Paul Rodney Turner

Turner presents solutions to world hunger at the World Vegan Summit

The World Vegan Summit was held at the Marriot hotel in Marina del Rey, California from March 20-22 with over 300 attendees. Director of Food for Life, Paul Rodney Turner was a guest speaker, giving a talk on the work of Food for Life Global volunteers from around the world in the main ballroom to a packed crowd. Turner started his presentation by sharing his experience as a monk for 14 years and how his first service in the ashram was cooking and feeding people in need. “I eventually learned to cook for very large numbers,” he said. “One time I made a feast for 10,000 people.”  Host of the event, radio personality Bob Linden introduced Paul and mentioned to the audience that Food for Life Global affiliates were now serving over 1.5 million meals daily, to which the crowd were stunned to hear. “We are actually the world’s largest food relief,” explained Turner. “But we also happen to serve only vegan meals.”  Turner then went on to explain the essence of  Food for Life Global’s objectives: to unite the world through pure food and how this mission objective came to be. “The United Nations has spent billions on trying to solve world hunger, but they are missing an essential component, he said. “World hunger is not because of a lack of food, it is, as admitted by the United Nations, because of inequitable distribution. But no one is asking why is there an inequitable distribution? The reason for that is spiritual inequality. If the people of the world really embraced spiritual equality, there would be no hint of racism, specism, or any kind of discrimination and world hunger would disappear overnight.” Turner then showed video highlights of Food for Life projects around the world, to which the audience was […]

Director of Food for Life was a featured chef at Bogota Food and Wine Festival

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Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner was chosen as one of the special guest chefs at the Food & Wine festival in Bogota, Colombia (August 27-31). The festival is held all over the world and has been held in Bogota the last 4 years. Paul was one of 40 International chefs to participate in this prestigious culinary festival. He was the only Australian chef and one of only two chefs presenting a vegan dish over the 4 days.  On Saturday, the main day of the festival, over 200 of Bogota’s luminaries came out to have breakfast made by Crepes and Waffles founder, Beatriz Fernandez, Dr-Cow Pablo Castro and Paul Rodney Turner, the food yogi. — in Bogotá, Colombia. The event kicked off with Beatriz Fernandez welcoming the attendees and sharing her philosophy of preparing meals with love. She pointed to Paul Turner and told the audience how happy she was to have him and was looking forward to hearing about food yoga and the spiritual side of cooking. Beatriz then demonstrated one of her restaurant’s signature wraps. Pablo Castro “Dr Cow” followed her presentation with a demonstration on how to make a raw vegan granola and sesame milk. Then Paul and his fiancé Juliana Castañeda took the stage and while Juliana translated, Paul wowed the crowd with a raw vegan chocolate mousse and toasted granola, while explaining the essence of what Food Yoga is: connecting with food in such a way as to nourish our body, mind and soul. The audience was immensely pleased with his talk and many said it was the highlight of the event. Juliana and Paul then met with the attendees and presented their respective books, “Cooking with Jaggy” the first vegan cookbook in Colombia and “Food Yoga – Nourishing Body, Mind and Soul.” Video and photos of the event […]

6 Day Food Yoga Retreat in Brazil

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Join director of Food for Life and “food yogi,” Paul Rodney Turner for a 6 day food yoga retreat in the spectacular Dharma Shala Eco Retreat in Brazil. The ultimate goal of the retreat is to inspire you to live your life more consciously and to make food choices and your relationship with food more meaningful and nourishing to your body, mind and soul. Introduction: As humans, we resonate to “five”-ness, therefore, your retreat will unfold and nourish your body, mind and spirit through reconnecting with the 5 principle elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. Each day we will immerse ourselves in one of the elements – understanding how that elements expresses itself in nature, our body, food, music and activities. Food Yogi on the Healthy You TV show [youtube]http://youtu.be/xA1eVs4nW1Y[/youtube] Our Food Yogi team have created a special program for helping you become fully immersed in each one of the elements, through theory and practical activities on the first day and then an excursion the following day where we will all experience the full power of each element and discuss what we’ve learnt. We will spend one whole day on each of the five main elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) culminating in a feast where everyone will be involved in putting their food yoga skills to practice. Arrival (23 September) 4pm: Registration begins 6pm: Dinner 7pm: Meeting the teachers DAY 1 – EARTH (24th September) 5:30am: Morning Sun gazing (optional) 7:30am: Breakfast 9:00am: Introduction to Food Yoga 9:30am: Immersion in Earth Earthling exercises Yoga asanas for grounding Organic Gardening & Cow Protection 11:30am: Learning about Earth foods 12:00pm: Kitchen: Earth food creations How to make non-leavened breads 1:00pm: Lunch 3:30pm: Workshop: Making Incense 4:30pm: Workshop: Introduction to Reiki 6:00pm: Dinner 7:30pm: Earth Music Jam 9:00pm: Stargazing (optional) DAY 2 – […]

