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A resolute defender of the environment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains why good economic policy is identical to good environmental policy. Hailed for spearheading the fight to protect New York City's water supply, his work led to the creation of the Watershed Agreement, a landmark piece of environmental legislation, upon which others around the world have been modeled. He is the coauthor of the best-selling book The Riverkeepers. More
New York Times best-selling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting. He discusses the current influence of corporations and the revolutionary shift taking place with individuals to move towards deeper connectivity and relationships. More
From developing strong, reliable materials to gathering light and communicating over great distances, Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains what can be learned when you look to nature for solutions. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/dayna-baumeister More
Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how a sense of curiosity about the way nature works will help you thrive as a designer. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister:http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a4... More
What can we learn from nature's genius? Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how this emerging discipline can inform the future of design. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister:http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a4... More
omega institute skip backus OCSL introduction video
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness.  More
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, including women from the Arctic Circle; North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia, represents a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing. They are women of prayer and women of action who regularly travel the globe to bear witness to the wounds of people and of the earth. More
Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry through the biology-to-design example of the invention of Velcro. Learn more about Dana Levy More

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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
Omega Institute Protecting the Earth By Giving It Legal Rights
A Tale of Two Oil Spills The Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico started on April 22, 2010. By the time oil stopped flowing, nearly five months later, an area the size of Oklahoma was damaged by the oil and chemicals used to disperse it. More
Omega Institute It's Time to Rethink Our Relationship With Water
As growing drought problems across the country indicate, our relationship with water is necessarily shifting toward more serious consideration of conservation and prevention of pollution. More
Omega Institute Omega Participant Hopes to Go to Mars
Omega: You have training in yoga and meditation and you studied permaculture through the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's Ecological Literacy Immersion Program (ELIP). How do you think these skills will be useful in space? Cumming: As far as I’m concerned, meditation skills are going to be a requirement. You’re going to have to be able to rely on your own ability to find calm, to find peace, to find contentment in trying circumstances, both during the long journey and once we get there. More
Omega Institute Wildcrafting as a Way of Life: An Interview With Herbalist Dina Falconi
An Interview With Herbalist Dina Falconi
Omega: Why would someone want to start making their own self-care products? Dina: First of all, it’s really fun. You don’t have to want to do it for any reason other than it’s really fun. Then, there are the deeper issues, which have to deal with self-care in a real way. It’s questioning what our body needs and then looking for simple solutions. This also opens up a world for people who have chemical sensitivity issues. They can custom blend what their body needs and not get headaches or reactivity. More
Planting Seeds of Well-Being
The days have been getting longer, more light hinting of spring's approach until it’s 7:00 p.m. and still light out. The nose detects spring, often before the eyes. Even with snow still on the ground it’s possible to smell the shift happening. The scent is watery, plantish, earthy. Some days you can even feel spring in the depths of your being, a subtle nostalgia or déjà vu. We’ve been here before, in this time between seasons.  More
Omega Institute Find Greater Health in Unexpected Ways
A beautiful sunrise that suffuses you with peace. A painting that inspires you and moves you to create your own art. The clear night sky whose expanse of stars makes you feel insignificant and significant at the same time. While it may be difficult to put these experiences into words, there are times when you feel a connection happening inside. It’s as if seemingly separate parts of yourself come together, or everything between you and the rest of the world dissolves, and suddenly you feel acutely alive. More

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