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Activist Resource List

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Activist Resource List Contents: 

  • Online Workshops & Teleseminars

  • In-Person Workshops, Retreats, & Services

  • In-Person Community Meetup groups

  • Websites on effective activism

  • Books on effective activism

  • Podcasts on Effective Activism

  • Spiritual Resources
  • Companion Animal Support Resources

  • Therapist Referral list who are sensitive to Animal Activist Issues

Online Workshops & Teleseminars

  • Monthly Vegan Spirituality Conference Calls. Every second Sunday of the month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST). Calls will explore veganism as a spiritual practice via speakers, group discussions, and guided meditations. Free and open to the public click here for more information. Also available in Spanish!

In-Person Workshops, Retreats, & Services:

  • Every Saturday at 9:30am in Oakland CA, local animal rights supporters gather to enjoy great food and company, discuss recent events, and empower and train one another to be the best activists we can be. Whether you’ve just learned about factory farming, are a 20 year veteran activist, a computer programmer who wants to design iPhone apps for animals, or an aspiring orator with a megaphone…the DxE Meetup is for you!

  • new website Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (BOAA) is a student group at the University of California, Berkeley who seek to educate and bring about awareness of the plight of animals in Berkeley and elsewhere through various events and activities such as protests, disruptions, leafletting, bakesales, volunteering, vegan food give-aways, and more. BOAA meets every Friday 5-6pm at Dwinelle Hall Berkeley. All new comers welcome!

In-Person Community Meetup groups:

  • The most comprehensive ‘’meet up’’ search engine to find local animal activist support meetups in your area!

  • – Explores veganism as a spiritual practice through annual retreats and monthly local gatherings with vegan potlucks, healing discussions, and rituals. Vegan Spirituality Meetups happen monthly in over 15 cities. Gatherings include vegan potlucks, group discussions, speaker presentations, and guided meditations. Contact to start one in your area.

Websites on effective activism:

Books on effective activism:

Videos on effective activism:

This video is of Dr. Joy’s, “Understanding the Psychology of Meat for Effective Vegan Advocacy” presentation given in Sweden. Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, award-winning author, a Harvard-educated psychologist, and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Joy is best known for her pioneering work on carnism, introduced in her book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.” Joy has given her acclaimed carnism presentation across the United States as well as internationally. Joy is also the author of “Strategic Action for Animals” and she is the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network.

Presentation by Jon Bockman, executive director of Animal Charity Evaluators, on how to be most effective in animal activism. Presentation from the 2014 Animal Rights National Conference held July 10-13th in Los Angeles, California.

This speech was recorded at the International Animal Rights Conference 2013 in Luxembourg. Should animal advocates use graphic images of animals suffering, or cute pictures of happy animals, in trying to get their message across? What simple techniques make people twice as likely to donate or volunteer their time to help animals? What messages have been shown to be most effective in persuading people to move toward vegan eating? While we don’t often think of it this way, getting people to make animal-friendly choices is a science. In this presentation we’ll answer the questions posed above and others like them, and share key lessons from the research that will make our animal advocacy work more effective.

  • National Animal Rights Conference 2014 Playlist: It is also the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering. See this video playlist which discuss topics such as: Running effective campaigns, Reaching the Masses, Activist Repression and Paths to Liberation.

  • Animal Rights Academy: Emotional Sustainability in Animal Rights Activism- Coping with emotional fall out and trauma (panel discussion).

Podcasts on Effective Activism:

Spiritual Resources:

  • Vegan Spirituality (VS) was founded by Lisa Levinson to create a community of activists who wish to explore veganism as a spiritual practice. VS offers teleconference calls, guidance on how to create a local vegan spirituality group, retreats, webinars, a website at filled with inspiration and ideas, and a Facebook page.
  • Circle of Compassion was founded by Judy Carman and Will and Madeleine Tuttle to create a non-denominational prayer circle for animals. Those in the circle repeat the prayer/vision “Compassion encircles the earth for all beings everywhere” each day at noon or any time that is convenient. By signing up at, members receive a prayer for each week written by Judy and daily inspirations from Will. Members do not have to consider themselves religious to join. Prayer can also be called “focused thought.”
  • Prayer Circle for Animals Facebook was founded by Judy Carman and Will and Madeleine Tuttle to provide an interactive online community in which people can ask for prayers, blessings, loving thoughts, etc. be sent to individual animals and groups of animals.
  • The World Peace Diet, written by Dr. Will Tuttle, is a source of spiritual inspiration, and it also focuses on compassion, and the intersectionality of social justice, animal liberation, and environmental, health, and peace issues. To learn more and to sign up for his daily VegInspiration, go to Will is also a world renowned speaker.  His speaking schedule is also available on the website.
  • Peace to All Beings, written by Judy Carman, explores the interconnection of animal rights, spirituality, and the other justice movements. The book includes prayers and visions of peace for animals who are suffering as well as for activists, sanctuaries, and others. This book and its host website offer spiritual encouragement and strength to activists who are experiencing burnout, anger, and compassion fatigue. The Missing Peace, written by Tina Volpe and Judy Carman is also hosted on this website. It is a collection of stories written by vegans explaining how veganism has helped them to find spiritual joy in their lives.
  • Animal Peace Prayer Flag Project is also hosted at A video of many flags flying for the animals accompanied by Daniel Redwood’s song, “With Us, Not For Us” can be seen on the website, and flags can be purchased there.
  • The Peaceable Table written and edited by Gracia Fay Ellwood is a monthly online newsletter filled with spiritual inspiration and information. All issues can be found at
  • Daniel Redwood’s “Songs for Animals, People and the Earth” is an album that can lift our spirits. The songs are so beautiful and heartfelt that they are sure to inspire many people to go vegan. They can be heard on
  • Dharma Voices for Animals is “committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers.”  They offer workshops and retreats. Their website is
  • The Christian Vegetarian Association is a non-denominational ministry that encourages God-honoring plant-based nutrition.
  • All Creatures Ministry is “dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian – vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics. Unconditional love and compassion is the foundation of our peaceful means of accomplishing this goal for all of God’s creatures, whether human or otherwise.” Their website is

