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Local-lujah!“Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

The most striking about modern industry is that it requires so much and accomplishes so little. Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses one’s ordinary powers of imagination. Its inefficiency therefore remains unnoticed. ~E. F. Schumacher

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
It has been far too long since we’ve sent out a proper Evolve Detroit. We are so thankful for everyone’s support as we continue our personal transition and evolution. We’re also thankful for the great many subscribers who have recently joined us here, welcome! The interest and attention paid to our work help to inspire us to keep moving forward. Our gratitude cannot be overstated.

A Little Update
After being “displaced” without a proper home for the last six months we’re pleased to be settling into an apartment in N. Corktown. Through this rather tumultuous period we’ve learned a great deal about ourselves and have been blessed by support and assistance from numerous amazing people. We’re also blessed that our son, Aya Eden, has such a happy disposition. He loves our new space and is crawling, in record time, from one end of it to the other. As we create our first “real” home together we are pleased and honored to recreate Detroit Evolution and to rededicate ourselves to it’s mission.

Though we haven’t been publishing Evolve Detroit on a regular basis we’ve continued to present our monthly community movie series, Detroit Abides and have been working with our many partners in and around the city. The Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference was a great success and extremely inspirational. Angela assisted in organizing and preparing healthy raw and vegan options for lunch at the conference and I was honored to share a presentation on the Transition Movement. We also returned to the place where we met, Irene’s Myomassology Institute, for their annual Holistic Palooza and offered two standing room only kitchen classes and a presentation on Transition and green lifestyle changes. It was wonderful to meet many new people and reconnect with those we haven’t seen in some time. Huge thanks to you all!

A New Look, New Features & New Classes!
We’re pleased to present this redesigned Evolve Detroit and encourage you to check out our two new features, Vegan and Raw Foods Recipes and Connect and Collaborate. The months of November and December and the rise of the holiday season inspire us to once again cry out “Local-lujah” and to share events, classes and information that will help us all to buy local and crafted gifts and to share healthy alternatives with our friends, family and community. We’re excited to feature an hilarious and inspirational movie, What Would Jesus Buy?, this month at Detroit Abides. Angela will share two DIY Vegan Holiday Classes and we encourage everyone to join us for our Stop Shopping Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Rather than partaking in the shopping frenzy, consider joining us for a breath centered yoga session with live music by Dixon’s Violin that will be followed a healthy and tasty Raw Foods Brunch! Our last Yoga Music Brunch was a huge success and we are honored to offer another session.

We’ve even included some incredible December events and are working on more that we’ll share in our next post. Again, we are so thankful for your continued support. Please help us to grow by sharing this Evolve Detroit with others in your community! We hope to see you out and about in the coming weeks and, as always, we send our blessing to you and yours.

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg for Angela, Aya Eden & Detroit Evolution

Evolve Detroit is published as needed by Detroit Evolution and is dedicated to Health, Joy & Liberation.

In This Issue:
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NEW features!
Vegan & Raw Recipes
Connect & Collaborate

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  • Private Kitchen Classes
  • Personal Chef Service
  • Catering for any sized event
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Private Yoga & Meditation Instruction
  • Massage & Bodywork Sessions
  • Sustainability Workshops
  • Motivational Presentations

Please contact info@detroitevolution.com or call 313.316.1411 for a personalized quote or our hourly rates.

We actively pursue trade/bartering and will gladly offer a sliding scale for those in need.

Please help us Evolve!
Now that we have settled into our new home in N. Corktown we are once again expanding our offerings and events. If you have found value in our work, whether through a tasty hand-crafted lunch, a meaningful yoga class, or one of our awareness raising movie nights, please consider helping us to offset the cost of our offerings. By doing so you’ll assist us to lay the foundation for the next phase of our work.

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Events and Classes

Weekly Events:

Sundays: Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg
Every Sunday, 2-3pm – $15 Walk-in
NOTE: Your first week of classes at Practice Yoga are FREE!
Location: Practice Yoga
20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods 48236
The Evolution continues with this weekly yoga offering. Gregg is honored to connect with the long time Detroit Evolution supporters at Practice Yoga to offer these Sunday classes. Sessions with Gregg place emphasis on the breath and the expansion of consciousness rather than the perfection of form. Come out and join us this and every Sunday!

