SoCal VegFest Oct 20-21, 2018 (Orange County, CA) | ‘Single best way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

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The recently released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report alarmed many, even though some critics stated it continued to be an understatement of the urgent ecological emergency we are living in. Obviously, we need to stop using fossil fuels. Additionally, over a decade ago, the U.N. reported that a fast transition to veganism globally was a necessity and that same message was echoed recently by a 2018 Oxford study published in Science: Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth.

Here’s the good news. The 4th Annual SoCal VegFest is this coming weekend (11am-6pm, Saturday, October 20 & Sunday October 21). Here is your chance to have fun while doing good for yourself and others. This amazing event at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa has grown bigger each year and offers an amazing array of super-tasty vegan foods, cruelty-free products, inspiring speakers and entertainment.

This year, a student organized exhibit, Vegan 101, has been added to SoCal VegFest for those who want to know how to just get started. That is where you are likely to find me hanging out, so please come say “hi”.

BTW for those of you who enjoyed Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences last April, our volunteer planning team is now forming for doing a similar event at CSU Fullerton in early 2019. Get in touch if you want to volunteer and help us with this effort.

See you soon!

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

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

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April 15 (2018), Connecting the Dots — time to get your tickets

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The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson
Hi everyone,

There is a better path. To find it, we must first recognize the path we are on and its inadequacies.

Call it what you wish, our collective trauma, brokenness, woundedness… pulls us to self-absorption and unplugs our holistic mind. Rightly so. When we perceive a threat, self-survival is top priority. This is exactly what a fight-flight survival defense mechanism that got us evolved this far is supposed to do.

If you encountered the term, species-preservation, given that we are currently on a trajectory to mass extinction, you might think it refers to an environmental conservation effort for endangered wildlife. Yet, two decades ago, in a published journal article on PTSD, Sheila Wang referenced it as a human mindset about other humans. It is what we lose access to when we feel threatened. The fight-flight activation unplugs us from the affiliative sense of being part of the whole. It gets replaced by self-preservation only.

Dr. Bruce Perry is famous for saying, states become traits. A defense mechanism designed for occasional use, to save our life in extreme situations, has become a normalized way of life for far too many of us.

As we look around and see the acculturation of hierarchy, oppression, and pathological narcissism, it points to our loss of healthy state of mind, and it is killing us.

We are not just ‘born this way’. We are not a world full of ‘bad seeds’. We are the product of life experiences across the generations. Within the healing of the collective, a foundational connection to goodness is affirmed and strengthened. At the intersection of our varied forms of oppression, there lies the key to transformation and increased compassion.

There is a better path and we must find it together.

We are hosting what we think will be an extremely powerful, interactive, intersectional, and engaging program. Our featured speakers include Gene Baur, Claire Kim and Katie-Jay Scott. We have assembled many additional speakers from the local area speaking from first hand experiences. While many serious topics will be presented, we will also have some fun and are starting the day by having a meal together.

Please join us for:
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences, (Sunday, April 15, 12p-5p) —
DETAILS & REGISTRATION.

Scroll down for UPCOMING EVENTS.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer

Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
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living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
.

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

A Screening of “Human Flow” – GWC Peace Studies Program (a pre-conference event)
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Gene Baur: Increasing Compassion, Sustainability & Equity in our Food System
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions – 12th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference
Friday, April 20, 8:30pm – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Intro to TRE: Connection, Compassion & Community
Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Irvine

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GENE BAUR * CLAIRE KIM * KATIE-JAY SCOTT * JONI MARIE NEWMAN

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plus:
Arthur Trey Carlisle * Jose Trinidad Castenada * Barbara English * Michele Martinez * Amina Mohamed * Piper Sample * Audrey Waight

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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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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.

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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

livingubuntu.org

(949) 891-2005

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

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