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Emcee Lauren Boushey

10:00am - 10:25am Drumming For Joy (Drum Circle)

10:30am - 10:45am Laura Robinson Oatman (Health Expert & Author) “Peace Begins On Your Plate”

10:45am - 11:00am Ellie Laks (Gentle Barn, AHIMSA Sponsor)

11:00 - 11:20am Simone Reyes (Animal Rights Activist, Animal Rescuer)

11:20am - 12:25pm "Vegan Athlete/Fitness Panel” Will Tucker, Seba Johnson, Matt Ruscigno, John Pierre, Kuntal Joisher (Moderator - Laura Oatman)

12:30am - 12:50pm Seba Johnson (Olympic Athlete & Animal Rights Activist)

1:00pm - 1:30pm Music Spirit Soul And Friends

1:35pm - 1:45pm Lou Corona (Iswithin, FRIEND Sponsor)

1:45pm - 2:05pm Katie Cleary (WAN - World Animal News, Media Sponsor)

2:05pm - 2:50pm KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary, FRIEND Sponsor)

2:55pm - 3:25pm Music Elijah Bustos

3:30pm - 4:00pm Performance Rem J - Michael Jackson

4:05pm - 5:05pm Animal Rights Legislation Panel. Jane Velez-Mitchell, Simone Reyes, Judie Mancuso, Marc Ching (Moderator - Lisa Bloom)

5:15pm - 6:00pm Band Purple Mountains Majesties

11:15am – 12:15pm Nick Delgado "Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein” - CANCELLED -

12:15pm - 12:45pm Ellie Laks (Gentle Barn, AHIMSA Sponsor) "Everything I know I learned from animals."

12:45pm - 1:15pm Ruby Roth (Children Book Author) "The Transformative Power of Veganism: Successfully Engaging the Next Generation"

1:15pm - 2:00pm Matt Ruscigno (Vegan Nutritionist, Athlete, Health and Fitness) “Unraveling the Myth that Plant-based Foods are Expensive and Exotic: How to turn nutrition research into practical, healthy everyday meals”

2:00pm - 3:00pm Lou Corona (Iswithin, FRIEND Sponsor)

3:00pm - 4:00pm Richard Aiken “Good Mood Food”

4:00pm - 4:30pm Ronnie Landis "Cutting Edge Nutrition, Radical Health, & Longevity"



10:00am - 10:05am Welcome to the Peace & Quiet Zone! Bliss Factory will be playing live music much of the day. Bring a yoga mat or towel so you can participate fully and comfortably in all the activities in the Peace & Quiet Zone.

10:05am - 10:30am "Guided Meditation for Inner Peace" Lisa Levinson Featuring live instrumental music from Bliss Factory Learn about the benefits of meditation and how to get started. Experience an easy meditation practice that you can use anywhere, no matter how much or how little time you have. Space is limited. Arrive early to guarantee your spot. Bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on.

10:30am - 11:15am Spiritual Yoga: The Power of Prana Bhupendra Soneji With a lifetime of yoga experience and more than 40 years as a teacher, Soneji is the perfect person to introduce you to the practice of spiritual yoga. Learn why prana is so critical to life, and experience several exercises that can gently and easily launch your yoga practice. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

Followed by Live music by Bliss Factory

11:30am - 12:20pm Qigong (Chi Gong) Suzanne "Butterfly" Strachan Featuring live instrumental music from Bliss Factory Gentle yet extremely effective movements to restore your qi (chi) and rejuvenate, heal and transform. Perfect way to warm up before yoga, T'ai Chi or any movement practice. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

12:30pm - 1:30pm Yoga for Tranquility & Transformation Roxy Leigh Rovenger Featuring live music from Bliss Factory If you experience stress or anxiety or have irregular sleep patterns, don't miss this session to experience gentle yoga therapy to facilitate tranquility and inner peace. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

1:30pm - 1:50pm Hugs for Peace Kaci Christian Featuring live music from Bliss Factory Hugs have the magical power to heal and relieve stress and anxiety. Learn techniques that will allow you to give and receive amazing hugs. Experience the joy and deep peace of platonic, loving and compassionate hugs. No words needed.

Followed by Live music by Bliss Factory

2:00pm - 2:45pm Developing Trust, Love & Understanding through Animal Communication Frances W Greenspan If you currently share or have ever shared your home, your life, your love with a non-human animal, you can learn how animal communication works. Bring a photo of a beloved animal (an actual photo-- not stored on an electronic device or phone). Maybe you'll be selected to receive a message from your pet, whether currently living or not. Space is limited. Arrive early to guarantee your spot. Priority to those attending the previous session and staying on for this one.

Followed by Live music by Bliss Factory

3:00pm - 4:15pm Soul Sound Vibration Meditation with the Monochord Sound Chair Arlene Nicoletti Experience the powerful sound healing as attendees get an opportunity to sit in the Monochord Sound Chair. Space is limited. Arrive early for this unique experiential opportunity. Priority to people attending the previous session and staying on for this one.

Followed by Live music by Bliss Factory

4:30pm - 5:00pm Soul Connection through Eye Gazing Kaci Christian & Gwenna Hunter Featuring live music from Bliss Factory Silently gazing into the eyes of another being is an extraordinarily powerful practice. If you've never experienced it, you may be surprised at the depth of connection and emotion you feel, without speaking a word.

5:00pm - 5:50pm Ellora Fusion Yoga Vanessa Marsot Experience a combination of yoga styles. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Beginners welcome. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

5:50pm - 6:00pm Closing session Lisa Levinson Get the inside scoop on what's happening tomorrow in the Peace & Quiet Zone, and receive a brief blessing as day one of SoCal VegFest draws to a close.

10:30am - 11:15am Erin Wysocarski Erin is a passionate vegan and culinary genius who recreates seafood classics without harming a single fish! Enjoy this amazing demo as she wows us with her Watermelon Poke.

11:30am - 12:15pm Lisa Karlan TBD

12:30pm - 1:15pm Brian Patton Brian, aka The Sexy Vegan, is going to blow your mind with the perfect recipe to wow your friends and family at your next holiday get together with Sexy's Best Mashed Potatoes!

2:15pm - 3:00pm Jason Wrobel J-Wro will have you laughing and licking your lips with his recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce from his best selling cookbook Eaternity!

3:15pm - 4:00pm Jackie Sobon Let's go BOWL-ing! Jackie will be showing us how to make the Spicy Sushi Bowl from her new book Vegan Bowl Attack!

4:15pm - 5:00pm Amber St. Peter Get ready to swoon for Amber's healthier version of this comfort classic...Southern Fried Zucchini Fritters!

5:00pm Cupcake Contest Award Ceremony