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Paradise Bound

“Not in my eyes alone is Paradise”. Dante Nothing in human life, from birth all the way through to death, is even close to the way I would have designed it, had I been endowed with the omnipotence of the gods. Although admittedly, there is much beauty, truth and goodness to be found in this [...]

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Light and Sun: Pioneers of Peace

On February 22nd, vegan forerunners 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 life, but also inspire countless others to do the same. Becoming a vegan 47 years ago was not only forward-thinking, but also forward-feeling, as there was no [...]

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Dawn of a New Day

by Taylor Dawn Bernarda My journey began in the summer of 2014, when I decided to take a trip to Hawaii with my two best friends, through a program called WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms). We made it to our first farm on the Big Island, and things didn't go quite as we had [...]

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Spreading The Vegan Message

by Luise Schmerbach Dear Gentle World, 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 came here as a vegan, but I leave even more passionate about it and more passionate about spreading this important [...]

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Guided by the Light of Truth

Four weeks ago, a young Italian woman stepped in to Shangri-La and was so moved by what she learned here that she decided to write this letter to a friend. We thought it was worth sharing with our readers. Dear Frank, So much has happened since we last spoke. At that time, I was wwoofing [...]

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Be Fair Be Vegan 2017

We are beyond excited to share with our readers the news that Be Fair Be Vegan, a powerful animal justice campaign run by Be Fair Be Vegan in partnership with Gentle World, will continue to bring its uncompromising vegan message to locations around the United States and beyond. The campaign's website recently announced that Be Fair Be [...]

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Gentle World Needs Your Help

Dear Friends of Gentle World, We’re reaching out to our supporters at this time to help us recover from the financial loss we sustained as a result of a devastating natural disaster. A few days ago, in the middle of the night, we experienced major flooding at our New Zealand vegan educational center, caused by [...]

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Veganic Growing in Action

Many of our visitors are vegans who want to learn how to grow their own food without the use of animal products. At both of our visitor center locations (Hawaii and New Zealand) our demonstration gardens show the principles of veganic growing in action. It's always a joy to give people the opportunity to reconnect with where the food we eat comes from, especially since the [...]

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A Better Reality

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 of our communal family for a time. Sadly, we have been apart ever since, but the time we spent together has kept us close, even [...]

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2017… and here we are

If we may say so ourselves, and we do, we human beings are an extraordinarily brilliant species. The self-proclaimed kings and queens of Planet Earth, we have reigned supreme, unchallenged, with absolute power over all other life forms, for tens of thousands of years. If our minds had been perfectly sane and our hearts free [...]

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Lessons from the Garden

I’ve found the garden to be a place of reciprocity. As I nurture it, it nurtures me. As my plants grow, I grow simultaneously. As my garden flourishes, I flourish. At least, this has been my experience as a novice gardener. I’ve learned much more than how to grow plants… I feel like I’ve been [...]

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Gentle World Plant-Based Healing Seminar

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. After 23 years of practicing cardiology, Dr. Derbes abandoned his practice of performing cardiac catheterizations and other interventional procedures in 2013, in favor of practicing strictly preventive care, with an emphasis [...]

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