Omega Center for Sustainable Living Past Programs
April 28-May 3
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Watersheds, Ecosyystems & Infrastructure
Joel Glanzberg and Peter A. Munoz
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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