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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 [...]

World Vegan Day in Melbourne, Australia!

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World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on November 1st , by vegans around the world. Coincidentally, I happened to arrive home in Melbourne just in time for an ever expanding event held at the Melbourne show grounds. This free event welcomed anyone and everyone to come and explore what it means to live a vegan lifestyle. With live music, [...]

Taiwan Opens First Vegan Supermarket!

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If you happen to find yourself in Taipei, make sure to stop by iVegan, Taiwan’s first all vegan supermarket! iVegan opened in Taipei this August.  According to Vegan Taiwan, the supermarket is complete with “fresh fruit and veggies, packaged goods, frozen foods, fresh baking, cleaning and body care products* and even housewares.” iVegan comes complete [...]

Is Berlin The New Vegan Mecca?

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Over the last couple of years a huge surge of new vegan restaurants, apparel stores and even a completely vegan grocery store have opened in Berlin, Germany’s capital. Berlin now hosts the world’s first completely vegan avenue, Schivelbeiner Straße, and the world’s largest vegan grocery store chain: Veganz. More than 16 vegan restaurants have sprung [...]

People Like You

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The Southern Hemisphere summer is over. It’s the time of year when Gentle World’s volunteers return from Shangri-La, our New Zealand location, back to Hawaii. It’s hard to believe that only one week ago, I was admiring the natural beauty in New Zealand, but I knew then that in a matter of days, I would be [...]

Letters from our Visitors

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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 [...]

It Must Have Been Lovely

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In October of 1970, as an anthem for the very first Earth Day, American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton wrote a haunting song painting a picture of the planet as it might one day be… devoid of the wonders of the natural world.

The Shangri-La Experience

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  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 [...]

Felix & Wyatt: Two Modern-Day DaVincis

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Several years ago, we received a couple of beautiful letters from an American friend living in China. Julie’s letters recounted heart-warming stories of her two vegan sons, Felix and Wyatt (who were six and four years old at the time).

A Gentle World in my Heart

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Aloha Lovely Gentle Worlders… 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…

A Guide to Veganic Volunteering

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After spending a year volunteering on different farms and subsequently helping to host volunteers as a grower, I’ve learned a lot about what make a “good volunteer” and how to find the farm that is right for you.

A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling as a Vegan

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As you travel to new places as a vegan, a bit of planning and forethought can help you overcome the small inconveniences you may encounter.