“The Conscious Groove” Shakti Naam Yoga & Live Music

Live Music Shakti Naam w/TCG


Mind Body Space – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“The Conscious Groove” is a band of harmonious gypsies that travel around and spread Loving vibrations through sound, ancient mysticism, rituals, and prayers for individual and global . . . healing. Vibrating positive lyrics and mantra from many different traditions and belief systems, “The Conscious Groove” serves to spread the frequency of love and devotion, helping listeners connect to the Creative Life Force that lives within the heart. Move and groove to fun and uplifting rhythms, while chanting as One with commUNITY and raising your frequency to new heights with “The Conscious Groove”!

Shakti Naam Yoga is a dynamic practice of transformational breath work, healing movements and cardiovascular exercise, sacred sounds, and laughter.  This full body, mind, and spirit work out allows the physical body to sweat while the soul cleanses and renews into a greater version of one’s True Self.  Anointed by sacred medicinal grade aromatherapy and set to the live musical vibrations of “The Conscious Groove”, this class will leave you feeling blissed, blessed, and beautiful.  Join us for an empowering and healing journey into the heart![frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4788

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Agnes Muljadi – Wellness Coach, Public Speaker, Plant-Based Advocate, Vegan Ballerina

Ballet Dancer – Athlete Panel

Plant-based lifestyle for athletes


Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Agnes Muljadi is a Los Angeles based vegan ballerina, wellness coach, plant-based advocate, public speaker and social media influencer. Known as @artsyagnes with over 500,000 Instagram fans, Agnes’ . . . plant-based journey began in 2014 after she discovered a rapidly growing breast tumor. Within a year after her diagnosis, Agnes radically changed her diet and lifestyle to begin transforming her health from within.
Through her holistic wellness platform and coaching practice, Agnes continues to empower and educate people to take charge of their health and transform their life by adopting a plant-based diet and sustainable lifestyle.
Agnes has received extensive media coverage for her diverse talents. She has been featured in numerous publications including Dance Magazine,  Huffington Post and SheKnows. In 2018, Agnes was named one of 75 Prominent Influencers by Thrive Global.
In addition to her work as a coach, public speaker and influencer, Agnes is also a classically trained dancer at Julia Bourlina Classical Ballet in Studio City, CA.
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World music rock and ska!


Main Stage – 1:15 PM to 1:50 PM

Alarma is a world music indie rock band blending music styles. Danceable, melodic and sending out a positive message, the group was formed in Lincoln Heights, California. Known for their unique sound . . . and high-energy live performances, the band incorporates styles in Cumbia, Reggae, Ska, African, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco.
Alarma has been interviewed on LA’s KPFK, KillRadio and has been played on a number of internet radio stations across the country. They have played the Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands finals, the Lummis Day Festival in Los Angeles, large city community concerts (including Pershing Square) and colleges/universities.
With a self-titled EP, a live performance on Fox 11’s Good Day LA, and their most recent self-released full-length album “World Ignition”, this LA band is taking their sound and message out to the world!
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Alexandra Paul Wellness Coaching – Health coach, actress, activist,

Actress, Health Coach, Activist

Health Panel Co-Host


– 2:05 PM to 2:10 PM
– 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Alexandra is an actress  and certified health coach. She has starred in over 75 films and television shows and is most known for her 5 year stint on the international hit tv . . . show Baywatch. This year, she stars in the second season of the web series Mentor, for Logo.com.
Alexandra is a Boston Marathon and Ironman triathlon finisher. In 2014, she swam 14 miles in an ocean swim race off the coast of Mexico.   Alexandra has been vegetarian since age 14 and is now a vegan.Alexandra has committed civil disobedience about a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site to protest nuclear weapons. . In 2003, Alexandra spent 5 ½ days in jail after peacefully protesting the Iraq War. In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of GM’s electric vehicle, the EV1.
In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence.
She has owned electric cars for 26 years, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group, to Sierra Leone for a family planning organization and to South Africa to register voters. She also speaks fluent French, was a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years and registered voters every Wednesday evening for 15 years.  She now volunteers weekly for the vegan meal program Food Not Bombs.
Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism.
Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. Her TEDx talk on overpopulation continues to spread the word. In 1986, she co-founded YOUNG ARTISTS UNITED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need.
Alexandra’s health coaching business is busy and fulfilling.
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Ali Cruddas

Chef / Founder of Bodhi Bowl (in DTLA)

