Tonight (April 12, 2017): Moby, Gene, Allison, Jaime, The Last Pig — tickets still available

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Just a very gentle, subtle, soft-spoken, friendly reminder that… It’s tonight! It’s finally here! And I am actually super excited about that.

Many of you already have tickets and I am eager to see you there. Some thought the event was sold out when they encountered a temporary web site glitch. For anyone that had difficulty getting tickets, the web site has now been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience and tickets are still available. Additionally, the box office will be open at 6:00pm for in person purchase.


Soka Performing Arts Center Critical Conversations
Vegan Meat-up, A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm – 9:45pm
Music by Moby

Conversation with Moby, Gene Baur, and Allison Argo, moderated by Jaime Nack

Pre-premiere screening of “The Last Pig”

Buy tickets here.

See you tonight!

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer

Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

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:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

Vegan Meat-Up: A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore
With Moby, Gene Baur, Allison Argo, Jamie Nack & “The Last Pig”
(Soka PAC)
Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm – 9:45pm

Aliso Viejo

A Screening of Speciesism
With Filmmaker, Mark Devries — a Pre-Conference Event
(GWC)
Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Huntington Beach

Socially Accepted Practices and Traumatic Impact on Adolescents’ Development
With Special Guest, Gene Baur, Co-founder, Farm Sanctuary
Thursday, April 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fullerton


11th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference:
“A Sustainable Peace: Equity, Equality, and Environmental Interdependence in the 21st Century”
Friday, April 28, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

Crises in the Ocean: How Compassionate Action Benefits Us All
  & People’s Climate March – Orange County

Saturday, April 29, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Irvine

 

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These systems are failing | April 12, 2017 – Moby, Gene Baur, Allison Argo, The Last Pig

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Moby: Are You Lost in the World Like Me?

Hi everyone,

Devoted followers of Moby might have noticed that he stopped touring and has committed much of his time to Animal Rights. Additionally, he has been quite outspoken on the environment and our current political situation. One of his recent music videos was nominated for a Webby Award. Beyond the animation, his message names something many of us recognize: “These systems are failing.” How many of us are struggling to come to terms with a deep sense of alienation amidst countless profound uncertainties, challenges, atrocities, injustices and insecurities in this world? Through his music, Moby asks us, “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?

Next Wednesday, April 12, Moby will be making a very rare appearance in Orange County, joined by Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, and filmmaker, Allison Argo — plus a screening of her latest documentary, The Last Pig. This is going to be a truly amazing event!

Please join us for Critical Conversations at Soka – Vegan Meat-Up with Moby, A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore — buy tickets here.

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…we all own flashlights | Upcoming Events

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Father Greg Boyle: I thought I could “save” gang members. I was wrong.

Hi everyone,

In addition to my great appreciation for Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and the sentiments he expressed in the above article, it reminded me of a poem by Mary Oliver called, The Journey. We save the only life we can, yet in so doing, sometimes we save one another.

We feel stronger, more secure and have more enjoyment when we feel well-connected with others. When we feel part of a group that we feel safe being in, then we allow our vulnerability to surface, and only then can we genuinely love one another. By contrast, when we feel threatened, our defenses go up. We begin to also fear our own vulnerability, sometimes projecting onto it that it is in and of itself the enemy. Vulnerability is not the enemy. It is where life lives. Our greatest strength is when the many come together as one in shared vulnerability.

“…we all own flashlights. With any luck, on any given day, we know where to aim them for each other.”

April brings together Earth Month, Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, Animal Cruelty Prevention Month and much more. We offer a very full calendar of Upcoming Events with many opportunities to join us. This week includes the OC for Climate Action planning meeting, a super-fun Spring Garden Veggie Workshop, and a TRE Group Shake, followed by next week’s truly amazing April 12 Critical Conversations at Soka Performing Arts Center Vegan Meat-Up: A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore (scroll down for more info).

Hope to see you soon.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
| facebook | donate »
living vegan (facebook)
| plant powered oc (facebook)
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(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole.

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) Meeting
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Newport Beach

Spring Veggie Garden Workshop! (Plant Powered OC)
Wednesday, April 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Costa Mesa

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) – Group Shake
Thursday, April 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Newport Beach

Vegan Meat-Up: A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore
With Moby, Gene Baur, Allison Argo (Soka PAC)
Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm – 9:45pm
Aliso Viejo

A Screening of Speciesism
With Filmmaker, Mark Devries — a Pre-Conference Event (GWC)
Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

Socially Accepted Practices and Traumatic Impact on Adolescents’ Development
With Special Guest, Gene Baur, Co-founder, Farm Sanctuary
Thursday, April 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fullerton

11th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference:
“A Sustainable Peace: Equity, Equality, and Environmental Interdependence in the 21st Century”
Friday, April 28, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

Crises in the Ocean: How Compassionate Action Benefits Us All  & People’s Climate March – Orange County
Saturday, April 29, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Irvine

April 12, 2017 – Moby, Gene Baur, Allison Argo & The Last Pig at Soka PAC

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Hi everyone,

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm, Soka Performing Arts Center Critical Conversations presents: Vegan Meat-Up — A Safe Space for the Curious Carnivore.
Living Ubuntu is thrilled to be a partner. This event will open with a musical performance by Moby, then, for the onstage conversation, he will be joined by Farm Sanctuary’s founder, Gene Baur, Emmy-winning filmmaker, Allison Argo, and moderator Jaime Nack. Allison’s most recent film, The Last Pig, will screen afterward. Watch the film trailer here.

