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14 Jan / Man Mauled By 500 Pound Beasts. You’ll Want Some Too!




Lions – The New Endangered Species?

As a self-taught animal behaviourist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. His unique method of getting to know their individual personalities, what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated-just like a mother understands a child-has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold. Kevin’s unique relationships with these large predators have opened many doors and captivated the imagination of many people throughout the world. He has presented and produced several documentaries that detail his relationships with the animals and highlight the plight of lions both in captivity and in the wild. Kevin has also written a book appropriately named, “Part of the Pride” detailing his work over the years with the large carnivores and is now affectionately known by his fans worldwide as “The Lion Whisperer”.






Eleanor Longden: The Voices In My Head

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.



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Neurons To Nirvana is now available on iTunes!

It’s official, you can now rent or buy the film using the Apple iTunes app. This offers a great way to view on your mobile devices, or even gift a copy to someone.  Please support us by adding your ratings and reviews to the itunes page.  Let’s spread this valuable information with as many as possible.

Click HERE to download the film from iTunes



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If You Are In A Shell…

Choreographed by Harry, narrated by Buzzfeed’s Ze Frank and exploding with color and emotion, the powerful video encourages people to overcome their shyness, first by accepting that there’s nothing wrong — and actually something refreshingly beautiful — about being awkward. “If you, right now, are in a shell,” says Frank, “you should know that you’re not alone — that there are many, many other people like you… it might even be necessary right now. It might keep you safe for a time. But after the danger is gone and after it’s exhausted its use, you’ll find a way out.”



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Making House Calls, To People Without Homes

Dr. Jim Withers’ office fits into a small, backpack, which he carries with him every night on the streets of Pittsburgh. He and a small team of outreach workers and medical students are practicing what’s called “street medicine” — a term Dr. Withers coined in the early nineties. The idea behind street medicine is simple: a homeless person is not likely to visit a doctor when they’re sick or a hospital when they’re hurt, so the best way to get them treatment is to visit them where they live. On any given night Withers and his team are under bridges, on the steps of churches and in McDonald’s bathrooms offering free check-ups, over the counter medications and treatments.



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The Drop Box

It is a heart-breaking reality that in extreme circumstances, new born babies all over the world are abandoned. South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak has seen this tragic problem and responded to it in a beautiful way. He created the Baby Box, a first in Korea, and it’s purpose is simple. It offers a safe alternative place for parents to leave their handicapped or unwanted babies.

 Kindred Image is a charitable and educational organization dedicated to supporting individuals and communities that work on behalf of the abandoned, orphaned, disabled, and defenseless. Please consider donating to this cause HERE



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Betsy Chasse’s New Book:
Tipping Sacred Cows: The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World

Wife, mother, and award-winning producer of the sleeper hit What the Bleep Do We Know!? Betsy Chasse thought she had it all figured out…until she realized she didn’t. She didn’t know anything about happiness, love, spirituality, or herself…nothing, nada, zilch. In a book that’s anything but quiet, Chasse takes readers on a playful romp through the muddy fields of life and spirituality. Witty, yet unflinching, Chasse exposes her own experience tipping sacred cows and dissects the fragile beliefs we all hold so dear. Because the truth is, we each have a choice to believe the stories we tell ourselves or create new ones. A candid, no-nonsense confession, Chasse’s story gives readers the freedom to break free from their old patterns and gleefully frolic through fields, cow tipping at will and in the process, create a new reality for themselves.

The book is scheduled for release January 21,2014.  You can pre-order HERE

Join Betsy in celebrating the release of her book Tipping Sacred Cows! It’s going to be a fun night with music, comedy and a fabulous burlesque show! 
She will be joined by Gypsy & The Merry Mystics, Vanda Mikoloski, LA YOGA Magazine, and TRiPTease at TRiP Santa Monica. 
15% All book sales from this event will benefit GWEN

Wednesday January 22 7:30pm.

2101 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405



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Raw Living Expo 2014 Is Almost Here!

Elevate is proud to sponsor this amazing gathering for raw living.  Some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the health and wellness industry will be sharing their gifts with the community. Since we have a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth, it is important to learn ways of using food as medicine, and how to create a more sustainable future.  Start your new year with the tools to help you thrive. Come eat, learn, play, and dance with us.

Click HERE to get your tickets.  For a 10% discount, make sure to enter: ELEVATE10


January 31 to February 2, 2014
Hyatt Westlake Plaza
Thousand Oaks, CA