Vibrant Living Expo 2009 Speakers


Jan Allegretti


Jan Allegretti, author of 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, 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. She is co-founder of the Mendocino County animal advocacy organization CARE: Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Earth.


Joel Andrews


A harpist, composer, and author, Joel has been a pioneer in the healing power of music. He has presented concerts and workshops both throughout the United States, and in eleven countries worldwide. He has recorded over 3,000 healing sessions for individual transformation, and his music and writing are used to support many modalities of therapy. He beautifully presents the ability of sound as a medium for facilitating changes in consciousness.


Amy Bacheller


Amy Bacheller, M.Ed, NC, CMT., has almost 20 years of experience in alternative health modalities which make up her Scent From Heaven holistic healing practice. Amy is certified in aromatherapy, nutritional counseling, guided imagery, bodywork, energetic healing and raw foods. She is certified as an associate raw food chef/instructor from Living Light.


Kari Bernardi-Ibsen


Kari Bernardi-Ibsen, is a Living Light Faculty Guest Chef and Instructor. She is also a professional fun seeker, fabulous chef, great friend and master teacher. Kari was the founding Director of the non-profit Monterey County Farm to School Partnership and has spent many years in California writing healthy school food policies and teaching farm fresh nutrition education to kids. Chef Kari is presently launching the "Yummy Tummy Food Company" where she will be focusing her talents on Guiding the Youth, Catering, Consultations, Private Instruction and Life Transformations.


Tamera Campbell & Michael Saiber


Michael is founder and developer of E3Live. 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 some of the most well-known healers in the living foods movement.


Dr. Anna Maria Clement


For twenty-five years, Anna Maria has been co-director and chief health administrator of Hippocrates Health Institute. She is also a leading expert in live blood cell analysis. The role Anna Maria considers to be the most important, most challenging, and undoubtedly, the most enjoyable of all is her role as mother to her four children whose exemplary health is a tribute to her and to the Hippocrates lifestyle.


Dr. Brian Clement


Brian Clement is an internationally known expert in the progressive health movement. As Director of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, he and his team have developed a state of the art program for health maintenance, active aging, disease prevention, and recovery at his Florida center. In addition to daily counseling and research studies, Clement conducts conferences worldwide on attaining health and creating longevity.


Patricia Cramer


Patricia Cramer, founder and co-director of the World School of Massage (celebrating 26 years) brings her talents in 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.


Jenny Cornbleet

Jennifer Cornbleet is a nationally recognized raw food chef, instructor, and author of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People. A certified chef/instructor with Living Light, Jenny conducts classes and workshops in the Chicago area and nationwide. Jenny has been instrumental in developing instructor empowerment kits for Living Light graduates. She is an integral part of our Associate Chef and Instructor Trainings and teaches FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods in Chicago.


Karin Dina, D.C.


Karin Dina, D.C. has been studying and practicing raw food nutrition since 1990. Her credentials include an undergrad biology degree, 2.5 years in the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University, and a doctorate degree in chiropractic, all with honors. She is now teaching raw food nutrition full time in various capacities. After 5 years in private chiropractic and nutrition consulting practice in San Rafael, CA, the Dina’s closed their office in September of 2008 in order to focus on teaching raw food nutrition. They teach the acclaimed “Science of Raw Food Nutrition™” series of classes at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, CA, and are now working on their first book and many other raw food educational programs. For more information, please visit their website at


Rick Dina, D.C.


Rick Dina, D.C. has been studying and practicing raw food nutrition since 1987. His experience includes working at Hippocrates Health Institute, as a fasting practitioner, and teaching at Bastyr University. After 10 years in private practice, he is now teaching raw food nutrition full time in various capacities. After 5 years in private chiropractic and nutrition consulting practice in San Rafael, CA, the Dina’s closed their office in September of 2008 in order to focus on teaching raw food nutrition. They teach the acclaimed “Science of Raw Food Nutrition™” series of classes at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, CA, and are now working on their first book and many other raw food educational programs. For more information, please visit their website at


Matt and Terces Englehart


Matthew and Terces Engelhart promised each other to live their lives together following and trusting intuition. An initial guidance to create a board game resulted in the Abounding River Game. Once the game was complete, Matthew and Terces agreed that it would be wonderful to offer a place where people could gather, eat, and play the game. Terces read a book about live foods and was so inspired she asked Matthew to eat raw' for 30 days. This inspired them to create the first Café Gratitude in San Francisco.

