Raw World Community News

Creating a global community based on love and allowance with raw food at its foundation.

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Issue #2, December 5, 2002

This is the second of a series of newsletters being produced by Living Light as part of our credo "Creating a global community based on love and allowance with raw food at its foundation." Each issue will feature free recipes and information of interest to the raw community.

In this issue of Raw World Community News, we again focus on our upcoming event, Raw World International Festival of Raw Food Enthusiasts this coming February, 2003, in Costa Rica, and we include several recipes, interviews, and articles from Raw World presenters and chefs.

Raw World Community News Issue #2 Table of Contents

In this issue you will find the following news and information items: click on item to be take directly to it:

1: Information about travel and other interesting facts about Costa Rica, the site for Raw World February 2003.

2: Spotlight on three Raw World presenters: Dr. Douglas Graham, Health and Fitness Expert to the stars, Caryn Hartglass, executive director of EarthSave International, and Living Light music maestro Jas, of Bhakti Tribe!

3: Spotlight on Raw World participant, Maria Basile.

4: "The Older You Get The More You Can Play!" an article by Professor Rozalind Gruben, fitness, health and nutrition consultant, and speaker. She is renowned as one of England's finest natural health lecturers and fitness trainers. An expert in Natural Hygiene, Rozalind gives stellar motivational speeches, demystifying the concepts of natural health and inspiring audiences worldwide. Here she enlightens us on why some people age more rapidly than others.

5: Q & A with Raw World presenter Dr. Douglas Graham, author and fitness trainer to the stars -- this issue: The factors most important to good health.

6: Natural beauty expert, master raw food chef, and Raw World presenter Elaina Love with more hints for natural skin care.

7: Another great tropical fruit smoothie recipe from juice gurus and Raw World presenters, Carl and Judy Genece-Murphy.

8: More Spanish words and phrases you'll want to know!

9: Master raw vegan chef and Raw World organizer Cherie Soria on RawFusion Spa Cuisine AND one of her favorite RawFusion recipes: Mango Avocado Sushi with Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce -- yummy!

10: Airfare watch for Costa Rica -- unbelievable! How low can they go??

11. Common questions about travel to Raw World answered here.

12: The RAW WORLD Mission Statement

13: Raw World Angels Community Building Opportunities

14. Raw World Sponsorship

15. Past issues of Raw World Community News

Next issue look for spotlights on other Raw World presenters, Julianno, David Wolfe, and Dan Ladermann, more natural beauty treatments with Elaina Love, more Q & A from Roz Gruben and Doug Graham, and more great recipes and facts about Costa Rica!

Raw World Community News Issue #2, 12/16/02
A Publication of Living Light

1: Facts about Costa Rica
Fact -- Costa Rica is a safe place to travel, the people are friendly, and they like North Americans.
Fact -- Costa Rica abolished their army in 1948 in favor of promoting programs in education, environmental protection, and economic development.
Fact -- Costa Rica has nine active volcanoes, forested mountains, pristine beaches, dramatic skies, and scenic countrysides! (Visit many of these sites on our Prefestival Adventure Tour!)
Fact -- One can cross from the Caribbean to the Pacific in just a few hours by car!
Fact --Costa Rica has the world's largest protected environmental area per capita in the world-- fully 30% of it's land is protected!

Fact -- Costa Rica has over 100 varieties of butterflies and over 50 varieties of hummingbirds! (Many of these beautiful winged creatures will be seen in abundance on the Raw World Prefestival Adventure Tour!)
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2a: Spotlight on Dr. Douglas Graham, Health and Fitness Expert to the stars: We asked Dr. Doug to tell us what he thinks of the location for Raw World. His answer was,
"Endless beaches, blue skies, perfect temperatures, immersion in nature, great friends. A few of us went to Montezuma beach last February and stayed at the location that will host this year's RawWorld. We only stayed for a week. It was nowhere near enough. I loved it so much that this year I will be there for six weeks straight. It is as close to perfect as I have found. Town is close, small, friendly and safe. The beach is gorgeous. The water is warm, even in February. There is enough wildlife (monkey, iguana, brown pelican, various heron) so that you know you are in Costa Rica, yet because it is the height of the dry season, there are no bugs and the weather is predictably perfect.
For the rest of my life people will be talking about this first RawWorld event like they do about Woodstock. I am excited that I will be saying, "Honest, I was there for the entire thing, it was the best."

