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08/05/2016 to 08/07/2016
Les Stroud
Reconnecting to the Earth

“I have made it my mission to help people understand the importance of the environment and how it affects their lives. It’s about reconnecting with the Earth.” —Les Stroud

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/12/2016 to 08/14/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
Deepening Sustainability in Schools

To help solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of kids requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/14/2016 to 08/19/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
A Curriculum Design Studio for Educators & Administrators

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. It is based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/21/2016 to 08/26/2016
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity

This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/16/2016 to 09/18/2016
Dina Falconi
Make Your Own Personal Care Products

Are you looking for a better way to treat yourself and the planet? Learn to make customized, nontoxic, personal-care products perfectly suited to your skin, hair, and body.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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08/05/2016 to 08/07/2016
Les Stroud
Reconnecting to the Earth

“I have made it my mission to help people understand the importance of the environment and how it affects their lives. It’s about reconnecting with the Earth.” —Les Stroud

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/12/2016 to 08/14/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
Deepening Sustainability in Schools

To help solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of kids requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/14/2016 to 08/19/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
A Curriculum Design Studio for Educators & Administrators

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. It is based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/21/2016 to 08/26/2016
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity

This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/16/2016 to 09/18/2016
Dina Falconi
Make Your Own Personal Care Products

Are you looking for a better way to treat yourself and the planet? Learn to make customized, nontoxic, personal-care products perfectly suited to your skin, hair, and body.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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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
During Omega’s six-week Ecological Literacy Immersion (ELIP) program, Barton Kirk and Pete A. Muñoz led a permaculture project to build a rain garden—and built community along the way. Although it took 30 people a day and a half to build this particular rain garden at Omega, Kirk and Muñoz say that creating a rain garden is something anyone can do. Learn more about the ELIP program         More
Omega Institute How to Create a Lasagna Garden
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening is one of the fastest ways to start a garden and create healthy soil. See how students in the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program created a lasagna garden on Omega’s campus with Tama Jackson from AppleSeed Permaculture.   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
Omega Institute Janine Benyus: Design By Nature 2012: Gecko Technology
In this clip from her talk at the 2012 Design by Nature conference at Omega, Janine Benyus, a pioneer in the biomimicry movement, talks about how gecko technology is influencing the people who make our world. She says, “…a sustainable world already exists…and now it really just takes quieting human cleverness at this point.”   Watch Janine Benyus via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream   More
Omega Institute Carter Majora Do What You Can
Majora Carter, an eco-entrepreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx and The Majora Carter Group, encourages you to do what you can—even if it’s something small—to make the world a better place for everyone. When you understand your power is something that can be exercised for the greater good, then all things are possible, including a sustainable planet.   More
We love our planet—that's why we think of every day as Earth Day. Omega's teachers agree, and they've got some suggestions for how you can make small changes in your life that will make a difference for all of us. Check out their tips then share your suggestions with us here.   More
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, explains the impact climate change has had in Bangladesh and how what he saw there inspired him to start a movement. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor. More
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, shares his insights and opinion on the importance of shifting the economy away from fossil fuel subsidies. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor. More

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Omega Institute Calling for a New Water Ethic by Maude Barlow
We need a new water ethic. We need to place water at the center of everything we do: The way we produce food, the way we produce energy, the way way we produce goods, and the way we trade them. I call for this ethic in my book Our Blue Future: Protecting Water For People and the Planet Forever. There are four principles that can guide us in doing this. More
Omega Institute We’re All Seed Savers, Even If We Don’t Know It: An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
Omega: How can people who might not garden, let alone farm, get involved in seed saving?  Ken: One of the challenges I found when I started the Hudson Valley Seed Library was helping people understand their role in seed saving. I really wanted to help people understand how their decisions have repercussions on seeds. I started to see seed saving as a spectrum.  More
Omega Institute Wild Fall Pesto by Suzanne Boothby
Pesto is quick to make and versatile in the kitchen. It can be tossed with pasta, used as a base for dipping vegetables, or added to omelets for extra color and zing. You can make pesto with the last of the herbs in the garden and freeze it for enjoyment throughout the colder months. More
Omega Institute Caring for Our Soil Is Caring for Our Climate
According to researchers at Ohio State University’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, global agricultural methods have depleted soils of 50 to 70 percent of their carbon. Without carbon, soil loses its life—and it's much more difficult to grown nutrient-rich food in lifeless soil. More
Omega Institute Drawing Closer to Nature
Botanical Illustration Brings a Long Tradition to a New Movement
It seems like nearly everything today is digital. For many people, listening to music, watching movies and television, or reading the news takes place solely on digital devices, and often all on the same device. Creating art—photography especially—is often done digitally and shared solely online. Set against the backdrop of this pixelated world is a revived interest in creating things by hand. Botanical illustration is a great case in point. More
Omega Institute Preserving Food Saves Farms & Flavor: An Interview With Marisa McClellan
An Interview With Marisa McClellan
Omega: How did you get started preserving food at home? Marisa: I grew up doing it with my mom. We lived in Portland, Oregon, and had apple trees and blackberry bushes in and around our yard and in the neighborhood. We’d go picking and do a little canning—not tons and tons, but I knew how to do it. When I was in my mid-20s I went blueberry picking one day, and came home with 13 pounds of blueberries. That was the instigator. I canned some jam and I loved it. I wanted to do more, and it just went from there.  More
Omega Institute Looking for Silence
"There's a great space in which this moment takes place. There's a great silence that is listening to the thoughts," says Adyashanti, a spiritual teacher who leads silent retreats at Omega and elsewhere.  “In the end it’s all very simple. Either we give ourselves to silence or we don’t,” he says. But how can we find silence in the cacophony of our modern world? Cities have always been loud, but noise has now crept into the suburbs, and even the wild, and is nearly impossible to escape.  More
Omega Institute Avoid Burnout: Grow Your Own Food
Anyone who has been closely involved in social or environmental justice work for a while is likely to have experienced moments of complete overwhelm, even sometimes to the point of hopelessness. It’s very easy to feel like all of your best efforts aren’t amounting to much of anything. It’s during those times that staying grounded is so important.  More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Steady State Economy
Today we live in an era of information, statistics, metrics, and measures. In nearly all aspects of life things are quantified by data—sometimes, it seems, to the point that the metric becomes confused with the thing being measured. The Dominance of the GDP  In economics this preoccupation with data manifests itself in the close scrutiny of the Gross Domestic Product. Is the GDP growing? Is it growing fast enough? What can we do to increase its growth? More

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