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  • Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of a number of books, including Second NaturePleasurable Kingdom, and the newly released New York Times bestseller What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. Balcombe has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. A popular commentator, he has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the BBC, and the National Geographic Channel, as well as in several documentaries, and he has contributed features and opinions to The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalNature, and other publications.

    Keynote Lecture: What a Fish Knows
    Arguably the least understood, and certainly the most exploited vertebrates on Earth, fishes have been predominantly viewed by us in two contexts: as a source of food, and as a source of recreation. It is as if they didn’t have lives of their own! Modern science shows otherwise. Combining science and story-telling, this presentation explores startling discoveries of fishes’ colorful lives that will raise eyebrows and drop more than a few jaws. In this companion to Balcombe’s latest book, What a Fish Knows, you’ll learn how fishes can use tools and create mental maps, recognize shoalmates, deceive others, keep accounts, parent, woo, collaborate, and undergo gender reassignment without costly surgery.

    Lecture: The Inner Lives of Animals
    Twenty-first century discoveries show what some have suspected all along—that animals lead lives of acute sensitivity, awareness, and virtue. This presentation takes audiences on a tour of some of the more surprising scientific revelations of how animals perceive, think, feel, communicate, socialize, and cooperate. You’ll discover how baboons grieve, how starlings show optimism, how crocodiles use tools, how rats laugh, how scrub jays deceive, how magpies recognize themselves in a mirror, and how a humble-looking intertidal fish performs a cognitive feat that will knock your socks off. Against this backdrop, our own anthropocentric and predatory behavior toward animals needs a major overhaul.

    Lecture: Beastly Bliss -Animal Pleasure and its Significance
    Animals’ capacity for pain and suffering has, quite rightly, been central to rising moral protests against humans’ abysmal record of animal abuse and exploitation, but very little attention has been given to animals’ capacity for pleasure. This lavishly illustrated presentation shows how central the desire for reward is to animals’ lives, and debunks the popular perception that life for wild animals is a continuous, grim struggle for survival. There are many sources of pleasure in animals’ lives, including food, play, touch, sex, comfort, companionship, love, beauty, and freedom. Animals are not just pain-avoiders, but active pleasure-seekers, and their lives take on intrinsic value. The moral implications are profound.

  • Neal Barnard M.D.

    Dr. Neal Barnard is a leader in nutrition and research. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at The George Washington University and a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has led key research studies to improve the health of people with diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders, and other serious health problems. His latest book is the popular Power Foods for the Brain.

    He is the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than 15 books on nutrition and health for lay readers. His research has been cited by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in official policy statements on healthful diets.

    He completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. In 1985, he founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine.

    Keynote Lecture: Power Foods for the Brain: Nutrients, Diets, and Lifestyle to Enhance Memory and Cognition
    Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more fear that it may be in their future. Milder forms of memory loss can be frustrating, too, ranging from momentary lapses to more persistent cognitive impairments. Luckily, large studies at major research centers have shown that foods can help defeat threats to memory. Diets high in “bad fats” (saturated fats and trans fats) and overloaded with iron and copper increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while certain antioxidants reduce risk. Aerobic exercise helps, too, and has even been shown to reverse age-related brain atrophy. Cognitive exercises and getting regular rest and sleep can boost memory, reasoning, and reaction time. Even people who are at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from diet and lifestyle changes. Many of the findings discussed in this lecture are based on Dr. Barnard’s new book, Power Foods for the Brain, which presents results of scientific studies and builds them into simple steps for improving the health of your body and mind.

    Lecture: Kickstart Your Health: A Dietary Protocol to Enhance Healthy Living
    The latest innovation in nutrition is using foods to trim away weight—not by starving the weight off, but by letting foods control your appetite and boost your metabolism. Using Dr. Barnard’s program in research studies, participants were able to increase their calorie-burning speed for three hours after each meal, helping the pounds melt away. Two years later, the weight had never returned. The “side effects” are lower cholesterol, healthier blood pressure, improved energy and better overall health. Rather than require a lifetime change, the Kickstart program gets you onto a healthier path in 21 days.

    Lecture: Cheese - How Breaking the Secret Addiction Can Revolutionize Your Health
    Many people are on a never-ending quest for weight loss, and they are looking in all the wrong places—blaming sugar, carbs or a lack of exercise for their problems. All the while, the real problem was right under their noses. Cheese can cause a surprising list of health problems: obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis and even prostate cancer. In this lecture, we will explore why cheese causes these problems and why it can be so addicting. Most importantly, we will look at how to break free. There are healthy versions of cheese-lovers’ favorite foods—from pizza, macaroni and cheese, and lasagna to cheesecake—with loads of flavor and no regrets.