In the past five years, The Engelharts and the Café Gratitude Community have opened six Café Gratitude restaurants, and they are currently planning the opening of Gracias Madre, their new organic, vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District, slated to open in Fall 2009. Matthew and Terces lead monthly workshops offering guidance in the tools and practices on which Cafe Gratitude is based. Their Sacred Commerce presentation at the Expo will include experiences from their lives, including their successful business model and the thriving community they’ve created.


Annmarie Gianni


Annmarie Gianni is the co-host of “The Renegade Health Show”, and does weekly segments on fitness and preparing raw foods. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer and the co-author of "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution." She has worked with top Division 1 College Athletes and teaches optimal health through Lifestyle Fitness In Home Personal Training:


Kevin Gianni


An internationally known health advocate, author, and web TV host of The Renegade Health Show, Kevin has helped thousands of people through his multi-media productions about optimum health, raw food, and abundant living. He is the author of High Raw: A Simple Approach to Health, Eating and Saving the Planet, and The Busy Person’s Fitness Solution and the creator of over a dozen programs on natural health, including the widely viewed “Rawkathon” series.


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. Dr. Graham conducts workshops and fasting retreats internationally.


Andrea "Andi" Griffith


Andrea has been preparing raw food cuisine and teaching raw food preparation for 5 years. She received her Living Light Associate Chef and Instructor™ certification in 2008. Andi has created many raw recipes including Chocolate Raspberry Ganache, which won first place in the Rawsome Pie Contest at the 4th Annual Vibrant Living Expo and Culinary Showcase last year. Andi's new diet book The Fruits and Greens Diet has been very popular with family and friends, and she teaches weekly raw food classes, prepares weekly raw food dinners, and sells scrumptious desserts in the Sacramento area.


Kirsten Gum


Chef Kirsten Gum is a popular host on the Travel Channel and plans to use her 15 years in television to create a RAW lifestyle TV show. Since graduating from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, Kirsten has been catering events and teaching classes in the LA area, as well as appearing on local television spreading the message about the raw lifestyle. Kirsten’s energetic and sassy personality is addicting—you’ll be fully engaged as she adds flair and style to each dish she creates. Don’t miss this informative and entertaining demonstration with Rising Star Chef Kirsten Gum!


Heather Haxo Phillips


Heather Haxo Phillips is an accomplished raw food chef who teaches classes throughout the Bay Area. She primarily teaches through Whole Foods Market and Café Gratitude. Heather is a certified raw food chef/instructor and graduate of the prestigious Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Prior to teaching raw foods, she has had years of experience in the food industry, including catering and kitchen prep.


Barbara Howard


Barbara is a certified fitness trainer and a certified raw food nutrition educator. She received her raw food education at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute from Rick and Karin Dina, and her fitness certification through International Sports Sciences Assocation (ISSA). Barbara's intention is to educate others about the importance of fitness and nutrition in their lives. She is co-founder, with Petra Schulte, of the local Fort Bragg raw food potluck group SHARE Network (Simply Happy About Raw Eating).


Barry Horton


Chef Barry Horton has a passion for food, family, and continuous education. A Cordon Bleu program graduate from Western Culinary Institute, Barry began at the Stanford Inn as an intern. In his current position as head chef, he has adapted classical French culinary training to vegetarian cookery. A proponent of locally-grown, plant-based cuisine, Barry encourages creativity in his staff. He takes his motto from Albert Einstein: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.”


AwaHoshi Kavan


For eighteen years, Kathleen Awahoshi Kavan has pioneered the use of quartz crystal bowls for personal spiritual growth, health and harmony around the world, giving concerts in Saipan, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Australia, England, United Arab Republic, America, Guatemala, Brazil, and India.


