Friday, 20 November 2009

Vilcabamba World Raw Food Gathering, May 2010

In May 2010, raw foods enthusiasts from around the world intend to gather in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, for an informal, free–flow, unstructured, empowering and educational cell–ebration in the Sacred Valley of Longevity, from May the 4th to the 14th, 2010.

Join David "Avocado" Wolfe, Matt Monarch, Angela Stokes–Monarch, The Wheatgrass Messiah, as well as yogis and superheroes from around the world.
Simply get there. Join up with the group and get ready to explore a week or so of spontaneous joy and connection together in the sacred Valley of Longevity.
Bring your senses of humour and adventure, your water bottles, flashlights and hiking shoes...leave behind your expectations, left–brain worries and stilettos…

Please be aware that Vilcabamba is a small town; if you intend to join this gathering, please come with a sense of respect and honour towards the local community, culture and ways of life – we can co–create an enjoyable, enriching experience for everyone!

This gathering is truly a co–creation; no–one is specifically 'in charge' of organising events, transport, lodging, etc...there is no participation 'fee' involved and everyone is free to create, invite, participate and enjoy as inspiration guides them...the Vilcabamba area is an active wonderland of synchronistic flow, so step into the river and enjoy the journey...

on November the 17th I enjoyed:

1 quart water
3 cups greeeeeen juice: celery, fennel, spinach, parsley, mixed local greens from NJ, apple, ginger
2 Tbsp bee pollen and 30 chlorella tablets
1 quart greeeen juice from Liquiteria in NYC
bowl of coconut bell pepper soup with a shared flax cracker/salad at Bonobo's in NYC, followed by a bottle of the diiiviiiine coconut chai and 1.5 mesquite balls – YUMMMMM :)
2 cups 'royal flush' juice from Liquiteria
3 cups water
3 cups goji juice with Marine Phytoplankton, a cup of STRONG, handmade herbal medicinal tea from Jeff the Rawtographer
2 cups water

on November the 18th I loved:

1 quart water
1 quart greeeeeen juice from Liquiteria
1.5 cups greeeen juice from Liquiteria
picnic lunch of romaine wraps stuffed with Summer's 'Cheeze' recipe, fermented :), dulse, sprouts, cucumber, followed by 2 mesquite balls from Bonobo's
bottle of coconut chai from Bonobo's – WWWWWWOOOOWWWWWW :)
1 quart water
3 cups goji juice with Marine Phytoplankton
2 apples with 3 Tbsp bee pollen and 3 Tbsp goji powder
1 cup goji juice with Marine Phytoplankton
2 cups water

We could enjoy hikes together in Vilcabamba, raw food talks, foraging walks, horse–back riding, yoga sessions, group meditations, hot/cold spring adventures, farm tours, parties, drum circles, food demos and whatever else we might feel inspired into...

We have created a new community website for this event, where you can connect with other people about travel, accommodation, learning Spanish, researching the Vilcabamba area, making suggestions for activities together and so on – you can join that site freely and connect with others, HERE:

Vilcabamba is blossoming into a little hub in the Andes of raw food orientated/yogic/conscious/eco–friendly, like–minded community. Well–known for the longevity of its residents, the region is traditionally home to an unusual number of centenarians, seemingly due to the outstanding soil/air/water quality in the area and the relaxed pace of life. Life in Vilcabamba is very simple and easy–going, with many people still riding around on horseback, children playing safely in the streets late into the evening and life centered around the simple town square.

Vilcabamba is remarkably fertile and the climate in the area is described as 'like spring all year round', with food growing in abundance and houses built without either heaters or air greenery, stunning views and rainbows abound...

This world-gathering of raw food enthusiasts and superheroes is a one-time only event. We're sure that we'll be talking about it for the rest of our lives...

on November the 19th I was blissed with:

1 quart water
3 cups greeeeeeeeen juice: celery, cucumber, mixed local greens (SPICY ;), fennel, parsley, spinach, romaine, ginger, lemon, apple
bowl of energy soup with flax crackers and 'cheeze' sauce on the side, followed by an apple
1 quart water
1 cup greeeeeeen juice: celery, cucumber, mixed local greens (SPICY ;), fennel, parsley, spinach, romaine, ginger, lemon, apple
30 chlorella 'nuts', 2 Tbsp bee pollen, an apple, a curry powerstick
3 cups water
3 cups goji juice with Marine Phytoplankton
2 cups water

on November the 20th I appreciated:

1 quart water
2 cups greeeeen juice: celery, cucumber, zucchini, kale, parsley, romaine, ginger, lemon
catered gourmet raw lunch including YUMMY coconut–cilantro soup, pad thai, orange creamsicle cheesecake and various samples of yummy new raw breads and cookies coming to the store soon ;)
1 quart water
20 chlorella tablets
2 apples and 2 gorgeous homemade raw apple cookies
mug of herbal tea
3 cups water


Vilcabamba Resources

If you are not familiar with the Vilcabamba area, here are some resources you may find useful:

Photo tour from Mike Adams, the Health Ranger ( –

Videos from The Raw Food World TV Show of Vilcabamba –

Assorted articles on Vilcabamba on

***Remember to join us at The Vilcabamba Raw Food Gathering May 2010 Community Website: to meet up with your fellow travelers, share suggestions and more...***

The Facebook Events page for this gathering can be found here:


Travel and Accommodation:

The easiest way to get to Vilcabamba from afar seems to be as follows:

Fly to Quito, take a smaller domestic plane from there to Loja in the south of Ecuador (the nearest big town to Vilcabamba), take a taxi/bus/car from Loja to Vilcabamba.
The domestic flights between Quito and Loja can be booked with TAME –
(Those of you coming from Europe might like to check out Air Comet –

To find a place to stay in the Vilcabamba area, try visiting: (hotels, guest houses and rental info, plus lots of other great info to explore on this site ;)

Vilcabamba on WikiTravel:


We look forward to playing in paradise with you :)

All love,
Ms. Stokes-Monarch. xxx

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