Three incredible events this week! April 27, 28 & 29 (2017)

Hi everyone,

We have an amazing week — three events right in a row — starting tomorrow, in Fullerton, then Huntington Beach, then Irvine. All details and links for even more details (and registration) are below. (For ease of reference, all events can be viewed in one place by visiting: I hope you will join us!
“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”
– Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English statesman and prime minister

Featuring Special Guest “Conscience of the food movement” Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur
CSUF Faculty, Dr. Nicole Jafari
Bruno Barba, Dulce Barba, and Audrey Waight, members of the local Fullerton community, part of the upcoming documentary, “So Give Me An F”

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
FREE ADMISSION | Register here
California State University Fullerton — Pollack Library, Room: PLN 130
800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, California 92831

“A Sustainable Peace: Equity, Equality, and Environmental Interdependence in the 21st Century”

…examining the relationship between equity and our deeper values…
toward a society that is sustainable, interdependent, and equitable for all…

Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:30am – 5:00pm

 $25* for General Public ($40* at the door)

Free* admission for Coast Community College District Students ($20* at the door)
breakfast and lunch included |
a vegan and zero waste event
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Crises in the Ocean: How Compassionate Action Benefits Us All
Featuring Gene Baur, Jonathan Balcombe and Kate Mackey

Cooking demo by Joni Marie Newman
Booking signing with Gene Baur and Jonathan Balcombe
Compost demo by John Craig
People’s Climate March – Orange County (details)

FREE ADMISSION INCLUDES LUNCH – (registration required)
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In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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“In Utero” & Rebecca Amis of MUSE – Thursday, March 16, 2017

“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 “ 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.

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Dan Siegel and “Resilence” – Tuesday, February 28, 2017


To make this world different we have to realize that the self is plural, it’s an absolute delusion that’s killing the planet to think that the self is separate.
Dan Siegel

Hi everyone,

It’s almost here. RSVP to hear Dan Siegel at GWC (Tue Feb 28).

This FREE event includes hearing Dan speak, plus the screening of RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope (trailer), plus dinner. The program will begin at 6:30pm, but come at 6:00pm for dinner (yes, it’s vegan). Make sure to RSVP using the above Eventbrite link.

Then on Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm come out to Au Lac for another FREE Plant Powered OC workshop: Get Healthy & Go Green This St. Patty’s Day!

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill tonight! (Thursday, February 23, 2017)

Our sense of a “we” is born from these earliest ways in which we “feel felt” within the mind of our caregivers. Seeing the connections between the mind, the embodied brain, and our relationships lets us come to view the self as a plural verb rather than a singular noun. Being open to one’s own inner life with kindness, connecting to another person, being a part of a group, being a member of a larger community, and having a sense of meaning that emerges from interconnections with a larger whole, each form the foundation for a sense of “we” that is at the core of what can be called a spiritual life. … A compassionate membership within a larger interconnected whole becomes a way of being in the world.
– Dr. Dan Siegel

Hi everyone,

Tonight’s the night — come join us for dinner at the Veggie Grill (by the Tustin Marketplace), any time between 4:00pm – 9:00pm, mention “Living Ubuntu” when you order and 33% of sales will be donated to us. I will arrive by 5:00pm if you want to hang out with me, or feel free to make it an outing with your own circle of friends or family. (See flyer at bottom of this email.)

Hope to see you this evening!

Plus: RSVP to hear Dan Siegel at GWC (February 28)

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Dan Siegel and Resilience, Feb 28, 2017 | Living Ubuntu – Veggie Grill fundraiser this week!

Hi everyone,

Are you familiar with the Center for Disease Control – Kaiser Study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), conducted in the mid-1990’s? The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection (as well as how chronic stress contributes to inflammation and adult disease) in this brief, well-done video: How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult.

On Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Dr Dan Siegel will speak at Golden West College (Student Center) in Huntington Beach at a screening of Resilience (trailer). This event is the second in the film and discussion series, A Legacy of Learning: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (RSVP). The film is excellent and we were amazingly fortunate to get Dan Siegel to come to OC for this event as he is generally booked up two years in advance. So don’t miss this! Admission is FREE. Arrive early at 6:00pm for a light vegan dinner before the program starts at 6:30pm.

Plus — don’t forget that the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by the Tustin Marketplace) is this coming Thursday, February 23, 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Come any time during those hours, mention Living Ubuntu when you order, and 33% of sales will be donated to us. Thank you for your support!

