Dropping In

By Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

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Join longtime public radio journalist, Karen Michel, as she sits down with the great thinkers, creative talent, and social visionaries who teach at Omega Institute. Now you can 'drop in' on classes and intimate conversations with artists, climate change provocateurs, spiritual teachers, health experts, and more. Together we explore the many ways to awaken the best in the human spirit.

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Sherri Mitchell - Sacred Instructions
Native American activist, author and indigenous rights lawyer, Sherri Mitchell, considers the job of preserving her Wabanaki ancestry a sacred responsibility. In this bonus episode of Dropping In Mitchell recalls the community elders that nurtured her early potential, explains the spiritual significance of her tattoos, and shares her plea for humanity to honor Mother Nature. This bonus episode features audio recorded at Sherri Mitchell's Omega workshop interwoven with an intimate conversation with longtime public radio journalist, Karen Michel. Join Michel for each episode of Dropping In as she sits down with the great thinkers, creative talent, and social visionaries who teach at Omega Institute, to explore the many ways to awaken the best in the human spirit.
Aug 17, 2020
Nina Rao - Bringing Chant to Life
Nina Rao has her grandfather to thank for setting her on the path to sacred chant. It took many years and several professional pit stops—including commercial banking—before she found her way to kirtan and to becoming the musical assistant and business manager for Krishna Das (KD). In this bonus episode of Dropping In, Nina walks her students through the ancient verses of her favorite chant, Hanuman Chalisa, during her Heart Practice of Chanting workshop with KD at Omega. The episode also features a performance with Nina, as well as a visit from Krishna Das who muses about his early days in pursuit of enlightenment. Join Michel for each episode of Dropping In as she sits down with the great thinkers, creative talent, and social visionaries who teach at Omega Institute, to explore the many ways to awaken the best in the human spirit.
Jul 27, 2020
Krishna Das - The Power Of Chant
The name, Krishna Das, may very well be synonymous with sacred chant, or 'kirtan'. In this bonus episode of Dropping In, the Grammy-nominated musician, and longtime friend of Ram Dass, explains the power of repetition in chant for connecting with the divine and how the lack of early belief systems in his family shaped him. This bonus episode features insights and performances recorded at "KD's" Omega workshop interwoven with an intimate conversation with longtime public radio journalist, Karen Michel, at his home.
Jul 13, 2020
Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. - It's A Matter Of Faith
In his book, "The Five Levels of Attachment," Mexican-American author and shaman Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. describes the five guideposts for gauging how attached we are to any particular belief, whether ours or someone else'. In his Omega workshop, he encouraged participants to use these wisdom teachings to regain the power to make their own decisions.
Jan 13, 2020
Paul Hawken - A Super Wicked Gnarly Problem We Can Solve
Paul Hawken thinks we can solve the world's toughest climate challenges. He takes the stage at the Drawdown Learn conference, held in collaboration with Omega institute’s Center for Sustainable Living, to tell us how. Hawken talks about his entrepreneurial path from unfocused Northern California youth to to health food promoter to Project Drawdown, a global NGO aimed at literally fixing the world.
Dec 30, 2019
Bonnie St. John - Letting Go To Move Forward In Life
Paralympic athlete, Rhodes scholar and author Bonnie St. John knows about resiliency. She was born with one leg shorter than the other. And at the age of five, she made a tough decision to amputate it. After many surgeries St. John learned to live life to the fullest -- walking, running and skiing with a prosthetic limb. In her workshop at Omega she asked women look deep inside to see what they need to let go of to live their lives with purpose, creativity and passion.
Dec 16, 2019
Winona LaDuke - Water is Life
Native American economist, ecologist, and activist Winona La Duke shares traditional teachings from her Anishinaabeg culture about the sacredness of water and the spirits who watch over them. With this wisdom, she encourages us to take responsibility and care for the precious resources of the planet.
Dec 02, 2019
Richard La Marita and Ayurvedic Cooking: You Really Are What You Eat
Ayurvedic chef Richard La Marita leads workshop participants in the preparation of three meals while he shares the theory of the ancient Indian path to good health through food. As La Marita explains, diet is really just one aspect of the Ayurveda lifestyle.
Nov 18, 2019
Anne Haven McDonnell - Everyone Wants To See A Bear
Poet Anne Haven McDonnell says that encountering the natural world is encountering the mystery. In part two of our exploration of Orion Magazine's environmental writer's workshop, a bear peers in the window of the classroom at Omega. That close encounter with wilderness inspires McDonnell to read her own bear poem as well as others exploring the kinship between humans and animals.
Nov 04, 2019
Major Jackson - The Fate of the Land is the Fate of Man
Writing poetry about the environment can be a lot of things. In the first of 2 parts, we drop in on Orion Magazine's environmental writer's workshop and learn from distinguished poet Major Jackson. Jackson intertwines the rural, the urban, and the cultural into his work.
Oct 21, 2019
Joan Borysenko - Take Risks, Eat Chocolate, Live Long
Do we all age like a fine wine, or do some of us turn to vinager?  Harvard educated cell biologist and licensed psychologist Joan Borysenko explores the physical, emotional and spiritual factors to age with sass and class. Laughter, a sense of purpose, and eating chocolate slowly are some of the tools Borysenko recommends in the face of the very real challenges faced by an aging baby boomer generation.
Oct 07, 2019
Tim Olmsted - Small Town Buddhist Preacher
Although Tim Olmsted looks like a preppy dad in a Ralph Lauren ad, he's actually a leading Buddhist teacher and President of the Pema Chödrön Foundation. For the premiere of Omega Institute's new podcast, Dropping In, Olmsted explores Siddhartha, our monkey mind, the four immeasurables of buddhist thought, and how meditation can change our world. This episode features audio recorded in Olmsted's workshop at Omega woven together with an intimate interview by host Karen Michel.
Sep 23, 2019
Introducing Dropping In
Omega Institute's new podcast drops September 23rd. Check out our trailer and subscribe now.
Jul 12, 2019