What we're about

Columbus Vegan Meetup community is open to anyone who is vegan, non-vegan, and vegan-curious.

It's a casual, nonjudgmental group that provides vegan support and offers opportunities for members to connect with like-minded individuals.

Vegan: Someone who respects the rights and autonomy of other earthlings, and opts not to participate in their exploitation or killing on any level, as much as is possible and practicable, in a society that is foundationally built on the flesh, bones and blood of animals. While a vegan diet is the most well known aspect of vegan daily decision making, vegan consciousness and conduct is comprehensive in our behaviors and includes what kinds of products we consume or wear and what types activities we support and participate in entertainment, sports, spiritual etc. We support sanctuaries (Sunrise Sanctuary) and animal-free performance art/circuses such as Circe De Soleil when there are no non-human performers.

Columbus Vegan Meetup Policy, Objective and Conduct
The Columbus Vegan Meetup community is dedicated to providing a safe environment allowing a culture where all attendees at our events are able to participate fully and comfortably. Consequently, any intimidating, threatening, antagonizing, sexual or other types of harassing conduct during our Meetup events are prohibited. This important policy is to apply to both organizers & attendees.

Meetup events include any gathering sponsored, supported, or hosted by the Columbus Vegan Meetup that can be attended by our members or the general public, and that event organizers have control over conduct at the Meetup events. The Columbus Vegan Meetup will attempt to work with other groups who will support our policy or have similar policies in place for those Meetup events we may co-sponsor where applicable.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

In general, prohibited conduct includes any abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to enjoy and participate in our events and social gatherings. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, yelling at or threatening other attendees, or any other disruptive behavior and otherwise abusive conduct. As a vegan platform, any promotion and/or use of animal exploitation/killing is in direct violation to our group's purpose. While we support venues and events that support our community, there is an important line that must be clear: Promoting "veg" messaging (which is ambiguous and confusing and leaves many people thinking animal products that are not flesh based such as eggs or dairy are still viable options), as an acceptable means of advocacy, is to promote animal exploitation and will not be tolerated. While we absolutely support Veg Fests and Meatless Monday's that provide vegan options and platforms for sharing vegan ideas, we do not promote a veg messaging methodology, we promote veganism and vegan messaging only.

Vegan-safe Environment: While many of our meet-ups are integrated into the non-vegan cultural norm (held at non-vegan venues), bringing or consuming animal products (animal based foods, body care products, clothing (fur, feathers, leather, wool, honey) etc.) at/to our events is also antithetical to the purpose our group and will offend our members. Example: It is inappropriate to consume non-vegan meal options within the group while attending a vegan meetup hosted event. While we understand our participants are on varying degrees of a vegan consciousness spectrum, we request participants be mindful of the culture they are participating in.

Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, harassment based on
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or veteran status, we affirm that diversity truly encompasses an infinite range of unique experiences and characteristics, as provided by local, state, or federal law. For example, abusive conduct directed at someone because of his or her race is prohibited. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment. For example, unwelcome sexual attention, lewd, sexual solicitations, staring, stalking, and physical contact such as pinching, grabbing, rubbing and/or pressing up against, or groping are prohibited. Continuing to contact people who make it clear they are not interested in personally interacting is also grounds for corrective measures.

We are a diverse group with a wide range of perspectives and ideals who have become vegan or are exploring veganism for various reasons. Embracing diversity enhances the effectiveness of the Columbus Vegan Meetup community by using the talents of people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Our vision of diversity fosters effective communication, leadership opportunities, and thought-provoking discourse, resulting in a productive and supportive learning environment and improved quality of life for all members.

Critical examination of conflicting beliefs, including critical commentary on another person’s views, does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. The purpose of this policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas, not to inhibit it or retaliate in an aggressive manner.

CONSEQUENCES OF HOSTILE OR HARASSING CONDUCT

If a person engages in hostile or harassing conduct, appropriate remedial action will be taken, which may include, but is not limited to, being asked to leave the event. Threats of hostile conduct that are made prior to an event will result in exclusion from our meetup events.

The precise remedy for hostile or harassing conduct will depend on an evaluation of all relevant circumstances, such as the severity of the conduct, and prior violations by the person engaging in the offensive conduct.