  • Gene Baur

    Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. Gene’s latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, was published by Rodale in April 2015. He also authored Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, which received praise from well-known animal advocates Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Temple Grandin, and Moby. He has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Keynote Lecture: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
    Based on advice from his bestselling book, Gene discusses the 5 tenets of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, which include living in alignment with our values and interests and developing mutually beneficial relationships with people, animals and the environment. The presentation explores how individuals can be effective forces of change and compassion wherever they are on their personal journeys.

    Lecture: Kindness on Your Plate
    This presentation gently exposes the disconnect that exists between the food on our plates and the conditions in which animals live and die to satisfy consumer demand. Gene provides insight into the principle that these sentient individuals are someone, not something, and discusses how we can make alternative choices that are more aligned with our own humanity and compassionate values and don’t cause unnecessary harm.

    Lecture: Veganism 101
    Gene provides his perspective on what it means to be vegan, which he defines as an aspiration to live as kindly as possible. He explores topics including animal welfare, human health, environmental sustainability, and common questions and misconceptions about a plant-based lifestyle. This is a great introduction for those who are curious about the positive attributes associated with a vegan lifestyle and interested in applying practical tips to easily and joyfully embark on this journey.

  • Dr. David Blyweiss
    Dr. David Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1982. Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, proteomics and other related “orthomolecular” disciplines directed towards patients’ biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as “functional medicine.” Dr. Blyweiss has used this matrix of systems biology to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most “difficult-to-treat” conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.

    Keynote: Chronic Disease Is Never One Thing: It’s About Diet, Lifestyle, Genes and Environment in the 21st Century
    Unlike some of infectious disease, NCDs are not amenable to being cured with a pill or a vaccination. Returning health to a baseline is a combination of changes in diet, lifestyle and environment as well as working with the genetic cards we were dealt. The individuality of the person is important when developing a treatment plan that will be successful and followed by the individual patient. Integrating the multi-factors involved in creating health can be complicated and complex. Dr. Blyweiss will provide a strategic approach that physicians can apply with their patients.

    Lecture: You Are What You Eat, Digest and Absorb: Latest Information on the Gut-Brain Axis
    The gut and the brain are intimately involved in each other's function and health. The gut and brain communicate via several routes, including the vagus nerve, hormones, the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and cytokines. The microbiome is becoming more recognized as a key regulator of gut action - and therefore, by extension, the microbiome is important for brain health as well. Could probiotics be helpful for the brain? This presentation will discuss these subjects as well as specific probiotic applications, criteria for use and what to keep in mind when helping patients toward wellness.

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell

    Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, is an author of The China Study. Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health (Campbell TC and Campbell, TM II, 2005).

    With more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), he has authored over 300 research papers on diet, nutrition and health derived from laboratory-based experimental research and large-scale human studies in China and the Philippines. He has been advisor to several government agencies, non-government organizations and corporate bodies. He has held senior adjunct professorial positions at the University of Oxford in England and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

    Keynote Lecture: Fundamentals of a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet
    I believe that the time has come for the public and professionals alike to understand the importance of nutrition, which is not now favored in medical research and education (relatively speaking, it is almost totally ignored). I also believe that to advance our understanding of the importance of the whole food, plant-based diet, we must re-educate ourselves on the basic tenets of science. Primarily based on my own experimental research program, I will present my interpretation of the main principles of nutrition and how this frames the definition of nutrition. I will also evaluate how each of the popular diet types compares with this understanding.

    Lecture: What History Tells About Our Present State of Nutrition Knowledge
    During 1985-1986, I spent a year sabbatical leave at the University of Oxford (UK), primarily working with my colleagues who were principals in the diet, nutrition and disease mortality study in rural China that 20 years later led to The China Study. The findings from that survey were indicating considerable consistency with what I had been learning in the laboratory. These findings also were consistent with my membership on the small group who had written the widely disseminated National Academy of Sciences report on Diet, Nutrition and Cancer in 1982. Because this evolving knowledge was quite provocative for many people, both in science and in the policy arena, it was beginning to stir a lot of emotions, so much so that I spent much of my time in Oxford and London libraries trying to understand why our perspectives on nutrition were so antagonistic. I wrote a rather lengthy history of the period from about 1800 to 1960, when NIH research funding surged to create the present mountain of information that has led to the pills-and-procedures method of modern medicine now so common in today’s society.

