Fort Bragg, CA January 17 – 20, 2019
Reset Retreat Presenters
Plant-based chef James Sant has been a professional artist for the past 30 years. Though much of this was dedicated to visual arts (sculpture, clay art, photography, and art administration) his ardent exploration of healthy food has been a lifelong journey. In the eighties, his focus was on vegetarian and Macrobiotic training. In the nineties, this expanded to include Thai food culinary courses and an avid exploration of wild fermentation.
In 2010, James was very seriously injured and chose to avoid unnecessary surgeries and prescription drugs through studying plant food as medicine. This choice would dramatically expedite his healing process, improve his health, and pave the way to a passionate new career. He completed his Mastery of Raw Vegan certification training at Living Light Culinary Institute in 2013. In addition, he received his Raw Vegan Pastry Arts and Gourmet Raw Chef certifications.
Today, James is the Culinary Programs and Creative Director of Living Light International. He teaches vegan and raw plant-based recipe development, personal coaching, and the art of food photography to students from around the globe. As a registered Yoga instructor, he promotes optimal health through the daily practice of physical, nutritional and spiritual understanding. His mission is to be an active participant in actualizing and manifesting a global understanding of the integral relationship between plants and a healthy lifestyle.
Samara M. Smith
Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Educator
Samara Mondello Smith is a triple certified yoga instructor and 1000 Hr certified wellness coach guiding you on your path to health and wholeness through group classes, workshops, retreats and one on one private sessions. Samara is known for her lighthearted and inspirational style of teaching, coaching style that encourages personal expression, inner connection and courage through movement. Blessed to study and sit with the many gifted teachers, Baba Hari Dass, Ana Forrest, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi. Through their grace and guidance, she is able to share her awakened experience.
Teaching and leading retreats since 2005, internationally in Mexico for boutique retreat centers Verana, Amansala, Shambala Petit, Playa Viva and studios in Northern California at One Yoga, Yoga Shine, and OmHouseMendocino.
Her goal is to educate, inspire support and empower everyone she works with. She is committed to helping people realize their own potential and achieve vibrant health. She takes an integrative approach to wellness, with a comprehensive focus on Ayurvedic, whole food nutrition, emotional balance, natural ways to relieve stress, and customized programs to support optimal health and well-being.
What would your life look like if you had the energy of the sun? The radiance of the stars? Love as infinite as the oceans? What if you had perfect health? A wellness that draws out “the splendor of the personality that expresses itself in love, courage, creativity, and a melting tenderness that draws all hearts.” ~Eknath Eswaran
Liz Migliorelli is a western herbalist who believes in affordable, accessible, community-based health care and the healing power of plants. She came to the herbal path through her own healing crisis as well as a frustration with the loss of ancestral wisdom and privatization of health care in the United States. Disenchanted by sterile doctor’s offices, she believes in the healing that comes from our own gardens. She's devoted to empowering others through self-care and harm reduction, to find healing in a cup of fir tip and strawberry leaf tea, and to find magic in the simple practices that connect us to the Earth.
Liz was raised in the New York Hudson Valley then moved to Olympia, Washington where she attended The Evergreen State College and studied political economy, medicinal plants, folklore, and decolonization movements. After leaving Olympia, she moved to the Bay Area for a three-year clinical herbalism program at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley. She’s studied pulse diagnosis with Dr. William Morris, who carries the Ding family lineage of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has also studied with Atava Garcia-Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary, where she was first inspired to begin her Ancestral Remembrance practice. Currently, Liz is in a year-long stone medicine apprenticeship with Cybele in Petaluma, CA.
Sara Bassindale has been facilitating Breath and Sound Journeys for the past three years in Northern California. She weaves the sacred sounds of drums, flutes, earth chimes, and crystal bowls while participants use a therapeutic breath technique to connect to a specific intention for healing. Her methodology opens up a space for a deep heart connection.
Therapeutic Breathwork sessions provide various breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, balance emotions, and support the release of blocked energy and limited core beliefs. Sara incorporates healing sounds, clear intentions, and affirmations to allow each person to tap into their inner healer.
Sara is grateful to be living on this beautiful Mendocino Coastline where she draws inspiration and creativity from the Majestic Redwoods and Ocean. She uses her training in Yoga, Meditation, Therapeutic Breathwork, Holistic Healing and Music to empower others to find optimum, radiant health. You can find her teaching classes and workshops at local studios and centers throughout Mendocino County.
Tai Chi Instructor
Scott Menzies runs Perfect Circle T'ai Chi Martial Arts in Fort Bragg. He spent seven years living in Asia, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. He began studying Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan) in Taiwan in 1999, ultimately studying it as a martial art in mainland China, where he returned in 2007 and 2016 for further training.
He holds a Masters degree in Humboldt State University's social justice-geared Environment & Community program, is a trained community-organizer, and has been involved in activism and politics since 2004, including a run for Fort Bragg City Council in 2016. He is also a long-time Goenka Vipassana meditator, having attended his first 10-day intensive meditation course in 2002.
Scott has been using T'ai Chi Martial Arts and T'ai Chi Push Hands as a framework to reconcile meditation for inner peace with action for social change for over a decade. Understanding that “The Fist and the Dao are United” (Quan Dao He Yi) and “The Body and Mind are Together Cultivated” (Xing Ming Shuang Xiu), his goal is to provide people with tools that help them engage with life, work, and social change sustainably for the long haul and with an ultimately greater impact.
Living Light Culinary Institute - the birthplace of raw gourmet cuisine and a leader in plant-based culinary arts for the past 20 years is owned by Communities Moving Forward which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Contact: (800) 816-2319 or [email protected]