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Paradise Bound

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“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Be Fair Be Vegan 2017

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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 [...]

Letter from Woodwardia

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At the beginning of our Shangri-La season, we had a visit from a very interesting fellow. As well as following our website and newsletter for years, he is also the steward for Woodwardia, a vegan land and marine conservation society. Upon his return home, after a week spent here in Shangri-La, he shared with us [...]

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 [...]

Be Fair, Be Vegan

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Throughout the month of August, in the middle of Times Square, directly above the Good Morning America studios, and just a few blocks from the New York Times, a billboard was visible overhead that few could pretend not to notice. Amongst a barrage of self-promotion by corporate interests seeking personal gain, for four full weeks, one message of hope stood proud and powerful in its uncompromising [...]

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 [...]

Which Will We Choose?

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We human beings are a complex, multi-faceted species. The consciousness that motivates us is a dichotomy in which a battle rages between the violent, angry, unreasonable, selfish, jealous, greedy, cruel part of our nature and the gentle, compassionate, kind, reasonable, just, empathetic, generous part. Whichever part we choose to nurture is revealed, moment to moment, in our [...]

No Going Back

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Lyra Alves, Belgium (Brazilian living in Belgium for 15 years) 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, looking at his food on the table, saying that the chicken on his plate was [...]