Today is the 3rd Annual Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Philadelphia, presented by Public Eye: Artists for Animals and VeganSpirituality.com. We welcome Rae Sikora, founding director of Plant Peace Daily, as our featured speaker and Anne Dinshah, author of “Dating Vegans,” for a book signing. Neal Sehgal introduces his new organization, “Evolve For Animals.” The Retreat includes group discussions, guided meditations, yoga classes with vegan yogis John Calabria and Derek Goodwin, a delicious catered vegan lunch prepared by The Nile Cafe, a nature walk, and an Animal Blessing with rescue donkeys from La Ronda Stables.
|Yoga class with vegan vogi Derek Goodwin|
The Blessing offers opportunities to celebrate animal companions, honor those that have died, empathize with animals suffering around the world, and create a vision of harmony between humans and other animals, complete with a vegan drum circle led by Lonnie Davis and the One Nation Ensemble!
|Blessing rescued donkeys from La Ronda Stables|
Below are the Retreat presenters & a brief bio for each:
|Rae Sikora relaxing with a good friend|
Anne Dinshah is a rowing coach, lifelong vegan, author of Healthy Hearty Helpings and co-author The 4-Ingredient Vegan. Her latest book Dating Vegans: Recipes for Relationships is a collection of witty, suggestive stories from real people, advice, and delicious recipes endorsed by both vegans and nonvegans, www.AmericanVegan.org.
|Neal Sehgal with his beloved animal companion|
Derek Goodwin is a photographer, Jiva Mukti yoga instructor, and media-savvy NYC artist who specializes in people, animals, and events. He founded Vegan Radio, The Vegan Bus, and Veganica, www.derekgoodwin.com.