Vibrant Living Expo 2008 Speakers (more to be listed)


Kari Bernardi


A Living Light graduate, Kari is now program coordinator for the Monterey County Farm-To-School partnership at the Watershed Institute, CSU, Monterey Bay, bringing fresh vegetables, fruits and organic produce into the public schools and teaching kids about healthy eating, composting and recycling.


Fred Bisci, Ph.D.


Scientist and nutritional counselor, with a private practice in Staten Island, New York for over 30 years, co-host of a television show in Staten Island, and 30+ year raw fooder, Fred travels the world lecturing on health, nutrition and the raw lifestyle. A fascinating, knowledgeable speaker and an expert in the specific long term effects of following a raw diet.


Tamera Campbell & Michael Saiber


Michael is founder and developer of E3Live and his wife Tamera is the formulator of some of the top-selling green formulas on the market today. Michael has been a lecturer on health and living foods for many years. Tamera is CEO of Klamath Algae Products, Inc. and Vision, Inc, and has worked with someof the most well-known healers in the living foods movement.


Jameth Sheridan


President of HealthForce Nutritionals and co-author of the raw food classic, Uncooking with Jameth & Kim, Dr Jameth conducts research on raw vegan foods and healing and has created a new intestinal cleanse. He is active in studying the effects of raw vegan lifestyles on health.


Patricia Cramer


Patricia Cramer of the World School of Massage (celebrating 25 years) brings her talents with vibrational healing massage and integrative body self-care to her workshops. Her focus: healthy, alive feet, legs and hips; new ways to stand and walk; and positive, conscious ways of speaking to yourself to create vibrant health.


Dr. Karen Coleman Dina


A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Colorado, and Palmer College of Chiropractic West, and an honors student in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, Dr. Karen Dina has also extensively studied advanced nutrition and nutritional biochemistry. She practices a variety of light force and traditional chiropractic techniques, with a multifaceted approach to helping her patients attain radiant health.


Dr. Rick Dina


A raw food vegan since 1987, Dr. Dina has been a staff member at the Hippocrates Health Institute, a staff chiropractor at fasting retreat, True North Health Center, and a teacher at Bastyr University. He is the founder and co-owner of Vitality Health Center in San Rafael, CA, where he conducts raw food retreats, and offers chiropractic, massage and nutritional counseling.


Dr. Doug Graham


Dr. Graham, a world-class athletic trainer and respected lecturer, is an animal rights and environmental activist who has been a raw vegan for over 25 years. He is the author of Grain Damage and Nutrition and Athletic Performance, and The 80/10/10 Diet.


Viktoras Kulvinskas


Often called the "Father of the Living Foods Movement", Viktoras has been a pillar of the raw community for more than 40 years. Co-founder with Dr. Ann Wigmore of The Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, and author of the seminal work Survival into the 21st Century, which has been one of the most influential books in the movement, Viktoras brings a beautiful spirit to all of his projects.


Dan Ladermann


Dan is co-director of Living Light International, president of The Institute for Vibrant Living and a co-creator with Cherie Soria of Raw World, the bi-annual raw-fooders' dream event in Costa Rica. Dan has been devoted to creating events that promote the raw/vegan lifestyle internationally. He is also a certified Hippocrates Health Educator and graduate of Anthony Robbins' Mastery University.


Sergei Boutenko


A raw foodist for 13 years, Sergei is co-author of the books, Raw Family and Eating Without Heating. Sergei is a raw food chef who has taught classes all over the world. He co-produced the award winning movie, Interview With Sergei Boutenko. Sergei lives in Ashland, OR and is an avid hiker, biker, runner, and student of capoeira.


Barbara and John Stephens-Lewallen


Barbara ("Babs") and her husband John, have a sustainable seaweed harvesting company, Mendocino Sea Vegetables, and were instrumental in helping to form the Mendocino Sea Vegetable Alliance, which sponsored the First Annual Pacific Seaweed Wildcrafter's Convivium that took place in Philo, CA in March of 2006 and brought together chefs and experts on sustainable wild seaweed hand-harvesting of edibles from the sea.

Leslie Van Romer

Dr. Leslie Van Romer


A dynamic motivational health speaker, writer, and personal coach, iis the author of thehot-off-the-press, weight-loss book, Getting into Your Pants. Fun, sassy, and original, the book offers empowering insights into a life-changing meithod of weight management. Her weight-loss program, 10 + 10 for Life, is an exciting, fresh look at healthy eating.


David Ross


David Ross is co-owner of the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts. Asante Holistic Health Center and Day Spas, and The Creator Network. He has professional backgrounds in business, psychology, theology, education, and healthcare. David teaches courses and seminars on attraction and manifestation in three primary subject areas: entrepreneurship, holistic health, and personal transformation.


Cherie Soria


Cherie Soria is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and the author of Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies. She has been teaching vegetarian culinary arts for more than 30 years and gourmet raw vegan cuisine since 1992. Cherie has personally trained many of the world's top raw food chefs and instructors and is often referred to as the mother of gourmet raw vegan cuisine.


Ronnie and Minh


Ronnie and Minh are husband and wife raw food teachers whose DVD Going Raw has just been released. Ronnie is an Essene minister, and Minh is a second generation raw & living food chef, born in Viet Nam into a humble and loving Buddhist family. As a child, Minh began learning about plants and how to find food and medicine in the jungle.


Larry Wagner


Retired Vice President of Global Information Technology from Proctor and Gamble, Larry is a philanthropist, photographer, and Mendocino County resident who teaches classes in business, financial planning and personnel management for the local Chamber of Commerce, and has worked with over 200 different businesses on the northern California coast.


Don Weaver


Don Weaver has been a 100% raw-foodist for over 25 years and is considered by many to be the world's foremost advocate of soil remineralization. He is the co-author of The Survival Of Civilization which has been praised by Buckminster Fuller and is regarded by the world-wide remineralization movement as a blueprint for restoring the planet's ecological integrity. He is also the author of To Love and Regenerate the Earth.


Dr. Ruza Bogdanovich


Dr. Ruza is an internationally renowned lecturer and consultant on raw food nutrition, natural healing, and living a healthy lifestyle. She is author of The Cure is in the Cause and Love Your Pet, Let Nature Be the Vet, as well as cofounder of The Cure is in the Cause Foundation, a non-profit devoted to children and to bringing awareness, peace, love, and joy to all.


John Kohler


has been on the living and raw foods diet for over twelve years; he turned to living foods for healing from a life threatening-illness (spinal meningitis) and has enjoyed dynamic health ever since. One of Johns goals is to educate the world about the power of living and raw foods. He is the founder and webmaster of the largest living and raw food website on the internet


Felix Daniel Schoener


An award-winning chef, Felix has professional restaurant experience in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and France. Most recently he was the gourmet raw food chef at The Farm at San Benito, The Hippocrates Health Resort of Asia in the Philippines, recipient of the award for Best Spa Cuisine 2006 from Asia Spa Magazine. Felix is currently on a tour of raw restaurants and spas.


Elaina Love


Living Light chef graduate and author of Elaina’s Pure Joy Living Kitchen, Elaina created the Soulstice Café in San Mateo, California, and owns Pure Joy Living Foods. Elaina is a professional chef, consultant, and lifestyle counselor with a passion for helping people change their lives with raw foods. She teaches classes and caters raw food events internationally and is on faculty at Lving Light Culinary Arts Institute.




Living Light Chef graduate Dorit of Serenity Spaces, founder of the Raw Film Festival of Hollywood 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 Nature.


Vinnette Thompson


A classically trained chef, Vinnette earned her culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is also a graduate of the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, where she now teaches a variety of classes. Vinnette has two culinary passions, vegetarian cuisine and culinary education. A chef for over 25 years, she is currently Executive Chef of the Raw Food Underground and teaches culinary arts for the Palm Beach school district in Florida.


Happy Oasis


Founder, President and Chief Visionary Officer of Raw Spirit Festival, a non-profit corporation, author of several books, and founder of Arizona's most cozy and spectacular raw vegan retreat, Happy lives by her dreams, which have led her to explore, serve and abide in dozens of countries ever since accepting a scholarship to study for a year at Hobart College of Tasmania when she was 16.


David Rainoshek


Research Assistant for Gabriel Cousens, and head juice fasting/feasting coach at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, David is currently authoring several books for release in 2007, including There is a Cure for Diabetes with Gabriel Cousens, M.D., and Juice Feasting: A Modern Hero Guide. David facilitates 92-Day Juice Feasts for clients and retreats worldwide.


Petra Schulte


Petra Schulte is a recognized nutrition educator and raw food chef. She teaches nutrition education at the Fort Bragg Middle and High School and coordinates the statewide, federally funded Harvest of the Month program, which allows teachers to introduce a new fruit or vegetable every month to their students. She completed her Living Light Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef & Instructor Training in June 2007 and provides assistance to anyone wanting to improve their health and well being.


Jan Allegretti


Jan Allegretti is an author and editor of books, articles, and other projects dealing with animal rights, wellness, and welfare; personal growth and wellness; and environmental and spiritual issues. She is a consultant in holistic health care for animals, and has been a passionate advocate for animal rights and welfare for more than twenty years. She has written numerous articles on the subject, including the column Beyond Body, Mind, and Spirit for the In Defense of Animals e-newsletter. Jan is the author of two books, The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions, co-authored with Katy Sommers, and Listen to the Silence: Lessons from Trees and Other Masters.


Gabriel Cousens, MD


Gabriel Cousens received his MD from Columbia Medical School and has over 30 years experience in healing diabetes naturally. He is a member of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a Diplomat in Ayurveda. He also facilitates the spiritual, nutritional, relationships/family, and lifestyle tele-seminars, "Alive with Gabriel" and has founded the Culture of Life Community--a spiritual social media network with personally hosted lifestyle support shows, podcasts, premier content, philanthropy, organizing, and sacred commerce at


Recognized as the leading world-wide medical authority on live-food nutrition and as an internationally known spiritual teacher, he is a lecturer, holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, international lecturer, and medical researcher. He is the author of six books including There Is A Cure for Diabetes and Creating Peace by Being Peace (2008). He appears in a leading role in the feature documentary on the natural healing and transformation of diabetics on live food, Simply Raw, and has released the DVD, Spiritual Nutrition for Yoga.


Gabriel Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, where he, Shanti GoldsCousens, and a devoted staff offer green juice Spiritual Fasting Retreats, Vegan Spirit Vacations, the 21-Day Life Rejuvenation, the 21-Day+ Reversing Diabetes Program, Sacred Relationships Courses, the Modern Essene Way, and Zero Point Process lifestyle empowerment programs --


Shanti GoldsCousens


Shanti GoldsCousens comes from the depth of her experience in the spiritual and healing arts. After many years of study she has been ordained as an Essene Priestess in the Essene Order of Light, and she is currently assisting Gabriel Cousens, MD, her husband, specifically in the preparation and training of priestesses. She co-teaches the Sacred Relationship Course at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, with Gabriel. She has earned her Master's Degree in Vegan and Live-Food Nutrition from the University of Integrated Science.


Shanti became a vegan at age 16 and she began her study of yoga at the age of nineteen. She would spend 16 years with Kali Ray, living, learning, training, meditating and teaching. In 1986 she became among the first of the trained Kali Ray TriYoga teachers and taught as a Senior Teacher at the Kali Ray TriYoga headquarters for 16 years. For seven years she studied and worked under Elizabeth Van Buren, Director of the College of Botanical Healing Arts in California, in the art, science and spirit of aromatherapy.


The essence of Shanti's work is to bring the healing power of the Shekhinah energy (Sacred Feminine) into the planet for the healing of the world.





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