Ikigai, or when you don't want to get out of bed in the morning

presence Jun 24, 2018

Do you know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you feel like you don’t want to do anything…

We all search for something. We want to be happy and we want to find a way where we can wake up in the morning and jump out of bed with joy for what the day may bring. We want to have a purpose, or as Joseph Campbell called it ‘Follow Your Bliss’.

I recently came across a book called Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Ikigai is a Japanese word that roughly translates into ‘a reason to live’. Actually I had come across the word before when I learned about Blue Zones during my health coach training. Blue Zones are places in the world where people live healthily and happily to a ripe old age. One Blue Zone is found on the Japanese island of Okinawa, which apparently has the highest number of centenarians in the world. They live a pretty healthy lifestyle and they certainly practice Ikigai there. The Ikigai of the Okinawa...

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Banquet of Blessings

love presence May 17, 2018

Sitting in the half shade at the top of the Chalice Well Gardens in Glastonbury with a piece of far too sweet raw chocolate cake and an almond latte, I contemplate the 3-day retreat we just completed.

When my husband Neil and I bought our house in 1999, I had a vision of sharing the space one day with others. I think at the time I thought that we could create a beautiful garden where then there was not much more that bramble, bracken, boundary oaks and a small bit of woodland filled with hazel and willow. Perhaps one day the garden would be pretty enough to do open garden days.

And although we’ve been running quite a few one day retreats here in the last few years, this recent Kundalini Yoga and Raw Food Retreat over 3 days was the first one we ran at full capacity. All bedrooms were occupied, and people camped in tents and camper van in the garden. To see our living room transformed into a yoga studio which can accommodate 15 people was inspiring. So much so, that we feel...

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Orange & Spice Granola

food Dec 22, 2017


Zest of 1 orange

Juice of 2 oranges

80g (1/2 cup) dates

60g (1/2 cup) mulberries

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

4 drops orange essential oil (optional)

110g (1 cup) almond pulp

60ml (1/2 cup) filtered water



350g (3 cups) sprouted porridge oats

60g (1/2 cup) activated sunflower seeds*

60g (1/2 cup) activated pumpkin seeds*

55g (1/2 cup) goji berries

40g (1/4 cup) cacao nibs

* to activate your seeds, simply soak them in water overnight.


  • Blend all wet ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Mix well with the dry ingredients.
  • Spread onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 46C for 10-16 hours or until completely dry. Alternatively place on a baking tray and bake on a low temperature until dry.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar.

This makes a wonderful instant breakfast. Just add nut milk, cashew or coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit or a combination of all.

If dried completely it will store...

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How was your year 2017

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2017

The Holiday Season has started and I’m aware that my last newsletter was over a month ago. ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ goes the saying. Actually, the more accurate statement is: ‘Time doesn’t matter when you’re having fun’.


I’ve had a lot of fun in 2017. That is not to say it was not a bumpy ride. Developing new work is never easy, as I find myself between the comfort of the old and the uncertainty of the new. But it was all worth it and I’m happy to say I have some wonderful experiences in store for you.


But let’s get back to the holiday season and the end of the year for a moment. I’ve heard several people say to me that they will be ‘glad to the see the back of 2017. There may be good reasons – perhaps challenges around health, finances or relationships – reasons that want us to put the past behind us and look hopingly towards the future. But I would like you to examine...

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Making Water Kefir

food Sep 21, 2017

Water Kefir is a probiotic drink. It's created by using water kefir grains, which are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar water, juice or coconut water.


I love Water Kefir. I usually do a second ferment to make a beautifully, slightly sparkly drink which is good for my gut, general health and tastes delicious. 


In this video I show you, how I make Water Kefir. There are probably any number of variations of how to make it and how to look after your kefir grains, and over time you will find your own tried and tested process. 



Making Water Kefir
September 21, 2017
Gabriela Lerner
Water Kefir is a probiotic drink. It's created by using water kefir grains, which are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar water, juice or coconut water.


I love Water Kefir. I usually do a second ferment to make a beautifully, slightly sparkly drink which is good for my gut, general health...