    Lecture: What Does the Future Foretell?
    We cannot know for sure what will happen. But one fact is easy to see. Namely, we have at least three impending and momentous crises. They are: 1) the effect of food choice on our environment, 2) the effect of food choice on the cost of health care and its economic consequences, and 3) the effect of food choice on the abuse of animals and rate of species extinction. The future can either be dismal and exceptionally destructive or it can be an awakening that features our understanding of the meaning of the concept of ‘wholism' and how it relates to food and health. If the latter, the human race can discover what it truly means to be moral.

  • Sandy Clubb

    The roles that nutrition and proper food preparation play in our health are topics of which Sandy Clubb has firsthand knowledge. In 2007, Sandy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and while treating her cancer with traditional therapy, she focused heavily on biofeedback and an intensive nutritional program.

    Sandy’s success promoted her to redirect her company, Cookware Health Clubb Inc., toward the astonishing benefits that whole plant nutrition, in conjunction with proper food preparation techniques, can have on one’s health and attitude.

    Now working in partnership with Heart Niagara’s Healthy Heart School Program and as a certified Food for Life Instructor (through the Education Partner Alliance between Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine & Saladmaster), Sandy has taken her personal experience and knowledge to those seeking information about how to enjoy a healthier, easier and more delicious lifestyle by changing (or enhancing) what we eat, the way we cook and what we cook in.

    Lecture: What’s Cookware Got to Do with It?
    What is the last, most important step in the food preparation process that is often overlooked? Where do the nutrients go during the cooking process? Preserving nutrition means preserving your health, and how we prepare our foods is almost as important as the food choices themselves. Join this class to discover the most common enemies of nutrition that will rob your foods of essential natural nutrients and flavor as well as too often destroy pleasurable colors and textures. Sandy will expound on the different types of cooking surfaces and methods currently available and help you assess whether or not the type of cookware and techniques you use match your health and wellness objectives.

  • Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

    Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a ground-breaking pioneer in preventive and restorative cardio-vascular medicine and a world class athlete. In 1956, he received a gold medal in rowing at the Olympic Games. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. Dr. Esselstyn's scientific publications number over 150. His pioneering research is summarized in his best-selling book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. In 2013 he received the Yale University George Herbert Walker Bush award for lifetime achievement. Dr. Esselstyn is featured in the popular plant-based diet documentary Forks over Knives and appeared in the CNN special, “The Last Heart Attack” and other CNN programs relating his work to President Clinton’s decision to become a vegan for health reasons.

    Keynote Lecture: Making Yourself Heart Attack Proof by Treating the Cause of Coronary Artery Heart Disease, Part 1
    Valuable information on the natural history of heart disease comes from studying those cultures where it is virtually non-existent. These plant-based cultures never compromise the vitality of the mechanisms designed to protect our vascular system, which are injured daily with our Western diet. We will examine how these systems work when optimal and the consequences to our health when they are repeatedly injured.

    Lecture: Making Yourself Heart Attack Proof by Treating the Cause of Coronary Artery Heart Disease, Part 2
    This presentation will chronicle my initial research and subsequent clinical strategies which can prevent, arrest and reverse heart disease. This segment will also review the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, peripheral vascular disease, ED, and many of the common cancers with plant-based nutrition.

  • Matt Frazier

    Matt Frazier is an author and vegan ultramarathoner, best known as the founder of the No Meat Athlete movement. He contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, and he and his work have been featured in books including Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra, Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Foods, Seth Godin’s What to Do When It’s Your Turn, and Heather Crosby’s Yum Universe, and print magazines such as Runner’s WorldTrail Runner, and Canadian Running. His first book, No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self reached #1 in Amazon’s “Running and Jogging” category in October 2013.

    Matt works full time on his business, No Meat Athlete, in Asheville, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, two young children, and two rescued dogs.

    Lecture: Plant-Based Meal Planning for Health and Fitness: The 10 Foods Worth Eating Every Day (and How to Make Sure You Do It)
    Knowing what to eat is one thing, but actually doing it (not just now and then, but every day) is a different story. In this fun and fast-moving presentation, vegan ultramarathoner and No Meat Athlete author Matt Frazier breaks down the 10 most important plant-based foods to build into your daily diet, then presents an approachable framework for planning your meals that makes it easy to get these foods ... every single day. In addition, you'll learn what to eat before, during and after workouts to maximize performance and recovery, as well as several of Matt's go-to meals that pack in the flavor and nutrition, without taking a lot of time and energy to prepare.