Books which provide spiritual resources for activists:

  • Animal Rites by Rev. Andrew Linzey
  • Disiciples: How Jewish Christianity Shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church by Keith Akers
  • The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible by Norm Phelps
  • Good News for All Creation by Stephen R. Kaufman and Nathan Braun
  • The Lost Religion of Jesus by Keith Akers
  • Taking the Adventure: Faith and Our Kinship with Animals by Gracia Fay Ellwood
  • Vegetarian Christian Saints: Mystics, Ascetics, and Monks by Dr. Holly Roberts
  • The Great Compassion by Norm Phelps

Companion Animal Support Resources:

Report Animal Cruelty:

Are you reporting that an animal is in imminent danger? Do you know specifically where to find this animal, and is the abuse or danger taking place right now? If so, please call your local police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA immediately at 757-622-7382.


Therapist Referral list who are sensitive to Animal Activist Issues

  • Dr. Dedalus Hyde: Bay Area Trauma

Animal Activist Helpline referrals receive 25% off

We offer short and long-term psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Our main emphasis is on trauma treatment, but address a myriad of other issues that are common to the human experience, such as depression, anxiety, relational problems, eating disorders, and ADHD, amongst others. Our staff are trained in multiple modalities, but often draw on CBT, EMDR, Family Therapy and Psychodynamic practices to offer integrated care.

Specialty: Trauma treatment, Family Therapy, children and adolescents, depression and anxiety.

Services: Individual, Couples, Family and Group therapy, EMDR.

Location: San Francisco, also remote (Skype, telephone, and email)

Credentials: BA, MA and Psy.D. in Psychology. My staff range from MA to Ph.D. level, both licensed and pre-licensed.

For more information, please visit

  • Dr. Brian L. Straub: SequelCare of Arizona

I provide adolescent and adult counseling. My counseling style is a person-centered approach (PCA). The PCA is grounded in the assumption that people have within them the capacity and ability to create solutions to their own challenges; when people are able to participate in a self-directed, non-judgmental, empathetic, and genuine therapeutic relationship, their abilities to find solutions can be enhanced. People participate with me in person-centered and cognitive-behavioral counseling, EMDR, and hypnosis. These types of counseling are effective in helping people develop solutions to a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges.

Specialty: Behavioral Challenges, Relationship issues, Post traumatic stress, Depression, Traumatic experiences, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, and Drug & Alcohol concerns.

Location: Arizona

For more information, please visit

  • Dr. Sandra Higgins

Animal Activist Helpline referrals receive a discount (please inquire directly).

People seek psychological intervention not because there is anything inherently wrong with them, but because they have suffered. At times suffering can be so overwhelming that it becomes unbearable to carry the burden of it alone. The process of psychological intervention involves creating a safe and trusting space in which two or more people meet so that the individual does not have to suffer in isolation. In this sense, the therapeutic relationship is a type of sanctuary where clients are enabled to find the safety they need to explore and find resolution to their difficulties. Compassion Focussed Therapy fosters the sense of sanctuary necessary for healing by enabling clients to access and learn how to be gentle and compassionate towards themselves.

Given the right conditions everyone can work through suffering. The role of psychological intervention is to help provide those conditions. Furthermore, given the right conditions, everyone can emerge more resilient, and enriched with insight, strength, compassion, and sensitivity, regardless of the depth of their suffering.

Specialty:  Psychotraumatology, Eating Disorders, Compassion Focussed Therapy.

Services: Psychological assessment and intervention (online through Skype, email, and telephone).

Credentials: MSc Couns Psych and continual professional development in the field of trauma, eating disorders and eating distress, and compassion focussed therapy.

Location: Remote (Skype, telephone, and email)

For more information, please visit or email

  • Dr. Suzanne McAllister

Animal Activist Helpline referrals may qualify for ‘’sliding scale’’ rate (please inquire directly).

