I was vegetarian for 27 years, had strong will power; life was nice to me. There were questions within. I became non-veg for 10 years, had fears, worries, agitation, frustrations,…
Look out for animal ingredients such as beeswax, stearic acid, goat's milk, carmine, cochineal, or musk scents. Look for candles that are labeled "vegan," and buy from brands that are open to answering your questions.
Hein's Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC, is the creation of Hein Nang, an upcoming vegan chef extraordinaire and one of Gentle World's 2022 visitors! We're proud to say that Hein made his vegan commitment right here at our center! :) We love that he's bringing veganism together with the recipes of his Burmese heritage.
As a business that is finding success in a model that prioritizes integrity, community building, and uplifting others, I am excited to see Choquiero’s continued growth, and look forward to hearing news of their continued success!
The magic of Gentle World lies not only in its serene surroundings but in the enchanting tapestry of shared experiences. Thank you, Gentle World, for showing me the path to a more compassionate and gentle way of life!
Spoonk products are made with intention, using non-synthetic dyes, and a plant based "eco-foam." The external fabric is made from sustainable materials like hemp, which is carbon-negative. In a world where health and environmental concerns are of little importance to companies, Spoonk’s leaders are clearly striving to be responsible global citizens.
When I ask people to think about Art, most describe a specific work, such as a painting, a sculpture or a piece of design. But what most people fail to…
Jordi Casamitjana, the author of the book “Ethical Vegan”, interviews Light, the 86-year-old co-founder of Gentle World who has been vegan for 53 years.
The Plant-Powered Dog gently guides the reader through complex evidence-based research, presenting seemingly endless data in support of the efficacy of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense canine vegan diet.
I'm not proud of it, but my path to veganism was born of sheer vanity. One of the curses of designers is that we can value image above most other…
Gentle World's booth at the July 8th Big Island VegFest provided a unique opportunity for attendees to chat with multi-decade vegans
I attend a university, but my lessons come from all aspects of my surroundings, not just the classroom. My teachers come in a variety of species, each with wisdom to…
In 2012, I became vegan and embraced the role of sharing my artistic skills to advocate for all sentient beings. This was the turning point in my creative path. Creations were not only about how animals looked – but how they felt and what they had to say.
I found my true soul when I became a vegan. Up to that point I had been practicing my spiritual path, but I was still living in a state of…
When ozone is bubbled through raw organic oil, the ozone is captured and preserved and the oil becomes a gel or cream, making it easy to apply to the skin for ozone therapy. It has no known side effects and can be used for a variety of conditions.
"We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine," excuse me, this is my alarm, I shall be early out of bed without any doubt. "Time for breakfast,"…
We love that Real Mushrooms is proud of being 100% vegan, but there are other reasons why this company stands out. Real Mushrooms products contain no carriers or grain fillers, and their extract powders are produced in a certified organic mushroom extraction facility. The finished powders are also tested for pesticides, heavy metals and microbial contamination.
Becoming aware of the ideology contained within our language can only expand our awareness, it can only remove blinkers and thus broaden our perspectives beyond the conventional perspective pushed upon us.
April's flash sale marked the last time The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals would ever again be available for wholesale purchase. Thanks to our wonderful readers, many copies of the book have been donated to schools, churches, and public libraries, and also to the lending libraries of no-kill animal shelters.
Mighty was much-loved by all, including our guests and visiting volunteers, and he even made an appearance in our YouTube video For the Vegan in Everyone, as a shining example of a 'healthy, happy, tail-wagging vegan dog.'
Thanks to the innovative work of companies creating humane alternatives to traditional traps, vegans have a number of options for keeping rodents and other critters away.
Astronauts experiencing the physiological stresses of conditions like microgravity and increased cosmic radiation need nutrient-dense foods to offset some of the detrimental health effects of space travel. Turns out that vegan might be the best prescription.
Light talks about his fifty years of veganism, as well as Gentle World's history and feeding dogs a plant-based diet with Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, vegan canine nutritionist and author of The Plant-Powered Dog
"Parront" is slang for parrot parent. My parronthood is perhaps more important to me than anything. I have cared for many types of animals, and adored them all. However, there's…
As VeganLand's very first garden bed, this is a milestone for the project, which we hope will be the land's first step in becoming a demonstration model for the production of sustainable plant foods grown without inputs sourced from animal farms, feedlots, or slaughterhouses.
