Raw Food Careers are in Bloom! Living Light, Making Healthy Living Delicious!
Living Light International
Making Healthy Living Delicious!
April 2012
In This Issue
Cherie's Blog - Food for Thought
Living Light Café
Living Light Marketplace
This Month's Featured Recipe
The Living Light Difference
Testimonials for Living Light
Inspirational Quote
Books by Cherie Soria
Find us on Facebook!
2012 Course Schedule: Upcoming Courses
Nutrition Education Certification Series
Advanced Raw Culinary Arts instructor Certification Series
Food Styling for Photography
Living Light Raw Food Revolution Tour
35TH Annual TOTAL HEALTH Convention and Exhibition
Living Light Graduate Success Story: Vesanto Melina, MS, RD
Chef Graduate Chef Made Runatha Wows 'em in Bali!
Are you a Living Light Success Story?
Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. joining the Raw Food Revolution Tour
March Employees of the Month: Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann
Travel in the Raw
Sixth Annual Noyo Food Forest Earth Day Celebration and Spring Plant Sale!
Recipes from Living Light: Pure Power Bars
Let's Get Social
Cherie's Blog - Food for Thought


click here to read Cherie's Blog  


Living Light Café


Come see us April 21st at the
6th Annual Noyo Food Forest  

Earth Day Festival
in Fort Bragg


Noon to 6 p.m. 

- Fort Bragg High School -



click here for details  


Living Light Café  

 707-964-2420 ext 22


Living Light Marketplace


Twist Chopsticks
by Totally Bamboo

Twist Chopsticks
Beautiful bamboo chopsticks artfully twisted from end to end. Set of 5 pairs (10 chopsticks).

Fruit Knife
by Suncraft
Suncraft knife
This fruit paring knife has a razor-sharp, stainless steel blade.
The solid teak handle and sheath makes it ideal for many types
of cutting.

Fork, Spoon, & Knife Set
by Totally Bamboo

Bamboo fork, spoon & knife set
3-piece Flatware Set by Totally Bamboo is lightweight yet strong and ideal for everyday use,
picnics, or parties. Bamboo is 16% harder and more durable than maple.

Chop Chop Mats
Chop Chop Mat
This flexible Chop & Chop cutting mat is perfect for home and travel. Slice, dice, and chop then funnel food directly into your pan, bowl, or skillet! Super thin and lightweight. Dishwasher safe. Two sizes (set of 2 mats).

7.5" x 11" - $3.
11.5" x 15" - $3.99

 Acacia Wooden Bowls
Acacia bowl
These bowls are the perfect size for the single serving raw fooder salad. The round wood plate
makes a perfect lid.

3" x 10" - $28.
4" x 10" - $34.

 Acacia Wooden Plate
Acacia Wood Plate
The 10" plate is perfect for potlucks, picnics, or use as a lid for your matching 10" bowl. Made of Acacia wood.

Bamboo Bottle by Bamboo Bottle Company
Bamboo Bottle
One of the most stylish,  unique, all temperature, eco friendly water bottles on the market. The glass bottle with bamboo insulator is dishwasher safe and BPA-free.
"1% for the planet"
for every bottle sold.


Living Light Biscotti

available in three flavors: almond, chocolate, or cranberry
Almond Biscotti
Ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, flax seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, almond extract and Himalayan crystal salt
On Sale:
Small $3.95 (2)
Large $6.95 (4)

Crunchy Buckwheat Granola
Buckwheat Granola
Our delicious sprouted and dehydrated granola is a healthy snack by itself or enjoy with almond milk for breakfast. Organic buckwheat, dates, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, raisins and cinnamon. 4 oz - $3.50 or
8 oz - $6

Seasoned Sunflower Seeds
Seasoned Sunflower Seeds
 Organic raw vegan sunflower seeds seasoned with wheat-free tamari, garlic powder, onion powder and a dash of cayenne. Sprouted and dehydrated at a low temperature.
4 oz - $4.50
8 oz - $8.50

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Delicious seasoned pumpkin seeds are featured in the Living Light Chef Training classes. Pumpkin seeds, wheat-free tamari, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Sprouted and dehydrated.
4 oz - $5.95
8 oz. - $10.95

Pizza Flax Crackers
Pizza Flax Crackers
Pow! Organic Raw Vegan Pizza Flax Crackers Flax seeds, sun-dried tomato, red bell pepper, zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic, lemon, Himalayan crystal salt, and fresh herbs. Sprouted and dehydrated.

Queen of Kale Chips
Lemon Pepper Kale Chips
Kale is one of the vegetable kingdom's veritable superfoods. Nutrient dense: Vitamins C, K, E, and A, chromium, folate, manganese, and vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, thiamin, and zinc. Developed by our own Martine Lussier in four flavors: Lemon Pepper, Curry, Spicy BBQ Goji, and Chocolate Mole.

Organic Just Corn
by Just Tomatoes

Just Corn
Organic Just Corn is freeze dried and can be eaten as a snack right out of the container! Or use like fresh or frozen corn. Add to soups, sauces, rice dishes and pasta, or top salads and baked potatoes. You can grind this in a small spice grinder to use in place of cornmeal in recipes. Click here for Cherie's Jalapeño Corn Bread recipe!

