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YOUR BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT next weekend at the 4th Annual Vibrant Living Expo and Culinary Showcase™ - August 22-24
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT, GAIN ENERGY, AND FEEL
HOW TO PREPARE DELICIOUS, GOURMET, HEALTHFUL
3-Day Pass: $195
3-Day Pass includes all Lectures, Classes, Ask the Experts Panels, Culinary Presentations, Raw Pie Contest, Mini Film Festival, Peace Meditation with Gabriel Cousens, M.D. and crystal bowl performer AwaHoshi Kavan, healing sounds of Harpist Joel Andrews, Friday night Music Showcase with two bands - The Human Revolution and Jah Sun, plus a lot more!
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| Read more about the Vibrant Living Expo in this article re-printed from the Fort Bragg Advocate News:
Living Light International and The
Institute for Vibrant Living will co-sponsor the Fourth Annual Vibrant Living
Expo and Culinary Showcase August 22-24 in Fort Bragg. A Town Hall plenary, open to the
public on Thursday, August 21st previews over 50 health experts, culinary
artists, animal rights advocates, and holistic practitioners, both local and
from as far away as the Philippines. This year's roster includes Gabriel
Cousens, M.D. author of numerous books, including There is a Cure for
Kulvinskas, author of Survival into the 21st Century
Boutenko, author of Green for Life
nutrition educators Drs. Rick and Karen Dina from Living Health Chiropractic and
Wellness Center in San Rafael, CA. Other key speakers include Rhio, author of Hooked on Raw
, who has
done extensive work with 9/11 survivors, scientist and nutritional counselor
Fred Bisci, and Paul Turner, director of Food for Life Global, the world's
largest vegetarian food relief organization.
For those interested in
weight loss, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute director Cherie Soria will offer advice from her recently
released book The Raw Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel
experts in weight loss include fitness guru Dr. Douglas Graham, author of The
, Dr. Leslie
Van Romer, author of Getting into Your Pants
, and Angela Stokes, who regained
her health by losing 160 pounds on a raw food diet. Author and fasting coach
David Rainoshek will offer insights on juice fasting and juice "feasting."
Culinary demos with Living Light
chefs and culinary presenters from restaurants in Los
Angeles, New, York, San Francisco, Brazil, Asia,
and other locales will be continuous each day of the event. Gourmet raw food
will be available at Living Light
Café and Cuisine-to-Go in The Company Store, and at the Wellness Pavilion in the
Masonic Hall on Main
Street. VegNews publishers Joe Connelly and Colleen
Holland will be among the judges at the annual "Raw Pie Contest"
Local animal rights
advocate Jan Allegretti from Ukiah, co-author of The Complete Holistic Dog
Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions
, will speak about holistic pet
care, and Kristi Phelps from the San Francisco PETA chapter will be a presenter.
Other local speakers include naturalist and breathworker Rebecca Aum, Charles
Bush, an award-winning educator, Trish Gallagher and Terry Nieves from Ocean
Harvest Sea Vegetables Collective, Susan Lightfoot from Noyo Food Forest,
Barbara and John Stephens-Lewallen of Mendocino Sea Vegetables, and Petra
Schulte, nutrition educator from the Fort Bragg Unified School District.
Music during the expo
will include a Friday night concert with two bands: The Human Revolution and Jah
Sun. During the weekend harpist Joel Andrews will offer a sound healing
workshop, and local artist and musician Janie Rezner will present "Awakening the
Sacred Feminine" with words and music. Daily activities include Shaktipat
meditation, KaliRay® Tri Yoga, a daily crystal bowl meditation with Awahoshi
Kavan, who travels the world giving crystal bowl concerts, and daily exercise
with fitness coach Doug Graham. A mini film festival, including personal
appearances by the filmmakers, "Ask the Experts" panel discussions, a raffle,
silent auction, and exhibitor booths with healthy lifestyle products and
services will round out the weekend program. Pre-and Post-Expo workshops
including Living Light's one-day intensive, FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™
are also available. Information at RawFoodChef.com
, or by calling
|Living Light Inn - Stay With Us During the Expo!
Still looking for a place to stay
during the week of the 4th Annual Vibrant Living Expo and Culinary
Showcase™? One of our nicest rooms,
available from 8/19-8/28. Come and stay at the beautiful eco-friendly
Living Light Inn
join a community of like-minded people. Raw vegan kitchen, organic bedding and linens, and
filtered water throughout the
building.To make a reservation at Living Light Inn, call 707-964-1384 or 877-964-1384.
2008 Rawsome Pie Contest
Saturday, August 23, 4:00 PM at the Vibrant Living Expo
Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann
welcome co-host/emcee Joe Connelly, publisher of VegNews
to our fantastic 2008 Rawsome Pie
Contest! VegNews Co-Publisher Colleen Holland will
be one of the judges, along with other top Vibrant Living Expo Culinary
Presenters in a delicious event to be savored!
