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05/08/2015 to 05/10/2015
Steve Gabriel
Growing Food, Medicine & More in a Sustainably Managed Woodlot
Join Steve Gabriel, coauthor of Farming the Woods, to learn how a healthy forest can be sustainably maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicine, and other goods. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
05/10/2015 to 05/15/2015
Andrew Faust
Homesteading, Ecovillages & Bioregional Economies
During this 5-day workshop with Andrew Faust, we explore how to meet human needs with ecological integrity through permaculture design. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/05/2015 to 06/07/2015
Dina Falconi
Learn how to make your own customized, nontoxic, personal care products in the comfort of your own kitchen with herbalist Dina Falconi, author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/26/2015 to 06/28/2015
Jackie Ottino Graf
An Exploration of Natural Dyes
In this fun, hands-on workshop with fiber artist Jackie Ottino Graf, we are introduced to the thrill and challenge of natural dyeing. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/17/2015 to 07/19/2015
Ricky Baruc
For Health & Transformation
This weekend with Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib, you gain skills and techniques to establish gardens and grow delicious food as nature intended, with minimal labor and energy. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/31/2015 to 08/02/2015
Joel Glanzberg
Tracking Patterns of Place & Human Belonging
Guided by seasoned permaculturalist Joel Glanzberg, learn to become an open observer and shift your mind to read patterns in the living landscape. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/16/2015 to 08/21/2015
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity
Open to women only, this advanced training is the next level of study for those who have graduated from the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/28/2015 to 08/30/2015
Marisa McClellan
How to Can, Process, Infuse & Dehydrate
In this workshop with popular food writer Marisa McClellan, we learn a variety of food preservation skills. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
05/08/2015 to 05/10/2015
Steve Gabriel
Growing Food, Medicine & More in a Sustainably Managed Woodlot
Join Steve Gabriel, coauthor of Farming the Woods, to learn how a healthy forest can be sustainably maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicine, and other goods. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
05/10/2015 to 05/15/2015
Andrew Faust
Homesteading, Ecovillages & Bioregional Economies
During this 5-day workshop with Andrew Faust, we explore how to meet human needs with ecological integrity through permaculture design. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/05/2015 to 06/07/2015
Dina Falconi
Learn how to make your own customized, nontoxic, personal care products in the comfort of your own kitchen with herbalist Dina Falconi, author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/26/2015 to 06/28/2015
Jackie Ottino Graf
An Exploration of Natural Dyes
In this fun, hands-on workshop with fiber artist Jackie Ottino Graf, we are introduced to the thrill and challenge of natural dyeing. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/17/2015 to 07/19/2015
Ricky Baruc
For Health & Transformation
This weekend with Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib, you gain skills and techniques to establish gardens and grow delicious food as nature intended, with minimal labor and energy. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/31/2015 to 08/02/2015
Joel Glanzberg
Tracking Patterns of Place & Human Belonging
Guided by seasoned permaculturalist Joel Glanzberg, learn to become an open observer and shift your mind to read patterns in the living landscape. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/16/2015 to 08/21/2015
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity
Open to women only, this advanced training is the next level of study for those who have graduated from the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/28/2015 to 08/30/2015
Marisa McClellan
How to Can, Process, Infuse & Dehydrate
In this workshop with popular food writer Marisa McClellan, we learn a variety of food preservation skills. More
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Ecological Literacy Immersion ProgramBuilding Our Regenerative FutureA 4-Week Certificate ProgramJuly 5–31, 2015 Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy, an understanding of the core principles that underlie all natural systems. More
jeremy rifkin where we go from here omega institute 2013
In October 2013, Omega hosted a number of leaders and visionaries in the field of sustainability for the annual Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference, Where We Go From Here. With a unique whole-systems perspective that recognizes the interdependence of all things, the conference explored opportunities for an interdependent world and offered creative solutions to the complex global challenges facing us today. More
During the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP), participants visited Hawthorne Valley Farm to learn about cultivating both outer and inner landscapes.   ELIP is a program of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).    More
Discover new ways to understand natural systems and how to live and work within them. The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program invites people from all walks of life with a passion for exploring ecological design from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. Listen to those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking.   More
