Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Making Peace With the Earth

Jul 06 - Jul 08 2018 Rhinebeck, NY

We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.

Join Vandana Shiva, Michael Yellow Bird, food justice activists, and Standing Rock water protectors to explore a shift toward Earth-centered politics

Renowned scientist and activist Vandana Shiva has made teaching by example the basis of her work. As an international inspiration for women’s empowerment, the ecological movement, and a collective response to corporate domination, she has implemented worldwide initiatives in numerous fields. Her actions against multinational corporations in defense of water, natural seeds, women’s education, and indigenous peoples have earned her countless awards, including the Right Livelihood Award—also known as the “alternative Nobel prize.”

In this weekend event, Dr. Shiva and other presenters outline how a paradigm shift to earth-centered politics and economics is the best chance of survival for humanity and all life on Earth. Together we explore themes of inner and outer decolonization, food justice, sustainable agriculture, and a mindful approach to social change. 

A regenerative, post-fossil fuel economy—including biodiverse, localized food systems that also support traditional lifestyles—can rejuvenate the health of the planet, and increase well-being within our communities.   

This informative program includes lectures, question-and-answer sessions, panels with guest speakers, small group discussions, mindfulness practice, and an in-depth tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OSCL), a sustainable water reclamation center built in one of the greenest buildings on the planet.

Schedule

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30p.m.–9:30p.m.

Event Welcome

Opening Keynote with Vandana Shiva: Making Peace With the Earth

Conversation: Vandana Shiva and Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus: The Potential of This Moment

 
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Colonization and Decolonization with Vandana Shiva

Inner and Outer Decolonization with Michael Yellow Bird

Seeds of Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation with Ken Greene, Rowen White, Leah Penniman, Raul Carreon, and Karen Washington

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Seed Share 

Come see exquisite seeds up close, learn about local community seed initiatives like the Morton Seed Library, Native American Seed Sanctuary, and Kitchen Cultivars. Bring some seeds of your own to share or come pick up some new seeds to try in your garden. Everyone is welcome for this educational celebration of seeds whether you have seeds to share or not. 

2:15p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Blessing with Sachem HawkStorm

Building Resilience in Traumatized Communities with the Holistic Life Foundation’s Ali & Atman Smith and Andy Gonzalez

Youth Leadership: Stories from the Front Lines of Change with Lauren TwoBraids Howland and Eryn Wise

Closing reflections and opening of evening fire

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Dinner

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Short Film: "Seeds of Hope"

Learn about a collaborative initiative to preserve Native American culture and foodways through seed saving at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. 

Seeds of Hope was created by award-winning filmmaker and environmentalist Jon Bowermaster as part of a series entitled “Hope on the Hudson.”

The film includes interviews with Akwesasne community members and others involved in the project, highlighting the 2017 Seed Sanctuary activities from planting to harvest, and illuminating the beauty of the Hudson Valley season by season.

Panel Discussion

led by Ken Greene following the film, with members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community: Kenny Perkins, Tina Square, Mary Arquette, Scott Martin, and Rowen White.

5 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Evening Fire
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

-- Water is Life -- 

Tour of Omega's EcoMachineTM

Conversation: with Vandana Shiva and Skip Backus

Closing Circle: Sharing and discussion using the practices and principles of circle process led by Gina Harris

12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Checkout

 

The above schedule is subject to change.  A final schedule will be provided upon arrival.

 

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. It will likely not be available during the Saturday evening hours of this event.  Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.  Participants are welcome to bring children with them to the film and discussion on Saturday evening. 

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

  • Born in India in 1952, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader, eco-feminist, ...
  • Michael Yellow Bird, PhD, coauthor of For Indigenous Minds Only and Decolonizing Social ...
  • Lauren TwoBraids Howland works to build a strong and vibrant youth network, and motivates ot ...
  • Eryn Wise lives on occupied Tongva territory in Los Angeles as a guest from the Jicarilla Apache ...
  • Robert "Skip" Backus is the chief executive officer of Omega Institute. For more than 20 year ...
  • Ken Greene is a tireless advocate for seed sovereignty and the important role of art in celeb ...
  • Rowen White is a seed keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist ...
  • Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Gr ...
  • Karen Washington has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make New York City a bette ...
  • Raul Carreon is a Latino farmer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, who was born and raised in ...
  • Ali Smith and his brother Atman Smith learned yoga, mindfulness, and meditation from their pa ...
  • Atman Smith and his brother Ali Smith learned yoga, mindfulness, and meditation from their pa ...
  • Andres Gonzalez, MBA, a certified yoga instructor, is cofounder and chief financial officer f ...
  • Sachem HawkStorm, hereditary sachem (chief) of the Schaghticoke People, is a fierce advocate ...
  • Gina G. Harris, MBA, MAT, is an educator, restorative justice practices facilitator and trainer, ...
  • Laura Weiland is director of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), and creator of ...
  • Michael Craft, Omega’s business and program development strategist, has strongly influenced the ...

Tuition & Fees

We are no longer taking registrations for this workshop.

Title Price

Making Peace With the Earth

$355
regular
$395
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.

$395

Tier 1 Donor-Supported

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

$320

Tier 2 Donor-Supported

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

$245

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.

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Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

Engaging via social media

During the event, we invite you to share pictures, ideas, quotes, and other posts. Feel free to include the following hashtags:

  • #BeingFearless
  • #OCSL
  • #WaterIsLife
  • #SeedsOfHope

Below are Twitter handles for our faculty that you can use in your tweets:

Vandana Shiva: @drvandanashiva

Robert “Skip” Backus: @SkipBackus

Jon Bowermaster: @jonbowermaster

Ken Greene: @SeedLibrary

Gina Harris: @ginagharris

Holistic Life Foundation: @HLFINC

Leah Penniman: @soulfirefarm

Karen Washington: @karwasher

Laura Weiland: @leweiland32

Rowen White: @rowenwhite_seed

Eryn Wise: @erynwisegamgee

 

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