Archive for March, 2013

Spring Fever by mary elizabeth

flowersSo the spring equinox came and went and I didn’t write a post about it.  I didn’t’ write a post about anything, actually.  I was juice fasting and sometimes that makes me a little, well, slow.  No – that’s not it.  Let’s call it peaceful.  Very peaceful.  Anyhow this blog went unwritten.  The fast went for ten days, though, and was a great physical reset.  I really love fasting – especially when I’m done and I was done with this one at midnight on Wednesday.  My sweet Amanda did it with me and we’re both feeling happy and aries woman 2empowered.  The sense of accomplishment is my favorite part.  Well – that and the visible results.  Anyhow – I’m feeling good and ready to hit the gym and the rest of my life with renewed commitment and enthusiasm.

zzz3It feels like spring here at Living Light, too.  Kristin brought in some beautiful daffodils and we’re getting ready for  another Associate Chef and Instructor training.  Living Light has been sending raw food chefs out into the world for fifteen years now and it all starts with this certification.  These intensive three weeks of training will thoroughly prepare you for a career in the world of raw cuisine.  Check out our graduate success stories.  Lots of our most successful grads have completed just this piece of what Living Light offers and obviously – it’s plenty!  We still have a few spots left for our April session so spring into action!  Sign up now.

March 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm 2 comments

Learn from the Best by kristin

Living Light Triple Win at Sedona Raw Living Expo!

It’s official! Dan and Cherie looked glamorous and were absolutely beaming as Living Light was acknowledged in three categories at the Sedona Raw Living Expo February 22-24, coming away with the  Best Raw Chef Training Program, Best Eco Raw Company, and a special “Peer to Peer” award for Achievement in Culinary Arts Training. CherieDanAtBestOfRawAwards

As someone who has worked in the company for nearly eight years, I was so happy to see them rewarded for years and years of hard work getting the word out about a gourmet raw food diet.  Cherie has been teaching vegetarian cuisine for 40 years! And finally, they’ve published a book together, too.

Raw Food For Dummies is their first collaborative writing project. Dan has been behind the scenes, behind the camera, and supporting the businesses with his tech savvy, so it’s heartening to see him in the spotlight these days, too.RawRocks

Raw Rocks! Tour Rocks California Next

So now they’re in LA at the big NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST event, and will be touring the state in their mobile home – covering lots of territory in California through the month of March. It’s a nice time of year to see the state and connect with raw restaurants and healthy venues, and most of all the people. Cherie says that meeting with people in the various communities is so rewarding – everyone is excited to meet them and learn about raw food, our school, and all of the amazing things Living Light graduates are doing in the world.

March 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Raw, Raw, Raw by mary elizabeth

best of rawHave you ever won anything?  I’m trying to think if I have, and I’m not coming up with anything.  I’d like to say I won the Living Light employee valentine haiku contest last year but I didn’t.  Kate did.  Anyhow, guess what?  Living Light won “Best Culinary Arts Training” in the Best of Raw Awards at the Raw Living Expo last month.  This is really cool because these awards are decided by popular vote (that’s people like you and me), rather than bestowed by some mysterious board somewhere, proving that we really and truly are the best raw culinary school there is.  And we have been for fifteen years now.  That’s something to be proud of.  Cherie gave the keynote address for the weekend which is a great honor and something to be proud of, too.  What an impressive place Living Light is – and how fortunate I feel to be a part of it!

four daisiesLast Friday was my four-year anniversary of working here, speaking of being a part of it.  That’s a while, for the likes of me.  What’s the difference?  Well – obviously – I’m much more grown up and settled than in the past.  But beyond that, this company has really taken the time to work with me and find a place where I fit and can continue to be an asset and all that good stuff.  And as they even continue to pay me for it; it’s a mutually beneficial relationship.  Congratulations, Living Light, for being voted the best.  And thanks for making me a part of the Living Light family for such a long time!

March 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm 2 comments


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