    Panel Q&A: Powered by Plants with No Meat Athlete author/runner Matt Frazier and Vegan Bodybuilding authors/athletes Derek Tresize, Marcella Torres, Robert Cheeke and “Fitness Over Fifty” trainer Larry Krug
    Do you have questions about what athletes need to fuel their bodies on a plant-based diet? Concerned with getting the right types of carbohydrates to power through your weekend warrior lifestyle, or wonder how much protein you should eat after a tough workout? Learn from athletes who have achieved success in their sports, powered by a pure, plant-based diet. From endurance sports like running to weight training and bodybuilding, these six vegan athletes will help you fuel your athletic endeavors for optimal performance.

  • Marcus Gary

    Marcus Gary has over 18 years of experience with holistic living and wellness. Mr. Gary is an instructor of yoga, Nei Kung Qi Gong, meditation, male virility and Power Yoga. For over 12 years, he has instructed Medical Qi Gong classes in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles areas.

    Maria Johnson has over 23 years of experience as a meditation/spiritual instructor. Maria also has over 12 years of experience as an instructor of Qi Gong and over 15 years as a life coach and counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her background is in psychology and sociology.

    Jamila Makini has over 20 years of experience as a meditation and spiritual instructor, more than 12 years as an instructor of Qi Gong and more than 15 years of life coach mentoring in San Francisco Bay Area. Her background is in biological sciences.

    Class: Looking and Feeling Great at Any Age with 5 Organ Qi Gong
    Our ability to be successful is related to how we use our energy. The Taoists developed a system for cultivating and promoting the free flow of energy in the body through the exercise called Qi Gong. This class will provide instruction on the 3000-year-old Medical Qi Gong postures and sounds one can use to simultaneously purge the toxic energies out of the major organ energy systems (liver, heart, spleen, stomach, lungs and kidneys). Such purging will assist in maintaining optimal health and stress management.

  • Dr. Michael Greger
    A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times best seller. More than a thousand of his nutrition videos are freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.

    Keynote Lecture: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death: “How Not to Die”
    Dr. Greger will run through the 15 leading killers in the United States and explore the role diet may play in preventing, treating and even reversing our top 15 killers:

    1. Heart disease
    2. Cancer
    3. COPD (such as emphysema)
    4. Stroke
    5. Accidents
    6. Alzheimer’s disease
    7. Diabetes
    8. Kidney failure
    9. Respiratory infections
    10. Suicide
    11. Blood infections
    12. Liver failure
    13. High blood pressure
    14. Parkinson’s disease
    15. Swallowing problems

    Lecture: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food
    In Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, Dr. Greger goes through the list of the 15 leading causes of death, exploring the role diet may play in preventing, arresting and even reversing our top 15 killers. In his presentation From Table to Able, he addresses our leading causes of disability. In More than an Apple a Day, Dr. Greger will run through the top dozen reasons people visit doctors to highlight some of the latest research on how a healthy diet can affect some of the most common medical conditions.

    This lecture will focus on the leading causes of disability - angina, low back pain, diabetic neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Although diet is one of the greatest tools we have in combating these diseases, Dr. Greger will discuss some of the conflicts of interest within the mainstream medical and dietetic organizations that prevent them from advocating the healthiest diets.

    Lecture: More than an Apple a Day: Preventing and Treating Our Most Common Diseases
    In this lecture, Dr. Greger will also discuss another leading killer: healthcare. Since side-effects from prescription drugs kill an estimated 106,000 Americans a year, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States may actually be doctors. And that’s just from adverse drug reactions. Add in medical mistakes, which the Institute of Medicine estimates kill at least 44,000 Americans every year, and that brings healthcare up to our third leading killer. Throw in some hospital-acquired infections, and we’re talking maybe 187,000 Americans dead every year and millions injured by medical care.

    The best way to avoid the adverse effects of medical and surgical tests and treatments is not to avoid doctors, but to avoid getting sick in the first place. In this lecture, Dr. Greger will run through the top dozen reasons people visit their doctors to highlight some of the latest research in hopes of moving doctors lower down the list of common killers.

  • Chandrakant Hiester

    Chandrakant Hiester is a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. He prepares, presents and leads professional trainings both nationally and overseas in Amrit Yoga and Amrit Yoga Nidra, as well as a variety of other yoga and stress-reduction programs.