We were invited to be a part of the 'communities' month for the WeDidIt.Health channel, and we greatly enjoyed this soulful conversation with Mariquita Solis about remaining hopeful and finding inner peace in troubled times.
Cashew fruit is a by-product of the cashew nut industry and the folks at Caju Love are upcycling it by turning this unwanted waste product into their amazing plant meat that is free from gluten and soy and is also organic!
This is a story of how one hour changed my destiny. At 18 years old, I read a pocket-sized book called Arnold Ehret's Mucusless Diet Healing System. The book explained what…
We greatly enjoyed our recent conversation with Marlene Narrow, who invited us onto Vegan Nation to discuss Gentle World's work and history, and the greater meaning of veganism within the…
Enjoy these crunchy, flavorful, healthy crackers with your favorite vegan butters, spreads, toppings, and cheeses.
We're proud to share the news that our veganic demonstration garden has begun providing weekly donations to our local food pantry, giving Kohala families in need the opportunity to enjoy healthy veganic greens, including garden-fresh kale, one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
Being committed to a vegan lifestyle, and as a qualified naturopath, I have been able to promote veganism as a superior healthy dietary choice. At the outset of my studies…
Before long, we decided to devote our lives to spreading the word about the plight of not only the so-called "food animals," but all sentient beings.
With this one decision, the false belief I had been holding on to was replaced by a feeling of such relief, such freedom, and such gratitude for the realization that I had the power to liberate myself from the guilt and confusion that was stopping me from moving forward.
It was 1972 when I started my vegetarian journey. I was at WelMet summer camp at age 12. (Howard Stern was a counselor and kitchen boy there with his first…
I became vegan at the age of 34. That was 43 years ago, upon meeting Gentle World. Little did I know at the time that this connection was going to…
Touching on more than just vegan recipes, Chef Laura imparts a wealth of knowledge about ways to cook and shop more intentionally for the health and well-being of oneself and the planet.
I have been a gardener for most of my adult life, and a vegan gardener for over 30 years. I developed a love for the garden early on, as a…
Have you ever dreamed of freedom, justice and, overall, a life without violence, discrimination and hatred? This has been a question I have constantly asked myself from a very young age. As a woman born into a male dominant, misogynistic society, I always thought of myself as being a victim of unequal treatment...
I'm a vegan sportsperson. I regularly play a variety of sports and I run, sometimes competitively, and have done since I was a child, and I coach sport at a…
The following statistics are provided courtesy of the team from Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
For those with dogs and cats in the house, it’s important to make a plan beforehand so that you can be prepared in advance, rather than waiting to see how your friend responds to the sounds. If this isn’t their first time, you’ll have an idea of how he or she reacts, so you can plan accordingly.
I have been vegan for 10 years (and vegetarian for seven years prior to that). I became vegan for the animals as I believe that all animals have a right…
I knew that as long as there were people who perceived life this way, and talked about justice in its true form, there was hope in this world for other animals.
We recently got together with James Cox from Human Insights, who interviewed Gentle World's founder Light about his 50+ years of veganism. They were joined by Gentle World's Outreach Director…
It’s so easy to take for granted those whom we love, but we thought we might lose little Fawn recently when two vets told us that the irregular tissue we…
Vegan Fiesta Hellas aims to address questions and concerns about veganism and to highlight the benefits a vegan way of life can offer. Through an informative and entertaining program, it will demonstrate that a well-planned vegan diet is suitable for everyone, and that there are endless delicious, healthy, and economical vegan options.
For a truly delicious vegan Thanksgiving meal, it’s easy to replicate traditional dishes. There’s also great enjoyment to be found in incorporating non-traditional, festive holiday recipes to add some originality to the Thanksgiving table.
On November 4th, Gentle World joined Mariquita Solis for an 'Empowered Vegans' livestream.
Raw pie recipes provide more freedom for experimentation than ordinary pies, since the crust sets by refrigeration rather than baking. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, sesame seeds, and others all create different flavors.
Veganism changed my life’s path, and showed me the light that we all have burning inside us. Every day I think about what I can bring to this world to make it a better place. The root of all of these desires is truly from opening my eyes and making the first step in becoming vegan.
Hempz truly luxurious products are made in the USA, and are formulated with high-quality ingredients like 100% pure hemp seed oil. They are also THC-free, paraben-free, gluten-free and 100% vegan.
