Raw World Community News #3

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

Mission Statement

Issue #3, December 1, 2003

The RAW WORLD Community News is produced by Living Light as part of our commitment to "creating a global community with raw food at its foundation." Each issue will feature free recipes and information of interest to the raw community.

we focus on our upcoming event, RAW WORLD International Festival of Raw Food Enthusiasts, to be held February, 2004 in beautiful Costa Rica. We have included two very different, fabulous soup recipes, interviews, and articles from RAW WORLD presenters and chefs, as well as travel hints and information about Costa Rica. Enjoy!

RAW WORLD Community News 12/01/03
"What makes RAW WORLD THE Costa Rican Raw Vacation

Raw World Community News Issue #3 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 Montezuma, Costa Rica, the site for the next RAW WORLD February 2004.
2: Spotlight on Dan Ladermann and Cherie Soria, coproducers of RAW WORLD and directors of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and Jas, Creator of the musical ensemble, Bhakti Tribe and music director for RAW WORLD. They answer the question, "What makes RAW WORLD THE Costa Rican Raw Vacation ?"
3: Comments from past RAW WORLD participants, Billy and Tawana Jurek.
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, professional raw food chef, and RAW WORLD presenter Elaina Love with good hints for natural skin care.
7: A fabulous recipe for Tortilla Soup from RAW WORLD Executive Chef, Alicia Ojeda.
8: Spanish words and phrases you'll want to know!
9: What is RawFusion Spa Cuisine? AND a favorite RawFusion recipe: Spicy Mango Soup with Fruit Salsa -- yummy!
10: Airfare watch for Costa Rica.
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. What VegNews magazine says about RAW WORLD.

In upcoming issues look for spotlights on other RAW WORLD presenters, Julianno, Chad Sarno, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Loren Lockman, Matt Samuelson, and others; more natural beauty treatments with natural body care expert, Elaina Love; more Q & A from Roz Gruben and Doug Graham, more great recipes from LLCAI director, Cherie Soria, and facts about Costa Rica!

Raw World Community News Issue #3, 12/1/03
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1: Facts about Costa Rica
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 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 RawPrefestival Adventure Tour!)
Fact -- One can cross from the Caribbean to the Pacific in just a few hours by car!
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!)
Fact -- Costa Rica is a safe place to travel, the people are friendly, and they like North Americans.
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2a: Spotlight on Dan Ladermann, President of The Institute For Vibrant Living and codirector of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and RAW WORLD International Festival of Raw Food Enthusiasts. We asked Dan to tell us why he chose this as the location for Raw World. His answer was,

"This will be our fourth year producing raw retreats in Costa Rica. I love the country with it's natural wonders and beautiful people. The first three years we produced retreats in Costa Rica, we were in a different location, in the mountains. We wanted to be in a bug free environment and the beaches are notorious for bugs, so we settled for a small village in the mountains. That was before we discovered Montezuma, on the Nicoya Penninsula. From then on, we have had no desire to be anywhere else. We have traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica and this is the best! It boasts pristine white sandy beaches, clear blue skies, perfect temperatures, waterfalls, a fun, international town within a short walking distance, and beautiful accommodations -- we couldn't ask for more. The water is warm, even in February. There are monkeys in the trees, iguanas, brown pelicans, various herons and other wildlife, 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.

2b: Spotlight on Cherie Soria, director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, author of Angel Foods and Comiendo Pura Vida (Eating Pure Life) and coproducer of RAW WORLD. We asked, "What makes RAW WORLD different from other Costa Rican vacations?"

"This is a chef showcase, as well as an opportunity to hear from a variety of the leaders in the raw community. Because Living Light is a culinary institute, the food has to be the most outstanding, gourmet, organic, raw vegan cuisine. Besides myself and our own amazing chefs, Elaina Love, Matt Samuelson, Alicia Ojeda, and Cassandra Durham, we have Juliano and Chad Sarno -- two other masters in the kitchen, who will be showing their stuff and teaching culinary classes. No other retreat on the planet has this kind of chef line-up. Every night will be a new experience! Also, because this is the 7th retreat we have produced in Costa Rica, we have developed a relationship with the country, the people, and the food. We are connected to farmers who can provide us with the organic produce that makes
RAW WORLD an ORGANIC raw culinary event. It has taken us years to develop the organic contacts we have in Costa Rica. Most food in Costa Rica, unfortunately, is very highly sprayed. We know the man who grows our tree-ripened organic papaya and the people to call when we want a group of men on horseback to go into the mountains and harvest our cherimoya; we have a woman who brings us acki and guanabana from the Caribbean side; we have a mountain of young (untreated, of course) coconuts delivered several times while we are there and a Costa Rican man who is thrilled to do nothing but open coconuts for our guests. I look forward to combining the best location with the best food and making this vacation the best ever for all our guests!