Golden Raisins 7oz.
by Royal Himalayan

Royal Himalayan Golden Raisins
Raw and organic unsulphured traditionally grown, irrigated with pristine high mineral glacier water, hand-picked and sun-dried. Loaded with minerals Manganese, Iron, Copper and Magnesium, vitamins B6, B12 and C, and trace minerals.

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Acai Blueberry 9oz.
Acai Blueberry Superfood Cereal
Kick-start your morning with purple power! Antioxidant rich cereal with combination of blueberry, acai, bilberry and elderberry, amla berries
and camu camu.

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Cacoa Crunch 9oz.
Cacoa Superfood Cereal
Sweeten your day the chocolate way! Raw cacao breakfast cereal is supercharged with maca root, mesquite pod powder astragalus root and reishi mushroom.

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Chia Ginger 9oz.
Cacoa Superfood Cereal
Seize the day with this Omega super-blend - a fusion of wild chia seed and our nutrient rich sprout blend: buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, pumpkin, and sunflower provide essential balance for optimal wellness. Spiced with ginger and enhanced with wild hawthorn berries.

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Hemp & Greens 9oz.
Hemp and Greens Superfood Cereal
Get your greens on with hemp protein, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa and dandelion greens along with sweet sultanas, Himalayan raisins, white sesame seeds.

Royal Himalayan 7oz.
Royal Himalayan Pistachios
Raw Princess Pistachios are organic, with powerful minerals and vitamins Thiamin, B6, Copper, and Phosphorus. Antioxidants help maintain healthy eyes, heart and brain. Pistachios are a high protein, nutritious, cholesterol-free
energy snack.

Enjoy Living Intentions snacks in a variety of delicious flavors! Created by Living Light Graduates Joshua McHugh and Elizabeth Dahnken

Gone Nuts! Cilantro Lime Mojo Pistachios and Pepitas 3.5oz
Gone Nuts! Cilantro Lime Mojo Pistachios and Pepitas
Zesty pistachios and pumpkin seeds are not roasted or baked! Germinated and then dehydrated. Spicy and delicious.

Gone Nuts! Rosemary & Garlic Pistachios and Almonds 
Gone Nuts! Rosemary Almonds and Pistachios 
For garlic lovers everywhere! Vibrant fresh rosemary, green onion, garlic, dried herbs and spices steeped in virgin olive oil.

Gone Nuts! Maple Mesquite Flour Candied Walnuts 
Gone Nuts! Maple Mesquite Flour Candied Walnuts 
Sweet and satisfying sprouted walnuts with a dash of Peruvian Mesquite Flour - a dehydrated candied walnut snack that is good for you!

Gone Nuts! Raw Cacao Brazil Nuts and Mulberries 3.5oz 
Gone Nuts! Brazilnuts and Mulberries 
Sweet and satisfying organic Brazil nuts, wild sun-dried golden mulberries, Rapadura, raw cacao, agave nectar, olive oil, vanilla and Royal Himalayan crystal salt.

Gone Nuts! Chocolate Covered Almonds and Raisins 3.5oz 
Gone Nuts! Chocolate covered Almonds and Raisins 
Enzyme rich, this delicious snack will appeal to anyone who loves classic chocolate raisins!  

  Gone Nuts! Thai Curry Cashews and Coconuts 3.5oz
Gone Nuts! Chocolate covered Almonds and Raisins 
Raw cashews and crunchy coconut chips unite with an innovative curry spice blend of turmeric, ginger, lemongrass and red chili flakes. Sweetened with clear blue agave nectar and coconut palm sugar with a dash of lemon.  
White Mulberries by Royal Himalayan
Royal Himalayan White Mulberries
Low-glycemic raw, organic sun-dried white mulberries are a good source of Vitamin E, K, E, Folate, Selenium, Beta-Carotene and other important antioxidants.
Goji Berries - Royal Himalayan
Royal Himalayan Goji Berries
Large, robust raw Gojiberries provide an ocean of energy: loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Help rebuild natural defenses, restore DNA and slow aging process.  Three convenient sizes:
3.5 oz., 7 oz., and 14 oz
Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt

Royal Himalayan Crystal Salt
Hand-mined, washed, sun-dried, and stone ground this beautiful salt is the favorite of many of the world's renowned chefs! Packed in eco-friendly biodegradable cellophane, This salt brings out the flavors of any food.
Fine and coarse grinds.

We also have Stones for Sole which is the super saturated salt-water brine created by combining Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt and high quality water. One teaspoon of Sole in 8 oz pure spring water daily, on an empty stomach, provides an array of health benefits. Assists in the absorption of all other nutrients in food and supplements and boosts energy. Replenishes electrolytes, helps to balance pH and osmotic pressure in cells, improves sleep, focus and mental clarity. look and feel great!    
Black Peppercorns
- Simply Organic

Simply Organic Black Peppercorns 

Simply Organic Black Peppercorns from India and Indonesia are wholesome and healthy. QAI Certified Organic and KSA Certified. 2.65 oz.



Greener Grasses
Greener Grasses is an incredible combination of green grasses. It provides healthy alkaline elements and a large amount of 100% whole food nutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace minerals including those that are naturally colloidal and better, chlorophyll, fiber, phytonutrients and more!)

