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Our Centers

Gentle World operates two educational centers: one in the Far North of New Zealand, and one on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In each of these beautiful locations, our member-volunteers offer educational services free of charge, including seminars, private consultations, cooking classes, and delicious meals to those who are interested in learning more about how to eliminate the products of animal exploitation from their lives.

In addition to educating people about veganism, we teach interested individuals how to prepare delicious, nutritious food and how to grow fruits and vegetables without using any pesticides or animal by-products. We have also developed an extensive program of ‘practical ecology’, which enables us to demonstrate creative methods of reducing, re-using and recycling, to help others achieve a more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle.

At each of our centers, those who are interested in experiencing the Gentle World lifestyle are invited to participate in our visitor program as volunteers. Enthusiastic individuals are welcome to join us to learn about the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of veganism in a positive and supportive environment. By participating in the day-to-day workings of the center, visitors have the opportunity to deepen their educational experience by helping us to help others.

We welcome willing workers, and we look forward to meeting new people who are inspired to contribute toward building a gentle world. Click here to read what others have said about visiting Gentle World.

If you are interested in visiting as a volunteer, please read this page, where there is a more detailed description of what the program entails.

Please consider making a donation to support our volunteer program.

 

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Dearest Gentle World Family...

~ a letter from Tessa Martens   Today, it has been one month since I was part of your lovely community and worked in the garden. I felt so calm and at peace in Gentle World and everything felt good. I realized there, in that beautiful spot, with the tastiest fresh spring water and lovely warm sun, that after months of struggling, my journey had finally found a destination. Since I left, I've been vegan. It was not a question; it felt ...

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The Shangri-La Experience

  Thank you so much for welcoming me so kindly to Shangri-La. As soon as I found out about Gentle World on the internet I knew I had to visit. Sometimes things immediately resonate with us, and this was one of those moments. All of 2012 I saved for my airfare. To visit with you and experience your love and generosity is something that has changed my life, to see what is possible. ~ Lisa, Australia Thank you all ...

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Our June Guestbook

My vegan family! You guys transformed me into a person I am proud to be. I see life differently. I have noticed that I pay attention to the little things. My life in California was different. I wanted to help everyone and sometimes I would get overwhelmed, but now I have the perfect answer. Vegan will be the new me. Every single one of you will always be remembered because each one of you taught me something ...

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Spring

by Mimi Yoshiyama ... In December of 2015, on a very sunny spring day, I arrived at this hidden valley in the far north of New Zealand. My first week in Gentle World passed by so quickly, as I helped with weeding, cooking, cleaning, renovating a caravan, and preparing amazing, soulful veganic dinners every night. After my first week, I visited town and I went to the beach with some non-vegan friends. On our way home from a hot sunny day tanning on the beach, ...

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Creating Magic...

~ Anthony Policano Amazing how each new place brings a new adventure. Just when I thought maybe things might soon get boring, I stumble onto a new way to ‘get high’. I’m not talking about smokin’ grass! This time I’ve landed in an intentional community that’s serious about creating a better, Vegan world. Here, ‘getting high’ is a part of everyday life. I laughed too, the first few times it came up as a catch-phrase in conversation, ...

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I Know I’m Doing the Right Thing

~ Tiziana Picasso I was a vegetarian for two years when I arrived in Shangri-La. But I never really thought about veganism. I didn’t want to give up my cheese (I’m French, you understand?) The first words there were "Vegan is the first step." Done, I was vegan. We had delicious meals every day in Shangri-La, I didn’t feel like I was giving up anything. I had nice talks and realized animals are not food or any kind of ...

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A Gentle World in my Heart

We recently received this very inspiring letter from someone who visited us here in Hawaii a few weeks ago. We all agreed it was worth sharing...   Aloha Lovely Gentleworlders, You were all so wonderful and my time at the farm was great. I LOVE my new cookbook and share it with anyone who is interested. I am happily cooking for hostels everywhere with the great recipes. I worked at another wwoofing spot but they were not really vegan ...

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Enjoying the Riches of the Vegan Lifestyle

Back in April, we received a beautiful letter from two of our all-time favorite penpals... Eric and Lilly came to visit Shangri-La as wwoofers back in 2010, and have stayed in touch ever since. It's always a joy to hear about their vegan-making adventures, and we felt this particular letter was worth sharing... Dear Gentle World, At this time one year ago, Lilly and I were sitting in Auckland anxiously awaiting our visit to Gentle World, not ...

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Our August Visitors

I cannot begin to describe how much I have learned and experienced the past week. I am absolutely grateful that life brought me here, even if it was for a fleeting period. I arrived here as someone curious about veganism, but I leave as an individual enlightened, and committed to a kinder, gentler, loving way of life that is veganism. What you all have here is amazing in every way. Thank you, thank you, thank you ...

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Letters from our Visitors

from Jesse Seiden, United States: For me, visiting Gentle World was the beginning of my journey, but I was so impacted by the peaceful sanctuary and the amazing people who live in it, that I decided to come back to end my time in New Zealand there. My intention upon arrival was to learn about farming, but what I learned instead is a way of life. One that lives in harmony with sentient beings; one that doesn't ...

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Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

Over the last six years that I spent as a vegetarian, vegan felt like a small step away. Vegan was, from my perspective, the sister of vegetarianism; close, but with a tumultuous relationship. It wasn’t until one month ago, when I actually became vegan, that I really began to understand how distant these concepts are and why there has and continues to be tension between these two communities. There were a lot of reasons I became ...

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You Can't Return to Ignorance

~ Silvi Burden When I first came to Shangri La, to stay for a week with the people of Gentle World, I had no idea what to expect. I was really nervous about staying with people I had only emailed with beforehand. And in addition: vegans. I had been a vegetarian myself for only two and a half years, and didn't have much in my mind about vegans, except that I thought veganism a very fundamentalist and ...

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New Friends...

Gentle World Family, Though our time here was brief, we are grateful for the exposure to the truth about animal exploitation. You gave us a strong definition of veganism. Thank you all so much for hosting us and teaching us about your way of life. Our time here was short, but we learned a lot, and everyone has helped us get on our way to leading a new, more humane life. We loved our time here.  ~ ...

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