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Compassionate Catering 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and I’ve got a Compassionate way to share it with your family & friends…

As the world becomes more aware of the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I am forever in debt to those who have served before me, and continue to pass along the messages of Hope, Grace & Ancient Wisdom.

Orders placed prior to 11/15/17 will receive an early bird discounts of 10% on this Compassionate Catering menu. For any questions, contact me at by emailing me at alicia@pandorasproducts.net.

P.S. you won’t even have to mention it’s plant-based, which may save you a lot of unwanted grief! (Because I do understand your position!)


 

Delivery fee included: Babylon to Sayville, Brentwood to Ronkonkoma

$3 delivery & $40 minimum: Northport, Huntington, Commack, Amityville, Smithtown, Patchogue (and surrounding areas)

$5 delivery & $50 minimum: Wantagh, Massapequa (and surrounding areas)

$8 delivery & $65 minimum: Rockville Centre, Port Jefferson/Station, Eastern Suffolk County (and surrounding areas)

October ’16 Events and links for more details:

It’s my favourite season, and it’s starting off with a real bang with all these October events!  Join me for some amazing ways to “Fall Into Wellness!”

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  • *October 1: Fall Festival 2016 Phoenix Eastern Medical Center, Farmingdale—11am-3pm. Food and Family Fun – Free Massages, Free Yoga Classes, Martial Arts Show, Face Painting, Raffles, organic skincare by Pandora’s Products and more! This event is free.
  • *October 1: After The Noise Clears “Spirituality and Art” Baffa Art Gallery, Sayville – 5:30-10pm. Singing bowl meditation, kirtan, Sacred Geometry Art showing, vegan snacks provided by Pandora’s Lunchbox (and other local eateries). Suggested Donation: $10
  • *October 6: Women’s EXPO Middle Country Public Library, Centereach – 11-6pm. The Women’s EXPO is a showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs: artisans, importers, designers and distributors of products like Pandora’s Products! This event is free
  • *October 11: DIEts Workshop Deer Park Public Library, Deer Park – 7-8:30 pm In this workshop, we will discuss*Staple foods for a plant-based diet, to keep optimal levels of protein, iron, vitB. *Healthy greens without overdoing it-overcooking or over eating? *GF, Dairy-free, nightshade free…the difference b/w allergies and sensitivities and is elimination truly necessary? *A close look at fad diets; is weight loss really necessary, info about foods that may lead to weight loss/weight gain This is a free event
  • *October 14: Compassion and Your Diet Kundalini Yoga of Long Island, Northport – 7-8:30 pm. In this workshop we will discuss how to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a plant-based diet. Transitioning to any food-style can be difficult and confusing at first. Join Alicia Randolph- Lucchesi to discover how you can make smarter choices about what you’re putting in your body and how it affects the planet. $25 investment prepay – $30 day of event
  • *October 19: Transformation Through MovementHeritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai-Coram Rd, Mt. Sinai – 12:30-3 pm.  Join us for an afternoon of the ABC’s of Prevention & Fitness (alignment, breathing & centering)-snacks provided by Pandora’s Lunchbox. $25 prepay – $30 day of event
  • *October 22: Dinner and a Movie – Halloween (John Carpenter’s) Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6:30-8:30pm. This month, enjoy a horror classic from John Carpenter! For those who haven’t seen it yet, there is little to no blood in this movie, and it has no gore. You’ll find more violence on the nightly news! 😉 Trick or treat! As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors NOW open at 6:30, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 7. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone! *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • *October 29: Chakra Immersion Series – #7 Sahasrara A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Sahasrara (the 1,000 petal lotus) with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • *October 30: FALL! Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-1 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

September ’16 Events and details

Please click the title of each September event to be directed to further information on Facebook, as well as RSVP links.  Thank you as always, for your interest in Holistic Wellness!

