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day 3? day 4? what day is it?!?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well, we are *really* being active participants here and it freaking rules! 🙂 I was having a bit of performance anxiety this morning when thinking about doing this certain ceremony today. You know we had to ask for help from the healing spirits and THANK GOODNESS they came and helped! That was fun as hell! I’ll write more about it later but this is just a check in…

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So I got up really early this morning and I was actually laughing looking at the clock. I *never* get up this early unless I’ve got to like get a flight or something. Eventually my body just got up and I had my hot cacao/mushroom/camu camu berry drink, wrote in my journal and then got ready. This is the first day I actually made it to breakfast. There was nice fruit around so I had fruit and there was some oatmeal and granola type things so I had a few bites of the oatmeal. I think now that my body wanted an early start to ensure that I had some extra food in me for the morning’s events. Since being here, I’ve been eating more a bit of cooked vegan along with a lot of raw vegan and it’s been feeling quite right for this kind of work we are doing. And I’ve been hungry for each meal so I know that there is something to this journeying work taking a lot of energy to do.  With each meal (and it’s wild to eat 3 meals a day) I heap on the greens and veggies and fruit and then have been eating a bit of something like rice or sweet potatoes or beans or whatever. I’m not really paying too much mind to it. Just wandering the buffet table and seeing what is speaking to me. It’s nice to have a buffet table with a nice little variety of vegan choices.

I’m sure it can be said that since I’m doing something so new, I’m eating some starchy things to acknowledge the emotional body and hey, that may be true. It’s all good as far as I’m concerned. This is about being gentle here – at least for me – and I’m delighting in truly giving myself this time and space to savor every little thing that delights me: sage burning, writing in journal, time to be with just my thoughts, eating food that was not made by me (well not all of it), getting aware of the place around me and the people around me. It’s very nice.

Anyway, lunch bell is about to ring and I’m getting on the trough line!

More later and much love,

Linda

Day 3 – I’m sure I’ll be losing track of days… :-)

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Well It’s Monday and I woke up early in a bright bright room. I’m so happy and grateful for the warmth and sun. What a great thing to have before the winter begins in VT. (We’ve had some very frosty nights so far.) It was 70 degrees here yesterday and I’m like sweating and feeling all warm. What a wonderful change.

This morning I had my hot cacao drink. I threw in a pinch of Matcha (stone ground green tea), some immuno-mushroom blend, camu-camu berry powder to really help get the mushrooms activated, cacao powder, agave and this time I used a bit of coconut oil for kicks and grins. I’m really not used to oil in the morning but it was nice. I also had some of my ayurvedic herbal paste, some other lovely herbs and flower essences – my healthy woman elixir that I love from Mandala Botanicals (I’m selling her stuff now! YAY! I love her elixirs SOOOOO much.) And then before I left, I made a green smoothie to sip on throughout the rest of the morning. Green smoothie is: lettuces, banana, green apple with seeds, chia seeds, cashews, water, agave, & bee pollen. One man looked at it this morning and said, “well, I know it’s not pea soup because it’s morning. So what is it?” Very cute.

There’s about 20 people here. The workshop teachers said this is a small group but it seems like a great size to me. There’s 2 people from Quebec, 1 from Montreal, someone from Colorado, Texas, San Luis Obispo, Michigan, Spain, Bethesda, MD, NJ, Astonia (now living in Brooklyn), 2 peeps from VT (me included), VA and other places I can’t recall at the moment. Age ranges are 20s to late 60s. It’s wonderful. One gray haired momma said she’s been having visions for 6 years – got tested for everything and no, she’s not crazy and no she doesn’t have brain tumors. She said she decided if she has to live with these visions she might as well learn what to do with them. Love that attitude. Sounds very sensible. 🙂

Well, I’m off to the morning classes. I’m very excited and yet calm about this. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my spirit guides for 2 weeks! Last night’s journeys were wonderful. This morning at 6 am, I rolled over and was startled to hear big bird wings flapping – like I startled a bird. Windows were closed and of course no big bird in the room. I went down to make my hot cacao drink – came back in the room and heard the bird’s wings flapping again. So maybe I should put a little something out to honor the bird spirit in the room.

OK, I’m off! Have a great day! I’m sure I’ll write more.

hugs and kisses,

Linda

beginning day 2 of 2 week journey

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Thought I would write a little bit of this spontaneous journey I’m on. First a little outline as to how I got here…

Halloween weekend, Matt and I went to a workshop for shamanic journeying. It was the best thing for me to do for Samhain, the time when the veils are the thinnnest. We had a great time and that Sunday I heard that there was a 2 week intensive course coming up starting this weekend. I didn’t think one way or the other about this and but then kept picturing myself there. This really didn’t sit well in my mind – what with starting the cafe just 3 weeks ago and so many things going on. Plus being away from the kids for 2 weeks is something I have yet to do.