Vitamineral Green
Vitamineral Green is a unique and extremely potent combination of nature's most deeply nourishing, cleansing, and rebuilding superfoods. 100% whole food ingredients in a highly concentrated powdered blend of vegetable superfoods supporting healthy bones and bowel function while nourishing the blood, colon, liver, and kidneys. Combines 31 whole superfood ingredients, including land and sea vegetables, cereal grasses, fruits, algaes, enzymes, probiotics, and beneficial microflora.
Powder Trial size - 306056 - $4.00
5 oz Powder - 306055 - $22.45
10 oz Powder - 306053 - $40.45
16 oz Powder - 306054 - $59.35
105 Capsules - 306720 - $19.95
400 Capsules - 306719 - $54.95

for our bargains and best buys.
Living Light Marketplace.



This Month's Featured Recipe:
The Living Light Difference:

The Living Light Difference  (click image to go to the video page)

Testimonials for Living Light Culinary Institute

From January's Associate Chef and Instructor Training class:

To enrollment and the office staff:     

Thank you for your patience in bringing all of us here in love - to create these delights to share with the world - you made things easy! With appreciation, 
 Matananda, Jane S., Susan, Heather, Savannah, Carla, Bridget E., Simon, Emma, Blanche Mirielle, Pamela Z., Rachel, Julie, Pam B.  



Thanks to the great and very professional training I received at Living Light I was voted "Most popular Raw Food Chef" in Germany this year!


-Melanie, Berlin  


From September's Associate Chef and Instructor Training class:

"The journey was just amazing! I've learned so much, but not only in class - with everyone! It is a life changing experience that brings you much more than what you think it would" 


-Christelle, FL

"I could not be happier about the staff and curriculum. It is very easy to learn here and I got exactly what I hoped for! If you have the resources, this is the perfect place to go."  


 -Becca, WA

"This is a definite "must attend" course if you want to elevate yourself to professional status as a chef in the raw food community. I feel so lucky to have been here. You all inspire me, beyond what we learn in the culinary studio.  


 -Janye, UK



From the 2011 Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training classes:

"I learned so much more about being a professional raw food instructor. The teaching materials are incredible."    


-Kang, Singapore

"A phenomenal class packed with invaluable tips, coaching and guides for making your mark as a raw food culinary instructor, author or coach." 


-Nadia, CA

"Perfect training for public speaking and demo presentation. Just what I needed - a detailed, informative introduction into social media"  


 -Hanna, Australia


"This class is a must in addition to the Associate Chef class if you are serious about a career in teaching raw foods. Jennifer did an amazing job of teaching all aspects of both the chef training and the advanced instructor course." 

-Victoria, FL

"I feel like I've been to "finishing school." This class will take me to the next level in terms of organization and professionalism and was spot on for me." 

-Jayne, UK

Inspirational Quote

"Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.."


- Rachel Carson      

  quoted in John McCabe's book,  

Igniting Your Life  




Books by Cherie Soria

Raw Revolution Book by Cherie Soria, Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD


Angel Foods

Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies


Angel Foods book by Cherie Soria

 This is the book that started the raw food revolution! Offering 125 raw vegan recipes and 125 cooked vegan recipes with an international flavor, this is the perfect volume for anyone who wants to balance delicious health promoting raw and cooked foods. 




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Hit the Road, Jack!

Road Trippin' - whether it's the Red Hot Chili Peppers that inspire you, or Ramblin Jack Elliot and Jack Kerouac - it's time for a road trip somewhere along the line. Get inspired as you follow our intrepid travelers Cherie, Dan and Martine, who are enjoying the fabulous Raw Food Revolution Tour of Vancouver, B.C., Toronto, Seattle, and Portland. Keep track of all their latest adventures on Cherie's new blog, "Food for Thought" - complete with photos. A highlight of their trip will be the Total Health Show coming right up April 20-22. Cherie will be a feature presenter - see details in this newsletter. They had wonderful support in Vancouver, B.C. from Living Light grads Agathe Mathieu, Chantale Roy, Jim Maurice, Stephanie Schlosser and other incredibly helpful volunteers. The reception there was gratifying. Here's what Cherie had to say:


 "I am grateful to the people who attended the class and made us feel SO appreciated. We came a long way to share this class and having people so grateful really validates our efforts. Most of them said they can't wait to come to California to attend more classes at Living Light, and to us, that says it all." 

Good news - Drs. Rick and Karin Dina have announced the first venue on the Living Light Science of Raw Food Nutrition I Tour: Live Long, Eat Raw, Learn Why. They'll take the fascinating and enlightening one-day intensive course on the science of raw food nutrition to three cities: Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. this summer!

If you happen to be staying home, isn't it the perfect time to get your hands dirty in the garden? It's so rewarding. Living Light Café assistant manager Therese Tarnoff and her husband Matt are creating gardens for their first CSA (Community Supportive Agriculture), and many of us are signing up to get great local produce every week - grown with love. Mmmm, I can taste those fresh veggies and fruits already! If you are sticking close to home, it's fun to plan an outing. Here in Fort Bragg, we have the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, the redwood forests, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and lots of other earth friendly diversions for the coming warmer months ahead. Head for the prettiest spots in your neck of the woods - whether a city park or nearby body of water - it feels so good to be outside again.

Cherie is sharing tips for staying raw on the road this month, along with a delicious recipe for nutrition packed Power Bars to keep you going while you are on the go! Living Light Marketplace has lots of earth friendly ideas, from BPA free bamboo water bottles to sustainable wooden wear and luscious raw snacks from Living Intentions to tuck in your picnic basket (If you haven't tried them yet - you must. Created by Living Light graduates).  

