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MATURE ZONE

Located on the First Floor - see floor plan here

Brand-new feature at VegfestUK, with a number of talks and workshops on vegan lifestyles for seniors.

With pay-as-you-feel vegan refreshments and drinks on top of seating.

Proudly hosted by 

The UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older vegans and vegetarians.

Feeling the effects of overcrowding? Why not sit back and enjoy a cuppa in our Mature Zone? Nab a free copy of VfL's new magazine, enjoy an attractive array of vegan cakes, and listen in to presentations on topics such as nutrition, green burials, and other matters. You could even find out whether past life experience may have influenced you into becoming vegan!

Refreshments here are offered on a 'pay as you feel' basis, and any profits will be used to support the charity's work.

There'll also be plenty of free information to hand about:

  • Veg-friendly travel
  • Vegetarian for Life's vegan and vegetarian grants
  • Vegan dinners to your door
  • Care homes that care
  • Volunteering opportunities: How to be a friend to your elders


Talks and workshops will run from 12pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.

 

TALKS SCHEDULES

SATURDAY

12.00 - Professor Andrew Knight - Optimum vegan health and nutrition for cats and dogs

1.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - Cheat your way to 5 (or more) a day

2.00 - David Pye - Where do we go when we die? Why did you choose to be born into this lifetime? Could past life experience have influenced you into becoming vegan?

3.00 - Mike Ashbridge, Vegetarian for Life - It's never too late to vegan!

4.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - With a little help from my friends: how to be a friend to veggie elders

5.00 - Jiva Masheder - Mindfulness Brighton

 

SUNDAY

11.00 - Mike Ashbridge, Vegetarian for Life - Who cares about older vegans?

12.00 - Dr Stephen Walsh, Good health without animal products for older adults

1.00 - Oscar Plumley, The Eastbourne Shed - The Men in Sheds movement

2.00 - Cara Mair, ARKA Original Funerals - A funeral director at Vegfest? Whatever next!

3.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - What real vegans eat... and effortless ways to make your diet even healthier

4.00 - Marion Alcock - Veganic Cohousing

 

SATURDAY

12.00 - Professor Andrew Knight - Optimum vegan health and nutrition for cats and dogs

Can cats safely go vegan? What about dogs? Why would they ever want to? How unnatural would it be? And how natural are conventional meat-based diets, anyway? This presentation explores the health and nutritional aspects of meat-based and vegan companion animal diets, and provides advice for safely transitioning to the latter.

http://www.vegepets.info/

 

1.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - Cheat your way to 5 (or more) a day

Are you an older veggie who has lost interest in cooking? Love to be vegan, but dislike vegetables? Does the clock regularly strike 9pm with no fruit and veg having passed your lips? Then join this talk for plenty of ideas and inspiration!

http://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/VfL_UK

 

2.00 - David Pye - Where do we go when we die? Why did you choose to be born into this lifetime? Could past life experience have influenced you into becoming vegan?

David Pye will discuss these questions drawing on the ground-breaking research of Dr Helen Wambach a clinical psychologist at JFK University, California who in 1973 embarked on a pioneering programme to investigate hypnotic regression to past lives. She did this not by regressing subjects individually but by taking whole groups of people back through past incarnations and using statistical analysis to collate her findings. The results are fascinating and by the time of her death in 1985 she had regressed over 6,000 people. Incredibly this fascinating research on reincarnation is largely forgotten and her books are out of print. Come along and discover the amazing results for yourself.

 

3.00 - Mike AshbridgeVegetarian for Life - It's never too late to vegan!

As you get older it can seem as though it becomes more difficult to become vegan. You might have an established diet that you have followed for many years or you could be unsure about meeting your nutritional needs. Another consideration may be your friends and the people who you socialise with - what on earth will they think of your new diet?

This talk explores how you can be motivated to make the change to a vegan diet and the resources that are available to support you. It will also look at how a well-balanced and varied vegan diet can meet your nutritional needs. Fortified with all this goodness and inspiration, you might just end up converting your friends!

http://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/VfL_UK

 

4.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - With a little help from my friends: how to be a friend to veggie elders

When Joyce went into care in 2007 after developing dementia, she was given meat to eat despite having been a dedicated animal rights campaigner. Staff essentially shrugged their shoulders and offered the excuse: ‘Well, she wouldn't know any difference, would she!'

Joyce had no relatives to fight her corner and point out how unethical this was... but something really positive grew out of this awful disregard. Vegetarian for Life (VfL) came into being to help protect all the other Joyces in care homes.

So successful has it been that VfL now offers essential support for older vegans and vegetarians in their own homes as well as in care.

Find out how you can get involved as a Friend of Vegetarian for Life.

http://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/VfL_UK

 

5.00 - Jiva Masheder - Mindfulness Brighton

If you've heard about mindfulness and would like to try it for yourself, come along to the taster with Jiva Masheder for a chance to try the practices and learn more about how it works. All questions welcome!

 

SUNDAY

11.00 - Mike Ashbridge, Vegetarian for Life - Who cares about older vegans?

Find out about how Vegetarian For Life works hard to support older vegans and veggies and ensure that their diets are not compromised. This work is not just focused on those who are in care homes, but also those who live independently.

This is a chance to discover how this young charity works with the care sector and has already established a renowned UK list of accredited care homes. If you live independently, don't miss this opportunity to find out more about our wealth of information and resources including grants.

If you feel as passionately as we do that older vegans and vegetarians should be treated with respect and dignity, why not consider joining us as a friend or trustee?

http://vegetarianforlife.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/VfL_UK

 

12.00 - Dr Stephen Walsh - Good health without animal products for older adults

Most advice on vegan diets does not distinguish between younger and older adults. This talk will:

summarise evidence on vegan life expectancy;
- discuss key differences between younger and older adults in relation to protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D;
- discuss the uncertainty around omega-3 fats.


1.00 - Oscar Plumley, The Eastbourne Shed - The Men in Sheds Movement

What is the Men in Sheds Movement about? How and why did it start? How can I become involved? And why should I become involved?

A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man's shed in the garden - a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. If you want to know more or start one in your town or city then this is the talk for you.

 

2.00 - Cara Mair, ARKA Original Funerals - A funeral director at Vegfest? Whatever next!

Come and see how you can be empowered in your choices around death and dying. We care for the planet and all the creatures that live within and on it. See how your choices in death have an impact on the planet. See how you can become more involved and take control. Come and listen, ask questions and challenge the norm. We all know of people who have been to 'disappointing impersonal funerals'.

Together we can change this.

http://www.arkafunerals.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/ARKAfunerals

 

3.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - What real vegans eat... and effortless ways to make your diet even healthier

What we rustle up for dinner at home doesn't (always) tally with glossy images in books and magazines. Amanda discusses some real-life vegan meals from a nutritionist's perspective. What do esteemed veg*n chefs eat when they're home alone and in a hurry? Can ready-meals and takeaways be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

http://www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/VfL_UK

 

4.00 - Marion Alcock - Veganic Cohousing

Veganic Cohousing is forming a vegan and vegetarian cohousing community in Brighton, Sussex using existing buildings. They are inviting more people to join them to make it happen!

The talk will encompass all aspects of the cohousing community and explain:

What is cohousing and why? Who are we? The story so far and what's next. Property options and example properties, including residential and commercial building. Buying options. How to get involved. Other cohousing projects in the pipeline. There'll also be a chance for Q&As and discussion.

http://www.veganiccohousing.com/

 

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