2c: Spotlight on music maestro Jas, of Bhakti Tribe, on his contribution to helping create the muse at RAW WORLD:

"Join us every evening for a community cocreation of music, dance, singing, and celebration. We will play and move bodies at the beach and next to the pool every afternoon and many evenings. Together we join in an (almost) spontaneous musical experience as we celebrate in present time ritual. Bring musical instruments if you have them, otherwise nature will provide us with sticks of bamboo, natural carob rattles and other wonderful instruments of the mother. You will be spellbound and amazed at just how rewarding it is to surrender to the muse. For those of you who love to dance, our music will be further enhanced watching and following your rhythm as we instinctively merge into the perfect composition."
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3: The spotlight is on Billy and Tawana Jurek, who have attended events with Living Light in Costa Rica two years in a row and want to return again! Here is what they have to say about their experience there.

"For the past two years we have attended the Living Light raw food vacation in Costa Rica. We travel all around the world and it is rare that we take the same trip to the same country to do the same thing. But the first year that we went to Costa Rica with Living Light we loved it so much that we went back again last year and it was just as great as it was the first time. The food is raw gourmet and so tasty-- naturally, since you have the best raw food chefs in the world! Another bonus is you get to hear lectures on the benefits of eating a raw food diet from numerous well-known speakers that come from all across the globe. You also meet new people that share in the quest to become healthier and live a more vibrant lifestyle. What is really special about the Living Light Costa Rica adventure is that you are in the most beautiful place surrounded by a group of the most caring and loving people on the planet. They are like family to my husband and myself. RAW WORLD in Costa Rica is something everyone should experience in their lives."
~ Tawana and Billy Jurek
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: "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 aging 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 aging. 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 under-muscled 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, under-muscled 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 RAW WORLD will be designed to put the fun and play back into our physical activities while challenging each individual to strengthen their weak fitness links."
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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 do salt rubs with natural salt crystals collected in Costa Rica, make natural clay masks for our skin, and talking about the best ways to care for our hair and body. 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: Fabuloso! Executive Chef, Alicia Ojeda shares her "Some LIke It Hot! Tortilla Soup" recipe. It is in a class by itself! Alicia is the owner of Transformative Cuisine and former Executive Chef for Dreamworks studios. She is now on staff with Living Light Culinary Arts Institute.

Some LIke It Hot! Tortilla Soup
Serving Size: 4

2 dried chilies, soaked 4-6 hours
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked 4-6 hours in 1/2 cup filtered water
reserved tomato soaking water
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked 4-6 hours
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 red onion
1 cup cilantro, de-stemmed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 honey dates, pitted
2 teaspoons solar-dried sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons limejuice
1/2 avocado, peeled and seeded
1 cup filtered water, to use as needed

1 avocado, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon limejuice
dash solar dried salt
filtered water to thin

1 1/2 cups corn kernels
1/2 cup cilantro, de-stemmed, minced
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
1/2 avocado, small dice
3/4 cups soaked, salted, and dehydrated pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
12 Red Pepper Dragon Chips, by Cassandra Durham (see recipe next issue, or substitute other raw crispy crackers)

1. To make the SOUP: Drain the dried chilies and discard the water. Remove the stem and seed pocket and discard them. (Only the flesh of the soaked dried chili will be used.) Place the remaining soup ingredients, except the avocado and the filtered water in a blender or Vita-Mix on high speed, until smooth. (Do add the reserved tomato soaking water.) Then add the avocado as much water as needed to reach the desired thickness.
Put the soup in a glass jar or casserole dish and warm it in a dehydrator for an hour.
2. Meanwhile, make the CRÈME FRAICHE: Combine all ingredients for the Crème Fraiche in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Place the mixture in a squeeze.
3. To assemble: Sprinkle the GARNISH ingredients, except for the chips) in individual bowls of the warmed soup and decorate the top of each attractively with a tablespoon of the CRÈME FRAICHE, as desired. Serve with chips.
* This soup will keep in a glass jar or an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Variation: Omit water and this recipe may be used as an "enchilada" sauce.
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8: Here are some easy Spanish words and phrases you'll want to remember!
"Por favor" (pour fah-vor) = "Please"
"Me gusta." (may goosta) = "I like"
or "I want"
"Agua purificado" = "Purified water"
"Sin gas" = "uncarbonated"
Put it together and you have...
"Por favor, me gusta agua purificado sin gas." = "I'd like purified, uncarbonated water, please."

"Yo soy" (yo soy) "I am"
"vegetariano" (veh-heh-tear-ee-ano) vegetarian
"No me gusta." (no may goosta) = "I don't like it"
or "I don't want any."
"Carne" (car-nay) "meat"
Put it together and you have...
"Yo soy vegetariano. No me gusta carne." = I am a vegetarian. I don't want any meat.
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9: Spotlight on RawFusion Spa Cuisine -- the cuisine served at RAW WORLD
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 RAW WORLD and our RawFusion Healthy Lifestyle Celebrations. 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, inspired by LLCAI chef, Amy Wells:

Spicy Mango Soup
Serving Size: 6
This is an absolutely delicious spicy fruit soup that is always a hit. It is served with a dollop of fruit salsa in the center, adding a nice compliment of texture to the otherwise creamy sweet and savory soup.