2b: Spotlight on Caryn Hartglass, executive director of EarthSave International and Raw World presenter:
"Costa Rica is a place that I have been long been fascinated by, but have never had a chance to visit. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Raw World. I can nurture my growing interest in raw foods as well as travel to a place that I have wanted to experience for a long time."

* Editors note: We asked Caryn to tell us about her involement with EarthSave. Here's what she told us.
"I have been involved with EarthSave International since 1996. I love this organization! EarthSave educates people about the power of our individual food choices on our health, the environment and on all life on Earth. We can make a positive difference in this world simply by what we choose to eat and what we choose not to eat. For those that want to transition to a healthier, plant-centered diet, EarthSave is there to guide them along the way. So many people find it extremely difficult to change from a meat-centered diet also containing highly processed food. EarthSave chapters organize potlucks, dinner lectures, food festivals, conferences, workshops, cooking demos, etc. demonstrating that healthy food can be delicious and easy to prepare. EarthSave provides an opportunity to network with other people who are moving along a similar path toward a plant-based diet. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the EarthSave family."

2c: Spotlight on music maestro Jas, of Bhkti Tribe, on his contribution to helping create the muse at Raw World:
"Join us every evening for a community creation of music, dance, singing, and celebration. Together we join in the (almost) spontaneous music metaphor as we celebrate in present time ritual. Bring musical instruments if you have them, otherwise nature will provide and you will be spellbound and amazed at just how rewarding it is to surrender to the muse..."

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3: Spotlight on participant Maria Basile. Maria is well known to many of us as the salsa dance teacher who set got us shakin' our booties in Jamaica at the Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase. She is one of our many participants who has offered to share their particular expertise with the community. Here, she tells us why she is thrilled to attend Raw World and what she wants share with us. Maria says,
"Get me to Raw World, fast! It is my greatest pleasure to be among friends of like minds in a tropical paradise -- basking in the sun, dancing under the stars, listening to world-renowned presenters, eating divine raw food creations, and just doing life the way it's meant to be done. I am so excited to be a part of this playground of inspiration.

One of my specialties is to bring with me a little Latin spice! I will be teaching some salsa dance classes, and then we'll dance the night away. My other special treat is teaching guidelines to help you stay "BALANCED" for the rest of your life!
For my entire life I have been blessed with discoveries that have made my life the best ever. It is no surprise that I have had another epiphany in my life to share. I have NEW directions to teach you all for sitting, standing, bending, sleeping, driving, etc., which will keep you straight and strong into your older age. The name for this is being in BALANCE. The research behind BALANCE comes from studying healthy cultures around the world that have NO incidence of back pain and do amazing physical feats into their very old age. The "hunched over" look that is considered the norm in old age is not normal -- you can redirect this evolution. I found BALANCE slightly less than a year ago, and currently I have made profound changes in my professional dance career. But most important, I am able to live in ease. As a dance teacher and a teacher of BALANCE, my perception has changed forever, and there is no going back to how I used to teach. It is my intention to make every day the best day of my life, and this includes looking good and feeling good with raw foods and BALANCE, and sharing my authentic self with everyone. Please join me in Costa Rica for improving your lifestyle in BALANCE!"

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4: "The Older You Get The More You Can Play! " by Prof Rozalind A Gruben H.L.C., R.S.A.
All copyrights reserved November 2002
Most of the declines in physical functioning, experienced as people age, are due to nothing more than inactivity and unhealthy dietary habits. The ageing process itself has surprisingly little to do with stiff joints, weak inflexible muscles or poor circulation.
Physical activity is as vital to the life of your organism as the foods you eat. Leave your automobile parked in the garage for twenty years and then try to take it out for a drive. Even if the door does not fall off in your hand as you go to step inside, the battery certainly won't turn the engine over!
The older people get the less likely they are to be physically active, yet being sedentary contributes to premature ageing. With each advancing year it becomes progressively more important to exercise.
In our technologically driven western society, with all its labor saving 'gadgets', moving walkways and automobiles, the human body is in grave danger of becoming redundant.
It is never too late to begin taking care of your body. Approach exercise as a time to play, have fun and celebrate your body's ability to move whatever your age.
Consider developing the healthy habit of "earning" your meals with 10 minutes of movement before each time you eat.

