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

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

We survive because we can love | Join us Nov 12 & Nov 20 (2016)

Humankind would not have endured and cannot continue without the capacity to form rewarding, nurturing, and enduring relationships. We survive because we can love. And we can love because we can empathize — that is, stand in another’s shoes and care about what it feels like to be there.  

– Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz
Hi everyone,
For many of us, this week felt disillusioning, violating and assaulting. The fear, dread and anger persist. Living Ubuntu is producing a documentary. Given the election results, I couldn’t help but reflect more deeply on the common themes of authoritarianism, oppression and endoctrination. If we want children to grow up to be healthy adults, able to empathize and love, willing to be ‘upstanders’ when needed, do we really want to ignore school programs where students get the message that:
 “… as long as you did what you were told you would get a good grade…” ?
(watch trailer here)

There is a reason psychotherapists who specialize in trauma recovery wind up talking about re-connecting with benevolence. After the shattering of what we previously believed, for the sake of restoring health, we must re-affirm our connection to goodness. Beyond the disconnection that accompanies woundedness, we belong to the greater whole. We survive because we can love.
It has not been an easy time to plan for a fundraising event. We have struggled. Several volunteers posed the question to me awhile ago asking if the timing was right and suggesting that possibly it should be postponed. My response was, “I can’t fully explain it, but it feels important that we do it at this time, despite the difficulties, soon after the election. We don’t know what is going to happen. We might be heading into challenging times. I am not sure it would be easier at a future time. For whatever reason it feels important to offer an event based in compassion, connection and interconnection soon after the election.”
As much as I know how, I try to trust my gut on these things. And now I know with even more conviction, not only do we need this event as an opportunity to re-affirm our connection to goodness and to one another, we need to make sure the film gets completed. Your support is necessary and genuinely greatly appreciated.
Please join us on Sunday November 20 4p-7p for An Evening of Compassion and Being Together (buy tickets / donate).
And — don’t forget that this coming Saturday, November 12 10:30am we will be a Tanaka Farms in Irvine for a free cooking demo, How to Cook Vegan for the Holidays. I am really looking forward to it! See you there?
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


How to Cook Vegan for the Holidays

Saturday, November 12, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Orange County for Climate Action Meetingnote change of time, agenda and location!
Wednesday, November 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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 4-part TRE® workshop series)
Saturdays: January 21, February 25, March 18, April 15
, 9am-4:30pm each day
Newport Beach




Bringing Clean Energy to OC (featuring Nicole Capretz)

Hi everyone,

Orange County for Climate Action is extremely pleased to offer not just one, but two (free admission) opportunities in Irvine to hear Nicole Capretz speak in September.

First of all, she herself, as a human being, is amazing. Part of her amazingness is how effective she has been in San Diego working toward clean energy. Another part is how generous with her time she has been with us. Not only did a few of us from Orange County for Climate Action recently meet with her, receiving a super-helpful tutorial on Climate Action Plans and San Diego’s remarkable success passing their recent groundbreaking clean energy law, she has agreed to give us ongoing advisement about how to accomplish similar changes in Orange County cities. Our time with her was so helpful, so educational, and so inspiring, we asked her to come up to OC so all of you could likewise meet her and learn as much from her as we got to. We want as many people as possible to hear her talk, so she agreed to come — not just once — twice!

Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County, A Conversation with Nicole Capretz (RSVP) (author of San Diego’s ground-breaking climate action plan) will take place in two different locations in Irvine, both 11am-1pm, on Saturday, September 10 AND Thursday, September 15.

Also — don’t forget A Screening of Peaceable Kingdom – Sunday, August 21 (RSVP). It’s a really touching, important film. I hope you will join us for that too.

Next email: we are mid-way through filming a short documentary – more on that very soon!
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A Screening of Peaceable Kingdom – Sunday, August 21, Irvine (Living Vegan)


A Screening of

Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home

Sunday, August 21, 2016

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Light Refreshments


Irvine Ranch Water District – Community Room*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618




A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.

Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

Interwoven with the farmers’ stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold.

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Living Vegan is a project of Living Ubuntu supporting, educating and advocating compassion and health for people, animals and the planet.


*”The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.”

… 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

A Screening of Speciesism – Sunday, May 22, Irvine (Living Vegan)


A Screening of


Sunday, May 22, 2016

6:30p Vegan refreshments
6:45p Screening
8:15p Discussion


Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618



Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic manure lagoons, and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism.

And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Living Vegan is a project of Living Ubuntu supporting, educating and advocating compassion and health for people, animals and the planet.


*”The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.”

“Let us not take this planet for granted.” – Cowspiracy this Sunday, March 6

And lastly, I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.

– Leonardo DiCaprio (excerpt from Academy Awards 2016 Acceptance Speech)

Hi everyone,

Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio, in addition to his many other environmental accomplishments, signed on as Executive Director for the film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret?

This film does an excellent job of elucidating the greatly under-recognized role animal agriculture is playing in destroying our homeland, i.e. earth. The bad news is that the current level of destruction is catastrophic. The good news is that food choices can be a great source of personal empowerment. We have tremendous control over what we eat, unlike many other areas of life.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, please do everything you can to join us this coming Sunday, March 6 for A Screening of Cowspiracy: TheSustainability Secret – RSVP.

If you have already seen it, you know how important this film is, so please invite your friends.

“Let us not take this planet for granted.”

Scroll down for more about upcoming meetings and events. Continue reading