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DIY Vegan Holiday Class this Sat, Detroit Evolution at MOCAD!

December Evolve Detroit


“When you are already in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to get there.”
~ Ram Dass

“Maybe that’s the ultimate take-away from a class at Detroit Evolution: seeing food not as a commodity but as a relationship with the earth, as an individual and a community, one not to be approached without a conscience.”
~Michael Jackman, Metrotimes

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
Welcome to our early December Evolve Detroit. Angela & I thank you for taking a moment to check out our work and current offerings. We’re sharing some exciting classes and are involved in some awesome events in the next couple of weeks. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Our Vegan Holiday Class is this Saturday December 12th and we still have a few spaces available. Angela just finished up the menu for this one. She’ll show us how to prepare Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tepenade Stuffed Mushrooms with homemade Walnut Parmesan, Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tofu, Onions and Spinach and topped with a light Cream Sauce, Gratitude Salad with Kale, Butternut Squash and Spiced Cranberry Dressing and a Raw Pecan Pie with Whipped Topping. We’ll end class by sampling this healthy and tasty feast! Seating is limited for this class so please RSVP asap. All of the details are below.

We’re also beginning to fill our very special New Year’s Day Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch. These Yoga/Raw Foods events are experiential journeys where like minded folk come together and share. Dixon’s Violin accompaniment to our yoga session and the following Raw Foods feast will be a beautiful and inspiring way to ring in the new year. Please consider joining us for this celebration. You can read more about this event and RSVP below.

Angela and I have also been doing a great deal of visioning and retooling in the last few weeks. We’re refining our mission statement and creating a new infrastructure for Detroit Evolution. We’ll be talking about this new vision and the Transition Movement at the first of two events at MOCAD this month. We’re honored to be a part of Model D’s Speaker Series: Green Initiatives Detroit! on December 16th. The event is free, but you need to rsvp to attend. We’ll also be at MOCAD on Sunday the 20th for their Family Day. We’ll be talking about the benefits of eating raw and offering two Raw Food demonstrations that both kids and adults will love. There are more details on both of these MOCAD events below.

I also want to remind you that Detroit Abides, our free movie night in Eastern Market will take a break for December. We’ll look forward to joining you in Shed 5, amongst the pallets of potatoes, again in January.

Please give yourself a moment to take in the info we’ve gathered together this time around. We appreciate your forwarding this on to a few like minded or curious folks who would enjoy Evolve Detroit. We’re already putting together a special Winter Solstice Edition to express our gratitude and share our vision for Detroit Evolution in 2010. During this busy time of year please know that Angela, Aya Eden and I send our blessings to you and yours!

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

Photo by Marvin Shaouni

December 8th, 2009

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Detroit Evolution also offers

  • 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.

Events and Classes

Weekly Ongoing 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!

Wednesdays: Detroit Permaculture Study Group & Workshop
Every Wednesday, 6-8pm – Participatory & FREE!
Location: Spirit of Hope Church
1519 Martin Luther King, Detroit 48208

The Detroit Permaculture Study Group and Workshop has started again for the winter months. We meet on Weds from 6-7 pm on the 3rd Weds. of the month we are going to try and attend the Detroit Abides Movie night. We will be reading, “The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency To Local Resilience” by Rob Hopkins.

December Events:

Detroit Abides takes December Off!
I want to thank everyone who came out to Eastern Market for our November Detroit Abides! It was quite an event. Over 70 people came together amidst pallets of potatoes and forklifts to watch Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping’s hilarious and illuminating “What Would Jesus Buy?” We often tackle “heavy” topics every Third Wednesday, so this time around it was great to hear booming laughter fill Shed 5. We will be taking December off and will return to Shed 5 in January with another Free film focused upon Sustainability.

Save the Date! Wednesday, January 20th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market’s Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.

Detroit Abides

December Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

Saturday, December 12th 1-3pm $25
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.

Angela decorating her Chai Spice Cake, photo Ed Knight silentgiants.com

This class is almost full.
Please register to hold your space.

DIY Holiday Menu:
Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tepenade Stuffed Mushrooms with homemade Walnut Parmesan, Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tofu, Onions and Spinach and topped with a light Cream Sauce, Gratitude Salad with Kale, Butternut Squash and Spiced Cranberry Dressing and a Raw Pecan Pie with Whipped Topping

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)

Detroit Evolution at MOCAD!MOCAD

Detroit Evolution are honored to share our offerings with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in December.

December 16th
Green Initiatives Detroit
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the MOCAD in Detroit’s Midtown. The event is free, but we ask that you sign up in advance to be part of the conversation.

December 20th
Family Day
No registration is required for this FREE event.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6PM – FREE
Location: MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Green is a big discussion in this city. But what does that mean? What are the realities of going green in Detroit and what are some of those projects? Model D, in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, will hope to answer some of those questions at the next speaker series on Dec. 16.

The evening’s panel will include:

  • Landscape architect Jeff Klein of Classic Landscaping
  • The Green Garage, Midtown Detroit
  • Detroit Evolution
  • A representative from the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building’s green efforts
  • Plus a representative from the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Energy Systems

Each presenter will give an overview of each of their projects and then open up for a discussion with the audience.

Paper Gardens and Raw Food?!?

Sunday, Dec 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 for kids and their parents on methods of preparation and the health benefits of raw foods.

January 2010

Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch

To register for our NEW YEAR’S DAY 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)

New Year’s Day 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 482072

Share in 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.

RecipesAs part of our Local-lujah Holiday Season we’ve started to put together a little shopping guide of Detroit based small businesses. These small shops would really benefit from your support now and all year round.

Our Going Local Guide is very much a work in progress and more shops/people will be added as we go. If we’re missing something or someone please drop Gregg an email with your suggestions, gregg@detroitevolution.com

Affordable Remodeling
Dave Messershmidt
So many DIY Projects go un-finished and before the new year begins maybe you need some help to get yours done. Jan and I hired Dave and Josh of Affordable Remodeling because we knew if we DIYed it we’d have to hire someone to fix it so we cut to the chase and hired them. They did an awesome job installing a huge fence around our new house and rehabbing our “Sunroom” They are fast, do good work, have awesome personalities and are affordable.

Jean Wilson
Jean has been painting houses and businesses for 20+ years. She does great work! She painted the front of our house, but she has also painted Twingo’s, The Atlas, The Royal Oak Music Theater along with many other places around Metro-Detroit. By supporting Jean you also help to support many other projects in and around Detroit. Jean is the Ex. Director of United Peace Relief Detroit (UPRD), which is working to create a local network to respond to local disasters great and small.

Detroit Community Acupuncture
Nora Madden
In my quest to avoid doctors, hospitals, and drugs I have found acupuncture to be very helpful in keeping me healthy. People ask me all of the time how I do everything I do and what it comes down to is working at keeping myself healthy with massage, acupuncture and good food! Nora is on my friends list. I’ll come back and plug in contact info when I can.

Eastern Market
Goodwells Organic Foods
Avalon International Breads
Grown in Detroit” at local Produce Markets

Urban Gardens and Farms
Georgia St. Community Gardens
Catherine Ferguson Academy
Hope Takes Root
Spirit Farm
FAITH Farm: food action in the hood
Grassroots Garden

Stephen “Fuzzytek” Boyle, Photos

for appointment email: garrettmacleanphotography at gmail dot com

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