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Conscious Nutrition: A Journey of Transformation Mentorship

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Conscious Nutrition:

A Journey Of Transformation

4 - Month Mentorship Program

Practical Solutions for a
Happier & Healthier People, Planet & Future

What if the transition to a ‘Culture of Peace’ begins with what’s on our dinner plates?  Could a plant-based cuisine be the most practical action for cultivating a new era of personal health, social justice and environmental protection?

The Spiritual Nutrition Mentorship invites you into a dietary lifestyle that is powerful beyond what you can imagine. This 4-month program is a unique synthesis of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Earth Wisdom Teachings, and the cutting-edge knowledge of an Organic Plant-based Live-Food Cuisine. A renaissance in human thought, values and action, the Mentorship offers catalytic experiences for the spiritual evolution of human consciousness as it evolves from domination and exploitation to a paradigm of communion, cooperation and reverence for all Life.

  • Explore the spiritual, scientific, intuitive and physical aspects of nutrition and the awakening of consciousness.
  • Learn how the everyday choices of what you eat directly impacts the health and harmony of our planet and the future.
  • Immerse yourself in an in-depth understanding of your body and the role of constitution for enhanced strength and vitality.  
  • Discover how food habits shape consciousness and culture.
  • Participate in harvesting and preparing nutritional delights. 

This engaging, hands-on experience explores popular archaic beliefs about diet, nutrition and lifestyle, replacing them with illuminating insights and ways to engage in the art of conscious eating.  

Central to the teachings of Ayurveda is our relationship with the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether.  This integrative system blends ancient and modern knowledge with earth-centered processes. Throughout the Mentorship you will be introduced to somatic practices that deepen connection and knowledge of each Element, and how to activate their vital life-force. 

The Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Mentorship is a uniquely crafted study path offering a complete set of practices and teachings that reconnect us with what is real and healthy.  The Mentorship invites you to take back your power, live with vitality, support the environment and be the Artist of Your Life.


  • Four 3-day training weekends
  • Nutritional Fast (includes Herbal Formulas)
  • Experiential models to deepen active learning
  • Six 1-hour & 1 30 minute one-on-one support sessions
  • 3 Textbooks & essays
  • Integrated home learning
  • Small group 'buddy' system  
  • Designing your personal nutritional lifestyle program
  • Leadership Presentation Opportunities
  • An Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Certificate of Completion 

RE: The Nutritional Fast - One Month Program

Includes two 1-hour sessions and one 30 minute telephone check in session. Nutritional Fast Package with juice and herbal recipes and a detailed step-by-step process and progress charts.

"By having reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.”~  Albert Schweitzer

The Process

echinacea flower

Nourishing Wisdom: 
A Conscious Evolutionary Diet


There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, create a lifestyle that supports happiness, compassion, love and peace as the core values for a sustainable future. It is from this place that we begin our journey together.

You will explore every way that food matters – from the reclaiming of personal vitality to supporting the life of our sweet Earth. Examine the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview they reflect and mandate.

  • Eating As If the Earth Matters
  • Ayurveda: The Dance of the Elements
  • The Five Sources of Ultimate Vitality
  • Our Culture’s Roots
  • Veganism: the Plant Powered Advantage
  • Resilient Cuisine – For a Peaceful Mind & Heart
  • Dispelling Myths that perpetuate dis-ease
  • The Ability to Make Connections
  • Reverence for All Life

“Tis said that the view of nature held by any people determine all their institutions.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ayurvedic Living Nutrition:
Deepening Connection, 
Compassion & Relationship


For 5000 years a remarkable teaching has existed which is universal in its application and ageless in its wisdom. Ayurveda is the summation of this ageless knowledge. Discover, first hand, the life-changing, life-enhancing, no more worry about dieting, easiest and most compassionate way of eating through an Ayurvedic plant based living foods approach to nutrition.Discover the power of comprehensive compassion to transform consciousness and purify the human spirit.


  • The Sevenfold Constitutional Lifestyle Process
  • Organismic Wisdom
  • The Why’s of Eating Disorders
  • The Six Healing Tastes
  • Living Water
  • Stoking Your Digestive Fires
  • Whole Body Eating
  • The Protein Myth
  • Sprouting, Fermentation & Wild Edible Foraging
  • Design Your Personal Nutritional Lifestyle Program

“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.” ~ Dr. David Frawley


Spiritual Nutrition: The Path to Peace


Can the Ayurvedic Living Foods Lifestyle lift us from the prison of self-preoccupation and isolation, healing the mentality of domination, the rape of the feminine aspect and the practice of exclusivism? Can it support the growth of intuitive wisdom, cultivate compassion and be the seed for our spiritual ripening?

The answer is YES! Find out how and why, as we speak to the deep spiritual hunger at the core of the nutritional dilemma and global crisis. Enlightening insights into the Food-Body-Mind-Emotion-Spirit-Nature connection offers a truly holistic platform for our exploration. Practicing the art of living cuisine becomes an opportunity for creative expression, and a potent portal to the sacred.