1 cup coconut water (or non-chlorinated water)
5 cups mango (or substitute papaya for a less sweet version), peeled and seeded
2 cucumbers, peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons light miso
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon solar-dried sea salt, or to taste
1/4 habanero chili (optional)

1/2 cup mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced

1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced
1 tablespoon Sambal Olek
1. Put ingredients for soup in blender and blend until smooth.
2. Combine ingredients for fruit salsa and gently toss.
3. Place 1/4 cup fruit salsa in center of each soup bowl and carefully pour 1 cup of soup in each, so fruit salsa is surrounded by soup.
4. Attractively garnish each bowl of soup with a sprinkle of cilantro all around and a smidgeon of Sambal Olek in the center.
5. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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Airfares to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
We have seen prices as low as:
$282 RT from Miami
$335 RT from LA.
$310 RT from Chicago
$466 RT from San Francisco
$417 from NY
These prices were found through
www.travelocity.com on December 1, 2003 for travel in February 2004.
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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 has recently changed it's requirements for entry into their country. They now require a current passport for US citizens.

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. We also need help with our music program, if you are a talented musician or sound engineer. (Because of the high costs of producing such a wonderful international event, we are unable to offer any discounts for your service, but invite you to become involved.) Please call (707) 964-2420 for a list of RAW WORLD Angels Community Building Opportunities.
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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 AND, if you can't attend, but want to help in community building at RAW WORLD, you may donate your AA Frequent Flyer miles and help support others who could not otherwise afford to attend.
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RAW WORLD is...Heaven on Earth!
by Til de la Fuente, VegNews Staff Writer
Reprinted from the September/October 2003 edition

Are you interested in the best vegetarian vacation ever? Near the tip of the pristine Nicoya Peninsula, are the clear, warm, Pacific waters of Montezuma, Costa Rica. You will fall in love with its unspoiled white sandy beaches, ideal climate, colorful birds, and playful monkeys. Situated on a beautiful stretch of beach is the exquisite El Sano Banano Hotel. It has an inviting swimming pool with a cascading waterfall, surrounded by gardens abundant with ginger flowers. This is Paradise!

Each February the entire El Sano Banano property, with its tropical beach setting, luxurious accommodations, show kitchen and open-air dining, becomes the home for RAW WORLD International Festival of Raw Food Enthusiasts. It's where fun, educational, and enlivening events happen throughout the day and into the star-filled night. It's also the place to sip on fresh young coconuts and chat with new friends as you feast on tree-ripened mango, papaya, and other exotic fruits. For those who enjoy sleeping under the stars, there is even beachfront camping adjacent to El Sano Banano.

One of the best parts of RAW WORLD is the Prefestival Adventure Tour. You will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel where you will join other RAW WORLD participants. The following morning, the Raw World charter bus will take you and your fellow raw food enthusiasts on the adventure of a lifetime! You will experience the diversity of tropical Costa Rica, see spectacular waterfalls, live volcanoes, rain forests, jungles, the world's largest butterfly observatory, an amazing hummingbird garden, a natural hot-springs water park, and an abundance of raw vegetarian food. On the fourth day of your spectacular Costa Rica adventure, you will experience a memorable morning bus ride through Guanacaste to the ferry in Puntarenas. Then it's on to the remote Nicoya Peninsula -- and RAW WORLD!

When you arrive in Montezuma you will be greeted with fresh coconut water and one of the daily afternoon dessert offerings that will nourish your spirit. At RAW WORLD you will experience outstanding raw gourmet meals made from the freshest organically grown produce available. World-renowned raw vegan chefs Cherie Soria, author of
Angel Foods, Juliano, author of Raw: the Uncook Book, Chad Sarno, author of Vital Creations, Elaina Love, author of Elaina's Pure Joy Kitchen, and Matt Samuelson, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute Head Chef will prepare the incredible gourmet cuisine and present daily food-preparation classes.

RAW WORLD 2004 will also feature Viktoras Kulvinskas, Dr. Douglas Graham, Professor Rosalind Gruben, Paul Nison, Dan Ladermann, Rodrigo Crespo, Loren Lockman, and other leading experts and authors. There will be daily yoga, play-for-exercise classes, sunrise beach walks to the waterfalls, dancing, drumming, sarong tying, body painting, classes in self-massage and meditation, and laying around in a hammock watching the monkeys play in the trees (not an actual class, but very popular).

Karie Clingo, who attended the last RAW WORLD, had this to say about her experience, "RAW WORLD was time I spent in heaven...walking early mornings to the waterfalls and watching the sunrise out of the ocean, incredibly fresh tropical fruit, warm people, great conversations, "playing" for exercise, inspiring talks, helping out in the fun raw kitchen, sleeping out under the stars, howler monkey alarm clocks, and amazing gourmet dinners! I look forward to it again."

If you have ever thought about exploring Costa Rica or would like a vacation guaranteed to nourish your body, mind and spirit, then RAW WORLD is the vacation for you! For more information visit
www.rawworld.org or email: info@RawWorld.org or info@rawfoodchef.com or phone (707) 964-2420
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Love and Blessings of Radiant Health,
Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann, directors

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