Learning Paths

Core Staff Jobs

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.

Learning paths content lists

09/08/2017 to 09/10/2017
How to Can, Process, Infuse & Dehydrate

There are so many misconceptions about home canning and preserving these days. It's hard. It's expensive. It requires tons of sugar. You need a lot of specialized equipment. But the truth is very different. With just a bit of information, canning...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/29/2017 to 10/01/2017

Seeds are living beings. They are storytellers that can teach us about generosity, compassion, and resilience in the face of adversity. Seeds are time travelers, and can whisper to us about our ancestors, the present moment, and future...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/06/2017 to 10/08/2017
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.

Whether you want to avoid the chemicals found in many products,...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/08/2017 to 10/13/2017
Serving Vulnerable Populations With Yoga & Contemplative Practice

Are you interested in bringing mindfulness or yoga to vulnerable populations? Are you already serving these populations, and wanting to increase your impact? This immersive training helps you develop the teaching skills and organizational...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/08/2017 to 10/13/2017
From Farm Houses to Fancy Parlors

Explore New York’s historic Hudson Valley region in peak leaf-viewing season with an insider’s tour of majestic mansions, sprawling gardens, historic farm houses, landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of painting, and much more.

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Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Action in a Time of Disruption

CNN political contributor Van Jones talks about taking action and giving a damn....

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Sharing a Life of Passion & Purpose

A loving primary relationship can inspire and support a fully engaged life. Yet it’s not easy for relationships to stay fresh and evolve amid the demands of family, work, and society.

In this couples workshop—rich with creativity,...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Action in a Time of Disruption

CNN political contributor Van Jones talks about taking action and giving a damn....

Location:
10/20/2017 to 10/22/2017
Level Two

In the shamanic worldview, we are all interconnected through time and space by a living, conscious web. This concept, understood as “oneness,” allows us to affect change regardless of our physical placement in time and geography. In this workshop...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/20/2017 to 10/22/2017

Join award-winning photographer Robert Sturman and discover the foundational principles of how to make powerful, poetic images. With hands-on training, along with interactive photo shoots that feature models in yoga poses, we explore topics such...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/08/2017 to 09/10/2017
How to Can, Process, Infuse & Dehydrate

There are so many misconceptions about home canning and preserving these days. It's hard. It's expensive. It requires tons of sugar. You need a lot of specialized equipment. But the truth is very different. With just a bit of information, canning...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
09/29/2017 to 10/01/2017

Seeds are living beings. They are storytellers that can teach us about generosity, compassion, and resilience in the face of adversity. Seeds are time travelers, and can whisper to us about our ancestors, the present moment, and future...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/06/2017 to 10/08/2017
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.

Whether you want to avoid the chemicals found in many products,...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/08/2017 to 10/13/2017
Serving Vulnerable Populations With Yoga & Contemplative Practice

Are you interested in bringing mindfulness or yoga to vulnerable populations? Are you already serving these populations, and wanting to increase your impact? This immersive training helps you develop the teaching skills and organizational...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/08/2017 to 10/13/2017
From Farm Houses to Fancy Parlors

Explore New York’s historic Hudson Valley region in peak leaf-viewing season with an insider’s tour of majestic mansions, sprawling gardens, historic farm houses, landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of painting, and much more.

...
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Action in a Time of Disruption

CNN political contributor Van Jones talks about taking action and giving a damn....

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Sharing a Life of Passion & Purpose

A loving primary relationship can inspire and support a fully engaged life. Yet it’s not easy for relationships to stay fresh and evolve amid the demands of family, work, and society.

In this couples workshop—rich with creativity,...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/20/2017 to 10/22/2017
Level Two

In the shamanic worldview, we are all interconnected through time and space by a living, conscious web. This concept, understood as “oneness,” allows us to affect change regardless of our physical placement in time and geography. In this workshop...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
10/20/2017 to 10/22/2017

Join award-winning photographer Robert Sturman and discover the foundational principles of how to make powerful, poetic images. With hands-on training, along with interactive photo shoots that feature models in yoga poses, we explore topics such...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
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
10/05/2013 to 12/31/2016
Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World

Get inspired to make change! In October 2013, Omega hosted a number of leaders and visionaries in the field of sustainability for the annual OCSL conference, Where We Go From Here.

With a unique whole-systems perspective that...

01/06/2015 to 12/31/2016
Building the Collaborative Commons


Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.

From its beginnings as Water of Life, to Design by Nature, and now...

04/15/2015 to 12/31/2016

Whether it’s addressing the World Trade Organization to challenge globalization, riding horses along the Enbridge Pipeline route to battle big oil, or setting new demonstration records to demand action on climate change, women leaders Vandana...