    For the last eight years, Chandrakant has been instrumental in developing and presenting programs for the Amrit Yoga Institute. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with Yogi Amrit Desai for thirty-eight years, his experience has given him a solid foundation for implementing programs that nurture and encourage positive changes in behavior, understanding and practice.

    For over two decades, Chandrakant served in various capacities at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Among them was his service as executive chef, supervising the preparation of tasty vegetarian meals for 500-700 guests daily. He also served as Yogi Desai's personal valet and chef for twelve years, where he learned authentic Indian cooking from Yogi Desai's beloved wife Mataji.

    Chandrakant is a preacher's son, a Vietnam era veteran, a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in psychology and a longtime practitioner of martial arts. He brings a unique blend of street-level experience, understanding and practical psychology to all his seminars and workshops, conducting programs for educational organizations, recovery groups, community service agencies, hospital staff and large corporations, as well as yoga and meditation groups.

    Class: Daily Morning Amrit Yoga Asana Sequence
    The Amrit Yoga Asana Sequence is a powerful yoga practice that teaches the practitioner how to connect, step by step, with the original source and purpose of yoga - which is to use physical yoga postures as a vehicle for entering the timeless state of being. The practice combines dynamic postures that fully engage body and mind with deep, meditative stillness - bringing the active and receptive energies in the body into balance. In this class, we will experience the level I Amrit Sequence which is specifically designed to raise the energy level in the body, to develop one-pointedness, and begin the practice of entering the deepest states of meditation while in yoga practice.

  • Scott Joseph
    After becoming overweight and unhealthy, Scott Joseph realized that animals in nature are always in perfect shape, loaded with energy and never sick. So he began researching the health of wild animals and found that even though we are virtually the same, animals don’t become overweight or get illnesses and diseases as humans do, because most of our health issues are diet-related. Naturally, animals have continued to eat essentially the same, while we have completely changed what we eat. Scott then researched the diet of our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, and found out what they consume. Converting it into people food, still closely mimicking their ultra-healthy diet, he quickly regained his slender body and youthful vitality – just like billions of other beings on earth.

  • Dr. Joel Kahn

    Dr. Joel Kahn has been plant-based for 40 years and is known as “America’s Healthy Heart Doc.” He has expertise in both interventional and preventive therapies emphasizing lifestyle changes. He combines his university professorship with his love of patients, making his presentations sought after coast to coast. He is the author of three books and hundreds of health articles. Dr. Kahn owns GreenSpace Café in Ferndale, Michigan, the largest plant-based café in the Midwest. He practices heart disease reversal in his boutique clinic, the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. He has been married for 35 years to Karen, RN, BSN and has four children and two dogs that he loves dearly.

    Keynote Lecture: How to Detect and Prevent Heart Disease
    Dr. Kahn is a national expert on early heart disease detection. He will describe the history and progress that has been made in detection of artery damage at its earliest phases. He will discuss up-and-coming approaches that will be released soon. His goal is to prevent one million heart attacks, starting with yours.

    Lecture: The Miracle of Heart Disease Reversal
    Dr. Kahn will describe the origins and importance of heart disease, relying on his more than 25 years of experience treating heart attacks and heart disease. He will describe the role of food as a vascular irritant as well as the evidence that plant-based foods directly improve heart and artery health. He will describe his approach in using plant-based nutrition in both his practice and his restaurant to reverse heart disease.

    Lecture: The Gut-Heart Connection
    One of the most exciting areas of new knowledge is the importance of the GI tract and its bacterial population in relation to heart health. This exploding field has already lent itself to new testing and therapies never heard of 2-3 years ago. The role of vegan nutrition to optimize the gut and heart will be discussed.

  • Dr. Michael Klaper

    A long-time radio host and author, Michael A. Klaper, M.D. currently practices nutritionally-based medicine at True North Health Center in California. His talent for presenting complex medical topics in a simple, enjoyable format has made him a sought-after speaker at health conferences worldwide.

    Dr. Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and received post-graduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco. After working in Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand and Florida, his practice now focuses on healthy food and lifestyle choices to help people stay out of hospitals and off operating tables. He has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars, on the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association and as the scientific director of the environmental organization EarthSave.

