Whew! Just came back from the Raw Spirit Festival. I don’t normally go to places like this ~ or stay when I do, yet it was really fun! I went as “media” because of Rawkin Radio. Got to meet lots of people I “know” from online ~ mostly Twitter (Helene Laurence, Rawbin, DeaLivingLotus, Wendidee and SO many more) but from Raw Food Talk, AnnavonÂ made it a point to meet me. What a delight she is. Oh! She got to watch me almost die from choking on bee pollen and cacao nibs ~ I’m sure that was a treat for her. lol (Bo, Helene and I have had a few laughs about that since because we were right outside the meditation tent and they became upset because I was coughing and choking. Oh, so sorry to disturb.. how about if I just crawl over there and die, that o.k. with you?)
Everyone received one meal a day. The first meal was prepared by Bruce Horowitz. Sorry to say but it was the least liked by me. There was a blob of blue-green algae in the middle, not my idea of good-tasting. The dessert was a packaged Raw Revolution cookie. I’ve still got it. Saturday’s meal was prepared by Melissa Davison. SO much better. She’d prepared a cole-slaw with just the right, light dressing and a salad with a creamy dressing. As always, her dessert was mahvelous! Sunday’s meal topped that. It contained a red cabbage saurkraut (best way I can describe it), some type of nut pate/burger on fresh spring mix, topped with crispy nori strips. There was also a freshly made brownie topped with goji berries. It was soooooo good! (could be wrong about what was ACTUALLY in it as far as it being “saurkraut” and/or type of “burger” but, it was just wonderful!) That was prepared by Cosmo Means.
Highlights and what’s coming up for you here, on RawkinRadio and also on Natural Products Radio. We’ll be posting as they are edited. Best to subscribe so you don’t miss anything.
Here are some highlights you can expect:
Full presentations from David Wolfe, Markus Rothkranz, Doug Graham, Gabriel Cousens, and more.
Interviews with Victoria Boutenko (what’s the truth about her weight?); Angela Elliott, author of Alive in 5: Health Ranger Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com; (is he as cute in person? how’s he make his money? Is he single?) ~ all the pertinent questions one needs answered); David Wolfe, and more.
We’ve got numerous pics, videos and audio you don’t want to miss! I’ll post links on Twitter so, follow me there or subscribe to my radio shows ~ RawkinRadio and Natural Products Radio.
There were lots of chocolate sellers. I loved Vanessa’s Gnosis chocolate but at $12 per bar… Did an interview with her as well.
I’m excited to be able to share all of this with you. We really didn’t have enough time to get all I wanted.
Personally, I was considering buying cacao powder. Spent 3 days thinking about it and figured if I had to think THAT much, then, I didn’t really want it. I did get a bag of raw carob and a bag of raw vanilla powder from Matt Monarch and two bottles of olives from David Wolfe’s table.
Brian Au gave me a video and some green flaky stuff. Oh! got a short interview with him as well. I really didn’t like his aggressive marketing approach when I’d originally met him about 3 years ago or so but he is a VERY sweet, lovely man and I’m glad I stopped to chat with him. I think you’ll enjoy him as well.
I’ve changed my mind about Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 approach. He really makes a lot of sense. I still go with Alissa’s idea of “Eat what you want, when you want, as long as it’s raw” for people getting started who can handle it! Many can’t. That’s where Victoria’s ideas some in ~ green smoothies for 2-3 months to get the digestive system functioning better first. In our interview she said that she’s found many people can’t even handle that and for them, she suggests green juices. My feeling is, IF one attains 100% raw, THEN, they’ll evolve to where Doug Graham is, naturally ~ less fats, less (focus on) protein. Protein (amino acids) is in EVERY fruit and or vegetable we eat. As he said in his presentation, one would have to work very hard to not get enough, if not more than enough, protein.
I purchased two of Doug Graham’s books as well ~ one describing the 80/10/10 food program and the other with just recipes. More on those here later.
More personal highlights:
I got hugged by Marcus Rothkranz ~ twice ~ and a kiss on the hand from David Wolfe.
There were a lot of parties. Bo and I went to the one on Thursday night thrown by Kevin Gianni of Renegade Health. That’s where I met a few people we got to chat with and interview. Friday night, Vanessa threw a chocolate party. We’d left early so missed hearing about that until after it was over. I heard there was a durian party as well. Saturday night my throat was sore from trying not to die from choking so didn’t make it to the dance party at Relics in Sedona. Sunday we stayed fairly late (for us) at the festival and I’m sure there was another closing party somewhere.
OH! Most fun of all is, we were sitting in a cafe Thursday morning and a young woman came over, introduced herself and said how much she enjoys RawkinRadio and just wanted me to know that ~ then walked away. A few moments later a gentleman came over and said he was in the entertainment industry and could he give me his card? We had people coming up for the next three days saying they listen to the show, it’s been an inspiration to them… talk about frosting on the cake! So SWEEEEET!
If any of you reading this did this, thank you! You truly made the festival worth the trip.
That’s all I can remember for now. More later ~ much more. Check in with all the above links and stay tuned. More coming soon.
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