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Food Yogi presenting at the World Vegan Summit in LA

Food Yogi presenting at the World Vegan Summit in LA

rawicecreamBALIThe World Vegan Summit is fast becoming the “go to” event in the USA, featuring some of most influential and inspiring vegan activists, chefs, writers, athletes and celebrities, all coming together for one purpose — to raise awareness and educate the public about the health, environmental, and spiritual benefits of a vegan diet.

I have been invited to talk on Food Yoga and demonstrate some raw vegan snacks and will be presenting on Sunday, March 22 at 12-1pm in the Sinder Lounge.

Come and join me, get a signed copy of my book and enjoy some raw vegan chocolate mint ice cream and vegan brownies!

When: Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015

Venue: Marina del Rey Marriott • 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

WorldVeganSummitLOGOSomeone has to save the planet, billions of innocent animals, and humanity from hunger, disease, war, violence, and climate change – and it won’t be the people telling you to eat “humane”, free-range, cage-free, organic, grass-fed “meat”, dairy, fish, and eggs…It WILL be the people attending the Los Angeles area WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO…where speakers, thinkers, movers, and shakers will meet to focus advocacy and activism on creating a compassionate, healthy, environmentally-sustainable VEGAN world, with the abolition of all use of other animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, and (impossibly unattainable) “humane animal products”.  Join us for speakers, presentations, workshops, socials, music, film, food, and fun!

Learn more at worldvegansummit.com

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Foster the People receive FOOD YOGA and a vegan lunch

Foster the People receive FOOD YOGA and a vegan lunch

Mark Pontius and Phil Danyew from Foster the People are in Colombia to perform at the famous Festival Estereo Picnic along with other big names like Jack White and Damian Marley. Mark and Phil dropped by Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary to meet with the rescued animals and enjoy a vegan lunch.

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I made a Quinoa vegetable curry, baked potatoes, cauliflower buffalo wings with hot sauce, and a delicious mango, spinach, avocado salad. The boys relished the lunch as we talked about the work of Food for Life and Juliana’s Sanctuary. They were interested to learn about my experience as a monk and what is means to be a food yogi. Mark and Phil shared their musical journey and how they go to where they are now and then walked around the farm to meet all the animals here. Mark and Phil were amazed at how big Balarama, our resident ox is and yet also how peaceful and gentle he is.

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They both fed the horse and the cow and ox and then we visited all the dogs who loved the new visitors. A highlight of their visit was the new bunny. They both melted to see such a lovely and cute little animal snuggle up to them. Phil was particularly taken by the bunny and we got some great photos of him with the bunny. Mark and Phil then made a short endorsement video for the sanctuary, encouraging people to visit and support the project. We are so appreciative of this.

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Next, we went inside and enjoyed a vegan tiramisu made by my wife, Juliana. Mark and Phil invited me, Juliana and her sister, Dana to their concert tomorrow, so we look forward to seeing them again. I then presented Mark and Phil with copies of my books, Food Yoga, and The 5 Noble Truths.

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Mark is a new vegan and has been interested in animal welfare and meditation for a long time. He was genuinely touched by the charity work me and my wife are doing and looks forward to visiting again.

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12 day Nepal Adventure with the Food Yogi April 3 – 14

12 day Nepal Adventure with the Food Yogi April 3 – 14

Join us for this exclusive trek in Nepal in 2015

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Highlights include:

  • Incredible Himalayan trekking in the Annapurnas
  • Whitewater rafting on the Trishuli River w/ overnight camping
  • Exploring the amazing UNESCO architectural wonders of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Boating on Lake Phewa
  • Vegan BBQ and kirtan in the Himalayas
  • Yoga/meditation sessions
  • Seminars on Food Yoga and connecting with the 5 elements
  • Reiki healing for humans and animals
  • Aromatherapy basics

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup & drop services
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (3 star category by Nepalese standard) in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
  • Insurance, meals and accommodation and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters)
  • All your meals (Vegan)
  • Simple tea-house lodge accommodation with 3 meals daily during the trek
  • Necessary trek permit and national park fee
  • Farewell dinner with cultural programs
  • Transportation by tourist bus Kathmandu
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara
  • Himalayan white water rafting for 1 night 2 days
  • Boat ride in Phewa lake Pokhara

BOOK NOW!!! https://foodyogi.org/food-yoga-trek-himalayas/

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Food Yogi on the Healthy You TV show

Food Yogi on the Healthy You TV show

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Valerie Samuell, host of Healthy You TV, with the Food Yogi, Paul Rodney Turner

April 9, 2014, VA — International director of Food for Life Global and food yogi, Paul Rodney Turner made a special guest appearance on the Healthy You TV show alongside host Valerie Samuell.

