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Sunday, September 29, 2013

WORKSHOPS - Pura Vida Comida - New VEGAN Cuisine with Eric Rivkin - #1 - Eating for Beauty, Strength & Weight Control • #2 - High Vibe Healthy Holidays

More AWESOME VEGAN and RAW "COOKING" classes with Eric Rivkin -
#1 - "Eating for Beauty, Strength and Weight Control" and
#2 - "High Vibe Healthy Holidays" in Escazu and Manuel Antonio!  
CLICK on "Read More" for MORE DETAILS!

Pura Vida Comida
a New VEGAN Cuisine

A series of inspiring WORKSHOPS by
International Health Chef
of the

What Really Happens When You Go more "VEGAN" + "RAW (Low fat)"

Ask Fitness Trainer, Health Coach, Yoga teacher 
Jack Cross, 
Viva La Raw intern 2013
Ideal Weight Loss and Stabilization  •  Clear skin 
Disappearing Wrinkles  •  Radiant Glow Increased Libido 
Sweet Body Smell  •  Energy Boost  •  Longevity
  Alkaline, Oxygenated Blood  •  Immunity Boost Faster Healing  •  Deeper sleep  •  Healthy Eating Habits Mental Clarity  •  Better Digestion  •  Better Strength, Flexibility  Stamina  •  Cleaner, Healthier Environment  •  Save Money  •  Awakened Higher Consciousness with Self, Everyone, and Nature
Don’t miss out on these life-changing classes!  
Reserve your spot now!

Eating for Beauty, Strength and Weight Control
Learn raw food secrets of the real Pura Vida to make you GO and GLOW your best! Look and feel younger, reverse aging effects, lose weight easily and naturally without hunger, have more energy, build strength with fast recovery. Discover the savvy and sensible living foods cuisine for optimum health, balance and beauty through sound nutrition principles, plus sun, exercise, and conscious living. 
a full meal served from samples during live demonstration, lecture with QandA, a free 9 page ebook starter guide, free seeds and seedlings to plant in your own gardens, and recipes from the class
The scrumptious menu demonstrated and served during the workshop:
Pad Thai with noodles of zucchini and chayote, lemongrass avocado sauce on bed of leafy greens; 
Thai Coconut Soup with sprouts and seasonal veggies
Delectable dessert... one of Eric's signature parfaits
Free of animal products, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, food additives, bad fats or cholesterol

Saturday  -  October 19 - 2-5pm
The Epic Living Center, Manuel Antonio
CLICK HERE more… EpicSelf.com/announcements/raw-vegan-workshop-series-with-master-chef-eric-rivkin-costa-rica

Saturday  -  November 2 - 11-2pm
The Green Center, Escazu
(will post week of Sept. 29)


High Vibe 
Healthy Holidays

THRIVE during holidays, not just survive. Yes, vegan holiday food CAN be healthful, easier than you think to prepare, and super satisfying to friends and family. Chef Eric’s workshop will help you continue to build a foundation of sound nutrition principles in preparing whole, ripe, fresh, local and organic food from Costa Rica. Feasts for the eyes yet loving for the body - traditional dishes transformed to be vibrant in flavor, appearance, and life force the way nature intended.

INCLUDED: a full meal served from samples during live demonstration, lecture with QandA, a free 9 page ebook starter guide, free seeds and seedlings to plant in your own gardens, and recipes from the class
Scrumptious Holiday Menu served: 
Canapes with Palmito Couscous
Chocolate Sapote Mousse
Beyonda Pina Colada

Free of animal products, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, food additives, bad fats or cholesterol

Saturday, November 23, 11-2 pm, 
The Green Center, Escazu
CLICK HERE more… GreenCenterCR.com/eventos-green/
 (will post week of Sept. 29)

Saturday, December 7, 2-5 pm, 
The Epic Living Center, Manuel Antonio

Pre-registration required

DISCOUNT for BOTH Workshops
$50 per Workshop 1 or 2
$90 for both workshops

Green CenterMercadeo@GreenCenterCR.com  • 2-282-8618 • 2-282-8471

Center for Epic Living  
 amber@EpicSelf.com  •  8-565-4615 
(PLEASE TELL Eric that Vicki with the blog Connected you!!)


 Living Foods Health Chef and Green Lifestyle Coach, Viva La Raw Project
 Author of
Over 400 Recipes for Radiant Health

Eric Rivkin is an internationally recognized living foods health chef and coach who learned from top chefs of the Living Light Culinary Institute and from 15 years being a raw foodist and leader in the raw food field. His classes glow with inspiring scientific information, creative practical techniques and recipes to integrate the  best of nutrition and living foods culinary arts. Novice and well-seasoned participants wanting to explore new options will benefit from inspirational methods, delightful flavors and presentation. Eric has conducted dozens of workshops all over the US, Canada and Costa Rica, and is the first live foods chef to teach it in public schools, the American Culinary Federation and Miss USA titleholders, as well as Olympic swimming coaches, athletes, personal trainers, yoga teachers, families and individuals.


"Anyone who wants their health back to optimum should take some raw food classes from Eric.
I have taken several and have had my health swiftly returning, deliciously!" 
Monica F., Mpls

”Part of the whole Raw Food excitement is the presentation - you are a Master! I have loved our classes together, and I have learned so much from you! But every time you come up with so much new creativity - I will be forever your student!”-
Fateh Bolivar, Chef at Waterfall Villas, Costa Rica

"All of our family is really grateful for you taking the time to show us how to be more healthy, especially my mom because she likes the lifestyle that comes with yoga" – Susan Fernandez, San Salvador, Costa Rica
Eric is a very very, very, very, times-a-million-ridiculously-how- does-he-do-it, talented Raw Chef. His work is more like ART than food! His food just makes me feel happy, like I can feel all the love that has gone into it! Eric is THE chef you want to hire for your event. If I could get married all over again, I would get Eric to cater my wedding.
Anna Rodgers, blog.MissEcoGlam.com

"Eric is one of the best raw food chefs I have worked with. He created an outstanding menu for my wedding, and we also worked together on other recipe projects. In the raw food world Eric is a gem. His place in Costa Rica is remarkable - a true paradise on Earth. Top Qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative”  
Fred Patenaude, Author, Lecturer

"Eric is one of the well-known long-term experts in the raw vegan lifestyle."
Victoria Boutenko, author, lecturer




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