Before we can see properly we must first shed our tears…

Before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.
– Ancient proverb

Hi everyone,

In regions of the world where mass atrocities, genocide, sexual assault as a weapon of war, famine, displacement and countless other hardships are far too commonplace, some of the “lucky” ones are granted refugee status and get relocated. San Diego is one of the US cities with an extremely large number of refugees from all over the world, including many from countries in East Africa. Beginning in 2012, Living Ubuntu had a project in San Diego focused on trauma recovery within the East African refugee community. In 2012, (Phase 1) we did a simple survey to get more information on the rates of Post Traumatic Stress in that community. In 2013, (Phase 2) we did a 6-week series to educate refugee leaders about trauma. In 2014 and 2015 (Phase 3), we conducted a research project utilizing Dr. David Berceli’s Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (more on Phase 3 here).

This past year, data was statistically analyzed and we were all extremely pleased to find that the results were very good. Watch the above video to find out more.

We have a lot of really good things coming up in 2017. Scroll down to the bottom of this email to see all the amazing events coming up in the first few months of the new year.

Even though we are a small, all-volunteer, grassroots organization, enacting projects requires funds. If you like what we are doing, please support us with a year-end one-time contribution. Or to be even more helpful, sign up as a monthly donor. Amounts as small as $10.00 a month are affordable for many. We are grateful for gifts of any size.

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An Evening of Compassion and Being Together (Nov. 20, 2016) — buy tickets TODAY (online sales end tonight)

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. – Victor Kiam

Hi everyone,

I was born and raised in Orange County. I have lived here my entire life and lived to tell about it. I ‘get’ the culture. We all know how it works here in Southern California: “why do it today when you can put it off ’til tomorrow?” Right? We have commitment issues… and there are so many options, so little time. I know. Born and raised in Orange County. I know.

So, this is just a friendly little reminder that time is up — almost up — later tonight, totally, officially, ‘up’ — as far as buying online tickets to attend: An Evening of Compassion and Being Together (Sun Nov 20).

Tickets at the door will be $10 more and subject to availability. We still have room for more students due to donated tickets for them. Contact us for details:

This event is going to be extraordinary – seriously, truly awesome – don’t miss it :)

The Candlelight Vigil will be at the end of the event, open to anyone that wants to gather with us at that point – and there will be no open flames due to the fire danger – battery-operated tea lights only – we will supply them. So even if you can’t make it at 4p for the main event, please do feel free to show up at 6:30p to participate in the vigil. We will gather together in support of the much needed, now more than ever, Compassion-for-All.

Thank you for your participation, engagement and support.

Buy Tickets for Nov 20 / Donate here.

For those who attended last Saturday’s “How to Cook Vegan for the Holidays” and wanted the recipes:

For more upcoming events, scroll to the bottom of this email.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole


An Evening of Compassion and Being Together
(an event to benefit Living Ubuntu)
buy tickets now!
Sunday, November 20, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Newport Beach

Re-Examining our Belief Systems: Growing Beyond the Known
(a 3-part
TRE® workshop series)
Saturdays: January 21, February 25, March 18,
9am-4:30pm each day

Newport Beach

An Evening of Compassion and Being Together – Sun. Nov. 20 (online ticket sales end in 2 days)

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
– Albert Schweitzer

Hi everyone,

Please join us this coming Sunday, November 20 4p-7p in Newport Beach for An Evening of Compassion and Being Together. Tickets are $45.00 and that includes dinner. At the door, the price will be $55.00 and subject to availability. In order to avoid food waste or shortage, it would help a lot if you bought your tickets today, even though the on line sales will continue for two more days. Additionally, we have a limited number of donated tickets for students that might not otherwise be able to participate. Contact us for more info.

Due to recent events in the US, we have added a candlelight vigil to the end of Sunday’s event. The vigil will be open to anyone that wants to join us for that portion of the evening. Watch for more details.

Sunday evening will be fun and festive, along with deeply meaningful and serious. We hope it will inspire and re-invigorate those who attend. Our planning team has worked hard to create an experience that helps us remember that ‘We Belong to the Greater Whole’ and sit within the ‘Interconnection’ of the many.

Buy tickets and / or donate here.