John Kohler


After healing from a life-threatening illness (spinal meningitis) with raw foods, John became committed to educating people about the power of living and raw foods. Founder and webmaster of the largest living and raw food website on the internet,, John teaches that simple, healthy, and delicious recipes can be made with few ingredients and without the use of salt, oil, spices, refined sweeteners or chemical additives.


Deborah Koons Garcia


Deborah Koons Garcia is an award-winning filmmaker based in Marin County, California. Her film "The Future of Food" has been shown all over the world in film, food and farming festivals as well as by activists. It has informed millions of people about the many problems inherent in agricultural biotechnology. The film has inspired political, community and individual action. She is now working on a new feature length documentary, "In Good Heart: Soil and the Mystery of Fertility." "Soil In Good Heart," a short film made from the material shot for the feature, recently won an award at the Aspen Short Film Festival.


Viktoras Kulvinskas


Viktoras Kulvinskas, a pioneer live food educator and Essene minister, has been called “The Father of Living Foods." A Lithuanian immigrant, Viktoras has been working with living foods and enzymatic therapies for more than 40 years. He was an original founder with Dr. Ann Wigmore of the original Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston in 1970. His seminal book Survival into the 21st Century has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. A visionary, scientist, educator, researcher, raw chef, and author, Viktoras has mentored many of the key people in raw foods today, including Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Dick Gregory, Dr. Smokey Santillo, Cherie Soria, Karyn Calabrese, Dr. Brian Clement, Dr. Edward Howell, and many others.


Dan Ladermann


Dan Ladermann, a certified Hippocrates Health Educator and a graduate of Anthony Robbins’ Mastery University, is president of The Institute for Vibrant Living and co-director of Living Light International, which includes four green businesses on the Mendocino coast of northern California: Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, Living Light Café, Living Light Marketplace, and eco-friendly Living Light Inn. A respected lecturer, nutrition educator (and raw dessert fan!), Dan has been devoted to creating events that promote the raw/vegan lifestyle for over 12 years.


Thomas Lodi, M.D.


Thomas Lodi, M.D., a master’s level psychologist received his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Hawaii. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia University and worked for ten years as an internist, urgent care physician, and intensivist (ICU/CCU). After several years of additional training in alternative modalities, he narrowed his focus to integrative oncology. He is a member of ASCO, a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, an instructor and practitioner in Insulin Potentiation Therapy, and he is certified in oxidative and chelation therapies. Dr. Lodi is a licensed Medical Doctor in the state of New York and Homeopathic Medical Doctor in the state of Arizona. At his practice, An Oasis of Healing in Mesa, Arizona, the foundation of the therapies is restoring the integrity of the immune system and organ function through detoxification and proper nutrition.


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.


Martine Lussier


Martine is passionate about raw living foods, and loves to create recipes. Her dishes are colorful, delightful, and original. She is a graduate of both the Gourmet Raw Food Chef Certification Series and the Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification Program at Living Light, and is currently pursuing an 18-month Culinary Management Training Program. She is kitchen manager for Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, and is the first Living Light student who has completed all of the Living Light certification programs, including all of the Science of Raw Food Nutrition classes, in addition to a one-year internship at Living Light.


Howard Lyman


As a fourth-generation family farmer and cattle rancher in Montana for almost 40 years, Howard Lyman’s background of personal experience with chemically based agricultural production methods propelled him into writing The Mad Cowboy, a book about mad cow disease and the unsustainable, ecologically disastrous farming methods that contribute to the proliferation of the disease. Now a vegan, Howard’s goal is to see a producer-consumer alliance controlling public policy decisions in North America. He is the founder of Voice for a Viable Future, an organization designed to educate people about organic sustainable agriculture and the dangers of current methods of food production.


Matt Monarch


Matt has been 100% raw vegan for 10 years, since reading Norman Walker's classic Become Younger. Matt is the author of Raw Spirit and Raw Success. He travels worldwide teaching about healthy living and how to heal from degenerative diseases. He runs the popular store, and has a daily online TV show.


