Avenue). Pickup to Omega leaves Port Authority at 4:10pm from Gate 24. One-way fare is $50. For availability please call Omega registration at 877-944-2002. Reservations and payment in advance are required.

Stewart Airport (Newburgh) Van Service
Pick-ups are Friday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. curbside, outside of the baggage claim area. Return trips to Stewart depart Omega Sundays and Fridays at 1:15 p.m. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The fee is $45 each way. Shuttles may depart earlier if all passengers are accounted for. These times are subject to change. Please call to check schedule and availability before making reservations.

Cancellation & Refund Policy (for Omega Transportation Services Only)
A full refund is available if you give notice of cancellation at least three days (72 hours) in advance. The refund deadline is close of business on Tuesday for travel on Friday, and close of business on Thursday for travel on Sunday. No refund is available if less than three days’ notice is given.

Do I need travel insurance?

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, which insures you against unforeseen sickness, injury, job loss, inclement weather, and more. See the last section of Omega’s Travel page for a recommendation. 

What should I bring with me?

We suggest packing:

  • flashlight
  • reusable water bottle or thermos
  • toiletries
  • alarm clock
  • insect repellent
  • extra towels for the beach or Sauna
  • rain gear and umbrella
  • bathing suit (required for swimming)
  • extra blankets (depending on the time of year)
  • loose clothing or dancewear for daily open classes
  • meditation pillow or yoga mat, if desired (cushions and yoga mats are provided)
  • long pants, long sleeve shirts, and bug repellent (if you plan to camp or hike the trails)
What should I NOT bring with me?

We ask that you not bring:

  • Pets
  • Alcohol
  • Glass bottles
  • Recreational drugs
  • Candles
Will the event be mostly outside or inside?

Most of the event will take place inside, but you will certainly have opportunities to explore Omega’s beautiful campus. 

What can I expect upon arrival at Omega?

Sunday August 12.
4:00-7:00 p.m. Check in at Registration. Have a bite to eat in the Café if you are hungry, check out the Omega Store, make an appointment at the Wellness Center, and enjoy Omega’s 250-acre campus.
6:00-7:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner in the Dining Hall.

To keep the campus vehicle-free, Omega allows only their staff vehicles on interior roads. Guests park in the main parking lot, located within walking distance of campus buildings. On arrival and departure days, your luggage will be transported to and from your accommodations, or a central drop-off point for campers.

Late Arrivals
If you arrive after 9:00 p.m., please check in at the Guest Services office located across the street from the Main Office below the Café and to the left of the main parking lot. If you arrive after midnight, go to the bulletin board located outside of the Main Office doors adjacent to the parking lot. There you will find a packet with your room key, campus map, and other information you will need.  It is important that you check in at the Main Office between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. the next morning.

Is parking at Omega free and abundant?

To keep the campus vehicle-free, Omega allows only their staff vehicles on interior roads. Guests park in the main parking lot, located within walking distance of campus buildings. On arrival and departure days, your luggage will be transported to and from your accommodations, or a central drop-off point for campers.

Is Omega wheelchair accessible?

Omega’s campus is lovely, but it’s also large and hilly. Please contact Omega’s Special Needs Coordinator at 845.256.8144, ext. 181 before registering so we may better accommodate you. Wheelchair accessible accommodations are available. Omega also provides golf cart rides and other assistance.

What is the departure procedure for Omega?

Departure Procedures are posted in each room (or bath house for campers). Please honor the check-out time so our housekeeping staff can have sufficient time to prepare the rooms for newly arriving guests.

Check-Out Time is 1:00 p.m on Friday, August 17.

Luggage Assistance
If you would like Omega to transport your luggage to the main parking lot, please have your luggage packed and on your porch (or at the Luggage Shelter if you are camping or in a Tent Cabin) by 1:00 p.m.

Your luggage will be delivered to the Luggage Tent in the main parking lot for you to pick up at 2:30 p.m. If you need to leave before 2:30 p.m., have your luggage on your porch by 9:00 a.m.

Please Note: If you are taking the 1:15 p.m. NYC Charter Bus, the 1:15 p.m. Stewart Airport Shuttle, or the 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Rhinebeck/Rhinecliff Shuttle, you must have your luggage on your porch (or at the Luggage Shelter) before your workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information see  Omega Transportation Services.

Are there scholarships available for the Festival?

You can apply for a scholarship through Omega. 

Are there volunteer opportunities in exchange for a discount of the ticket price?

At this time, most volunteer places have already been filled. Please contact with any inquiries.  

What do the proceeds of this festival support?

The mission of the annual Celebrate Life Festival is to raise funds to donate to a chosen charity based on the theme of the Festival. This year’s theme is Restoring a Fragmented World and all proceeds after Festival expenses will go to the nonprofit organization The Pocket Project. You can also make individual donations directly on their website:

Do you accept financial contributions to support the Festival?

We invite you to support the Celebrate Life Festival by making a financial gift of any size to help to cover the production costs of the Festival. All profits from this year’s Festival will benefit The Pocket Project. Your gift to Inner Science LLC is not tax deductible. Contact us for more information about making a gift.

You may also make a direct donation to the Pocket Project here: