Navitas Insider Chanelle Sladics invited alongside 250 other thought leaders to one of the biggest wellness events on the planet. She talks about how to reverse climate change with our food systems leading the way.
Written by @ChanelleSladics
Photos by @KjerstiBuaas
3 DAYS 250 THOUGHT LEADERS 1 MISSION & MILLIONS WATCHING event ONLINE.
I was honored to receive an invite to Mind Body Green’s prestigious annual event called #REVITALIZE, an exclusive health & wellness event hosted by one of the largest online health & wellness platforms in the world. Three days 250 thought leaders gather with 1 mission. Kjersti Buaas, my partner in PRSNT Adventure Retreats, and I hit the road to the Arizona desert to expand our knowledge and look at new approaches to optimize our health even more. At Revitalize there were fascinating classes, invigorating lectures, and critical information about reversing climate change to save the planet! I am so excited to take this information forward with me in my life and am excited to share with you.
YOU. WE. ALL.
I arrived with high expectations as I knew I would be immersed with top medical doctors, athletes, yoga, meditation and spiritual teachers, journalist, chefs, and business owners, in addition to many other thought leaders of various fields.
A huge intention of MBG is to create opportunities for attendees to intermingle and connect through a series of wellness experiences like yoga, meditation, live music, breathwork, ceremony and of course food!
Each activity was back to back, so I was ecstatic to stuff my daypack with the essentials I would need to stay fueled. Included: my 3L water gator, Navitas Organics Matcha Tea in my Simply Straws mug and straw, and Navitas snacks. I leaned on hydrating with Navitas Organics new focus blend to keep me clear and energized. The blend has my favorites all in one place: Maca, Matcha, Yerba Mate, Mushrooms, Ashwagandha.
I am a total learning nerd, so I practically ran from workshop to workshop to squeeze in as many opportunities and experiences as I could. The world class teachers and world class vibes, kept me buzzing from class to class.
The classes I prioritized were: Yoga with Caley Alyssa and Kathryn Budig, Meditation with Biet Simkin and Light Watkins, Breathwork with Brian MacKenzie and Ashley Neese, as well as Ceremony with Shaman Durek. Each class was individually taught, but I was happy to clock in my daily yoga, meditation and breathwork with some of the leading teachers in the world.
LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION ~ MILLIONS TUNING IN LIVE
Saturday was a live event watched by millions around the world, with us in the audience. Each talk unique in its own and relevant to our times, took us closer towards progression in mutual fields. A cocktail of keynotes, panels, and Q & A, kept each talk fresh and exciting. Topics spanned from reversing Climate Change, to preventing disease, gut health, using social media for greater good, balancing work, health, happiness, lifestyle and sooooo much more. Here is a link to the content https://www.mindbodygreen.com/revitalize/tucson/2017
LET'S TURN RIPPLES INTO WAVES
Paul Hawken, executive director of Project Drawdown, introduced a comprehensive plan to reverse climate change in the next 30 years. His talk spoke most deeply to me, as the causes and effects of climate change affect every aspect of our lives and future here on earth. I was brought to tears of joy multiple times, as I felt for the first time someone is actually organizing a truly scalable solution for this ever-daunting challenge.
PROJECT DRAWDOWN ~ REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE IN 30 YEARS
I would like to note Drawdown is a living project, with alterations being made day to day, as new solutions and technologies become available. Project Drawdown is the first effort to measure and project the collective impact of a broad range of solutions if implemented at scale! Rather than focusing on a single solution or sector of solutions, Drawdown has done the math on what humanity is capable of achieving with the broad range of tools already in use around the globe. These are the people who have done the work to assemble these solutions:
Researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists banding together to present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.
DRUMROLL ~ FOOD SECTOR DOMINATES 8 OF TOP 20 SOLUTIONS!
I have been awakening to our damaged food systems for the past 10 years. It has become very attractive to me to understand how we can sustainably grow nutrient dense food and how we could scale that effort sustainably at a commercial level.
LETS DIVE IN ~ TOP 8 FOOD SOLUTIONS #LIVELIFEPOSITIVE
#3 Reduced Food Waste 70.53 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) N/A Billion in Savings
Producing uneaten food squanders resources and generates 8 percent of emissions. Interventions can reduce waste at key points, as food moves from farm to fork.
#4 Plant-Rich Diet 66.11 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) N/A Billion in Savings
Meat-centric diets come with a steep climate price tag: one-fifth of global emissions. Plant-rich diets dramatically reduce emissions and rates of chronic disease.
#9 Silvopasture 31.19 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $699.37 Billion in Savings
Silvopasture is an ancient practice, integrating trees and pasture into a single system for raising livestock. It sequesters carbon while improving animal health and productivity.
#11 Regenerative Agriculture 23.15 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $1,928.10 Billion in Savings
The practices of regenerative agriculture increase carbon-rich soil organic matter. Enhancing and sustaining the health of the soil sequesters carbon and improves productivity.