Victoria Moran


Victoria Moran is an international speaker, spiritual-life coach, and author of ten books, including the bestselling Creating a Charmed Life, a recently published sequel, Living a Charmed Life, and the newly revised classic The Love-Powered Diet. Victoria has appeared on Oprah, hosts a show on radio, and writes a popular blog on


Paul Nison


Author of seven books, raw food chef and educator Paul Nison has been eating a raw food diet since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis many years ago. With no other choice but surgery according to the medical profession, Paul decided to stop eating all cooked foods. Today he is 100% cured of this so-called "incurable disease." Paul has been featured on The Food Network and in several magazines and newspapers around the world. He travels the world giving lectures on the raw food nutrition and raw food prep classes to show people how easy and fun the raw life can be.


Terry Nieves


Terry Nieves is the Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Coordinator for Mendocino County Schools who harvests seaweed for her company Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetables. She is passionate about bringing raw, wild, live food to people and believes that engaging the senses through food is one of the best ways to learn. She has been an educator for over 25 years and is now changing the world through food! She is an avid ocean protector and encourages everyone to get involved in protecting oceans through their daily actions.


Happy Oasis


Founder, president and Chief Visionary Officer of Raw Spirit Festivals and author of several books, Happy is the founder of Arizona's coziest and most 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 sixteen.


Frederic Patenaude


Frederic Patenaude is French Canadian and into raw foods since 1996. He has written more than 5 books and 30 different courses on the subject, including "The Raw Secrets". In addition to writing about health to his list of 20,000 readers, Frederic also teaches how to make a living doing what you love.




Australian born, Priya (Paul Rodney Turner), a celibate monk for 14 years, has traveled to over 50 countries teaching about the Vedic culture of hospitality, and training volunteers. He is director of Food for Life Global, headquarters for the world's largest vegan/vegetarian food relief organization with projects in over 50 countries. The charity's services include free schools, orphanages, cow sanctuaries, sustainable farms, and large scale food distribution projects that serve over 1.5 million freshly cooked vegetarian meals daily.


Stephanie Raya


Stephanie Raya, aka, "Chef Steph" is the resident chef at Excalibur Dehydrators. For over 10 years, she has tested and developed thousands of dehydrated recipes that have been featured in many books, magazines, and articles. Not only is she an expert in dehydration, she is a raw food chef who graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Her passion lies in creating healthy kid-friendly recipes and educating families on how to live a healthy lifestyle.


Janie Rezner


Born in 1933, Janie Rezner grew up on a farm in Illinois, deeply connected to the earth, her mother, and her grandmother. A musical performer all of her life, Janie has expressed her spiritual awakening for the past 25 years through the exploration of the sacred feminine in writing, performing, music, and art. She heralds the return of the Great Ancestress from the depth of the soul into awakening consciousness.


John Robbins


John Robbins, author of Healthy at 100, Diet for a New America, and other best selling books, is recognized as a leading expert on the dietary link between environment and health. He is founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International, dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world.


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. His professional background is 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.


Matt Samuelson


Living Light head chef and instructor Matt Samuelson was previously head chef at Living Light from 2000-2004. From 2004 until 2009, Matt traveled the world as a personal chef to celebrities, restaurant consultant, teacher, and caterer of raw food retreats. Matt also launched a raw organic chocolate company, High Integrity Foods with partner Chris Peck, developing a premier raw chocolate bar, Golden Bean that is sold worldwide.


Felix Schoener


An award-winning chef of over 15 European culinary competitions, Felix has professional restaurant experience in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and France. He has been executive chef at The Farm at San Benito, The Hippocrates Health Resort of Asia in the Philippines, winner of several Asian spa awards, and has also studied at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. Felix was a guest chef at Living Light during 2007 and the beginning of 2008, teaching students advanced recipe development classes and collaborating with Cherie Soria on a new book about ethnic flavors in world cuisines to be released in the near future.


