About Shawna

Shawna E. Appel, MA, earned her master’s degree in Vegan and Live Food Nutrition through the Culture of Life Institute, under the direction of Gabriel Cousens, M.D. http://www.rawshawna/…. & http://www.cultureofl/…. Shawna recently completed her first book, Heart of Raw, which will be available soon. Her services include living foods individual counseling, classes, and speaking events.

Shawna is the founder of Raw Columbus, a community group offering potlucks, speaker events, and a place to connect to Columbus’ live food community. She is an approved Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center Branch Member, http://www.treeoflife/….

Her live food mentors include Gabriel Cousens, MD author of Spiritual Nutrition and Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, gabrielcousens.com, and David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System, davidwolfe.com. Shawna has completed the month-long on-site Master’s Intensive Certification, plus a year internship at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, a raw food community, working in the Education Dept., as a Clinical Assistant to Dr. Cousens, and staff yoga Instructor, treeoflife.nu. She is a certified Modern Essene Minister and spiritual student of Enlightened Yogic Master, Rabbi Gabriel Cousens. An undergraduate of Kent State University with minors in Psychology and Sociology, plus concentrations in Anthropology, Health and Dance. Additional holistic education includes; Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Trance Dance Facilitator, and a Massage Therapy graduate with emphasis in Herbal Spa Therapy.

Living an ethical vegan lifestyle since 1998, this conscious way of life immediately inspired Shawna to begin a self-directed study of living foods nutrition and cuisine. A passionate study of living foods science led Shawna the experience of eating consistently high raw for the past 5 years and achieving a high level of vibrant health. Shawna walks her talk and has experiential insight to share on what it takes to stay successfully and peacefully raw amongst mainstream culture.

Contact Shawna to setup your first transformational counseling session, today!



Shawna has been leading the living foods culture in Columbus since, 2007. Please see click here to join Raw Columbus and connect with Central Ohio’s conscious community!

Shawna Stursa, MA is an approved Tree of Life branch member

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