For example, as you probably know by now, after spending many years just the two of us living at a mountain retreat, during the past fourteen months we have not only moved four times but also shared our living space with some other people. Then this spring, would you believe that out of the blue we suddenly decided to give away most of our possessions and travel across Canada to Quebec. (You can read more about our journey in this post and this post.)
The big changes haven't been only in terms of location though. We recently, for the very first time, took on a catering contract, preparing 2 full course raw meals for 15 people (I just wrote about it here); something we never dreamed we'd ever do. (Talk about a major shift from the virtual to the 'real' raw world! lol)
Well, it now looks like Life isn't finished delivering the unexpected!
From Our Raw Kitchen To Yours
From time to time people write to me to express how much my blog has been helpful on their own path to health. Such letters always fill me with warmth and gratitude. I feel so blessed for the internet and the opportunity it affords to share my experiences and all the yummy raw creations that come out of our kitchen. (And all without even setting foot outside the door!) I’m still shaking my head in amazement at the wonders of technology.
A few weeks ago, one particular email caught my attention. It was sent by a lovely lady whose kind words made my heart sing. She was telling me how much she appreciates my blog and that she herself barely has time to prepare a smoothie or salad at home. "If only I could have you as my personal full-time raw food chef!," she wrote. Although I’ve received similar messages before, her words just wouldn't leave me, and I found myself pondering possibilities. We truly feel that Life keeps guiding us by the hand - nothing happening 'by chance', and that She constantly gives us hints, which we can only see if we are open and paying enough attention. In this light, the letter acted as a trigger for me to consider new avenues and directions. The strangest thing (and a real confirmation) is that right around the same time, even though he hadn’t even read the lady's email, thoughts along the exact same lines had come to Don.
Ding Dong, It's Carmi and Don!
I know, I know, I'm an awful teazer, but please bear with me just a wee bit longer. hehe
After careful consideration, Don and I feel it's unlikely that we’ll be able to stay here at my sister’s over the winter months. That, of course, raises the question: “Where to next?” At this point it's still unclear, but what we do know is that the recent trend has been to ‘lighten up’ and become more fluid and mobile. Therefore it seems that settling down and setting up our own house again might not be honoring this new phase. In other words, we feel that Life is trying to tell us that we need to keep on the move.
Soooooooooooooo, it looks like The Sunny Raw Kitchen is...
Going on Tour!!!
We figure that since some of you guys have been hanging around our Sunny Raw Kitchen for almost 3 years now, maybe it's about time we drop by yours! lol
Although it's very much early days and there's lots of details to be worked out, the tentative plan is that we and the furries would continue our travels around North America this fall/winter and slowly make our way back to BC. We have no itinerary yet as that will take shape according to the responses we get from youse. Our general idea would be to visit those of you who express an interest in us dropping by if we're in your area. There are so many possibilities we can play with; from uncooking blitzes and sharing insanely delicious raw foods, to things like raw demos or potlucks. Yummyness all around!
A Little Bit About Us
Between this blog and our forum, Raw Freedom Community, I'm sure you can get a pretty good sense of what we're about, but just for the sake of making things easier for those of you who aren't yet familiar with us...
Our names are Carmella and Don, and we've been dedicated to living a healthier, ever growing and more fulfilling life together for the past 9 years. This has included eating mostly raw and living foods. Besides being the author of this blog, I have released two raw recipe ebooks: The Best Of The Sunny Raw Kitchen and The Best of Raw Freedom Community.
In addition to our central passion for self-knowledge/personal growth, some of our specific interests and expertise include:
- Vipassana meditation
- the Five Tibetan Rites
- freeing/purifying our body/minds
- building harmonious relationships and community
- simple living in harmony with Nature
- raw food prep, from simple everyday meals to gourmet feasts
- kombucha tea brewing
- sauerkraut making
- organic gardening
- alternative building
How Do We Propose To Go About The Whole Thing?
In light of all this, for those of you who might be interested in participating in the next phase of our rawdventures, simply send us an email with the subject line “Sunny Raw Kitchen on Tour” at:
Please bear in mind that while you probably know heaps about us, we, on the other hand, haven't had a chance to 'meet' most of you (albeit in a virtual way) so a few words about you would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Also, you might let us know such details as your location and perhaps what you have in mind.
We'll then be contacting you in order to further explore the possibilities together, and once it starts shaping up, a tentative itinerary will be posted here and on RFC.
Like I was saying at the beginning... "Life is so full of surprises!"
Looking forward to spending some awesome rawesome time with you 'in the flesh'! ;-)