 Noyo Food Forest logo
Living Light Café will have a booth again at the 6th Annual Noyo Food Forest Earth Day Celebration here in Fort Bragg, and Living Light instructor Gina Hudson will wow the crowds with a raw food demo. It is truly an all-community participatory event. Be sure to attend the Earth Day celebrations in your neighborhood - let's get out there be part of the solution supporting planetary health!

Speaking of planetary health, why not learn how to contribute to the health of your family and community by following your passion to Living Light? Building a new career or a healthier lifestyle takes planning. Our enrollment advisors Mary Elizabeth and Amanda are here to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and help you choose the right courses, certifications and packages to build the life you've been wishing for.

There's still time to sign up for the Associate Chef and Instructor™ Certification Package next month - you can start on May 19 and receive a 10% discount! Or begin with our very first course FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ for the relatively small investment of $375. You'll encounter a supportive team of teachers and like-minded fellow students who are interested in investing in their future and making a difference in the world. When you stay at the eco-friendly Living Light Inn, you'll enjoy a fully equipped raw food kitchen for making special culinary creations when you get back "home." Spend time with your new Living Light "family" and explore the beautiful Mendocino coast while you are here. It's like a learning vacation!

In 2012, you still have four more opportunities to earn your certification in Pastry Arts-Unbaked!, with sessions from May 19-June 13, July 14-August 29, September 1-26 or September 29-November 14. If you'd like to earn a certification as a nutrition educator, Drs. Rick and Karin Dina and Living Light have teamed up to offer both the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ from May 17-25, and the Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ from May 17-June 2.

Jenny CornbleetTo maximize the potential of any of the courses you take here at Living Light, it's a great idea to complete the Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training Certification™ with renowned raw food educator and expert businesswoman Jennifer Cornbleet. Choose the complete certification series from June 16-July 12, or the Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training™ course from July 8-12.


Cristina ArchilaAnd just as we expected, the Food Styling for Photography course with Cristina Archila is a smash hit. In one week the class size doubled, so be sure to sign up when you come to the school. It's a class that will help you showcase your culinary creations like a professional! Five opportunities left in 2012: June 3, July 1, July 29, September 16 and October 14. 



No matter what path you choose, please take advantage of our expertise. We are here to support you on many levels with the right tools and information to maximize your success every step of the way. What are your personal and professional goals and how can you reach them? That's our department - call 707-964-2420 today and find out how!


Kristin Suratt, PR Director and the entire Living Light Team


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2012 Course Schedule


Check our school schedule for information about all of our packages, including the Associate Chef Package, Instructor-Focused Package, Gourmet Chef, Gourmet Plus, and Gourmet Completion Packages (for students who have already received their Associate Chef certification), and the Platinum and Nutrition Educator Packages. Click here to see a chart describing all of our certifications and packages. 
Associate Chef Package (5 courses) Click here for details .  
Get your Associate Chef and Instructor certification beginning May 19! 
The five-course Associate Chef Package
completes the certification that is the foundation for all other culinary programs and provides a supportive environment for students to learn about raw food preparation from A to Z. This program develops confidence in basic chef skills, including flavor balancing and recipe development. This certification program is included in all of our advanced culinary packages. 
Courses include: 
May 19 FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™  
May 20 Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills™  
May 21-25 Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts™  
May 26-27 Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I  
May 28-June 8 Associate Chef and Instructor Training™ 
Other Dates for this certification: 
June 16-July 6  
July 14-August 3  
September 1-21  
September 29-October 19 
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Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ Certifications   
Guess what? We've discovered that the best way to a cooked-food lover's heart is dessert! If you are excited about expanding your gourmet raw culinary skills or becoming a raw food pastry chef, a pastry arts certification is just right for you!

Our focus is on raw vegan dessert production, with a combination of theory, demos and practical hands-on training. Students learn how to use binders, thickeners, emulsifiers and gelling agents; how to choose the right sweeteners and fats for a variety of classic pastry recipes and discover the secrets of making exquisite raw desserts that taste even better than famous cooked desserts! They create a variety of professional looking and sublime tasting gourmet raw desserts that tantalize the palate without compromising health!

Take the entire 6-class certification, or if you are already a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor™ graduate, sign up for the 4-day Pastry Arts-Unbaked™ course in May!

Entire Series: May 19-June 13
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ only: June 10-13
(Prerequisite: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification™)

Entire Series: July 14-August 29
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ only: August 26-29
(Prerequisite: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification™)

Entire Series: September 1-26
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ only: September 23-26
(Prerequisite: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification™)

Entire Series: September 29-November 14
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ only: November 11-14
(Prerequisite: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification™)

Call Amanda or Mary Elizabeth in enrollment for all the details about our pastry arts courses, certifications, discounts, and bonuses today!  

Wedding CakePastry Arts-Unbaked! Certification Includes:
FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™   
Sharpen up Your Knife Skills!™  
Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts™   
Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I  
Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef & Instructor Training™
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™  

Regular Price for this 6-course certification: $6,850
Discounted 10% off Introductory Rate*: $6,190 -A $660  savings  
Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ only: $1,375
Bonus gifts are offered to those who purchase the Pastry-Focused Package

 *The introductory rate discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Tuition prices for California Residents slightly higher ($2.50 - $17.50) depending on certification selection due to mandatory State STRF fees.

