Thursday, April 16, 2009

Evolve Detroit - Event Horizon

Evolve Detroit
take it easy on your eyes and see this as it was intended to be seen.

April 16th, 2009
(The Moon Wanes Gibbous)

Greetings Detroit and all those who grace us here
Welcome to another Evolve Detroit. Everyone here at the Lab is doing well. Aya is growing everyday and has been attending a great many of our events. He's even assisted with a few yoga classes! Many of you will be thrilled to see Angela's return and her impressive Kitchen Class schedule. Her first offering is a Raw Gourmet Class on the 28th that is sure to fill quickly. Please give us a call or email to RSVP!

Please note that we're also now offering 7 am Yoga Classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Many requested this earlier time to allow them to get to work on time. We're pleased to make this happen. Our Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes remain at 8 am. As always, doors open a half an hour before class.

As we expand the Lab's offering and settle into our "new" space, we're also changing up Evolve Detroit. With so many new events many have asked us for an ongoing Events Calendar and, beginning with this edition, every other week we'll send out a full listing of vital events at the Lab and around Detroit.

Please explore our Event Horizon below and check out the wonderful things happening at the Lab and in Detroit. We send our blessings and look forward to seeing you all out and about soon.

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg, Angela, Aya, Alan & the entire Lab Crew!

Evolve Detroit
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Detroit Evolution Laboratory
1434 Gratiot Ave #1
Detroit, Michigan 48207

The Detroit Evolution Laboratory promotes Active, Aware, Healthy and Sustainable Vegan and Raw Food Lifestyles in the city.

2 Months of Unlimited Yoga
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Detroit Evolution - Event Horizon
Vital Happenings at the Lab and around Detroit

APRIL 2009

April 9 - May 8
The Lab’s Lunar Cycle Artist is Jeffrey Thomas. Jeffrey lives art. His recent works are concerned with the beautification of Detroit and the planet. Contemplative and expansive pieces touch on the organization of modern society and the art of growing. It is conscious art for conscious evolution. Come and enjoy Jeffrey's art while practicing yoga or during one of our special events.

Saturday, April 18
Sustainable City Living Workshop by Scott Kellogg, Spirit of Hope Church - 7pm, with a 6pm Community Potluck. Scott Kellogg is one of the Co-founders of the Rhizome Collective in Austin, TX. and Co-author of the book, "Toolbox for Sustainable City Living:a do-it ourselves guide". The Rhizome Collective is doing wonderful things in Austin teaching Sustainability, Building Community, and Bioremediating their community. Free. Spirit of Hope Church, 1519 Martin Luther King Blvd. Detroit. 313.598.3720

Saturday, April 18
Spring Craft Revival - 10am-5pm, Magic Stick. Handmade Detroit's spring indie craft fair. Thirty alternative craft vendors will gather for Craft Revival on Saturday, April 18, at the Magic Stick in Detroit. Free admission. All Ages. Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

Sunday, April 19
Motown to Growtown, Talking Transition in Detroit by Gregg Newsom - 12:30 pm, Earth Day Expo in Downtown Rochester. The Transition Movement is a proactive and creative response to the triple threat of Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Crisis through community based relocalization. Discussing the realities of these crises in a region supported by the auto industry presents us with very specific and sometimes challenging answers to tough questions about our personal livelihood. Many visionaries across the nation and world see Detroit's potential as Growtown, but how can we, as a community and individuals, begin to recreate our lives as the age of the automobile comes to a close? Gregg will share sobering facts on Peak Oil and lead an open discussion on the opportunities Transition offers. Earth Day Expo, Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19 - 3rd & Water Streets Downtown Rochester.

Wednesday, April 22
Rock Lottery Benefit for the Greening of Detroit - 8pm, Magic Stick
Over 60 musicians from bands of all types were chosen by Magic Stick bartender Virginia Benson. On April 13, band members were placed at random and into 15 different bands. Each band will learn one cover and write one song together. On April 22 the 15 bands will perform on two stages at the Magic Stick with all proceeds benefiting The Greening of Detroit. The Lab's own Alan Scheurman is a part of the lottery. Come out and support Greening! $10 All Ages. Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

Friday, April 24
Funk Night, Location TBA
Detroit's favorite monthly party returns with Detroit's Vegan Tower of Power, Detroit Evolution Laboratory, offering a special Funk Night only menu. $5 over 21, $10 under 21.

Saturday, April 25
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit's Food Stories - 10am-3:30pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church. Please join us for a day of tales and food, to celebrate the Earth, the new growing season, and our Detroit neighbors who will share their stories about food. Please bring your own food stories to share. Lunch will be provided by Chef Phil Jones of Jones Urban Foods. The Lab's Angela Newsom shares her "Food Story" at this exciting event. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit. $3-10 Suggested Donation.

