Classes in Raw Vegan Cuisine
for Individuals, Chefs & Instructors

The Fourth Annual Vibrant Living Expo

August 22–24, 2008
Living Light Center, Town Hall, and the Masonic Hall
Fort Bragg, California


Join us for the raw food event of the year! The Expo features fabulous culinary demos, mini film festival, health panels, Raw Pie Contest, renowned speakers, Rising Star Chef Showcase, exhibitor booths, workshops, seminars, Wellness Pavilion, food vendors, and of course, lots of great raw food!


Cost: $195 for all three days or $75 per day


And to kick off the Expo, don't miss the FREE Thursday Night Plenary on August 21 at 7:00pm in Town Hall!





More information will be available soon!


Thursday Evening

7:00pm – Free Plenary at Town Hall



9:00-5:00pm – Hourly sessions at Living Light, Town Hall, Wellness Pavilion

7:00pm – Music Showcase in Town Hall



9:00-5:00pm – Hourly sessions at Living Light, Town Hall, Wellness Pavilion

6:00-10:00pm – Mini Raw Film Festival



9:00-5:00pm – Hourly sessions at Living Light, Town Hall, Wellness Pavilion



Speakers and Chefs

Joining Master Chef Cherie Soria, founder and director of Living Light and Dan Ladermann, president of the Institute for Vibrant Living and co-director of Living Light are:


Viktoras Kulvinskas, Gabriel Cousens, MD, Shanti GoldsCousens, Dr. Doug Graham, Dr. Fred Bisci, Victoria Boutenko, Nomi Shannon, Rhio, Cherie Soria, Dan Ladermann, Dr. Leslie Van Romer, Matt Monarch, Rachel Carr, Angela Stokes, Jenny Ross*, Dixie Mahy, Priya108 (Paul Turner), Ed Leach*, Yashpal*, Elaina Love, Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, Don Weaver, Happy Oasis, Tamera Campbell* and Michael Saiber, Kari Bernardi-Ibsen, Patricia Cramer, David Ross, Felix Daniel Schoener, Ronnie & Minh Skurow, David Rainoshek, Dorit, Martine Lussier, Vinnette Thompson, Barbara and John Stephens-Lewallen*, Larry Wagner, Petra Schulte, AwaHoshi Kavan, Siri Gian Singh Kalsa, Mark Edmundson*, Dr. Ruza Bogdanovich*, Jan Allegretti, Jackie Graff, John Kohler, Tiziana, Kristie Phelps, and Joel Andrews.

* Invited but not yet confirmed



Vendors & Exhibitors

If you would like to be a vendor or exhibitor at the Vibrant Living Expo, download the registration forms here:

Exhibitor Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat PDF format, 31 KB)

Wellness Pavilion Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat PDF format, 36 KB)

Click here to view the vendor booth frequently asked questions page.



Rising Star Chef Showcase

This showcase opportunity is for "up and coming" raw culinary artists who have a passion to teach! Selected applicants will present a 20-minute culinary demo of an original recipe. This is your chance to "show your stuff" and get your name out to a group of raw foods enthusiasts! Please call 707-964-2420 for an application or click here for the pdf version. The application deadline is August 1.



Rawsome Pie Contest - Enter Now!

Everyone is invited to compete in the Rawsome Pie Contest. All 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.

The 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. The second prize winner will receive $50 in cash plus other great prizes! The third prize winner will receive $25 in cash and other great prizes, too!

Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann welcome co-host/emcee Joe Connelly, publisher of VegNews to our fantastic 2008 Rawsome Pie Contest! And 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!

Please call 707-964-2420 for an application or
click here for pdf version.


View pictures from past Rawsome Contests here!
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Special Pre-Festival Workshops with Dr. Doug Graham


Natural Hygiene Raw Nutritional Science Certification Course

Monday and Tuesday, August 18–19, 8:00am to 5:30pm

This exciting 2-day intensive course is presented by Dr. Douglas Graham, DC, world-class athletic trainer, author of The 80-10-10 Diet. Dr Graham is a wonderful speaker, who offers a wealth of up-to-date information on the science of raw nutrition from a Natural Hygiene perspective. Subjects covered will include the anatomical, physiological, bio-chemical and psychological analysis of the benefits of the primarily fruit-based raw vegan diet. Participants at last summer’s course were universally wowed by this power-packed informational seminar!

$595 or $545 with purchase of three-day Expo admission: A $50 savings!

Class is extremely limited - so reserve your place today!


Maximum Athletic Performance
Wednesday and Thursday, August 20–21, 8:00am to 5:30pm

Improve your fitness training! Learn to take excellent care of your body! Stay ahead of the trends in your sport and learn how to take advantage of the physical changes that accompany aging. This class is designed to bring athletes and fitness enthusiasts to the top of their performance abilities and keep them there! Extend your competitive career as an athlete and understand how to include fitness into your life every day of your life.

In this comprehensive fitness program you'll learn the secrets of optimal performance to help you all areas of your life: health, lifestyle, injuries, biomechanics, overload, recovery, kinetics, psychology, neuro-training, nutrition, competition, unpatterned routines, and best of all, the Zen of fitness. Dr. Graham has been working with both world class and aspiring athletes for more than thirty-five years.

$595 or $545 with purchase of three-day Expo admission: a $50 savings!

Class is extremely limited - so reserve your place today!


Save up to $200! Take both classes for $1090 or $990 for both when purchased with 3-day expo pass.


Click here for more information on the workshops & seminars.



