It all started with a gap in my diary and the thought: "I want to have a party". Then I drew up the shortlist of guests and was just about to invite them when, out of the blue came an email from Roe Gallo.
Now, to put this in context - Roe is the author of (amongst others) Perfect Body and I've been a fan of hers since I first got into raw food back in 1993. Her book was one of my very favourites (and still is) as it focused on more than just the food, but on a more basic level, she also was tremendously inspiring physically, looking many years younger than her age (see the book cover above - yes, that's Roe!) and in far better shape at 50 than I was then at 20! Over the years we emailed a couple of times, but then as I started to work more and more in the field of raw foods, Roe seemed to disappear from the scene and I didn't hear her name for years - until now.
Just 3 days ago Roe emailed asking if I'd organise a speaking engagement for her as she was planning on coming to Europe for a week in mid August. Well, a bit short notice, but instantly the idea hit me: Why not invite Roe to the party, have her speak and make a really special night of it? (I think this is her first trip to England and I don't think she'll be back anytime soon as she lives in California).
Since then the idea has evolved into a definite booking and Roe is all set to fly over to be with us on Saturday 19 August at my home just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire. She'll be running a workshop based on her latest teachings and she'll be promoting her new book Overcoming the 5 Myths of Aging: The Boomers Plan to lose weight, feel great and live a happier and healthier life - coming soon.
So, if you're in the mood for a great night of food, music and first-rate raw food education and inspiration, here's what Roe and I have come up with...
Venue: My home - a large but homely farm cottage and large gardens located 70 mins by train from Kings Cross + 5 mins cab ride from Ely station
Date & Time: Saturday 19 August 2006. Starts at 4:00pm, ends around midnight.
Your Host: Me!
Your Speaker: Roe Gallo Ph.D. - www.roegallo.com
Roe's passion for life radiates outward as she utilises uncanny insight; a deep knowledge of body, mind and human sexuality; and her fun loving spirit to educate and inspire people throughout the world to change their lives, achieve incredible balance and tap into their personal power.
When Roe was 25 years old she was told she was going to die. The doctors gave up on her but she did not give up on herself. She believes she owes her recovery to her desire to live and her unstoppable passion for seeking the truth.
Roe Gallo's writing and speaking style is powerful. She shares her wisdom, encouragement and energy and leaves her audiences with knowledge, motivation and a solid plan of action.
Besides being an author, motivational speaker and coach, Roe is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University. She received her Masters in Health Communication and Public Health and her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. Her publications include: Body Ecology, Perfect Body: The Raw Truth, Perfect Body: Beyond the Illusion and Sexual Strategies for Safety and Pleasure. Roe's upcoming book, Overcoming the 5 Myths of Aging: The boomers guide to lose weight, look great and live a happier and healthier life, will be out later this year. Roe is 56 years old.
4:00pm - 4:30pm: My home opens and you'll have time to relax and meet friends and other guests before the workshop
4:30pm - 8:00pm: 3 hour workshop with 30 minute break (see below). This will probably be in the garden.
8:00pm - midnight: Delicious and impressive raw food buffet (simple and gourmet - there'll be plenty of food suitable for everyone), fresh juices and smoothies and music into the night
"Overcoming The Myths" WORKSHOP DETAILS
Roe will be discussing...
- Roe's story and her personal and professional background
- The 5 Myths - what they are
- Learning to disbelieve
- The OTM Plan
This comprehensive training program will help you:
- Identify your ideal outcome
- Recognise and overcome internal barriers – beliefs that are holding you back
- Develop attitudes and behaviours that will propel you more rapidly and effortlessly to meet your goals
- Objectively evaluate where you are
- Establish a plan and how to work it
Will also encompass exciting individual and group work : )
Sounds good to me! - There's nothing else going on like this, and I know you're going to love what Roe has to say.
As for the food...
Fruit and snacks will be available prior to and during the workshop (smoothies served during the break, water freely available throughout) and the buffet will be served around 8:00pm.
The food will be all raw and all vegan and will comprise of a huge range of dishes from the most simple fruit platters and salads through to the more complex raw pizza and chocolate desserts. As the food is being made by myself and Russell you can bet that every dish will taste superb ; )
And the price?
I want this event to be affordable but we have Roe's flight from CA and her accommodation costs to cover - and the food won't be cheap either (as I'm sure most of you know!). However, as this is at my home we have no venue hire costs and as the event is being organised by me and not The Fresh Network there's no VAT to pay.
For catering and space reasons we are opening the workshop to up to 35 people and the evening party to an additional 25 people (60 total). So you can book for one or the other or both. We think the price we have come up with is incredibly reasonable for the value and experience we're delivering and we hope you agree!
Book for the entire event: £45 per person (8 hours worth of raw pleasure! - save £10)
Book for the workshop and refreshments only: £30 per ticket (4:00pm - 8:00pm)
Book for the evening buffet and music only (8:00pm - midnight): £25 per ticket (8:00pm - midnight)
How to book
In the first instance please email me letting me know what you'd like to book for. By return I will send you details of how to pay and when your payment has been received you'll be officially booked - hooray! - and I'll email you directions nearer the time. Any questions, please do let me know or call me on 01353 723976 during office hours.
Trains from Ely are pretty regular (get train times here) but to make the most of this event you might want to stay locally. Prices for one night start at £25 and here's a list: Download accommodation_local_to_karen.doc.
Are you ready for a great party? I know I am!! I have a feeling this event will sell out fast once I start letting people know about it, so don't delay, you're one of the first to hear about it and it's just 3 weekends away - so email me to reserve your space/s now!
Look forward to seeing you there!