10/09/2015 to 12/31/2016
An Omega Center for Sustainable Living Online Event

Over the past decade, presenters and participants at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's conferences have added an important voice to the national conversation on our environmental, economic, and social challenges.

By bringing...

03/27/2016 to 12/31/2016

What wisdom can we gather from the Earth and from each other?

Teachers from the Omega Women's Leadership Center and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living discuss how their different disciplines help us ask the right questions to...

10/13/2017 to 10/15/2017
Action in a Time of Disruption

CNN political contributor Van Jones talks about taking action and giving a damn....

In 2006, social entrepreneur Van Jones was working at the local level on fundraising for children's initiatives. Three years later he was overseeing a budget of $80 billion as a member of the Obama White House. How did he get there? Watch to find out. Van Jones will be speaking at our 2017 Being Fearless Conference. Come to our Rhinebeck campus or watch live online. More
Majora Carter, eco-enterpreneur, urban revitilization strategist, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, reminds us that the cost of poverty is too high a bill for humanity to pay any longer. More
Majora Carter, eco-enterpreneur, urban revitilization strategist, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, asks us to think bigger about our environment, our future, and what is not only necessary, but possible. More
Majora Carter, eco-entrepreneur, urban revitalization strategist, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, explains why no community should bear the brunt of environmental burdens and not enjoy environment benefits. More
Bill McKibben is an environmental activist, founder of 350.org, and bestselling author of the novel The End of Nature. Here at the 2015 Seeds of Change Conference, McKibben talks about recognizing that taking collective action is one of the most powerful things we can do when it comes to combating climate change. He urges us to join together with others in meaningful movements that are large enough to matter. More
Want to know what the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP) is all about?  ELIP participants share some of their experiences learning and applying permaculture design principles. At the conclusion of this month long program, each participant earned an internationally recognized permaculture design certificate. More
Ecological Literacy Immersion ProgramBuilding Our Regenerative FutureA 4-Week Certificate ProgramJuly 2-28, 2017 Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy—an understanding of the patterns and principles that underlie all living systems. More
Over the past decade, presenters and participants at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's conferences have added an important voice to the national conversation on our environmental, economic and social challenges. At the OCSL's Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons conference, Vandana Shiva and Winona LaDuke were joined by renowned water advocate Maude Barlow, consumer activist and political commentator Ralph Nader, ecological visionary John Todd, and grassroots seed freedom and food justice advocates Ken Greene, Natasha Bowens, Jalal Sabur, and Will Allen. More
In this excerpt from an Omega Unscripted teacher talk with Winona LaDuke and Osprey Orielle Lake, Vandana Shiva describes how we need to embrace our diversity on every level if we're looking to liberate all citizens of earth. We tend to confront the patriarchy on a household level, but Shiva says that the new patriarchy exists in the corporate world and is woven into our capitalist society. By addressing the patriarchy in all of its layers, we can work towards the liberation of all humans—men and women—and be better citizens of the earth. More
The Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP), part of Omega's Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), is a transformational 4­-week residential certificate program that provides participants with an innovative approach to community and landscape design to regenerate the health and well­-being of people and our planet. In this video, ELIP participants visit nearby Hawthorne Valley Farm to learn about cultivating both outer and inner landscapes. More
An Interview With Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees and Matt Kolan
Omega Center for Sustainable Living: What is radical reciprocity? Matt: When most people think about reciprocity, they think about how a relationship can be of mutual benefit to the people involved. This concept is rooted in a transactional mindset that sees humans as consumers; the nonhuman world as natural resources; and our relationships as social capital. This perspective doesn’t consider the larger whole. More
woman lifting up happy baby
Hope has a bad name these days among certain teachers. On the one hand, it seems to suggest wishful thinking that distracts us from a sober assessment of reality and fosters unrealistic expectations. As Nietzsche put it, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.” Meanwhile, in the language of “spirituality,” hope implies a rejection of the present moment, or perhaps a taint of doubt eroding the creative power of one’s intentions. But let us not be so quick to dismiss this primal element of the human psyche. More
An Interview With John Todd
Omega: How did you come to dedicate your life to water reclamation?  More
In the town of Liverpool, New York, just north of Syracuse on Lake Onondaga, you'll find Café at 407, serving delicious, seasonal, locally produced, and handmade food. Opened in 2009, the café's main objective is to support Ophelia's Place, a nonprofit that is dedicated to changing the culture and conversation around eating disorders, body image, and body dissatisfaction. More
Rejuvenation and restoration are not just about self-care—they're also integral to our capacity for service in our communities. More
Permaculture Teacher Training for Women
Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Norma Bowe created a group focused on community service and activism in Newark, New Jersey, called Be the Change, that is working to do just that. Newark’s crime rate is five times above the national average. It’s also the second-to-last in the nation for green spaces and parks compared to other U.S. cities of the same size. More