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5: Q & A with Dr. Douglas Graham, the world's premier sports nutritionist. He is president of Healthful Living International, former trainer of tennis champion Martina Navratilova and other top athletes, and author of The High Energy Diet Recipe Guide and Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Dr. Graham is a 25-year raw foodist and a highly sought-after lecturer.
Question for Dr. Douglas Graham: What other factors, aside from food, are important to good health?
Answer: Health and nutrition are closely related. It is impossible to be healthy without first being well nourished. Yet getting enough nutrients relies upon many factors, and not just simply the food you eat.

Without sufficient sleep, digestion, hence nutrition, is compromised.
Fresh air and sunshine both play a direct role in your ability to absorb and assimilate the nutrients you digest.
Physical activity is essential for optimum function of the intestines and colon.
Emotional poise is as important to our digestion as any other factor.
The 150-pound man who is all muscle and no fat needs more total calories than an undermuscled but fat 150-pound man, as muscle is a heavier feeder than fat. The active person will always need more calories than the similarly built sedentary person. Hence, active and well-muscled individuals will consume considerably more calories than their inactive, undermuscled counterparts. While the sedentary person can easily supply sufficient calories into their diet, it is exceptionally difficult for them to consume sufficient nutrients. Sedentary people have much lower calorie requirements than active people, yet many of their nutrient requirements are unchanged. Because of these facts, it is impossible for a sedentary person to actually be well nourished or healthy.

Fitness classes at RawWorld (and the RawFusion Healthy Lifestyle Celebration, that follows Raw World in the same location) will be designed to put the fun and play back into our physical activities while challenging each individual to strengthen their weak fitness links.
In health,
Dr Doug Graham

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6: Natural beauty expert, author of Elaine's Pure Joy Kitchen, and Raw World presenter, Elaina Love says,
"At Raw World I'll be sharing with you some of the secrets I've learned, which are really just common sense. We will be making masks for our skin, skin brushing, talking about the best ways to care for our hair and body, and best of all, we will have fun!"
Here is a natural beauty secret you can try at home:
Give yourself a relaxing, detoxifying foot bath. Fill a bowl or bucket with very warm water and 1 cup sea salt. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. The salt will help to pull toxins from your body. Moisturize your damp feet with coconut oil mixed with a couple drops of lavender oil then apply clean cotton socks. You'll sleep great and in the morning you'll have nice, soft feet."

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7: Another great tropical fruit smoothie recipe (serves 2)
from juice gurus and Raw World presenters, Carl Murphy and Judy Genece-Murphy
Combine in a blender and puree until smooth:
juice of 1 guayabana (soursop)
2 mango, peeled, pit removed
1/4 pineapple, peeled and chopped
*editors note: guayabana, also known as soursop, is a luscious sweet fruit grown in the Costa Rica
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8: Here are some easy Spanish words and phrases you'll want to remember!
"Por favor" (poor fah-vor) = "Please."
"Me gusta." (may goosta) = "I like"
"I want."
"No me gusta." (no may goosta) = "I don't want like it" or "
I don't want any."
"Me gusta agua purificado sin gas." (may goosta ag-wa pooor-ee-fee-ca-tho seen gahs) = "I'd like purified, uncarbonated water."

