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GLOBAL ROOTS

Caribbean Sun

Relax at the all-inclusive Gran
Ventana Dominican beachfront
resort in Puerto Plata.

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$1580/Person

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GLOBAL ROOTS

Whole Foods Plant Based Meals

Enjoy a delicious buffet three times a day
with recipes from The China Study Cookbook

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Local Excursions

Explore the rich history and
vibrant culture of the Dominican
Republic in two half-day excursions

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Community Building

Visit local schools and share
in the work of some of the world's
best muralists

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Plant Based Cooking Made Easy

Acclaimed chef Del Sroufe (Forks Over Knives
Cookbook
) will teach 4 cooking classes

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Join us October 15-22, 2015 in the Dominican Republic for

A Total Health Experience – Sustaining Ourselves and Our Planet

 Never before have we seen such overwhelming evidence to support the health benefits of a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet. In fact, we now have such a broad range of evidence showing that a whole food, plant-based diet is best for the heart, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, kidneys, bones, eyes and brains (Campbell, T. Colin and Campbell, Thomas, 2005). These same benefits also have an impact on the world we live in. A recent UN report (2009) states that our industrial system of animal production is unsustainable. As stated in this report, it’s crucial that we move from an animal based diet to a plant based diet. Focused on possibilities and solutions, we invite you to explore the science behind these claims, our role in this process and how to make the transition to a WFPB diet. So join us on the beautiful Northern coast of the Dominican Republic, where you’ll relax on the Golden Sands of Playa Dorado – while having an inspirational and life-changing experience.
Conference Highlights
Presenters
Through interactive presentations, Q&A sessions and one-on-one meetings you’ll have a chance to interact and engage with several leading authorities in the field.
Meet a few of our presenters: Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Ph.D), the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and Director of the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. He’ll share the results of this study and many more, all which have been published in the book The China Study, now a National Bestseller, having sold over a million copies.
Dr. John Kelly (MD), known as the Dublin Doctor who is beating cancer, has 50 years of experience on the front line of medicine. He is the author of Stop Feeding Your Cancer and he’ll share the startling effects of a non-animal protein diet on his cancer patients.
Dr. Amy Lanou (PhD), author of the ground-breaking Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis – Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen, or Drugs, will share the latest clinical studies and the most up-to date medical information on this topic.
To share why and how we have a multi-billion dollar health crisis, we have David Simon, lawyer and author of the critically acclaimed, Meatonomics. He will show us what we need to do, as individuals and as a society, to transform the unhealthy, unsustainable and unjust food system that prevails in today’s society.
For a full list of the presenters and their bios, please visit this page.
Film Screenings
During the week, several  films will be shown, providing further insight into the interconnections between one’s health, the environment, food systems and mindful living. To enhance these viewings, the film director, producer or a key actor will be available for a Q&A following the film.

