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"Some people, when they think of Southern California, think of nuts.
Not the kind that grow in trees, but the kind that swing in trees—the
bearded, mop-haired, half-naked vegetarians who wander around
in the hills and occasionally roll into town like a pack of wild men.
It was quite a few years ago when I lived like this." 
~  Gypsy Boots


Tuesday / November 19, 2013 /7pm
In-depth Campaign Discussion
followed by Q&A

RAWvolution / 2301 Main Street / Santa Monica
No charge / Come early
RSVP here

Could this heart-centered woman be the new hope in congretional politics? Listen what Marianne Williamson has to say about her run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 
Tuning our hearts to a season of gratitude, let's come together as a supporting community that can help to facilitate change.  

Marianne Williamson's candidacy suggests a potential new direction in American politics. First, Williamson has long differentiated herself from her fellow travelers in advocating formal political activism around issues such as gay marriage, the establishment of a federal Department of Peace, and the need to raise voter turnout among women. Second, her references to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and sweeping celebration of "heart-filled politics" are so totally at odds with the wonkish tenor of debates over healthcare and foreign policy that define most political discourse, that it is equally likely this dissonance will define her as refreshing and visionary rather than vague and hippy-dippy.
- Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Huffington Post

"Could Williamson be the harbinger of a wave of Independent candidacies in 2014? Are people so sick of the two existing parties that they’re ready to go shopping for something new? 'We’re seeing this all over our polling,' says Peter Hart, who does surveys for NBC and the Wall Street Journal. 'People are sick of the status quo: 60% believe that the entire Congress should be replaced.They’re looking for alternatives.'”
- Joe Klein, Time Magazine

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and thought leader. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. In 1997, she published Healing the Soul of America, calling for a holistic perspective on America’s political system. The book is an insightful examination of our history and politics, offering personal and political solutions for the renewal of our democracy.



October has been a great month to us. Our interior transformed to a cozy and welcoming raw food lounge. We hosted a few wonderful events, starting with the community-favored "The Source Family" screening, to the glam, jam-packedPacific & Driftwood Fashion show night. We can't forget to mention how proud we are of Janabai's editorial in latest issue of LA Yoga, and new art, hanging on the walls of our cafe by Sarah from Moonscribe. Sarah Haywood paints heartfelt affirmations with light on a beautiful natural landscape canvases. Her one-of-a-kind photographs are very affordable....come and pick your favorite. 

We choose to share a few pictures from our beautiful harvest month and look forward to co-creating the space with you at our upcoming November events

PS. Our literally magical December events to be announced soon ;) 


Friday, November 15 @ 7 PM 
Tao Healing Arts center - shiatsu school (behind RAWvolution)
$10 ticket in advance / $14 at the door 
with 10% off discount for dinner at RAWvolution (on the same day)

We are excited to bring you a true master healer Jullean Boyce who will speak about ground breaking sacred teachings from the ascended masters Jesus & Buddha & their shared east-west lineage including techniques, true healing & the actual original meditations of the masters that lead one to have direct experiences with the Divine & enlightenment.
Learn about ways to raise your vibration, speed up your evolution, heal relationships, gain prosperity, clear & change your karma, healing techniques of Christ & more. Learn how you can be a master too.

Come and receive:
Knowledge of the best position to sleep for good health & good dreams that increases soul power
Ancient method to connect with the Divine
Transmission of supernatural energy


 Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. But what exactly is it? What does it do?  Read more...

Getting high with Tonics & Superfoods at the November CONSCIOUS CLUB 

Exploring Super Foods & Tonic Herbalism with Ronnie Landis

Saturday, November 30 at 7pm / RAWvolution
2301 Main St, Santa Monica
Free with food / drinks 

DJ Julie is preparing a fab playlist of James Brown/ Rawsoul inspired tunes. Dress to embrace the era. We will have plenty of Jun to go around, tonic bar and a special menu of raw superfood loaded dishes that will make you buzz. Ronnie will teach you how to make a potent home-made tonic. 

First event of its kind and a saturday night hang-out alternative to bars. Come on down, you beautiful people! 

RAWvolution JUN...Vegan Buzz? 

A new product we are excited about is RAWvolution Jun, made locally by Bliss Brew, carried in two flavors: Chaga Reishi (spring water, jasmine tea, reishi, wild chaga, goji berries, schizandra, astralagus, codonopsis, rehmannia, epimedium, tribulus, licorice, bupleurum, dong quai, honey) and Flower & Herb (spring water, jasmine tea, horsetail, nettle leaf, hibiscus, rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, spearmint, rose petal, stevia, honey). Offered in three sizes 6oz, 12oz and 1 litre. 

