Vihara Youkta, wife of Viktoras Kulvinskas, ascended peacefully, and gracefully in the company of loved ones on Oct. 16th, 2007.
Ms. Youkta lived the raw food lifestyle for over 3 decades. She was a beautiful successful Woman, and very talented accomplished yogini and dancer. Ms Vihara, unfortunately neglected to have the symptoms from which she had been suffering for more than a year diagnosed until her condition was irreversible. A life of ongoing stress will cause distress to the body irregardless of ones lifestyle. The recent stress of moving to Costa Rica, and loss of a loved one, exacerbated her condition rapidly. Like Viktoras, Youkta also survived some extreme abuse and suffering in her childhood which no doubt took an early toll on her overall well-being.
We celebrate Youkta's life and the fact that it ended in the perfect divine time. We are reminded that death spares no one.
This is a great loss to the raw food community.
Youkta left behind many devoted students who are carrying on her style and teachings.
Friends of Youkta can send cards and letters to the family, her son, Nick and Kim and their daughter Samantha Geraigery, at 1671 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA. 02780.
Cards and letters will also reach Viktoras Kuvlinskas at the same address or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions can also be sent for the Vihara Youkta Foundation, for the purposes of continuing her vision of building a school in Costa Rica to the above address.
A memorial will be held at Garvin Gardens, Hot Springs Arkansas Nov 11th, 11 am. Her memorial services will be held the week of Feb 18th in Montezuma Costa Rica.
See www.youkta.org for more information about her life and memorial services.
As a representative for the Creative Health Institute, I had the pleasure and privilege to participate in the third annual Raw Spirit Festival October 12th thru the 14th, hosted by The Radisson Resort in Sedona, Arizona.
We set up our booth beneath a shady tree, and hung our banner from the branches. We were surrounded by red rock and soaring hills outlined against the clear blue sky. It was magnificent!
Many wonderful guests visited our booth. I was surprised by the numerous people who know Don Haughey, the founder of CHI, and who knew Dr. Ann Wigmore. I felt honored when they ardently shared great memories with me about them and their stay with us at CHI in Michigan. I realized thru their eyes how significant this work is, and how these extraordinary individuals, Don Haughey and Dr. Ann Wigmore, devoted their lives to supporting people on their quest to reclaim a healthful life. That is quite a gift of compassion to give to humanity.
Over the course of the weekend, under the Creative Health Institute’s banner, we sold many books, had long chats and were very busy listening, speaking and learning. It was an uplifting experience.
At the Raw Spirit Festival there were many inspirational and educational speakers, such as Victoria Boutenko, David Wolfe, Viktoras Kulvinskas and Dr. Jameth Sheridan, to name but a few. Not only were there many lectures to choose from, there was music, dance, morning yoga, many workshops and food demos (who could stop tasting?). It was so much fun.
Patricia Bragg & Karen Choley
David Wolfe & Nina
Kathy & Dale Mitchell
Victoria Boutenko & Nina
The international crowd was an outstanding collection of individuals. A generally youngish mix of singles, couples, families and older folks who were all in high spirits, peacefully interacting with each other and enjoying the atmosphere. I was inspired by their commitment to healthful living and enthused by their sense of global cooperation and consciousness. Indeed, a high mindedness expressed itself in every gentle move they made or word they spoke. As a group they were powerfully aware and nonviolent, generous and kind, attributes you don’t often observe in such a large crowd.
Last year there were 300 attendees, and this year the count jumped to 2500+. If this is a testimony of the direction society is heading in the not-too-distant future, then bring it on, full force! What a wonderful World this will be!
Creative Health Institute is already planning our booth for next year. We’ve got some great ideas, so plan on attending the next Raw Spirit Festival.
In the meantime, you are invited to join us at our Open House and Luncheon every Sunday at 2:30. Call us: (517) 278-6260.