Mary-Margaret (sister anand sahaja) Stratton
Certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Essene Minister, Lay Architect, Designer
Mary-Margaret is a Renaissance woman, Award-Winning Creative Art Director, senior Communications and UX Architect. She has a degree in Marketing from LAVC and a Bachelors in Design from UCLA. Her expertise spans a number of subjects: musical composer, author of numerous diverse books, lay architect, instructional designer, painter, poet, sculptor, producer, and educator. anand sahaja loosely translated from Sanskrit means “Spontaneous Bliss!” It’s ironic that she is now a minister who is referred to as ‘sister’ anand. While growing up in Catholic school for twelve years, she was often teased as “sister” mary-margaret!
After volunteering to save Mid Century Modern buildings from demolition for twenty years, including the iconic Palm Spring Tramway Gas Station and the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, she developed a keen interest in architectural design (as well as edible-medicinal landscape design). She published tours and created events for Mid-Mod enthusiasts.
anand later became a Certified Raw Food Nutritionist under the tutelage of David ‘Avocado’ Wolf at the Body Mind Institute. Knowing ministerial credentials help when teach/learning on ‘controversial’ subjects, anand was ordained as an Essene Minister in 2011 by a Bishop of the Essene School founded by Dr. Edmond Bordeaux. She’s currently a minister of the Essene Nazarean Church of Mount Carmel. The Essenes are noted for their commitment to peace and a living biogenic food diet – that works! She is the author of an introductory book on Paganism ~the Good Wiccan series, co-author of Raw Matt’s Dominant Health and developed recipes for the un-cookbook, Eat Like Eve. She is dedicated to sharing information on how nutrition can work miracles in addiction and OCD and expressed these ideas in her books, Kiss Addiction Goodbye and Stop Picking on Me.
anand has been married for over thirty years. She and her husband write music, make silly movies, dance, travel, teach raw chocolate classes, plant gardens, and are dedicated historic preservationists.
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