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07/31/2016 to 08/05/2016
Mark Morey
Empowerment for a Healthy World

In this time of rapid social and ecological change, the world needs courageous, connected, authentic leaders who understand the crises of our times and are willing to work towards positive change.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/05/2016 to 08/07/2016
Les Stroud
Reconnecting to the Earth

“I have made it my mission to help people understand the importance of the environment and how it affects their lives. It’s about reconnecting with the Earth.” —Les Stroud

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/07/2016 to 08/12/2016
Jay Cook
For kids ages 5–10

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

The program is part of Family Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/07/2016 to 08/12/2016
Jay Cook
Junior Ranger Program (For kids ages 10-13)

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

The program is part of Family Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/12/2016 to 08/14/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
Deepening Sustainability in Schools

To help solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of kids requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/14/2016 to 08/19/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
A Curriculum Design Studio for Educators & Administrators

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. It is based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/21/2016 to 08/26/2016
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity

This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/16/2016 to 09/18/2016
Dina Falconi
Make Your Own Personal Care Products

Are you looking for a better way to treat yourself and the planet? Learn to make customized, nontoxic, personal-care products perfectly suited to your skin, hair, and body.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/02/2016 to 10/07/2016
Rachel Schaeffer
Transform Your Life by Connecting With Nature

Stories are powerful. And we tell them to ourselves all the time.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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07/31/2016 to 08/05/2016
Mark Morey
Empowerment for a Healthy World

In this time of rapid social and ecological change, the world needs courageous, connected, authentic leaders who understand the crises of our times and are willing to work towards positive change.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/05/2016 to 08/07/2016
Les Stroud
Reconnecting to the Earth

“I have made it my mission to help people understand the importance of the environment and how it affects their lives. It’s about reconnecting with the Earth.” —Les Stroud

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/07/2016 to 08/12/2016
Jay Cook
For kids ages 5–10

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

The program is part of Family Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/07/2016 to 08/12/2016
Jay Cook
Junior Ranger Program (For kids ages 10-13)

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

The program is part of Family Week. Learn more.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/12/2016 to 08/14/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
Deepening Sustainability in Schools

To help solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of kids requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/14/2016 to 08/19/2016
Jaimie P. Cloud
A Curriculum Design Studio for Educators & Administrators

The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. It is based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/21/2016 to 08/26/2016
Lisa DePiano
Honoring the Principle of Diversity

This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.

Drawing on the wisdom of ecological systems and indigenous knowledge, permaculture offers us a vision, design approach, and tools to create a world of health and abundance.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/16/2016 to 09/18/2016
Dina Falconi
Make Your Own Personal Care Products

Are you looking for a better way to treat yourself and the planet? Learn to make customized, nontoxic, personal-care products perfectly suited to your skin, hair, and body.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/02/2016 to 10/07/2016
Rachel Schaeffer
Transform Your Life by Connecting With Nature

Stories are powerful. And we tell them to ourselves all the time.

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY

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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 South Central Los Angeles, his home. Explore more from Rafael Casal: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/rafael-casal. More
Like many people, Majora Carter, eco-enterpreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, had always aspired to move beyond from the community where she grew up. But after she moved away, and then returned home from college, she realized the political and economic vulnerability of her home neighborhood, and she knew she had to do something about it. Watch Majora Carter via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream More
Throughout nature, we can find useful examples of solutions to systemic engineering problems. Janine Benyus 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. Watch Janine Benyus at the Where We Go From Here conference via free live stream. More
The fastest way to achieve personal transformation is to change who it is we aspire to be when we grow up. Janine Benyus asks, "What if we aspire to be like nature when we grow up?" That, she explains, is what biomimicry is all about. Explore more from Janine Benyus 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 creating a rain garden is something anyone can do. Learn more about the ELIP program         More
Omega Institute How to Create a Lasagna Garden
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening is one of the fastest ways to start a garden and create healthy soil. See how students in the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program created a lasagna garden on Omega’s campus with Tama Jackson from AppleSeed Permaculture.   More
Omega Institute Janine Benyus: Design By Nature 2012: Gecko Technology
In this clip from her talk at the 2012 Design by Nature conference at Omega, Janine Benyus, a pioneer in the biomimicry movement, talks about how gecko technology is influencing the people who make our world. She says, “…a sustainable world already exists…and now it really just takes quieting human cleverness at this point.”   Watch Janine Benyus via the Where We Go From Here Conference Live Stream   More
Omega Institute Carter Majora Do What You Can
Majora Carter, an eco-entrepreneur and founder of Sustainable South Bronx and The Majora Carter Group, encourages you to do what you can—even if it’s something small—to make the world a better place for everyone. When you understand your power is something that can be exercised for the greater good, then all things are possible, including a sustainable planet.   More
We love our planet—that's why we think of every day as Earth Day. Omega's teachers agree, and they've got some suggestions for how you can make small changes in your life that will make a difference for all of us. Check out their tips then share your suggestions with us here.   More
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, explains the impact climate change has had in Bangladesh and how what he saw there inspired him to start a movement. The talk was delivered at the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference in 2012, where Omega was a sponsor. More

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Omega Institute Kids Will Love Vegetables Once They Know Them
"What we know," Poughkeepsie Farm Project education director Jamie Levato told the Seeds of Change conference audience, "is if you get kids excited about vegetables, if you show them what they can prepare, if you provide a fun and interesting learning environment with caring loving adults, they will love vegetables. They won't love them just baked into a muffin, or with some cinnamon and More
4 Key Takeaways From the Seeds of Change Conference
1. You Can’t Separate Social Justice & Sustainability  The interplay and interconnection between social justice and ecological sustainability was a major theme during the weekend gathering.  More
Omega Institute Working Together to Protect Water Could Unite Humanity by Maude Barlow
An Interview With Maude Barlow
Omega: What’s the state of groundwater withdrawal globally? Maude: NASA just put out a report. Of the 37 major aquifers in the world, 21 are deeply stressed to the point of very serious water displacement. The statistics are very terrifying. We are doubling our exploitation of groundwater every 20 years.  More
Omega Institute Calling for a New Water Ethic by Maude Barlow
We need a new water ethic. We need to place water at the center of everything we do: The way we produce food, the way we produce energy, the way way we produce goods, and the way we trade them. I call for this ethic in my book Our Blue Future: Protecting Water For People and the Planet Forever. There are four principles that can guide us in doing this. More
Omega Institute We’re All Seed Savers, Even If We Don’t Know It: An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
An Interview With Ken Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Library Cofounder
Omega: How can people who might not garden, let alone farm, get involved in seed saving?  Ken: One of the challenges I found when I started the Hudson Valley Seed Library was helping people understand their role in seed saving. I really wanted to help people understand how their decisions have repercussions on seeds. I started to see seed saving as a spectrum.  More

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