Meet Clay Gordon

Clay Gordon, Consultant for Gnosis Chocolate, is the most recent addition to Team Gnosis! Clay Gordon is the founder of the thriving online community, The Chocolate Life, a haven for chocophiles. He has also written Discover Chocolate a book detailing all aspects of chocolate, from cacao farm to chocolate bar.

Gordon has been seriously involved in the chocolate industry for 15 years, lecturing, writing, and teaching about chocolate. Since 2001, his thoughts on chocolate have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Business Week, to name a few.

Formerly concerned with only conventional chocolate, with Gnosis Chocolate, Gordon marks has been reseraching the growing, processing, and benefits of raw chocolate. He recognizes this non-conventional treat as an interesting emerging market, and a complex chemistry project. There are many variables that must be changed from a conventional chocolate to a raw chocolate including a cacao bean’s fermentation, roasting, and conching.

According to Gordon, on “My mission and goals have evolved along with my knowledge about, and appreciation for, chocolate. I did not decide on chocolate because I was passionate about it, I became passionate about chocolate through my long study and close association with people who are passionate about it. For me, chocolate is a lens through which I learn about geopolitics, history, agronomy, science, technology, cuisine, cultural anthropology, and much more.”

We’re having a blast learning from, and working with you, Clay!


The next Chocollaboration!

On July 31, Gnosis Chocolate will be holding another amazing community event; this time, with Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes. As you probably already know, these two are colossal figures in the raw community, so this event is not to be missed!
For the first part of the evening, enjoy hearing from Angela Stokes, who lost over 150 pounds on a raw food diet. She will discuss healthy, rapid weight loss, how to break patterns of overeating , detox plans. She will also address underlying issues behind people’s weight struggles.
Matt Monarch, a man who has been 100% raw for 10 years strong, will discuss how to get started with a raw diet. He will go over concerns such as “Is a raw diet for you?” and explain the difficulties you may face on your journey. You’ll learn the benefits of colonics, raw foods, and juicing from Matt.
After the lectures will be a fantastic Chocolate Dance Party, as only Gnosis can throw! Enjoy great music, community, raw food, and enriching knowledge. We hope to see you!
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Nutmeggers will get a chance to meet Vanessa on July 20th as she travels to Greenwich, Connecticut and gives demonstrations at the Greenwich Whole Foods.

To round out the summer, we hope to see you at the Raw Spirit Festival the last two weeks of August in Washington D.C. Gnosis will be holding two events! One will be a chocolate party at Java Green, the other will be Chocolate Meditation with Vincent Hu. For the latter event, you will use yogic meditation to release blockages and "set off rockets of desires."

Coming up September 2-9 is Gnosis’ first annual Raw Island Retreat at Lake George (NY). We will provide food, transportation from bus / air / train to the lake, water transportation to the island (YES WE HAVE OUR OWN ISLAND!), and guidance through the 8 island days that await you full of activities, community, and healthy food!

Further in the future, keep your eyes pealed (and pencil in you calendars) for another joint event with Daniel Vitalis September 26 in NYC!