Entries will be judged on flavor, creativity, color, texture, and
presentation. Each contestant is responsible for bringing all the
equipment and supplies necessary to create their pie. The entry fee is
$25 for each pie entered.
grand prize winner will receive a $450 scholarship
to attend any Living
Light Culinary Arts Institute training course at the Living Light
Culinary Center in Fort Bragg, California and $100 cash
prize winner will receive $50 in cash
plus other great prizes!
third prize winner will receive $25 in cash
and other great prizes, too!Rawsome Pie Contest Application
Here's more about Joe Connelly and Colleen Holland of VegNews:
When he founded the Syracuse
Area Vegetarian Education Society in 1996, VegNews
publisher Joe Connelly had no idea where it would lead. Then he met Colleen
Holland at NAVS Summerfest in 1999, and their ensuing collaboration lead to the
launch of VegNews, which has since morphed into an
award-winning, full-color glossy magazine, the one found today at Whole Foods,
Safeway, Borders, and Barnes and Noble.
Colleen Holland, a graduate of UCLA and the Natural Gourmet Institute, is
passionate about publishing and business. Her background in food, marketing, and
brand-building has helped create a savvy, internationally renowned media
company. Colleen has traveled the world and enjoys yoga, cooking, and
discovering vegetarian restaurants.
Rising Star Chefs
We are proud to present our 2008 Rising Star Chefs (in alphabetical order)
Alexander discovered raw foods while on a personal quest for optimal health and
improved quality of life. A driving
passion for healthy foods led her to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute where
she recently completed the associate chef training program. Vaughn is currently
working on launching Raw Genius Foods, which will specialize in private chef
services and consulting.
With over ten years experience in the weight
loss industry, Shana has a keen interest in the link between diet and
well-being. Shana is an Associate Chef graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts
Institute. Through her company, High Raw
Foods, Shana provides group and private culinary classes, dietary coaching and
lectures, and promotes raw nutrition as a delicious means to health, beauty,
and vitality. Shana is passionate about
fine cuisine, and her recipes burst with vibrancy and sophistication.
Andrea's interest in raw foods began in January
2004. After gaining 75 pounds during her second pregnancy, she tried many
different diet plans. Still 30 pounds over her ideal weight, she felt stuck.
Nothing worked! Then she discovered something so simple, so natural and
so easy she could hardly believe it! Raw Foods! Within 3 months of
eating nothing but nature's gifts, she shed the remaining weight, felt better
than ever, improved her health and changed her life. A Living Light Associate
Chef graduate, Andrea shares her raw culinary skills through classes, dinners,
and speaking engagements.
Diane Haworth is an internationally recognized
athlete, motivational speaker, newspaper columnist, and a former strength
trainer for the Navy SEALs. An inspiration to many throughout the years as an authority on fitness and nutrition, she has touched the
lives of thousands, encouraging all towards obtaining new levels of health,
fitness, and overall well-being. She has been a spokesperson for Vita-Mix
Corporation for the past nine years in both the United
States and Europe. As a 100% raw athlete, Diane was once again on a first place mountain bike
racing team this year, and placed 20th in the World Road Master's Championships
At age 47, she is still a sponsored athlete.
Tina, a Living Light Associate Chef graduate, is
an artist, yoga instructor, and a mother of one child, with a passion for raw
foods. She sees teaching raw foods as an opportunity to raise consciousness
about the importance of nourishing ourselves with natural whole foods from the
Stacy is a raw foods enthusiast who became
interested in the raw lifestyle after various health issues affected her
family. She learned that her family's
health could be improved by changing food choices without sacrificing taste. An Associate Chef graduate of Living Light
Culinary Arts Institute, Stacy believes that a predominantly whole food
plant-based diet improves health and vitality. She is on a mission to share her
knowledge and skills with others regardless of their current diet and
Tiana Rodrigues is the chef
and owner of Universo Organico, Brazil's
first live food restaurant and organic market. Universo Organico, located in Rio
de Janeiro, first opened as an organic produce market
in 2004 and as a live food and vegan restaurant in May 2006. Since that time, Tiana's work has been featured in four Brazilian national
magazines, nine times in the largest national newspapers in the country and on
three national mainstream TV networks.
Tiana is also co-owner of the Viva Institute, a company offering live
food retreats and human development seminars and workshops in Brazil and in the U.S.
A graduate of Living Light's Associate Chef and
Instructor Training Program, Jenny is from Claremont,
California, a beautiful college town known as
the place of "trees and Ph.D.s," located on the western edge of Los Angeles County.
Jenny's desire is to teach others the benefits of a raw vegan diet, and to
be a part of the wonderful transformation raw foods brings to people's lives.
