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Garden Therapy

In the midst of all the chaos in the world, growing one’s own garden has perhaps become more of an act of self-preservation than ever before. Here in Gentle World, our vibrant veganic gardens continue to bring comfort to mind and heart, as well as inspiration to those who visit Gentle World with the aim […] Read more

Gentle World is continuing our summer education program in New Zealand’s Far North, collaborating once again with Te Whare Rongoā for our first event at the Te Ahu cinema in Kaitaia. The evening was a big success, and we have already received a number of inquiries from individuals expressing interest in a follow-up cooking class, which […] Read more

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 Rongoā (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

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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 […] 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

~ 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