Here is a list of organisations, individuals, and other resources that you may find helpful on your vegan journey and/or while exploring veganism:
If you’re interested in adopting a vegan lifestyle – whether for health, animal rights, or environmental reasons – while not sure about whether you want to make a long-term commitment yet, consider doing a 30 Day Vegan Challenge to see if it works for you. You can find out more or sign up at http://www.veasydney.org/30daychallenge/
It’s free and you’ll receive an email each day with health tips from a naturopath, information on managing change from a psychologist, recipes by a vegan chef, practical tips from the VEA (Vegan Education Association) president, links to films and videos, and an optional mentor for advice and support.
Here is a comprehensive list of resources for
activists compiled by In Defense of Animals (IDoA): www.idausa.org/resources
There is also an Animal Activist Mentor Line that you can use to access support, free counselling, and referrals to professional vegan therapists. Call 1(800) 705-0425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whenever I’m tempted to feel hopeless about the state of the world, I find that reminding myself of the impressive animal advocacy work being done by Animals Australia does the trick to lift my spirits.
Find out about their latest campaigns, investigations, media releases and suggestions for how to take action on behalf of animals in Australia and abroad here: https://www.animalsaustralia.org/
Search for vegan, vegetarian, and/or veg-friendly restaurants, cafes, and stores all over the world by using HappyCow (I would never travel without it!): https://www.happycow.net/
You can access a variety of films on veganism through streaming or purchasing them online. Here’s a list of recommended films on the VEA website: http://www.veasydney.org/recommended-films/
See the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website for information on plant-based nutrition, various health topics, news releases and clinical research findings: https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition
Steve Pavlina at www.stevepavlina.com is a long-term vegan who writes empowering articles on personal growth, leadership, and – every now and then – on being vegan. He has also run Conscious Growth Workshops and offers online courses that explore topics such as abundance and subjective reality.
Spiritual author, lecturer, social activist, and now U.S. presidential candidate for 2020, Marianne Williamson may not be vegan herself (as far as I’m aware) but her teachings are inspiring and relevant to anyone interested in spirituality and activism, including in the area of vegan advocacy.
She has often raised the importance of spiritual surrender, forgiveness, and becoming a “finely tuned intuitional instrument” in order to move towards our potential and to be as effective as possible in whatever type of activism we may feel drawn to.
You can check out her work here: https://marianne.com/
If you’re keen to travel and like the idea of having all of your accommodation, food, and activities taken care of for you, check out the VegVoyages website here: https://vegvoyages.com/
On my first VegVoyages trip, I was impressed to learn that everyone in our tour group, with the exception of my sister and me, were repeat customers (including a few people who did not normally eat vegan or vegetarian food back home). By the end of the tour, I could see why!
VegVoyages offers loads of “off-the-beaten-track” adventures, cultural immersion, and 100% vegan food throughout the whole tour. You'll get the chance to explore various spiritual traditions, such as by visiting ancient temples of different religions, churches, and other places of worship, and occasionally by being able to participate in cultural/religious ceremonies yourself. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to help communities, people, animals, and other worthwhile causes during your travels.