On Tuesday morning, Hillary Damato returned for a raw food workshop where she taught our group how to make vegan tacos from scratch. A combination of sunflower seeds, cumin, chipotle, chile, lime, tahini, and Himalayan salt was used for the “meat,” which was wrapped in a shell of purple cabbage and garnished with cucumber and two sauces of cilantro, sunflower seeds, olive oil, pepper, and Himalayan salt, and the other tomato, habanero peppers, white onion, and salt.
As someone who had never had so much as a vegetarian taco before last weekend, I was amazed at how I didn’t miss meat or cheese in this dish which had an incredibly flavorful profile. But what I loved even more than the taste of the meal was Hillary’s passion for raw vegan food and the spiritual insights she relayed as she encouraged us to “Find a balance where [food] nourishes our body and also our spirit” before toasting the women in the workshop with a batch of homemade kombucha (a fermented probiotic beverage sprouting a number of health benefits). Check out the video below as she talks about the way women replenish one another’s energy stores and how the raw vegan lifestyle isn’t about all the things you can’t have but discovering all of the new foods you can.
After lunch, Leslie and I returned to Samasati for a massage set in the middle of the rainforest. The chirping of birds and bugs buzzing served as the soundtrack for the hour-long massage which you can craft to your pressure liking.