Team Vida Vegan’s Always Cooking Something Up!

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Lentil pâté and notebooks, that's how it gets done.
Curried lentil dip and notebooks, that’s how it gets done.

After wrapping up VVC 2013—you know, returning rental fire extinguishers and dropping off the recycling from the Galarama—Janessa, Jess, and I all collapsed for a few good hours. Like real hard.

But then the sun rose, and it was back to spreadsheets and emails and meetings. Even with Janessa flying all over the damn globe, we’ve been videochatting and scheming and daring to dream. And we gotta tell ya, we’re pretty excited about the future of Vida Vegan. (Aside from VVC3, because yes, we’re obviously planning that too!)

The website: Vida Vegan Headquarters. Sure, we’ve given ourselves a little spit ‘n’ polish here, but by mid-2014, we hope to bring you an expanded site, where we can share so much more with you, including an events calendar and forum threads…because not everyone wants to be on Facebook, and besides, we can be a lot better organized here.

Vida Vegan Focus. More one-day intensives, like our Fall 2012 Tech offering, where we focus on one main topic for a small group. In 2014 and 2015, we’re looking at topics like Photography, Ethical Business, Blog Building, and Organization & Outreach.

The Vida Vegan Creative Retreat. What could you do with five or so days to focus on writing or photography while eating all vegan food in a relaxing setting? Maybe with breaks for yoga or meditation or a little nap under a tree? We’re location-scouting for a very intimate group (think a maximum of 30) for some loosely guided artistic/work retreat.

Online courses and guides. We know not everyone can travel to our events—although we are definitely getting out on the road to reach more of you—so we’re developing some very focused online courses and downloadable guides so you can get your learn on while still in pajamas (which is exactly how we do a lot of our planning). Let us know if there’s something you want us to cover!

Local events. We’ll also be producing some smaller, Portland events…maybe even one in early December 2013.

Sooo…that should keep us all busy for a bit!

11 thoughts on “Team Vida Vegan’s Always Cooking Something Up!

    ameyfm said:
    August 31, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Wow! I am so amazed and impressed with you ladies!! So many wonderful and exciting ideas! I hope to be a part of as many of these events as possible -to attend them, to help, whatever’! I want to be there!

    And, I gotta say, I love the idea of a creative retreat so much. Right about now, that sounds like Heaven!! And, since you mentioned yoga, let me know if you need a yoga teacher! It would be such a deep joy to teach yoga classes with themes of veganism, creativity and retreat… to a bunch of vegans!!

    Anyway, most of all, high fives on all these wonderful ideas. I’m so grateful to know each of you and to be a part of this awesome community.

    Love and non-dairy ice cream, Amey

    vegtasticvoyage said:
    September 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Thank you Amey! Yeah, we pretty much create events because if it’s something all three of us want to do, we figure others will too.

    Becky_R said:
    September 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This sounds really great! Keep up the good work. You guys made my first ever trip West to Portland quite amazing, I’ll never forget it ^_^

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    The Spicy Vegan said:
    September 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

    This sounds fantastic, ladies! A retreat sounds heavenly. Maybe y’all should get a Winnebago for all your upcoming travel plans. It would be VVC Headquarters on wheels! So cool. I look forward to seeing all of this come to fruition!

    Veronica the Low Fat Vegan Chef said:
    September 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    That sounds cool I’d definitely be interested in some photography workshop retreats. 🙂

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    cometparty said:
    October 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    So many exciting ideas—I’m all over that creative retreat!

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