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  • *September 10: YOGA OPEN HOUSE Celebration Kundalini Yoga of Long Island, Northport—11am-3pm. FREE CLASSES ~ RAFFLES ~ FUN ~ GONG ~organic skincare ~plant-based snacks KYLI offers ALL types of Yoga from Basic to Kundalini! Try different yoga classes, holistic facials and other healing modalities. This event is free.
  • *September 15: Easy plant-based cooking demo with take-home meals! The Golden Sparrow, Bayport – 3-6pm. Learn tricks on how to eat clean without breaking the bank!Not only will you help prepare the meals, but every attendee will leave with a serving of each item. Our goal is to teach everyone easy tricks for prepping meals, so you can stay on track with your health! Come join us and get your organics on, and learn how to make simple and fun recipes! Ask questions on substitutions for allergies/sensitivities, overall health, and anything else food-related.
  • *September 17: Chakra Immersion Series – #6 Ajna A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Ajna (the third eye chakra) with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • *September 24: Dinner and a Movie – They Live Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6:30-8:30pm. This month, enjoy a sci-fi classic from John Carpenter! For those who haven’t seen it, this movie was chosen because of our feelings about the upcoming election. Once you see it, you’ll understand what we mean! 🙂 Plus, it’s got the greatest and longest fight scene EVER – what else would you expect when Rowdy Roddy Piper stars in a movie!?! Believe us when we say this event is out of this world! As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors NOW open at 6:30, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 7. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone! *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • *September 25: FALL! Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-1 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.
  • *September 29: Truth in Labeling Cold Spring Harbor Library, Cold Spring Harbor – 2-3:30pm. This is a FREE EVENT, open to the public! Join us in the fresh fall season, and learn how to read about the chemicals in our food, and what MSG really is, and how it’s used. We will also discuss GMO’s more, caffeine, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and a host of other additives. This event is free, and is open to the public.
  • *September 30: Tea & Tarot Spaliday Party, Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore—6-8 pm. What’s a Tea & Tarot Spaliday Party? It’s a night of relaxation, fun and learning more about your path in life (RSVP is required). Included in the price is a 15-minute tarot card reading, a cup of herbal tea by the brewmasters at Cyrus, and each attendee will create their own organic spray blend with Alicia. If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! $35/PERSON.

August ’16 Events and links for more details

  • August 4: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I’ll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won’t find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! We’ll be located in front of my favourite shop in Patchogue, Roast Coffee. This event is free.
  • August 18: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I’ll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won’t find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to easily relax yourself, this is the spot to be! We’ll be located in front of my favourite shop in Patchogue, Roast Coffee.This event is free.
  • August 20: Veggie Venture- Meditative Hike and Lunch Belmont Lake Park (meeting at Deer Park Library first! Babylon – 2:30-5pm. Join Jessica Saraswati and Alicia for an afternoon filled with fun, nature, Spirit and delicious plant-based food. *Please note: This is NOT a silent walking meditation. This is mindful hike infused with enlightening discussions about veggie-living and Spiritual life. Free event, as this is sponsored by Deer Park Library – RSVP is however required.
  • August 20: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them. This workshop will specifically focus on Vishuddha, the throat chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • August 26: Dinner and a Movie – Star Wars (the original version)Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6 – 9pm. This month’s cult classic film is Star Wars (unedited by George Lucas)!!!  As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP/PREPAY IS REQUIRED* $35/PERSON
  • August 28: End of Summer Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair  Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-2 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo!   Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

Dinner and a Movie? #FFC

In case you didn’t know, my husband and I started a side project together, called Food Flix Cinema (#FFC).  We’ve combined our love of movies and food (respectively), hosting monthly events at Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company in Bay Shore.  We were fortunate enough to have an article published about it, just 4 months into our endeavor.  All of our event’s promotional materials include the tagline, “Re-imagining the TV Dinner Experience,” because that’s our exact goal.  We both grew up in a TV dinner era, when Swanson’s (aka Salt-son’s?) was very popular…fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and apple pie.  You know the meals I’m talking about, don’t you!?!

Well…it’s now 2016,

and since we can’t open a drive-in just yet, you always have the option for joining us at Cyrus!  This article will give you a bit more of a background, and a feel for what we do.  And if you’re ever looking for this month’s feature film (or want to prepay for next month’s film), just click here.  We hope to see you soon, and give you a new idea for your next party, perhaps!

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“In a world where Netflix makes for an easy and inexpensive “date night,” a husband-and-wife team from Islip is looking to offer a better alternative to the couch.

Alicia Randolph-Lucchesi is a chef who works in the realm of plant-based fare. She owns Pandora’s Lunchbox, a company that specializes in meal delivery and catering.