Sunday, April 26
Michigan VegFest - Noon-5pm, Ferndale High School. VegFest features food from local restaurants, lectures, cooking demonstrations and free samples. Detroit Evolution Laboratory will have a table and the Lab's Angela Newsom will offer a Raw Foods demonstration. Ferndale High School 881 Pinecrest in Ferndale (south of 9 mile, west of woodward). Admission is $10 at the door $5 for students and free to kids under 6 and VegMichigan members. Visit for more details.

Tuesday, April 28
Raw Gourmet Kitchen Class - 7-9pm. The preparation of Raw Foods can be simple or quite complex. For this Raw Gourmet Kitchen Class Angela will share elegant healthy recipes that will inspire beginning and advanced Raw Foodists alike. In this class we will prepare a mouth watering Raw Caponata served with Angel-hair Zucchini Noodles and incredible Raw Garlic Bread. The perfect meal for a lovely spring dinner. $30

MAY 2009

Tuesday May 5, 12, 19, & 26
Sun Ships Sound Meditation with Warren Defever - 9-11 pm. Each Tuesday evening in May, Detroit Evolution Laboratory will present a unique meditation experience utilizing gongs, stones, drone, bells and vibrating strings featuring Warren Defever (His Name is Alive, UFO Factory). FREE

Saturday, May 2
Mexican Raw Fiesta Kitchen Class - 4-7 pm. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Lab! Join us and explore the world of Mexican the RAW way!! Bring your appetite as Angela will show you how easy it is to create an amazing Mexican Fiesta that will leave you fully charged and satisfied without the use of any cheese, flour, meat or heat! $45

Saturday, May 9
Taste of Eastern Market - 10 am - Noon. Detroit Evolution Laboratory's Vegan and Raw Foods Chef Angela Newsom is featured in this Saturday's Taste of Eastern Market. She'll be sharing demonstrations and samples in the center of Shed 2. FREE

Saturday, May 9
Lunar Cycle Art Series Opening featuring Sabrina Nelson - 8 pm. Every Full Moon the artwork on the walls of the Lab will cycle. We feature works that engender the Lab's mission and that inspire our community. We consider the Lab to be a Sacred Space dedicated to the evolution of Detroit and all beings and are honored to present evolutionary art from Detroit artists. FREE

Sunday, May 10
Mother’s Day Vegan Brunch Kitchen Class - 11am-2pm. We're pleased to offer this special Mother's Day class. Brunch, that magical blend of breakfast and lunch, is one of our favorite times to conduct "experiments." Our research in this otherwise extremely limited territory for vegans has provided encouraging findings that we just have to share! Angela will present incredible egg and dairy substitutes, mock meats for breakfast and lunch, the divine secrets of the sweet side of brunch, and preparation tips that will forever change your vegan kitchen experience. $45

Saturday, May 16
Joshua Allen & the Plague of Frogs w/ Body Holographic & Jeff Jablonski - 8pm-Midnight. Join us at the Detroit Evolution Laboratory for a night of free form folk, oms, sing alongs, and psychedelic pop. Joshua Allen and the Plague of Frogs share experimental psych/folk with angelic vocals and found sounds, drawn-out OMs and atmospheric chattering for experiential listeners. $5

Wednesday, May 20
Detroit Abides Free Sustainability Gathering - 7-9pm. On the third Wednesday of every month Detroit Evolution Laboratory, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit and Eastern Market Corp. present DETROIT ABIDES in Eastern Market's Shed 5. We gather to screen movie's on sustainable topics, explore the topics at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, create a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life and to grow an active, healthy community. FREE

Friday, May 22
Vegan Indian Cross-Legged Class - 7-9pm. This class will include much more than the delicious food we'll be making ~ learn about the spiritual role that food plays on the Indian subcontinent and the importance of ritual in the kitchen. We will share our puja process with the class and discuss how a spiritual approach to diet can deepen our connections to the Divine and the world around us. Our cross-legged classes feature floor seating in the Lab's yoga studio. Special seating needs are gladly met. $30

Saturday, May 23
Time Machines Night - HiFi Sonic Journeying - 9-11pm. In 1996, the seminal experimental band Coil revealed "Time Machines." This very limited release featured four long playing tracks described as "4 tones to facilitate travel through time" in the liner notes. We encourage you to join us for the Movement Festival debut of what will be our monthly Time Machines Night. This silent (non-verbal) and cross-legged gathering named after Coil's work and intention, will explore this and other HiFi Sonic releases designed to facilitate journeying. We offer blankets and yoga mats, but always encourage bringing your own pillow & magic carpet. $10