#14 Tropical Staple Trees 20.19 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $626.97 Billion in Savings
Tropical staple trees provide important foods, such as bananas and avocado. Compared to annual crops, they have similar yields but higher rates of carbon sequestration.
#16 Conservation Agriculture 17.35 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $2,119.07 Billion in Savings
Conservation agriculture avoids tilling and employs cover crops and crop rotation. By protecting the soil, it makes land more resilient and sequesters carbon.
#17 Tree Intercropping 17.20 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $22.10 Billion in Savings
Like all regenerative land-use practices, tree intercropping—intermingling trees and crops—increases the carbon content of the soil and productivity of the land.
#19 Managed Grazing 16.34 Gigaton (Atmospheric CO2-EQ Reduction) $735.27 Billion in Savings
Managed grazing imitates the activity of migratory herds to improve soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention, and forage productivity.
COMING IN HOT ~ FOOD SOLUTIONS IN NEAR FUTURE
Marine permaculture utilizes floating, latticed structures designed to grow rich kelp forests and foster marine life. It could sequester billions of tons of carbon dioxide.
A Cow Walks Onto A Beach- Feed Cow Seaweed
Asparagopsis taxiformis, a species of seaweed, shows promise for reducing methane emissions from livestock—currently 4 to 5 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Project Drawdown’s initiatives improve lives, create jobs, restore the environment, enhance security, generate resilience, and advance human health. So we would have no regrets in implementing these solutions immediately as they have intrinsic benefits to our communities and economies. (Facts & info collected from http://www.drawdown.org/)
Paul Hawken was awarded a lifetime achievement award for Project Drawdown. I am looking forward to educating myself more and doing my best to share his organization's solutions.
I hope your heart is singing the same harmonies of hope as mine after an inspiring weekend with Mind Body Green. Lets rock out these solutions together. Take on what is closest in reach for you. Find your place of passion in these issues and pursue them relentlessly. Vote with your purchases for the future you want, now. Choose brands you can believe in, like Navitas Organics. B Corporations (beneficial corporations) committed to organic practices and nutrient dense food are changing our food industry. I was truly honored and humbled to meet so many committed humans, brands, entrepreneurs, journalists, innovators, musicians, artists and so many more who are driving us into the possibilities of the future. #livelifepositive
Written by @ChanelleSladics
Photos by @KjerstiBuaas
A global "adventurecast" bringing raw, mindful conversations, with leading experts in inspiring industries, to life. We seek to shine the light on diverse topics including health, travel, personal growth, outdoor adventures, athleticism, entrepreneurship, start-ups, women's empowerment, meditation, western and eastern medicine, science, environmental issues and solutions, sustainability, culture, arts and much more. Whether we are recording on a train, plane or automobile or deep in the backcountry, we invite you to join our unique conversations that will remind you of the power of the prsnt moment.
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Chanelle pauses in between world travel to reset in nature at her grandparents cabin, and provide us with a dynamic interview. We go deep on how to be motivated by stress, out of body experiences at a young age, challenging Christianity and why seeds matter. This is an interview where we truly peel back the onion, and understand how dynamic one woman can be.
Highlights from the Show
- How to embrace when weird things happen
- Why getting back to nature is critical for human survival
- What is permaculture and why should we care about seeds?
- How to be motivated by other creatives and why you should be selective when building your tribe
- The first steps to achieving happiness
Links / Resources
- Chanelle’s Website: http://www.chanellesladics.com/
Chanelle’s Personal Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/chanellesladics/
Simply Straws: https://simplystraws.com/
Simply Straws Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplystraws/
Miracle farms: https://miracle.farm/en/
We live very active lifestyles and find the importance of fueling up with good, nutrient dense food profound. Since we eat mostly a plant based diet and do not eat many grains (we have almost cut out all bread of our diet, but we eat real sourdough when available) we challenge ourselves to be creative with our meals. Our favorite healthy, yummy breakfast bowl (that actually fills us up after a big run) is a yummy, healthy breakfast bowl, filled to the brim with good quality ingredients. You can add anything to this really, but check out the list below for what we love to add into our bowls. We eat eggs (happy chicken) so that adds a lot of value for us to this bowl, but if you are fully vegan, jackfruit is a great addition.
(Organic, well sourced and local when possible)
Fermented Sauer Kraut, Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Lemon, Chick Pees, Spicy Avocado Salsa, Carrots, Macadamia Nuts & Blueberries
We also like to add avocado and coconut yogurt, especially if we dont have the egg :)
Can you remember the last time you created your own art? Do you recall memories of getting fully lost in a game or an activity? And what about the last time you laughed so hard you peed yourself?
You dress exactly how you feel and make up a nick name for yourself, allowing yourself to connect with your inner child, to get weird and surrender to the prsnt moment.
Adults tend to make excuses for why we don't have time to play, just for the sake of playing. We really look to children for inspiration because they are naturally drawn towards being in a playful state of mind. They tend to always play, wherever they are; in bathroom lines, in the 10 min break at recess or when they are brushing their teeth.
