See Event Program



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
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
Gene Baur
(Farm Sanctuary, FRIEND Sponsor)

2:55pm – 3:25pm
Elijah Bustos

3:30pm – 4:00pm
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
Purple Mountains Majesties

11:15am – 12:15pm
Nick Delgado
“Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein”

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

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!

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