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The newly opened spa is Toronto's first organic and vegan full service day spa.
Location: trendy Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In business since: February 14, 2006
A truly urban oasis, Aliviar Spa uses only the highest quality essential oils, pure plants oils and organic herbs in an extensive menu of indulgent and luxurious treatments that promote rejuvenation and health with a social and environmental conscience. From revitalizing body treatments to specialized facials, manicures and pedicures, owner Ibeth De Hamilton has created unique therapies to detoxify the body from harmful chemicals and synthetics found in the air we breathe and in makeup and skin care products.
The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center
The Tree of Life Cafe, the Awakened Living Shoppe, and the Health Practice Dispensary.
Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is located in Patagonia, AZ
The Tree of Life Cafe serves ONLY vegan,
organic, live food.
Three vegan, organic, live-food meals, seven days a week. Many ingredients from their veganic farm program. Hundreds of vegan, live-food, low-glycemic, balanced recipes from vegan recipe books written by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., and the Tree of Life Café Chefs.
The Awakened Living Shoppe carries ONLY vegan
food, personal, and home products.
Several dozen optimal choices for vegan nutrition, home, and body products.
The Health Practice Dispensary seeks and chooses vegan holistic supplement alternatives at all times; it uses non-vegan products such as gelatin capsules only when an alternative is not available.
Founder/Director: Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H), Dip. American Board of Holistic Medicine, Dip. Ayurveda, vegan for 30 years.
Vegan staff: The entire community are all 100% vegan. "Apprentices and volunteers are also given to uphold the same dharma, not only for the time they are here but also for one month in advance."
Background: Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, who functions as a healer, a scientist, and a spiritual teacher, is committed to sharing a way of life that heals, uplifts, and makes peace with the individual, the family, the community, all cultures, the living planet, and our relationship with God.
While in medical school he recognized that healing involves the whole society and the whole person, of which diet is important. One of his missions since the late 1970's is to learn and share how to live and eat in a way that supports maximal spiritual unfolding and creating peace by being peace, which includes a vegan way of life.
The books, retreats, workshop experiences, and products are designed to continually inspire this transformation on every level. "Food is a love note from God. Its letters are written by the rays of the sun. It says, 'I love you and I will take care of you with the gifts of my Earth.'"
Tree of Life Cafe: www.treeoflife.nu/cafe.html
Awakened Living Shoppe: http://www.awakenedshoppe.com
Maitreya Meditation Center
The silent pulse of Love
A retreat center offering a nutritionally balanced vegan diet, ideal for meditation and healing. See excerpt below from Maitreya Ishwara's book "Unity the Dawn of Conscious Civilization" which explains the basic reasons for a vegan lifestyle.
Location: 760 -788 Wakamarina Rd. Havelock, Marlborough 7154, New Zealand
Spiritual leader: Maitreya Ishwara, vegan for 10 years
Run by vegans - All residents, visitors and guests are asked to consume only vegan products while on the property.
In existence: four years
"A Divine Temple - Consumption of animal products has a major negative impact on humans and the environment. Little can be done about such barbarity while most people are ignorant of the harmful effects of eating animal products, and while the murder of animals is condoned by society. Health is largely a reflection of diet; you are what you eat.
"Recent research verifies that cancer, heart problems and degenerative diseases are linked directly to an excessive intake of animal products and junk food. We are eating ourselves to slow and painful deaths. We have no nutritional need to eat animals; this is an unnecessary murder of innocent creatures.
"Soon we will cease all violence towards sentient creatures; we will live in harmony with nature and with our true needs. We will look back with disbelief at our present epidemic of self-inflicted disease, and we will shudder at our unnecessary cruelty to innocent creatures. All animals, not just human animals, have a right to freedom from violence and abuse.
"An organic vegan whole food diet is healthy for humans; it obviates the killing of animals and the squandering of water, crops, land and other vital resources that are used in raising livestock. Veganism will allow the Earth to sustain six to ten billion people with high-quality nutrition without harming the Earth or any creature; veganism is the diet for the new dawn. Your body is a divine temple. Now it is time to start treating it as such."
Set amongst majestic mountains, lofty trees and nestling on the Great Dividing Range in Australia, it is 102 acres of beautiful gardens, lawns, forests, mountain-streams and trails of unsurpassed sanctuary for resting, relaxation and restoration.
Their aim is to help restore people to health using natural remedies, encouraging lifestyle changes, and introducing clients to a vegan diet. Part of the program includes exercise routines, steam baths, massage, hydrotherapy, juicing fasts, educational classes, and of course vegan meals, and vegan cooking classes.
They also serve meals made with fresh produce from their organic gardens.
"Nature is the effectual restorer and possesses curative powers. All intelligent men and women can be their own physicians when they understand the true philosophy of health. Their health professionals will equip you with vital information on the science of health and healing, which when applied, will add years of wellness to your life."
Qualified experienced doctors and therapists, together with well-trained staff, ensure that guests are provided with the best of attention, care and treatment that their body needs. They offer three live-in programs, a 5-day Introduction program, a 12-day Better Life program, and a 19-day New Life Program.
A vegan life sanctuary in Australia.
Any activity on site must maintain this vegan status. "We serve food to groups and once a week have a Saturday banquet." People can prepare their own food in one area and there is a guest kitchen for storing and preparing food.
Owner: a vegan of 14 years.
Staff: vegetarian and vegan, except for the cleaning crew. The chef is vegan.
In business: 18 years.
"I started the facility as vegetarian initially, but it soon became obvious this was using unnecessary ingredients, which could easily be substituted for with vegan ones. In 1991, about three years after first starting, I modified my personal situation to become vegan dietary and lifestyle. Since that time, we have only served vegan food, with a couple of exceptions. We believe we are unique in Australia as a Vegan Life Sanctuary and are interested in promoting this fact" says the owner/chef.
An all raw and vegan home retreat.
Location: 4395 Lake Fork Lane, The Granite Dells, Prescott, Arizona 86301-8416
In business: 13 years
Owner: Happy Oasis, a vegan for 8 years.
Staff: All vegan.
They offer some food from their own organic gardens.
Background: Happy Oasis is the founder of The Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona, Arizona, the first festival celebrating raw food, spirituality and music amidst tall trees and a swimming stream.
"As a raw vegan and traveler, I enjoy sharing this home, lake, garden, fruiting trees, canyons, music, poetry, meals, environmental concerns, solutions and dreams with beloved friends from around the planet" says the retreat owner. She adds, "The primary reason for becoming a vegetarian as a teenager was love of and compassion for animal friends who deeply touched my heart. However, multiple health challenges and realizations encouraged the adoption of raw veganism in my early thirties."