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October 13th 2008
[Waxing Gibbous]

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
- Marcel Proust

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. - William Faulkner

Lab Music: This Evolve Detroit was composed under the influence of Erykah Badu, The Tallest Man on Earth,
Fleet Foxes, & Alan Scheurman

Hello Detroit!
(and all those who grace us here!)
Welcome to this week's Evolve Detroit. The weather is incredible here in Detroit! It was great to see so many people out enjoying it this weekend. There nothing quite like an 80 degree day in October to lighten our load and remind us all what is real and what has meaning. We thank you all so much for "tuning in."

Gratitude!
This weekend, our Canadian brethren to the south celebrated Thanksgiving. Their "giving of thanks" must have somehow rubbed off on us here at the Lab, as we were filled with a heightened sense of gratitude. We focused inward a bit seeking out some of the core aspects of our being in order to recognize and thank them. Each one of us, at this very moment is engaging in an activity that is utterly awe inspiring. The act of reading; parsing words, creating categories of meaning and identifying as with, against or indifferent to them are all complex tasks.

There is a great deal going on within us and around us that we filter out. This is not from spite or distraction, but from an innocent lack of awareness. Certain aspects of the world around us, our bodies and minds, function so well we don't really notice them until there is a problem. They are unsung heroes when things are running smoothly and typically villainized when they are not.

These unsung core aspects are what we focused our gratitude upon this weekend. And this week, as we revel in these warm and beautiful days, we highly recommend taking a moment to thank yourself for all you do. Do it every day, as often as possible. If gratitude is sincere there can never be too much.

A pat on the back is great, but we recommend seeking depth with this expression of gratitude. Leave judgment behind and give yourself permission to go deep. Take a little thing that you do or a function of the world and explore how it unwinds and connects to other aspects of your experience. Recognize the complexity and, from the depths of your being, thank the process, the players and the results.

Recognition and gratitude shed light and seem to clean out the trappings of these "automatic" functions. We posit that, though these miniscule aspects of our lives do in fact function on their own, they are enhanced by our participation. We tend to be pretty hands off when it comes to our perception these days. Shining this light, pouring this gratitude into the depth of our being reconnects us and grounds us so we can begin to participate more fully.

This is a vital part of that Evolution we talk about all the time.

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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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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!

This Wednesday, October 15th from 11 am - 2 pm we are honored to offer Lunch!
Many of you who have been with us from the beginning already have the routine down. But we know this is new for many of you and we want to make sure you have every opportunity to experience Angela's award winning food! :) Please read through all the information below and place your order ASAP. We have sold out almost every lunch that we have offered and this Wednesday is sure to follow suit. If you have any questions whatsoever call us at 313.316.1411 and we'll answer them.

Please note that we accept cash only for food orders.

Please place your order by 8 pm on Tuesday, that is tomorrow!
As always, we make extra entrees but typically sell-out prior to opening for lunch!

Quantities are limited to keep everything FRESH! Our food is lovingly hand-crafted using non-GMO, Organic and/or Local ingredients! If you have any allergies or special dietary sensitivities please let us know when you order.

Limited Downtown and Midtown delivery is available for $2. Please be flexible and call to arrange deliver ASAP as we schedule our route to use as little gas as possible. Pick-up at the Lab (map below) and Delivery are available on Wednesday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. only!

Call ahead to order: 313-316-1411
Feel free to leave your order on our voicemail, but please be aware that your order is
NOT CONFIRMED until you hear back from us!

COOKED VEGAN - Chana Masala Stew over Brown Rice and Lentils $10
The crisp, cool Autumn air marks the return of comfort foods in our home. One of our favorite warming and grounding meals is Chana Masala, traditional Punjabi fare of chick peas simmered in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and aromatic spices. Added to this wonderful base is some of our favorite in season vegetables such as Butternut Squash, Zucchini, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Kale, and Eggplant to create an incredibly delicious thick and hearty stew, served over a lightly seasoned Brown Rice-Lentil Pilaf. But what would a dish like this be without a little Detroit twist? So we're including a big ol' piece of vegan Sweet Potato-Pecan Cornbread for dipping. We think it's the perfect combination.

