Educational Opportunities

Living LightLiving Light Culinary Institute
What types of people attend Living Light?

Living Light attracts people from all walks of life, who are enthusiastic about learning how to create delicious gourmet raw vegan cuisine and sharing it with others.

Living Light offers unique culinary and nutrition classes for individuals, chefs, and instructors, provides valuable information about vibrant living, and offers practical programs for novices and experienced professional chefs. Find out more about the Living Light difference!

Living Light supports individuals in making life choices that promote health and well being in all aspects of their lives.

If you desire a more healthful and conscious way of life, want more energy and vitality, want to learn about environmentally friendly cuisine, and the benefits of raw organic foods for your health and for the planet, Living Light culinary and nutrition classes are perfect for YOU!

Living Light is known internationally as the premier raw organic vegan chef school in the world. In the comprehensive 17-day chef-training program students learn all aspects of creating raw living foods-from appetizers to desserts, breads to confectioneries. Attendees range from Parisian executive chefs to novices. Working at their own pace under the direction of Cherie and her talented staff, students of every level can expect to increase their culinary competence and to experience a new sense of personal confidence.


College of the Redwoods
The College of the Redwoods Mendocino Coast Campus has a commitment both to its students and the community.� The campus offers degrees in addiction studies, business, construction technology, early childhood education, graphic communications, marine science, and natural history.� The campus also offers the lower division classes necessary to transfer to a four year university.


College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program
College of the Redwoods Mendocino Coast campus offers a nine-month program in cabinetry and furniture making, with, Michael Burns, Jim Budlong, Greg Smith, Ejler Hjorth-Westh and David Welter. In addition, workshops lasting a few days or weeks are offered in the summer.

All of our courses in the fine woodworking program are designed for the aspiring cabinetmaker who hopes to combine sensitivity with personal expression, patiently striving toward a goal best described as fine craftsmanship. We view craftsmanship as our legacy from woodworkers who have striven toward consistent excellence, which is perhaps the best definition of the word quality. Our efforts toward this goal have been recognized by the woodworking community around the world.


Mendocino Arts Center Artist in Residence Program
The Mendocino Art Center offers an Artist in Residence program each year from September through May. One- to nine-month residencies are available in ceramics, digital arts, fine art, jewelry/metalsmithing, sculpture and textiles. The program offers the working artist and craftsperson, emerging or established, a welcome retreat from the usual routine of everyday life and a chance to develop a body of work, while striving for personal and artistic growth.

They become members of the Mendocino Coast community, many of them living in apartments on the Art Center campus and teaching a variety of art subjects to county schoolchildren, as part of the Art Center's free, hands-on art field trips.

Contact the department coordinators for details from our contact page or call (707) 937-5818 or
(800) 653-3328.