Or - Earn your Advanced Pastry Arts-Unbaked Certification in 2012:
After completing your first 6 courses and earning your Pastry Arts-Unbaked Certification, come back in November 2012 to take Pastry Arts-Unbaked!™ Level II. Upon completion of this recipe development pastry arts course, you will earn the Advanced Pastry Arts-Unbaked Certification. Click here to learn more about both Pastry Arts Certifications.

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Dr. Rick and Karin DinaNutrition Education Certification Series

Living Light instructors, Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. offer a comprehensive and engaging series of classes on the science of raw food nutrition covering hot topics in an easy-to-understand format. You will learn about raw vegan sources of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids, as well as blood sugar regulation, pH balance, food changes from cooking, anti-inflammatory nutrition, weight management, anti-aging, longevity, and much more. This knowledge will help to insure that you understand what nutrients you need, why you need them, and where to get them. 
The Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Program consists of three courses: Science of Raw Food Nutrition (SRFN) levels I and II, and the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Course. In the Science of Raw Food Nutrition courses students will be provided with a solid foundation in the science and nutritional aspects of raw food and plant-based diets. SRFN II builds on the knowledge base learned in SRFN I and introduces many new topics that are essential to understanding the big picture of raw and living food nutrition. The Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification course prepares students to present fundamental raw food nutrition information with authority, accuracy, and confidence.  
The Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ is the continuation of Living Light's raw food nutritional science series. This certification has the prerequisites of Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I, Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ II, and Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™. Completing the entire series requires 15 days of class time.

The Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Program

Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I
May 17 and 18 Prerequisites: None

Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ II
May 19-23 Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I class.
Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™
May 24-25 Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II classes.
The Advanced of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Series
Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I
May 17 and 18 Prerequisites: None

Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ II
May 19-23 Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I class.
Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™
May 24-25 Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II classes.

Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ III
May 28-31  Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition levels I, II

Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™
June 1-2  Prerequisites: Science of Raw Food Nutrition levels I, II, III and the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification Course.

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Master the Art of Teaching Raw Foods 

Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Certification™ Series


Whether you are already a certified Living Light Chef, or are a complete beginner, you'll love our new Advanced Instructor Certification.

Take the entire 6-class series, or if you are already a Living Light Associate Chef and Instructor graduate, sign up for the new 5-day Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training.  Keep reading for more details...


Earn your Advanced Instructor Certification in 2012:  


Entire Series: June 16-July 12  

Advanced Instructor Training only: July 8-12 


Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Certification™ Series  


Regular Price for this 6-course certification: $6,690

Discounted 10% off Introductory Rate: $6,021 -A $669 savings  

Advanced Instructor Training only: $1,575 


Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training Certification™

FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™   

Sharpen up Your Knife Skills!™  

Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts™   

Science of Raw Food Nutrition I  

Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Training™  

Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Training™    


Click here to read a detailed description of this advanced series! 


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Food Styling for Photography

It is said, "Pictures speak a thousand words" and it's true - well plated and designed food photos can do more to build your business and showcase your talent than the most well written description of your foods possibly can. Now you can learn from the experts how to show off your beautifully presented and photographed raw culinary creations on your website, recipe books, and brochures!

This one-day hands-on workshop will focus on the basics of food styling for the media. Students will learn presentation and plating skills, and making foods look stunning through use of color, texture, and contrast. We will explore saucing, building height and movement, how food reacts under the camera, the ins and outs of propping and preparing for a shoot, tricks and techniques for media food, building a portfolio, elements of design for photography, and the importance of negative space.

Sunday, June 3
Sunday, July 1
Sunday, July 29
Sunday, September 16
Sunday, October 14

9:00am to 5:00pm (1-hour no host lunch break)

Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $375.00
Location: Living Light Culinary Studio
Recommended text: The Food Stylists Handbook, by Denise Vivaldo
Recommended equipment: chef knife, paring knife, appropriate chef wear, and camera

Register Now!
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Living Light Raw Food Revolution Tour
FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ Travels North this Spring
Portland, Oregon
Over the years, many of you have asked for Living Light courses in your communities.

2012 is the year! We'll be taking FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™all over the United States, and to Canada, Asia, and the South Pacific! Now is the time to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Since 1998, Living Light has been widely recognized as the top raw vegan training program in the world. Literally thousands of people from over 50 countries on 6 continents have already taken this flagship introduction to raw living foods.
Cherie Soria
Cherie Soria

Two dynamic raw food chefs - Cherie and Martine Lussier - are teaming up this Spring to teach FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ in Vancouver (B.C.), Toronto, Seattle and Portland. Dates for each city are listed below. Click on the city links for detailed information regarding the course and additional Raw Food Revolution Tour events happening in each location.
Martine Lussier
Martine Lussier

April 28: FUNdamentals in Toronto
May 5: FUNdamentals in Seattle
May 12: FUNdamentals in Portland

Tuition: $375.
Includes a delicious organic raw vegan buffet lunch
To register:
Call 707-964-2420 or 800-816-2319,
or visit our website: RawFoodChef.com

FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods is a one-day intensive course providing comprehensive instruction in raw food cuisine - it's the foundation of all of our curriculum at Living Light, and it is the first class in our Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Certification. Successful completion of the class is the prerequisite for continuing with any of the classes in our chef training series. And the best news is that the class is open to all - novice to professional chef.

