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Talks - Light Veganism

Talks - Light veganism

A series of educational talks aimed at beginners to veganism which are set to inspire many

Taking place in the Syndicate Wing 

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12.00 - 12.45 - Christine Vardaros - How Pro Athletes easily do it on a plant-based diet

1.00 - 1.45 - Fiona Oakes - Running for Good

2.00 - 2.45 -  Rob Masterson - Veganuary 2017 - the results!

3.00 - 3.45 - Alise Marie - LUNA BEAUTY: The Moon, The Stars, and Your Heavenly Body 

4.00 - 4.45 - Dave Sheahan - Why Dairy Products Are One Of The Main Culprits for All Pain, Ailments & Disease

5.00 - 5.45 - Damian Clarkson - Making a shift towards veganism part of the mainstream narrative on tackling climate change



11.00 - 11.45 - John Jezewski - Veganism - the end of Heart Disease?

12.00 - 12.45 - Patrik Baboumian - 5 years of vegan power - Real strength needs no victims

1.00 - 1.45 - Tim Shieff - Change your Water, Change your Life

2.00 - 2.45 - Kate Strong - How your Mind, Body & Food work together to achieve sporting success

3.00 - 3.45 - Kriti Sachdeva Kolbusz - How is Yoga Related to Veganism

4.00 - 4.45 - Jimmy Pierson - Veganism in the media: how the tide turned


Fiona Oakes - Running for Good

As the subject of award winning documentary maker Keegan Kuhn's next film, hear how Fiona manages to juggle her training, racing in the Sahara desert, filming and public speaking whilst continuing to provide care and a home for life to 400 rescued animals at Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary

Fiona Oakes runs Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary where she cares for around 400 rescued animals including 60 horses. Fiona also is an elite marathon runner and holds 3 Guinness World Records including being the fastest woman to run a marathon on each continent plus the North Pole. Vegan for over 40 years, Fiona is currently working with Cowspiracy co-director Keegan Kuhn on his new film "Running for Good" which is a feature length documentary following Fiona as she juggles caring for the animals whilst training to compete in the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert in 2017

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Rob Masterson - Veganuary 2017 - the results!

This year was the most successful Veganuary to date with 60,000 people taking the pledge to go vegan in January. Find out how many of them stayed vegan and what we can do to achieve over 150,000 participants in 2018.

Rob has been vegan for over four years. His transition from eating meat and consuming animal products was a gradual one, although the step from vegetarian to vegan was overnight after watching the movie Peaceable Kingdom.

He likes to focus on the ‘how' of veganism and supporting people with the practicalities of a vegan lifestyle. As a regular business traveller, he feels it is important to post hints and tips on social media on how easy it is to be vegan ‘on-the-go'.

As a keen cyclist, Rob completed an epic 130 mile ride in October 2016 from the Vegan Society in Birmingham to London Vegfest, raising funds for Veganuary. He has also recently completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant Based Nutrition Certificate.

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Alise Marie - LUNA BEAUTY: The Moon, The Stars, and Your Heavenly Body

Enhance your vegan lifestyle with lunar beauty secrets in tune with the phases of the moon and the healing rhythms of the planets. Learn how to create simple yet effective lotions, potions, and nourishing elixirs for your skin, hair, and body to get and keep your super-celestial glow.

Alise Marie is an actress, and Certified Holistic and Raw Foods Nutritionist with over thirty years experience in plant-based health. She is the host of "LUNA VITA", a weekly online show with a focus on vegan food, beauty, and lifestyle in tune with lunar and planetary cycles, and is currently at work on a book series of the same name. Ms. Marie has been featured in Vegan Life, Vegan Food and Living, Savor life, and is a contributor to One Green Planet and

LUNA VITA Season 1

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Christine Vardaros - How Pro Athletes easily do it on a plant-based diet

Christine shares all she's learned over the last 17 years while competing as an international professional cyclist on a plant-based diet. She simply explains every big nutritional topic that affects vegans. In addition, you'll learn easy ways to positively tweak your diet and tackle your own personal athletic adventures.

