Regenerative Design for Changemakers
July 2017
Keith Zaltzberg

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Regenerative Design for Changemakers

Creating a Plan for Personal and Professional Resilience

July 16, 2017 – July 21, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Abrah Jordan Dresdale, Keith Zaltzberg
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Are you driven to make the world a better place but have so many ideas and projects that you have trouble staying organized or focused? Are you too consumed by your work that everything else in your life suffers?

Thoughtful integration between personal and professional growth is the key to long-term resilience. You can use regenerative design to consciously create the life and high impact work you were meant to do.

During this 5-day intensive, social permaculture designer Abrah Dresdale and ecological designer Keith Zaltzberg guide emerging and established change makers, thought leaders, and visionary professionals in regenerative design process, whole systems frameworks, permaculture tools, personal resilience and radical self-care, and tools for project management and timeline planning.

Learn to apply these tools to create holistic goals and integrative action plans to restructure your life and projects in accordance with regenerative patterns—to avoid burnout, embody resilience, and leverage the impact of your personal mission.

Scholarships are available; see Sustainable Living Workshops application at

More Information

This workshop begins Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and ends Friday at 12:30 p.m. Information on how to prepare will be sent upon registration.

Suggested Reading:

  • Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
  • Building a Toolbox for Social Permaculture (article) by Abrah Dresdale and Connor Stedman
  • Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates
  • Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez with Monique Tilford
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Business Model You by Tim Clark
  • People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara
  • The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein
  • Climbing PoeTree poems by Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman
  • Responding to the Prison Industrial Complex with Permaculture and Resilience (article) by Rob Hopkins
  • A Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture (article) by Karyn Olson-Ramanujan
  • Social Permaculture interview/podcast with Pandora Thomas
  • Envisioning Sabbatical Culture: A Shmita Manifesto by Yigal Deutscher
  • Recovering the Sacred by Winona LaDuke
  • Earth Democracy by Vandana Shiva
  • Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken
  • Design for Ecological Democracy by Randolph Hesterman
Things to Bring:
  • Notebook/ Sketchbook/ Laptop (or all three)
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Please come prepared to share and work on a current or future project. This project could be connected to creating change in your personal life, professional field, home community, or the wider world.

Please bring:

  • A 3-5 minute “lightning talk” to present about your project
  • Materials you might need to work on your project (i.e. product samples, business plan, photographs, etc.)

Examples of projects might include: 

  • Re-visioning a piece of curriculum
  • Initiating a community food justice project
  • Creating a new eco-product or service
  • Polishing your latest artistic concept
  • Convening an ‘Uprooting Racism’ group
  • Leading on a watershed restoration project
  • A plan for youth civic engagement

Please note this course begins Sunday at 7:00 p.m., ends Friday at 12:30 p.m., and has a special schedule:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 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 during the 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. evening sessions is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival 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.


Abrah Jordan Dresdale, MA, is a visionary social permaculture designer and teaches at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her current projects include: a prototype Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment Program; an educational platform for Carbon Farming Solutions; developing pathways for intergenerational healing and cultural restoration.

Keith Zaltzberg

Keith Zaltzberg is an environmental designer with more than 15 years of experience. A founding principal of the Regenerative Design Group, he holds faculty positions at the Conway School of Landscape Design and Smith College.