During this introductory workshop, students will attend superb culinary presentations showing how to create a wide variety of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, including:
  • appetizers
  • fruit smoothies
  • soups
  • green juices
  • salad dressings
  • simple entrées
  • patés
  • wraps and rolls
  • nut milks and non-dairy cheeses
  • crunchy crackers and other dehydrated treats 
  • amazing desserts
  • fermented foods
  • sprouting and kitchen gardening
  • essential equipment and supplies used in a raw kitchen       

Cherie and Martine will be traveling to Washington DC to present a FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods class in July and are looking for hosts in NY and Boston!

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TOTAL HEALTH Convention and Exhibition
Cherie Soria will be a key presenter at the 35th Annual TOTAL HEALTH Convention and Exhibition in Toronto, Canada, April 20-22
Cherie Soria

TOTAL HEALTH is considered North America's premier natural health show.
Total Health brings cutting edge knowledge to the public by the leading innovators in the natural health field. Speakers will focus on creating good health and preventing disease using natural methods: good nutrition, living foods, herbs, natural supplements, diverse healing modalities, energy medicine, organic gardening, traditional farming, agricultural biodiversity, healthy homes, ecologically based communities, renewable energy source and preserving a healthy environment for our children. We as consumers must choose foods and medicines which do no harm to people, animals or our planet.

Other focal points of the show include the health effects of the electromagnetic fields created by cell towers, cell phones and WiFi and how to safely use this technology. The central Gourmet Organic Cafe and relaxing Spa Oasis provide delicious food, massage and an invigorating and uplifting atmosphere.

Be sure to visit us at the Living Light Booth 314!


Panel: Natural Living: Healing Yourself with Foods and Natural Supplements

Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00, Room 206


Stay Young Longer

Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00, Room 205

Cherie draws on her personal experience and research on aging with some of the do's and don'ts that have helped her and thousands of others turn back the hands of time and become younger and more vibrantly alive in body, mind, and spirit.


Raw Foods for Health, Beauty and Longevity. Special Workshop $40

Saturday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Room 206

What can seemingly REVERSE your physiological age? Beautiful and vibrant at 65, Cherie is a walking advertisement for the healthy raw vegan lifestyle. She promises to share her wisdom and simple tips to help to live longer in a healthier more beautiful body. Cherie will cover everything from skin and body care to which foods to include in abundance and which ones to avoid; how to get the nutrients you need from delicious, easy-to-prepare foods, and even what colors of foods are most important for a healthy body. Cherie Soria will share some of her health, beauty and longevity secrets and show you how to make amazingly delicious foods that will support a long and healthy life.


Menu: Crispy Crunchy Smooth and Creamy Raw Vegan Treats for Health and Longevity. We'll make cookies, crackers, chips, dips, and wraps to have-on-hand or take-a-long.


Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy with Raw Foods

Sunday, 12:00 - 1:00, Room 203

Find out why the raw vegan diet is one of the top diets for weight loss and improved health in the world today-and the only one you can happily stay on for the rest of your life! Cherie will share with you how you can balance your weight (without counting calories), live vibrantly, and create a high-raw diet that works for you.

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Vesanto Melina
Living Light graduate Vesanto Melina, sought-after speaker and author of over a dozen books.
Living Light Graduate Success Story: Vesanto Melina, MS, RD


Several years ago, I made my way to Living Light Culinary Institute. I flew to San Francisco and from Santa Rosa, boarded a comfy little bus, the CC Rider. Winding north through majestic redwood forests, I wondered what lay in store. Would it be weeks of deprivation? The discomfort of plummeting blood sugar levels? Grim hours of chewing on mounds of spinach? Sneaking out for forbidden snacks?

Raw Revolution Diet and Becoming Raw booksOn the bus I met a traveler who also was heading for a raw food adventure at the school. She'd flown from Japan, inspired by Japanese friends who shared their experience at Living Light. Fort Bragg is a charming little town on the scenic Mendocino coast. We found the Living Light Culinary Center, complete with the culinary school, cafe, and marketplace on Main Street, just a few short blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

I had signed up for three courses a knowing that a few weeks of immersion would be required for a shift in dietary habits to take hold. FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ was a day of demos by expert chefs, with plenty of samples - a delicious feast! The food far surpassed anything I had envisioned.  


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Chef Made RunathaChef Graduate Made Runatha Wows 'em in Bali!

Chef Made Runatha gave a culinary talk and gourmet raw demo for 100 women in government office at Jayasaba. Mistress of Ceremony was Ibu Ayu Pastika, wife of the Governor. Both governor Made Pastika and his wife also enjoyed a private dinner at Fivelements Puri Ahimsa with founders Chicco and Lahra Tatriele. They loved the spectacular raw vegan cuisine prepared by Chef Made Runatha, and plan to have events catered at the beautiful retreat center in Bali, where Cherie Soria gave a workshop last fall.


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Are you a Living Light Success Story?

Living Light Culinary Institute has been educating students from around the world since 1998. We prepare our graduates for a variety of career paths including raw food chef, caterer, culinary instructor, health consultant, nutrition educator, food designer, food writer, and recipe book author, among others. We are very proud of the successes of our graduates - they are motivated, resourceful, dedicated, and accomplished. Their careers are very diverse and often ambitious.

