Speaker & Teacher Info 2017

Speaker & Teacher Info 2017

Kip Andersen

Kip Andersen’s awakening as a filmmaker came as a result of An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he dramatically changed his lifestyle and believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet. But his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. Together with Keegan Kuhn he co-produced his first film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which became an overnight viral success and ignited the environmental movement. Following this success, he was invited to speak in front of the European Parliament and a new cut, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, was exclusively released on Netflix in September 2015.

Andersen is the founder of A.U.M. Films and Media, a 501c3 non-profit focused on creating films and media that promote thrivability, compassion, and harmony for all life. He is also a serial entrepreneur, as well as a certified Jivamukti and Kundalini yoga teacher.

A.U.M’s latest film titled “What the Health” follows Kip as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.

Janette Murray-Wakelin & Alan Murray

Raw Vegan Path

Throughout the year 2013, to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future, raw vegan ultra-endurance runners Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray ran together around Australia, 15,782km, running 366 marathons (43 km) each in 366 days, no days off. On January 1, 2014, they acquired world acclaim by setting a new World Record as the only couple over the age of 60 fuelled entirely on raw fruit and veg, wearing barefoot shoes, to run 366 consecutive marathons around Australia.

Janette and Alan have been actively following a raw vegan lifestyle for over 11 years after Janette was diagnosed with cancer and was told she had 6 months to live. As a result, the lifestyle choices she made with the support of Alan, set them both on a journey to optimal health. As veteran ultra endurance runners, they have proven beyond any doubt that living a raw, vegan conscious lifestyle results in optimal health where physically, mentally and emotionally, anything is achievable.

The film ‘RAW -the Documentary’ depicts their amazing journey.

Frank Ferrante

May I Be Frank

Frank was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 26, 1951. According to his astrological chart, “peace and harmony are my battle cry.” The chart further claims that he is “flashy but not gaudy and prefers to dress elegantly.” His sartorial preferences obviously reflect a need for greater spiritual depth. Frank’s resume is “eclectic.” He has been, in no particular order, a NY City cab driver, scrap metal hauler, dishwasher, census taker, mail boy, ditch digger, bouncer, illegal narcotics distributor, general contractor, actor, radio announcer, carpenter, avid reader, seeker of God, weight gain/weight loss aficionado, recovered alcoholic/junkie, cocaine crazy, smoker, speed freak; raw foodist, vegan, lover, hater, father, husband, grad student, good guy, bad guy, social activist. Frank is an international spokesperson for personal transformation and weight loss, author of his soon to be released book, "May I Be Frank", subject of the award winning documentary “May I Be Frank" and featured in the documentary, "Hungry For Change". These films and book reflect Frank’s journey back to health and spiritual redemption.

James Aspey

James Aspey undertook a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. Diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 17 and told he had 6 weeks to live, James beat the cancer after 3 years of chemotherapy and during that time began partying and abusing drugs. He became a passionate personal trainer so he could help others with their health. After 7 years and eventually developing an eating disorder, he met a wise Indian man who told him eating animals is bad karma.

He went vegetarian for a 7 day experiment great, so researched into the health benefits and realised cutting animal products from your diet is incredibly healthy and reduces the chances of developing so many illnesses and diseases.

Upon more research he discovered the shocking and violent truth of what is being done to animals for food, clothing, entertainment and medical testing. It led him to the question, "If we don't need to kill and eat animals to be healthy, what are we doing this for?". He decided the only way to live in alignment with his values of respecting others was to become vegan. His first major form of activism was a 1 year long vow of silence which he used to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He travelled around Australia and cycled 5000km from Darwin to Sydney to show vegans can be fit and strong. James now spreads his message at events and protests around the world.