November Events:

Sewing Seeds Humane Education Workshop

Saturday, November 7th 8:30am–5pm (with lunch break) $30
Location: The Detroit Zoological Society
8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE! This Sowing Seeds Workshop is designed to train educators to effectively teach others to think critically and creatively about social justice, environmental ethics, and animal protection, and how to broaden your students’ understanding of the ways in which their choices affect themselves, other people, other species, and the Earth. The registration fee for this workshop is $30. To register, contact: education@detroitzoo.org or 248.541.5717 Ext. 3800 (Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch (both vegan) and a copy of The Power and Promise of Humane Education by Zoe Weil.)

Detroit Abides! Community Movie Night in Eastern Market
This Months Free Movie: What Would Jesus Buy?
Wednesday, November 18th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market’s Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.
We are pleased to continue our monthly movie series with a very special screening of our friend Reverend Billy’s inspirational documentary What Would Jesus Buy? Rev Billy will be celebrating his run for Mayor of NYC so he’ll be unable to join us for this screening, but he’ll be with us in spirit as we exorcize the demons of credit debt and big box shopping! We will also discuss the importance of supporting local business and growing resilient local economies in the city of Detroit. Please bring a friend, a chair and a blanket as we gather together to enjoy this hilarious and enlightening film.
Please view the trailer.

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution, and Eastern Market Corporation come together on the third Wednesday of every month to present Detroit Abides, A Free Sustainability Gathering in Eastern Market’s Shed 5. The event features a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community.

November Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

Saturday, November 21th Noon-3pm $20
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building – 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

The Holiday season is a wonderful time to share healthy options with family, friends, coworkers and our community. Angela will share and prepare a special holiday menu including an appetizer, side, main dish, and dessert. Rather than purchase a processed tofu-turkey from Oregon, learn to make a moist and incredibly tasty one in your own kitchen! At the end of class we’ll have a sampling of all the dishes and answer any questions you may have about making healthy versions of your family’s traditional dishes.

November 21st is a huge day for Holiday DIY Crafting in Detroit as the Detroit Urban Craft Fair will be held at the Majestic Theater. Angela is pleased to offer this as an early class so we will all have plenty of time to attend the DUCF & get some holiday shopping done.

To register for our
November Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

please email Angela or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

To register for our
Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch please email Gregg or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

Stop Shopping!
Practice Yoga & Eat Raw Instead
The Return of Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch

Friday, November 27th 9:30am-Noon $35
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building – 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

Boycott Big Box shopping and all of it’s ills, from selling products made with child labor to the active destruction of resilient local economies! Instead, come together and share a 75 minute Evolutionary Yoga session led by Gregg Newsom. This breath centered flowing practice will benefit those new to yoga and seasoned veterans.

Our session will feature Live Music from Dixon’s Violin. Described as cosmic gypsy, electronic romanticism and interstellar whalesong, Dixon’s mesmerizing electric violin will provide the perfect accompaniment to our focused breath and movement.

After our session we’ll enjoy a local and organic Raw Food Brunch prepared by Angela Newsom. Experience the benefits of Raw Foods and how they assist to balance the body and mind. Over Brunch we’ll share in a Satsang (open discussion) on the benefits of a healthy and humane diet to our practice on and off the mat.

Save the Date for these December Events:

Detroit Abides! Community Movie Night in Eastern Market
This Months Free Movie: TBA
Special Date! Wednesday, December 9th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market’s Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.

December Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

Saturday, December 12th 1-3pm $20
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building – 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

The Holiday season is a wonderful time to share healthy options with family, friends, coworkers and our community. Angela will share and prepare a special holiday menu including an appetizer, side, main dish, and dessert. Menu T.B.A.

To register for our
December Vegan
DIY Holiday Class
please email Angela or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

MOCAD and the Model D Speaker Series present
Green Initiatives Detroit!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6PM – FREE
Location: MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
This evening, organized by MOCAD and Model D Media, will feature several innovative projects and organizations working in Detroit for a Greener today! Some of the individuals and organizations involved will be the Green Garage, Detroit Evolution and landscape architect Jeff Klein’s Classic Landscaping company, among others.

FAMILY DAY: Paper Gardens and Raw Food?!?
Sunday, December 20, 2009 from 12PM to 4PM – FREE
Location: MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
A family day dedicated to creating a garden inside the brick walls of MOCAD. Children can use raw food, such as potatoes and mushrooms, to create prints. They can learn how to make mosaics using rice & beans. Knowledgeable volunteers will show how to make origami animals and flowers. There will also be live demonstrations by the good people at the Detroit Evolution Lab for kids and their parents on methods of preparation and the health benefits of raw foods.

Save the Date: January 2010!