The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program invites people from all walks of life with a passion for exploring ecological design from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. Listen to those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking. Learn more about the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program   More
Poet Rafael Casal gave a rousing performance at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference, Where We Go From Here. Hear how he describes sustainability from the perspective of those living in South Central Los Angeles, his home. Explore more from Rafael Casal: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/rafael-casal. More
Like many people, Majora Carter, eco-enterpreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, had always aspired to move beyond from the community where she grew up. But after she moved away, and then returned home from college, she realized the political and economic vulnerability of her home neighborhood, and she knew she had to do something about it. Watch Majora Carter via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream More
Throughout nature, we can find useful examples of solutions to systemic engineering problems. Janine Benyus explains how engineers and architects are dealing with the problem of birds flying into glass windows by studying how spiders keep birds from flying into their webs. Watch Janine Benyus at the Where We Go From Here conference via free live stream. More
The fastest way to achieve personal transformation is to change who it is we aspire to be when we grow up. Janine Benyus asks, "What if we aspire to be like nature when we grow up?" That, she explains, is what biomimicry is all about. Explore more from Janine Benyus More

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Omega Institute Nature Nurtures Spirituality & Environmentalism in Kids
You’ve probably heard that kids today spend far less time outdoors than they did two decades ago—it's probably true for you, too. According to studies, American kids spend half as much time outside today as they did in the 1990s, and more than a quarter of British children spend less than 30 minutes a week (that's less than 5 minutes a day) outdoors. More
Omega Institute The Resurgence of Local Currency
A Grassroots Way to Create Lasting System Change
It’s well-established that spending money at locally-owned businesses keeps money circulating in the community to a greater degree than money spent at national chain stores or online outlets. More
Omega Institute In Service of Sustainability: Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
Developing a Practice of Caring for Others & the Earth
It seems that all religions include teachings on how to be of service to the world and how to care for each other. For Hindus, karma yoga is the yoga of action and selfless service. Christians are encouraged to love one another and bear each others' burdens (Galatians 6:2). Muslims have the concept of īthār, or "preferring others to oneself." The Torah instructs Jews to love their neighbors (Leviticus 19:18). The Dalai Lama, a voice for the global Buddhist community, says, "My religion in kindness." What does this have to do with sustainability? Everything. More
Omega Institute Oysters Return to New York Harbor
New York City was once the oyster capital of the world. With more than 350 square miles of oyster beds in New York Harbor, it's estimated that at one point New York contained half of the world's oysters. Just about 100 years ago, the last of this abundant resource was deemed too polluted to eat and the oyster slipped out of our diet and into history books. More
Omega Center for Sustainable Living Where We Go From Here 2014 resource guide
Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons
Robert "Skip" Backus, Omega CEO and Founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Laura Weiland, Assistant Director, Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Bios: Robert “Skip” BackusLaura Weiland More
Omega Institute 4 Ways to Deepen Your Connection With Nature
Deepening your connection to nature doesn't mean you need to find a remote patch of wilderness and spend weeks living off the land while sleeping in a lean-to. It doesn't mean that you need to devote so much of your free time to being outside that it becomes a part-time job. More than anything, deepening your connection to nature requires cultivating awareness and attention. Here are four practices you can do anywhere, even if the most natural place you have access to is a city park. 1. Pay Attention to Place More
Omega Institute Nature Meditation 101
What: During nature meditation, you focus on one or more of the following: the sights, sounds, smells, or even the taste or feel of nature. Although nature meditation is typically performed outdoors, there are also nature-themed guided visualizations you can do indoors. Types: There are a number of ways to meditate with nature, including a sunset meditation, labyrinth meditation, or tree meditation. You can also practice walking meditation and standing meditation outside, or while concentrating on a nature-based theme inside. More
Omega Institute Forest Bathing
The Healing Potential of a Walk in the Woods
Spending time outside is instinctive and intuitive. After all, we evolved in tandem with the natural world, though most of us—especially Americans—don't spend much time there anymore. But as anyone who heads out for a walk or travels into the countryside for a weekend knows, being outdoors makes us feel good. More

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