I am a seasoned PhD psychologist with clinical, organizational consulting, and executive coaching experience. I work as coach, consultant, and therapist. I am an ethical vegan dedicated to the eradication of human domination of non-human animals.

Specialty: Anxiety, depression, life-transitions, career change, executive coaching, team-building, interpersonal communication, recovery from substance abuse,  mind-body awareness, mindfulness training, organizing/decluttering.

Services: Psychotherapy, coaching, and consulting.

Credentials: PhD in psychology.

Location: Pennsylvania

For more information please visit or email

  • Dr. Clare Mann

Clare offers a FREE 20 min free Skype consultation to assess whether she is the best person to help you. She offers substantial discounts for vegans and animal advocates working on Skype.

Clare Mann is a practicing vegan psychologist who offers Skype consultations to people around the globe as well as face to face counseling in Sydney. She helps vegans and animal advocates deal with the trauma they experience when they are confronted with the knowledge of animal abuse in society. She provides practical solutions for individuals to manage the symptoms of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, eating disorders, and a range of psychological reactions to being a vegan. She also provides communications training for vegans and animal advocates seeking to communicate their work and values more effectively.

Services:  Psychological counseling over Skype (face-to-face counseling available in Sydney, Australia). Books and articles on communication and a FREE audio program ‘Overcoming stress and anxiety.’

Specialty:  Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, eating disorders, and a range of psychological reactions to being a vegan. Communications coaching for vegans and animal advocates.

Credentials:  BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, MA Existential Psychotherapy & Counseling and a Post Grad Dip Counseling.

Location: Remote (Skype, telephone, and email)

For more information, please visit: and

  • Dr. Maria Mara

Animal Activist Helpline referrals receive 20% off.

I offer support, empathy, encouragement, and often empowerment to teens and young women all over the world through Skype. My goal is to listen and support you at challenging times and help you overcome obstacles, encouraging you to live the life you want to live and achieve your fullest potential.

Specialty: I work with teens and young women and I help them build loving authentic relationships with themselves and others, get in touch with what they really want out of life, and help them move forward in these areas. I also support people who are struggling with life’s challenges including anxiety and depression.

Services: Therapy and Coaching Sessions over Skype.

Credentials: BSc Psychology, University of Essex, UK MA Psychoanalytic Studies, Tavistock Centre UK Personal Performance Coaching and Youth Impact Coaching Diplomas, The Coaching Academy UK. Also studied extensively: Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication.

Location: Remote (Skype, telephone, and email)

For further information, please visit or email

  • Dr. Brooke Goldner 

Free 15 minute consultation. 

Dr. Brooke Goldner is the founder of and She is a world-Renowned Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma Specialist, Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology and Internationally-recognized Expert in healing with Plant-Based Nutrition.

Specialty: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Nutrition.

Services: All consultations, therapy, and treatment sessions are performed over Skype, Facetime, or Phone.

Credentials: Dr. Goldner graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University for her genetic research in Leukemia and neurobiology. She received her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, and was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry. She also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Location: Remote (Skype, telephone, and email)

For more information, please visit

For free tips on wellness and mental health, check out Dr. Goldners’ Tips for Happiness at

  • Dr. Vicki Seglin

Animal Activist Helpline referrals receive a discount (please inquire directly).

As a clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience, I offer individual psychotherapy for various issues, including trauma and post-traumatic stress. In addition to the usual verbal exploration of the issues, I also use EMDR for trauma, and introduce mindfulness and meditation, if wanted, as part of the treatment. My history as an animal rights activist also gives me first-hand knowledge of the possible emotional reactions to the work that we do and the suffering that we witness.

Specialty: Clinical psychology with specialty in trauma.

Services: Individual, couples therapy for adults and adolescents. Group therapy. Organizational consulting. Consultation to mental health professionals.

Credentials: PhD – Licensed clinical psychologist.

Location: Illinois

For more information, please email

  • Lorrin Maughan

Lorrins offers a complimentary initial phone consultation for coaching, and a 25% discount on coaching packages and animal communication sessions to Animal Activist Helpline referrals and staff of animal rescue organizations/shelters.

Lorrin coaches people by connecting and re-connecting them with their truest values and passions, helping them avoid or heal from burnout, and inspiring them to play big on their world-changing path. Importantly, for activists, she helps to identify and clear “unfinished business” and limiting beliefs that interfere with effective and sustainable activism and contribute to burnout. Lorrin also facilitates interspecies relationships and communication.

Services: In person Equine-guided Gestalt Coaching sessions or workshops (location: Santa Fe, New Mexico – workshop locations may vary and will be published in her newsletter and website)
Phone/Skype/email coaching (global).
Animal communication sessions.
Lorrin also offers complimentary distance Reiki healing for people and animals to all clients.

Specialty: Lorrin is a life coach, focused on serving changemakers and activists. Areas of focus include: identifying and clarifying values, addressing “unfinished business” (from past wounds, losses or experiences), releasing limiting beliefs, setting goals and resolving communication issues.

Credentials: Certified Practitioner of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®. Certified Holistic Life Coach. Usui Reiki Master.

For more information, please visit: or email