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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
Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960, under the mentorship of anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Her work at what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. More

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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
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 3 Ways to Get a Daily Dose of Nature
Today we spend an estimated 90% of our time indoors. For several decades, our amount of screen time has increased, and our visits to National Parks have decreased.  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

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