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Man's idea of chemistry often involves nasty chemicals, bunsen burners, and lab coats, but have you ever considered how nature does chemistry? The colors, smells, and structures that occur naturally are created by nature using the materials that surround them in the conditions in which they live. How can humans make concrete influenced by coral or adhesives based on blue mussels? Biomimicry 3.8's Green Chemistry Naturalist, Mark Dorfman explains why nature could be the best chemistry teacher that humans have ever had.   More
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
One of the world’s leading authorities on shamanism, John Perkins describes the powerfully, transformational experience that happened to him in the wake of 9/11 and the reason why he decided to expose what was really happening inside America's economic empire by writing his best-selling book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. 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
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

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Omega Institute Changing the Way We See the World
An Interview with Joel Glanzberg
Omega: What is "pattern mind" and how is it different from other methods of viewing the world? More
Omega Institute 3 Traditional Home Skills Worth Learning
Bake Your Own BreadNo matter the style of bread you make—a hearty, country-style loaf, a light baguette, corn bread, tortilla, pita, naan, or a gluten-free variation on any of these—learning how to make one of the most basic foods there is for yourself can be powerfully nourishing. More
Omega Institute Natural Dyes: The Palette of the Slow Clothing Movement by Jackie Ottino Graf
An Interview With Jackie Ottino Graf
Omega: Why would someone want to forage for materials to do their own dying as opposed to purchasing materials? More
Omega Institute Did You Play Today?
"We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing." While it's unclear exactly who coined this phrase, it's a sentiment worth taking to heart. Play is an essential part of life. But what exactly is it? Like art, we know it when we see and experience it. More
Omega Institute How to Embrace Presence in Body & Mind: An Interview With Tara Brach, Part 2
An Interview With Tara Brach, Part 2
Omega: We seem to have an uneasy relationship with the body in Western culture. We are especially averse to pain, discomfort, and aging. How can we learn to be more at home in the body no matter our physical condition? More
Omega Institute What Are Liberating Structures? Creating a Culture of Innovation
Creating a Culture of Innovation
Earlier this year a poll showed 17 percent of employees would prefer watching paint dry to attending another meeting. Eight percent would prefer to get a root canal. Nearly half of respondents said they’d like to do anything other than sitting in your standard business check-in. More
Omega Institute The Case for a Planet-Based Diet
How Your Food Choices Impact the Planet
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may be getting ready to shift its dietary guidelines. The USDA updates the guidelines every five years. In preparation for issuing new guidelines later in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has submitted a report to the USDA that recommends eating less meat and more plants.  More
Omega Institute Hope, Connection & Survival in the Wild by Les Stroud
As a young boy I played outside my cottage in the forest, pretending to survive. I made pillows out of moss and put branches up for crude shelter roofs. I talked to trees and bugs and animals. It was my escape. My refuge from a mediocre life in suburbia. I dreamed of being like Jacques Cousteau. I dreamed of being like Tarzan. And, lo and behold, what is Survivorman if not the perfect hybrid of those two dreams? But in the adult world of television production, my reason for those dreams—connecting to nature—disappeared into the din of business, money, and schedules.  More
Omega Institute Could You Survive a Crisis in the Wild?: The Survivorman 3 Zones of Assessment by Les Stroud
The Survivorman 3 Zones of Assessment
First and foremost, when faced with a survival or traumatic situation of any kind, you must calm down. “Take a knee," I say. Calming down enables you to use your brain power in a way that can be useful under any circumstances. More
Omega Institute Seed Freedom for Food Security
During the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's 2014 Where We Go From Here conference, internationally renowned seed activist Vandana Shiva met a group of Hudson Valley farmers, gardeners, and seed activists working to establish seed sovereignty in the region.  More

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