Christine "Peanut" Vardaros is a Belgium-based International Professional Cyclist AND Vegan for 17 years. When not on the bike, she is a copywriter/journalist. She spends her free time working as spokesperson for The Vegan Society, In Defense of Animals (IDA), and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
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Kriti Sachdeva Kolbusz - How is Yoga Related to Veganism

Let's look at Yoga beyond Vinyasas, Down Dogs and Chaturangas. Let's take Yoga from mats to plates. Join Kriti in exploring how the philosophy of Yoga and other ancient Indian spiritual texts root for a vegan lifestyle.

Kriti Sachdeva is a vegan Yoga teacher and founder of Yogific, an organization that aims to build a community of Vegan Yogis worldwide. Originally from India, Kriti has been teaching Yoga in Poland, and the UK for the past few years. She organizes many events that blend Yoga with veganism to help Yoga practitioners see the link between the two. She is currently working on her book - The Vegan Yogi.

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Jimmy Pierson - Veganism in the media: how the tide turned

Veganism is now a hot topic in the mainstream media, full of positive pieces on an almost daily basis. Yet just two years ago the scene was very different. How have we seen such a significant shift so quickly? Why? Who's responsible? What's next? With first-hand experience, Jimmy explains

Jimmy Pierson is the UK Director of ProVeg, a new international food awareness organisation launching in four different countries in April. A former lawyer and broadsheet newspaper journalist, Jimmy knows the inner workings of traditional media, and achieved a 400% increase in coverage in two years as The Vegan Society's Media & PR Manager. Jimmy regularly speaks to the national press, appears on TV (ITV News, Channel 5's The Wright Stuff), radio (LBC, BBC Radio 5Live) and writes for leading publications like The Guardian, The Independent, the BBC and Huffington Post on all aspects of veganism.

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TIM SHIEFF - Change your Water, Change your Life

As an athlete switching to a vegan diet I noticed a lot of benefits in recovery, focus and general well being. When I got my water right however I noticed the same benefits with even more consistency. This talk is aimed to show you that not all water is equal and how the subtle differences between the bottled, tap and pure water we drink makes huge implications on our health, fitness and well being. Essentially exploring one theory into why Veganism sometimes works so well and why sometimes it fails. I aim to inform you of my personal experience and research into H20 and how a simple shift of awareness in something so many of us already do can have great benefits in our quality of life.

Former World Freerunning Champion. Ninja Warrior UK Last Man Standing.
Founder of Ethics & Antics an Ethical Clothing line. Youtuber. Spirit Warrior.

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KATE STRONG - How your Mind, Body & Food work together to achieve sporting success

How do you prepare for a 24-hour cycling event when simultaneously moving to a new country, landing a new full-time job and also on a vegan diet?
Back-track... How do you come up with such a crazy goal in the first place?!

Kate Strong is the World's first female to cycle non-stop for 24-hours on a static bike and cover a mind-blowing 292 miles! And, she was only fuelled by fruit and nuts!

Join Kate as she shares how to prepare mentally, physically and nutritionally for an event and also why she decided to attempt this challenge in the first place.

From an early age, Kate Strong set out to question everything and prove that living within society's comfort zone doesn't always create inspiring and extraordinary results.

Travelling the world working as a Divemaster, engineer in aerospace and eventually buying a guesthouse & restaurant in Australia, Kate was no stranger to hard work. Yet, even with this ‘success', she had a restlessness to find balance in her life and a means to ‘give-back'.

The journey led her to taking up sport and becoming World Champion in long-distance triathlon for her age-group in an unbelievable 11 months and also discovering veganism.

Today, Kate works with and invests in ethical companies striving to make a positive change in the world.

