Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Mental Health Practice ~ A 5-Day Professional Training Retreat

About us

In this 5-day training, mental health professionals learn an empowering set of solutions to the problem of human suffering.                                                                                                                     

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer evidence-based approach that offers empowering solutions to the problem of human suffering and its alleviation.

Led by a dynamic husband and wife team, we explore ACT as a model and intervention technology. Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises, we learn dynamic skills and strategies to help our clients live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to control or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. We also learn how ACT can be integrated effectively into mental health practice.

ACT seeks to transform the root sources of human suffering by balancing mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life. ACT has been applied successfully to many forms of human suffering and can be flexibly and fluidly applied in a variety of mental health settings.

All levels of mental health professionals, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, are welcome. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

"John and Jamie’s ACT workshop at the Omega Institute was fun, inspiring, and informative. I recommend the workshop for anyone wanting to understand the nuts, bolts, and nuances of ACT." ~ Rob Polishook, MA, CPC, mental training coach and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group

Event Highlights

  • Registration will be available online at the Omega Institute website in March 2018.
  • You may also register early by phone (see below).
  • Phone (for registration or any general questions)
  • 877.944.2002 (toll free in the United States)
  • 845.580.9049 (International)
  • Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Friday
  • 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Fax
  • 845.266.3769
  • Email
  • Mail
  • Omega Institute
  • 150 Lake Drive
  • Rhinebeck, NY 12572


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio


Map Directions
Omega Institute, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Omega is conveniently located about 90 miles north of New York City and the major metropolitan area airports, and about 190 miles west of Boston.

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 (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 (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.

Transportation Services
What Omega Offers

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 $22 per person. Call 877.944.2002 or 845.256.8144 for information and to make reservations for this service.

NYC Charter Bus
An air-conditioned Coach picks up passengers at 4:15 p.m. Fridays and Sundays at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 40th and 8th Avenue (625 8th Avenue) and brings passengers directly to Omega. Contact Omega for most current gate information. Return trips to New York City depart Omega Sundays and Fridays at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Port Authority Bus Terminal by 4:15 p.m. The fee is $50 each way. Charter bus service is not available before May 20 or after September 29.

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.

Other Taxi/Limo Services

Please call for rates; pick-ups may need to be scheduled in advance.

Airport Service: To and from local Airports (JFK, LaGuardia, Stewart, and Albany)
Chariot Airport Taxi 845.876.3000
Cross County Taxi (Ali) 845.518.4728
Del Roy Taxi 845.452.1222
Upstate Green Cab (Albany Airport only) 518.956.0332
MZ Limo 917.299.6131
PLS Limo 914.993.0900/ 845.226.5466
Rhinecliff Annandale Taxi 845.532.5788
Visconti Limo 845.567.3560

Local Service: Serving Rhinebeck and local area near Omega
Blue Top Taxi 845.758.8294
Chariot Taxi 845.264.2024
Red Hook-Rhinebeck Taxi 845.758.1478/ 845.876.2010
Rhinebeck Taxi 845.876.6600/ 845.532.8918
Rhinecliff Annandale Taxi 845.532.5788
Town Taxi 845.876.8100
Valley Taxi 845.454.1818

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