Turner shared spiritual wisdom he had learned as a monk while making spicy potato parathas, mango/goji chutney and a raw vegan peppermint, chocolate chip ice cream!

“Food is the great uniter and the more we can appreciate this lovely gift of Mother Nature, by eating as much food as we can in its natural state, the more we will feel this close connection to nature. However, it is always important to consider time, place and circumstance when deciding on the right diet,” he explains.

“What is right for you, may not be right for me. In other words, we have to first think about our body constitution. Whereas I may have a good percentage of the “fire” element in my body, you may not, and so more “fire” foods would serve you well. Moreover, we also have to consider the time of day and time of year.

“My approach to diet is simple, but it does require a bit of contemplation. My teacher told me that spiritual life begins with the tongue, so I believe that rather than allow the tongue to control what we eat, we need to master the tongue and allow our body to decide what food is right for us. This requires becoming more aware of the five basic elements that make up everything we experience in this world: earth, water, fire, are, and ether and how they express themselves through different foods, personality types, activities, and even music, etc. Doing so will help us to become more aware of their presence in our body. Once we are, choosing the right combination of foods that are just right for our particular constitution, time and place becomes much easier. I am trying to simplify what the great Ayurvedic and Alchemist have taught for centuries and incorporate these basic principles into a modern lifestyle.

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“Today I am making potato paratha’s, so here we have the grounding energy of wheat and potato, coupled with the fire energy of chillies in the mango chutney, and because we are still just getting over a chilly winter, but love ice cream, I am making a non-dairy ice cream so that we won’t have issues with mucus build up.”

Turner also talked about his work with Food for Life and how the focus of the charity is not feeding the hungry, but rather uniting the world through pure food. “With that approach, we directly address the cause of world hunger — disunity.”

The full show is currently in production and will air on FPA Channel 10 in June as a 30 minute episode of Healthy You (Formerly: Healthy Food Happy You) and a full version broadcasted on Youtube.

The food yogi is holding Food Yoga retreats around the world, with two scheduled this year in Colombia June 20-26 and another 6 day retreat in Brazil in September at the fabulous Gour Vrindavan Eco Retreat (below).

To book appearances or private consultations, visit the FOOD YOGI SITE

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President of Uruguay welcomes Food for Life

President of Uruguay welcomes Food for Life

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Voted the best president in the world, President of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica agreed to allow Food for Life Global director, Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata das) to cook him a vegan lunch (prasadam) and then discuss setting up a Food for Life project in Montevideo.

“FFLG Coordinator for Colombia, Juliana Castaneda (Jagannath Priya) and I arrived at the Presidential house at 8am. The kitchen staff were waiting for my directions. We were also joined by a local ISKCON devotee, Lavanga Manjari. The three of us made a sweet potato, spinach curry with bbq tomatoes, lemon rice, samosas, mango chutney, chapatis, lentil soup, avocado salad, and a mango/coconut milk lassi made by Juliana that he was absolutely thrilled by. We finished off the meal with the most incredible peppermint vegan ice cream choc-top pie! Yes, that was what you have to do when you cook for a president!

“According to the house staff, this was the first time anyone has prepared a vegetarian, what to speak of a vegan lunch in the president’s house. They were all so excited and the head chef was furiously taking notes on all my recipes.

Everything went like clockwork. By 12 noon all the preparations were complete. I was told that the lunch would be served at 12, but actually it was not served until 12.40. I put together a sampling of all the things we made and had all the cooks come together with me and did an offering meditation over the food to bless it with nice energy. The local staff watched on and were really impressed.

“We then dined with the president, his secretary, the minister of social development, Mr. Daniel Olesker and our friend and famous sports reporter, Pepe Mansilla, who will be the new president of FFL Global Uruguay. We are so thrilled to have such a qualified man to lead the new project. Our lunch meeting went for 2 hours and included a 10 minute video of Food for Life’s work around the world. Jagannath Priya was absolutely on fire today talking to the president and making him smile and laugh. I was so proud of how she and Pepe represented Food for Life Global to the president, who only speaks Spanish.

In fact, our meeting would not have been possible without the tenacity and devotion of Pepe Mansilla He had been working on this desire of mine for many months and finally on the day before we are to leave Uruguay, he made it all happen. He is a gentleman and we are so excited to have him as a new member of the FFL Global team.