But I kept seeing myself doing this so I signed up and I said I’d only go if I could find a ride. Taking the train or plane seemed like too many steps. A lovely ride showed up and so I said, “OK” I’ll do it. Then there was the matter of the Health and Wellness Expo that I had signed up to do for Saturday. I wasn’t sure how that was going to work out. And then Wednesday night of last week, a young woman came in with her dad asking about potential work. I took down her contact information and something in me said, “Ask her about Saturday.” So I did and she said she could hand out samples at the Expo no problem. WONDERFUL!!

The journey started technically when I was really little but yesterday after dropping off food and brochures to a Health and Wellness Expo and giving/receiving hugs to a few of the fellow vendors that are there who are friends of mine. (Gotta love Vermont for this and for many other reasons.)

We set out to go south on Rt 89 to Exit 2 to meet up with my ride, Anna. On the phone she sounds exactly like the woman who painted the mural on the front of our shop. So that felt very good – like someone I knew on the phone vs. a total stranger. We met and I immediately asked to use the bathroom and then we headed south to Brooklyn – our first stop – half of the physical journey down to Virginia. We were picking up another woman to continue down.

The ride down was really very nice. Anna and I gabbed almost as if we had known each other for a long time, although it was the introductory stuff that one does. But because we’re going on this 2 week shamanic intensive course, it seems easier to get right to the nitty gritty about the spiritual side of things – this is my favorite stuff to talk about. The 6 hours really flew by.

We arrived here in a really nice part of Brooklyn. I spent weekends here for 2 weeks when I dated an artist from here several years ago. I don’t remember that part of Brooklyn being as nice although I loved his porch on the roof.

Right now as I write this, my traveling mates are doing a little journey before we leave. I am hearing the drumming and some singing. It’s quite nice and I almost feel like I could journey right here, right now.

So that is the haps for right now. I miss my kiddos. I feel like some appendages of me is missing. They are among my favorite people in this world. I’m sure they will have a fun time and will be absolutely fine. My initial thoughts were if I would be OK without them for 2 weeks! In my heart I know I will be but I do love being with them. They are good good eggs.

I guess since this is a raw food blog, I should write that I brought a lot of food. The director of the program kept mentioning that the staff in the kitchen is not prepared to serve a raw vegan particularly, I think, because it was such a last minute thing. So I brought – get this – *TWO* coolers worth of food. I probably have enough food for a month. But that’s better than not enough I guess. I didn’t bring fruits and veggies – I brought cacao, herbs, ayurvedic stuff, chlorella tablets, water, bee pollen, mushroom powders, flower essences, nuts, chia seeds, some prepared food items that are easy enough to smear on a sprouted grain tortilla or piece of kale or something. Oh, I brought a LOT of seaweed. I brought some dulse/sesame seed crackers. I brought my blender (took up a decent amount of space in the cooler.) I’ll have access to fruit and veggies so I think I’ll be just fine. I’ll be munching away on all of this and that will be divine.

OK, so that’s it for this moment. Enjoy your day and I’ll write more as I continue forward here. I’m stoked!

chilicious food – week 3

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Hello Good People!

Week 3 of our opening! We had a shorter week last week – we went away for the holiday and that was good medicine indeed. This is another week and we’ve extended the menu a bit. See below for details…

Hours that we will be open this week:

Tuesday – Friday: 10 – 6 pm

Saturday: noon until 6 pm

that’s the RAWvarti Wrap Sandwich – amazing looking and amazing tasting!

Some of what’s on the menu this week:

• Chocolate green smoothie – this was a hit this past week. Green sprouts in the smoothie but you can’t taste them. Drink your greens!

Hella Good Shake: this really is a hella good shake! Greens and chia and nut milk. It’s sweet and tasty!

• Pink Smoothie – the 2nd top hit for smoothies this week

• Get Your Greens Juice

Pear and Ginger Cheezecake by the slice with a dreamy raw chocolate walnut crust (tastes like fudge!)

Chocolate & Superfood Truffles

Raw Chocolate Fudge

Kefir Soda & Kombucha

RAWvarti Wrap Sandwich – Should-a called it the Hella Good Wrap. Hmm… maybe I will!

Sprouted Grain Chili with Macadamia Nut Sour “Creme” – the spices will warm you from the inside out.

Linda’s Witches Brew – When I’m there at the cafe and you feel daring, let me concoct a smoothie for you. Trust me, no toads will be added to the smoothie!
Now here’s something really RAWsome I want to share with you for the month of November:

Don’t you love the colors? I’ve got some of my silk paintings on display at a little store in Montpelier called the Shoe Horn. It’s on Langdon Street. Take a looksee please! This photo is a picture of a Memory sarong that I made for myself. I used to wear it and then decided to frame it. It’s 4 feet by 6 feet! Big and colorful – just like the person who painted it! 😎

There are many other silks to look at. Some I beaded and some I didn’t. A lot of the silks are based on some medieval paintings that have inspired me.

Just had to keep this picture up one more week. They look so darn cute!

So come on over and have some of the best food ever!

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NEED SOME

HOW-TO’s?

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – at the top of the page, you’ll see links to do various things with your nut milk bag and VitaMix. Recipes included! YAY!

Thank you for your RAWsome time and energy! Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

In joy and in health,

Linda

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