2020 Vision: A World That Works for All

Vegan Spirituality Forum & Retreat

For the spiritual journeyer who seeks to create a world of Peace and Love, free of exploitation

Where: Unity Retreat & Conference Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri

 

When: September 10-13, 2020

Calling all spiritually minded vegans, vegetarians and curious omnivores! Enjoy three days of inspiration, learning, renewal and collaboration as we co-create a world that works for all beings on the planet. Experience the sacredness of the Unity Village grounds, home of the Unity movement where co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore pioneered and advocated for ethical vegetarianism in the early 1900’s. Participate in the awakening of consciousness in the heart of our nation.

Maybe you’ve been to veg or animal rights events and no one gets the spiritual connection. Or you’ve experienced your spiritual/religious gatherings and no one gets the “Compassion for All” connection. This event is for you. It is a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with spiritually minded people who understand the connection between Compassion and how we treat all beings and want to launch the conversation into the world. Together we will create something miraculous because Spirit is leading.

Of note, our forum/retreat begins right after Unity’s annual World Day of Prayer. There will be several scheduled prayer activities beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 9 and going through Thursday, September 10. If you are interested, come a day early and participate in this moving, global 24-hour prayer vigil.

This event is co-hosted by In Defense of Animals and The Spiritual Forum.

Programming Includes:

  • Spiritually centered vegan speakers and leaders (see bios below)
  • Inspirational talks on the connection between our relationship with animals and spiritual living, human social justice issues, world peace, sustainability and feminism
  • Workshops and dialogue on how to effectively bring the message of Universal Love and Kindness to your communities and rely on Infinite Supply to support your advocacy and/or ministry work
  • Connection/collaboration with others who believe that Unity includes everyone, not just our own species
  • Animals and World Religions traveling exhibit guided by curator Dr. Lisa Kemmerer
  • Viewing and discussion of A Prayer for Compassion, a feature length documentary that inspires and encourages spiritually-minded people to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life
  • Yoga, meditation, labyrinth, walking trails for renewal, restoration and self-care
  • Rituals and Sunday service to heal planetary consciousness, awaken humanity and honor our animal brothers and sisters
  • Fantastic plant-based meals curated by acclaimed vegan chef Sandra Sellani

Registration:

Early bird $299 through January 31, 2019, $335 from February 1 through June 1, 2020, $375 after June 1, 2020.

The retreat fee includes a meal plan  – two specially prepared vegan dinners and three lunches at the Unity Inn (meal plan is $128). Breakfast is included at the Unity Village Hotel and most area hotels. Lodging must be booked separately. Full refund is available before June 1, 2020; 50% refund thereafter.

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Lodging:

A block of rooms has been reserved at Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center under ‘Vegan Retreat.’ Call (816) 347-5537 to reserve your room early because there are a limited number of rooms reserved for our event and they will fill quickly. The retreat rate will end on August 1, 2020. There are also many other area hotels in close proximity.

Event Hosts/Sponsors:

 

About Unity Village:

The Unity Village grounds are beautiful and offer many amenities. For your stay, there is a hotel and an Airbnb on site, with a second one opening in 2020. For coffee lovers there is a bookstore and bistro/coffee shop serving Starbucks products. For reflection/renewal time there are several chapels, gardens, sitting areas, walking trails and a labyrinth. Tours of the grounds will be offered on Thursday afternoon. Here are just a few photos of the Unity Village grounds and trails.

Our Featured Speakers:

 

Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, professor of philosophy and religions, works on behalf of nonhuman animals, the environment, and disempowered human beings. Founder of Tapestry: Women’s Institute of Integrated Justice, ‘Dr. K’ is the award-winning author of nine books, including Eating Earth, Animals and World Religions, and Sister Species, and is internationally known for her work across overlapping concerns of justice. Her traveling exhibit, Animals and World Religions, will be on display at the retreat. Learn more at lisakemmerer.com.

 

 

Milton R. Mills, M.D., graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, is an urgent care physician in the Washington D.C. area whose preventative health care focus is on the unique challenges of minority populations. As a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist, Dr. Mills promotes the teaching that God’s original diet for humans was exclusively plant-based (Genesis 1:29). He is a featured expert in the documentaries What the Health? and A Prayer for Compassion where he shares his wisdom on health and faith as it relates to the way we eat. Mills is also known for publishing several research journal articles dealing with racial bias in federal nutrition policy and frequently donates his time to practice at free medical clinics.

Victoria Moran first learned about ethical vegetarianism as a young child through her nanny, whose minister was Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore. Best-selling author of 13 books, including Creating a Charmed Life (published in 30 languages), The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, and the iconic Main Street Vegan, she is the founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, a training and certification program for vegan lifestyle coaches. Moran also hosts the weekly Unity radio show, Main Street Vegan, and is the lead producer of Thomas Wade Jackson’s acclaimed documentary, A Prayer for Compassion, which encourages our spiritual connection to all beings. Learn more at mainstreetvegan.net

Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages, has presented over 3,000 lectures, workshops, and concert events throughout the world. An ordained Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, he is a featured expert in Cowspiracy and other documentary films, and the recipient of the prestigious Courage of Conscience Award. Tuttle is also the author of Islands of Light and editor of Circles of Compassion and Buddhism & Veganism. He has presented messages, workshops, concerts, and retreats at hundreds of Unity centers in 49 states and seven countries. Learn more at willtuttle.com.