Her husband, Rob Lucchesi, is a tattoo artist, an amateur filmmaker, and a self-proclaimed ‘huge movie fanatic.'”

How far does your Compassion extend?

compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

“No one likes a reformed _____” (one of my favorite quotes to pose to people in workshops); in this instance, insert omnivore.  Every cause has militant supporters who border on the side of unhealthy levels of attachments to their belief system (if you haven’t attended previous workshops of mine that mention this topic, please consider reading Don Miguel Ruiz Jr’s The Five Levels of Attachment).

On Saturday, June 18, Paul McCartney will turn a healthy age of 74.  On May 1, 1993 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA, he changed my life in a way I’ve only recently been able to vocalize.  For his birthday, I’d like to extend the gift of Compassion to the animal rights cause he so firmly supports.

Before the beginning of his concert in ‘93, he showed a brief and powerful clip of the abuse that animals encounter in the name of the omnivore lifestyle.  For what seemed like hours, my eyes were glued to a large screen like I was watching a car accident, unable to turn from the graphic images of mayhem I’d never before known.  Whatever meat I had consumed that day prior to my arrival to that stadium, was the last I’d ever consume.  He later narrated a short clip with PETA called “Glass Walls,” which has been viewed thousands of times, by people all over the world.

As an avid Beatles fan in high school, I tried vegetarianism, because I knew a couple of the Beatles dabbled in it; it seemed trendy in the art school I attended, and I loved animals (I wanted to be a vet when I was younger).  However, I slowly went back to meat—first fish, then chicken, then beef—over the course of the next 2 years.  I was raised as an omnivore, and thoroughly enjoyed the taste and texture of animals.  In 1993, vegetarian options weren’t as prevalent as they are now…many of you have heard me talk about tofu crumbles, which I’m surprised to find still on the market!  Being a vegetarian wasn’t as easy as it is now, so there was a bit more of a challenge than nowadays.

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In 1993, these were best served on toast with Arby’s sauce slathered all over them!

But on that fateful night, I was suddenly aware of the amount of pain and torture endured for the sake of my lifestyle – it no longer mattered how “easy” it was to be vegetarian.  There was simply no other choice.  There were thousands of people in attendance at this same concert, let alone the millions who saw this tour, over the next few months.  Surely, I wasn’t the only person to have this reaction…even if some only stayed with it for a few weeks or months.

Until that day, I simply was not fully aware of what the meat and dairy industry did, all in the name of making a few dollars.  For those who say, “everyone nowadays knows what happens to animals,” YOU’RE WRONG.  People do *not* know.  For those who say “we need to show everyone violent clips of animals being slaughtered to make people aware,” YOU’RE WRONG.  For those who say “we don’t need to show anyone violent clips,” YOU’RE WRONG.  Every human is different, and we are all wired differently.  Some people can make the switch without these films and some like me must have the shock to their system – sometimes you expose people to the truth in a graphic way, and sometimes you don’t.  You have to know your audience and give them options. In my experience of teaching about Compassion, I’ve used both methods, depending on my audience.

What does this have to do with Compassion and the definition I shared at the beginning?

Simply put, I have run into a great deal of “reformed omnivores” in my path, who spew hateful comments at every turn.  Unfortunately, a few bad apples always ruin the bunch.  I’ve read some of the most hateful comments towards Sir McCartney, because he’s not a vegan.  For those of you who believe him to be a horrible person because he’s ovo-lacto, let me personally say to you that YOU’RE WRONG.  It’s also none of your business what he’s choosing to eat.  He’s saving thousands more lives than you ever will, and has much more of an impact on our planet.  I’d like to also urge you to read the Five Attachments I mentioned earlier, as you’re living in the 4th to 5th level of attachment to your vegan belief system.