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Events in November — coming together for the common good

Hi everyone,

I know this is a big week with big events that have big consequences that many of you are paying attention to big time. Yet, once Tuesday has come and gone, finding ways to come together in support of the common good will be more important than ever. I wanted to bring your attention to a few opportunities this month to gather together in support of goodness, compassion, health, sustainability and community.

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Sunday, October 16, Time to Choose

Hi everyone,

We have no shortage of serious issues in need of more attention and fast, effective action both locally and globally. It is an extremely long list, with myriad emergencies largely ignored by the Presidential election, and harder to bring attention to while a tabloid tone dominates the news. One of the many disturbing omissions is climate change.

That means that those of us who are aware, able and deeply concerned about the state of climate catastrophe we find ourselves in, who have noticed how slowly and inadequately effective changes are being made, must carry the responsibility for keeping climate disruption issues in the spotlight as much as we can.

Please join us in Irvine this coming Sunday for A Screening of Time to Choose (RSVP). This recently released climate-change-themed film provides a comprehensive perspective and a seriously necessary and urgent call to action. It is a film well worth watching, plus an opportunity to discuss best support of ongoing local efforts.

And, just a friendly reminder about the super-helpful opportunity tomorrow evening: Thriving on a Plant Based Diet – Part II. Continue reading

Nicole Capretz on Clean Energy, Sep 10 & 15 (plus PlantPure Pod tonight!)

Hi everyone,

I remember feeling super-excited, and inspired when back on December 15, 2015 I saw the article entitled, San Diego Vows to Move Entirely to Renewable Energy in 20 Years. On December 16 I posted it in the Orange County for Climate Action Facebook group along with this question: “How do we do this in OC?

At the time, I wasn’t sure anything would come of it, yet, after a visit with Nicole Capretz in May, here we are in September, about to feature two opportunities in Orange County to hear the lead author of San Diego’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan speak. Not only will she talk about how they got it done in San Diego, but also, she will answer the December 16 question: How do we do this in OC?

Okay, now, seriously, this is a huge opportunity for us that live locally. Nicole is genuinely, absolutely amazing and I want to strongly, strongly encourage you to come hear her. The fact that she has agreed to advise us in Orange County and that she has agreed to come up here not once, but twice, to help us get this moving, speaks to not only her commitment to these issues, but also her extreme generosity.

Climate change is rapidly and destructively revealing itself. It forces us to look at many things we would otherwise ignore. Within much that is scary and sounds bleak, we need to increase our focus on fast, effective, progressive action that brings us together. While the big picture can feel overwhelming, local action is do-able and can build momentum.

Saturday, September 10 at Irvine United Congregational Church and /or Thursday, September 15 in the Irvine City Hall Chambers, please join us for Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County, a conversation with Nicole Capretz – (RSVP). Both events are 11a-1p.

BTW: don’t forget TONIGHT at 7:30p is the very first PlantPure Pod at Au Lac in Fountain Valley, Thriving on a Plant Based Diet.

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Today is World Oceans Day | Love Thy Nature June 26

Hi everyone,

There has been a lot going on in this Presidential Election! With so much that is important and competing for our attention, you might not have noticed that today, June 8 is World Oceans Day.

Why is that so significant? Well, for instance, did you know that most of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean? And have you heard about how the ocean is currently in extreme peril?

Great Barrier Reef: diving in the stench of millions of rotting animals – video

If a healthy ocean is completely essential for keeping us alive, you’d think every day should be World Oceans Day. But it isn’t. Just today. One day a year to draw attention to it. One day to give thanks and applaud the ocean for keeping us living and breathing. One day to admire with awe and wonder how amazingly, incredibly beautiful it is. One day to dig deeper into understanding its struggle to survive.

Today – what can you do? Get started in making change – just do one thing. Here are a few suggestions.

  • How about eating organic plant-based food today? Both the fishing industry and land-based animal agriculture are highly destructive to the ocean.
  • Decrease the amount of plastic you use. For instance, did you know that at many stores you can buy re-usable beverage straws made out of stainless steel or glass, eliminating the need for disposable plastic ones?
  • Get more actively involved in the critically important efforts to slow climate change.
  • Read a fascinating recently released book by Jonathan Balcombe, “What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins”.
  • Go to the beach and admire the living organism that supports us. Breathe in the ocean air and feel the connection to the greater whole.

Please come join us, Sunday, June 26, 6pm at Golden West College when we will screen the amazing film, Love Thy Nature – (RSVP).

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