Saturday, May 30
Vegan Singles Night - 7-10pm. Join us at the Lab for this special event. Enjoy Angela's incredible hors d'oeuvres, snacks and deserts, take in the artwork of Sabrina Nelson, and meet like minded singles in the relaxed atmosphere of the Lab. $10


Please bring a rattle or drum if you have one. Journeying is often done lying down. Wear comfortable clothing, including clothing for possible work outside. Bring sleeping bags, blankets or whatever you need for comfort. The Detroit Evolution Lab will provide blankets if necessary. A scarf or eyecover is needed. A pen and notebook is recommended. Please bring a single item for the altar that will return home with you. Class size limited to 10. Cost $70. Time Offered: Sun. June 14th, 2009 from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Doors will open at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be 1 hour.

Announcing a New Lab Workshop!
Introduction to Shamanic Journeying

with Connie Eiland, Shamanic Practitioner
Sunday, June 14th, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - $70

The classic shamanic journey is a remarkable method for exploring the hidden universe, which is otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Shamans use this method primarily for healing and learning where to find help. Journeying is also a way to connect with spiritual teachers and guides to aide on one's path. Establishing relationships with teachers and guides can help in everyday life. Students will journey to Lower, Middle, and Upper worlds. The state of non-ordinary reality, or the shamanic state of consciousness, is achieved through drumming or rattling. Drumming is the common denominator among indigenous shamans throughout the planet to help enter non-ordinary states of consciousness. During this six hour introduction, students will learn to journey to meet a power animal, find a power animal for a partner, & journey to meet a teacher. Participants will have the opportunity to do four to six journeys, depending on what participants are finding. Each journey will be followed by a discussion with time allotted for journaling.

This class will prepare you to take other classes or simply to gain help on your spiritual path.

Yoga and Pranayama

These secrets of yoga are within the hearts of everyone. ~Yoga Rahasya III.29

We've doubled the size of the Lab Yoga Studio!
Reopening Special
2 Months of Unlimited Yoga for $100!

Yoga sessions at the Lab are always dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. Special attention is paid to the act of doing yoga in Detroit and sharing the personal change achieved with change in the community. Our classes are taught specifically for the students in attendance. Yoga is first and foremost about the breath and does not refer to our experience or physical flexibility. In the Lab we find common ground daily and practice from that point.

Market Saturdays are particularly energetic and our practice reflects and contributes to that energy. What could be better than visiting the market, doing yoga and picking up all your fresh fruits and vegetables?



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Lunch Yoga


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Doors open a half an hour prior to class and are locked promptly at the start of class! All classes begin with Sun Salutations or a similar breath and body warming flow (vinyasa). Weekday Morning and Lunch classes are an hour long. Evening and Saturday classes are an hour and fifteen minutes. We also make time for individual assistance and discussion after every class.

Class Fees:
Walk-ins: $10.00
5 class pass (good for 1 month): $45.00
10 class pass (good for 2 months): $80.00

Reopening Special
2 Months of Unlimited Yoga for $100!

Gregg Newsom
Gregg connected to yoga at a young age but began his focused study and practice in 1994. In addition to asana, he pursued pranayama, meditation, tantra and more esoteric studies. In 2004, he began to teach at yoga studios and medical centers across the Metro Detroit area. Though teaching many styles of yoga, his personal practice is Ashtanga. In 2006, Gregg traveled to Mysore, India to study with Ashtanga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His time in India enhanced his connection to the traditional practice of yoga and he strives to share this with all of his students. He's been blessed to practice and study with Matthew Darling, Manju Jois, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Tim Miller and R. Sharath Rangaswamy. Gregg writes on yoga and other topics in his Detroit As A Portal blog.

Gregg Newsom

Community Events

Craft Revival


Purposeful (Not Random) Acts of Kindness
Garie Thomas-Bass, Kertia Thomas-Black and Kirtis Thomas III

Please check out Garie's new website
for more Purposeful Acts of Kindness!

We have copies of Garie's book in stock at the Lab for $16 or if you're out of town you can order a copy through her new web page.

"Even though our book may not be considered politically correct, it is written with the hope that some ideas that used to be called “common sense” will again become the behavior of choice. There is one rule presented for each week of the year. The fifty-two “suggestions” Our hope is that each person will use in his/her life some of these straightforward and easily applied ideas after it is understood why they are important. Truthfully, these rediscovered actions will allow us to live together in society with as little confrontational stress as possible."

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