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Monday, February 13, 2017 – Paper Tigers

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
Read more about the ACEs study.

Hi everyone,

What did David Bornstein, New York Times journalist and author, say about the documentary, Paper Tigers: One high school’s unlikely success story?

Absolutely riveting, profoundly important.” – David Bornstein, NYT
Watch the trailer.

Next week, A LEGACY OF LEARNING: Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma (a three-part film series and discussion), will begin with a screening of Paper Tigers at Golden West College on Monday, February 13, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The post-film discussion will be moderated by Dr. Laura Duvall, Chair of Psychology Department at Golden West College. (See flyer at bottom this email.)

We live in turbulent times. Let’s go just a bit deeper in order to see where some of the trouble is coming from.

What would happen in our society if we responded with empathy instead of punishment?

RSVP to attend the FREE ADMISSION film series here: A LEGACY OF LEARNING.

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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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We need empathy to come back to life | Pre-registration for Earth Day events through Wed Apr 20

Hi everyone,

International Trauma Expert Dr. David Berceli wasn’t able to accept the invitation to speak at the 10th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference on Friday, April 22. Instead, he create a video. We felt it was a very important message about how the inner process facilitates outer paradigm shifts, so we have chosen to circulate it in advance of the conference rather than within it. You can view it here.

Since our defense mechanisms are designed to help us cope and feel less pain, we can be grateful that they work so well when we need them – and – sometimes their effectiveness works against us, especially when we get stuck in defensive patterns needlessly. In a defended state we lose the sense of being part of the whole, and too often harm our self and surroundings without perceiving the consequences of our actions. We lose sight that living life while numb isn’t really living life. Many of today’s problems can be attributed to this pervasive disconnect. It is really getting us into trouble.

When we have unplugged from our own inner state, we lose access to self-reflection and no longer experience our rhythmic, pulsating existence as part of the alive natural world we live within. We lose the perception of this earth as a self-regulating living organism that we are part of. We fail to experience that our planet cannot self-regulate well enough to compensate for how extensively we have interfered with its natural rhythm causing it to head toward a state of organismic chaos instead of life-supporting coherence. Within the disconnect, we lose some of the ability to step into someone else’s shoes, and that empathy, in a healthy state, has application regardless of species.

We need empathy to come back to life. We need empathy to reveal compassionate living. And we need each other to do what needs to be done in this life. We need to come together. There is too much at stake to ignore the crisis and the urgent need to change the paradigm for how we live life on this planet.

Please make time to join us for the Earth Day events listed below. I know you are busy, that is part of what is keeping us traumatized in this society. We are all too busy. We live with chronic overwhelm. Yet, this is an opportunity to participate in bringing about critical changes in this world. So, I am asking you to please make time to be there. It is important.

Online registration for both events ends Wednesday evening, April 20.

Nicole Jafari has generously offered her beautiful Anaheim Hills home for a Fundraiser Brunch and Silent Auction for Farm Sanctuary (with Gene Baur) on Sunday, April 24, 11am – 2pm. For complete details, send me an email: info I hope you will come join us that day also and offer your support to the remarkable work Farm Sanctuary is doing. Continue reading

Food economics: What if the world went vegan? | April events

Hi everyone,

Did you see the recent Al Jazeera video, entitled, Food economics: What if the world went vegan? – Counting the Cost? It is well-worth watching if you haven’t seen it – changing how we eat would have some pretty remarkable results!

Speaking of food, Golden West College’s 10th Annual Peace, Justice & Sustainability Conference, “Regenerative Peace: Sustaining Our Work, Communities, Environment and Selves in Service,” is coming up very soon – it’s time to register! Food Democracy will be one of many key issues discussed at the Earth Day – Friday, April 22 event, plus the conference fee ($25) includes a vegan breakfast and lunch. The event is also zero-waste. All of the incredible topics and speakers can be found on the registration site.

And then, the next morning, Saturday, April 23, we will continue the conversation and take it even deeper. Join us for Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur: Eating in Harmony with our values. Register here for this free event with the option to pre-order the ($10) vegan picnic lunch. If you have been to this beautiful campus, you already know it sits atop the Aliso Wood Canyon Wilderness Park, an idyllic spot to connect with each other outside on the lawn after Gene’s talk.

Plus – the free pre-conference event at Orange Coast College on Thursday April 14, A Screening of Racing Extinction register here.

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