Liat Solomon

Owner and Founder of Down To Earth Bali

Liat’s company Down To Earth Bali is the parent company of Earth Café & Market, one of Bali’s original and best loved plant-based restaurants. DTE produces numerous vegetarian foods and food products that are offered all over Bali, as well as overseeing the various services and products which are all reflective of macrobiotic principles, organic foods, vegetarianism, and healing through food. Liat is a trained macrobiotic chef and counsellor, having trained under direct tutelage of master Michio Kushi. She opened her first restaurant at the age of 19 and has delved into the kitchens of hundreds of ill and suffering individuals, produced a series of cooking classes, led group detox retreats, macrobiotic conferences, Buddhist conventions, diet cruises and worked with numerous world famous people who are on the path of healing with whole foods. As well as running a workshop on Home Remedy Secrets at the festival, Liat will be giving a talk on Food & Emotions – an in depth look at how what we put in our bodies affects our mind and mental state.

Dr. Susianto Tseng

Dr. Susianto is a vegan nutrition expert, and has been a vegetarian since 1988 and vegan since 2006. He is the President of the International Vegetarian Union and has a Doctorate in Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, from the University of Indonesia (Summa Cum Laude) He has written 6 books on the subject including; Healthy Vegetarian Diet, The Miracle of Vegan, Vegan Nutrition for Pregnancy, Vegan Nutrition for Children, The Miracle of Tempe and Vegan Is Easy. His passion is spreading his knowledge and to improve and support people in learning to have a vegan diet.

As well as these many accolades, Susianto is also:

  • President of Asia Pacific Vegetarian Union (APVU) 2013-2015
  • Founder of South East Asia Vegetarian Union (SEAVU) 2007
  • Secretary General of Indonesia Vegetarian Society (IVS)
  • President of Vegan Society of Indonesia (VSI)
  • President of International Tempe Foundation (ITF)
  • Consultant for Perkin Elmer Singapore, Indonesia Rep Office
  • Nutrition Consultant for Royal Progress Hospital Jakarta-Indonesia
  • Speaker in multiple countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, India, Dubai, Australia, Germany, England, Spain and America

Dr. Andréa Paige

Andréa Paige, ND, MSc, ERYT 500 (NL/INDIA...origin USA)

"Vitality Connoisseur & BioHacking Epigeneticist" is a master of lifestyle medicine. Andréa travels the world empowering people to take health back into their own hands. Embodied, Andréa specializes in the physiological benefits of advanced yogic practices. Going deeper into the mechanics: the how-to of asanas and subtle depth of kriya, pranayam, meditation and advanced energy techniques. She has been sent to remind you: you can heal yourself. A robust educational foundation gives Andréa a unique perspective in the healing world. Part of her year is spent leading yoga teacher trainings and Anatomy, Physiology & Health, and Andréa currently serves on the Board of Directors for Festival Medical (USA, non-profit) & The Vedary (India) and is Founder of the Micro-biome Think Tank. Teaching from a place of resonance - where you feel what she says rather than merely intellectualize it - she has great success with people truly making lasting transformations. Her lectures aren't mere points of "oh, that was interesting," but rather - they are portals of activation for greater shifts in your life. Andréa's students say just being around her makes you feel more alive. Andrea will be teaching and speaking at the festival.

Arielle Chenarra

Thyme & Caramel

Thyme & Caramel is a gluten-free and hand-crafted vegan buttercream cakery in Bali. The cakery was founded in 2016 by teenage entrepreneur, Arielle Chenarra. At the age of 14, Arielle decided that she wants to make a dent in the world by being an advocate of happiness and sustainability.

Why happiness? Because Arielle finds joy from making the people around her smile. It is her ambition to remind people to live our lives to the fullest and to be grateful with the live we have.

Why sustainability? Because she wants her future self to have a healthy living environment. As an island living girl, Arielle really cares about her environment. To her, sustainability is the key to achieve a well-balanced life. Where you can be successful with whatever you do, while also being ethical and responsible to our planet.

