The Ghosts In Our Machine

LUSH Vancouver Ghost-Free Journey: Day 4, Part 2

Photograph by Rosemary T. Foos

Now that you have all been exploring a Ghost-Free lifestyle for several days, it’s time to take it to the road!  Tonight, as you dine on wonderful vegan food at GRAZE, we thought it would be a great topic to expand on.  The interpersonal and social aspects of being vegan can pose some challenges in our culture: within our family, work setting, dinning with friends in our homes or theirs, and how to select food in restaurants.  Have you encountered any social challenges this week?  Do you anticipate having some of these challenges?  We’d love to hear from people who have already encountered these challenges and how they have faced them.   Have a wonderful time at GRAZE !

For the Ghosts,

Coaches Rosemary and Donna

The opinions we express as GFJ Coaches are ours personally. We are not professional health practitioners.  Neither are we treating a specific health care issue.  That means we are not offering advice on health-care problems. If you  are experiencing a health-care problem, it is important to seek the advice of a health professional. However we are experienced, practicing vegans and we look forward to coaching you on your journey.


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  1. lizmars May 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    An update from the field: We are just getting ready to go to GRAZE for dinner. We are down the street at NICE SHOES, Canada’s only vegan shoe store. I am with LUSH employees Kelly Davidson (one of our guest Ghost-Free Journey Coaches), and GFJ participants Britt Arntsen, Amanda Donelan and Nicole Kaczorek.

    NICE SHOES isn’t just a vegan shoe store, there are vegan cookbooks, Matt & Nat handbags, belts, paintings and tshirts (our FOR THE GHOSTS t-shirts). 🙂

    I was at the Robson street LUSH store today and got to know Nicole Kaczorek, one of this weeks 5-Day Ghost-Free Journey participants.

    I will post a blog tomorrow chalk full of photos and stories from the day.



    Liz Marshall

    Animals are hidden in the shadows of our highly mechanized world



    A vital film that needed to be made at this point in history and has been made magnificently. 


    The truth can be hard to take, but we have an obligation to look and see what’s going on, and, if we don’t like it, a chance to stop going along with it. This important film provides precisely that insight and that opportunity.


    • Coach Rosemary May 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Oh mY! How wonderful that you’re all together at LUSH and GRAZE! Can’t wait to see more photos of everyone, and hear about your experience at LUSH, GRAZE, and Nice Shoes. Have a wonderful and beautiful dinner together <3

  2. lizmars May 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Here is the NICE SHOES website:


    • Coach Donna May 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      so exciting!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see the photos.
      Those are some very very VERY Nice shoes!!!! 😉

      • Kelly May 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        I got those ones and LOVE them!!

    • Coach Rosemary May 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      These shoes look perfectly made for Lorena!

      • lizmars May 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Hahaha 🙂

        Tell me about it!

  3. lizmars May 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    FAIRY CAKES is next door to NICE SHOES and GRAZE is just up the street. This stretch on Fraser Street in Vancouver is Ghost-Free Central.


    Here are the LUSH Ghost-Free girls eating vegan FAIRY CAKES.

    • Coach Rosemary May 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      This photo of all of you makes me smile ear to ear! 🙂

    • Kendra May 17, 2013 at 2:13 am

      Agree–lovely photo!!!!!

  4. Coach Donna May 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    great great photo!!! You are all having so much fun together. Such a terrific way to celebrate the Journey and the Vancouver premier of the Ghosts!

  5. Roxy! May 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Fashionable and fullfilled. Wish I lived in Vancouver! Keep posting those fun finds!

  6. Kendra May 17, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I feel very lucky to live in this neighbourhood, and in Vancouver in general. There are a few coffee shops within a couple of blocks of Graze/Nice Shoes that serve wonderful coffee as well as delectable Vegan treats, plus a number of Asian food restaurants, a Mexican one, and Eastern European bakeries with a plethora of Vegan options. Graze was wonderful–great food, friendly and extremely capable staff, and a wonderful atmosphere. I would never have guessed that they opened so recently because everything was so seamless and perfect. And for anyone there tonight that enjoyed the “ice cream”: the makers, Earnest Ice Cream, will be opening up right next door (in the old Outpost Cafe spot) perhaps as early as June and they will have a variety of Vegan options to purchase. Wow, right?

    It was so nice to chat and interact with everyone at dinner, especially Liz. What a gracious and enthusiastic individual. Thank you for all of the time, effort, and passion you have committed to the GIOM project in all its facets, Liz. Rosemary and Donna, we kept lamenting the fact that you couldn’t join us this evening, if only it was as easy as hopping on a plane. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in our LUSH Vegan Journey, and I really think I have been given the resources and tools to continue on the Vegan path, whatever my definition of that may be. I’m totally going to steal Jennie and others’ poetic sign-off here, but…

    For the Ghosts

  7. Jennie May 17, 2013 at 2:11 am

    What an amazing evening we had at GRAZE. The food & service were outstanding and I couldn’t have been with better people. I am proud to call you all my friends as well as my coworkers. Thank you all for sharing this journey, it was a really special night.

    I had so much fun trying delicious new foods and moving from table to table, chatting about the Ghost Free Journey with an inspiring and wonderful group of almost 30 LUSHies & special guests!

    Thank you GRAZE and thank you friends!

  8. lizmars May 17, 2013 at 2:34 am

    The dinner at GRAZE was a unique culinary happening!
    And um I haven’t been eating desert for over 4 months but I couldn’t resist the silky chocolate peanut butter caramel coconut vegan ice cream. WOWZA.

    I officially have a crush on LUSH. It is the best model for a for-profit international enterprise:
    a) sells ethically sourced fresh natural things that make people feel good.
    b) gives to grassroots initiatives around the world. for humans the environment and animals.
    c) hires people based on their friendliness and communication abilities.
    d) it’s all about positive energy.

    Thanks LUSH!
    We love yah.
    Great to dine with you all.

    Keep up the Ghost-Free Journey. <3

    For the Ghosts,


  9. Coach Donna May 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Good Morning to all of you beautiful and kind hearted people!!

    As I read about your wonderful experiences last night, I feel as if I am there – immersed in all of the positive vibes and joy that you all have brought to this journey.

    Kendra – I am thrilled that you feel that you have been given the resources and tools to continue on the Vegan path. It is a continuing journey – and one which will lead to a truly harmonious way of living. Love it that you are using the signature “For the Ghosts” – together, we will make them visible.

    Jennie – words cannot express how grateful we are to you and all of LUSH for sponsoring this amazing journey. What a fantastic world this would be if every company had the ethics and heart of LUSH.

    Liz – well – what can I say? I have been blessed to be a part of GFJ’s the past few years because of your beautiful vision. You inspire all of us with your incredible energy and love. Wish that I could have been there to see you enjoy that incredible dessert!!

    For the Ghosts,


  10. Coach Rosemary May 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow. Last night sounds like a wonderful combination of good friends, good food, and good conversation. Having a company like LUSH involved in the GFJ has been incredible…we are all so grateful to have you join us in this Journey and support the project. All of the participants have been so open and willing to take this in; we hope this is just the beginning step in continuing beyond. My hope is that your dinner altogether inspired you a little more with creative food at GRAZE and dinner with such creative and compassionate people all around you! Thank you Liz… Donna and I are honored to be apart of TGIOM and your vision for a better world. For the Ghosts!