Raw Chef is flying off to Bali to attend Pure Joy Academy and she needs help at her crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo.
I had been looking forever for a vegan cooking class that was close to home. I was about ready to give up and enroll in another class 2 hours away when I saw the ad for Raw Yogini Sonia’s raw food prep class. It’s an affordable hands-on class 20 minutes away from my home. It was perfect.
I was able to talk to Sonia before the class and she was so excited about getting new students for this second class. Her enthusiasm was infectious and got me excited about the class, too. When the day of the class arrived, she was all smiles, from the time I arrived, during the class and even when I left. She makes you feel so appreciated you want to take her class over and over.
In this class, we tackled five raw vegan dishes. It’s amazing how versatile plants can be. We made nori rolls, apple crumble, carrot cake, mashed cauliflower and cauliflower tabbouli salad, all raw. A lot of the other students weren’t plant-based but wanted to eat healthier. It’s great to know that they’re being introduced to five amazing dishes they can make at home that’s full of flavor, easy to make and animal-free!
I went back a second time and, in this class, we made fried rice, veggie kebabs, coconut adobo, taco meat and banana kiwi ice cream. It still had the same vibe as the first class I attended. She still made you comfortable with her smiles and stories. I ended up staying hours after the class ended because we couldn’t stop exchanging stories.
Who is Raw Yogini Sonia?
Sonia Astudillo has been a vegan for almost ten years and a raw vegan for 3 years. She started teaching after attending raw food preparation classes from Jonny Freesh of RawFoodBali in Bali, Indonesia. A friend encouraged her to try it, after seeing her photos of her workshop. After consulting with Jonny and getting the support of Likha Diwa Vegetarian and Seafood Café as class venue, she taught her first class on June 2013. To date, she’s been offering classes once a month in the same location.
She loves teaching because it’s always a different experience in each class. She meets different people from different industries, who have since become her friends. She remembers one of her classes, where the students were so enthusiastic about what she was teaching, the 3-hour class became a 6-hour class. “It feels good to know that more and more people are embracing a healthier lifestyle and that I get to share the experience with them.”
It’s amazing how much the plant-based lifestyle has grown in the Philippines. According to Sonia, “five years ago, there were only around 4 vegetarian restaurants in Manila”. Now, there are vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over the city and even non-vegetarian and non-vegan restaurants have their own plant-based menus.
More people are choosing a healthy lifestyle, which “means the movement is getting bigger”. Sonia plans to continue teaching raw food because it’s “all about spreading health, healing and a healthy lifestyle”.
This April, she is embarking on her biggest challenge so far, as a raw food teacher. She will be flying off to Bali to get her certification as a Raw Food Chef and Health Educator at the Pure Joy Academy in Ubud. “I believe it’s high time I know more so I get to share more to people, especially those who are looking for alternative ways of healing”. It’s a month-long intensive training at the Academy with an exchange of a lifetime of sharing health.
And she needs our help. Flying to Bali and attending the Academy is not going to be easy financially. She has started a crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo to raise funds for her travel, living and school expenses. Every bit of money helps, even if it’s just a dollar. Spread the word and let’s help this lady share the raw news with everyone.