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Do you feel passionate about being vegan for ethical reasons? Is compassion for all living beings fundamental to your spiritual beliefs? You can honor your vegan ethics and nurture your spiritual self by joining our Vegan Spirituality Community.

Vegan Spirituality is evolving to meet the needs of vegans who are both ethical and spiritual. Compassion, empathy, and reverence for all living beings are essential qualities of Vegan Spirituality. We offer a place to gather and explore veganism as a spiritual practice. Members meet monthly to discuss various ethical/spiritual topics, meditate, practice gentle yoga and other mindful excercises, share delicious potluck vegan food, and provide moral support.

In the future we may also have speakers and hold public events such as movie screenings, animal blessing ceremonies, and volunteering. Hope you can join us to build a Vegan Spirituality community here on the Big Island! We have thriving sister communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Olympia, Sacramento, and Vancouver. All vegan people from all spiritual, religious, faith, belief paths are welcome!

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Holistic Fitness: A Mind-Body-Spirit Vegan Retreat in Hawaii

WhaleSpirit Sanctuary

Join us for 5 Days of Holistic Fitness: A Mind-Body-Spirit Vegan Retreat on Hawaii Island Find details and register at www.vegandreamretreats.com Want to finish 2019 without regrets and get a head start on your 2020 resolutions? Embark on an active retreat vacation with expert guidance and plans to achieve your health goals in a fun, beautiful, and welcoming setting. Explore veganism as a spiritual practice with yoga, meditation, cooking, dancing, hiking, healing rituals, and touring sacred sites on gorgeous Hawaii (Big Island). Spend 5 rejuvenating days this fall to release stress, restore balance, and align your body, mind, and spirit. Hawaiian sunsets, volcanic views, and clear waters await you! This retreat is presented by Vegan Dream Retreats, a partnership between Vegan Aloha, Ellora Wellness, John Pierre, and In Defense of Animals. We want to help you enjoy the health of your dreams! For more information, visit our website: www.vegandreamretreats.com To register directly, please complete this form: www.idausa.org/holisticfitness2019 Contact us with questions at [masked]. Program Highlights: Health & Fitness • 1 on 1 fitness and nutritional consultations tailored to your goals by our expert trainers • No salt, sugar, and oil vegan cooking classes with Vanessa Marsot • Hiking • Yoga • Hawaiian dance lesson • Beginning pole class • Buff Bones workout for bone health with Lisa Levinson • Fitness training with John Pierre • Natural Remedies Workshop with Vanessa Marsot • Water Play: Swimming and snorkeling • Organic Fruit Facials with Vanessa Marsot and Lisa Levinson Spirituality • Ahimsa Dharma Talk with John Pierre • Activist Healing Ritual with Lisa Levinson • Cultivate Self-Love Workshop with Vanessa Marsot • Daily Meditations • Ho'oponopono (Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness) • Royal Omani Frankincense Ritual Excursions • Animal Sanctuary Tour • Volcano visit • Place of Refuge • Vegan Organic Farm or Coffee Farm Instructors John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted more than a quarter century to helping and improving the lives of others through his expertise in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition, fitness, women’s empowerment, green living, and cognitive retainment and improvement. While sometimes referred to as a “Trainer to the Stars” because he trains celebrities, rock-stars, and Fortune 500 Executives, John has a wide range of clientele, including military personnel, hard-core athletes, and many people with diverse backgrounds and fitness levels. He is currently building a sanctuary and retreat center for homeless and neglected animals, and women and young girls who are recovering from abuse. Vanessa Marsot is an actress, model, pole and yoga instructor, personal trainer, and licensed psychotherapist whose mission is to stop animal suffering. Vanessa founded Ellora Wellness, a vegan organic wellness center and one-stop-shop of creative, cruelty-free living in the Los Angeles area offering vegan, organic, ecological, nontoxic, and sustainable foods, products, and services. Lisa Levinson directs In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via a helpline, support groups, and online events. Lisa organizes Vegan Spirituality events to explore veganism as a spiritual practice and the Interfaith Vegan Coalition to help places of worship go vegan. Alessandra Rupar-Weber will be our hostess in Hawaii, where she started the Hawaiian Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network and the Hawaii Cow Rescue. Founder of Vegan Aloha, Alessandra offers events, cooking classes, movie screenings, workshops, and retreats to cultivate spiritual veganism. Rebecca Brooke will pamper, boost, and nourish you with locally sourced vegan food, lots of fresh tropical fruit, raw options and delicious, creative AND healthy vegan meals. We can't wait to spend this week with you!!!

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