Media Icon Jorge Cardona receives FOOD YOGA

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Monday, 17 February, Bogota — Director of Food for Life, Paul Rodney Turner me one of the most powerful media men in Colombia, Mr. Jorge Cardona, the General Director of El Espectador, the company that manages all the leading magazines and the top newspaper in the country. Turner gave Mr. Cardona, a long time vegetarian, a copy of his book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul which he graciously received. “At the beginning of our meeting, Mr. Cardona informed me that we had something in common (alluding to Paul’s time as a monk and student of the ancient Indian Scripture). “He then produced a copy of the original edition of the Spanish Bhagavad Gita. He told me it was the most important book he had ever read, explained Turner. The one hour interview covered broad topics, including Food For Life’s history and activities, the science of food yoga, the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita, vegetarianism, nutrition and FFL’s unique solution to ending world hunger. Turner explained that the no amount of money, laws, policies or even food can solve world hunger if one critical issue is not addressed: inequality. Food for Life therefore addresses the root cause of hunger by the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals, with the intention to demonstrate that each and everyone of us are part of one human family. Turner explained that although Food for Life is now the world’s largest food relief organisation, it’s agenda is to use food to create the unity, peace and equal prosperity that is so needed in this world. The science of food yoga, as outlined in his new book, expands on these concepts with some practical guidelines to help all people to adopt the ideal peace diet. Paul showed Mr. Cardona the four page article on his life that […]

My journey with Food for Life – A summary of 30 years of Service

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I could hardly imagine Hare Krishna Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way back in 1984. Back then, I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna movement in Australia and it was a forerunner to other Food for Life projects throughout Australia. The Beginning days In 1974, Srila Prabhupada (1896 – 1977) the founder acharya of ISKCON and the pioneer of the kirtan movement in the West, was alarmed by some commotion outside the window of his room in India. He looked outside to see village children fighting off dogs over scraps of food that had recently been thrown out after a festival feast. The leaf plates still had some rice and curry stuck to them and that was just too much to ignore for these kids. Unfortunately, it was the same for the local street dogs and they wanted those remnants. The children waved sticks and screamed while the dogs sneered with the hair on their backs fully raised. It was war and from the swami’s viewpoint and no one was a winner. He stood there in silence and cried. “How can this be?” he wondered. Feeling guilty that he had just finished his lunch, he called his students to come and see what was happening. “Do you see how hungry those children are?” he told them. “This is a temple of God and where there is God the father there should be no hungry children…No one within a ten-mile radius of our temples should go hungry! Begin feeding these children immediately!” Back then the program was called ISKCON Food Relief and it only operated in Mayapur, West Bengal. The […]

Food for Life Director featured in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE

Nourishing the Soul – The story of a food yogi First Printed in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE (Sept – Nov 2013) www.ayl.com.au Nourishing the Soul Sitting on a beach in Sri Lanka at the beginning of his world tour earlier this year, Food For Life (FFL) Global director Paul Rodney Turner was quietly reflecting on his life journey. “I pondered why I find myself travelling so much?” he wrote on his blog, Travel Diary of a Food Yogi. “Why I can’t seem to settle? The easy answer to that is because I can. I am single, without any debts and a worldwide mission.” But there is more to this story. “Yes, I travel for those reasons,” he says. “However, I also travel because I am searching for ‘home’.” What does home mean for this yoga devotee who was born and raised in Sydney’s western suburbs and who now directs the largest plant-based food relief organisation in the world? “In its purest definition home is the spiritual domain, or where the soul is most happy,” he says. “Since I am not qualified to be in the spiritual domain at this time, I can only hope to find a sense of home by being in a place of soul happiness.” Turner believes that in order to be qualified to enter into the spiritual domain we need to achieve a state of purity whereby our consciousness can tune into a higher spiritual frequency. “Being in a place of soul happiness means that, until our consciousness is fixed in the higher spiritual frequency, we can at least relish our connections in this world in the purest way possible – through unconditional love,” he says. With its slogan Uniting the World Through Pure Food, Food For Life Global operates on the hope that the liberal distribution of plant-based meals prepared with […]