  • Warren Kramer

    Warren Kramer is an internationally recognized macrobiotic counselor, lecturer and cooking teacher with over 30 years of experience. He has guided thousands of people back to health over the years. Warren is a faculty member of the Kushi Institute and the Strengthening Health Institute. He is also a member of the Macrobiotic Educators Association. Warren teaches the macrobiotic approach to health and wellness, including principles of food selection and preparation, exercise, work and personal relationships.

    Warren was a traveling cook for six years working privately with cancer patients throughout the world. He currently teaches in nine cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Warren and his wife run the Macrobiotic Center of New England. He assisted Michio Kushi for over 10 years in Boston where he lives. Warren and Fatim have a son, Adam.

    Group Consultation: Traditional Eastern Medicine Diagnosis - $175/person, 2 hrs. 45 min. 
    Space is limited to max. 15 participants. This is an incredible opportunity to gain insight into your own specific condition and health concerns. At the same time, it is a unique study session where you will get the opportunity to see how an experienced macrobiotic counselor uses traditional Eastern medicine diagnosis to make specific recommendations for each person. Food, remedies and lifestyle will be addressed for each participant. Each person will complete a one page health history form that Warren will review prior to the session, and your questions will be answered at the meeting. Please note that individuals who may have a health concern of a more serious nature might consider looking into doing a private, one-on-one consultation for the most personalized advice and attention.

    Keynote Lecture: Straight Bowel Talk
    Everything you wanted to know about healthy elimination and more! The process of life is taking in nourishment and getting rid of what we don't use or need. If we can't eliminate what we don't utilize, health problems develop that are both physical and emotional in nature. We will discuss what in fact we "consume" day-to-day, diagnosing digestive problems, what is healthy and normal elimination, as well as food, remedies and self-healing techniques to improve digestion.

    Lecture: The Art of Visual Diagnosis: How to See Your Health
    Throughout the world in many traditional cultures there was an understanding that the outside of the body is a reflection of the inside. Visual diagnosis is a way of seeing an individual’s direction, the way a person’s health is going. Potential health problems can be seen much sooner than a medical test might show. In essence, it gives us the ability to guide our life and help us make the correct choices in diet and lifestyle. Warren will present this fascinating way to see our own health! Remember, our face never lies.

    Lecture: The Kidneys: Key to Our Vitality
    In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is said that the kidneys are "our seat to life." They are our hereditary bank account. Our teeth, bones, nails, hair quality, will, physical and sexual vitality are all influenced by the strength and functioning of our kidneys. Simply put, they are our life force, and men's health is especially compromised when the kidneys are weak. This essential lecture will focus on how to diagnose your kidneys, what harms and helps the kidneys with regard to food, remedies and lifestyle. Your kidneys will thank you for coming to this talk!

    Lecture: Temper, Temper: Loving Your Liver for Deep Healing
    In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver governs a woman’s body as well as influences men’s prostate health. Stagnation in the liver leads to a host of health issues including: hot flashes/heat in the body, irregular and painful menstruation, PMS, fibroids, breast health issues, eye problems, headaches, joint pain, irritability and many other common health concerns in modern society. Warren will discuss: how to diagnose liver health, lifestyle factors to support the liver and specific food and natural remedies that nourish this vital organ. Your liver will be happy you attended this class!

    Lecture: Creating Dynamic Health
    Creating and maintaining our health is something we pursue day by day. The most important question is, “Are we going in the direction of health?” Many people truly feel they are "health conscious" and making good choices for themselves, but their health is not improving. How can this be? In this inspiring talk, Warren gives insight from his 30 years of practice into what he has found are the most important aspects to create dynamic health. Anyone interested in healing will benefit from this lecture, as it is at the core of holistic health.

    Lecture: Overeating: How and Why to Eat Less
    Taking in more than what we need is an imbalance. Overeating is the single most harmful lifestyle habit most people have in common. Eventually this habit makes us hard and rigid inside, causing us to lose our flexibility and making us acidic and fatigued. Many health issues are impossible to heal as long as overeating is continued, as it simply leads to excess. Even good quality food can poison us if we take in too much of it. A very poignant, powerful session.

  • Angelica Kushi

    Angelica Kushi is a yoga teacher, health & wellness coach, aerial performer and stunt woman. Born and raised in a macrobiotic home, her education stems from a lifetime of living a holistic lifestyle. Specializing in creating a relaxed and easeful approach to health, her formal training is from the Kushi Institute, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and extensive studies in yoga and Tibetan Buddhism with the Asian Classic Institute and Yoga Studies Institute. Her passion is to provide people with easy and inspiring ways to live a healthy lifestyle so they can live out their wildest dreams.