In the last 23 of being a plant-based (“vegetarian or vegan” at varying times, though I don’t like either of the titles), I’ve saved thousands of animals.  While there’s no exact science to say how many, there is an approximate theory that “A vegan saves more than 100 animals a year—by not eating them (130 shellfish,   40 fish, 26 chickens, 1 turkey, ½ pig, and 1/10 cow).”  Let’s add to that fact, that I was inspired to become a plant-based chef about 9 years ago, and most of my clients are omnivores (you don’t have to be “vegan,” to enjoy vegan food).  If you figure I feed them 4-5 meals per week, you can add thousands more animals to the list of saved lives (i.e. not being born for slaughter).  My husband and I catered our own wedding of 100 people, which was 100% vegetarian and at least half vegan—saving even more lives.  This all ties back to Sir McCartney’s concert in 1993…his ripple affect on one single person, has saved thousands and thousands of animals from being slaughtered.

When I became a vegetarian in 1993, I also gave up any product that was created as a direct result of an animal being killed, such as silk, leather, etc.) – I also began researching cruelty-free cosmetics.  In 2011, I started my own cruelty-free company, which is certified by Leaping Bunny and the The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE).  Add more lives being saved, as a result of that short clip at a concert.

“According to national polls, the number of vegans in the United States has grown from about 500,000 in 1994 to 2 million in 2012; while 9 million Americans never eat meat, poultry, or fish.”  Surely I’m not the only person he’s affected with his moral views. Is that not enough, or are we so attached to our beliefs, that we can’t see the good done by every person who makes a small switch in their lifestyle, even if it’s just temporary?  I urge everyone to extend Compassion to our fellow humans who are in fact, animals.  Sentient animals with feelings.

Happy Birthday tomorrow, Sir McCartney.  Whatever your lifestyle choices are, I thank you for being the change you wanted to see in the world.

“Number of Animals Slaughtered in the U.S.: Per minute—38,627 • Per hour—2,317,596 • Per day—55,622,293 • Per year—Tens of billions” 

June 2016 Events

  • June 3: Wellness Satsang ~ Awareness and Compassion A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss *Awareness and self-trust, *A balanced nutritional lifestyle, *Slowing down, *Love and compassion, *Growing your own, *Feeding our planet. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.

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    We hope to see you around!

  • June 11: Learn and Play Organic Skincare Workshop (Deer Park) Deer Park Public Library, Deer Park – 11:30-1 pm. In this FREE interactive workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of natural and organic skincare products including tattoo aftercare. Learn the basics on how to read labels, and how our body absorbs nutrients.A run-through of a basic skin care routine is included, with sampling of massage oils and ointments. Each participant will receive a sample of a healing product as well. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RSVP VIA THE LINK, OR IN PERSON AT DEER PARK LIBRARY. YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE LIBRARY AT 631-586-3000 TO RSVP.
  • June 18: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 6-8pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them.  This workshop will specifically focus on Anahata, the heart chakra of love.  Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. Exchange: $35 each
  • June 25: Dinner and a Movie – JAWS! Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6 -8 pm. This month’s cult classic film is JAWS!!!  As always, our viewings feature a plant-based multi-course tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP is required* $35/PERSON
  • June 26: Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair  Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. We are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm, to offer true Farm-to-Table meals! From OT Farm to our pots and pans, into your belly; come join us and get your organics on, ask cooking questions, sample free food (with options to purchase lunch and hang out with all of us), as well as learn from our cooking demo! Other vendors are on hand as well, answering questions about organic products, and offering their services.  This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.

Strictly Business & Recipe!

This past Tuesday, I was graciously invited to sample some of my food products at the Miller Business Center “Strictly Business” event, located at Middle Country Public Library. When I walked in to set up, I noticed I was next to a major fast food corporation that had just opened on the island. I actually found humour in the irony, as those of you know me can imagine – my business focus (Point of View) is whole food, plant-based, local and slow food. I’ve advised many people at workshops, to check out the book or audio book “Fast Food Nation,” from their local library. So I set up quietly, not knowing what to expect or how I’d fare, next to this food giant. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when lines began forming around my table, and I could barely keep up with the traffic and feedback.

I overhead the angle of the restaurant next to me change a bit, after one of the mad rushes of people at my table – they started focusing more on the veggies, salads and healthy options on their menu. What a delight to my ears! My message is to shift focus and awareness for the healthier aspects of food, and encourage people to think outside of the box a bit. If I could be a catalyst for healthy & tasty food to just one person that day, isn’t that fulfilling my goal? To think a few samples of raw crackers & sweets, with a couple of bean and grain salads, could change the perspective and pitch of a major corporations employee, should be a testament to us all. YOU can make a difference. You, the individual. You, the consumer. You have more power than you think.

