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Mature Zone

Located on Level 1 - see floor plan here

V... for Life begins at 50! The Mature Zone is the go-to place for all aspects of veganism in later life.

With pay-as-you-feel vegan refreshments and drinks on top of seating.

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Feeling the effects of overcrowding? Why not sit back and enjoy a cuppa in our Mature Zone? Nab a free copy of VfL's new magazine, enjoy an attractive array of vegan cakes, and listen in to presentations on topics such as health and nutrition, vegan travel, cohousing, and other matters. You could even find out whether past life experience may have influenced you into becoming vegan!

Refreshments here are offered on a 'pay as you feel' basis, and any profits will be used to support the charity's work.

There'll also be plenty of free information to hand about:

· Veg-friendly travel
· VfL's vegan and vegetarian grants
· Vegan dinners to your door
· Care homes that care
· Volunteering opportunities: How to be a friend to your elders.

Talks and workshops will run from 12pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.

SATURDAY

12.00 - Mike Ashbridge - Vegetarian for Life - Find out how humanism and veganism fit naturally together and provide a compelling way to lead to a good, compassionate and positive life!

1.00 - Panel discussion (feat. Paul Appleby, Stephen Walsh PhD and Heather Russell RD) - Vegan health for the over 50s

2.00 - David Pye - Where do we go when we die? Why did you choose to be born into this lifetime? Could past life experience have influenced you into becoming vegan?

3.00 - Maria Brenton - The Cohousing Community as a different way of living in modern society

4.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - What real vegans eat... and effortless ways to make your diet even healthier

5.00 - Chantal Di Donato - Heart Chakra Yoga - focusing on light back bends and spine flexibility, shoulders and chest openers


SUNDAY

11.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - Cheat your way to 5 (or more) a day

12.00 - Roving Chef, Vegetarian for Life - Simply inspiring meals for one

1.00 - Brian Jacobs, Vegan London - The vegan social scene in London

2.00 - Alex Bourke, Vegetarian Guides - Vegan travel: Britain, Europe and beyond

3.00 - Mike Ashbridge, Vegetarian for Life -It's never too late to vegan!

4.00 - Patrizia Gaio - Qigong: Balance and wellbeing - the breath of life

 

SATURDAY

12.00 - Mike Ashbridge - Vegetarian for Life - Find out how humanism and veganism fit naturally together and provide a compelling way to lead to a good, compassionate and positive life!

People often hear the term ‘humanism' and are unsure what it means and what humanists do. In this talk we'll look at the key tenets of humanism and how these frame the way in which people live their lives. This provides the basis of then looking at the extent to which these principles support and encourage veganism. If you're curious about humanism, interested in promoting veganism in this way, or just want some more answers to the frequent ‘Why are you vegan?'question at meal times, come along to this talk!

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1.00 - Panel discussion (feat. Paul Appleby,  Stephen Walsh PhD and Heather Russell RD) - Vegan health for the over 50s

Our expert panel will be on hand to address those burning questions about vegan health for the over 50s. Find out how to be a plant-strong vegan, looking after your muscles and bones in later life, and discover the latest fascinating research on the long-term health of vegans.

   

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2.00 - David Pye - Where do we go when we die? Why did you choose to be born into this lifetime? Could past life experience have influenced you into becoming vegan?

Where do we go when we die? Why did you choose to be born into this lifetime? Could past life experience have influenced you into becoming vegan?

David Pye will discuss these questions drawing on the ground-breaking research of Dr Helen Wambach, a clinical psychologist at JFK University, California who in 1973 embarked on a pioneering programme to investigate hypnotic regression to past lives. She did this not by regressing subjects individually but by taking whole groups of people back through past incarnations and using statistical analysis to collate her findings. The results are fascinating and by the time of her death in 1985 she had regressed over 6,000 people. Incredibly this fascinating research on reincarnation is largely forgotten and her books are out of print. Come along and discover the amazing results for yourself.

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3.00 - Maria Brenton - The Cohousing Community as a different way of living in modern society

The Cohousing Community as a different way of living in modern society. Covering:

· What cohousing is and its benefits
· Cohousing in the UK
· Cohousing and sustainable living.

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4.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - What real vegans eat... and effortless ways to make your diet even healthier 

What we rustle up for dinner at home doesn't (always) tally with glossy images in books and magazines. Amanda discusses some real-life vegan meals from a nutritionist's perspective. What do esteemed veg*n chefs eat when they're home alone and in a hurry? Can ready-meals and takeaways be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

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5.00 - Chantal Di Donato - Heart Chakra Yoga - focusing on light back bends and spine flexibility, shoulders and chest openers

Heart Chakra Yoga - focusing on light back bends and spine flexibility, shoulders and chest openers.

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SUNDAY

11.00 - Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life - Cheat your way to 5 (or more) a day

Are you an older veggie who has lost interest in cooking? Love to be vegan, but dislike vegetables? Does the clock regularly strike 9pm with no fruit and veg having passed your lips? Then join this talk for plenty of ideas and inspiration!

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk
Twitter @VfL_UK12.00 

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12.00 - Roving Chef, Vegetarian for Life - Simply inspiring meals for one

VfL understands the difficulties in catering for just one vegetarian or vegan. Indeed, some of the most popular pages on our website are our Easy Recipes for One. So this demo focuses on senior vegetarians and vegans who cook for themselves.

The recipes in our Cooking for One guide are designed to make just one or two portions. VfL's roving chef demonstrates some dishes inspired by the guide, which is available free of charge.

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk
Twitter @VfL_UK12.00 


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1.00 - Brian Jacobs, Vegan London - The vegan social scene in London

Brian will talk about London Vegans - a vegan social group that has been going for over 30 years. He will also talk more generally about the London vegan social scene and about eating (and drinking!) out in London.

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2.00 - Alex Bourke, Vegetarian Guides - Vegan travel: Britain, Europe and beyond

In this new talk, Alex gives his top tips for travelling as a vegan, including how to guarantee a vegan meal absolutely anywhere, how to find and choose between vegan restaurants, and a rundown of his favourite destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide. From backpackers to business travel and special anniversaries, Alex and the Veggie Guides team will help you plan your tastiest holiday yet.

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3.00 - Mike Ashbridge, Vegetarian for Life -It's never too late to vegan!

As you get older it can seem as though it becomes more difficult to become vegan. You might have an established diet that you have followed for many years or you could be unsure about meeting your nutritional needs. Another consideration may be your friends and the people who you socialise with - what on earth will they think of your new diet?

This talk explores how you can be motivated to make the change to a vegan diet and the resources that are available to support you. It will also look at how a well-balanced and varied vegan diet can meet your nutritional needs. Fortified with all this goodness and inspiration, you might just end up converting your friends!

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk
Twitter @VfL_UK12.00 

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4.00 - Patrizia Gaio - Qigong: Balance and wellbeing - the breath of life

Qigong (pron. chee kung) is a classic discipline coming from China. Gentle and mindful movements supported by breathing techniques are meant to balance the body, calm the mind and restore vitality. Suitable for any age group, Patrizia's classes aim to help people to attune to their body and become sensitive to its signals and how it works. The higher state of awareness gained by participants combined with the work introduced in class, will help students to adjust any imbalance brought to light, both at the physical and emotional levels. This cleansing process will soon restore health, vitality and a renewed zest for life!

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