February 1, 2011
It’s been a year now since I shared with you all about Radiantly Alive and the sanctuary of raw food, yoga, and light beings residing in the Bali mountains. I had my first experience with Radiantly Alive over a year ago when I traveled to Bali to participate in their Vibrant Living Yoga teacher training. This year, I traveled back to the heart space in the mountains to work in the kitchen preparing beautiful, enzyme rich food for the hardworking yogis!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Radiantly Alive and what they do, I’ll fill you in. Radiantly Alive was created by Daniel Aaron. Radiantly Alive provides a space for people to come and experience a deeper expression of themselves. Whether you are joining Radiantly Alive for a yoga class, a yoga retreat, a yoga teacher training, or a raw food apprenticeship program, you will be guaranteed to walk away with a sense of growth and a new understanding of yourself.
You can learn more about Radiantly Alive at http://www.radiantlyalive.com/.
Twice a year Daniel and the rest of the amazing Radiantly Alive crew provide a yoga teacher training that takes place at Anahata Resort up the hill from the town of Ubud. Anahata is sanctuary away from town, placed ever so gently in the damp jungle. During both the 4 week 300hr Level 1 training and the 2 week 100hr Level 2 training, a buffet of organic, local raw food is served three times a day.
During this visit to Bali, I joined the apprenticeship program in the kitchen during the 4 week long teacher training. Along with 7 other “westerners” and an amazing Balinese staff, we pumped out 3 meals a day for approximately 70 yogis. Every training, Daniel brings in a talented chef to take on the responsibility of the kitchen, the menu, and the staff. This fall training we were blessed to have Chef Franky G in the kitchen with us.
If you are interested in learning more about raw foods and raw food preparation, look into the Raw Food course that Radiantly Alive is now offering. The next apprenticeship program will be held May 5 – June 4. This upcoming program will be lead by master raw food chef and instructor Elaina Love.
Here is a glimpse of some of the things that we created over the four week training last fall.
Salamat Pagi!!! After an hour of meditation and a two hour yoga practice, the yogis are hungry for the morning grinds!
After Breakfast the yogis head back upstairs for 4 hours of lectures, classes, practice teaching, and more. This four hours is broken once for a quick juice/restroom break. Of course the kitchen crew is ready with a different fresh juice everyday.
As the kitchen crew stays busy learning and creating flavors and textures, soups and sauces, the yogis continue to learn. This class is followed by a lunch break which includes another buffet of raw treats.
After a long day of absorbing new information and growth, we all join hands to bless this meal!
I am so grateful to have experienced the time that I did in the kitchen with a beautiful crew of friends, which included Frank, Boris, Anna, Sara, Joy, Steve, Vicki, and the Balinese staff. We used our creative minds all day to compose this art, that is raw food!
Another bonus about working in the kitchen was the fun field trips we took around Bali visiting permaculture farms, cacao farms and enjoying guest visitors sharing their knowledge.
There is much to this experience that will stay deep in my heart forever. Thank you to everyone who was part of this experience. Together we made a month long yoga teacher training a success!