Accidentally consuming something non-vegan doesn’t mean that you are any less dedicated to the cause. Mistakes happen. As exciting as it is to see so many new vegan products emerge on the market, it does create a new challenge, and sometimes that one item slips by.
Light and Angel are welcomed by Victoria Moran as guests of The Compassion Consortium, a non-sectarian and interfaith religious center.
Have you heard of the term cognitive dissonance? It is the mental discomfort you experience when your actions do not reflect your beliefs or values; it is the deep-seated feeling…
Two Restaurants Changing the View of Veganism
Sherry Colb leaves no stone unturned. She focuses on clear, concise arguments and dissects her own thoughts to make sure they are logically sound. There is an important take-away for everyone within this book.
This delicious, creamy fruit pie uses a traditional Italian cream underneath a topping of sliced seasonal fruits. It was super-easy to veganize, and we're sharing the recipe with you here…
There is, for better or worse, a righteousness associated with being vegan. Four years ago when I told people—good friends, even—that I had decided to become vegan, some replied with…
After 52 years of vegan life, Light’s extraordinary experience has given him a unique perspective that is guaranteed to inspire, and his recent appearances on various vegan podcasts have given him the chance to do just that.
June 11th marks the anniversary of the passing of Lisa Shapiro, a dedicated vegan activist who was much-loved within the movement.
She was also a dear friend of Gentle World.
As we look into the future, impatient and anxious, yet always hoping that emancipation might just be closer than we think, my wish for those of us who call ourselves vegan is that we are able to somehow become even better at reaching out to those who are yet to be convinced.
Have you ever tried shopping for vegan dog treats? It can be a little trickier than one might think, so we've gathered in one place the companies you can count on to provide plant-based treats for your canine friends.
From food and snack items to clothing and shoes, household and cleaning supplies, and even vegan treats for your nonhuman friends, the range of items that can be found at these virtual supermarkets might leave you wishing they had a brick-and-mortar location right in your town!
Veganism is not about our health but theirs; it is about ethics, not food; about animal rights, not cupcakes. Since I became vegan I have seen many more animals suffer…
I'm a writer. I write because I must. I've done so since I was a child; thirty years of putting words to paper (real or virtual), of extracting thoughts from…
The Gentle World banini is as simple as it gets, but this delicious vanilla smoothie is a taste of vegan history, as well as being one of our all-time favorite vegan recipes! We make it for everyone who comes to visit, because it’s always a hit.
At the young age of 18, Abby and Hein came to Gentle World excited and enthusiastic for the opportunity to learn new skills and see life from a new perspective.
Growing up, I spent a few weeks during the summer at my family’s cottage in upstate New York. Nearby, there was an open dairy farm and petting zoo that I…
Veecoco is an extraordinary platform to learn just about anything in vegan cuisine. With over 600 lessons, clear instructions, and incredibly well-produced cooking demonstrations, this online vegan cooking school will no doubt become a hub of both traditional cuisines and innovation.
I write as I feel the animal, the not-me, the you. You. Hen. Sitting there in your cage, I sense you in my veins, I see your bars from the…
Ana and Diogo came to us from Brazil, uncertain of how to be vegan in a country that isn't so vegan-friendly! After learning about the vegan philosophy, and how to find vegan options in Brazil, they left here inspired and excited to step into their new vegan lives.
Thank you for teaching me, Gentle World. You have grounded me in my morals, thoughts, and actions. I know the future of the planet's health relies on my generation. I will do my absolute best to ensure we set a new precedent of standards.
Gentle World taught me more than I can put into words and gave me a new perspective on life -- not just my life, but the life of everything and everyone around me. I'll carry that with me everywhere I go.
It was practically since the day I was born that I knew there were other species on this planet. Not that I had a concept of it, but I understood…
Does taste-pleasure justify acts of cruelty? Does something being marginally less expensive excuse an individual for contributing to rights violations of another sentient being? Does convenience trump the pain and suffering of another individual?
Should vegans be concerned with the question of whether plants feel pain? While vegans may directly eat more plants than the average non-vegan, the harm to plant life caused by vegans is far less than that caused by the consumption and use of animal products.
Children are born with compassion, but are often taught to disregard animal suffering by their parents, educators and peers. My mother tells a story where she took 3-year-old me to…
There are a myriad of reasons why horses will end up “last chance auctions." There they will be offered to the public, for sale to whoever will pay more than what their flesh is worth per pound at the slaughterhouse.
