How about a conversation with a friendly vegan?
Hi, I’m Anne. I decided to go vegan in 2012 and realized early on that there would be challenges I hadn’t anticipated. My non-vegan friends and family members (so, everyone I knew) were confused and, in my tender mindset at the time, their confusion hurt my feelings. I’ve learned so much since then about what it really means to place a high priority on compassion. Hint, it’s not reserved for non-human animals. Vegan or not, I’m here to support you by addressing your questions and concerns, always in a friendly and respectful way. Conversations with a Friendly Vegan (CWAFV) is a philosophy and a skill set that supports improved relationships through greater authenticity and more honest, heart-centered connection. Rooted in mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication, CWAFV can be applied in personal relationships and vegan advocacy work.
“From the first time I met Anne I was impressed with her caring, authenticity and knowledge. Anne brings much wisdom through her experience and heartfelt commitment. It’s great to have a place to come to with kindred spirits during our monthly Vegan Spirituality gatherings. They are a gift!”Barbara, Zoom participant
“I met Anne at a Peace Fair about 5 years ago. We were at adjoining tables – me with Vegan Spirituality Group of Philadelphia; Anne with Conversations with a Friendly Vegan. I was immediately struck with the simplicity and wisdom of what she was offering. I’d been vegan for over a decade when I met Anne and didn’t realize how much I needed what she was offering. I’d found a community in VSG of Philadelphia for which I was incredibly grateful, but Anne was addressing specific needs for those on a vegan journey. Until I went vegan I had no idea about the pushback, and sometimes outright hostility I would experience. Anne’s program has given me tools and the opportunity to practice conversations while I continue to navigate the sometimes rocky shoals of being vegan in a largely non-vegan world. Anne is creative, smart, fun and tireless in her efforts to smooth our paths.”Suzanne, Vegan Spirituality Group of Philadelphia
“Every meeting with Anne on how to BE a “Friendly Vegan” is a consultation with an expert on how to extend to all humans the kindness we so readily extend to all animals. This can be surprisingly hard to do because it’s easier to feel angry and defensive, and try to demonstrate how right we are. You have to check your reflexes and expectations at the door. Or not, and be treated to what across-the-board kindness looks like as Anne stays steadily engaged in your conversation without descending to adversarial behavior. It’s like simple relational magic, and it’s the balm our feverish polarization needs these days. I go back month after month to watch my hominid aggressions dissolve. Kindness, it turns out, is the world’s most effective emotional detergent.”Dave, Zoom participant