Omega Center for Sustainable Living Past Programs

2014

May 4-9
Permaculture Ways of Living
Homesteading, Ecovillages & Bioregional Economies
Andrew Faust
Leading permaculture teacher Andrew Faust offers simple and effective ways for you to live off-the-grid.

May 16-18
Create Your Paradise Lot
Turning Your Yard Into an Edible Oasis
Eric Toensmeier, Jonathan Bates
Learn how to transform your urban yard into an edible paradise, saving you money as you develop strategies to consumer home-grown plants. 

June 13-15
Foraging, Feasting & Botanical Art
Identify, Draw, Harvest & Prepare Wild Edible Plants
Dina Falconi, Wendy Hollender
Explore the culinary and artistic beauty of local wild plants as you learn to identify, draw, harvest, and prepare these ancient edible and medicinal plants.

June 20-22
Leading From The Emerging Future
Transforming Ego-System Into Eco-System Economies
Otto Scharmer, Arawana Hayashi
Explore the Emerging Future with Otto Scharmer and Arawana Hayashi and transform ego-system economies into eco-system economies. 

July 6-August 1
Ecological Literacy Immersion Program
Building Our Regenerative Future: A 4-Week Certificate Program
While deepening our understanding of place, we look at current challenges and learn from the solutions that exist at Omega and around the world.

July 11-13
Grow Food Everywhere
For Health & Transformation
Ricky Baruc, Deb Habib
Transform your health and community by growing fresh, local food, no matter where you live.

October 24-26
Where We Go From Here Conference
Building the Collaborative Commons
Vandana Shiva, Jeremy Rifkin, Van Jones, David Bollier, David W. Orr, Bob Berkebile, Robert "Skip" Backus, Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke, and more.
 

2013

April 28-May 3
Permaculture Homesteading
Andrew Faust
During this 5-day workshop, leading permaculture teacher Andrew Faust shows you how to live off the grid, while staying connected to your community and the world.

June 16–July 26
Ecological Literacy Immersion Program
Building Our Regenerative Future: A 6-Week Certificate Program
Robert "Skip" Backus, Bill Reed, John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd, Ethan Roland, Julie Sammons, Dan Kittredge, Ben Falk, Byron W. Salladin, Pete A. Muñoz, Barton Kirk, Jennifer Dowdell, Susan E. Powers, Erik Kiviat, Steffan Schneider, Rachel Schneider, Martin Ping, Ned Sullivan, Josh Stack, Kevin Stack, Carl Big Heart, Laura Weiland, Michele Bertran, Sarah Urech, Lois Guarino, Heidi Hunter, Tama Jackson, Michael Wironen, Peter Gold, Edward W. Bastian, Mark Dorfman 

June 28–30
Grow Food Everywhere
Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib
Gain innovative skills and techniques to establish gardens and grow abundant, delicious food as nature intended, with minimal labor and energy.

June 28–30
Ecological Literacy
John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd
Develop your ecological literacy—a practical understanding of the emerging science and practice of earth stewardship—with ecological design pioneers John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd.

October 4–6
Where We Go From Here
Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World
President Bill Clinton, Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus, David W. Orr, Majora Carter, Paul Hawken, Bob Berkebile, Michael E. Reynolds, Robert “Skip” Backus, Carla Goldstein, Peter Buffett, Maya Azucena

2012

June 22-29  Part 1
August 19-26  Part 2
Permaculture Design Certification
Kay Cafasso and Dave Jacke, MA
A certification course that offers a thorough understanding of how to assess a landscape for ecological design and how to design a more productive and ecologically balanced living environment. During this training, learn about enhancing the ecology of your own backyard, find out how to mimic natural systems by linking elements into functional networks, and explore how to create and improve thriving ecosystems that nourish the natural landscape, feed the human spirit, and strengthen our communities.

October 5-7
Watersheds, Ecosyystems & Infrastructure
Joel Glanzberg and Peter A. Munoz

October 12-14
Ecological Literacy
John Todd, PhD, and Nancy Jack Todd
A workshop exploring a practical understanding of the merging science and practice of Earth stewardship. Using the OCSL as a concrete rationale for the design conversation, we craft a broad meaning for ecological literacy. We develop ecological solutions for ourselves, our households, and our communities that are sustainable and adapted to a world in which material resources are limited and information is rich and diverse.

October 19-21
Design By Nature: A Conference on Sustainable Design for a New Earth
Janine Benyus, Van Jones, Jeremy Rifkin, Dickson Despommier, Bob Berkabile, Natalie Jeremijenko, Nick Bowden, Robert “Skip” Backus

October 26-28
Edible Landscaping
Ethan Roland, MS
In this workshop, learn the 30 edible landscaping species and the basic practices for planting a diversity of fruits, berries, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Part of the worshop includes edible landscaping design exercises for your home.

2011

June 10-12
Ecological By Design
Dave Jacke, MA and Kay Cafasso
Disovering the fundamentals of ecological design by exploring permaculture principles and case studies from around the world. By applying ecological design methods, we come to grasp a new conceptual framework and learn essential skills for renewing ourselves our ecosystems, and our human communities.

August 19-21
Design By Nature: Preserving Life’s Essentials, Bread Water & Shelter
Erin Brockovich, Majora Carter, Laurie David, Josh Fox, Frances Moore Lappe, Bob Berkabile, Robert “Skip” Backus

October 7-9
Mindfulness Meditation in Nature
Mark Coleman, MA
Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, we enjoy the art of meditation outdoors amidst the natural beauty of Omega’s forests, gardens, and grounds. Learn about the essential practice of mindfulness – the capacity to be present, aware, and awake to ourselves, our environment, and what is happening in the present moment.

2010

July 23-25
Mindfulness Meditation in Nature
Mark Coleman, MA
Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, we enjoy the art of meditation outdoors amidst the natural beauty of Omega’s forests, gardens, and grounds. Learn about the essential practice of mindfulness—the capacity to be present, aware, and awake to ourselves, our environment, and what is happening in the present moment.

October 15-17
Nature & The Human Soul
Richard Rohr, OFM
Drawing on the depth of the Franciscan tradition’s love of nature, Father Rohr leads a workshop in teachings, small group work, ritual and guided reflection in nature. Learn to reconnect with the natural world and its cycles as a way of opening a window to our own soul as well as a way to heal the environmental and spiritual crises of our time.

October 15-17
Design By Nature: Creative Solutions with Biomimicry, Permaculture & Sustainable Design
Dayna Baumeister, Bob Berkabile, Laura Lesniewski, Dana Levy, Jason F. McLennan, John Todd, Penny Livingston-Stark