If you are a Living Light graduate and are doing something to make a difference in the world, we'd love to feature you in our newsletter and on our website as one of our graduate success stories. Please send a 25 word summary about why you'd like to be featured as a future Living Light Graduate Success Story to Kristin@RawFoodChef.com. We love to share your successes with the world!


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Karin and Rick Dina, D.C.Science of Raw Food Nutrition I Tour  
We're very happy to announce that Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. will take their unique 12-hour Science of Raw Food Nutrition I Intensive on tour this summer!    

Live Long, Eat Raw, Learn Why
This fascinating and enlightening one-day intensive course
on the science of raw food nutrition will come to three cities: Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. It is a great course for chefs, health educators, or anyone else who is looking for the foundational knowledge base to help guide them toward the pursuit of radiant health. This introductory course is a prerequisite for those who would like to enroll in the more advanced courses at Living Light:

Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ II 
Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator™  
Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ III  
Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ 
Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator™ 

We're excited - we've scheduled the first class!

WHEN:  Sunday, June 17:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (lunch 1:00-2:00 PM)
WHERE:  Indigo Food Café, 2589 W 16 Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6K3B9, Canada
TUITION: $375. 
To register: call 707-964-2420 or 800-816-2319 or click here.

Be sure to visit the Science of Raw Food Nutrition tour page   for updates as the tour venues and dates are announced - we've provided the form below so that you can let us know what location(s) would work best for you!

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March Employees of the Month: Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann 

 Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann

In the month of March the Living Light family is pleased to pay honor to our Directors, Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann, as Employees of the Month.  


Cherie and Dan's team describe them as extremely hard-working, supportive, caring and the inspiration and creation of a wonderful life.

The Living Light team selected Cherie and Dan as Employees of the Month for many reasons, not only because they were the first employees of Living Light but because of their constant dedication to creating a place of support and love.

The yin and yang of the company, Cherie and Dan go out of their way to uplift not only the business of Living Light but its people.  Some opportunities they offer for staff include, hosting two holiday gatherings a year, one-on-one meetings, free Living Light classes, nutritious and delicious lunches and participation in local events with staff, i.e. the Whale Run.  They carefully balance the professional aspect of the company while making sure there is fun to be had.

They enjoy running in the woods, taking long walks on the beach and foraging for seaweed during low-tide with their canine kids, Rudi and Winkie, and on occasion they invite the neighborhood kids to tag along. They are both dedicated karate practitioners - Cherie has black belts in three different styles and Dan is a brown belt working on achieving his black belt. Cherie and Dan are also huge fans of television cooking shows, the Academy Awards, and Glee. 

Cherie's goals are to have excellent personal health and well being and to increase employee morale to the highest level. Dan's goal is to continue building teamwork within Living Light.

Cherie and Dan have continuously illustrated their hard work, sincerity, perseverance and diligence when it comes to making Living Light a place for health and vitality. We, the Living Light family have taken note of and appreciate their high level of dedication to our success, both professionally and personally.   They both are truly respected, cherished and loved. We agree Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann are the perfect choice for this award.


The Living Light Family
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Travel in the Raw
  by Cherie Soria


After learning about the raw food diet and seeing its incredible results, many people are concerned about how they can carry on eating living foods when they are away from home. This easy guide will give you the tools you need to make travel in the raw possible!

It is completely possible to continue eating raw foods no matter where you are or how long you plan to be away. For short trips you will need a cooler, and for longer trips you can even create a simple, inexpensive portable kitchen. Family, friends, business associates, and anyone who happens to be nearby when you open up your portable kitchen will be intrigued to watch you prepare delicious nourishment right before their eyes in only minutes. They will be fascinated and filled with questions as you take out your containers and bags holding delicious fresh fruits and veggies, dehydrated goodies, and other treats to nourish body and spirit. You will be able to participate in all gatherings and feel perfectly comfortable. Here is all you need -

Raw Foods Travel Bag and Picnic Supplies:

  • Onewooden flatware soft-sided cooler small enough to meet airline standards if you are traveling by plane.
  • Spoon, knife, fork or chopsticks, and cloth napkins. (If traveling by plane, pack your metal knife and fork in your checked luggage, and carry a small wooden knife and fork in your cooler. Some airlines will confiscate acacia bowlyour chopsticks, so don't take your favorite pair.)
  • Small, flexible plastic chopping mat.
  • Wooden plate and/or bowl.
  • Beverage container with watertight lid.
  • One or more small containers for cereal or snacks.
  • One small leak-proof container for salad dressing.
  • One sealable container for salad.
  • Almond BiscottiSealable plastic bags to hold dried fruit, fresh fruit, and veggies.
  • Hardy greens, like romaine lettuce, for salad.
  • Apples (or other firm fruit with skin).
  • Avocados.
  • Nuts and dehydrated goodies.
  • Favorite seasonings.
  • Tribest Personal BlenderPlastic bags for trash and compost.
  • Place mat.

Travel Bag for Longer Trips (in addition to the above): 

  • Tribest Personal Blender.
  • Extension cord.
  • Rubber spatula.
  • Quick-dry washable table cover (a lightweight sarong works well and is versatile).
  • Nut Milk BagKitchen towel and sponge.
  • Jar with lid for shaking dressings.
  • Knives (6-8-inch chef knife, small paring knife, and/or serrated knife)
  • Nut milk bag for sprouting seeds and straining nut milk.
  • Spin and Store bagsPlastic produce spinning bag for washing salad greens (a specialty item found at health food stores).
  • Chlorine-free water for drinking and food prep (smoothies, soups, rinsing produce).
  • Personal water filtration system.
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NoyoSixth Annual Noyo Food Forest Earth Day Celebration and Spring Plant Sale!


