SoCal VegFest this weekend | Ask CA to divest from animal ag!


Hi everyone,

Are you coming to the SoCalVegFest this weekend, October 29 – 30 in Costa Mesa? It only takes a brief glance at their web site to see all the many reasons why it is going to be a truly amazing event. Make sure to find the Living Ubuntu booth, come say ‘hi” and view the trailer for our upcoming feature length documentary, So Give Me an F”.

Yesterday, Orange County for Climate Action launched: California — Divest from Animal Agriculture: Meat, Dairy, Eggs, and Seafood Production. We are off to a great start — more than 200 people have already signed. We will have this petition at our booth this weekend, but why wait when you can sign it now? Your help in telling others about the petition would be greatly appreciated — please share widely.

“…as detailed in the 2016 FAIRR Report, factory farming is a bad investment on environmental, moral and, ultimately, fiscal grounds.”

Also, have you heard about the new climate change documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood? On October 30 it will premiere on the National Geographic channel – plus they are making it available for free on all platforms. I hope you can find time to watch it.

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

Three things I am super excited about. (SoCal VegFest Oct 29 & 30 | An Evening of Compassion and Being Together Nov 20)

Hi everyone,

There are at least three things I am super excited about right now, if not more.

First, next weekend is the October 29 & 30 SoCal VegFest. Last year was absolutely amazing, especially given that it was the first time ever in Orange County. 10,000 people attended the all day vegan festival! This year it has been expanded into a two day event.

“The purpose of SoCal VegFest is to introduce Southern Californians and others to the benefits of healthy conscious living. Our goal is to inspire and support anyone who wants to learn more about living a more healthy, environmentally friendly, and compassionate life.”
Second, Living Ubuntu will have a booth at the SoCal VegFest and we will be screening for the first time ever in public the trailer for our upcoming feature length documentary! Come to our booth to watch it. Plus, permaculturist extraordinaire, Lucian Toma, has graciously agreed to demonstrate worm bin composting at our booth (Saturday morning only).  And much more!

Third, we have confirmed that Andy Shrader will be our special guest speaker on November 20 for Living Ubuntu’s An Evening of Compassion and Being Together. The title of his talk is,  “Radically Alive Planet,” and I can’t wait to hear it! Vegan environmentalists that practice living an embodied life while being highly effective in getting things done are truly hard to come by. A few of Andy’s many impressive accomplishments can be found on the event site where you can also buy your tickets to attend and / or donate.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. What dehumanizes you inexorably dehumanizes me.


Racing Extinction and The Urgent Need to Slow Down

“A movement can be born when hope is ignited.”

Hi everyone,

In thinking about the upcoming Thursday, April 14, pre-conference event, A Screening of Racing Extinction at Orange Coast College, I was delighted to see an interview with Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History) and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard (author of  Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World) entitled, The Urgent Need to Slow Down.

Here is an excerpt:

Matthieu Ricard: It’s not contradictory to speak of an emergency to slow down. It’s not like you are frantically nervous while slowing down. It’s just that it is time to slow down. All of those terms—slowing down, simplicity, doing more with less—people respond to them by saying, “Oh, I’m not going to be able to eat strawberry ice cream anymore.” They feel bad about that. But, actually, what they miss is that voluntary simplicity, that turns out to be a very happy way of life. There have been very many good studies showing that again and again. Jim Casa studied people with a highly materialistic consumerism mindset. He studied 10,000 people over 20 years and compared them with those who more put value on intrinsic things—quality of relationships, relationship to nature—and he found the high consumer-minded people are less happy. They look for outside pleasures and don’t find relationship satisfaction. Their health is not as good. They have fewer good friends. They are less concerned about global issues like the environment. They are less empathic. They are more obsessed with debt…. Continue reading>>>

Please join us, Thursday, April 14. Admission is free. Bring your friends, family and colleagues.
Register here for A Screening of Racing Extinction
. Continue reading

… a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth. (April events)

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth.
– Rumi

Hi everyone,

April will be here soon. Did you know that April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month – and — Earth Month?

Have you ever thought about how incredibly inter-connected those issues are?

Please join us this April for three very important events. (Registration is strongly recommended, even for the free events.)

Thursday April 14 – Pre-conference event: A Screening of Racing Extinction (register here)
This film is remarkably well-done. Scientists say the sixth mass extinction is taking place on our planet. It’s also the first caused by a single species: Us. This free pre-conference event takes place at Orange Coast College the week before the Golden West College climate-themed peace conference noted below.

Friday April 22 – 10th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference (register here)
For only $25.00, this conference offers an entire day of incredibly well-informed, inspirational speakers taking on the tough topics, compassionately. The fee includes vegan breakfast and lunch. This zero-waste, climate-themed peace conference is not to be missed! Please consider contributing as a sponsor at the above link to help support free admission for the students.

Saturday April 23 – Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur (register here)
On the beautiful grounds of Soka University, Gene Baur will have the spotlight for an in depth talk on “Eating in Harmony with Our Values”. Celebrating their 30th year, Gene is the Co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm sanctuary in North America.  The talk is free, but we hope you will stay for lunch afterward. Pre-order your $10.00 vegan, picnic lunch at the above link and gather with us on the lawn after his Black Box Theater talk is finished.

Plus – April 1 is the last day for the Early Registration Discount for:

Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1 – TRE® Module I Certification Training (register here) Continue reading

Tomorrow: Neurogenic Yoga in the Park-OC, we still have room for you!

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow, Saturday October 24 10:00am – 12:00pm, will be the very first time for Neurogenic Yoga in the Park has come to Orange County. Knowing what a great time we had with this FREE community event in Balboa Park, San Diego a couple of months ago, I sincerely hope you are planning to join us tomorrow. It’s a really big park (with lots of trees!), so even if you haven’t registered yet, we still have room for you. Register here. (Arrive early — check in is at 9:45am.)

What is Neurogenic Yoga?

For upcoming events, scroll down.

See you tomorrow!

Thank you for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE Trainer
Founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings


Neurogenic Yoga in the Park – OCtime to register!
Saturday October 24, 10a-noon
Costa Mesa

Farm Sanctuary Los Angeles Walk for Farm Animals join the OCCA team!
Sunday, November 8, 2-4:30p

TRE for Women in the East African Community
Saturday November 14, 10a-noon
San Diego

Pre-Climate Summit Rally
Sunday, November 29, 2p

…widening our circle of compassion… (Neurogenic Yoga in the Park, Oct 24)

A human being is a part of a whole… [but] he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
 – Albert Einstein
Hi everyone,
Last week was great! We had 50 people show up for the Climate Rally in the Orange Circle (photos, video) and 200 for the Gene Baur event at Chapman University (photos). Thanks again to all that made it happen and who showed up at these events.
So what’s next? Lot of things :)

Living Ubuntu has partnered with Neurogenic Yoga, TRE San Diego, Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, Brilliance Oneness Collective, and TRE Los Angeles for a FREE community event, Neurogenic Yoga in the Park – OC (Saturday, October 24 10a-noon). What could be better than being outside in a park that is entirely circled by big trees? And having Jennica Mills as an instructor is definitely another really big plus for this event. We have room for lots of people there, so tell your friends, family, colleagues and friendly-looking strangers. Even though it is a free event, please register to attend.  (What is Neurogenic Yoga?)

Also — come join us this Wednesday, October 21, for the next Orange County for Climate Action meeting. Scroll down for details and other upcoming events.

Continue reading