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9: Spotlight on RawFusion Spa Cuisine -- the cuisine served at our RawFusion: Healthy Lifestyle Celebration (the event following Raw World -- also in Montezuma, Costa Rica) with Cherie Soria, Dan Ladermann, Roziland Gruben, Dr. Doug Graham, Elaina Love, Matt Samuelson, Jenny Cornbleet, and the Living Light team of great raw food chefs.
A few facts about RawFusion Spa Cuisine:
RawFusion Spa Cuisine was created by master raw vegan chef Cherie Soria, founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of Angel Foods, Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies. It is gourmet raw vegan cuisine designed specifically to support the active lifestyles at our RawFusion Healthy Lifestyle Celebrations with Dr. Doug Graham and Roz Gruben. RawFusion menus use a maximum of seven ingredients in the entire meal (not including seasonings) with changes in concept, texture, flavoring, and presentation. Although appearance and flavor suggests a feast, the body detects simplicity. RawFusion Spa Cuisine is usually theme based -- so meals are presented as Thai, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, and other familiar regional flavors. Most RawFusion dishes are made from fruits and greens that combine well together. Savory meals may also be created using non-sweet fruits (tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc.) combined with cruciferous greens (kale, cabbage, etc.) and other non-starchy vegetables. RawFusion Spa Cuisine does not require recipes, is simple to prepare, and easy to digest. It leaves you feeling light yet satisfied. RawFusion Spa Cuisine is absolutely delicious!

9a: Here is an example of a RawFusion Spa Cuisine Recipe Idea:
Mango Sushi with Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce
from Cherie Soria

Sushi: Sliced mango, julienne cucumber, and sliced avocado, springs of cilantro, and romaine lettuce leaves -- all wrapped in a nori sheet and served with (or without) Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce: Mango, red hot chili peppers or Sambal Olek, lemon or lime juice, crushed garlic, minced onion, Celtic salt, sucanat or dates (if mango is not sweet enough). Blend until smooth and adjust flavors to suit your taste

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10: Unbelievable news about airfares to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)--They are at all-time lows.
We have seen prices as low as:
$231 RT from Miami !
$171 RT from LA. -- amazing !
$321 RT from Chicago !
$341 RT from San Francisco !
These prices (not including taxes) were found on December 16, 2002 through

To get the best rates, you may need to be flexible on your travel dates. Many tours and travel packages are available from San Jose, Costa Rica if you arrive early or stay later. It's a great country to visit. For more information, click here Costa Rica's Temptations! or www.crtinfo.com.

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11. Common questions about travel to Raw World answered here.
Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica? Costa Rica is a safe place to travel, the people are friendly, and they like North Americans. If you sign-up for any of our Raw World or RawFusion travel packages that includes ground transportation, our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You are never left to fend for yourself!

Does Costa Rica require a passport? Costa Rica does not require a current passport for US citizens, but you will need proof of citizenship. So, a birth certificate AND drivers license in required if you do not have a valid US passport.

What If I don't have anyone to travel with? No problem traveling alone to Raw World -- you will never be alone unless you want to be! We will assign you a roommate of the same gender who has similar traits to your own (we send out a survey so we can pair you with someone of similar interests).

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12: The RAW WORLD Mission Statement:

Raw World is a cocreation of its organizers, staff, presenters, and participants. Our mission is to create events that provide opportunities for raw food enthusiasts to share time and love together as they celebrate the beauty of the raw lifestyle in exotic locations.

Raw World is committed to:

  • Excellence in the quality of education, physical well-being, and spiritual nourishment.
  • Inspiring participants and fueling their raw enthusiasm so they may go out into the world and inspire others by example.
  • Enhancing the culinary skills and creativity of participants so they are likely to continue with the raw lifestyle.
  • Sharing information concerning health and well-being.
  • Offering new forms of fun, health-enhancing activities, exercise, music, dance, play, and healing arts.
  • Leaving the world a better place than we found it.

Our mission includes that all Raw World events embody acceptance, tolerance, compassion, love, and kindness toward all. Those involved in the cocreation of Raw World do so in the light of this statement.

The Raw World family invites you to join us in our mission of making the world a better place. For more information about Raw World, visit www.RawWorld.org or phone (707) 964-2420.
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If you would like to help create community at Raw World, please let us know that you'd like to be a Raw World Angel! We will provide you with a list of ways to serve. Positions still available to angels who would like to be a part of our loving Living Light Community include various helping roles working with chefs, presenters, and participants. (Because of the high costs of producing such a wonderful overseas event, we are unable to offer any discounts for your service.)
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14: Raw World sponsorship
If you would like to be a sponsor of Raw World, please see our sponsor page at www.RawWorld.org for information, or contact info@RawWorld.org.
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15. Past issues of Raw World Community News are available at
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Love and Blessings of Radiant Health,
Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann, directors

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