Our Chef:

Sandra Sellani is a full-time marketing executive and part-time vegan food blogger for Forty-Year-Old Vegan. Her latest book, The Forty-Year-Old Vegan, was co-authored with her twin sister Susan and is the winner of a 2017 International Book Award, a 2017 Green Book Award and a 2017 Reader’s Choice Award. Sandra is a vegan food enthusiast who completed her culinary training at Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy in Los Angeles, CA. She was the chef for the first-ever vegan banquet at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto. Learn more at http://40yov.com/

Organizers/Presenters:

Judy Carman is the author of Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; recipient of the Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award; founder of the Animal Peace Prayer Flag Project; co-founder of Animal Outreach of Kansas, Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals and Interfaith Vegan Coalition.

Lisa Levinson, is the director of In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual resources for animal activists; founder of Vegan Spirituality, which explores veganism as a spiritual practice; and co-founder of Interfaith Vegan Coalition and Public Eye: Artists for Animals.

Rev. Carol Saunders, is an ordained Unity and interfaith minister; founder/host of The Spiritual Forum, a podcast ministry in Chicago; author of Wolf and the Lamb, an online ministry to awaken the world to the Truth that we are ALL One; author/compiler of the booklet, The Forgotten Teachings of Charles Fillmore: How Our Relationship with Animals Connects to Universal Love, Ethical Living, Spiritual Development and World Peace.

 

Schedule of Activities:

A more detailed schedule will be provided at the retreat orientation on Thursday, September 10. Meditation and/or yoga will be available every morning.  Reflection time is included every afternoon but you are free to use any of the scheduled program time for reflection if you desire. All group lunches and dinners in the meal plan will be curated by acclaimed vegan chef, Sandra Sellani, and prepared by Unity Inn staff. Breakfast is not part of the meal plan but is available at the Unity Hotel and most area hotels. The retreat meal plan begins with lunch on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.

Thursday evening (The Fillmore Chapel)

3-6 pm  Registration

4:00 pm and 4:45 pm  Jolly wagon tour (open air driving tour around Unity Village grounds) for those interested

5:30 – 6:30 pm  Tonight’s dinner is on your own. You can grab a bite to eat at the airport or at the Bistro on Unity Village grounds. The Bistro will have vegan options available. This retreat meal plan begins with breakfast on Friday.

7 pm  Evening program  – Welcome, orientation and introductions

Friday (The Fillmore Chapel)

7-8 am Early morning meditation or yoga

9-11 am Morning program – speaker & discussion

11-12 pm  Group facilitated dialogue/visioning

12-1 pm  Lunch  (meal plan)

1:30-3:30 pm  Afternoon program – workshop & break-out session

3:30-5:30 pm  Reflection/Renewal time

5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner  (meal plan)

7 pm  Evening program – movie night/documentary and panel discussion

Saturday (The Fillmore Chapel)

7-8 am  Early morning meditation or yoga

9-11 am  Morning program – speaker & discussion

11 am-12 pm  Group labyrinth

12-1 pm  Lunch (meal plan)

1:30-3:30 pm  Afternoon program – workshop & break out session

3:30-5:30 pm Reflection/Renewal time (option to paint Kindness rocks – Admin building)

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner (meal plan)

7 pm  Evening program – speaker and discussion

Sunday (outdoors, weather permitting)

8-9 am  Early morning meditation or yoga

Hotel check out

10-11 am Sunday worship service

11 am-12 pm  Blessing of the Animals ceremony

12-1 pm Lunch  (meal plan)

1:30 pm Closing ritual & good-byes

Sunday afternoon: For interested participants with later flights, Rev. Carol Saunders will lead a group tour of 913 Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, home of Unity Inn and the original Unity Society building. Unity Inn opened in 1905 as Kansas City’s first vegetarian restaurant. While it was unfortunately damaged by fire in 2018, the main structure which currently houses Unity Church Universal is still standing. In this tour, you will learn more about early Unity history and the fabulous Fillmores, who founded Unity, taught and lived the spiritual practice of ethical vegetarianism in the early 1900’s.

 

Ground Transportation to/from the Kansas City Airport:

For ground transportation to and from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), we recommend BATS (Better Alternative Transportation Service). BATS has reliably served Unity retreats for many years and will coordinate shared rides to give you the best price possible.

 

Lodging Options (click on photos and links):

Unity Village Hotel & Conference Center 

Fillmore Manor Airbnb

Other Area Hotels:

Best Western Plus Lee’s Summit

Comfort Inn & Suites Lee’s Summit

Holiday Inn Express Kansas City Lee’s Summit

Hampton Inn Kansas City Lee’s Summit

America’s Best Value Inn Lee’s Summit

Fairfield Inn and Suites Kansas City Lee’s Summit

Super 8 by Wyndam Lee’s Summit

 

Join us in September, 2020 as we co-create a world that works for ALL!

We are grateful for our retreat hosts and sponsors. For more information:

In Defense of Animals: https://www.idausa.org/

Main Street Vegan: http://mainstreetvegan.com/

The Spiritual Forum: https://thespiritualforum.org/

Circle of Compassion: http://www.circleofcompassion.org/

Vegan Spirituality: https://veganspirituality.com/index.html

Interfaith Vegan Coalition: https://www.idausa.org/campaign/sustainable-activism/interfaith-vegan-coalition/

Compassionate Living: http://www.compassionate-living.org/

Do you have additional questions?

A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, Milton R. Mills, M.D., is a practicing urgent care physician in the Washington D.C. who focuses on preventative health care, particularly toward the unique challenges of those who are under-served by the mainstream medical model: minority and less affluent populations. He is also a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA), and promotes the teaching that God’s original diet for humans (Genesis 1:29) was exclusively plant-based. We have seen Dr. Mills share his wisdom on health and faith as a featured expert in the documentaries, What the Health? and A Prayer for Compassion. He has published several research journal articles dealing with racial bias in federal nutrition policy and frequently donates his time via practicing at free medical clinics.

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