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09/29/2017 to 10/01/2017
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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
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.

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

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

Registration for Being Fearless opens on Friday, March 3, 2017.

As we look to understand our way forward, it is difficult to find common ground when positions have become so oppositional and hardened. As our ability to hear each other is compressed into the 140 characters of a tweet, and news has become spin—...

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
10/22/2017 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

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09/29/2017 to 10/01/2017
ken greene photo

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
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.

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

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

Registration for Being Fearless opens on Friday, March 3, 2017.

As we look to understand our way forward, it is difficult to find common ground when positions have become so oppositional and hardened. As our ability to hear each other is compressed into the 140 characters of a tweet, and news has become spin—...

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
10/22/2017 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

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During the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP), participants visited Hawthorne Valley Farm to learn about cultivating both outer and inner landscapes.   ELIP is a program of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).    More
Discover new ways to understand natural systems and how to live and work within them. 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 those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking.     More
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 those who have had the profound experience of learning and working with like-minded individuals to discover the beauty and wisdom of nature and whole systems thinking. Learn more about the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program   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 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
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
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
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. Explore more from Janine Benyus   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

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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
Omega Institute Forest Farms & Miraculous Mushrooms: An Interview With Steve Gabriel
An Interview With Steve Gabriel
Omega: What is forest farming? What makes it a unique way to connect people to the natural world? More
Omega Institute Zero Waste 101
Each year in the United States we generate garbage that weighs 254 million tons. The zero waste movement aims to bring this number as close to zero as possible. This may seem like wishful thinking at first glance, but a change in perspective could get us very close. More
Omega Institute Going Beyond Sustainability
Abrah Dresdale, a permaculture designer living in Massachusetts, tells Omega:   More
Omega Institute Crowdsourcing New Ways to Grow Food by Eric Toensmeier
Omega: What’s the inspiration and goal for the Apios Institute Wiki?   More
Omega Institute Help Teach Kids Sustainability
"If we want a sustainable future, we have to educate for a sustainable future," says Jaimie Cloud, founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. And if you are a parent who wants your child to attend a school that educates for sustainability, you may have to help your school make the transition to this kind of curriculum and instructional practice by encouraging them to become an early adopter/leader. More
Omega Institute Voices of Color From the Food Justice Movement
Food justice is the idea that everyone should have access to food that is fresh, healthy, and grown nearby. It also includes the principles that the local community is involved from farm to table and that workers are fairly treated and compensated.  More
Omega Institute Personal Growth Lessons From Permaculture: An Interview With Abrah Dresdale & Keith Zaltzberg
An Interview With Abrah Dresdale & Keith Zaltzberg
Omega: What do you mean when you say permaculture can be useful for changemakers? Abrah: Permaculture's regenerative design process can be used by anyone who is already anchored in a professional field. It is a framework to help people design and reimagine their personal lives, personal sustainability, approach to project management, and vision for the world. More

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