12 episodes

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.

Dropping In Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

    • Spirituality
    • 4.9, 89 Ratings

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.

    Nina Rao - Bringing Chant to Life

    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.

    • 20 min
    Krishna Das - The Power Of Chant

    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.

    • 20 min
    Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. - It's A Matter Of Faith

    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.

    • 32 min
    Paul Hawken - A Super Wicked Gnarly Problem We Can Solve

    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.

    • 25 min
    Bonnie St. John - Letting Go To Move Forward In Life

    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.

    • 30 min
    Winona LaDuke - Water is Life

    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.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

sasco1900 ,

Great Intro to Big Thoughts

This is a very approachable, listener-friendly and informative program that shares wisdom from great teachers without talking down to the listener. I found it very engaging and edifying.

Meese Keeten ,

Joan Borysenko 10/6/19

this episode was informative and interesting, and i love omega institute, but please note: boomers are not struggling financially because of poor planning. they’re struggling because of the widening income inequality gap that’s been growing since the 80s.

CiliaKohnGJEP ,

Entertaining and inspirational

Karen Michel is a great interviewer and the podcast seamlessly blends interview with workshop content. This is a wonderfully entertaining opportunity to get to know the Omega Institute, its workshops and phenomenal speakers.

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