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Council of Sustainable Activism – Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 1st
IDA’s Sustainable Activism Workshop on Nonviolent Communication
With Campaign Director Lisa Levinson & Instructor Dave Rubin

SA_img2Join In Defense of Animals for a Sustainable Activism Workshop on Nonviolent Communication, the first in a series designed to help animal activists with their noble work. Campaign Director Lisa Levinson will introduce IDA’s Sustainable Activism Campaign and Instructor Dave Rubin will teach Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills to help you relate more compassionately with yourself and others. For information about Sustainable Activism, visit www.idausa.org/SustainableActivism.

NVC provides thousands of activists with tools to help us connect with others even when we don’t agree with them. This workshop provides new strategies for vegans and animal activists who struggle with hopelessness, frustration, depression, guilt, anger, burnout, or exhaustion. Participants can ask questions, share their perspectives, and practice NVC techniques. They will leave with valuable leadership skills empowering them to influence others with compassion.

Date: Saturday, November 1st
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Animal Advocacy Museum, 19855 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Cost: $15 online registration (use button below), $20 door price (proceeds support In Defense of Animals & Animal Advocacy Museum)
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Instructor: Dave Rubin trained in leadership development at Envision Global Leadership, an institution accredited by the International Coach Federation, and has expertise in Marshal Rosenberg’s “Non Violent Communication” (NVC). Dave is writing a book on leadership communication and he specializes in helping people who wish to create a more compassionate world avoid burnout while being kinder to themselves and other people. He empowers activists to make a big impact via NVC tools and strategies. Dave can be reached at boldvisioncoaching@gmail.com.


Saturday, December 6th
IDA’s Sustainable Activism Workshop on Developing Resilience
With Instructors Lisa Levinson & Deborah Brister

SA_img_01Join In Defense of Animals for a Sustainable Activism Workshop on Developing Resilience, the second in a series designed to help animal activists with their noble work. Campaign Director Lisa Levinson will introduce IDA’s Sustainable Activism Campaign and Instructor Deborah Brister will lead a workshop on Developing Resilience for Animal Activists. For information about Sustainable Activism, visit www.idausa.org/SustainableActivism.

As an animal advocate, we often undergo prolonged levels of stress. If we do not have coping mechanisms in place, chronic stress can affect the immune system, lead to illnesses such as depression, ulcers, diabetes, and asthma while triggering unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse. This workshop introduces the concept of resilience, which determines how well we handle trauma and tragedy.  Participants will learn practical ways to improve their resilience so they can carry on the difficult, yet rewarding role of animal advocate.

Date: Saturday, December 6th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Animal Advocacy Museum, 19855 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Cost: $15 online registration (use button below), $20 door price (proceeds support In Defense of Animals & Animal Advocacy Museum)
Online Registration:


Instructor: Deborah Brister has been active in animal rights for nearly 40 years. She is Executive Director of the International Vegan Collaborative (www.vegancollaborative.org), an organization that has a community of Front Line Support for animal activists. Deborah can be reached at Deborah@vegancollaborative.org.


Vegan Spirituality Meetups happen monthly in Los Angeles, CA, Jackson, NJ, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Olympia, WA, Davenport, IA, and Vancouver, BC. Gatherings include vegan potlucks, group discussions, speaker presentations, and guided meditations. Visit www.veganspirituality.com for more information. Contact veganspirituality@gmail.com to start one in your area.

Captain Cook, HI VSG

In Defense of Animals

Davenport, IA VSG

Los Angeles, CA VSG

Jackson, NJ VSG

New York, NY VSG

Olympia, WA VSG

Philadelphia, PA VSG

Vancouver, BC VSG