Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Conference

Drawdown Learn Conference

What Schools & Communities Can Do About Climate Change

Oct 18 - Oct 20 2019 Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Omega Center for Sustainable Living for this weekend conference to cultivate and strengthen partnerships in the effort to reverse global warming.

Check back in coming weeks as this event continues to develop.  We are speaking with many partners and will announce the full line up of 2019 presenters in the spring. View the 2018 incubation event presenter and breakout topics list here.  Public registration is limited, register early.  We will include a waiting list once general admission has closed. 

In order to reverse global warming, it’s time for everyone to get involved—to connect and partner, and to weave together disparate efforts into local, regional, and global solutions-oriented movements.

And what better way than by engaging with and supporting the young people who have the largest stake in our efforts?

Since the nonprofit, environmental organization Project Drawdown published Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming in 2017, schools, community groups, nonprofits, governments, businesses, and individuals have been galvanized by the solutions-based blueprint.

Join the Omega Center for Sustainable Living and many partner organizations for this weekend conference to cultivate and strengthen relationships; share information, resources, and curriculum ideas; learn with and from young leaders; get inspired about what’s possible; and develop the support needed to achieve Drawdown by 2050—the critical point when atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations peak and decrease each year after.

Through inspiring talks, resource sharing, event exhibitions, and breakout and unconference sessions, you:

  • Gain updates on Project Drawdown’s findings and goals
  • Explore other practical roadmaps and goals in conjunction with Drawdown, such as those offered by the United Nations, Stockholm Resilience Center, and the Blue Planet Aliance, among others.
  • Be part of an emboldened and growing network of early adopters who wish to do more through schools and community work
  • Nurture and support youth leadership
  • Help bring intersectionality more fully to the forefront of our efforts
  • Consider adaptation strategies and how schools, communities, and businesses can support local government efforts
  • Begin or deepen partnerships, collaboration, and mutual support toward learning and implementing Drawdown solutions with your school community, municipality, and other potential partners in your district, city, or town

In 2018, along with the project Drawdown team, more than 200 participants representing dozens of schools and partner organizations gathered at Omega to learn together and incubate ideas.

We invite you to join this expanded gathering in 2019 to further amplify Drawdown solutions across several areas: community/cross-sector education, action, and organizing efforts; K-12 education; higher education, and through innovation, ideas, and technology.

Join fellow students, activists, educators, curriculum developers, organizations, librarians, parents, and local officials taking action to reverse global warming, including a growing number of young leaders demonstrating that age does not determine who belongs at the table.

Our overarching goal has been to help young people, mentors, educators, organizations, and other community members connect, and access the power and inspiration that comes from knowing there is a tangible way forward. By meeting and learning from others passionate in this work, together we can continue to chart our next steps toward climate action goals for ourselves, our schools, and in our communities.

It's time to be bold in our thinking, goals, approach, and in our collective action.

More Information

Public enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Schedule

Connect, learn, and help chart a path forward for solutions-based climate change education and action in your school or community.  

Check back as we will be adding breakout session topics, descriptions, and many more presenters in coming weeks.  To view the 2018 incubation event breakout topics and presenters click here.

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Welcome & Opening Session 
 
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Morning Full Group Session
10:45 a.m.–12: p.m. Interactive Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Interactive Breakout Sessions
5:30 p.m. Optional: Tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living & Omega's EcoMachine
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. DINNER
7:30 p.m. –10:00 p.m. Drawdown Learn Expo and Celebration
 
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Unconference and full group closing session
1:00 p.m. Check Out

 

The above schedule is subject to change as the event continues to develop. Check back in the spring for a full list of 2019 Drawdown Learn presenters and breakout session leaders. 

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Meet the Presenters

  • Katharine Wilkinson, PhD, serves as vice president of communication and engagement at Projec ...
  • Sherri Mitchell, JD, is an indigenous rights activist, spiritual teacher, and transformation ...
  • Felicia M. Davis coordinates sustainability for Clark Atlanta University and is a member of ...
  • Jaimie P. Cloud is founder and president of the Cloud Institute and author of the Education for S ...
  • David Macek serves as executive director of Northwest Earth Institute, a sustainability org ...
  • Sachem HawkStorm, hereditary sachem (chief) of the Schaghticoke People, is a fierce advocate ...
  • Laura Weiland is director of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), and creato ...
  • Robert "Skip" Backus is the chief executive officer of Omega Institute. For more than 20 years, h ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Drawdown Learn Conference

$310
regular
$345
Tier Name Tier Price

Standard Tuition

This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.

$345

Tier 1 Donor-Supported

This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.

$270

Tier 2 Donor-Supported

This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.

$195

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 2 Nights

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 246.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 292.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 398.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 376.00

B Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 446.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 510.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 548.00

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 604.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 702.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 436.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 628.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 55.00 $ 45.00 $ 40.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

 

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Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

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