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October 8th 2008
[That Moon, she's Waxing Gibbous]

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. - Baltasar Gracian

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Because every person; who, searching his own inwardness, extracts what was mysteriously hidden therein; is a shadow eclipsing any form of society which can exist under the sun! All societies tremble when the scornful aristocracy of the tramps, the inaccessibles, the uniques, the rulers over the ideal, and the conquerors of the nothing resolutely advances. So, come on iconoclasts, forward! - Renzo Novatore

Lab Music: We are active music listeners and like to share what we're listening to as we conduct our experiments. This issue of Evolve Detroit was constructed while taking in HRSTA Growing, Flying Lotus, Leila, Silver Mt. Zion & Brendan Canning's Something For All with Soma FMs Drone Zone smoothing out the early morning sessions.

Hello Detroit!
(and all those who grace us here!)
Welcome to another Evolve Detroit and thank you so much for joining us. Fall is settling in nicely with chili and kitchari coming back into vogue. Our raw foods have been warming up a bit with great spices and sauces. The blankets are back in use after yoga and the bonfire out back is lit often. Though we're all quite different here at the Lab we all seem to unanimously adore fall. With that said we'll get to sharing the first Evolve Detroit of October and our invitation for you to join us this fall.

Gratitude!
We are always amazed at how linked gratitude and awareness are. It is simply brilliant that the more aware of one's body and world one becomes the more gratitude seems to grow. We spend a great deal of time in pursuit of a heightened awareness and in turn are so thankful for those we come into contact with.

Today, first we thank those of you who have just subscribed to Evolve Detroit. We welcome you and ask, if you like what you read, that you pass this on to anyone you think would appreciate it. Please encourage them to subscribe and help us grow. We, of course, thank those of you who have been with us for a time too. The Lab is the sum of our work and your attention and interest, even from afar, supports and deepens its value immensely.

Evolve Detroit! is a weekly, or as needed, publication produced by the Detroit Evolution Laboratory and dedicated to Health, Joy and Liberation.

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Evolve Detroit, LLC is the catering, packaged product and educational outreach division of the Detroit Evolution Laboratory. "The Lab" promotes Active, Healthy and Sustainable Vegan and Raw Food Lifestyles in the city. Angela Kasmala and Gregg Newsom, the husband and wife team who created the Lab in 2007, teach Vegan and Raw Food Classes and Yoga, and offer Bodywork, Nutritional Counseling and Sustainable Lifestyle Training. Featured in Hour Detroit Magazine, Model D, The Metrotimes, Fox 2 Sunday Morning, and WDIV's 2008 4 the Best, Detroit Evolution Laboratory has been recognized as a community-based, healthy and incredibly tasty alternative for the people of Detroit.

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We also want to thank everyone who came out for our World Vegetarian Day Lunch. It was so great to see so many new and well known faces come by the Lab. We look forward to sharing special events like this with you all again soon.Big HUGE thanks to Michele and Melanie who helped us pull everything together!

We must thank our growing yoga community as well. We're blessed to have such a wonderful crew attend each class and share with us. Whether you're here once a month or a couple times a week, we are truly honored. A special thank you to everyone who joined our Fall into Vegan class this last Saturday! That Sweet Potato Cornbread was just divine, eh? We had a great time sharing with all of you. As always we thank our Lab Development Team for their hard work and support. We are so blessed and thank you all so much!

Special Attention!
Here are a few of the stand-out items on our desk this week.
Please check out the Community Events section below, there's important info there!

Sadly, We Are No Longer In The Market Every Saturday!
As you all know we are working on a great number of projects and, unfortunately, keeping up with the demand brought on by the market booth was pulling us off course. We have hit a ceiling with our very D.I.Y. model and are actively seeking investors to assist us in taking this product line to the next level. We certainly know the demand is there and we thank you all so much for your support and love of Angela's Dressings! The good news is, we're continuing our weekly production of dressings for our catering and wholesale clients and we WILL gladly take special orders for dressings or trays of her incredible fruit and nut bars! You can pick these orders up at the Lab throughout the week before yoga or any other class. We intend to return to the Market once a month soon, keep an eye out for that.