    Class: Vinyasa Flow Yoga Level I
    If you are new to yoga or want to deepen your practice, this basic yoga class is for you. You will get a crash course in the foundations of the yoga philosophy and physical postures with clear instructions to get your body in proper alignment for a better energy flow.

  • Recovery Panel
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    Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this inspiring class! Its purpose is to provide encouragement and inspiration with more focus on healing through the thoughts and experiences of some remarkable individuals who not only survived life-threatening illnesses but are actually thriving in busy, active lifestyles today. Each of the speakers will offer insights into what was paramount in their healing journey. Your healing and recovery questions will be welcomed as part of this class.

  • Christina Pirello

    Christina Pirello is the Emmy Award winning host of the national public television series, ‘Christina Cooks.’ The first pivotal point in her life (and there have been many) came at age 26, after being diagnosed with terminal leukemia. She decided to forgo conventional medical therapies, turned to a macrobiotic approach to living and cured herself. For the last twenty-one years, Christina has been teaching cooking classes, conducting lifestyle seminars and lecturing on the power of food in our lives. Even if people think she’s nuts (but nice...and really funny), they never think of food in the same way again...which is her goal.

    The author of six bestselling, award-winning cookbooks, Christina is considered somewhat irreverent and rebellious by many of her macrobiotic contemporaries. Nothing could please her more. Rocking the boat, creating revolution, making us think…and laugh, instead of blindly following theory and dogma is what inspires Christina’s work the most (backed up by experienced knowledge of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and conventional nutrition). Her philosophy is simple: living a whole and healthy life should make us joyful, free, passionate and open, with gratitude for every blessing, every challenge, every moment, every breath.

    Christina is on the faculty of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, where she serves as a professor of culinary arts and nutrition. She also serves on the board of The Farm Market Trust, The Philadelphia Green Council and is a rabid environmentalist and political activist.

    Christina holds both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Miami and was awarded a Master’s degree in Food Nutrition in 2003.

    Cooking Boot Camp: The Joy of Plant-based Cooking - $150/person, 2 hrs. 30 min.
    There isn't one detail of cooking that doesn’t enchant me. Julia Child once called cooking a life skill and said its importance should never be trivialized. Cooking is more than combining ingredients so that we can eat. Cooking is not just a time-consuming chore, but rather a healing, nourishing meditation and how we make our love manifest. We honor the ingredients...and each preparing food with mindful consideration. Cooking makes our lives whole. Finding pleasure in the process of cooking, from shopping to cleaning, the slicing and dicing, the sautéing and simmering, we experience joy for joy’s sake...not in anticipation of the reward of the meal. From knife skills to basic techniques, cooking styles, and tips and tricks, this workshop will turn your passion for cooking from simmer to boiling over.

  • Talent Show
    Talent Show, view products listed below.

  • Jane Stanchich

    Jane Stanchich is a macrobiotic teacher, counselor and chef with over 20 years of experience. A licensed nutritionist, Ms. Stanchich served on the faculty of the Kushi Institute and is an international teacher of macrobiotic health principles. This former public-school teacher is a certified yoga instructor and proponent of active exercise.

    Along with her husband, Lino, she teaches at schools, health centers, universities, and corporations in her hometown of Asheville, N.C., and throughout the US and Europe. Ms. Stanchich is a regularly featured writer in the magazine Christina Cooks! and contributor to many others. She has consulted with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s Macrobiotic Program and the Kellogg School of Public Health at Northwestern University. She is an editor and co-producer of her husband’s books, audios, and videos, and also appears on the Do-In video and Laughter Therapy audio. Jane recently produced two macrobiotic cooking videos and is writing her first cookbook.

    Lecture: What Is Eating You? Overcoming Emotional Eating
    Each of us is a precious soul, a worthy human being, who deserves health, joy and success. Yet, emotional blocks and old memories can stand in the way of our fulfillment and achievement. Our thoughts can "eat" at us and weigh us down, therefore it serves us to look at these recurring thoughts, consider them, then save the empowering and discard the negative beliefs. This class offers a highly organized and effective program to conquer excess weight and defeat negative self-programming. Join Jane Stanchich, Licensed Nutritionist and motivational speaker, as we each explore our emotions and beliefs around eating in this dynamic, supportive and meaningfully interactive workshop. What is eating you? What are you hungry for deep in your soul? Join us to discover this journey to love within yourself.