At 22 and 23, Laura and Libby came to Gentle World from their home town of San Marcos in Texas, hoping to find the inspiration to transition from vegetarian to vegan.
The history of mankind is peppered with horrendous acts once deemed normal: slavery, child labor, and even cannibalism. Oftentimes, these atrocities were said to be essential for a functioning society. With…
Protein and amino acid deficiency in vegans is rare, and the idea that protein needs to come from animal products is a misconception. Eating a wide variety of foods high in vegan protein ensures an adequate intake of essential amino acids.
In 2021, plant foods advocacy organization A Well-Fed World provided Gentle World with an outreach grant, enabling us to expand our online education with the help of a subscription to the volunteering platform Catchafire.
At the end of 2021, Gentle World volunteers put on our animal rescue hats once again. Quite unexpectedly, a little dog had come to us. She was starving and exhausted after braving the elements to escape an abusive situation.
For those who are new to veganism, we hope our free vegan eBook will be a helpful and informative guide. For those who are new to vegan advocacy, and those who have already heard these questions dozens of times yourselves, we hope that you’ll find it a valuable resource to assist you in fielding the inquiries of others.
Although I was aware of it, you have made me connect with veganism in a different way. I'm going back home even more sure, convinced, and aware of my decision, as well as my responsibility and the impact that it can have in the future in the world.
35 years ago I went to see Gentle World when they were based in Florida. I was a full-on carnivore when I arrived with a truck full of guns, fishing gear, and animal skins and hides of every kind. The people at Gentle World gave me the opportunity to make the change fast and painless, and quite frankly I can’t imagine living any other way now.
There are many vegan alternatives to honey available, some of which you can even make yourself. It’s worth experimenting to find out which alternative is your favorite!
Visiting Gentle World is not just an educational opportunity to learn more about veganism and sustainability. It is a one-of-a-kind transformational experience into a higher life of peace, harmlessness, spirituality,…
My journey into my love and fight for other animals started even before I was born, in a small town called Murska Sobota, Slovenia. For some reason, when my mom…
Bella, Iolana, Naevia, Anela and Mirijam had been rescued as calves from a closing dairy, and rehomed at Magical Creatures. In 2020, to aid in the sanctuary's rescue efforts, they were brought to VeganLand, where they spent six months grazing on the abundant grass.
From household cleaning, to body care, to baby-safe products, ATTITUDE offers a wide and ever-growing selection of affordable yet high-quality household products made entirely with plant and mineral-derived ingredients.
One of the most enriching experiences in my life took place in Gentle World. A few months ago I arrived on the Big island of Hawaii, carrying my dreams in a small backpack, looking to learn more about veganism.
One day in March 2007, when I was 13 years old, I decided to go vegan, simply because I knew it was the right thing to do. Why should I…
What stood out to us about Dr. Brite's teeth whitening products was that they were developed by the two founders, who are a doctor and a dentist with an interest in providing safe and effective oral care.
As a man of logic and reasoning, it was an obvious choice for me to go into the sciences. I moved towards the fields of medicine. It seemed natural to…
In response to an awareness campaign by the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM,) the University of Cincinnati has recently come under scrutiny for its routine use of live animals for surgical training.
It's simple, really—once you respect the rights of others, how do you stop respecting them? Just like almost everyone else, my potential for compassion was hobbled at a young age.…
After COVID restrictions brought a serious decline in visiting volunteers, we’re finally receiving inquiries again from an increasing number of people wanting to experience Gentle World.
I have a T-shirt that says “I am vegan because I love life.” That is how simple it really is to me. I deeply love the idea that I can…
Gentle World’s Angel Flinn teamed up with animal rights activist Craig Cline to create a compilation of Craig’s writings on the subject of The Golden Rule, as it relates to veganism.
Monk fruit, a.k.a. Luo han guo, is a relatively new addition to the American food scene, receiving its GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) in 2010. Most people find the taste pleasant and closer to sugar than other natural alternatives, which may explain monk fruit’s surge in popularity.
Vegan athletes are defying the mainstream paradigm, and they're finding that not only is it perfectly adequate, it can actually improve their performance.
The cost of a vegan diet depends on the individual’s choice and preferences. It can be as expensive or as cheap as you make it to be.
