Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Gifts From the Forest

Growing Food & Medicine While Tending the Woods

May 11 - May 13 2018 Rhinebeck, NY

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Learn how to harvest and grow a range of trees, plants, and mushrooms right outside your door.

Take a stroll through the woods and you may find berries for your smoothie, mushrooms for your stir fry, syrup for your pancakes, and bark for a medicinal tea—all in your own backyard.

Walking the aisles of nature’s supermarket isn’t as easy as going to the grocery store, but you can learn how to harvest and grow a range of trees, plants, and mushrooms right outside your door to supplement your diet and support your health.

Guided by Steve Gabriel, coauthor of Farming the Woods, we learn to observe the forest and find natural patterns to replicate in our own farms, gardens, or yards. We walk the woods to explore trees, plants, and mushrooms and how they support both human and forest health. We learn proper planting techniques, how to inoculate logs that can easily grow shitake mushrooms at home, and how to make medicinal tinctures.

As we connect more deeply with the place we call home, we can regenerate the forest ecosystem of which we’re all a part.

This in-person weekend course includes access to a 6-week self-directed online program in forest ecology and stewardship.  The online course can be taken before or after the in-person workshop, with an option of live webinar sessions with Steve Gabriel April 2-May 7, 2018.

 

Things To Bring

Faculty asks that you bring:

  • Outdoor clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • A notebook
  • Work gloves

Schedule

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SATURDAY
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop and is not available on the Rhinebeck Campus until May 18, 2018.

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 Teachers

  • Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, forest farmer, and coauthor of Farming the Woods: An ...

Tuition & Fees

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Title Price

Gifts From the Forest

$335
regular
$370
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.

$370

Tier 1 Donor-Supported

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

$295

Tier 2 Donor-Supported

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

$220

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

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

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

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. 

$ 588.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private 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

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. 

$ 396.00

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.

$ 378.00

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

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

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

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. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 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.

Travel Insurance

Program Insurance is available through TravMark's A+ Program Protection Plans. Get a free quote today.

Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

6-Week Online Course

Foundations of Forest Stewardship

This course is included as preparation for Steve Gabriel's weekend course at Omega, or can be accessed for 3 months after the in-person weekend with him.  It is offered live once per year in the spring, and otherwise available online as a self-directed opportunity.

​Forests are the foundation of the ecosystem we call home in much of North America. This course explores the ecology of woodlands and exposes participants to the wide range of opportunities to engage in both responsible management and productive use including mushroom cultivation, tapping trees for saps, and raising livestock amongst the trees.

Each lesson features video lectures, readings, resources, and skill building activities for you to practice locally in your own woods or a local park or preserve nearby.

Lesson 1 - Knowing our Roots: History & Indigenous Forestry

Lesson 2 - Thinking Like the Forest: Perspectives & Ways of Knowing

Lesson 3 - Patterns and Principles in Forest Ecology

Lesson 4 - Managing the Trees: Planning, Selection, and Felling

Lessons 5 - Finding the Bounty: Wild Crafting and Foraging Ethics

Lessons 6 - Growing Abundance: Cultivating Food & Medicine in the Woods

While the content is presented in the context of the Northeastern North American woodland, the patterns and approach will benefit forest dwellers anywhere who want to learn more about the woods around them and how they can be active stewards of the forested landscape.

Live Webinars are Monday evenings 6:30-8pm (EDT) April 2 – May 7. If you miss a webinar you can access a recording at a later date.

 

Discover More