People seem to really enjoy real food, cooked with love, spices, no sugar, less fat, no chemicals, no hormones, and low salt. It was all food that doesn’t have a standard recipe, but is created with inspiration and hope. My entire spread was gluten free, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, meat-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and was organic and truly natural. Some of you may ask, “What’s left, if you exclude all those things?” My response is simple – we’re in an age where we can stop thinking about what’s missing on our plates, and start looking at all that’s left in the plant world. Being plant-based isn’t a limitation; it’s a doorway to a whole new world of foods you’ve never before imagined. Join me in a food adventure and revolution!

So what were all my samples *not* free from? Love…from my kitchen to yours, Alicia.

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And as promised to so many people that day, here’s the recipe for my Chickapea Salad, with variations and meal options:
1 15 oz can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tblsp vegan mayo (Veganaise or Just Mayo are my favorites)
1 tsp organic mustard, or more to taste
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
¼ cup carrots, peeled and shredded
¼ cup cucumbers, diced

Smash chickpeas in a bowl, until they are the desired consistency – a potato masher works well, or else your hands are excellent smashing tools! Add the mayo, mustard and spices, and stir well. Add veggies and stir to combine. Enjoy immediately, or allow the salad to sit for an hour or more, to allow the flavors to develop.Chickpea_Salad

You can serve this salad as is, in a wrap, as a sandwich, on a pumpkin seed flax cracker / pizza crust (like many of you enjoyed this past Tuesday), or throw it on top of kale or greens with tomato and other veggies. Variations: use tahini instead of mayo, add curry seasoning and some raisins, add celery or onion, Cajun seasoning (add sea salt or Himalayan salt, if desired), relish, salsa, or make a bbq version. This salad really has no limitations!

5 Reasons to Love Library Workshops…

After teaching Tuesday eve at Middle Country Public Library, I felt it necessary to extend my gratitude…

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a right-brained Introvert (it feels good to finally admit it and begin to understand how important we are in the world…say it with me, if you’re one of the 1 in 3 who are known as introverts – “I’m an introvert!” See? Don’t you feel better already? 😉  Typically, we don’t get our energy from external sources – it comes from within our minds (hence being called “innie’s”).  That being said, public speaking is something that terrified me, until about 2 years ago.  I have a Bachelors in Theatre Art, which came about after giving up 5 years of classical voice lessons because of (you guessed it) – stagefright.  Admittedly, my theatre degree was focused in set / lighting/ sound design and stage management, rather than acting.  There’s that stagefright thing again…

So what’s there to love about library workshops, when I’m the scared host GIVING them?  EVERYTHING.  Stagefright is just a silly little word, when your passion is stronger than the fear…

I was terrified when I started teaching workshops on nutrition at a local yoga studio 2 years ago.  After enough practice runs, I felt it was time to branch out a bit, and a close friend suggested I try a local library that needed a sub for an Ayurvedic workshop at the last minute.  While I wasn’t able to fill in that evening, this began the path of teaching at libraries.

I won’t lie—I’m a book worm.  I’ve loved books from a young age, and have that well-known addiction of buying books, when you haven’t even started the 4 you ordered last month.  I love the feel of them, the smell of them, and all the wisdom they impart.   When I was a teen, I went to library’s on my Saturday’s, to research topics like dreams, colours, poetry, health, etc..  I still stop every time I go to a library, and allow all my senses to take in my surroundings. (Do I sound like a library stalker? Eek!)

Back to the point of this blog…my love for giving library workshops:

  • 1 – I love being able to give back to library’s. It’s my way of saying thanks for their existence.  I also hope my workshop topics bring more patrons to libraries, and helps to create a resurge in the love for libraries.  It’s certainly made me a regular patron at mine (and no, I haven’t taught there yet, so it’s not a plug to come see me there)!
  • 2 – I love that I have people *attending* my workshops! Let’s be honest—not everyone cares about what they’re eating, the marketing deception in their foods, or in healthy water or essential oils.  The fact that the mainstream public is interested, gives me a great sense of purpose.
  • 3 – I love that people are so interactive at these workshops. I’ve actually started compiling a resource list from the information patrons give me, which will be recycled at later workshops.  (I admittedly love getting hugs from people after these workshops, too.)
  • 4 – I love meeting such wonderful people, who are so passionate about their health, and the health of their families. It’s so easy to get swept in the day-to-day grind, confusing media info, and negative publicity around everything.  Understand it’s mostly the diversity of these people that thrills me the most – I’m used to teaching at yoga studios and dojo’s.  That’s like preaching to the choir, honestly.  The library workshops give me a chance to grab people I wouldn’t normally be able to reach.
  • 5 – I love that these workshops are *free* to patrons (occasionally there’s a fee for materials, but it’s always minimal).  This removes a huge obstacle for most people who are living within a tight budget, but want to learn more.

I can’t tell you the sheer high I get, after giving a workshop at a library (of course, there’s the subsequent spiritual hangover the next day that has to be managed).  It’s a great feeling to know I am reaching new people, and am planting a seed of wellness in their minds.  For all the libraries who have so far allowed me to teach or have me scheduled, THANK YOU for helping me to fulfill my purpose.  For all the patrons who’ve attended, thank you for the knowledge you’ve shared with me, and for ALSO helping me fulfill my purpose.  For everyone reading this who hasn’t taken advantage of the programs at your library yet, what are you waiting for!?!  If there’s a topic you’d like to see and they don’t offer it, ask them to carry it…your words have value!

In peace, Alicia.

 

April Events

  • April 1: Wellness Satsang ~ DIEts A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss: **Staple foods for a plant-based diet, to keep optimal levels of protein, iron, vitB.  **Healthy greens without overdoing it-overcooking or over eating?  **GF, Dairy-free, nightshade free…the difference b/w allergies and sensitivities and is elimination truly necessary? **A close look at fad diets; is weight loss really necessary, info about foods that may lead to weight loss/weight gain. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel.
  • April 7-10: 2016 Long Island Yarn Crawl Green Earth, 50 East Main, Riverhead, NY – 9-5pm Join us for the second annual Long Island Yarn Crawl April 7th – 10th. This self-guided tour of Long Island yarn shops is a great way to see what our local fiber community has to offer and meet other Long Island yarncrafters! We will be on site at Green Earth, to help feed the hungry crowd needing a recharge! This event is free (food pricing will be available at Green Earth).
  • April 23: Chakra Immersion Series A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – third Saturday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm. In this immersion, we will study the Chakra’s and teach you how to balance them.  This workshop will specifically focus on Svadhisthana, the second or sacral chakra of creaitivity.  Each third Saturday of the month will focus on a specific chakra with yoga poses, meditation, mudras, basic information about the chakras, essential oils, foods, and so much more! We will individually test each chakra with a pendulum before and after each workshop, so you are aware of the transformation. The last session will be a summary in case you miss any during the immersion. This program can be taken as individual workshops, or as a series. Exchange: $35 each ($280 total) if taken individually, or $250 for all 8 (more than a 10% savings!)
  • April 19: Edible Holistic Wellness 101 Middle Country Public Library – Selden Branch – 7-8:30pm. In this FREE event, will discuss the basics of eating organically, what a GMO is, the importance of eating seasonally, what raw food is and how to incorporate more of it into our daily lives. *Please note this is a free event, but you must be a patron of this library, to attend.
  • April 24: Spring Launch Cooking Demo at OT Farm’s monthly Green Fair Organics Today Farm, 169 Washington St, East Islip – 10am-3 pm. This event will be updated, as the date approaches. Pandora’s Lunchbox and Pandora’s Products are proud to team up with Organics Today Farm yet again, in an even greater capacity! This year in addition to offering our organic skincare products, we will be hosting a cooking demo. Farm to table…from OT Farm, to our pots and pans, into your belly! Come join us and get your organics on! This event is free, and the demo includes a tasting.
  • April 30: Dinner and a Movie Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company, Bay Shore – 6-8:30 pm. This month’s feature film is “Goonies,” which features a plant-based, organic tasting menu, inspired by this cult classic film! Doors open at 6, so come grab some coffee or tea, while waiting for the movie to begin at 6:30. Bring a date, bring a friend, or come alone!  *Seating is limited for these engagements, so RSVP is required* $35/PERSON