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My 6 Favourite Salad Dressings

Uncategorized Aug 17, 2017

The Art of Creating the Perfect Salad Dressing


The most important thing about a good salad dressing is that you love it. And, obviously, everybody has a different taste. So, use the recipes below as a guideline. There are five flavours we work with in the raw kitchen (well any kitchen really): Sweet, salty, sour, bitter and astringent. Bitter and astringent aren’t that important in dressing, unless you really love those flavours – in which case try the avocado dressing  with dandelion instead of basil.  But sweet, salty and sour are.

Make the dressing according to the recipe, using the smaller amount wherever there are two options for the quantity. Then taste it! If you don’t like it, ask yourself, what would make it nicer? More salt, more sweet, more sour? Then add the flavour you identified. Sometimes when I create a recipe, I go through several stages of this process of tasting and adjusting until I find the flavour I like best.



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3 great ways to create a life-changing raw food retreat for yourself

Uncategorized May 25, 2017

In my last blog post we talked about why it’s so important to occasionally get away from it all and in this article I’d like to give you 3 ideas on how you can do this.


1 Take a Day out at home

This is a low-cost, easy retreat to organise if you have the ability to get the peace and quiet you need at home.


Here’s how to do it:

Tell friends and family that you’re taking a day out and that you don’t want to be disturbed. If you have a partner, you might want to do this together.
Get yourself prepared by organising all the raw food you want to eat on the day.
Do you want to have a luxury retreat with amazing dishes? In London you can now order in your raw food from Nama or perhaps you have a raw chef near you who will prepare the food for you. Alternatively you could make it a detox day and use my ‘1-Day Easy Cleanse Plan’ to cover your food needs.
Juices and smoothies can all be prepared the day before and most...

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When I go into the woods

love presence May 08, 2017

I’ve just been walking in the woods. Trees and forests are my natural places where I connect most easily with nature and with my soul. I believe everybody has a place where they can connect best. For some it may be an open field, the mountains or a lake, for others it may be the ocean or perhaps a sanctuary in their home.


Whatever that place is, it’s where we can find instant peace in times of inner trouble. What do I mean by ‘inner trouble’? I guess what I’m talking about here is a sense of being lost, a sadness perhaps or a feeling of overwhelm or restlessness. Any inner experience that prevents us from feeling content, calm and happy.


I have suffered from inner trouble for many years and for nearly as many years I’ve considered this a state of being that I actively had to fight or ‘do something’ about. Usually an inner dialogue would ensue around questions like ‘what is this about?’, ‘why am I...

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To be or not to be ill

love presence Feb 28, 2017

I caught a cold. Since going raw, I don’t get colds often, though having to stay in bed because I’m unwell is no stranger to me. During my years of limitations due to fibromyalgia, I often was bed-bound. I was terrified of catching a cold or virus because it would always take me weeks to recover from it. Friends weren't even allowed to come and visit if they had a cold.


Just shows how far I have come, because two weeks ago we had a friend staying with us and she was quite unwell with a cold and an extremely runny nose. I'm glad we could provide her with a little sanctuary to recover. I was pretty convinced I would not get it, and definitely wasn't concerned about getting ill.


Why do some people get ill and others don't?


It is about resilience. How strong is the immune system at the time, and how vulnerable is the person or the body? Illness has a place in our lives. It often forces us to change what we are doing – it forces us to...

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Creating a portal through which Love can enter

love Feb 05, 2017

Big things are brewing at the Radiant on Raw headquarters. As I deeply acknowledge the love that is inside me and that surrounds me, I have realised that to share love, to ignite love in others is what I am called here to do. You're probably not surprised to hear, that for me love starts with food. In German the saying goes 'Liebe geht durch den Magen', loosely translated into 'The way to the heart is through the stomach'. 

When I was a little girl I was told that this saying meant to reach a man's heart you had to give him tasty food. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I spent so much time in the kitchen with my grandmother, where I learnt about flavours and spices. But I also spent a lot of time in the garden with my grandad learning the beautiful tastes of freshly picked vegetables and fruit and, without understanding it then, experiencing the high energetic vibration that comes from eating fresh, raw foods provided by nature. 

It took many years and a lot of trial...

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