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Ecological Literacy Immersion Program

Building Our Regenerative Future: A 4-Week Certificate Program
July 5-31

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 200-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.

Tuition & Payment 

Tuition for this program is $2,700 for 4 weeks, including platform camping and meals. Accommodations may be upgraded for an additional fee. Please contact Lauraw@eomega.org for details. 

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

Registration discounts are available:
Register by Friday, January 30 for a $200 discount
Register by Tuesday, March 31 for a $150 discount
Register by Monday, June 1 for a $100 discount. 

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. 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON COURSE
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. To learn more or to add this workshop when you register for ELIP, please call 877.944.2002.