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04/15/2015 to 12/31/2015

Whether it’s addressing the World Trade Organization to challenge globalization, riding horses along the Enbridge Pipeline route to battle big oil, or setting new demonstration records to demand action on climate change, women leaders Vandana Shiv

04/15/2015 to 12/31/2015

Whether it’s addressing the World Trade Organization to challenge globalization, riding horses along the Enbridge Pipeline route to battle big oil, or setting new demonstration records to demand action on climate change, women leaders Vandana Shiv

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Author of the New York Times bestsellers, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire, John Perkins says that all of our actions and choices have an impact and why we must have the courage to stand up to the global economic system that needs to be greatly improved in order to have positive impact on the future of the world. Explore more from John Perkins     More
One of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, John Perkins, is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit. In this video, he discusses the importance of sending clear messages to our global leaders encouraging them to find long-term solutions that will create a better economic system for generations to come. Explore more from John Perkins     More
One of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, John Perkins explains the importance of shifting our consciousness towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Explore more from John Perkins     More
Trained since 1968 to bring ancient wisdom to the contemporary world, John Perkins is one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting, leading tours to the Amazon, Andes, and Himalayas. He shares what the holistic, instinctive and sustainable perspective of life is like for indigenous cultures. Explore more from John Perkins   More
Omega Instutite's CEO, Skip Backus discusses how Omega decided to handle the problem of water management while reducing our carbon footprint on campus by created the LEED-certified Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). More
The property Omega purchased for its home had been abandoned after its previous incarnation, Camp Boiberik, had closed in 1979. Boiberik was a Yiddish cultural camp founded by the Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute, an organization devoted to Jewish education in New York City and the metropolitan region. (Sholom Aleichem is one Yiddish literature's most beloved authors. Born in Russia in 1859 as Solomon Rabinovitz, he died in New York in 1916. More
Skip Backus talks about the OCSL
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). The OCSL is an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility built to meet the highest standards currently available in sustainable architecture. It is the first green building in America to achieve both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification.   More
Vegetable farmer and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Seeds of Solidarity, Ricky Baruc shares his thoughts on what sustainability really means--letting go of our preconceived notions of life and returning to the wisdom inherent in our ancient practices. Learn more about Ricky Baruc More
Cofounder of the nonprofit organization Seeds of Solidarity, Deb Habib, EdD, demonstrates an urban gardening technique for making soil from cardboard that will feed the bugs in the ground, inhibits weeds, and control moisture. Learn more about Deb Habib: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/deb-habib More
Are you consuming more than you are producing? Deb Habib, EdD, discusses what it means to live sustainably and how to find a balance that works for you. Learn more about Deb Habib   More

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living Where We Go From Here 2014 resource guide
Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons
Robert "Skip" Backus, Omega CEO and Founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Laura Weiland, Assistant Director, Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)Bios: Robert “Skip” BackusLaura Weiland More
Omega Institute 4 Ways to Deepen Your Connection With Nature
Deepening your connection to nature doesn't mean you need to find a remote patch of wilderness and spend weeks living off the land while sleeping in a lean-to. It doesn't mean that you need to devote so much of your free time to being outside that it becomes a part-time job. More than anything, deepening your connection to nature requires cultivating awareness and attention. Here are four practices you can do anywhere, even if the most natural place you have access to is a city park. 1. Pay Attention to Place More
Omega Institute Nature Meditation 101
What: During nature meditation, you focus on one or more of the following: the sights, sounds, smells, or even the taste or feel of nature. Although nature meditation is typically performed outdoors, there are also nature-themed guided visualizations you can do indoors. Types: There are a number of ways to meditate with nature, including a sunset meditation, labyrinth meditation, or tree meditation. You can also practice walking meditation and standing meditation outside, or while concentrating on a nature-based theme inside. More
Omega Institute Forest Bathing
The Healing Potential of a Walk in the Woods
Spending time outside is instinctive and intuitive. After all, we evolved in tandem with the natural world, though most of us—especially Americans—don't spend much time there anymore. But as anyone who heads out for a walk or travels into the countryside for a weekend knows, being outdoors makes us feel good. More
Omega Institute Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr
An Interview with David W. Orr
Omega: You have been instrumental in The Oberlin Project, which envisions a form of "full-spectrum sustainability" in the city of Oberlin, Ohio, where you are distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College. More
Omega Institute Measuring Our Success as a Society
Moving Beyond the GDP
The saying "what gets measured, gets managed" is the business equivalent of the idea that our thoughts shape our reality. We can also apply the concept to society: how we measure our success (what we pay attention to) indicates what we value, and that in turn shapes our culture and civilization. What are we currently paying attention to? How are we measuring our success? And do we want to measure (pay attention to) something else if we want to create a more inclusive, equitable, just, and ecologically sustainable society? More
Omega Institute Connect With Nature to Connect With Yourself
3 Easy Outdoor Meditations
On many levels we are meant to be in touch with earth and the Earth. Doing so is good for us mentally, physically, and spiritually. More

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