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Welcome to Denver Vegans!

We are here to celebrate the beautiful, compassionate, healthy and sustainable vegan lifestyle! Join our loving community of diverse vegans and vegans-in-transition. We welcome people of all ages and lifestyles.

Denver Vegans exists to:

• Build and sustain a strong, diverse and loving community for vegans of all ages and lifestyles.

• Teach non-vegans about the philosophical, nutritional and environmental aspects of the vegan lifestyle.

• Encourage and support those in transition from the animal-based diet to the vegan diet.

• Spread awareness about the plight of animals and to work for animal liberation.

• Inspire, encourage and sustain the individual to reach out to their local community for a sustainable and vegan world.

Are you curious about veganism, or do you wonder what vegans eat? Then please join us! We offer monthly potlucks, picnics, educational talks and seminars with topics ranging from vegan nutrition to environmental sustainability, restaurant outings, cooking and raw food demos, pizza night, trips to animal sanctuaries, outreach events, animal activism opportunities, volunteering events, book signings and book clubs, hikes and outdoor activities and much more!

Join us and get connected!

For the animals, for the people, for the planet, The Denver Vegans Leadership Team

Upcoming events (2)

Readin' Vegans--"Evolving into Wholeness" with special author appearance

For our January 25 online book club we'll discuss EVOLVING INTO WHOLENESS: A JOURNEY OF COMPASSION, by Dianne Waltner (2021). Dianne will be joining us on our Zoom call! You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation.

The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK DISAPPEARS AT THE MEETUP START TIME, THAT IS, 7:00 PM. We'll be available from 6:50 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect.
You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. If you can't get on, call us at[masked].
We hope to "see" you there!

If you'd like to read ahead:
Feb. 22 -- The Home Place, J. Drew Lanham
Mar. 22 -- The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery
Apr. 26 -- The Day the World Stops Shopping, J.B. MacKinnon
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One woman's struggle to find inner peace - a profound story of transformation, redemption, healing, and hope.

In this powerful memoir, Dianne Waltner takes us on an emotional journey from bullied child to spiritual seeker, from hatchery worker to dedicated animal advocate, and from being alcohol dependent to gratefully sober. It's a story of personal transformation, of learning to live a life in alignment with one's deepest values and truths.

Dianne grew up in a rural Kansas farming community where her family operated a poultry hatchery. She viewed farmed animals as commodities, created by God for human use. But, as an introverted, highly sensitive child who was bullied and ostracized at her small school, Dianne always felt a sense of solidarity with the underdog.

These feelings eventually encouraged her to challenge the paradigm she was raised in and she began to open her heart to the understanding that animals are here with us, not for us. Embracing this compassion for animals eventually led her to veganism and a commitment to justice for nonhuman animals.

It was an emotionally painful journey, and she often struggled with depression, loneliness, and despair. Along the way, she began to turn frequently to alcohol to help her cope with the pain.

After losing her mother, Dianne became increasingly suicidal. But, with the help of a newfound feline friend, she was able to find her way out of despair. It took another long, difficult journey for her to finally extend the compassion she felt for animals to herself, and to love herself enough to stop drinking. Her story is one of moving through pain, finding courage, and discovering herself - a true hero's journey, complete with dark nights of the soul, an abiding love for all creation, and dedication to the cause.

"This profound story of transformation and wholeness is a must-read for all of us. For we all have our challenges, and this book gives us the inspiration and the realization that we have the power within us to live from our true hearts, no matter what our life experience has been. I highly recommend this book." - Judy Carman, Author of Homo Ahimsa: Who We Really Are and How We're Going to Save the World

"Dianne Waltner's total honesty in recounting her life is stunning and memorable. Because her family's business was a hatchery, she was expected to routinely discard male chicks to die, and to perform painful mutilations on the females. As a teen and adult, she was caught up in addictive behaviors regarding smoking, drinking alcohol, and overweight, as well as in the low self-esteem that resulted. But she doesn't give up; she keeps working to overcome these behaviors, ultimately conquering her smoking and alcoholism and, not stopping there, becoming vegan in the process. She now spends time promoting animal rights.
I expect that many readers will, like me, find her story inspirational, and regard her as an everyday hero." -- Kate Lawrence, author of The Practical Peacemaker: How Simple Living Makes Peace Possible

Readin' Vegans--"The Home Place"

Online event

For our February 22 online book club we'll discuss THE HOME PLACE: MEMOIRS OF A COLORED MAN'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH NATURE by J. Drew Lanham (Milkweed Editions, 2016). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation.

The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK DISAPPEARS AT THE MEETUP START TIME, THAT IS, 7:00 PM. We'll be available from 6:50 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect.
You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. If you can't get on, call us at[masked].
We hope to "see" you there!

If you'd like to read ahead:
Mar. 22 -- The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery
Apr. 26 -- The Day the World Stops Shopping, by J.B. MacKinnon
May 24 -- The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
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“In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored.” From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges THE HOME PLACE, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham.

Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.”

By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today.

“A groundbreaking work about race and the American landscape, and a deep meditation on nature . . . wise and beautiful.”
—Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

"Encouraging readers to pay closer attention to nature, Lanham gathers the disparate elements that have shaped him into a nostalgic and fervent examination of home, family, nature, and community."
-- Publishers Weekly

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