So what exactly is this potent fermented drink gaining large popularity on almost exclusive levels since the alchemy of Jun brewing is an art known only to a close-knit circle of Jun-makers and Tibetian monks. 
Jun culture originated in ancient Asia, where it was valued for its ability to open chi (energy) in the body and to increase its circulation. The cultures of Jun eat raw honey and green tea rather than unrefined sugar and black tea like kombucha. Jun is also more alcoholic, hovering somewhere around the 2% range, versus kombucha’s .5% . Jun is like kombucha and mead synthesized into one. It makes you feel elevated, especially the more clean is your diet.


Matt formulated yet another new flavor addition to the RAWvolution Juicery. Fennel Green with fennel, celery, cucumber, romaine and lemon is a yummy green juice, not just for future mamas, packed with lots of folate.


There is a myrid of people we look up to for blazing the wholesome and raw food trail. We comprised what's probably the most comprehensive encyclopedia of these Rawvolutionaries that date back as far as the B.C. years, in our latest book "The Rawvolution Continues" and we intend to introduce them to you via our Newsletter. 

Naturmenschen were a group of late 19th and early 20th century Germany and Swiss “Natural Men”, who wore tunics and sandals (or bare feet), long hair and beards and preferred to eat only uncooked foods. Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, Johannes Guttzeit, Gustav Nagel, Ralph Salomonson, Josua Klein, Gusto Graser, influential artist Fidus, and author Herman Hesse exemplified the Naturmenschen ideal.

FEATURED RECIPE from our latest uncook book
"The RAWvolution Continues": 
 Rosemary Crackers 

Utilizing almond pulp and savory spices, these crackers are a terrific gluten-free accompaniment to spreads and dips. Rosemary was once an ingredient, but the original recipe dissapered years ago (it happens!) The name stuck. 

1 cup fresh lemon juice 
1 cup of pure water
5 cloves of garlic peeled
3 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons of dried thyme
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
4 teaspoons sea salt
1 2/3 cups almond pulp (left from making your almond milk)
1 2/3 cups flaxseeds, grounded in high speed blender
1 1/3 cups of olive oil

In high speed blender, blend the lemon juice, pure water, garlic, sage, thyme, oregano, and salt and thoroughly blend. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the almond pulp, flaxseeds and olive oil.
Knead the mixture by hand until a consistent, doughy texture is achieved. Spread the mixture onto 2 dehydrator trays lined with Teflex sheets (add a little extra water if the mixture is too thick to spread evenly). Score the crackers before dehydrating, dividing each tray into 24 crackers by scoring 3 cuts vertically and 5 cuts horizontally. Dehydrate for 12-14 hours at 105 degrees F. Flip the crackers onto another dehydrator tray, peel off the Teflex sheets, and dehydrate for an additional 12-14 hours. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to serve. 

Cochise Amsden enjoying his Mom and Dad's recipe


Matt & Janabai Amsden & 
The RAWvolution family  

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" We don't advocate that everyone lives exactly as we do. But we do advocate living according to principles. Your own principles. Our principles and how they relate to what we eat is one of the biggest ways in which we interact with the world. The decisions we make about our food have some of the most consistent and far-reaching effects of any in our daily lives. For us to go on living, something must be consumed. Therefore, we must all make decisions about what we shall consume and in what quantities. If we wish to be conscious consumers, we should strongly consider how our choices will impact ourselves, our society, and the very planet we live on. All of which is intrinsically connected." 

- Matt & Janabai Amsden on CONSCIOUSNESS
"The Rawvolution Continues" book 


Father Yod (pronounced Yode) founded a spiritual commune in 1970’s Los Angeles known as the “Source Family”, whose 140 members lived together in a rented Hollywood Hills mansion called the “Mother House”. They practiced meditation, chanting, breathwork and raw vegetarianism. Yod was also the lead singer in the family’s psychedelic rock band “Ya Ho Wha 13” and owned a very successful restaurant on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip called“The Source”, which served local, organic, vegetarian, and raw foods. The Source was frequented by John Lennon, Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty, remained in business from 1969 until the late 1990’s, and was featured in Woody Allen’s film, Annie Hall.

Years later, former family members surface, revealing how their time with Father Yodshaped their lives in the most unexpected ways.

RSVP here. 


Celebrate the partial debut of a local Venice Beach brand.

Friday, October 25 @ 7:00 PM | Free
Runaway show starts at 9pm

Pacific and Driftwood is a new swimwear company created by designer/owner Christian Cox in Venice Beach, California. Handmade with love, each piece in her debut SS14 collection is carefully designed to inspire viewers and wearers alike. The motto of Pacific and Driftwood is,  "taking swimwear beyond the beach" and the inspiration comes from a strong belief that this 4th generation California girl knows a lot about..."there is so much more to California than just the beach".