RAW VEGAN - Save the Salmon Cakes and Colors of Autumn "Rice" Pilaf $10
Delicious little cakes made with Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Carrot, Celery, Tahini, Flax Seed, Parsley, Garlic, Dulse, and Dill, served with a tasty Creamy Macadamia-Dill Tartar Sauce for dipping and nestled atop our beautiful and flavorful Colors of Autumn "Rice" Pilaf made with Butternut Squash, Zucchini, Golden and Red Beets, Pecans, and Cranberries.

RAW Fruit and Nut Bars $3
Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Apple-Sweetened Cranberries, Raisins, Agave Nectar and Sunflower Oil blended together for the perfect way to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving or mid-day “pick-me-up” snack.

VEGAN Butternut Squash Bread $2.50
Moist and delicious, you won't believe this bread is lowfat! Only one tablespoon of Coconut oil per Loaf! Made with fresh roasted Butternut Squash, shredded Carrots, Spelt flour, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Dates, Raisins, and Pecans, it's the perfect Fall treat.

VEGAN Brownies $3
Chocolately, chewy, and totally dairy-free!! These brownies are sin-lessly good, stuffed with Dark Chocolate Chips and Walnuts!

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Is This Weekend!
We are very honored to be providing Raw Food for this years Bioneers! We seriously inspire you to attend this conference or take a look at their site and get involved in some way. This years topics and speakers look incredible and we hope to see as many of you out there as possible! There is more info below in the community section.

The Full Moon is Tuesday, come by the Lab for Pranayama!
Tomorrow's Full Moon corresponds with our regular asana yoga practice, so we are honored to present a Pranayama/Meditation session. This full moon, as we focus on our breath, we will explore growing our awareness on a cellular level and the self-directed gratitude discussed above. This session is free and open to everyone. Doors open at 5 pm for an hour long session at 5:30 pm. If this is your first time at the Lab please give yourself extra time to locate us and to get settled into the space.

YOGA: No Noon Class this Saturday
Due to Bioneers we must cancel Gregg's Noon yoga class. Please come at 10 am and experience Shelley's awesome class instead! We will return to our full schedule on the following Saturday.

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.

Until Next Time
We thank you again for taking the time to look in and see what we are up to. We look forward to seeing you all out and about in the city this week. 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

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?

Class Schedule as of October 13th:
We will be at Bioneers all weekend. Shelley will offer her 10 am class on Saturday,
but Gregg's noon class is cancelled.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
 

10 a.m.
Shelley

 
5:30 p.m.
Gregg
5:30 p.m.
Gregg

NO NOON
CLASS

BIONEERS!

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!

Looking for a home in Detroit?
We've never done this before, but our friend Heather asked us to pass this along to our community:
The apartment is 900 sq ft, heat included, parking, pet friendly, storage space in basement, laundry (that is shared but totally nice for privacy, no worries of strange people taking your close if left over night), back yard, private back porch, big kitchen, hard wood floors. We are asking $650 & optional high speed internet with basic cable for an additional $50 per month. If $650 is too high, make an offer! If you are interested email us and we'll connect you!

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.

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 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!

Purpose

Purposeful (Not Random) Acts of Kindness
by Garie Thomas-Bass, Kertia Thomas-Black and Kirtis Thomas III

We have copies of Garie's book in stock at the Lab for $16 or if you're out of town you can order a copy through Amazon.

If you purchase one here the funds will go straight to Garie without Amazon taking a cut. You'll also save the shipping cost, packaging, cut down on fuel being burnt on ground delivery and take 2 if not more major corporations out of the transaction! Whew! Sounds like a massive revolution in just one simple act doesn't it? I think you get our point! :)

"Even though our book may not be considered politically correct, it is written with the hope that some ideas that used to be called “common sense” will again become the behavior of choice. There is one rule presented for each week of the year. The fifty-two “suggestions” Our hope is that each person will use in his/her life some of these straightforward and easily applied ideas after it is understood why they are important. Truthfully, these rediscovered actions will allow us to live together in society with as little confrontational stress as possible."

PLAY

 

Edited by our own Shelley Smith, we adore Peace, Love and Yoga Magazine. This online zine is dedicated to the study, practice and lifestyle of the Metro Detroit yoga community. Please read and support PLAY!

 

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

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