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“The president was extremely impressed and praised our work throughout the meeting. He said to me: “Many people need education about the way they eat.” And he told me bluntly, “Welcome, the doors are fully open here for Food for Life.” The Minister of Social Development told us, he wants Food for Life to improve on what the government has been working on for years with improving the quality of meals to children.

“We finished our meeting with the president signing autographs for all of us with a smile and some words of wisdom. I told the president that he is one of the few, if not the only president alive today that has integrity. It seems that all of the presidents of the world have sold out to corporate interests. “I wish there were more of you,” I told him. He replied, wow all those president must be really bad if you want more of me.

“President Mujica is an extremely humble and endearing man. We felt very welcome and encouraged by the presidents enthusiasm to serve his people. Juliana noted that at one time during our conversation the president was talking about his tomato sauce recipe,  and then said, “Tomatoes are so expensive,” indicating to her that he is actually aware of such trivial things. Most presidents are oblivious to the struggles of budgeting for meals, etc, but the president is aware and expressed his empathy for the challenges of his countrymen. “For me it just validated my respect for this wonderful man,” said Juliana. “He actually sells his own tomatoes in the market place. He is such a down-to-earth man.”

“President Mujica was particularly excited to learn that Food for Life likes to support  the local economy by purchasing food and grains from local sources. “This is important. We need to support our small farmers. They are good people but not always good in business. So it is important for the government to support their efforts. I like Food for Life’s attitude on this.”

FULL AMBUM at: http://on.fb.me/1jGfF1E

For more details on this meeting, visit my blog

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Food Yogi in Hong Kong

Food Yogi in Hong Kong

Paul Rodney Turner has been entertaining the local Chinese with his food yoga wisdom and raw food artistry.  More than 20 students came to learn the basics of food yoga and taste some wonderful vegan dishes, including lemon white chocolate cheesecake, peppermint ice cream, fresh grape lemonade, kale/mango salad, rice paper wraps, and Quinoa.

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FFL Director, speaking at MBS in Sydney

FFL Director, speaking at MBS in Sydney

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paul300-vitamixSydney, May 16 – 19 — FFL Director, Paul Rodney Turner, also known as the “food yogi” will be speaking every day of the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in Sydney at the Soul Kitchen stage. Turner will talk about the work of Food for Life Global and share knowledge of food yoga, including some raw food recipes. The talks and demos are free to all attendees. Turner will have copies of his book, FOOD YOGA to autograph.

If you you’ve ever wanted to get involved with Food for Life as a volunteer or learn directly from Paul about the art and science of Food Yoga, there is no better time.

Paul will only be in Sydney until May 21 when he will fly to New Zealand to continue his world tour, helping to expand the work of the charity and educate the public about food yoga.

To learn more about Turner’s travel schedule, connect with him on www.facebook.com/foodyogi 

ABOUT Mind, Body Spirit Festival

It’s a fantastic fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice.

At the MindBodySpirit Festival, you can learn to conquer stress in minutes, discover the latest herbal supplements,  or realise your psychic powers. Perhaps you’d like to know how to find your soul mate, enjoy the mysteries of tantric relationships, find that highly prized work-life balance, or balance your chakra.
There is something for everyone searching for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

How to Get There

Sydney Convention and Exhibitions CentreHall 1, Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

One of Australia’s great waterfront destinations, with attractive harbourside promenade and parkland areas, Darling Harbour plays host to over 15 million international and local visitors every year.
www.scec.com.au

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Raw Food Nutrition Workshop in Uki

Raw Food Nutrition Workshop in Uki

FOODYOGA-POSTER-Dec12-webThe Food Yogi will be holding a 1 day workshop on Raw Food Nutrition at the famous Castle on the Hill B&B in Uki.

Workshop includes a raw vegan gourmet demonstration and lunch.

Topics covered include:

– Food and Spirituality
– Sacred Foods and their Alchemy
– The Sacred Geometry of Whole Foods
– The Yogi Diet
– Reconnecting with the Elements

Raw Food Demo include:

– Raw vegan cheesecake
– Seed pates
– Wraps
– Smoothies
– Vegan Ice Cream

Price: $50 (inclues raw lunch and recipe handouts)

Only 25 spots available. BOOK NOW!!!

http://www.meetup.com/Food-Yoga-Nourishing-Body-Mind-Soul/events/97630992/

Please download and place poster at your temple, hall or health food store.

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