Attending Shakti Fest for the first time was a sweet little adventure. Also known as Bhakti Fest Spring Ommersion, it took place in Joshua Tree, California over Mother’s Day weekend, in the same place where Bhakti Fest happens in the fall. The three days of Kirtan music, yoga, and workshops were nourishing, exciting, exhausting, and well, happy. I had the wonderful experience of attending a Deep Yoga class led by Bhava Ram of San Diego. The class was on Sunday afternoon just as I was feeling a bit depleted from the heat and dryness. We were in a shaded area outdoors with live sitar and Bhava’s gentle voice leading us into poses of healing and acceptance. It was exactly what I needed at that moment, and it helped me finish off the festival refreshed and peaceful. Kind of perfect.
A few weeks ago my friend Cat at The Verdant Life was struck with a brilliant idea to start a Vegan Food Swap. Being that almost nothing makes me happier than sharing my favorite foodie finds with others I immediately signed up. Then I started dreaming up ideas and themes for my boxes, making a card, and wondering what I might receive from my partner.
Of all of life’s simple pleasures, I can’t think of anything that beats a hug. A hug is free, contains no calories or added sweeteners, is allergen and GMO free, does not deplete the planet’s resources, allows for creativity (to a degree, … ok, maybe not too much), and promotes well-being. Whether you have allergies, are vegan, vegetarian, or not, and/or live on lower funds accumulation, a Hugfest is all-inclusive. Our thanks go out to Sayer, who has organized Hugfests in Spokane, Washington for the last couple of years, and sent us a packet of Hugfest buttons to promote “… the value of spontaneous hugs in everyone’s life.”. Sayer also sent us an instruction sheet for how to give a great hug. We are very happy to share the information with you as everyone loves a great hug.
Some of you Coconut Bliss fans may know that, as well as working for Coconut Bliss for 6 years, I am a kirtan (sacred music & chanting) artist and a yoga teacher. I am also now the co-creator of Altar of Love Immersion. My partner Ananda and I have been holding these transformative weekend events since last fall. An Altar of Love Immersion weekend includes a kirtan/sacred music concert on Friday night, Couples Yoga on Saturday morning, Bhakti Yoga Workshop Saturday afternoon, Kirtronica Ecstatic Dance on Saturday night, and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshop on Sunday morning, ending with a Cacao Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit my website:† http://jayalakshmi.net/altar-of-love-immersions/
Nature’s abundance here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, inspires the foodies and entrepreneurs of the area to creative heights with their cuisines and products. We, of course, are so happy it inspired Luna and Larry. One amazing food, and also one of Oregon’s best kept secrets, is our indigenous, culinary truffles. Home to three species, 2 white and 1 black, Oregon truffles are on par with Old World varieties from France and Italy. To celebrate all things truffle (and who wouldn’t want to) the seventh annual Oregon Truffle Festival took place right here in Eugene, Oregon on January 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Supporting the well-being of humans, as well as animals, is a key driver for the Coconut Bliss team. Here we are excited to showcase a donation event that accomplishes both so beautifully. Coconut Bliss lover, Dana, hosted a benefit for the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, based in Stockton, CA. Harvest Home assists local humane societies and rescue groups with animals - primarily farmed animals - who, due to their breed, their health, or their personality, cannot be adopted into permanent homes. Harvest Home’s 200+ rescued residents include turkeys, hens, roosters, rabbits, goats, potbellied pigs and ducks.
Dana wrote to us about the benefit, here’s what she had to say:
Welcome 2012! This new year comes to us full of potential, full of abundance. We are looking forward to a year of keeping the bliss flowing so that you can keep your freezer stocked with delicious Coconut Bliss! Happily, all of our flavors will be back on store shelves at the beginning of March. If you don't see your favorite flavor, we encourage you to ask your store to bring it back into stock. Thank you so much for your continued support and love!
It brings me great joy to announce that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with our coconut milk woes. The long and arduous process of bringing all of our flavors back was kicked off last week with the return of Mint Galactica and Cherry Amaretto. Why Mint Galactica and Cherry Amaretto? We received an overwhelming number of requests for both flavors and listened to your pleas. They went into production last week and will be back on store shelves during the first half of October.
A peek in our crystal ball shows that in early November Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cappuccino will making a their returns. Beyond that our crystal ball becomes hazy, but we do plan to have all flavors back by early 2012. We'll keep you updated here as soon as we have more information, and if you're favorite flavor isn't on deck yet leave us a comment and let us know why you think it should be!
The 2011 VegNews Veggie Awards have arrived and I have some exciting news to share with you! We have partnered with VegNews to bring one lucky voter a year supply of Coconut Bliss! They also have a vegan Carribean cruise, VeganTreats party, a Vitamix, and truffles up for grabs so go get your vegan vote on!
Of course you'll find us under best vegan ice cream and I would be honored to have your vote!
Voting ends August 31st, full details available on survey start page.
Last month at Bliss HQ we made the first of several tough decisions to put four of our flavors on a temporary discontinuation due to coconut milk shortages. At that time things looked like smooth sailing moving forward with our supply of coconut milk, unfortunately we have hit some turbulence since then. Once again we find ourselves needing to make some tough decisions.
In an effort to keep all of our distributors stocked with Coconut Bliss we will only be producing our top four flavors (Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Dark Chocolate, Naked Coconut, and Vanilla Island), and both bars (Naked Coconut & Dark Chocolate), through the month of August. Starting in September, as supplies allow, we will start adding flavors back into the flow.