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Dave Sheahan - Why Dairy Products Are One Of The Main Culprits for All Pain, Ailments & Disease

In this talk I will lift the lid on the dairy industry and share the truth of what dairy products really do to the body. I will reveal why they are one of the main contributors to anything from pain to asthma to even cancer. It´s time to learn the truth!

DAVE SHEAHAN is a plant based vegan triathlete, High Performance Coach and Founder "Go Vegan Grow" working with individuals, athletes and corporations in achieving sustained high performance and realising their full potential.  Adopting and following a wholefood plant based lifestyle forms a major part of all of Dave´s coaching programs.

Coming from a bodybuilding and personal trainer background the idea of going vegan was not just alien but plain crazy up to 10 years ago when his son was born and his vegan wife decided he would be raised vegan. Watching his child´s incredible development on a plant based vegan diet made Dave take notice and over a number of years researching he made nutritional changes until making the decision to adopt a 100% wholefood plant based diet on 1st January 2012. This also lead to Dave founding Go Vegan Grow which educates and supports both vegans and non vegans in successfully adopting a plant based lifestyle through books, trainings, membership site and events.

Competing as a Vegan Triathlete and working as a High Performance Coach means improved performance and recovery are of prime importance to Dave both personally and with his clients. In following and recommending a plant based lifestyle both areas have improved dramatically as well as Dave witnessing many health conditions, pains and injuries disappear as a result of nature´s diet.

Dave is also the founder of Formula 4 Success, has also been a Body for Life Champion, Coach of Body For Life Champions 5 years running, NSCA International Competitions Coach For Ireland, shortlisted for UK Gladiators and has completed many events including the New York and Paris Marathons before putting his sole athletic focus on competing as a plant based triathlete.

Dave Sheahan has authored and co-authored many books and his 20+ year career so far also includes 10 Years owning and managing his own branded chain of fitness centres with over 50 staff and contractors and speaking at and running educational events all over the world.More about Dave Sheahan at

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Patrik Baboumian - 5 years of vegan power - Real strength needs no victims

In his talk Patrik Baboumian who is also known as the "world's strongest vegan" will give some insight into the experiences he has gathered in 23 years being an athlete and working with vegan, vegetarian and mixed diets always with maximal athletic performance in mind. He will also touch and dispel some of the most common myths regarding vegan nutrition and athletic performance.

Since going vegan more than five years ago Patrik Baboumian has become one of the most vocal advocates for a plant based nutrition in the athletic field. As a strength athlete he has gathered numerous titles and international records proving again and again that a balanced vegan diet is the best nutritional base for a healthy life and athletic performance. After 12 years competing as a meat eater, 6 years as a vegetarian and now over five years as a vegan, he states that he has never been stronger and felt better than after going vegan. Patrik has studied psychology and sociology and has his own media consulting firm wile he spends the bulk of his time travelling the world advocating animal rights and the vegan lifestyle.

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John Jezewski - Veganism - the end of Heart Disease?

Veganism is the bedrock of heart health. Following a few dietary guidelines based on a modified vegan diet is the best chance to reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease. Find out the mind-blowing facts about vegan super-health.

John Jezewski is the Principal of the College of Alkaline Nutrition and has been a natural health practitioner for 25 years.

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Damian Clarkson - Making a shift towards veganism part of the mainstream narrative on tackling climate change

The modern green movement has been slow to embrace a global shift towards meat reduction and veganism in the fight to tackle climate change. In this talk Damien will tell the story with how he became involved with the environmental activism movement and draw on his experience of working with leading environmental NGO's as a digital campaigner and promoting veganism to the masses through Vevolution festival and films and articles. This talk will explore how we can position a global shift to a vegan world as a clear pathway to halt dangerous climate change. 

Damien is a writer, creative and the Co-Founder of Vevolution- a vegan events and education company. He is also the Director of the creative agency Growing Box where he helps social change organisations tell their stories. 

In 2016 he co-created SWINE, a short film exposing the rise of antibiotic resistance in factory farms. He is a widely published writer whose work can be found on the Guardian and Huffington post. 

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