Friday, November 27, 2009

Fun in Vermont

I traveled to Vermont for the first time, last weekend, in order to be a part of the Healer's Symposium in Greensboro. It's really funny how things manifest... I've known about this event for a while, and was asked to do a dessert class, but had to decline due to some plans I had lined up. Fast forward a bit - plans changed and I figured, hey!, why not go after all, help do some food behind the scenes (by this point it was too late for me to do a class), and hang out with fabulous people! I met Joshua (who organized the retreat) and his girlfriend, Carrie-Ann, at The Tree of Life (which is also where I met Adam). It was really awesome to be connecting with them again!

Adam and I flew into Burlington, VT where Josh picked us up - was it ever cold! It was a reminder that I'll be heading home to Canada soon.
Josh treated us to his special Chia Seed Roll Up, filled with Macadamia Apple Cream... Wow! Despite being stuffed from our delicious and exciting trip to Rockin Raw, I enjoyed some of this goodness!

I wasn't too diligent about getting pics (what else is new... I somehow did this at Spirit Fest too! Augh!).

The weekend was fab - Adam did a raw food class, Josh did an elixir class, Carrie-Ann did sprouting, the fabulous Alexandra did a choccie class/demo one evening ,a few different styles of yoga were taught (including flying yoga which was new to me and very rad!), we had an herb class, and other raw food classes, including one that Adam and I unexpectedly did together, as one of the presenters was unable to come at the last minute. They were all quick and easy recipes for breakfast or snacks: cacao superfood shake, strawberry cream shake, avocado super gadget, banana nut mash, and figgy walnut bars.

One afternoon Ali, Adam, and I stemmed and massaged an entire box of kale that was left over. You wouldn't believe how much it compressed... Im feeding them outta the ol bucket here!

We got a little crazy with the kale stems... and I burst into laughter when I look at Josh's expression.
On the evening that Ali did her choccie presentation, I served this Cacao Maca Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Macadamia Whipped Cream (from Just Desserts), for dessert. A few of us were already a bit strung on choccie because Ali made a batch in the afternoon to serve during her demo, then I made us a cacao shake, and a batch of choccies to serve the next day... course we were into it like crazy people! Let's say it was a hyper-fun evening!

Josh chopping cilantro with the world's smallest cleaver - whatever works, right?!
The waterfront in Burlington, VT.
Great trip all the way around... and I'm grateful to be back where it's warm!

5 comments:

TheFitnessFreak said...

What a great trip! thanks for always sharing all of your adventures. Now I can just live vicariously through you : )

Tom Bailey said...

I stumbled across your blog and I am glad I did you have great food ideas here. I am always looking for new things to try.

Best regards,
Tom Bailey

Raw Goddess said...

Haha Fitness you always crack me up... no living through me, girl - im trying to entice you to get out there and visit these places! :) We should meet up some time and eat out together!

Thanks Tom! Enjoy!

Eve Jelebi said...

hi there
I just stumbled onto your blog from wellsphere.

The desserts look good.

:)
inspired to make some raw ice cream now...

Eve

MarisasHealthyKitchen said...

So much fun! VT is always great, but even better with good friends and good food :) That cake looks deeeelish!!!