Billa's Personal Transformation at Farm of Life

by JodyCalvi May 20, 2012 | 4:39PM
We interview Billa Kgari (, who volunteered at Farm of Life for 2 months, transformed our greenhouse compost system, and transformed her own mental and emotional space while sleeping in the forest, communing with the stars and connecting with nature and the sacred space of Farm of Life. Billa will host a Spiritual Permaculture Retreat in Costa Rica in Feb 2013... imagine living entirely off of the land, building from natural resources, eating raw food reconnection with all of the elements of air, water, sun and earth. Billa will post more about this retreat on her Ning site Ringing Cedars Revolution.

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Chris Kendall, Raw Chef, The Raw Advantage

by JodyCalvi May 20, 2012 | 4:37PM
Chris Kendall,, Sexy Canadian and Raw Food Chef, and beloved Family member of Farm of Life, Costa Rica. Chris is an extraordinary example of how to manifest a beautiful life while living from the heart and in the now. Chris' loving service over the past 3 years at Farm of Life is remarkable... health coaching, raw cheffing and adding to the energy of this space. Chris hosted his Raw Advantage Retreat this year, and cheffed the Ellen Livingston Yoga Retreat and Dr. Sam's Raw Habilitation Retreat. Don't miss his next retreat- January 2013 at Farm of Life - learn more at Also, he has 101 Frick'n Rawsome Recipes, Craving Busters, awesome tshirts for sale and upcoming Yoga videos and Mr. Fruitastic video. He will be a Chef, Yoga Instructor and Speaker at Woodstock Fruit Festival 2012 and don't miss his freestyle Rap with Dr. Sam!!

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Dr. Samuel Mielcarski, Raw Habilitation Retreat

by JodyCalvi May 20, 2012 | 4:32PM
Dr. Samuel Mielcarski ( hosted his Raw Habilitation Retreat. Dr. Sam, a gifted physical therapist, taps into the body's own intelligence, applies principles of corrective movement and guides clients to embrace and apply the basics of health. Retreat participants received physical therapy 1-1 sessions with Dr. Sam, restorative exercise, learn about movement versus exercise and the Chain of Health (food, air, light, love, water, rest, activity and hygeine). A superior retreat for Athletes to attend. Chris Kendall provided exquisite, nutritious Raw Food meals. The next Raw Habilitation Retreat will be April 2013 at Farm of Life, Costa Rica,

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Improving the Compost and Greenhouse Soil

by JodyCalvi March 21, 2012 | 9:18PM
Volunteers Billa and Dane rescue the compost system and soil for the greenhouse. The fruit and vegetable scrap produced at this raw food retreat center is enormous, Big-Time Volume, but our compost was rancid due to poor activation. We weren't doing it right. Billa and Dane set us up with a composting system that is layered with carbon and greens and produces rich hummus. Other permaculture strategies are also discussed, such as no dig planting, and trapping humidity into the greenhouse.

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"Now I've Danced In Heaven!"

by JodyCalvi February 27, 2012 | 1:51PM
One can't express it any better than Wendy Roman (, who recently hosted a Nia Yoga Retreat at Farm of Life, along with Dennis Gaumond ( Wendy excudes passion for Nia and she had sheer joy dancing on the Farm of Life Yoga Rancho. As she says in this video, "Now I've danced in Heaven"! Dennis is a talented musician and brings chanting, kirton, crystal bowl massage, and Badra to Costa Rica and Canada. They have upcoming events at Unicamp in Ontario Canada and the Tobermory Rhythm and Blues Festival in the Bruce Peninsula, and Wendy will host Nia Retreats in her beautiful natural cob studio in the Bruce Peninsula - not to be missed - as well as future retreats at Farm of Life!

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John Kohler discusses Growing Your Own Greens

by JodyCalvi February 20, 2012 | 4:51PM
We interview John Kohler of, and John talks about his passions for helping people grow backyard gardens. John encourages anyone and everyone to eat as much fresh, high quality plant-based foods as possible. A home-based garden is the best way to do this! John visited the farm and gardens at Farm of Life, and other gardens in our valley, and is excited to bring his first Growing Your Greens Retreat to Costa Rica. Stay tuned, John is very popular and his retreat will sell out quick!

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Living Yoga Retreat at Farm of Life

by JodyCalvi February 13, 2012 | 12:05PM
Ellen Livingston and Billy Newmyer discuss their journey with raw food, love for Costa Rica, and purpose for the Living Yoga Retreat - to build community, personal insight and courage and to share the jewels of Costa Rica! It all happened this week, and more! Amazing raw food, yoga, health coaching, inspiration, transformation and Brian getting tossed around by the Ju-Jitsu World Champion!

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Interview with the Raw Brahs

by jodycalvi January 18, 2012 | 10:59AM
We interview the Raw Brahs on the beach of Dominical, Costa Rica. They share about their experiences with raw food, how they got started and their athletic motivation to achieve peak health. They recently hosted a retreat in Costa Rica and speak of that experience too. They've been transformed by Costa Rica. Their future plans are "unplanned"!! These 3 brothers are a great team, living in the now and their love and support for one another are strong! It is always a joy to spend an afternoon with grounded and genuine raw fooders, as we did the day of filming this interview.

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The Raw Advantage Retreat

by jodycalvi January 18, 2012 | 10:47AM
We interview Chris Kendall and Taylor Snipes and feature footage of the Raw Advantage Retreat. Chris and Taylor share their stories of how they came into the 80-10-10 diet. They speak of partying hard, feeling sick and depressed and the transformation that came with the raw food lifestyle. These guys are truly amazing and they exude abundant health in body, mind and spirit! They are full of gratitude, life is easy, they are in the flow with healthy abundant thoughts and giving loving service. The retreat - skateboarding, surfing, yoga, waterfalls and instruction for raw food preparation and lifestyle - was their first, and was a great success! Chris Kendall is online at Taylor Snipes is online at Living Ministries

Raw Brahs Retreat visits Farm of Life

by jodycalvi January 10, 2012 | 3:15PM
Raw Brahs visit Farm of Life during their "Expect Nothing Experience Everything" Retreat 2012 in Costa Rica. Yoga, Farm Tour (Noni, Mangosteen, Durian, Biriba, and a component of the Ayahuasca brew) and the boys take a plunge in the Cool Pools.

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