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Rhinebeck, New York

Core Staff: Core Staff live off campus and support Omega in a variety of managerial and administrative positions. These are year-round, salaried jobs with a full benefits package, including health and dental insurance.

Temporary and Hourly Staff: Temporary and hourly staff live off campus and support Omega in a variety of administrative tasks for an hourly wage. These positions do not include benefits.

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10/22/2017 to 10/27/2017
Healing & Empowerment

Shamanism teaches us to use the powers of nature to heal. In the ancient system of Reiki, we channel life force energy to heal and restore balance. In this master level certification program, guided by two established teachers of shamanism and...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

Sit in powerful ceremonies. Experience energetic initiations. Shed the old skin of the past. Usher in a new era.

It is rare for indigenous shamans from South America to leave their villages to share their traditions and wisdom. In The...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/27/2017 to 10/29/2017

Sit in powerful ceremonies. Experience energetic initiations. Shed the old skin of the past. Usher in a new era.

It is rare for indigenous shamans from South America to leave their villages to share their traditions and wisdom. In The...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program invites people from all walks of life with a passion for exploring ecological design from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. Listen to graduates of the program testify to the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking. More
Poet Rafael Casal gave a rousing performance at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference, Where We Go From Here. Hear how he describes sustainability from the perspective of those living in his home of South Central Los Angeles. 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 anyone can do it. More
The fastest way to achieve personal transformation is to change who it is we aspire to be when we grow up. Natural science author and innovation consultant Janine Benyus asks, "What if we aspire to be like nature when we grow up?" That, she explains, is what biomimicry is all about. More
Throughout nature, we can find useful examples of solutions to systemic engineering problems. Janine Benyus, a biologist, author, innovation consultant and self proclaimed “nature nerd,” 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. More
Dana Levy, PhD, the program manager for industrial research at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) works to improve New York State’s economic competitiveness and energy efficiency in an environmentally sound way. In a classic case of biomimicry, he explains how the shape of the Kingfisher’s beak led to faster and quieter bullet trains. More
Change is not easy, but it is up to us to make it our world the place we want it to be. Award-winning author and pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy movement, Van Jones was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world. In this keynote presentation from Omega's Design by Nature conference, he discusses the politics of the green economy and why it's a lot less complicated than you might think. More
The marketplace is a democracy where our vote counts says John Perkins, activist and author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions Of An Economic Hitman. Founder of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, non-profits that promote sustainability, Perkins is also widely known for his writings on shamanism. More
After a walk with his dog, a Swiss man went through the painstaking task of pulling burrs out of his dog’s fur. That’s when he got the idea for velcro, a temporary attachment technique inspired by nature. This biology-to-design process is referred to as Biomimicry. In this video, program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry as learning from nature and making an industrial equivalent. More
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness. More
Dutchess Outreach, one of the largest emergency food providers in the Hudson Valley, recently gathered more than 100 people to recognize the many volunteers and partners that help “alleviate the myriad difficulties poor people face every day.” Omega FoodWorks was one of the organizations honored and presented with a Community Service Award for helping combat the unacceptable levels of food insecurity in our communities.  More
Omega Institute Sharing a Life of Passion & Purpose: An Interview With Deb Habib & Ricky Baruc
An Interview With Deb Habib & Ricky Baruc
Omega: Many couples would find it challenging to be business partners. What have you learned from farming that you’ve been able to apply to your relationship? More
Omega Institute How to Leave Things Better Than You Find Them: An Interview With Mark Morey
An Interview With Mark Morey
Omega: Is there one big question that drives your life and work? Mark: How can I leave the earth better than I found it? More specifically, in these times, how can I set in motion a regenerative system of healing through long-term cultural practices of connection to self, others, and nature? Omega: What is the most important thing you've learned from your relationships with indigenous cultures and people? More
Omega Institute To Recycle or Not to Recycle? It's a More Important Question Than You Might Think
It's a More Important Question Than You Might Think
Have you ever stood in front of the recycling bin wondering if the handful of packaging you're holding can be recycled? More
Omega Institute 9 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste
Waste is easy to generate in American society, but it takes up space, contributes to harmful pollution, destroys ecosystems, and creates greenhouse gas emissions. What can we do to minimize our waste? Here are 9 simple tips. More