New Years Day Detroit Evolution Celebration
Featuring a festive and transformative Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch

Friday, January 1st 9:30am-Noon $40
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building – 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit 48207

RecipesAngela is honored to share two of her favorite holiday recipes. We are going to include recipes in upcoming Evolve Detroit. We would appreciate your feedback and healthy success stories. For more information or to learn about our Healthy Holiday Catering please email angela@detroitevolution.com

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
We’ve had many requests for this dish lately so we thought we’d repost it. It’s definitely a favorite amongst our family and friends, even those who are not health conscious.

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms – makes 2 dozen
This dish is a hit at any party … make sure to set a few aside for yourself because there won’t be any left! You can also use the filling for a tasty spinach and artichoke dip served with crusty bread or crackers.

1½ lbs. baby portabella mushrooms, stems pulled
1 tbs. olive oil
1 red pepper, finely diced for garnish

For the Filling:
6 c. baby spinach leaves, chopped
1 c. artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
½ red onion, small dice
2-3 tbs. olive oil
Juice of one lemon
1 tbs. brown rice vinegar
2 tsp. oregano

1 c. water
Juice of 1 lemon
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. sea salt
3 c. raw cashews or macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350˚. Set the mushrooms stem side up in a shallow baking dish that’s lightly coated with olive oil. Set aside.

Combine the spinach through oregano in a medium bowl, tossing well to combine. Set aside.

Mince the garlic in the bottom of the blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary, but you want the mixture to be thick and creamy. This is your “cheese”. Add it to the spinach mixture and toss well.

Spoon a heaping serving into each mushroom, making a mound on top. Place mushrooms back into the dish.

Bake at 350˚ for 15-20 minutes.

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Go Nutty Chocolate-Caramel Layer Bars
I just attended a vegan/raw food potluck in celebration of a dear friend who was in town visiting from California. He is an amazing raw food chef and although he was the guest of honor, he threw down and made an incredible spread of raw treats. One of the desserts he made reminded me of this recipe I came up with a while back, inspired by the raw pecan pie from Café Gratitude’s book, I Am Grateful.

Go Nutty Chocolate-Caramel Layer Bars – makes one 8×8 square dish
The name says it all! These bars are an excellent introduction to raw foods for those skeptics in your life … one bite and they’ll be sold!

For the nutty layer:
2 c. raw walnuts
1 c. raw hazelnuts
½ c. agave nectar or dates, pitted and chopped
Dash of sea salt

For the caramel layer:
2 c. raw pecans
½ c. agave nectar
½ c. almond or hemp milk
1½ tsp. yacon syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. sea salt

For the chocolate layer:
1 c. raw cashews
1¼ c. almond or hemp milk
¼ -½ c. raw cacao powder (can also use carob or cocoa powder)
¼ c. agave nectar
½ tsp. vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
1 tbs. lecithin powder (found at health food stores in supplement section)
½ c. coconut butter

To prepare the nutty layer:
Grind the walnuts and hazelnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add agave and sea salt and process until you have a smooth, sticky consistency – adding more agave nectar or dates to achieve this if necessary. Press mixture into an 8×8 square pan. Chill in the freezer or fridge while preparing the rest.

To prepare the caramel layer:
Grind the pecans in a food processor until finely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until you reach a smooth consistency, adding more milk if necessary.

Spread the caramel sauce over the nut layer and chill again while preparing the chocolate layer.

To prepare the chocolate layer:
Blend the cashews through sea salt in a blender until smooth. Add lecithin and coconut butter and blend again. Spread this mixture on top of the caramel layer. Refrigerate for an hour or so. Cut into squares and serve.

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US Social Forum
Detroit, June 22-26, 2010
The US Social Forum is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country, and changes history. We must declare what we want our world to look like and we must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

The purpose of the USSF is to effectively and affirmatively articulate the values and strategies of a growing and vibrant movement for justice in the United States. Those who build towards and participate in the USSF are no longer interested in simply stating what social justice movements “stand-against,” rather we see ourselves as part of new movements that reach beyond national borders, that practice democracy at all levels, and understand that neo-liberalism abroad and here in the US is not the solution. The USSF provides a first major step towards such articulation of what we stand for.

The 4th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Admission: Free, all ages

The 4th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit.
The fair, Michigan’s largest indie craft fair, is entering its fourth year with the same commitment to DIY community that made it a must-attend event the past 3 years. Over 50 Michigan and national DIY crafters have been selected to showcase their unique work in the market.

For more info DUCF, check out www.detroiturbancraftfair.com or e-mail info@detroiturbancraftfair.com

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