Sustainable Living


Omega Center For Sustainable Living

The idea that everything is connected -that we exist together in one big web of life- is not new, however recognizing our interdependence is key to developing a clear path toward a shared future. This year’s Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference Oct. 4-6, 2013, brings together those at the forefront of whole-systems thinking, including leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, architects, and activists who share their insights for navigating the complex challenges facing humanity. Speakers include: President Bill Clinton, Author and Authority on Economic Trends Jeremy Rifkin, Author/Professor David W. Orr, influential Sustainable Design Architect Bob Berkebile, Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Public Radio Host, Janine M. Benyus, American Natural Sciences Writer, Rob Hopkins, Independent Activist and Writer, Emmy Award-winning Musician & Author Peter Buffett, and more.


Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World Conference, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, 2013

Through inspiring keynote talks, panel discussions, stories from the field, and a tour of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living, participants will learn how each of us has a meaningful role to play in promoting the health and wellness of all living things. Whether you are a concerned citizen, business leader, educator, student, architect, policy maker, builder, or activist, this gathering will inform and inspire you to take action in your corner of the world. Developing new strategies, technologies, and a continued evolution in human consciousness to address the rising problems of instability, inequality & unsustainable growth. Remembering that we can’t address any of our challenges without considering the whole.


Founded in the 70’s by Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, and Elizabeth Lesser, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies was inspired by scholar and Eastern meditation teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Together, they envisioned a dynamic “university of life” designed to foster personal growth and social change. The name ‘Omega’ came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term ‘Omega Point’ to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.

As a nonprofit organization, Omega has consistently been at the forefront of human development. From nurturing early dialogues on the integration of modern medicine and natural healing; to designing programs that connect science, spirituality, and creativity; to laying the groundwork for new traditions and lifestyles, Omega continues to be a place where people from all walks of life come for inspiration, restoration, and new ideas. With the mission to guide and help people find health, happiness, and community while living gently on the Earth.

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) demonstrates and teaches what is possible through regenerative design. Their award-winning building, Eco Machine™, and innovative educational programs offer visitors and students a path toward a sustainable, just, resilient, and regenerative future where people and nature work side-by-side to build a better life for all.

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