  • Reductionism & the Secret Shadow vs the Golden Rule
  • Sattvic Diet, Spiritual Fasting & the Human Spirit
  • Nutritional power of Relaxation, Awareness & Rhythm
  • The Interconnected Web of Life
  • Cultivating Felt Awareness
  • Sacredness & the Feminine Principle
  • The Intuitive Imperative
  • Energetics, Evolution & Spiritual Anatomy 

“Peace is not something that happens by accident. Peace is like silence; it is always there. The lack of harmony in our lives is like noise superimposed on the silence. The issue is not how to create peace, but how to live in a way that eliminates the noise.” ~Gabriel Cousens

solstice mealLiving the Solution: Restoring Wholeness


“The revolution that is demanded by our yearning for peace, freedom, and happiness must provide a new foundation for our culture, moving it away from its herding values of oppression and disconnectedness toward…values of respect, kindness, equality, sensitivity, and connectedness. Above all, this revolution must change our relationship to our meals—our most practiced rituals—and to our food, our most powerful inner and outer symbol.” ~ Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

This final weekend brings together the Sevenfold constitutional lifestyle process, knowledge, insights, and empowerment tools to create a balanced nutritional lifestyle that supports you and your environment.

  • Social Justice & the Web of Connection
  • Healing the Earth & the Economy
  • Climate Change & Food
  • Circles of Compassion & Renewal
  • Connecting the Dots on Dietary Choices
  • Saying ‘Enough’ to Social Pressures
  • The Power of Community
  • From Outmoded Exclusivity to All of Us
  • Going Forward In Passion & Power

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~Albert Einstein

lorenna and Shantree

 Your Mentors

Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. and Lorenna Kacera are founders and directors of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute (est. 1983). Together they blend their over 45 years each, of experience to offer programs that support individuals in the practice of conscious living. Lorenna and Shantree are visionaries, authors,  regenerative educators and world peace activists.

Shantree Kacera D.N., Ph.D. received his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and Herbalism in the 70's. Since then he has been exploring the effect of local foods and herbs on one's physical, mental and emotional health. His passion and study has lead him to explore the benefits of a high energy Ayurvedic live-food approach to nutrition. He has had the honour to teach, counsel and empower thousands of individuals on their health and educational journey. He has been exploring the nutritional and ecological benefits of a live-food approach for over three decades.

Shantree is an author of Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis. He is an Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic and Shamanic Herbalist with a specialty in Forest Gardening with over 40 years experience.  Learn more>

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is an Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Educator, founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings, a Certified Permaculture Education and Eco-spiritual coach with a specialty in evolutionary regeneration at the personal, ecological and spiritual levels. For over 45 years Lorenna has mentored ‘change makers’ from all walks of life. Her teachings help us reclaim our birthright as ecological beings, and with it an Earth-honouring vision that is centered in a practical spirituality. 

Twenty years ago, at the ago of forty-eight she intuited that the continuation of her life-long spiritual development  required changing the way she ate. The Ayurvedic Live-food approach both satisfied and delighted her, as core spiritual values, creativity and universal insights were awakened. Recognizing the vegan lifestyle as a main contributing factor to these awakening and seeing the environmental devastation and global crisis caused by our food choices, impassioned her desire to share this way of life with other.  

Lorenna offers profound wisdom and insight into the understanding of the body/mind communion. Her passion for self-realization and the awakening of consciousness has been the guiding force in her life. She realized that humans and Nature are one force, interconnected in all ways and what we do to one, we do to the other. Learn more>




June 2-4, 2018
July 14-16, 2018
Sept 1-3, 2018
Oct 6-8, 2018

9am to 5pm


Total Value - $2870 when done separately
Your Price - $2350

Price does not include taxes, travel and accommodations.

A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot

To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to 10 participants.

  • Alumni or Full-Time Students - who have competed a six or more month Immersion, Mentorship Program or Four-Season Permaculture Course Graduates - $2000
  • Partner/Spouse Discount - Partners who take the course together get the second tuition at an additional $250 off.
  • Work-Trade - Partial positions are available. Please call: 519-652-0230 or email  
  • Payment can be made through e-transfer (bank-to-bank transfer) 'PayPal' below, or by certified check. Please make cheques payable The Living Centre and send to: 5871 Bells Rd. London, ON. N6P 1P3

  • All meals will be provided the first weekend. During subsequent weekends potluck meals will be organized for the first 2 days of the weekend. On the last days of each weekend we will forage and prepare meals as a group for our lunches. 
  • On specific weekends we will be joined by other community members

  • Register for the Mentorship and the Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Correspondence Course for a reduced price of $3000. A savings of $850 when taken together. 


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Cancellation Policy

It is important to consider that enrolling in the Ayurvedic Living Nutrition Mentorship is both a commitment to yourself, to each participant and the group as a whole. To support you, we ask you to reflect on whether you are ready to commit to this 7-month journey, which includes all of the above plus assignments which you will do on your own or with a partner. 

The cancellation policy is designed to support you in what you are saying “yes” to and support a smooth running of the program. 

More on our Commitment & Cancellation Policy

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