The intention of my travels is to let the Universe take me wherever there is the greatest opportunity for growth, healing, and stepping into my highest potential. I strongly believe that the most powerful and effective way to change the world is by changing yourself. My vision for the world is one of individual freedom, strong communities, and clear communication, a world where people share their gifts freely, live mindfully, and treat each other like the family that we all are. Rather than complaining about any lack of these things or trying to convince others why this view of the world would play out better than another, I have dedicated my life to embodying these ideas fully. To put it another way, every day I strive to be the kind of person who would live in the world I want to see.
On my journey, I have experienced the greatest transformation, healing, and feeling of alignment in situations where I am being of service to others. When I initially left Portland heading for the National Rainbow Gathering in South Dakota to start traveling, I knew that I was going to spend a lot of time cooking, but had no idea the variety of ways I could serve that would present themselves. Since that time, I have continued finding more gifts I didn't know I had, and sharing them with as many people as possible. I've spent the last 9 months traveling Turtle Island, visiting world-changing people, communities, and events; connecting with some of the most powerful, loving, revolutionary people alive today. Whether I'm staying with someone at their home, or attending an event with thousands of people, I try to stay present, to be mindful of everything going on around me, and to make myself of service in whatever way I feel most called in that situation. A such, the ways that I serve are greatly varied and ever-expanding, but here are some of the most common things that I do: creating food medicine (both as a personal chef and for events), being a networking hub, life optimization, massage, energy healing, building & repairing computers, active listening & counseling, and much more.
At conferences, gatherings, and festivals I always try to get myself into the support staff for the event, often running a/the kitchen, helping create highly intentional spaces, and bringing people to the event who carry similar intentions. At the National Rainbow Gathering I am one of the chefs at Instant Soup, a 24-hour vegan kitchen; I co-created, and held space in, the New Earth Vision Portal at the 2015 Tribal Vision & ARISE festivals; I was a chef at the Black Hills Unity Concert in 2015, and this year I'm helping focalize the kitchen; at this year's Porcfest I'll be taking part in the annual cook-off, speaking at the Alt-Expo (an event that is put on every year during PF), and of course volunteering for the event itself; at Anarchapulco this year I offered vegan meals, made 100s of raw chocolate cookie-balls, catered an after-party, and had the pleasure of focalizing Alais Clay coming to Acapulco as the headliner for the event's concert.
At this point in my journey, besides my standard goals of self-discovery/evolution/healing & service to others, I am focusing heavily on creating content for my website, compiling a list of recipes to start releasing recipe books, starting to lead workshops & retreats, starting to post episodes of my cooking show, and crystallizing the vision of the festival I am focalizing (June 21-24, 2018, I'll be releasing more info this summer).
If the ideas of people eating healing foods, a world where communities care for each other and facilitate each person pursuing their passions, a world of living in harmony and co-creation with nature, then supporting Kenny's Conscious Kitchen is a great way to help that shift occur. Since I live out of a backpack and have no bills, I am able to dedicate all my energy, and all the energy others send me, directly to the work that I am most passionate about, where I feel I can have the most effect on the world. My current spending breakdown looks about like this:
- 40% Food
- In the average American city, I can turn $30 into a delicious, filling, balanced meal for 10-15 people.
- If I'm spending money on it, you can be sure it's some combination of non-GMO, organic, biodynamic, and local.
- If possible where I am, I only give money to Co-ops, farmers' markets, and small local grocery stores.
- 25% Travel Expenses
- Usually ride-shares, some buses and trains, and rarely flights
- I travel great distances pretty cheaply by getting a lot rides with people I meet and hitch-hiking
- 25% Networking & Spreading the Message
- Event costs
- I try to carry a copy of a few books with me to give to people (The Alchemist, FREEDOM!, The Conscious Resistance)
- I have been carrying a flash drive & hard drive with me to share huge amounts of conscious music, reading materials, documentaries, interviews, and more with the people I stay with; I want to start giving away 16-32gb USB drives full of what I would consider "life-changing content". Come to think of it, I'll do a poll to decide what content to put on those drives!
- 10% Other Necessities
- Medicinal herbs & oils
The more support I get coming in the more of my projects, that have been on hold (or simply ideas) for some time, I can actualize. I'm always open to more input as well, and will be sharing most of my project ideas before putting them into full swing. Here are a few of my ideas:
- Buying bulk USB drives to distribute media
- Buying bulk copies of revolutionary books to distribute
- Getting a video camera (or a couple) to start doing interviews & other video content
- Sticker-bombing cities with positive messages