Gentle World’s core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition.
Toward that end, Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for nearly 40 years, helping people from all walks of life embrace a way of living that incorporates their values. Over the years, our member-volunteers have offered educational services free of charge to countless people, including cooking and gardening classes and workshops, seminars, film screenings, private consultations, video and audio content, and incredibly delicious vegan meals.
In addition to educating people about veganism, we teach interested individuals how to prepare delicious, nutritious, plant-based food and how to grow their own fruits and vegetables without using any pesticides or animal by-products. We are also dedicated to providing an example of how to move toward a more sustainable, communal, self-sufficient lifestyle, including how to live more harmoniously with nature, other animals, and one another.
In 1981, we produced the first full-length vegan cookbook in the US – The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, which has since sold over 100,000 copies. We have also published two books by Michael A. Klaper M.D, who was a pioneer in promoting a plant-based diet: Vegan Nutrition, Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet. In 2000, we produced a 500-recipe resource guide, entitled Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm. And in 2009, we created the website you are now reading, which offers ongoing free vegan education to the growing number of people interested in transitioning to a gentler, more sustainable way of eating and living.
Gentle World operates two educational centers: one on the North Island of New Zealand, and one on the Big Island of Hawaii. At each of these locations, we welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in our ‘live-in’ vegan education program. In a positive and supportive environment, our guests are given the opportunity to learn about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living and how to go about making the transition. We are also in the process of expanding our Hawaii outreach with the development of a new agricultural property that we call VeganLand.
Both of our locations receive people from all over the globe, who come to work alongside us and experience our vegan way of life for themselves, as they learn about the whys and hows of veganism from our team of member-volunteers, many of whom have been vegan for anywhere from 20 to 50 years. This unique model has endured for four decades, and has helped numerous people to become vegan.
Although we welcome and encourage donations from participants, we do not charge money for our programs, as we consider it essential that everyone have the opportunity to participate. No salaries are paid, as all who contribute their time and effort toward our programs do so because they believe in the mission and goals of Gentle World.
Gentle World Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) educational organization, incorporated in Florida in 1979, and based in Hawaii since 1989. In 2000, the organization was also granted charitable trust status in New Zealand. All donations are tax-deductible.