This Saturday, Fall Into Raw! There are still a few seats left!
Eating Vegan Raw Foods can assist the body to heal, increase energy and build the immune system. This introductory class will share recipes that will bring raw foods off the page, onto the table and into your life. This class we'll begin with a velvety Cream of Mushroom Soup served with Rosemary-Garlic Almond Toast Wedges, Macadamia Nut-Crusted "Salmon" Cutlets with Spicy Remoulade Sauce, a beautiful and delicious Colors of Autumn "Rice" Pilaf made with Butternut Squash, Carrot, Golden and Red Beet, Zucchini, Cranberries, Raisins, fresh Herbs and Spices. October 11th, 4 - 8 pm - $60 Call or email to register.

Free Movie Night: Kilowatt Ours & 1 Sky
Please join us Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 pm in Eastern Market's heated Shed 5 as we grow our Movie Night. We are honored to welcome Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit as a new partner and are pleased to continue working with Eastern Market Corporation to create a monthly event in the heart of Detroit that facilitates the exchange of vital information on Food, the Environment, Health and the Economy. We're also inviting local groups and vendors to assist in bringing each months movie topic to the local level. This event is a great place to meet like-minded people who are active in their community. It's like face to face social networking, you'll love it. You can even twitter about being there! :)

To this end we are pleased to announce that this month Steve Gutterman of Clean Water Action will be sharing information on 1Sky to supplement our screening of the award winning documentary Kilowatt Ours. This educational and inspirational documentary by Jeff Barrie traces the journey of electricity from Kentucky mountain-top removal to your light switch. It then looks around the country at how renewable power producers, businesses, schools and everyday Americans are finding ways to meet our energy needs using conservation and green power. Following the film, we’ll be discussing the 1Sky movement to pass strong, science-based climate legislation, and grass-roots actions we can take here in Detroit to fight global warming and create solutions. Learn how you can get involved, help strategize, and get answers to your questions on climate change.

Please RSVP for this screening of Kilowatt Ours on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 pm and spread the word about the growth of this incredible monthly event! Please remember to bring a chair and a blanket or sweater, though the shed is heated it's a large open space. If you would like to volunteer for this event please send an email to our volunteer coordinator. As we grow your help is greatly appreciated.

New Body Awareness Workshops:
We are pleased to announce the first of our monthly Body Awareness Workshops taught by Gregg and Angela. These workshops are designed to deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us through practical techniques that can be applied to create change. Our first workshop, Ahimsa, On Your Mat & At Your Table, will be presented on October 25th from 4 - 8 pm and costs $80.

Yoga requests a humane and healthy diet from it's practitioners. In this class we will focus upon the yogic concept of ahimsa or non-violence as it applies our own health, our relationship with the earth and all other beings. We will share asana (poses) and meditation techniques designed to increase our body awareness and then move into the kitchen to create wonderful dishes that will support our practice of ahimsa on and off the mat. This class is for those both new to yoga and seasoned veterans of the practice regardless of style or discipline. Wear loose fitting clothes, practice gentle yoga in the morning and eat a light vegan lunch to arrive at class with an empty stomach.

Gregg and Angela are going to make these workshops available to groups throughout the region. If you are involved in a group that would benefit from this workshop please contact us. If you teach yoga or own a studio and would like to deepen your students connection to ahimsa and a vegan lifestyle we would love to work with you to create a workshop that properly reflects your yogic discipline! We're also excited to share that our November Body Awareness Workshop will explore The Shaman's Diet and Dieta.

From Ethan Cronkite, Librarian Extraordinaire
Ethan has been joining us at the Lab for yoga for over a year now and in that time he's become a great friend and ally. Sometimes daily, Ethan sends The Lab Development Crew a vital bit of information that inspires and/or enlightens. He has a real knack for finding things that hit the nail right on the head and we're pleased to share what we hope will be the first of many notes from Ethan presented here.

I always look forward to the links in the Astrology Newsletter. This week, my favorite is Charles Eisenstein's Money and the Crisis of Civilization.

