I recently got to interview raw vegan superhero and yogi, David Richanbach, as the beginning of more interviews to come, with people serving humanity’s well-being – physical, mental, spiritual.
David has been work-playing in Olympia WA, Bali, and the Bay Area, on personal activation and liberation projects. He’s taken hatha yoga trainings at (?) in California, is a kriya yogi in Paramahansa Yogananda’s lineage, and raw food training at the Tree of Life – and has created an extensive exploration of superfoods and chocolate alchemy, wherever he goes. I met David a few years ago at The Evergreen State College, back when the Freedom of Consciousness Club was up and running.
Mmm… Binaural beats… :)
Most recently, a Sacred Fire workshop in the wilderness of Washington with Victory Moon and (?). We got to talking while David was down at the Occupy Olympia camp, and I was able to jot down some notes from our conversation. We talked about:
- What it’s like to be putting on workshops,
- The personal living-workshop of yoga sadhana, and
- The unnecessary, yet vitalizing practice of raw super-food-veganism.
I wanted to share these so that people interested in community organizing, the lifestyle of a yogi, or the experience of living the high-energy vibrant-happiness raw vegan lifestyle, could learn from the case study that is David’s life. May these notes be a blessing for your path. About the Sacred Fire workshop, and putting on workshops
- The Sacred Fire workshop was focused on the practice of Bioenergetic Shaking, from the teacher Ratu Bagus. (youtube videos of shaking here and here)
- During the weekend workshop, each day included about three 1-2 hour sessions (for four hours total) of the Shaking practice, including warm-ups and cool-downs of hatha yoga.
- The workshops were well structured for providing activities: between the Shaking practices, food service, and hatha yoga, the attendants had a little bit of time to do their own thing.
- From 5:30am to 6:30 am, David offered a yin-style yoga to help wake up the body and prepare it for the very yang-style shaking practices.
- The medicinal teas offered at the retreat were a critical element. They included an amazing collection of herbs, including
- pau d’arco
- cat’s claw
- damayana (opening to the heart), ginger, rose,…: stimulating to digestive system
- dandelions – which is cleansing for liver
- yarrow – feminine empowerment, good for blood & regulating body temperature
- In addition to the shaking, the attendants went on plant walks to learn about local herbs and edibles, and they brought back their harvest to see what they could do with them in the kitchen.
- How did David connect with the other facilitators – how did they come up with the idea to do this event together, and how did their relationship form to be able to make that happen? With community symbiosis: They connected at festival after festival – which helped to see the gifts in each other.
- With the mutual recognition of each person’s gifts, and what they could bring to the table, Victory Moon organized and spearheaded the event, did the promotion, and hosted at her cabin.
- David’s personal mantra: “God, please help me keep my inner workshop & laboratory organized.”
- “I want to cojoin ceremony so that I can stack functions and reality together, and make everything mutually symbiotic… How good can it get?”
- Try to distinguish between states and stages of consciousness. We might experience samadhi, bliss, devotion, but there are linear sequential steps to achieve liberation. It’s going to look different moment to moment to moment.
- Raw foods is a fun subject because it’s a delicious subject. Most of us are profoundly affected by how we eat.
- When you’re tuned in to how you feel, you want the best food ever. When you break free from ancestral conditioning and heal, the healing is coming into the moment, you’re going to be attracted to the most vital foods.
- “I really enjoy the bliss that you can see in people’s eyes when you’ve brought something forth that’s really nourishing…”
- “My personal process with raw foods is a really funky path. I don’t personally enjoy putting together gourmet meals for people… I just go for the most potent meals ever. Everyone gets high on different staples.”
- Chia porridge with Varnished Conch and Devil’s Club tea
- Devil’s club:
- Decoct a tea overnight for six to eight hours at a low boil until morning.
- Let it cool, and put in chia in 15 minutes.
- Filled the glass with superionic concentrated fulvic acid, blue green algae, cacao, maca, ashwaganda powder, local raw honey, salt, vanilla, fulvic acid (helpful for breaking up calcification in the body, helpful in the process of absorption of minerals), ocean derived minerals and aloe vera juice.
- The point of living this lifestyle – the motivation – is to do everything we possibly can to destroy victim consciousness. We get to love every little bit of life, so the more gratitude we have for it, the greater we will be able to offer service to the world. This is about Fulfilling Our Ancient Sacred Vows.
If you want to learn more about what David is up to, to hear about retreats upcoming, or to ask him about all things yoga and raw vegan, be sure to friend him on Facebook (“David Richanbach”).