I went to visit Gentle World in New Zealand with my mum a few years ago. I found it to be an incredible place, that gave me hope when I had none. I feel extremely lucky to have been fortunate enough to have travelled to a place that harnessed the idea of community, living from the earth, respecting nature and standing up for animals.
The people were lovely, the landscape was beautiful. We paddled in fresh water and sunbathed in the long grass, totally isolated. We cooked and ate with members of the community in the evening. It's a wonderful place to visit and a worthy cause to donate to, we need more of them!
Gentle World is a real-life experience into a holistic, sustaining model of human experience that celebrates compassion, intelligence and awareness. Not only is Gentle World the longest continuously operating vegan community in the United States, nearly all of its founding members continue to chart its destiny today. It is with great joy that I can call all at Gentle World true friends. Don not pass up an opportunity to visit!
With the beginning of 2020 I decided to step into the world of Gentle World. A truly unique experience which finally convinced me to go vegan. Thanks to the people at this welcoming and warm place I learned not only more about compassion, hospitality and a healthy diet but also about an alternative lifestyle which is worth striving for. It was a real pleasure helping them with their garden work and food preparations while seeing how life beyond all the touristy temptations on Hawai'i actually feels like. For all that I'm truly grateful and I hope many more people will have the chance to see this beautiful place by themselves and learn what respect, compassion, and mindfulness really means.
Everyone there is a pioneer of ethical, compassionate, healthy living, and I continue to reflect upon what I experienced during my stay. As soon as I arrived, I was met with love, patience, and acceptance; and the learning started immediately. While I had stopped using animal products for some time prior to my trip, I didn't fully understand the role and virtue of veganism until I went to Gentle World. The food was delicious, the people were great, and the work on the farm was intensely satisfying; and I also enjoyed doing my "cheers," a word they use instead of "chores." Maybe the best way to sum this review up is that I hope to go back as soon as possible!
The 3 weeks I spent at Gentle World changed my life forever! It was the first time I felt so much honesty and connectedness in a group of people working towards a common goal. After one week of staying there I adopted a vegan lifestyle which for me until today, is the most profound transformation I ever allowed my self to experience! A blessing for my life and the entire creation! Thanks so much to you dear people at Gentle World! You make a big difference in many lives!
Gentle World distinguishes itself from other nonprofits promoting nonviolence by focusing on veganism as an essential and integral part of avoiding unnecessary violence in our lives. First and most importantly, veganism avoids unnecessary exploitation and violence inflicted on innocent nonhuman animals. Secondarily, a plants-only diet (i.e. the dietary component of veganism) has far reaching effects in sustainability and reducing our ecological footprint by reducing consumption, waste, and pollution. A plants-only diet also solves the most widespread health problems facing large, affluent human populations, including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and many other diet-related diseases.
Gentle World engages in vegan education -- online, through multi-day, overnight education programs, and through special events -- to inform and inspire people from all over the world about the many diverse benefits of veganism touched on above, as well as how to go about adopting vegan attitudes and living, from the “big picture” of a philosophical paradigm of avoiding unnecessary violence in our lives, to the small details of label reading and delicious animal-product-free recipes for traditional favorites such as lasagna.
After over nine years of experience in exploring many nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing unnecessary violence toward both human and other animals, I am convinced that Gentle World is one of the most, if not the most, undervalued nonprofit organizations in existence today.
When I first went to Gentle World I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. What I found there was a group of people dedicated to living a compassionate life and to teaching others about it. Though I can be an introverted guy at times, I found myself wanting to spend every possible moment that I could with these remarkable and inspiring people. They will always hold a dear place in my heart. The dreamer in me hopes that more individuals like them are growing every day. They are a blessing to this world and to all those they meet.
I've been impressed and inspired by Gentle World's valiant efforts to spread the vegan message for many years. I have found the articles on the Gentle World website to be consistently excellent in terms of both creativity and skill in articulation, as well as passion in articulating the ideas that i feel are the most important for people to be considering today. I especially appreciate Gentle World's consistent insistence on liberation for all nonhuman animals, as well as their awareness of the spiritual, cultural, and psychological dimensions of the issues. Besides their website, Gentle World does hands on outreach and activism, and also works as a living/learning/education center to demonstrate the viability of vegan community in our world today. They've also published a terrific vegan cookbook and other materials to help spread the vegan message, and thus to me stand out as one of the most benevolent, insightful, helpful non-profit organizations.
Finding Gentle World's website was a revelation to me and continues to inspire me to continue my quest to help others to follow the path of respect for our fellow creatures and our planet. To know there is a working environment that is sustainable with no use of animal products is important to the world at large, to teach the students that are involved with it as well as to prove it is possible in a society that might say it is not. Gentle World is a shining example that is a comfort and an inspiration to all that hope to create a better future for ourselves, the planet and all its creatures.
Over the years I have contributed to animal rights and animal welfare organizations, but since discovering Gentle World two years ago, it has become my favorite foundation. The main reason is that the members of this community live the lifestyle that they teach. And they welcome everyone to come and learn firsthand what they have learned from decades of experience about creating a harmonious world for all sentient beings.
My grandson and I were so inspired and encouraged by this organization and the community members. We viewed a powerful film called Earthlings that we would recommend to any one who is searching for the truth about how the commercial animal businesses are processing our fellow beings. We volunteered at the community in Hawaii where we where treated in a fair and supportive way. The food was tasty and the accommodations where clean and beautiful. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is open to learning by immersion about eating ethically and for well being. We hope to return to this lovely place where we met new friends!
I began volunteering for Gentle World in 2000. Since then, I have become so inspired by this organization's mission that I have made it my life's work. I am now Gentle World's Director of Outreach, and I am excited to see what we will be able to achieve in the years to come. I encourage all those who are passionate about building a more peaceful world to get in touch and volunteer your time. You won't be sorry!