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You Can’t Return to Ignorance

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~ 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 [...]

Enjoying the Riches of the Vegan Lifestyle

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Dear Gentle World,

At this time one year ago, Lilly and I were sitting in Auckland anxiously awaiting our visit to Gentle World, not knowing what to expect. Veganism was a far-off thing that, quite frankly, didn’t seem like a realistic thing to do. Now, one year later, we are still Vegan-American and proudly so. It has changed the course of our lives dramatically.

Garden Fun with Little Ones

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A few weeks ago, we had a super-fun day here in Shangri-La, as we hosted a gathering of aspiring little gardeners from the local Playcenter. Hoping to show these youngsters that it can be fun and exciting to eat (and grow!) fruits and veggies, we took them on a tour of the Shangri-La veganic gardens, [...]

Sharing the Joy of Vegan Cooking

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On Saturday, March 12th, Gentle World volunteers hosted a free vegan cooking class at our favorite NZ venue: The Herb Shack. With 22 attendees who showed lots of interest in the vegan culinary techniques, the day was a fantastic success, as well as a whole lot of fun! As well as demonstrating a number of [...]

Gentle World’s Giant Pear!

Every now and then, our veganic growing program rewards us with a giant vegetable or piece of fruit... To give you some idea of the scale, the flower to the left is a magnolia, which usually measures between 6 and 8 inches across. (This one is still partially closed). It didn't occur to us to [...]

Harvest Time in Shangri-La

Here in Gentle World, we sometimes forget that many people don't have the luxury of enjoying home-grown vegetables, let alone delicious veganically-grown fruit... But in Shangri-La, thanks to the hard work of our team of dedicated volunteers and expert gardener Magic Rees, we eat a banquet made from wholesome veganic produce every single night... Not [...]

Gardening with Magic

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Magic Rees has been an organic grower since 1980. In 1989, he co-founded the Far North Organics Association in New Zealand, where he served as a Board Member and Organic Inspection Certifier for ten years. In the year 2000, when he met Gentle World, he transitioned from organic to veganic, and became Shangri-La’s head gardener and veganic educator.

Shangri-La Receives a Tiny Visitor…

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Related Post: Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs A few weeks ago, while we were minding our own business, a furry little someone wandered out of the wilderness and showed up on our doorstep... literally. Scrawny, scruffy, cute beyond belief, yearning for affection, and obviously fighting for her survival, this little kitten was lucky to [...]

Veganic Growing in Shangri-La

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Around a week ago, the last of the Gentle World volunteers arrived at our Vegan Educational Center in Northland, New Zealand, officially kicking off the 11th summer in our Southern Hemisphere Center, which we call Shangri-La. For over ten years, our dedicated team has spent New Zealand summers transforming a magnificent piece of countryside into [...]