Ever since my childhood, when I would sit on my dad's lap and look through glossy coffee-table books full of photos of faraway places, I'd always wanted to explore the…
The Spanish plant-based meat company Heura Foods has triumphed over a request to end its controversial advertising campaign, after being criticized for ads raising awareness about the meat industry’s impact…
Many vegans are aware of the nutritional benefits of chia seed, but did you know it can also be a valuable addition to your vegan-organic garden?
Well-planned vegan diets are suitable for all stages of life (including pregnancy, lactation, and infancy) and they may also aid in the prevention of certain diseases. Adequate nutrient and caloric intake are crucial for making sure your pregnancy is as healthy as it can possibly be.
Not all abuse happens in dark alleys. Much unspeakable cruelty takes place in the brightly lit aisles where we purchase the flesh of animals, their eggs, their milk, their skin, their wool, their feathers, and their fur.
These recipes deliver the appearance, texture, and flavors that will convince family and friends of all dietary persuasions that a plant-based diet has plenty to offer and nothing to lose.
Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient that supports red blood cell production, proper neurological function, enhanced mood and memory, and heart, and bone health.
Who could resist the smell of pancakes on a Sunday morning? (Or on any other morning, for that matter…) Here’s a recipe we love to break out when we have friends to stay.
In addition to the very real physical burden this industry places on the individuals who work within it, the psychological toll of working with individuals who are violently killed or about to be killed cannot be overestimated.
It is not only our national nutritional guidelines that have been hijacked by this reprehensible industry, it is our very healthcare system itself, which is crippled under the weight of millions of individuals seeking relief from conditions that are largely avoidable.
I’m a vegan because I can save more lives and prevent more suffering by simply not supporting the killing of animals for food and fibre, etc., than I ever could simply by being a vet.
Gentle World's master grower has hit a home run with his 2021 veganic ventures. Our readers were given a first glimpse of the new garden last September, and we are now over the moon to see his efforts quite literally coming to fruition.
The following was written by Reddit user Nick Salamone and posted to the r/vegan subreddit. It is reproduced here with kind permission from the author.
I will always be vegan because “it's the Golden Rule thing to do.” This moral and ethical precept teaches us that we should behave toward others as we would have…
A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me what I find myself wishing for, as I approach my 40th birthday. Where can I possibly begin? Health and comfort for…
February of 2021 brings with it the 40th anniversary of Gentle World’s incorporation as an educational organization. As we reflect on this milestone, we invite our readers to celebrate with us as we look to the future with a brand new vision for GentleWorld.org.
It might come as a surprise to some to learn that not all maple syrup is vegan. Although maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees—and, therefore, should be a plant-derived product—the problem is with how the sap is processed.
Meal delivery can seem like a luxury, but for those with busy lifestyles, sometimes a little help goes a long way. And who doesn’t love sitting down to a healthy and delicious vegan meal with zero preparation? For those new to plant-based eating, or with little time for food preparation, Splendid Spoon's vegan home delivery is one to keep on your radar.
One of our favorite ways to prepare tofu is as an omelette or a scramble. It’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you can make so many variations that the possibilities are seemingly endless.
As I continue to work toward understanding and embracing a consistent life ethic, the philosophy behind veganism simply made sense within the context of my faith.
Since veganism arises out of an ethic of non-exploitation, our decision to live as vegans has the power to influence society and make a real difference in the world.
Some of us try and use this time of year as an opportunity to shine a little light on the reality of what Thanksgiving means for those whose bodies are to become centerpieces on the tables of over 45 million American homes.
For a very special birthday, a fancy dinner, or just for the fun of it, these three recipes will impress your guests and make you wish you could eat them every day!
The following submission for Why I Will Always be Vegan was contributed by Salwa Maddad, Al-Sweida, As-Suwayda, from Syria.
Donald Watson’s legacy extends beyond providing a name for our movement, but creating the term ‘vegan’ is certainly one of the most salient and perhaps widest reaching of his contributions.
The reason I was asking Google how to shoo a cow was because I had suddenly learned very quickly that I didn’t know the first thing about how to stop these five from moving rapidly in my direction, shoulder to shoulder, closing in on me like a moving wall of cows.
Now that I am awake, I cannot go back to sleep. Awakened from a culturally induced slumber, I have made a pledge to myself—but, more important, I have taken an…
The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson's writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace.
