Talks and workshop sessions at Cornwall Vegan Festival Earth Day Celebration
The Geodome Area for Mind Body Spirit
11.30 till 12.25 Mindfulness with Vanessa Lackford, vegan guest house proprietor and mindfulness teacher
‘How can mindfulness support me and my vegan advocacy?’
If you are curious about what mindfulness is, or have previous experience of it, do come along and find out a little about it or revisit what you have learned. The workshop will be around an hour long, experiential, invitational and friendly.
Mindfulness is about being present in our lives and bringing awareness and compassion to our experience. I will supply mats and blankets, just turn up!
12.35 till 1.35 (approx) ‘Veganers Question Time’
A chance for the public to ask our panel of experts all the questions about veganism, the environment and sustainability they have been ‘burning’ to ask! All welcome to come along and join in! No previous experience necessary!
1.35 till 2.20 Vita Sleigh “Vegan Feminism: why animal abuse hurts us all”
Vita is a lifelong vegan and is in her final year at Falmouth University. Her interest in thinking critically about feminism and peacefulness to animals met when she read “The Sexual Politics of Meat” by Carol J Adams. Her talk will explore the idea that true feminism should include the struggle for animals’ rights, and similarly that patriarchal (sexist) thinking undermines and limits effective vegan advocacy. It will also explore the practical ways that these -isms manifest themselves in the other’s movement – speciesism within the feminist movement, and sexism within the animal rights movement. It will explore and discuss the alternative – intersectionality.
2.20 till 3.05 Jack Common “Crossing the Barrier: Evolutionary Biology and Animal Rights”
Jack is a PhD student studying evolutionary biology at the University of Exeter. His transition to veganism was instigated by an understanding that our scientific knowledge regarding other animals can be intimately connected to our emotional responses to them. In his talk, Jack will explore common misunderstandings about other animals, and show how modern evolutionary thinking lends firm support to non-human sentience, animal rights, and veganism.
3.05 till 3.50 Bethany Chester “Eating the World Alive”
Bethany is a writer, blogger and activist with a passion for animal rights and the environment. Her talk will explore how our food choices can help or hurt the environment, and how you can empower yourselves for the helpful choices.
4.15 till 5.00 Amanda Forster-Searle “How to thrive and be a healthy vegan“
Amanda is a Nutritionist, Meta Health Stress & Wellbeing Coach & Reiki Practitioner at Nourish Healing in Cornwall.
Her talk will guide you through how to ensure you eat healthily following a vegan plant-based diet, looking at key nutritional needs alongside plenty of delicious ideas to help you thrive.