The crisis we are facing today arises from the fact that there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money. Centuries, millennia of near-continuous money creation has left us so destitute that we have nothing left to sell. Our forests are damaged beyond repair, our soil depleted and washed into the sea, our fisheries fished out, the rejuvenating capacity of the earth to recycle our waste saturated. Our cultural treasury of songs and stories, images and icons, has been looted and copyrighted. Any clever phrase you can think of is already a trademarked slogan. Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item.

The painful truth! Just what you want with your horoscope, right? :) But don't worry; it gets much more inspiring:

Any forest you save from development, any road you stop, any cooperative playgroup you establish; anyone you teach to heal themselves, or to build their own house, cook their own food, make their own clothes; any wealth you create or add to the public domain; anything you render off-limits to the world-devouring machine, will help shorten the Machine's lifespan. Think of it this way: if you already do not depend on money for some portion of life's necessities and pleasures, then the collapse of money will pose much less of a harsh transition for you.

Right on!
- Ethan

Shifting Away From Dollar Dependence - Trade With The Lab!
We inspire everyone to read Eisenstein's Money and the Crisis of Civilization and also to give yourself a couple of hours to view Zeitgeist Addendum. Whether you agree with these takes upon the current "crisis" or not, we feel it is important to explore different views. It is important to take a step back and look at as many potential outcomes as possible. We agree with Eisenstein's statement that the less dependent we are on money the less this crunch will hurt. To grow that we are actively creating a trade/gift exchange network for the Lab. Most everyone reading this knows what we do here at the Lab and, to open this up, we'd love to trade our services for other services that we frequently use. If you are interested, lets sit down and see how we can reduce our dependence on dollars mutually. No matter what you do, from housecleaning to accounting, from making clothes to massage, if you'd like to figure out ways to get your yoga or food for trade, this seems like as good a time as any. The upcoming Evolve Detroit site will include a forum on trade and exchange to assist in facilitating this. We are going to provide workshops on drafting trade terms to be mutually beneficial as well. As we begin to move in this direction it is important that we create meaningful and socially responsible terms and practices into place. If this kind of talk excites you and you would like to help to develop a local trade economy please get in touch with our volunteer coordinator about opportunities to help us grow trade in Detroit.

Until Next Time
We look forward to the next time we see you and thank you so much for your support. Have a wonderful week and remember to stay positive in the face of these times. Connecting more deeply and creating real change on our own blocks will help us weather whatever is to come. Our blessings to you and yours!

In Health, Joy and Liberation!
Gregg, Angela, Aya and the entire Lab crew!

Gregg and Angela

Vegan and Raw Classes!

Vegan and Raw Food Classes with Angela Kasmala
Angela's classes are about much more than just food preparation - learn how to reduce waste through composting and recycling, explore sustainability, meet like minded people, and share great food, information and resources. We will prepare a four-course meal from start to finish, and then sit down together to enjoy the fruits and veggies of our labor! We offer our students a unique experience and an opportunity not only learn, but also to connect with others and realize the importance of food in our lives and the world. The food you choose to eat can change the world! Space in these intimate classes is limited and full payment is required to register. Please call 313.316.1411 or email to arrange payment.

Angela Kasmala Vegan and Raw Food Chef

Fall Into Raw - October 11th, 4 - 8 pm - $60 -4 seats left, register today!
Eating Vegan Raw Foods can assist the body to heal, increase energy and build the immune system. This introductory class will share recipes that will bring raw foods off the page, onto the table and into your life. This class we'll begin with a velvety Cream of Mushroom Soup served with Rosemary-Garlic Almond Toast Wedges, Macadamia Nut-Crusted "Salmon" Cutlets with Spicy Remoulade Sauce, a beautiful and delicious Colors of Autumn "Rice" Pilaf made with Butternut Squash, Carrot, Golden and Red Beet, Zucchini, Cranberries, Raisins, fresh Herbs and Spices.