The colder seasons bring the perfect ingredients for making delicious, creamy vegan soups, and when that winter cold sets in, knowing how to make a delicious soup can be an invaluable way of keeping warm from the inside.
The expansion of Shangri-La's veganic growing will help us to provide even more farm-fresh veganic produce to our future guests and volunteers, as well as those participating in Te Whare Rongoa's plant-based nutrition counseling program.
You are about to be introduced to one of our absolute favorite recipes… It's always a hit, and the only problem with it is that it’s hard to resist eating too much!
I'm truly grateful, and I hope many more people will have the chance to see this beautiful place for themselves and learn what respect, compassion, and mindfulness really mean.
Foods Alive is a family-owned and operated business that prides itself on caring about the quality of food and the effects of producing it on our planet.
I grew up as a “normal” child. I used to like other animals just like the people around me. They were cute and fun to play with. During the summer…
Not only are they quick and easy to make, but smoothies are a great way to incorporate more fresh fruit into your diet. If you’re bold enough to add some fresh leafy greens to the mix, your body will thank you for providing it with a whole assortment of essential nutrients.
It was New Year’s Day, 2013, a month after my 53rd birthday. On a whim, I made a resolution to go vegan, or so I thought; I now know it…
I couldn’t help but wonder if it was blind passion that caused this particular mother to defy the boundary that threatened to constrain her frenzied search, or whether there was an element of calculation in this act of defiance against the barbs designed to keep her confined.
I once believed I was an animal lover, yet I had no idea what love really was. I never saw the cruelty I inflicted by what I ate, used or…
I had no idea how holistic of an experience this would be, and now I embark on this journey with a bigger, lighter heart. I leave feeling more connected to all worlds than ever before.
I will always live vegan because, ever since the moment my eyes were opened to the horrors and atrocities of the culture of animal exploitation pervasive throughout our current global…
They say that the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes. My imagination begs to disagree. The philosopher in me has debated death—the form of…
I can say with conviction and without any hesitation that I will always be a vegan. I still remember very clearly when I became free from the brainwashing we are…
Back in 1970, Gentle World was not even a dream in the minds of its founders. But these two individuals were beginning to lay its foundation.
As we observe the Golden Anniversary of Light and Sun’s shared pledge to observe the Golden Rule, Gentle World’s co-founder Light is interviewed by Butterflies Katz about his 50-year experience with veganism.
When Joaquin Phoenix took the Oscars stage, his speech invited us to take an honest look at the prejudices we still cling to, and to see the similarities rather than the differences in all victims of oppression.
Gentle World is continuing our summer education program in New Zealand's Far North, collaborating once again with Te Whare Rongoā for our first event at the Te Ahu cinema in Kaitaia.…
The velvety texture of silken tofu creates the perfect base for everything from salad dressings and pasta sauces to soy yogurt and even… chocolate cream pie.
One of our favorite visitors of 2020, Sophia was a reminder of what a beautiful experience it can be to share our vegan knowledge with those who are open to receiving it.
When thinking of Kazakhstan, most people probably associate it with wide landscapes, horse-riding nomads and yurts in a remote countryside. This is what it used to be hundreds of years…
With Shangri-La surrounded by native bush, we've had to find creative ways to live and farm alongside these persistent garden explorers. Living with possums presents a challenge, but we focus on finding nonviolent solutions.
Since I was a little child, I have always loved animals—well, I thought I loved “all animals”, but in reality I only loved and respected dogs and cats. I ate…
This December, I face the winter solstice with perhaps a little more appreciation for what it might mean for others who are struggling to remember that although we have a winter ahead of us, the light will, as it always does, return.
Serving NZ's Far North community with a high percentage of Maori clients, Te Whare Rongoā (House of Medicine) offers well-being services through education in plant-based food and herbal medicine.
When I came to visit you all, I was elated to find there were people like me and I was not alone. I will never forget those days as they molded me into the person I am.
We've tried a lot of different cashew cheese recipes over the years, but this one's a little different. The addition of sriracha gives it a little kick, and the avocado goes a long way toward creating extra creaminess!
With close to 400 people coming through the doors of Kaitaia's beautiful Te Ahu Center, our efforts at the Te Hiku Expo were met with unprecedented enthusiasm.