Special Post-Festival Seminars


Special Seminar with Viktoras Kulvinskas

Monday, August 25, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Experience the wit and wisdom of the internationally acclaimed author of “Survival Into the 21st Century”, Viktoras Kulvinskas. Widely known as the “father” of living foods, this Harvard-educated former astrophysicist will amaze you with the depth of his knowledge and scientific acumen. If you've never seen Viktoras speak before, give yourself the gift of being in the presence of this truly extraordinary human being. Viktoras stresses the importance of enzymes and green nutrition in creating a youthful body and mind. His vast knowledge in the field of science and enzymatic nutrition enables him to shed a unique light on this important subject.


Cost: $95 in advance or $125 at the door.


Introduction to Raw Food Nutrition

Raw Food Doctors™ Rick and Karin Dina

Monday, August 25, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The Living Light Culinary Arts Institute has teamed up with Raw Food Doctors™ Rick and Karin Dina to offer “Introduction to Raw Food Nutrition,” a fun and informative 4-hour course in the science of raw food nutrition.  It will be held on Monday, August 27, 2007 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Living Light Center. This course will provide an abundance of scientifically based raw food education via multimedia presentations and group participation designed to help you gain a greater understanding of raw food nutrition and give you confidence in the role of raw foods for greater health and vitality. Class topics include understanding the caloric density of various foods, the effects of heat on food chemistry, raw food sources of vitamins and minerals, vitamin B-12 and raw vegan nutrition, optimal blood sugar regulation, and the role of essential fatty acids in human health.


Cost: $95 in advance or $125 at the door.


FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods
Tuesday, August 26, 8:00am to 6:30pm

Take Living Light’s entry-level class in a one-day intensive format. This course is the first in the Associate Chef training series and is a prerequisite for most other Living Light courses. Dozens of superb culinary presentations will show you everything you need to know to create a wide variety of delicious, easy-to-prepare raw recipes. Create fabulous organic raw vegan cuisine for optimal health and rejuvenation! Rich nut milks and creams, appetizers and pates, cultured foods, smoothies, sauces, dressings, soups and salads, simple entrees, dehydrated goodies and snacks, desserts, Learn kitchen gardening and sprouting, basic knife techniques, and equipment use. Delicious Buffet Lunch will be served!

Tuition: $325 (a savings of $150 from the 2-day FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods)


For more information or to register for FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods or other Living Light Culinary Arts Institute chef training classes, please go to the Workshops page.


Click here for more information on the workshops & seminars.



Mini Raw Film Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 23, 2008

6:00 – 10:00 pm

Living Light Lecture Hall, Town Hall, and the Wellness Pavilion

Hosted by Dorit of Serenity Spaces


Venue: Living Light Lecture Hall


6:00 – 8:00pm “All Jacked Up”

Filmmakers: Jennifer Mattox and Douglas Clemons

8:00 – 8:25pm Q & A with the filmmakers


8:30 – 9:30pm “A Sacred Duty”

Filmmakers: Lionel Friedberg and Richard Schwartz

9:30 – 9:45pm Q & A with filmmaker, Lionel Friedberg


9:45 – 10:00pm "Highlights of the 2008 Raw Lifestyle Film Festival"

Interviews with Louise Hay and Dorit


Venue: Town Hall


6:00 Sharp – 7:00pm “Reversing The Irreversible”

Filmmaker: Valya Boutenko

7:00 – 7:20pm Q & A with filmmaker


7:25 – 8:25pm “Curing Cancer”

Filmmaker: Mike Anderson


8:30 – 9:30pm “Traveling With Raw Foods with Dr Ann Wigmore”

Filmmaker: Jim Carey, Creative Health Institute

9:30 – 10:00pm Q & A with filmmaker


Venue: The Wellness Pavilion


6:00 – 8:40pm “Sweet Misery”

Filmmakers: Cori Brackett and J.T. Waldron

8:40 – 8:55pm Q & A with the filmmakers


9:00 – 9:40pm “Birth Into Being Film Maker: Elena Tonetti”

9:40 – 10:00pm Q & A with the filmmaker




Make your reservation and reserve your hotel/motel/campground now for the best selections.
Click here to go to the accommodations page.




Volunteers are needed for the Expo. Learn how you can have fun, build community, help with this event and save money!

Click here for details about volunteering.



Expo Poster

Please print and distribute!
Click here to view the Vibrant Living 2008 EXPO poster.



Tell a Friend!

Do you have friends or an email list that would be interested in knowing more about the Vibrant Living Expo and Culinary Showcase? If so, click here for a page that you can copy the contents from and paste into your own email. Thank you for helping support this amazing event!



Cancellation and Refund Policy
Tickets for the Vibrant Living Expo and related workshops and seminars are nonrefundable, including Introduction to Raw Nutritional Science. You may however, transfer your tickets/registration to another person prior to the event. Please provide transfer notification to Living Light in writing, by e-mail, or fax.






Special thanks to our Vibrant Living Expo Sponsors!

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact


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The Vibrant Living Exhibitor Pavilion in the Company Store
is FREE to the public!




Expo Links




Seven complete 3-part
Associate Chef Training Series followed by a variety of advanced specialty courses.

Two complete 6-week programs in March/April and July/August training series offering all 3 Advanced Training Classes in one session. (by popular demand)

FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods is offered around the country. Check here for schedules.

Raw Empowerment Workshops presented by Living Light Institute Associate Chef and Instructor graduates in your area.