Body Awareness Workshop: Ahimsa, On Your Mat & At Your Table
October 25th, 4 - 8 pm - $80 - 5 seats left, register today!
This is the first of our monthly Body Awareness Workshops taught by Gregg and Angela. These workshops are designed to deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us through practical techniques that can be applied to create change. Yoga requests a humane and healthy diet from it's practitioners. In this class we will focus upon the yogic concept of ahimsa or non-violence as it applies our own health, our relationship with the earth and all other beings. We will share asana (poses) and meditation techniques designed to increase our body awareness and then move into the kitchen to create wonderful dishes that will support our practice of ahimsa on and off the mat. This class is for those both new to yoga and seasoned veterans of the practice regardless of style or discipline. Wear loose fitting clothes, practice gentle yoga in the morning and eat a light vegan lunch to arrive at class with an empty stomach. The November Body Awareness Workshop will explore the Shaman's Diet and Dieta.

RSVP soon as these classes sell out quickly!

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These secrets of yoga are within the hearts of everyone. ~Yoga Rahasya III.29

Yoga sessions at the Lab are always dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. Special attention is paid to the act of doing yoga in Detroit and sharing the personal change achieved with change in the community. Our classes are taught specifically for the students in attendance. Yoga is first and foremost about the breath and does not refer to our experience or physical flexibility. In the Lab we find common ground daily and practice from that point.

Market Saturdays are particularly energetic and our practice reflects and contributes to that energy. What could be better than visiting the market, doing yoga and picking up all your fresh fruits and vegetables? Gregg will be teaching both Saturday classes this week as Shelley will be attending the Richard Freeman Workshop!

Class Schedule as of October 6th:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
 

10 a.m.
Gregg

 
5:30 p.m.
Gregg
5:30 p.m.
Gregg

Noon
Gregg

Doors open a half an hour prior to class and are locked promptly at the start of class! All classes begin with Sun Salutations or a similar breath and body warming flow (vinyasa). All classes are an hour and fifteen minutes long. We also make time for individual assistance and discussion after every class.

Class Fees:
Walk-ins: $10.00
5 class pass (good for 1 month): $45.00
10 class pass (good for 2 months): $80.00

Please consider joining us for this special Body Awareness Class
to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month:
Body Awareness Workshop: Ahimsa, On Your Mat & At Your Table
October 25th, 4 - 8 pm - $80 - 7 seats left, register today!
Yoga requests a humane and healthy diet from it's practitioners. In this class we will focus upon the yogic concept of ahimsa or non-violence as it applies our own health, our relationship with the earth and all other beings. We will share asana (poses) and meditation techniques designed to increase our body awareness and then move into the kitchen to create wonderful dishes that will support our practice of ahimsa on and off the mat. This class is for those both new to yoga and seasoned veterans of the practice regardless of style or discipline. Wear loose fitting clothes, practice gentle yoga in the morning and eat a light vegan lunch to arrive at class with an empty stomach. The November Body Awareness Workshop will explore the Shaman's Diet and Dieta.

Detroit Evolution's Yoga Instructors:

Gregg Newsom
Gregg connected to yoga at a young age but began his focused study and practice in 1994. In addition to asana, he pursued pranayama, meditation, tantra and more esoteric studies. In 2004, he began to teach at yoga studios and medical centers across the Metro Detroit area. Though teaching many styles of yoga, his personal practice is Ashtanga. In 2006, Gregg traveled to Mysore, India to study with Ashtanga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His time in India enhanced his connection to the traditional practice of yoga and he strives to share this with all of his students. He's been blessed to practice and study with Matthew Darling, Manju Jois, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Tim Miller and R. Sharath Rangaswamy. Gregg writes on yoga and other topics in his Detroit As A Portal blog.

Gregg Newsom
Shelly Smith

Shelly Smith, RYT
Shelley believes in the power of yoga to positively transform one’s mind, body, and soul, the effects of which benefit not only the student, but also all those around them. She is inspired to joyfully share the infinite benefits of yoga with as many beings as possible to promote peace, love, and positive change in the world. Shelley has been fortunate to find beautiful and inspiring teachers in Michael Johnson, Matthew Darling, and many others she meets along the path. She has had the opportunity to study anatomy and yin yoga with Paul Grilley, and to practice ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2008, Shelley created PLAY Yoga Magazine, a free resource devoted to bringing our local yoga community together and celebrating the study, practice, and lifestyle of yoga in Metro Detroit.

Vegan and Raw Classes!