Until we in the West acknowledge our responsibility to live according to the nonviolent values we profess to embrace, we are in no position to vilify the priests or the devotees of Nepal's Gadhimai Festival.
This recipe is, quite simply, fantastic. It’s quick and easy to make, healthy and nutritious, and so delicious that it wins everybody over. In fact, we serve this paté whenever we do any kind of educational event, because it’s just so incredibly good.
As we approach the seasonal massacre of which these magnificent birds have become perversely and paradoxically symbolic, the momentary burst of happiness granted by their calls is interrupted by the painful reminder of who these individuals are considered to be by others of my kind: bodies without souls entitled to not even the most basic of birthrights — life itself.
The conditions in “free-range” facilities are often so poor that many turkeys die simply from the stress of living in such an environment.
This is a reprint of a previously posted article. It was originally written and published in 2012. When I was five years old, I unhappily discovered that I was the only…
We love a product with a company of integrity producing it, and My Magic Mud is truly a home-grown, female-empowering business.
Those of us who have been inspired by this pioneering woman offer our heartfelt thanks for all she has given to us and to the world, and trust that she rests in the peace she has earned as a result of the countless lives that have been changed for the better thanks to her courage, her generosity of spirit, and her commitment to bringing to life her truly inspired vision of a vegan world.
Veganism is not simply a different way of eating. It is a different way of seeing and feeling that embodies the principle of ahimsa, or reverence for life. Simply put, veganism is feeling for another’s feelings.
We are called vegans, and although we come from differing nations, cultures, religions, economic stations, genders and ages, we share a powerful bond. We have all seen the elephant in the room, and agree that the only humane response is to withdraw our support.
One fantastic result of the recent growth in the vegan movement is that there is now a myriad of resources which provide education about vegan alternatives, as well as a huge variety of recipes, and all sorts of information about vegan living.
Despite the concerns many people have about vegan living being complicated and foreign, it's actually a lot more simple and familiar than most would think.
For many on the threshold of welcoming the vegan shift, cheese is the final dietary challenge to overcome. But most people don't yet realize that it's an addictive substance being deliberately pushed by those who profit from keeping the population hooked on it.
Merriam-Webster defines the word 'soul' as the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. The actuating cause of an individual life—what is veganism if not that…
The many symptoms of our shared illness are easily seen on any street corner, in homes, schools, work places, courtrooms or anywhere else human behavior is on display. But the most serious is our seeming obsession with some form of violence.
Vegan athletes are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to be a professional athlete.
Connor and Renae Southworth started Khroma with the aim of creating a company that puts quality and ethics higher than any other goal.
At the beginning of the month, Gentle World hosted an event that attracted over 70 vegans, for a beautiful day of education and celebration. In the year 2000, when Gentle…
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and this plant-based version is designed to satisfy vegan kids of all ages.
If they could, every animal in the world would rise up, and with one pleading voice, say to you: “What on earth are you waiting for?”
It seems to be a golden period for those looking to make the transition to veganism, as we are witnessing a substantial transformation taking place in the consumer products industry.
One of the best things about summer is the fresh produce that reaches its peak during the hot season, especially blueberries. Aside from eating them by the handful, enjoying them in a pie is another amazing way to reap the huge benefits of this little berry.
Veganism is as essential to peace as peace is to Paradise. It topples the foundation of violence and cruelty upon which our terribly imperfect governments, cultures, societies and religions are built. It frees us from the self-absorption that fuels our conflicts. It inspires an expansive and inclusive way of living heretofore unknown to our species.
On February 22nd, Gentle World's Co-founders Light and Sun celebrated their 47th veganniversary, providing living proof that vegan human beings can not only lead an exemplary, love-filled, respectful, responsible, caring, healthy, active and vibrant…
I told my friends, “I think it’s a vegan place... That should be interesting.” That night, I ordered chicken wings because I figured I’d better get some good food in beforehand.
Gentle World's head gardener in Hawaii shares his expertise as a multi-decade veganic grower.
Thank you for showing me this beautiful place. During these past 11 days, I've learned a lot about veganic gardening, communal living and also even more about veganism. I leave…
One of Gentle World's veganic growing experts shares her personal advice for growing a successful vegan-organic garden.
It's always a joy to give people the opportunity to reconnect with where the food we eat comes from, and the veganic cultivation of plant foods is a beautiful thing to take part in.
