June 2017 events: Climate Advocacy Training and Plant-Based ‘Meat’ Sampling

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Hi everyone,

Many of you participated in the April 29 People’s Climate March – Orange County. Do you want to get more involved locally on these issues?

Sunday, June 11, 6:30p – 8:30p, Orange County for Climate Action is offering a free advocacy training on Climate Action Plans and Community Choice Energy. This event provides a rare and excellent opportunity to learn directly from Nicole Capretz of Climate Action Campaign, who led the way to groundbreaking climate progress in the city of San Diego. It is intended offer education on local climate issues, additionally, it is meant to help build confidence for those who might be struggling with feeling insecure or inadequate when faced with the thought of speaking up on these issues in public, e.g. at city council meetings. This training will be declared a “no embarrassment zone” for questions and concerns. Many need to feel part of a supportive social network with like-minded others to find their courage and their voice. There are many local opportunities. If this avenue of engagement interests you, please come find out more. To attend, please register here (free): Climate Action Plan & Community Choice Energy – Advocacy Training w Nicole Capretz.

Also, our next Plant Powered OC workshop will be Saturday, June 3, 9:30a – 11:30a at the Whole Foods in Brea. We had a great time in May tackling the “Milk Myth”. This time, the “Meat Myth”. The delightful, well-informed, plant-based advisor, Gina Bonanno-Lemos, will educate us on the health benefits of plant-based eating, and then the real fun happens: sampling of a variety plant-based meat alternatives. Come find your favorite yummy things! Admission is free. Register here for: The Meat Myth & Plant-Based Meat Sampling.

One more thing. This coming Sunday, May 21, we are headed out to Farm Sanctuary in Acton to participate in a vegan picnic on the grounds followed by a private tour that includes visiting with the animals. We are almost at capacity, but have room for one more person to join us. Seriously, only one more space is open. We have a carpool in both north and south Orange County and either has room for one more person. The tour is $10. If you want to come, email: info@livingubuntu.org.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

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

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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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Thriving on a Plant Based Diet – tomorrow (Nov 2)


Hi everyone,

We had a great time this past weekend at the SoCal VegFest. Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by the Living Ubuntu booth.

Countless times I have heard people struggling with understanding what it means to eat a plant-based diet as an image of iceberg lettuce, non-edible shrubbery, or tree bark pops into their head. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are all plants and can easily be combined for a very healthy, more sustainable way of eating.

If “plant-based” puzzles you, or you are already eating that way, but still have questions, tomorrow night is your chance to get some help with this. SoCal VegFest and Living Ubuntu’s project, Living Vegan, have partnered to offer a series of plant-based workshops. I have been eating plant-based for ten years now and I keep learning more each time I hear plant-based nutritionists, Gina Bonanno-Lemos and Laura Robinson Oatman speak. They are both delightful to listen to as well as well-informed. Tomorrow evening is another opportunity to hear them both.

Come join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 2 6:00pm – 8:00pm for: Thriving on a Plant Based Diet (Part I & II).

The event is free, ordering a tasty dinner at Au Lac is optional, but highly enjoyable.

Also — An Evening of Compassion and Being Together is less than three weeks away. Purchase your tickets and / or donate here.

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