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Upcoming events (3)

Cincy VegFest

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Cincy VegFest is back. Let us support vegan activists in Cincinnati who organize this event.

There is something for everyone here, like yoga, live music, food demos and of course vegan food.

Those interested can use this page to organize carpools.

OUTDOOR LABYRINTH and MEDITATION TRAILS at SHEPHERD'S CORNER ECOLOGICAL CENTER

Peace, insight, comfort, healing, energy, connection, and letting go are words often used to describe a walk in the labyrinth. Walking this circular path provides a time of quiet and meditation and reminds us of our life journey with its twists and turns. A single half-mile path leads to the center where the same path is followed back out.
Walk the 13 reflective stations on the meditation trail. Each station offers something for the mind, body, and spirit. A sign can be found at each station with theme-centered factual information, reflections, and suggested activities.

Shepherd’s Ecology Center is an Earth-centered leader in the Central Ohio community: teaching environmental education and renewing the land while providing healthy, naturally grown produce. Shepherd's Corner's gardens try to model a style of agriculture in harmony with the land and is sustainable for the environment.
The gardens provide 60-65% chemical-free, naturally grown vegetables as donations to food pantries and for sale at their market when available.

****Please wear comfortable shoes. Everyone is welcome! No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required.
****The labyrinth is located on Wengert Road (it is the street just south after you pass the ecology barn on N. Waggoner Rd) at the second drive to the right.

Pure Joy Massage & Yoga has taken care of the cost to use the facility.
A $2-$5 suggested donation to go to the care of the land is appreciated, but not necessary.

****For those who have not walked a labyrinth before, please arrive by 10:45am and we will go over a brief history of what the labyrinth represents and how to enjoy the experience. We will begin promptly at 11:00am.

**** We will have use of their compost outhouse too! :)

Please message me if you have any other questions or concerns.
I will send out a contact phone # a few days before for those attending.

AUTUMNAL VEGAN DAY PARTY in BEECH MAPLE LODGE at BLACKLICK WOODS Metro Park!

~Autumnal Vegan Celebration in Beech Maple Lodge at Blacklick Woods Metro Park~

****** Come for one or two of the activities or spend the whole day!*****
Take a 3D tour of the indoor Beech Maple Lodge

***Since this will be the week before Halloween, you are encouraged (but not forced) to dress in a costume that is environmentally friendly, perhaps made from recycled materials and depicting one of your favorite woodland characters. BE CREATIVE and keep it FUN (or scary)! Prize for the best costume of the day. :)

Hot tea, coffee and bottled water will be provided. Sit by the fireplace, take an autumn walk on the lovely park trails, shop from a few vegan vendors, or just socialize and make new friends. There will be a vegan drum/percussion circle too! We finish the day off with a vegan potluck from 4:30-6:30. Please list the ingredients of the vegan dish you bring to allow those with food allergies to be aware. All the food we are serving must be without any animal products... no milk, no eggs, no animal parts! This is a great opportunity for those who have never attended a vegan potluck, to experience the wonderful selection of food items we enjoy. Please list what you are bringing in the comments below.

Pure Joy Massage & Yoga is sponsor and host of this event so it is free to all. We will be collecting donations of canned food (vegan only please) like garbanzo beans, black beans, tomatoes or corn for Kind Meals if you are able to contribute. Thank you.

We will have a complete itinerary posted here as we get closer to the day. Activities may include a yoga class, cooking demo, movie, vegan drum circle, vegan potluck, prizes, and more!

4:30-6:30pm: VEGAN POTLUCK ~ Bring your favorite VEGAN dish to share! No eggs, dairy, honey or other animal parts please. Compostable plates, cups, bowls and utensils will be provided.

This lodge holds 72 people, has heating and air conditioning, a full kitchen with sink, refrigerator, microwave and electric range, plus a serving window. Also has a gas fireplace, large meeting room with pull down screen, WiFi and restrooms. Outside patio with picnic tables and grills. Parking for 61 cars with 2 handicap spots.
*** Please note that alcohol is not permitted anywhere in the metro park.

We will post the day before this event if there is a need to cancel due to weather.

Please post here on the comments or message me with any questions.

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