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Farming with Possums

Shangri-La’s head gardener Magic has worked his magic once again to make our newest garden bed 100% possum-proof (no easy task). Possums were introduced to New Zealand from Australia in the 1830s, in order to be trapped for their incredibly soft and beautiful fur. They are now highly-persecuted, not only by trappers but by ordinary […] Read more

Image by Sharain Liew from Pixabay Te Whare Rongoa (House of Medicine) is a charitable trust in New Zealand’s Northland. Serving the Far North community with a high percentage of Maori clients, they offer well-being services through education in plant-based food and herbal medicine, while also offering support to people with substance use disorders. We […] Read more

On Saturday, December 14th, Gentle World participated in Northland’s very first Te Hiku Spirit, Mind, Body Health Expo.  With close to 400 people coming through the doors of Kaitaia’s beautiful Te Ahu Center, Gentle World’s table was the only one promoting veganism. Our efforts were met with unprecedented enthusiasm as our volunteers talked to attendees […] Read more

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 […] Read more

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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 […] Read more

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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 […] Read more

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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 […] Read more

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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 […] Read more

Spring

by Mimi Yoshiyama … In December of 2015, on a very sunny spring day, I arrived at this hidden valley in the far north of New Zealand. My first week in Gentle World passed by so quickly, as I helped with weeding, cooking, cleaning, renovating a caravan, and preparing amazing, soulful veganic dinners every night. After my first […] Read more

photos by Nadine Loraine … Life really gets fun when we convert a patch of grass into a thriving ecosystem. My vegan corner of the world is about 30 by 35 feet; a garden to nurture all the senses; to feed both body and soul. Barefoot, I stroll through paths in this place where peace […] Read more

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