Three years ago, we were fortunate enough to meet two wonderful people who came to us from Italy, and volunteered in Shangri-La for two seasons in a row, becoming part…
Veganism is non-violence in action; a sure, safe, practical, painless, easy, highly effective and absolutely free choice that everyone can make to help save all who live from humanity's most destructive, dangerous addiction.
Change is the only constant, and the garden proves that we need to prepare for and adapt to these changes. But that’s what the garden, and life, is all about — taking what we have learned, dusting off the dirt, and starting again.
On October 23rd, Island-based cardiologist Lawrence Derbes spoke at the Gentle World educational center in North Kohala, bringing his message of plant-based healing to dozens of inspired attendees.
Is there any hope at all for a peaceful resolution of the opposing forces in our nature, which are driving us mad? If so, the answer must be the pillars of sanity we call reason and compassion.
I was brought up in a very carnivorous environment in Brazil. My father strictly made sure my brother and I ate all kinds of foods. I remember my brother crying,…
Dogs have not only been some of my best friends, but some of my greatest teachers. There is no doubt in my mind that my feeling for dogs was a significant factor in my vegan epiphany, since it was not a far leap from the eyes of my best friends to the eyes of the first cow I ever saw crying tears of sorrow.
I consider becoming vegan a spiritual journey and I have enormous respect for the sacredness of life. To me, being vegan flows through to respecting and valuing all life and the earth.
Fragrance-free, and made from only a handful of healthy ingredients, Butter combines macadamia, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed and shea butter: foods which have been used throughout history to heal and revitalize the skin.
There was a time when a girl, with her family, raised chickens. She trapped one or two to sell for money or dinner. She wove coconut leaves and made them…
When your actions cause unnecessary violence and suffering to innocent beings, you have left the realm of freedom and are entering the realm of domination.
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.…
One of Gentle World's most extraordinary and beloved dog friends tells his rescue story.
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…
The other animals, although born into different physical bodies are, like us, victims of circumstance. Like all people, they are who we might have been, there but for we know not what. They too, are us, if we were they.
I grew up in South Africa and experienced a number of transformative, life-changing events at an early receptive age, like trying to bargain with a female witch doctor who worked…
On October 18th, Gentle World welcomed over 60 people to our North Kohala center for an afternoon of education and inspiration. Guests had the chance to take home free samples…
Living as a vegan, especially for those of us in the developed world, is much, much easier than it is commonly perceived to be.
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…
I was raised to eat animals, just like most children in our society. I spent 58 years condemning sentient beings to lives of ruthless exploitation that would end in brutal…
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…
We may not always be able to cross the fences and save the animals pleading for our help, but the least we can do is hold ourselves accountable for how much or how little we perpetuate an archaic system of violence.
For 25 years I had been living my life like most other people in my culture and society, consuming the flesh from other animals, their milk, their eggs, their honey,…
I will always be vegan: Because of the bear trapped in a tiny cage, continuously drained of the bile so prized by humans. The elephant whose family was shot so…
The following poem was written by Lemuel T. Ward, and was published in The Chronicle, in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Why don't those who make the laws do so with respect for our essential needs, and deepest feelings? Why do we continue to cause so much suffering and death to others? Why is there so much cruelty and violence in the world?
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.…
If you’re curious about the health benefits of buckwheat, but have yet to learn how enjoyable it can be, here are three delicious breakfast hot cereal recipes using this fantastic superfood.
There was a time when I was unconscious, wrapped up in superficial wants. My mind was fixed on my materialistic needs. I existed purely in a little bubble of simple…
When it comes to the use of animal products for ‘healthy bones,’ it seems that many consumers might unknowingly be doing their bodies more harm than good. Although animal milks do contain calcium, they also leach calcium from our bones.
As our awareness continues to grow about the connection between diet and health, it has become evident that eating a plant foods diet can provide a myriad of benefits for the human body.
Have you ever looked into the eyes of a sow? She is not the “mere animal” you think you know. She senses and smells your presence. She can see your silhouette cast against the light. She advances, timidly, and seeks your eyes. Her orbs measure you, depose your shield of solid convictions and seek the empathic spark that is dormant within you.
Since our return from Shangri-La in April, we have had the pleasure to get to know a number of beautiful people who have passed through our Hawaii home.
I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just.
Special thanks to JoAnn Farb for allowing us to reproduce this article from her March 2015 newsletter.