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Cooking Classes — Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Made Easy
How do you transition to a whole food plant based diet (WFPB)? Chef Del Sroufe, the author of the acclaimed Forks Over Knives Cookbook and one of the best WFPB chefs in the country will provide a series of cooking classes. The goal of  these  classes are to empower — to provide the resources and tools to make quick, easy and tasty meals. We understand that change can be difficult,  so we want our cooking classes to provide easy, convenient and tasty tips!
This will be done through the following four Plant Based Cooking Made Easy classes. Each class will be 1-1.5 hours long. Handouts will be distributed for each class.
1. The ABC’s of Plant Based Cooking: What are the crucial food items to have in your kitchen? How should I plan my meals for one day and for one week?
2.Dairy Alternatives: Cooking Without Milk and Cheese with demonstrations on how to make your own cheddar cheese alternatives, cashew spreads and Caesar salad dressing.
3. Baking Without Oil and Eggs: Preparing tasty desserts, breads and muffins.
4. Preparing Community Meals: Fast and Easy Casseroles, Soups and Salads.
Exercise Classes
Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to participate in exercise classes, including a  morning yoga class on the beach, a mid afternoon laughing yoga class or an aqua aerobics class at one of the resort pools. In addition, participants will have time to walk along the beach, swim in the ocean or relax at the pool as well as participate in resort sponsored activities such as pool and beach volleyball or evening dance parties.
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A Whole Food Plant Based Buffet
The Total Health conference will have a separate whole food, plant based buffet following the guidelines of the China Study, using a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce. All the dishes are animal and dairy free with no added oil and no processed sugars. Several dishes are from the China Study Cookbook and prepared by Chef Helmut Sugg, an All-Star chef of over 30 years. Fresh juices and a wide array of tropical vegetables will be served daily. The following video contains some of the dishes prepared on the WFPB buffet. To see several of the recipes prepared for the Total Health Conference, please visit this page.
Relax in the Caribbean at the all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort
The Gran Ventana Beach Resort is a sleek, spacious, 506-room, all-inclusive resort with an enviable location on the golden sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. This wonderful beach resort offers a distinctive blend of sophisticated design combined with the charm and hospitality of the Dominican Republic.
The hotel is situated within the Playa Dorada Tourist Complex, the largest and most complete tourist development in the Dominican Republic and just a block away from the Playa Dorada Commercial Center, which has some of the best bars and discos in the Puerto Plata area. Downtown Puerto Plata is just minutes away. The resort is also just 300 yards from the Playa Dorada Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones.
The resort is also the TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award Winner. They have several amenities so you can leave your wallet at home. They include Spanish and meringue lessons, regularly stocked mini-fridges, swim-up bar, a SCUBA dive lesson, nightly music and dancing, and so much more.
Local Excursions
The Total Health Conference includes two half-day optional excursions. The first is a true cultural immersion, visiting a small rural village while sharing in one of the Caribbean’s most dynamic art collectives. More specifically, visiting the homes in the village, a local school and hiking through a rural farm. The school that we visit is participating in the Global Roots mural project, utilizing public space/art to bring forth a dialogue on the environment and sustainability. Participants will have a chance to interact with artists from the largest muralist project in the Caribbean and engage with school children and local families who are participating in this process. The work of this group is inspirational and engaging, allowing you to experience the rich culture and hospitality of the Dominican Republic, while also sharing in an innovative and exciting community building initiative.
The second excursion involves a choice, either to visit several refreshing waterfalls or to ride up a cable car to a mountaintop botanical garden. On the waterfall excursion, you’ll hike along and through a river, then, swim in several pools. On this tour, you’ll need to wear or bring aqua socks or you can rent water shoes before starting the tour. You are provided with helmets & life vests (even though there is little to no danger of drowning). There are a couple areas where you can jump into the water with the highest jump being nine meters.
For those who want a less strenuous, but still fun excursion, you can visit the highest peak in the province by cable car (teleferico), then take a guided tour through a large botanical garden and visit a small cave, while learning about the vegetation and fauna of the tropics. The views from the top and during the cable car ride are spectacular. Both excursions allow you to experience the rich natural environment of the Dominican Republic.
To get a glimpse of what these excursions offer, please view the video.
Pricing & Package