Petra Schulte


Living Light Associate Chef graduate Petra Schulte is Nutrition Educator for the Fort Bragg Unified School District. She coordinates the statewide Harvest of the Month program to provide healthy fruit and vegetable taste testing for students. She is co-chair of the Northcoast Nutrition and Fitness Collaborative (NNFC), advocates of the Rethink Your Drink Campaign, promoting water as a healthy alternative to sugar-based drinks. An ethical vegan, Petra eats a 70-90% raw vegan diet. She loves to help families and kids enjoy more live, nutrient-rich foods. She is co-founder of the local Fort Bragg raw food potluck group SHARE.


Nomi Shannon


Nomi Shannon is the author of the best selling raw vegan book The Raw Gourmet, and co-author of Raw Food Celebrations. In 2008, Nomi received three ‘Best of Raw Awards’ for Best Raw Educator, Favorite Raw Chef, and Favorite Raw Book. Raw since 1987, Nomi has been featured in Alive magazine, Get Fresh, San Diego North County Times, Galveston News, as well as numerous radio shows. Nomi offers a free online newsletter, as well as a free 7 part email class called "The Raw Truth".


Jameth Sheridan, N.D.


A completely out-of-the-box researcher, Jameth is a deeply caring person, humble yet possessed of a strong warrior spirit. He is not afraid to challenge the status quo or go against the grain when he truly believes something is right. He is a modern follower of codes such as Bushido and Chivalry.


Ronnie and Minh Skurow


Husband and wife raw food teachers Ronnie and Minh create some of the most beautiful and tasty raw food in the world. Minh is a second generation raw food chef who learned how to create amazing meals with simple raw ingredients from her mother in the jungles of Viet Nam. Minh’s two award winning DVD’s, “Going Raw” and “The Art of Living Food” have helped thousands of people have success with raw and living foods.


Cherie Soria


Cherie Soria is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, and has been teaching the art of gourmet raw living foods for over 15 years, and vegetarian culinary arts for more than 35 years. Cherie is also the author of several books, including the classic Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies, and Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger coauthored by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. 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”. Cherie and her husband, Dan Ladermann, own and operate three other green businesses, including Living Light Café, Living Light Marketplace, and the historic eco-friendly Living Light Inn.


Jeff Stanford


Since the age of 18 Jeff has been reading Krishnamuti’s talks and practicing “active meditation.” He finds that mindfulness in the kitchen is a key to personal growth. In the kitchen, we confront our beliefs and habits and discover that we can go beyond these limiting structures to affect our own destiny and that of the planet. In the kitchen, each of us has the power to create change through intentionality. Jeff’s early work was in anthropology, religion, and the human potential movement of the early 1970’s. As a dowser, Jeff works with human energy systems, and he is an ordained minister in the Universal Church of the Master, an early offshoot of Theosophy. He and his wife Joan became innkeepers when they moved to the West Coast. Stanford Inn adopted green practices in the early 1980s, including sustainable organics, composting, using responsible building materials, and auditing their electrical consumption. Their vegetarian restaurant, The Ravens opened in 1996. Jeff is an ethical vegan who believes that a vegan lifestyle opens a door to revelatory experience.


Angela Stokes


Award winning author Angela Stokes lost an amazing 160 lbs with a raw lifestyle, reversing morbid obesity. On her website, Angela shares her remarkable story, along with inspiration for others through videos, before/after pictures and blogs. Angela offers books, consultations and lectures internationally. Her book Raw Emotions explores raw transformations beyond the physical level.


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.


Dr. Will Tuttle


Pianist, composer, educator, and author, Will Tuttle has performed and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed book The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, a columnist for VegNews Magazine, and the co-founder of Circle of Compassion ministry. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. A Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening, and has created 7 much-loved CD albums of original piano music. Traveling full-time with his spouse Madeleine in their solar-powered RV, he presents over 150 lectures, retreats, workshops, and concerts per year.


Don Weaver


Don Weaver has been a 100% raw-foodist for over 32 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 worldwide remineralization movement as a blueprint for restoring the planet's ecological integrity. He is also the author of To Love and Regenerate the Earth.





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