Michael Varbaek grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He became a world-class cyclist, racing for the Danish National Team. Later he
moved to the U.S.
where he became Captain of Team Spago/Finlandia, sponsored by Wolfgang Puck. He
still races, and believes in staying fit and healthy through exercise and diet.
He is a Living Light Associate Chef graduate, and helps others stay healthy in
both California and Hawaii, where he teaches raw food classes
with his partner Diane Haworth, co-owner of Raw-Raw-Raw.com, a company
dedicated to giving people tools and knowledge to achieve optimum health.
|Mini Film Festival
We are proud to present the artists and filmmakers of our 2008 Mini Film Festival (in alphabetical order)
Mike Anderson is the author of The Rave Diet &
Lifestyle book, as well as the award-winning DVDs, Eating and Healing
Cancer From Inside Out. Mike is currently writing a book to accompany the Healing
Cancer DVD. He lives in Los
A raw foodist for 14 years, Valya has recently graduated from Southern Oregon
University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. Valya is a certified raw food
chef who specializes in desserts. She is the co-author of the books, Raw
Family, and Eating Without Heating as well as co-producer of the award
winning movie, Interview With Sergei. She has been researching the ways to
inspire children to eat healthier. She practices nonviolent communication and
is a student of Byron Katie. Valya enjoys gardening, dancing, sewing, and
painting. Her newest film Reversing the Irreversible will be shown
at the Vibrant Living Expo.
attending Creative Health Institute in Michigan, Jim Carey lost 70 pounds on the raw
food diet. He now helps others adopt the Living Foods Lifestyle program
originally taught by Dr. Ann Wigmore. He has archived
her video footage, and offers an online home study course in raw foods. His film
at the Vibrant Living Expo is Traveling with Raw Foods
with Dr. Ann Wigmore.
Producer, writer, and editor of All Jacked
Up, Doug has a successful track
record of over 25 years in business development activities serving both
corporate and start-up interests. Doug holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Radio
and Television production and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Living Light Associate Chef graduate Dorit of
Serenity Spaces, founder of the Raw Lifestyle Film Festival will facilitate our
mini film festival at this year's Expo. Besides organizing film festivals, she
tours the United States and Canada to promote the message of conscious eating
through her book, Celebrating Our Raw
With a background in cinematography, including
18 feature film credits as Director of Photography, Lionel has worked all over
the world on both dramatic and non-fiction productions. For the past 30 years he has been supervising,
producing, writing, and directing documentaries, reality, investigative reporting,
and educational programs. He is the winner of a Primetime Emmy, a National
Emmy, an American Association for the Advancement of Science 'Westinghouse' award
for science programming, three Columbus and three Golden Eagle awards for Best
Documentary, and various other awards as a writer and a dramatic and episodic
director. His film A Sacred Duty will be shown at the Vibrant Living Expo.
Director, writer, and producer of All Jacked
Up, Jennifer combines skills in
marketing and media communications with her gifts as a children's health
activist. Jennifer spends much of her spare time working with youth groups,
studying diet programs, and championing legislation that tackles school
nutrition and children's health issues.
Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova has been one of the leaders of 'conscious birth'
movement in Russia
since 1982. In 2006, Elena produced and directed a revolutionary documentary, Birth As We Know It, about the
correlation between birth trauma and the quality of life, and about what it
really takes to prepare for conscious birth and to deliver a baby gracefully,
minimizing trauma for all involved. The documentary, already in 52 countries,
has been translated into ten languages by local volunteers, making a huge difference
for hundreds of thousands people. Elena travels internationally, on speaking
tours and teaching "Birth Into Being" workshops.
Friday Night Music Showcase
We are proud to present the artists performing in our Music Showcase - Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM at the Vibrant Living Expo
The Human Revolution is a group of
multi-talented musicians who perform original music featuring positive lyrics
and "body-shakin' grooves." This multi-cultural group
plays songs in a variety of styles and genres, from roots reggae to original
rock, island to country, and Latin to bluegrass. Each song transitions
beautifully into the next, highlighting a common theme of togetherness and
self-awareness. The leader of the band is Human, a young multi-instrumentalist
singer-songwriter and traveler from the eastern U.S.
The Human Revolution is about bringing an important message of awareness to the
masses hidden in the fun and infectious world-beat.
Jah Sun is an artist dedicated to global and social healing.
Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae, and world music with conscious and
uplifting lyrics, Jah Sun hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others
to live to their ultimate potential. Jah
Sun's band, High Voltage, is a collection of world-class musicians including Jimmy Foot, Ken Lawrence, Tim Randles, Tanasa Ras,
Chris Noonan, and RJ Satava. With Jah Sun's fiery passion, youthful energy and
the band's varied experience and eclectic musical talents, Jah Sun presents a
well-rounded, exciting show.