About Us

Gentle World’s core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition.

Toward that end, Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for nearly 40 years, helping children, teens and adults embrace a lifestyle that incorporates their values. Over the years, our member-volunteers have offered educational services free of charge, including seminars, private consultations, cooking classes, video and audio lectures and meals to thousands of interested people.

In addition to educating people about veganism, we teach interested individuals how to prepare delicious, nutritious, plant-based food and how to grow their own fruits and vegetables without using any pesticides or animal by-products. We are also dedicated to providing an example of how to move toward a more sustainable, communal, self-sufficient lifestyle, including how to live more harmoniously with nature, other animals, and one another.

In 1981, we produced the first full-length vegan cookbook in the US – The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, which has since sold over 100,000 copies. We have also published two books by Michael A. Klaper M.D, who was a pioneer in promoting a plant-based diet: Vegan Nutrition, Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet. In 2000, we produced a 500-recipe resource guide, entitled Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm. And in 2009, we created the website you are now reading, which offers ongoing free vegan education to the growing number of people interested in transitioning to a gentler, more sustainable way of eating and living.

Gentle World operates two educational centers: one on the North Island of New Zealand, and one on the Big Island of Hawaii. At each of these locations, we welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in our ‘live-in’ vegan education program. In a positive and supportive environment, our guests are given the opportunity to learn about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living and how to go about making the transition.

Gentle World Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) educational organization, incorporated in Florida in 1979, and based in Hawaii since 1989. In 2000, the organization was also granted charitable trust status in New Zealand. All donations are tax-deductible.