  • Bianka Steinfeldt

    Bianka Steinfeldt, originally from Austria, started taking ballet and movement classes when she was 6 years old. She danced for the cities of Bregenz, Dornbirn and Vienna. Following injuries caused from gymnastics, skiing, and dancing, Bianka turned to Pilates to rehabilitate her body. Her experience has shown that “movement heals.”

    She is PAX Kamaryt KEG and Power Pilates certified for yoga and Pilates mat. After moving to the US, Bianka discovered Power Pilates—using the classical Pilates method with a flow. She received her beginner mat, intermediate mat and full equipment certification. Not stopping there, she went on in May 2012 to start a 2-year Master Mentor Program with Lolita San Miguel and finished with success. Then she traveled to Monchengladbach, Germany, the hometown of Joseph Pilates.

    She is always seeking out a new challenge, which allows her to be on the cutting edge and enables her to be creative and innovative as she shares her extensive knowledge and passion for Pilates with her clients. Bianka is also interested in bodywork and got the Jump Board M.A.T. as well as Reiki Level 2 in 2011. If she is not teaching in Florida, you can find her teaching on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, where she has shared her knowledge for 7 years. She is also traveling to Europe to lead a workshop, and from there her next stop is England.

    “Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve.”

    Class: Pilates Level 1
    Incorporating the fundamentals of Pilates, this class follows the classical beginner mat order, created by Joseph Pilates, and is appropriate for all students. We stick to his system—why mess with the best, it has been around for over 88 years!

    We all know that any real program designed to make a serious change must go straight to the core! This mat Pilates class will teach you the fundamental Pilates work, using your body weight for resistance, as well as the classical language used in this style of Pilates. Your body alignments will improve, thus enhancing breathing, circulation, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, energy and mental concentration.

    Pilates also helps with recovery and prevention of injuries. Letting your mind and body connect with every breath and move.

  • Marcella Torres

    Physique athlete, dancer and mother to a thriving vegan child, Marcella Torres adopted a 100% plant-based diet in 2001 at the age of 19. Half of the husband and wife team of competitive bodybuilders behind popular blog Vegan Muscle and Fitness at, she is also co-owner of plant-based personal training studio Root Force, which seeks to promote a fit and active plant-powered lifestyle and shatter the perception that strength and athleticism can't be achieved with a plant-based diet. An alumnus of the Plantbuilt team of competitive vegan bodybuilders, Marcella is a regular contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness magazine and co-author of The Vegan Muscle & Fitness Guide to Bodybuilding Competitions.

    Currently, Marcella is also a part-time professional dancer and instructor and is earning a PhD in mathematical biology, studying human metabolism. She resides in Richmond, Virginia, with husband Derek Tresize and their three-year-old son, where they have worked extensively in that community with local school systems, urban organizations and more to promote a healthy lifestyle. Their mission: to generate as many fit vegan role models as possible to get the message across that a plant-based diet isn't a handicap in the world of athletics - it's an advantage!

    Class: Healthy, Happy, Hips
    Hips are one of the major areas where we hold tension in the body, and sitting for long periods can really tighten this area and cause imbalances that lead to chronic discomfort and even injury. Learn hip stabilizing, strengthening, and stretching exercises that you can easily perform as part of your regular fitness routine during this continuous flow of movement to music.

  • Derek Tresize
    Derek Tresize is a vegan WNBF Pro bodybuilder residing in Richmond, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, is a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, and is co-author of the website Vegan Muscle & Fitness. Derek has followed a plant-based diet since 2007 and promotes it to his clients and in the fitness and bodybuilding community as the best means to fitness and long-term health. Derek is a member of the Plantbuilt team of competitive vegan bodybuilders, is a contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness magazine and Naked Food magazine, and co-author of The Vegan Muscle & Fitness Guide to Bodybuilding Competitions. He trains clients full time as co-owner of Richmond's only plant-based personal training studio, Root Force Personal Training, and online via Vegan Muscle and Fitness, where he and wife Marcella Torres strive to create as many plant-based role models as possible to show the world that the diet isn't a handicap in the world of athletics - it's an advantage!
    One on One Personal Training Session - $150/person, 60 min.
    Join Derek for a private personal training session. Derek is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, and together you will build a customized program to fit your goals, fitness level, and access to exercise equipment. The session with begin with a brief consultation, then proper mobility, posture, strength, and endurance activity will be included along with how to advance the plan on your own as you progress.

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