Your Dharma Chefs are Martin and Deborah Yaffee
Martin and Deborah Yaffee owned and operated the much beloved Sweet Pea Bakery and then the Riverside Restaurant in Shelburne Falls, MA and have been supporting others with nourishing fare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually since 1982. They opened the Riverside Healing Arts Center in 2006 and added "The Little Cooking School" classroom in fall of 2009. Dharma Nutrition is a focused offering of their Dharma Diet....a program of nutrition, cooking, nutritional cleansing, hypnosis and meditation practice to support meditators and other spiritual seekers in their practice. It has been their special honor to create and offer many wonderful meals to the Buddhas, the Boddhisattvas, many wonderful lamas and enlightened Teachers, their Dharma friends, family, acquaintances, customers, clients, guests of the ten directions....all heartily dedicated to the swift enlightenment of all sentient beings. They have been students of Tibetan Buddhism together since 1981, when they first met their most precious teacher, Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche, and their untiring Dharma friend, Tulku Thondup.
Martin Yaffee is an ACF-Certified Culinary Educator and Pastry Chef. After an 11 year run with his Riverside Restaurant, Marty developed the Green Fields Market bakery department and later became an adjunct professor in the culinary department at Holyoke Community College. He holds a graduate degree in music composition from Harvard University and approaches culinary creation with an eye for harmonious composition. Chef Marty has training in Chinese herbal medicine and Reiki (level 2 advanced, Usui-Shiki Ryoho). He is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Deborah Yaffee is a nutritionist, hypnotist, and Certified Reiki Master Teacher. She is a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Deborah is a Certified Instructor of Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis program. She also offers the gentle techniques of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Zpoint Process to assist people in releasing stress and limiting beliefs that may be impeding their spiritual practice.