We have two program options, 1) the seven-night/eight day (October 15-22) Total Health Immersion Program and 2) the four-night/five day (October 15-19) Total Health Conference. Below is a list of what’s included for each program. However, please note that the prices listed are for the first 150 people to register (regardless of the option). Once this number is obtained, we will increase the prices on this website by $150.
Option 1 (October 15-22)
1.      Lodging at a four star beach resort
2.      A specially prepared whole food plant based buffet served three times a day with an open bar
3.      A wide range of educational activities including lectures, workshops, exercise classes, Spanish classes, merengue and bachata dance lessons
4.      Two in-country excursions (visiting a rural village, a local school and hiking through a small family farm and either traveling on a teleferico to a mountain-top botanical garden or swimming through 9 waterfalls).
5.      And the option to participate in an individualized health program, i.e., a pre (day 1) test and then a post (day 8) test to monitor the changes in your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, lipids and fasting sugar – allowing you to document the impact of a whole food, plant based diet.
$1580 per person in a double room
$1780 per person in a single room
$2080 per person in a jr. suite
$580 per child (2-12 years of age)
Option 2 (October 15-19)
1.      Lodging at a four star beach resort
2.      A specially prepared whole food plant based buffet served three times a day with an open bar
3.      A wide range of educational activities including lectures, workshops, exercise classes, Spanish classes, merengue and bachata dance lessons
4.      And one in-country excursion (either traveling on a teleferico to a mountain-top botanical garden or swimming through 9 waterfalls).
$1080 per person in a double room
$1280 per person in a single room
$1580 per person in a jr. suite
$350 per child (2-12 years of age)
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What airport should we fly into?
Airfare during the month of October, from most US airports, is quite reasonable. Round-trip airfare from NY City to Puerto Plata is approximately $550. We recommend that you fly into Puerto Plata (POP). However, if airfares are high it’s also possible to fly into Santiago. The distance from the airport in Puerto Plata to the Gran Ventana is 15-20 minutes and the distance from the airport in Santiago to the Gran Ventana is 1.2 hours.
  • Do I need a passport and tourist visa to travel to the Dominican Republic?
Yes. All non-Dominican residents need a current up-to-date passport, valid for six months. You will also need a tourist card. This card can be purchased for US$10 at the Dominican Republic airport. Signs demonstrating where to purchase the card are seen as one arrives to Dominican customs. To obtain a Tourist Card the only requirements are a Valid Passport and US$10.
  • How do I get from the airport to the resort?
We’ll provide bus service from the airport to the resort on the first and last day of the conference, October 15th, October 19th and October 22nd. When arriving to the DR airport, look for the sign GLOBAL ROOTS and you’ll be taken directly to the resort bus. If you arrive or depart before or after these dates, you need to arrange for a taxi which costs $40 one way from the airport in Puerto Plata and $120 from the airport in Santiago.
  • Are there ATM machines at the resort and/or should I exchange money in my own country?
No, it is not necessary to exchange money before departing. Money can be exchanged at the front desk of the Gran Ventana Resort or at the small bank in the Gran Ventana Resort. There is also an ATM machine at the shopping center right beside the resort. However, please call your bank before departing the USA to inform them of your travel plans.
  • What is our schedule? Will I have time during the day to do other activities?
A copy of the program will be provided as the date gets closer. There will  be 4-5 hours of free time throughout the day.
  • Is there internet access at the resort?
There is free public WiFi in the lobby area. However, there is an additional charge for those who want WiFi service in individual rooms.
  • What should I bring?
In addition to bringing clothing, one should bring a small rain poncho for excursions, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. If one plans to participate in the waterfall excursion, one should bring water sandals/shoes.
  • What should I do to prepare for the trip?
Before departing, we would like all participants to view the documentary Forks Over Knives. This can be found on Netflix. Furthermore, (if you are ambitious), we suggest that you read The China Study as well as selected PDF documents that will be supplied once you register.
  • Can I bring something for the village and/or school that we visit?
This, of course, is optional but for those who can, we are assisting the schools in obtaining gently used, but still functional, computers. Recently our Dominican partner schools received a technology grant garnering internet access but none of the schools have computers or printers. Thus, if you have an old computer, that still works, and room available, please bring it. In addition, we are collecting gently used summer clothing for all ages.
  • Is there financial assistance?
Since this conference is organized close to cost, we are not able to provide financial assistance. However, as in past study tours, we don’t want finances to be a determining factor in your participation. Thus, we are providing, again, the buddy system, in which, if you recruit 10 additional participants, you can go for free. If you are interested in being a buddy, please contact us.
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