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What can you expect from a weekend belly dance workshop? No matter what your size, shape, color, or background is, you can feel sexy and powerful through belly dance.   Try the Belly Dance Goddes Weekend October 11–13, 2013.   More
Whether delicate and refined or mysterious and passionate, Dondi Dahlin reveals how the body tells a story through the art of belly dance. More
Artist Daniel Mack explains the fundamentals of contemporary alchemy through the creation of rustic art by deeply integrating your technical skills with your spiritual and intuitive resources. More
Dondi Dahlin, past winner of the Belly Dancer of the Universe competition, shares why the practice of belly dance is an empowering celebration of movement for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.         More
Artist Daniel Mack discusses why taking simple materials and creating a pattern speaks to something inside will allow you to revisit and rework old habits as well as remind you of the transformational quality of creativity. More
Artist Daniel Mack has been creating rustic work for more than 30 years from making furniture, to architectural and garden structures, and small, simple objects. In this video, he shares the four needs that art and creativity can fulfill in your life. More
Judith Ansara, MSW, has been a leading innovator and teacher of human consciousness for more than 30 years. In this video, she reveals why the experience of pleasure through playfulness, curiosity, exploration, and delight will bring joy and vitality into your relationship every day. Learn more about Judith Ansara:http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/9415318b2f12188ea2f5707563c0... More
Spiritual life counselor, Iyanla Vanzant reveals the importance of recognizing that you come from some place that much bigger than you, that gives you life and breath. Regardless of whether you call this place God or the Divine, your calling is to find the best way to be in relationship with your source. Explore more from Iyanla Vanzant   More
Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ani Difranco made a name for herself in the music world with the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. This Grammy Award-winning artist has established herself as a feminist icon and political activist, using her music as a way to convey powerful, yet personal messages. In 2006, she received the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit. More
Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye M. Barnwell talks about the transformative power of listening, which she teaches in her workshop Building a Vocal Community®.   . More

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Omega Institute Roasted Rainbow Carrots by Suzanne Boothby
Did you know that carrots are much sweeter in winter than summer? Colder temperatures encourage carrots to convert their starch stores into sugar so they don’t freeze. It’s like nature’s version of antifreeze, but much tastier. More
Omega Institute Bake Better-for-You Cookies by Suzanne Boothby
Yes, Virginia, you can eat cookies this holiday season. Desserts don't have to be full of butter, sugar, or flour. Whether you are invited to a holiday cookie exchange or want to bring a homemade gift to your loved ones, these cookies have all the rich, gooey sweetness of a baked good with much better-for-you ingredients. The recipe swaps dates and banana for white sugar and almond meal and oats for traditional white flour. Creamy peanut butter holds the dough together without eggs. More
Omega Institute Coconut Milk Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This Blue Zone-friendly dish highlights two things that these longevity hot spots are known for: consuming antioxidant-rich vegetables that reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases and healthy fats.  More
Pesto is quick to make and versatile in the kitchen. It can be tossed with pasta, used as a base for dipping vegetables, or added to omelets for extra color and zing. You can make pesto with the last of the herbs in the garden and freeze it for enjoyment throughout the colder months. More
Omega Institute Drawing Closer to Nature
Botanical Illustration Brings a Long Tradition to a New Movement
It seems like nearly everything today is digital. For many people, listening to music, watching movies and television, or reading the news takes place solely on digital devices, and often all on the same device. Creating art—photography especially—is often done digitally and shared solely online. Set against the backdrop of this pixelated world is a revived interest in creating things by hand. Botanical illustration is a great case in point. More
Omega Institute 15 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity Today by Shelley Berc
Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts. We often think about creativity as making something, but in fact the root meaning of the word means "to grow." More
Omega Institute Miso Vegetable Soup: A Cooking Meditation by Suzanne Boothby
A Cooking Meditation
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh sums up Zen practice with these few words: “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” In our busy lives, it's not uncommon to rush when preparing (and eating) a meal. But miso loses healthful enzymes and its aroma when boiled, so rushing is not the best strategy. Warming the soup slowly and gently requires mindful attention, which is the perfect opportunity to take Thich Nhat Hanh's advice. More
Omega Institute Visualization Meditation 101
What: Visual meditation is used in many spiritual traditions, including yoga, Taoism, Christianity, and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in secular and therapeutic settings.  There are two primary forms of visual meditation. One is internal visualization, during which you focus on a mental image of a color, symbol, object, place, or situation. Two is gazing meditation, during which you stare at a fixed object (such as a tree, candle flame, or statue of a deity) to focus your mind. More

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