Wise Traditions London 2011 – DVDs Available Now

With the Wise Traditions conference here in the US just around the corner I thought it appropriate to post this series of DVDs from the London 2011 Conference. Great series. Samples from many of the talks are available on Vimeo here. Unfortunately I’m not gonna be at the conference this year. Too much going on! I am just barely getting back on my feet after a week of a biodynamic craniosacral therapy training followed by the Raw Milk Rally with Michael Schmidt on day 33 of his hunger strike. Thanks be to God he is eating again now.

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Transition Town Movement

The Transition movement works on the basis that if we wait for government to act on issues such as climate change we'll be waiting until hell freezes over; and if we only act as individuals, that's too little.

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A Plan – Local Solutions to Global Problems

I recently came across this man’s very interesting and in depth website with all kinds of resources and information about the new economy and transition towns. It is full of practical ways that we can all work to creating a responsible, creative and engaged community and world. He has recently written a book Changing Course for Life which outlines ways that we can do this. I haven’t read the book yet, but it is on the top of my list of things I want for Christmas :).

The following information about Julian Rose’s personal history is from his website .

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Mushy Pea Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes

Ever wondered what they ate in Europe before the potato? Pease porridge was one of the staples of the diet. Who doesn’t love a good pea soup with ham hock or sausage? Ever thought that mushy peas might make a fantastic pizza sauce? It does. We had a little pea soup left over from dinner last night so I thought I’d give it a shot. My pea soup was made with beef broth and lots of ginger, onions and garlic, and made a lovely bright green flavorful sauce.

This recipe also makes a great gluten and grain free thin crust pizza using almond flour, the recipe for the crust is from a fantastic cookbook I have just gotten: Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Raman Prasad.

Crust:

  • 2 t olive oil
  • 2 c (220g) almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c (115g) dry curd cheese
  • 1/4 t salt

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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training


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In 2003, I began a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training in New Zealand. I was a chef at the time, so this was entirely new for me. Prior to starting the training I spent about 3 years researching various healing modalities to make sure I put my hard-earned money into the right one for me. I knew I wanted to do craniosacral therapy, but at the time it was hard to find anyone to teach it. I stumbled on this course when I was studying herbs and nutrition at Wellpark College in Auckland and knew right away it was what I had been looking for.

As a chef, I worked long hours and the standing combined with chopping, whipping, stirring, grilling… was taking a toll on my body. Not only that, but I smoked more than I ate, and loved a cup of coffee more than a bowl of soup. At the time I actually thought it a waste of money to buy food! (Bear in mind that I worked in kitchens so I always had access to the best food without having to buy it for at least one meal a day.) My body was falling apart. I knew I was on the wrong path and I needed to find a way to get healthy again.

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