Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP)

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Rhinebeck, NY

Omega Member Benefits

Omega members enjoy reduced rates on workshops and campus purchases while supporting Omega's work in the world.

regular

$3,325

This workshop has ended for the 2019 season. Check back later for updated information about the 2020 workshop.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP)

Designing for Our Regenerative Future: A 4-week Certificate Program

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Rhinebeck, NY

Program Tuition

regular

$3,325

This workshop has ended for the 2019 season. Check back later for updated information about the 2020 workshop.

Now in its 8th year, ELIP offers an innovative approach to community and landscape design to regenerate health & well-being of people & our planet.

This program has ended for the 2019 season. The next course dates will be June 28 - July 24, 2020.  Check back as the information here is from the 2019 program and will be updated in November or early December when we begin accepting applications for the 2020 cohort.

Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy—an understanding of the patterns and principles that underlie all living systems.

This transformational 4-week residential certificate program uses the frameworks of regenerative design—a whole systems, place-based approach to problem solving that considers the connections between society, nature, and individuals—to provide participants with instruments and tools for innovation.

Using the 250-acre Omega campus as our classroom, we learn to consciously design for our learning goals, the physical and ecological landscape, and the social systems that support human well-being and carry our designs forward into the future.

While deepening our understanding of place, we examine current global challenges and learn from the solutions that exist at Omega and around the world.

Guided by experts in the fields of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, ecological engineering, water and soil science, wilderness awareness, and whole systems design, we explore the potential for building a regenerative future.

Participants in this 4­-week program will earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. College credit and a certificate of attendance are also available, with a separate fee. 

Tuition & Payment

Tuition for this program (course 2626-872) is $3,325 for 4 weeks and includes platform camping and meals. Accommodations may be upgraded for an additional fee. Deposit at registration is $500, Final payment is due by Friday, June 7. Register early for discounted rates.

Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place in the course.  Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis. A Recommendation Form is suggested for this program. 

The following early registration discounts apply for accepted applications:

  • Register by December 31, 2018 and receive a $500 tuition discount
  • Register by January 31, 2018 and receive a $375 tuition discount
  • Register by March 29, 2018 and receive a $250 tuition discount

Limited scholarships are available for this progarm. To apply, please fill out the Scholarship Application Form, and submit a Recommendation Form.  Complete scholarship applications received by March 15, 2019 will be considered in the first round of review. However, applicants should apply early to ensure a space in the program.

If you would like to contribute to the ELIP scholarship fund, please contact Lauraw@eomega.org.

Through lectures, discussion, experiential intensives, hands-on projects, field trips, community experience, and personal reflection, we explore ecology from a social, economic, and spiritual perspective. What we learn in the process are approaches and tools that can be applied to creative problem solving anywhere. Learn more

ARRIVAL: SUNDAY, JUNE 30
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m Camper Check in
4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. All other Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Opening Session
Week 1: The Seed of Permaculture, Personal Learning & Design Process
Week 2: Regenerative Design Project: Analysis
Week 3: Regenerative Design Project: Design 
Week 4: Social & Economic Systems Design Projects
 
DEPARTURE: FRIDAY, JULY 26
9:00 a.m.–Noon Final Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

To see the 2018 detailed schedule click here.  The program structure and faculty will largely be the same in 2019, with a few changes still to be determined. Specific time off during the program is subject to change. Check back in coming weeks for the 2019 schedule with more information.

Program Tuition

regular

$3,325

This workshop has ended for the 2019 season. Check back later for updated information about the 2020 workshop.

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty.

Stay With Us


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.


See our Cancellation Policy.

Certificate of Attendance : $25

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

Apply to be an ELIP Program Assistant

For ELIP alums interested in joining us as a program assistant in 2019,  please find application information here.

This is not a paid position, but will give you a chance to sit in on the course again, assist others, and deepen connection with faculty & other alumni.  PA’s will receive a tent platform & meals free of charge for the month. 

Join the first annual Winter alumni/ae network call in 2019

We will email you details and a zoom invite for a call in February or March. The face to face gatherings with alums in July are always wonderful, and there was a consensus that it would be great to have another touch point in the year that anyone could access virtually.  

Join us at the ELIP Reunion July 24-26, 2019

Each year we invite ELIP alumni/ae back to Omega during the final week of the program to gather with classmates and colleagues across all years of the program.  There are several evolving goals for this gathering:

  • A reflective pause as we look at where things are in the world and how we are choosing to bring the best of who we are to the work at hand.
  • A look at your current personal, professional & community level work
  • A chance to re-engage with regenerative frameworks within the ELIP community to help you reflect and evolve your thinking & design approach for various endeavors, and support others in doing the same
  • Working together on the development of the ELIP Alumni Network (resources, network potential, capacity for self organization etc.)
  • Time to relax, connect, and catch up with others within the network

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Arrival option 1: Tuesday, July 23 afternoon/evening
Arrival option 2: Wednesday, July 24 morning (by 9am)

Wednesday (reflections, regenerative frameworks, thinking partners & project support)
9-12 Session 1
2:30-5 Session 2 
Evening: Hang out with other alumni/ae and/or check Omega campus schedule for evening entertainment

Thursday
10-12 Session 1: Attend ELIP 2017 final presentations 
2:30-5 Session 2: Collective Work Session - Alumni Network Development 
6-7:30 Dinner Celebration with Graduating Class 
Evening: Talent Share & Celebration Continued…

Friday 
9-12 Final Session: Full Group - alumni, new graduates & ELIP faculty

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