Through Thyme and Caramel, Arielle wants to bring a new perspective to cakes as a guilt-free pleasure by using only real and plant-based ingredients. Thyme and Caramel specialises in making hand-piped buttercream from organic ingredients such as cacao butter and coconut sugar. She only uses natural colourings such as turmeric, matcha, beetroot, and sweet paprika. The base ingredients she uses in her cakes are a blend of tapioca, coconut and rice flours, which are also 100% locally sourced

Arielle believes that it's really important to run an ethical business. That’s why all of the ingredients she uses in her cakes are sourced locally, reaching the highest premium ingredients, excluding any nasty things, like palm oil, preservatives or artificial flavours. As Arielle herself is allergic to all artificial products and processed dairy, the things that she doesn't want to put in her body, she won't put it in her cakes for other people to eat.

By practicing these simple, ethical things in running her business, she believes that she can contribute to the betterment of our planet and inspire the young generation to lead a more sustainable, responsible lifestyle.

FullyRaw Kristina

FullyRaw is the creation of Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, a pioneer in the local, organic food co-operative movement. The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for over nine years. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX.

She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, and she graduated from Rice University on the top 5% of her class in 2009 with a triple major in Kinesiology specializing in Health Science, Raw Foods, and Fasting. Since then, she has been involved highly in the movement of Organic Horticulture, Permaculture, and Co-operative Communities.

Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of Hyperglycemia at the age of 18 eating nothing but a low fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. After being a direct understudy of 20+ year raw fooder John Rose, she interned and worked under Dr. Graham at his health events in Seattle and in Costa Rica.

At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to thousands of families in the greater Houston city limits.

Besides being the chief goddess co-operator of Rawfully Organic, Kristina has made a living coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw for the past few years. She is the author of The FullyRaw Diet and also the creator of her latest company called FullyRaw Juice, LLC. Kristina’s mission is to simply REACH PEOPLE with the message of RAW. She wants to inspire people to find their rawness within so that they can find their own health freedom and zest!

Mangku Ketut Susila

Ketut Susila, Down To Earth’s very own Mangku (Balinese priest) has been vegetarian for over seven years and generally follows a vegan diet. Ketut comes from a lineage of priests and is educating those back in his village that it’s possible to practice Hinduism without the sacrifice of animals. In the face of fear and sometimes prejudice, Ketut is showing there is a different path, breaking away from tradition and showing that spirituality starts at home, within ourselves. After relocating back to Bali from the US, Ketut began working at Zula in 2003 and became vegetarian shortly after. He balances his Mangku duties with being the manager of Zula Restaurant in Seminyak. Ketut will be giving a talk on Offering without Sacrifice, delving into how he educates and helps spread his message of compassion.

Trang Dang

Campaign Manager, Farm Animals, Vietnam

Trang graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Marketing, but she chose to follow her passion in working with animal welfare NGOs to be the voice for all animals. Currently, she's the Campaign Manager for Farm Animals Protection in Vietnam for Humane Society International, in which she works on various meat reduction programs and animal welfare policies. With the organization, she’s reaching out to schools, universities, hospitals, restaurants and businesses across the region to promote a healthier, greener and more compassionate lifestyle.

Humane Society International is one of the only global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. HSI: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

Suzanne Miles

Fork It

Suzanne Miles lives with her husband and business partner, Tony Norrish, in the picturesque mountains of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a food researcher and author with a keen interest in motivating people to achieve amazing health. Suzanne is interested in inspiring people by raising awareness of how food choices directly impact your health. Suzanne is committed to making a positive difference in the health of people, the freedom of animals and the care of the environment everywhere.

Suzanne’s research led her to become a practicing vegan in 2011 at the age of 54. Her continuing research and practical methods have garnered her worldwide recognition. Her personal achievements include weight loss, amazing health and increased vitality. Suzanne enjoys an international lifestyle and has had a lifelong interest in natural health and healing remedies for physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.

Suzanne holds a Diploma of Health and Fitness from Shaw Academy in the UK, and have completed the Terry Willard course. Fork It: Keys To Amazing Health, Suzanne’s first book, is intended to inspire, motivate, and inform the reader about how the positive choices you make with food have a beneficial impact on your health and longevity. Come along with Suzanne as she gives you inspiration and knowledge and shares practical, personal experiences that you can take with you to enjoy amazing health and reach your goals and dreams for a higher quality of life.