PeaceMeal Online Course – Just 8 Days Away!

We are only one week away from the official launch of our online course with National Peace Academy! Are you going to join us?

You might want to take the PeaceMeal online course if you:

….want to learn ways to be more mindful in your day-to-day life, especially with respect to food.

…want to learn about organizations around the world that are working to promote peace through food.

…want to connect with others from around the world who are interested in issues of peace and food.

…want to become more engaged in the food movement in your community.

…EAT!

In her TED talk on “How We Can Eat Our Landscapes,” Pam Warhurst said, “If you eat, you’re in!” Through each bite you take, you have the potential to promote peace through food. The PeaceMeal online course is a great way for you to think about ways that you can increase peace through food, and will help you to take tangible actions in your daily life to promote peace through food in yourself, your home, your community and the world.

Another food activist, Erika Allen, said, “Through food, we can change everything.” The food system is connected to all facets of our lives – our personal peace, our homes, our communities, politics, economics, the environment, the world! If we can create peace through food, we can create a peaceful world. 

But we need help. Please join us!

Dates: August 20-September 17, 2012
Location: Online course
Conducted by:  National Peace Academy
Course Instructors: Stephanie Knox CubbonHannah Renglich
Course fees: $125
NPA Certificate Points: CEUs: 1.4  NPA Course #: NCP22
Spheres of Peace:   personal, ecological

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PeaceMeal Featured on the PeacexPeace Web Site

PeaceMeal was featured in Voices from the Frontlines this week onPeacexPeace (“peace by peace”).

You can check out the article here: 

http://www.peacexpeace.org/2012/07/two-women-seek-to-cultivate-peace-through-food/

According to its web site:

Peace X Peace is the international organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a global network of peacebuilders in 120 countries.

Voices from the Frontline features “first-person accounts of what is happening around the world, how it impacts women, and how women are building cultures of peace.”

We are honored to be a part of this movement, and hope that our humble efforts with PeaceMeal can contribute to the growing culture of peace. 

Please check out the blog and leave your comments!

The Yoga of Food by Guest Writer Jon Mize

Today’s guest post is by Jon Mize, a yoga teacher based in Vista, CA. Jon and I recently completed our 500-hour yoga teacher training at True Nature School of Yoga in Oceanside, CA. Jon shares my passion for yoga, food, and peace, and he wrote this beautifully eloquent piece after our graduation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
–Stephanie 🙂 

I started thinking about my Yoga practice and how it has transformed. It is no longer just an Asana practice. Now don’t get me wrong, that was my door in. I just completed my 500hr. teacher training program with the most beautiful souls one could ever encounter. It struck me, what’s next? Where do I go from here?

True Nature School of Yoga 500-hour yoga teacher training graduates
Author Jon Mize is top row, left-hand side

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Community Peace and Food: CSAs and farmer’s markets

I have wanted to be a member of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) since I heard about the concept. But due to the nomadic, carless lifestyle I’ve chosen to lead for most of the past 10 years or so, I have never been able to do it. Finally, though, as I wrote last week, I was able to join one! Yesterday was our first day to pick-up our bountiful basket at the Mission Hills Farmers’ Market.

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PeaceMeal with a Yogic Twist, Part 2: Continuing with the Yamas and Niyamas

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(Photo by Kristyn Caetano of Envision Tea)

Last week I wrote about the June 10th PeaceMeal workshop I facilitated at Yoga Oceanside. Today, I’ll follow up on PeaceMeal with a Yogic Twist, continuing on the path of the yamas and niyamas, a philosophical framework that can help us to promote peace through food.

As mentioned in the previous post, the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) are the first two limbs of the 8-limbed path laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, one of the great yogic texts. The sutras are a series of short aphorisms that were initially passed down orally until Patanjali wrote them down over two thousand years ago. The yamas and niyamas essentially provide us with a guide for how to live a good life and reach our highest potential.

But what does this have to do with peace? Or food?

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Ahimsa and Food, Part 2: No birth, no death, and the extraordinary broccoli

Tonight, I returned home from the farmer’s market, having just signed up for the local CSA which has been a long-time dream of mine (which, for various circumstances and reasons, I was not able to realize until tonight). Happily chopping some fresh veggies from the market for dinner, I recalled my previous post on ahimsa (nonviolence), PeaceMeal With a Yogic Twist. I was chopping broccoli and pondered the death of the broccoli. Broccoli, thank you for giving your life to me! It will not be in vain, and I will chop you and eat you mindfully and with gratitude…

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