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Ecological Literacy Immersion Program

Building Our Regenerative Future: A 4-Week Certificate Program

**Save the Date! The next Ecological Literacy Immersion Program will be held July 3–29, 2016. Information below is from the 2015 program, now passed. Updated course information coming soon.** 

Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy, an understanding of the core principles that underlie all natural systems. Using the framework of regenerative design—a whole system, place-based approach to problem solving that considers the connections between society, nature, and individuals—this innovative 4-week residential certificate program explores new ways to create communities that regenerate the health and well-being of all living things.

Using the 260-acre Omega campus as our classroom, we learn to consciously design our learning goals, the physical landscape, and the social systems we would like to create. While deepening our understanding of place, we look at current challenges and learn from the solutions that exist at Omega and around the world. Guided by experts in the fields of permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, ecological engineering, water and soil science, renewable energy, and whole systems design, we explore the potential for building a regenerative future.

Through lectures, discussion, hands-on projects, field trips, community experience, and personal reflection, we explore ecology from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. What we learn in the process is an approach that can be applied to creative problem solving anywhere. 

Participants in this 4-week program will earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. College credit and a certificate of attendance are also available, with a separate fee.

Tuition & Payment 

Tuition for this program is $2,475 for 4 weeks, including platform camping and meals. Accommodations may be upgraded for an additional fee. Please contact for details. 

Enrollment for this program is limited to 30 students, so apply early. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis. A recommendation form is suggested for this program. 

Once you have been notified of acceptance into the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program, you must call to confirm your intention to attend the course and pay the $500 program deposit in order to hold your place in the program. Registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full must be received no later than Friday, June 12, 2015.

Two work-trade opportunities are available in exchange for a 50% tuition discount. To apply, please add a cover letter outlining your interest and skills, with your resume and/or portfolio, along with your program application. A recommendation form is required for work-trade positions. 

Scholarships are available. To apply, please fill out the scholarship application form, as well as a  recommendation form

The Grow Food Everywhere workshop on July 17–19, led by Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib, is open to ELIP participants at a discounted rate. The total cost for this weekend program is $100 for those registered in the 4-week Ecological Literacy Immersion Program. This course is highly recommended for those who are looking for further hands-on experience.