Bioneers
Website: http://www.warmtraining.org/bioneers/
If we could pick one event that most solidly connects to the Lab's primary points of interest, it would be Bioneers. Please help to grow this vital movement by registering and volunteering. Detroit Evolution Laboratory will be creating Raw Food dishes for the attendees, which is all the more reason to get involved! We have full brochures about Bioneers Detroit available at the Lab.

Detroit and the surrounding region need solutions for the challenges that face us. The Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit conference will provide a robust look at the practical and visionary solutions for our communities. Past participants in other Bioneers conferences have described the experience as "revved up", "inspiring", "motivating", "brilliant" and "fascinating". The conference will include informative talks, performances and incredible locally-grown food.

This will be Great Lakes Bioneers – Detroit’s fourth beaming satellite conference. We are proud to connect the richness of the national Bioneers plenary speakers with our local talent through field trips, workshops, music, dance and theater. We hope to:

• Tap into Detroit’s rich diversity and bring people together as a learning community to focus on the common good
• Collaborate with Detroit schools and colleges to welcome the vision and values of youth
• Nurture a deeper understanding of a sense of place and foster a new awareness of our interconnectedness with all of creation
• Provide a synergistic space and ensure that the conference is relevant and accessible for all urban residents

We live in critical times. This conference will provide practical insights and solutions, partners in action and a sense of hope. GLBD will continue to address environmental sustainability as a social justice issue and invite policy makers and journalists to join us and help us bring about true and lasting change.

RawDwyer Health and Happiness Raw Food Retreat October 17-19, 2008

Unfortunately for us this is the same weekend as Bioneers, but we encourage you to consider joining our friend Michael Dwyer at his Raw Food Retreat!

Take a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to surround yourself with what renews your body and your mind. Enjoy all raw food meals and snacks, yoga classes, massage, positive communication talk by certified speaker, educational and documentary DVDs, raw food preparation classes, round table discussions and more! More Details

Dwyer


EarthworksHighlights from the Earthworks Newsletter:

SAVE THE DATE: Harvest Dinner
Angela and Gregg already have their tickets. Join Us!
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen and its urban garden ministry, Earthworks Urban Farm, will be hosting a Harvest Dinner, Wednesday, October 29, celebrating the successful growing season of its urban garden. The event will be held at Gleaners Food Bank, a long time partner, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit 48207 Tickets are available by completing the registration form found online at www.cskdetroit.org/earthworks

We recommend that you to subscribe to the Earthworks Newsletter and to get involved in this and other groups that support Urban Agriculture.


Garden ResourceThe Detroit Urban Gardening Education Series is designed to share new ideas as well as practical skills and techniques with our gardeners through a series of interesting and interactive workshops. Classes are generally every 2nd Saturday and 4th Thursday of the month beginning in January. Classes are $3 for GRP members, non-members $5/class. Locations vary.

DETROIT URBAN GARDENING EDUCATION SERIES
presented by the Garden Resource Program

Detroiters, please support and join the GRP! For non-Detroit residents, check out how awesome these classes are and find or create a similar resource in your community! Please support the vital task of reconnecting people to the earth!

October 7th WORKING LESSON–Seed Saving; at EarthWorks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum, 6-8PM. Get hands-on practice choosing and processing seeds. This will compliment the Seed Saving class held September 13th.

October 16th COOKING CLASS–Communal Cooking with Angela Kasmala of Detroit Evolution Laboratory; Location TBA, 6-8PM. Come share in the joys of cooking together in the kitchen with your gardening friends as we prepare a locally grown, healthy meal for the Annual Bioneers Conference.

October 23rd Composting with worms (Vermicomposting); at American Indian Health & Family Services, 4880 Lawndale, 6-8PM. This hands-on class will go through the process of separating worms from finished casting as well as how to make the most of this nutrient rich fertilizer. We will also cover getting started with worms, how to build a bin, screening and making compost tea.

November 4th WORKING LESSON–Dividing Perennial Flowers and Vegetables, at EarthWorks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum,6-8PM. Come learn how to split perennials in the garden with several different splitting techniques. This will get you prepared for the Garden Resource Program’s Great Perennial Divide!

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1434 Gratiot Avenue #1, Detroit MI 48207
Our entrance is behind our building NOT on Gratiot!

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