Hello to one and all. I have had a bit of difficulty pursuing a career in raw/living foods and am seeking your advice.
For the second time in my career, I have been told that I am not allowed to teach raw/living foods any longer, because it presents a conflict of interest for my employer. (I am referring to a couple of different health food stores. Usually this directive is spoken by the owner or manager). True, they sell meat, milk, canned goods, etc. there and I am a very staunch advocate of raw/living diet. And that is bound to pose a problem.
I have never hid my true agenda. My resume states my background quite clearly. They know what they are getting when the get me. I start out gently, and teach my way through quite thoroughly. I am always respectful and hard working, taking on every task imaginable, from sweeping floors to sacking groceries. I am never regretful of what I teach, or how I teach it, just dismayed by its reception.
I would really like to get out of retail altogether. It’s simply a bad fit for me. I would love to get into clinical practice, but fear the same/similar reception. Would I be able to support myself? I guess I’ve just trusted that steady paycheck more than I trust myself.
In my area, raw/living foods is not well known. There is no demand here for this knowledge. I must create the demand by introducing the idea, myself. As a result, I have become accustomed to teaching to a “hostile” audience; proving, convincing, etc. After 5 years of this, I don’t even know how to teach a “friendly” crowd! Could I even do it?
To be honest with you, I hate conflict. I would much rather not work in a strife-filled workplace. I am truly ready for a change. I’m ready for peace. I’m ready to work with and for people who embrace raw veganism.
I’ve written all the raw spas and retreats that I am aware of and have been told that they are not looking for any new raw teachers. What next?