RSVPs taken here. 

"We wear swimsuits to so many other places such as deserts and mountains, and although I've been surfing and living on a beach somewhere in the world my whole life, I keep coming back to California and wanting to share this vast landscape and ideals of what California really is with other people. Taking swimwear beyond the beach is my way of bringing that to life".                                                                                                                                
 - Christian Cox



Saturday, October 12 @ 6.30 PM | $5 cover includes talk & tasting

The "GENIUS BAR" launch party presented by Ronnie Landis will include a tasting ofCardiozoic Cacao chocolate alchemy created specifically for increasing the functionality of the brain and nervous system; paired with one of the highest quality fermented & local Juns "BLISS BREW" by MycoRrhizal. 

Ronnie Landis is a living foods advocate with a primary focus on raw plant foods, super foods, herbalism, liquid nutrition, natural spring water, and making innovative healing technologies available to everyone. He uses his ability to convey revolutionary ideas and alternative choices to audiences everywhere.


Friday, November 1 @ 7:00 PM | Barnum Hall, SAMO High School

Two blissful performances in one evening -- DEVA PREMAL & MITEN with Manose and special guests THE GURUGANESHA BAND.

Deva Premal & Miten began their journey into love and music in 1990 when they met at the ashram of controversial Indian mystic, Osho. Miten was co-ordinating the ashram music and he invited Deva to join. This was the birth of their musical and intimate partnership. Their worldwide concerts and best-selling albums  have since introduced millions of Westerners to the joy and deep relaxation found in spiritually based songs and chanting mantras from the Eastern meditation traditions.

Deva: "I was very shy to sing alone, but encouraged and tutored by Miten, I became more confident and eventually discovered my natural singing voice".

Purchase your tickets here


In the Chinese system, fall is the time when the air element (vata) and lungs and large intestine meridians tend to become most easily unbalanced. Fall is an important time to make sure one's bowels are moving regularly and to eat high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables, to aid the elimination process. 

- from "Conscious Eating" by Gabriel Cousens 


2/3 cup coconut water 
1/2 cup of your favorite raw nuts (macadamia, cashew, pine), soaked
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 teaspon sea salt
2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard

1 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds, ground in a food processor
1 1/2 stalks of celery, diced
2 green onions, diced
4 teaspoons of dried dill
2 teaspoons dulse flakes

2 sheets Nori
2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
1 raw pickle, diced

To make the Mayo, in a high speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. To make the mock tuna, in a mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients with the blended Mayo. Mix well. 
To assemble sushi rolls, lay out 1 sheet of nori on a clean, dry surface. Place half of the mock tuna in a narrow layer along the lenght of the sheet, about 1/2inch from the edge closest to you. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mustard across the mock tuna layer. Layer half of the diced pickle along the top, keeping all the ingredients in a narrow line. Fold the edge of the nori closest to you over the filling. Gently roll the nori away from you, tightly and evenly, into a snuggly wrapped roll. Seal the exposed edge of the nori with a little pure water and repeat for the second roll. Cut each roll into 6 pieces with a sharp knife. Serve immediately. 


Matt & Janabai Amsden & 
The RAWvolution team  


"Until we are all free, we are none of us free. " — Emma Lazarus


janabai-smile-266The Shiva Project

Matt and I want our dear friend Shiva to lose 80+ pounds by August 15, 2011. We decided to help him do it through the power of raw food, exercise, and emotional healing. 

Why we're doing it

Now is the time for transformation on so many levels. As a society we have to step up our game.  While transformation is a personal journey for me, it also means offering support to those around me, because I believe the power of community is built through mutual exchanges of support and of unwavering commitment to the highest potential around us.

So, although helping Shiva is a great gift to him personally and huge gift to me as I begin to contemplate my role as a healer in the lives around me, I truly feel Shiva's weightloss journey will be a gift to all of those who come in contact with it, both directly and indirectly. His story is our story, his challenges are deeply resonant for so many of us and his willingness to share that pain and triumph will serve to knit our community ever tighter in a pattern of mutual support. I invite you to follow Shiva's story and be part of a transformation. And so we begin...

shiva-baum-275The terms of the deal

Shiva started living on raw, vegan food last week from Rawvolution exclusively, he gets shakes, soups and one entree daily. He is committed to 6 days of cardio at the gym, a minimum of one hour per session. He has weekly sessions with a healer to work on the core emotional issues surrounding the weight gain. His job is to lose at least 80 pounds by August 15th.

Follow the story of Shiva's Journey here...

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