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Pioneers of Peace

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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 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 [...]

Dawn of a New Day

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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 [...]

Growing Tips from Meadow

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As a veganic gardener, your options for fertilizing the soil are different to those of an organic farmer, who uses just about everything under the sun as long as it is not chemical. I don’t use any blood and bone, any fish or animal guts or anything like that. Compost is very good if you’re [...]

Spreading The Vegan Message

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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 [...]

Veganic Gardening with Butterflies

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Your compost is the most important thing for veganic gardening. You save your vegetables and fruit peels in a pile, add to compost pile and cover with hay, and flip it. It has to aerate a certain amount of time depending on the environment, region, how hot it is – it could be three months, six months, a [...]

Guided by the Light of Truth

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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 [...]

Gentle World Needs Your Help

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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 [...]

Veganic Growing in Action

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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 [...]

A Better Reality

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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 [...]

2017… and here we are

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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 [...]

Gentle World Plant-Based Healing Seminar

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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 [...]

Dearest Gentle World Family…

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~ 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 [...]