When children play it is not pre-set, they don't know what's going to happen in the story they are creating, so they tend to become totally immersed in the present moment. This state of being requires skill sets like trust, creativity, flow and spontaneity, something children seem to practice more than adults.
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Dear Kjersti and Chanelle,
I am writing to thank you for pulling your "power of the universe" together and creating the PRSNT camps and the entire concept in general. Both of you seriously just glow with... I don't even know what to call it... star dust or something. Now I'm going to sound like a silly person here... but... I actually had no idea HOW (and sorry to use this word) famous both of you are for your professional careers until I started following your Instagrams AFTER camp. I got word of the camp from a friend, I signed up, showed up, and literally felt like I could be my complete vulnerable self in front of an entire group of people I didn't know, and didn't feel like a crazy person when I was speaking. How the heck did you create that space?! I actually did feel like I was stepping out of a vortex on Tuesday when I had to go back into the real world. The reason I bring up fame and fandom is because I just want to say I am a fan of both of you because of WHO you are, not solely because of your careers (which are obviously impressive and RAD as well!). I'm sure you have so many friends and people you interact with on a daily basis with living the life you do, but I just wanted you to know I felt how genuine, true, and incredible the gifts of your souls you each had to give were, and that's a seriously impressive quality. I will be touched for the rest of my life that I had the chance to connect with your spirits. You are some of the coolest ladies I have ever met, and I will always speak so highly of you and your mission. I was in a really really bad place before coming to camp, and iv been working incredibly hard on a lot of personal things for a long time that have been holding me back in many facets of my life. I cannot thank you enough for creating a space like you did last weekend, because I really do feel like it was the catalyst that I needed to find some clarity and direction in my life. I feel a little silly for some of the things I said ;) but it was all so PRSNT! In a magical way, truly. You are beautiful humans, and I am so grateful for your love, encouragement, and kindness. I wish you the best of luck with all of your plans, I envision I will make it to another retreat, and if there is anything I can do to help you in the future, I would love to. Even if it's just helping you with logistics here in Colorado or looking over a budgeting sheet ;). I am thankful for you both, the entire experience, and am also so thankful to be loving myself again :) Namaste 🙏🏽
Words by Gabby Aguirre from Zeal Optics Blog
All gathered in a circle on the floor, Kjersti leads the ladies of December’s PRSNT Performance Camp into a collective deep breath and pulls from a deck of spiritual cards. “Purpose,” she reads, “I discover the meaning and purpose of life in the process of overcoming difficulties with dignity, courage, and faith. I am on purpose.” She pauses.
This practice is one that Kjersti and Chanelle have integrated into all of their PRSNT camps. It’s a kind of active meditation, an exercise in expression, an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of your chosen card and express where it fits in your life.
Kjersti has been questioning the purpose in her’s a lot recently. “Lately I’ve been feeling that just traveling and competing isn’t enough,” she shares with the group, “What am I going to do with my life? How am I going to make my life about more than just me?” She goes on, “That’s what PRSNT is for me. I really feel that this is my purpose and I’m so blessed to be able to make this a part of my career.”
This; a female community built on snowboarding, mindfulness and health. This sense of belonging, purpose, and curiosity cultivated within small groups at a time that will expand to PRSNT tribes around the world. These mountains of energy Kjersti and Chanelle continually spend creating PRSNT Performance Camp vibrate through the beloved PRSNT Lodge, into all the ladies at the camp, and through to the rest of their lives.
Kjersti and Chanelle are big activists for the climate as well, working with sustainable partners like Simply Straws, Protect Our Winters and Zeal Optics to do their part to protect our beloved outdoor playgrounds. This winter, what the campers took along with them besides all the elements of “presentness” was an AIARE-1 Avalanche Certification. “Working with Colorado Mountain Guides for the AIARE Level 1 course made so much sense with our mindfulness message. Avalanche awareness is all about slowing down and being aware of the elements around you.”
As Kjersti charges through contest season and she and Chanelle follow their purposes in snowboarding, business, and life, that message of purpose ripples throughout their lives and those of all the women of this winter’s first PRSNT Performance camp.
1 Cup of soaked Cashews [raw, organic, unsalted]
3 dates [Organic dogleg Noor - Premium Pitted & Sun ripened]
1 Ts Turmeric Powder [Can also use the Root]
A pinch of cinnamon
1 Cup of water
6 Ice cubes
A pinch of Black Pepper
[The body absorbs the turmeric better with black pepper]
KJERSTI’S PURPS POWER VEGAN SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
- Pomegranate juice (organic, not from concentrate, no added sugar) for smoothie base
- PURPS (PURPLE LIFE FORMULA Mangosteen, Maqui Berry, Acai Berry, Blueberry, Grape, Blackberry). Check out this LINK to all of the ingredients. * Fun Fact: Antioxidants protect our cells from free radicals.
- RAW Organic Fairtrade Cacao from the Raw Chocolate Co. LINK to more superfood goodies.
- Maca powder
- Chia seeds
- Fresh greens
- Fresh wild blueberries
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.