The idea for this event came after reading the many articles and blog posts written by former pig farmer, Bob Comis. His poignant story and deep honesty gripped me and I found myself eagerly awaiting the 2017 film premiere. I envisioned an event in the Soka PAC much like what is to occur on April 12. My first conversation about the idea was almost a year ago now, and so much of this event has felt as if it magically just came together. I am genuinely extremely excited that this event did indeed come to fruition, and finally, it is almost here.

I want to personally invite you to please join me  — get tickets here.

April has lots to offer — see the full calendar of upcoming events below.

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“Before the Flood” — Friday March 24, 2017, 7p in Irvine (tomorrow)

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I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if it were a fiction.
– Leonardo DiCaprio

Hi everyone,

Ever feel like going out to see a movie on a Friday evening?

Friday, March 24, 7:00pm we are hosting a screening of “Before the Flood”. Watch the trailer and RSVP here.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

Effectively addressing our current climate emergency has long been neglected. The current administration is taking fast action — but in the wrong direction!

Everyone I know who has seen this film found it to be exceptionally well done, so if you are free tomorrow night, come join us for this free admission screening with discussion afterward, plus light refreshments. Continue reading

Intro to TRE March 22, 2017 — “…don’t do activism without it”

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Hi everyone,

What happens when life is challenging? At some point it becomes stressful. What happens when stress is chronic? For some it shows up as anxiety, insomnia or depression, while others feel frustrated, impatient or just generally pissed off much of the time. Symptoms might also be physical, e.g. GI distress, low back or neck pain, tight shoulders or headaches. For some people, the most noticeable experience is that spinning thoughts make concentration really difficult, or a sense of just feeling chronically overwhelmed.

And — where is the joy? The sense of feeling fully alive to life? Or even just feeling safe enough to really let down? Sometimes the ultimate result is that we stop feeling the deeper feelings as numbness and deadening begin to take over. Then if we can just stay busy enough, the inner sense of heartache, fear, disappointment and quiet desperation can be kept at bay.

Beyond the typical day to day, many in the US who have never been politically active have recently jumped in to get involved. I often worry about them as activism really takes a toll on the nervous system. We invite people to engage – but how often do we teach people to how to stay well when they do? Chronic stress detracts from the ability to empathize and be compassionate — do we really want to ignore it?

Honestly, in a world where it seems like only slogans get taken note of, I want to say, “TRE — don’t do activism without it.” Of course there are other things people do to stay well, but the point is, most people aren’t doing any of them, and TRE offers something quite unique. (What is TRE?)

Given our current societal dilemmas, for 2017, I put three Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) workshops on the calendar. One was in January, one in February, and now, this week, the third one. I am not sure when a “next time” is going to be, so if you have any interest at all, I would strongly encourage you to not wait, make time for this one, and be there on Wednesday, March 22, 7p-m. If you attended in January or February, please consider attending this one also as the repetition can be extremely helpful.

Details and registration for Wednesday, March 22 7p-9p are here:
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“In Utero” & Rebecca Amis of MUSE – Thursday, March 16, 2017

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“Your genes are affected by the environment as soon as there is an environment.”
– Gabor Mate (watch the trailer for “In Utero”)

Hi everyone,

What if, in order to understand how our species developed so many troubling issues we see all around us today, we needed to go back to the beginning and understand “...life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world”? And, what if understanding that could put us on a better path for knowing what we need to do differently?

I got really excited when I first saw “In Utero” last fall because to my knowledge it is the first feature length documentary to talk about the cutting edge topic, Epigenetics, how the environment influences our genes. It opens the door to pondering things like trans-generational trauma and dysfunction vs. trans-generational health and healing. Additionally, I really love listening to Gabor Maté and he is in the film. (Does anyone recall an email I sent last October featuring an item he wrote about the Presidential election?)

Tomorrow, March 16, please join us for a screening of “In Utero”. This is the third and final event in A Legacy of Learning: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma. The event also features Rebecca Amis, co-founder of MUSE School. I have had the good fortune to visit MUSE three times now and have been amazed each time. Everything at MUSE is based in sustainability. They have the whole package there. The curriculum was created to promote authenticity, empathy and connection, while making living with environmental mindfulness just a natural part of life. Additionally, they are one of the first entirely plant-based schools in the U.S. and grow much of their own food in organic school gardens.

I hope you will join us. Continue reading