Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Workshop

Sacred Gathering of Elders

Sep 17 - Sep 22 2017 Rhinebeck, NY
In this sacred gathering with traditional and indigenous grandmothers, we come together to offer transformative prayers for the world during this critical time in our planet’s history.


“It doesn’t matter what country you are from; in the end we find
each other as one people, one family.” —Indigenous Grandmothers

For centuries, the medicine carriers, wisdom bearers, and spiritual elders from indigenous tribes—including the Maori, Ojibwe, Hopi, Mayan, and Sufi traditions—have all expressed the same sacred truth: We are one world family and we serve as the caretakers of the planet, along with its multitude of living creatures, all of whom are our kin.

As we hope to transition from a society of fragmentation and separation to become a more peaceful global family, we each must heed the call to open our hearts and stand together for the good of all.

In this sacred gathering with traditional and indigenous grandmothers, we come together to experience timeless wisdom, solidarity, inspiration, and hope for the future, as we offer transformative prayers for the world during this critical time in our planet’s history.

Led by indigenous women of prayer and action who regularly travel the globe to bear witness to the wounds of people and the Earth, this special weeklong event offers traditional wisdom and healing practices that are needed now more than ever—to ease environmental degradation, war, and other social ills.

All women and men of goodwill are invited to this week of traditional prayer, meditation, silence, ceremony, and council. We return home with new hope, wisdom, and a deeper sense of connection to each other and the world.

The Indigenous Grandmothers Features:

Mary LyonsMary Lyons (from Minnesota) is an Ojibwe Elder, "Second Water Woman" (water-carrier to her people), member of the Women of Wellbriety Int'l Council, and founding member of the Nations of Wellbriety Int'l USA, and active observer at the United Nations.

FlordemayoFlordemayo (from New Mexico) is a Mayan Curandera Espiritu (healer of divine spirit), founding member of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge, recipient of the Martin De La Cruz Award (awarded by Congress of Traditional Medicine), and is recognized as a priestess by the Maya.

Moitu TahaMoitu Taha (from New Zealand) is a Maori Tuhoe Elder, member of Grandmothers Circle the Earth, Aotearoa.

Eila PaulEila Paul (from New Zealand) is a Maori Tainue Elder, member of Grandmothers Circle the Earth, Aotearoa, healer, story teller, songleader, and dreamweaver.

Pershehi AmiPershehi Ami (from Arizona) is an Elder of the Hopi-Tewa, member of The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona, creator and trainer of “I am Sacred” curriculum, works with the Phoenix Indian Center, and is a participant in the Hopi Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse.

Devi TideDevi Tide (from Washington) is Kefayat (head) of the Sufi Healing Order and the Art of Healing Foundation, convener of the Rainbow Journeys & Awakening of the World Project.

Great Grandmother Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Arikirangi Rose Pere is a Tohuna and a teacher of the Kura Huna, the traditional wisdom mystery school of the Maori. Internationally sought after as a speaker and spiritual authority, she is the elder of several major tribes and a Guardian of Earth Mother.

Teachers are subject to change.

Schedule

Please note this program has a special schedule with extensive evening hours.

  • Community bonfire all week long, in Main Hall Field.
  • Optional evening hours: between 8-10 p.m. (times TBD each night), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m Welcome & Orientation
 
MONDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
10:30 a.m.–Noon Gathering (Main Hall)
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Gathering (Main Hall)
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
8-10 p.m. (TBD) Evening Session (Optional)
 
TUESDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
10:30 a.m.–Noon Gathering (Main Hall)
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Gathering (Main Hall)
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
8-10 p.m. (TBD) Evening Session (Optional)
 
WEDNESDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
10:30 a.m.–Noon Gathering (Main Hall)
8-10 p.m. (TBD) Evening Session (Optional)
 
THURSDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
10:30 a.m.–Noon Gathering (Main Hall)
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Gathering (Main Hall)
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
8-10 p.m. (TBD) Evening Session (Optional)
 
FRIDAY
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Gathering (Main Hall)
10:30 a.m.–Noon Prayers at Fire (Main Hall Field)
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.

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.

Meet the Teachers

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Sacred Gathering of Elders

$ 395.00

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.

TYPE Rate - 5 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.

$ 1175.00

A Single Cabin Room

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

$ 1345.00

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.

$ 950.00

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.

$ 1040.00

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. 

$ 1135.00

B Single Cabin Room - Twin [not in use]

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

$ 0.00

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.

$ 840.00

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. 

$ 740.00

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.

$ 715.00

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.

$ 725.00

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.

$ 565.00

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.

$ 470.00

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).

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
$ 50.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

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.

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.

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 $ 35.00

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