A wonderful community tradition on the Mendocino Coast

Come to Noyo Food Forest's Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 6 at the Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School, located at 300 Dana Street. This is a FREE, all-ages event supporting the Organic garden and Farm to School program at Fort Bragg High School.

Living Light will be there with a booth and Living Light instructor Gina Hudson will demonstrate Chocolate Cardamom Cake.
It  should be lots of fun as we celebrate how much a community garden enriches all of our lives.

Live stage performances
  • Professor Niko Mumblemore, magician extraordinaire
  • Steven Bates, local guitar rocker
  • and DJ Ramos, who will be spinning lively tunes to accompany this family-friendly day
Sustainable Living Workshops
  • Gardening & Farming, featuring growing a compost garden
  • Food Preservation, featuring fermented beverages (kefir, kombucha & soda), kimchee, and Sauerkraut
  • Survival Skills
Great Local Foods for Sale
  • Mendough's Pizza
  • Pedal-powered Smoothies
  • Organic salad bar
  • Sweet treats
Face painting and activities for children
Community Art Mural Project with FLOCKworks by Janet Self

This is a smoke, drug and alcohol free event. Please, No dogs. Parking is limited, so please carpool, or, ride your bike and enjoy free valet bicycle parking. Come one, come all to this fun and educational event!  
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recipeRecipes from Living Light

Recipe from Raw Food Revolution Diet, by Cherie Soria,
Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD

Pure Power BarsPure Power Bars
Yields 64 bars (32 servings)
These tasty, power-packed bars make a great midmorning snack or travel companion. Don't be put off by the fact that they contain sea vegetables. If anything will make you fall in love with sea vegetables, this could be it! If they are to be used as a travel snack, they can be dehydrated, or eat them as is-soft and chewy.
Nutrition Note
These delicious bars are filled with calcium-rich seeds and have many nutrients that tend to be hard to obtain, like iodine, selenium, and zinc. The dulse in this recipe provides your day's supply of iodine in a serving (2 bars). However, if you have another source of iodine, such as iodized salt or a supplement, you can omit it and still have an excellent, nutrient-rich bar.
3 cups (750 mL) chopped figs
3 cups (750 mL) warm purified water
1 cup (250 mL) almonds, soaked for 8 hours, rinsed, and drained
1 cup (250 mL) Brazil nuts, soaked for 8 hours, rinsed, and drained
1 cup (250 mL) walnuts, soaked for 3 hours, rinsed, and drained
3 cups (750 mL) sesame seeds, soaked for 3 hours, rinsed, and drained
1 cup (250 mL) pumpkin seeds, soaked for 3 hours, rinsed, and drained
1/4 cup (60 mL) dulse flakes
2 tablespoons (30 mL) ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (370 mL) ground flaxseeds
1 cup (250 mL) dried blueberries
1 1/2 cups (370 mL) agave syrup

  1. Soak the figs in the warm water for 20 minutes. Transfer the figs and their soaking water to a blender and process into a paste.
  2. figs
  3. Add the sesame, pumpkin seeds, dulse, and cinnamon and pulse briefly. Do not overprocess; the mixture should have bits of seeds visible.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the flaxseeds and blueberries and stir well. Stir in the agave syrup, mixing until it is evenly incorporated.
  5. Dehydrating the bars is optional. To dehydrate them, spread 6 cups (1.5 mL) of the mixture evenly on each of 2 dehydrator trays lined with nonstick sheets, and carefully score each one into 32 bars. (Score into 4 long strips in one direction and 8 strips in the opposite direction, forming 32 rectangular bars.) Using a second dehydrator tray without a nonstick liner, flip the tray over and remove the nonstick sheet to allow complete airflow. Dehydrate at 105 degrees F/40 degrees C for 18-24 hours.
Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, dehydrated Pure Power Bars will keep for up to 2 months; if the bars are not dehydrated, they will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Variation: For a chunkier texture, chop the walnuts and add them with the flaxseeds and blueberries. 

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Let's Get Social
In 2012, So Many Great Ways to Keep in Touch with Living Light!

We just love all of our students and fans from around the world, and we' re always excited about connecting with people who want to learn more about the raw food lifestyle, and our comprehensive courses and certification programs at Living Light. We also enjoy getting to know more about people who live in our local community.

We're investing more time and energy in social media each year, because we know it's a great way to stay in touch!

FAN us on Facebook:
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You'll get the latest updates, recipes, tips, and details about each of our four businesses.

Visit our Blogs:
We've been blogging for several years now. On RawFoodChef, bloggers Kristin and Mary Elizabeth share unique insights, humor, AND lots of great information about Living Light. Two other blogs we know you'll enjoy are The Chef Experience, and our brand new blog for 2012, Food for Thought, featuring our own Cherie Soria (we're super excited to see what she has to say - stay tuned for the live link!) She'll be tweeting tips and tricks this year, too: Follow Cherie on Twitter!

Be sure to connect with Cherie on Linkedin, too. Isn't it nice how we can all keep in touch in all of these new and exciting ways?

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