It’s All About the Sauce When Making a Bodhi Bowl


Learning Kitchen – 3:20 PM to 4:00 PM

Ali Cruddas is a highly sought after vegan chef in the Los Angeles area. She is the owner and founder of a casual dining restaurant, Bodhi Bowl, which brings delicious, fresh, affordable, vegan faire . . . to the residents and the weekday workforce of Downtown Los Angeles.
Ali is just as at home in her restaurant, as she is in the kitchen as a personal chef, or in a high volume 5-star restaurant.
Her menus are creative and innovative. The common emphasis, wherever Ali’s food is served, is on the people who are enjoying it. She specializes in ingenious ways of meeting special dietary requirements with her fusion of Asian, African, Latin American, Modern European and Classic American cuisine. 
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Alicia Silverstone

Actress, Co-Founder of mykind Organics

Vegan Parenting


Vegspiration Tent – 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Alicia Silverstone is likely best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless. Through film, television and theater, her performances have garnered award and critical praise including Emmy and . . . Golden Globe nominations as well as a National Board of Review award. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, Silverstone is also a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space. Silverstone chronicled her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating in her first book, New York Times bestseller, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet.” Her second book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” was released in 2014. Silverstone co-created the mykind Organics vitamin line, which is the first ever food- based, organic, non-GMO vegan vitamin.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4832

Amy Jean Davis – LA Animal Save organizer

LA Animal Save organizer

Wonder Women of Animal Rights Panel

Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

– 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

Amy Jean Davis has been vegan since 2002. After appearing on American Idol in 2008 as a Top 24 Finalist she moved to Los Angeles from Indiana. She has a micro sanctuary at her home in the valley. She . . . works as Production Manager for Nation Earth, the company that created EARTHLINGS and UNITY documentaries. She is the organizer for LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of The Save Movement that originated in Toronto, Canada.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2136
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Andrea Zimmer – Author/Teacher/Mother



Andrea Zimmer is an elementary school teacher in OC California. Her love for all animals led her to transition to veganism. After having her daughter, Andrea became inspired to work towards creating . . . tools that would help parents introduce young children to the concepts of animal rights, wrong versus right, compassion, and kindness for all.
WILD AND FREE:  A catchy, repetitive rhyming picture book with beautiful illustrations, Wild and Free helps introduce young children to the concepts of wrong versus right when it comes to animal use and exploitation. It also teaches them to extend their care and empathy towards all.
Children will become captivated by the bright imagery of animals they love while examining what it means for them to have a choice in how they interact with and impact others – both nonhuman and human.
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Andrew 7 Sealy

Live Light. Shine BRiGHT!


Mind Body Space – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Andrew Sealy is an embodied heart leader, a yoga artist, and a connection catalyst.  He is known for his transformational teachings of self love that remind students of their true power for . . . transformation and embodied purposeful living. Andrew’s creative approach to teaching Yoga as a healing art has earned him the role of guiding celebrity clients, spotlight at conscious music festivals, and the opportunity to lead transformative luxury retreats worldwide.  He is known globally as a mindful life enthusiast and a wellness activist. Andrew embodies prolific knowledge while positively influencing and empowering his students. Andrew Sealy’s teachings aim to answer the question: How can we adapt to create and evolve to sustain? Follow him on Instagram and Facebook or visit his site www.Andrew7Sealy.com to witness his work first hand.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4756
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Angie Sadeghi, MD – Gastroenterologist – Physician – Gastroenterologist

Plant-Based Gastroenterologist

Whole Food Plant Based Diet & the Gut Microbiome


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Learning Kitchen – 4:10 PM to 4:50 PM

Dr. Angie Sadeghi is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology, and member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.  She is . . . a weight management specialist, animal lover, vegan, and fitness enthusiast.
Her Newport Beach clinic offers a complete range of services including treatments for digestive, stomach, esophagus, liver, and colon-related illnesses. She has extensive training from the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), and demonstrates exceptional commitment to excellence in treating diseases of digestive tract.
Combining evidence based medicine, her expertise in the digestive system and her passion for physical fitness and nutrition, Dr. Angie has developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients live a healthy life. Dr. Angie is passionate about disease prevention and educating her patients about the health benefits of following a plant based whole foods diet.
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Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Asher Brown – CEO Pollution.tv

Plant based director and producer

Get Involved L.A!


Vegspiration Tent – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Asher Brown is the founder of Pollution.tv, a mission-driven video, social media and influencer content agency based in Los Angeles. Asher and his team have led the digital media and content . . . initiatives for hundreds of leading tech, food and plant-based brands, helping them navigate the digital media landscape to grow their supporters, customers, and revenue. Asher frequently speaks about the power of digital media and social networking to drive social change at events like National Animal Rights Conference and others, and is also co-founder of the dairy-free athlete non-profit Switch4Good. You can find him on Instagram at @SmasherBrown[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4837

Audrey Dunham

Plant Based Sports/Nutrition Specialist

Versatile Meatballs Everyone Will Love


Learning Kitchen – 1:40 PM to 2:20 PM

Audrey Dunham is plant based and sports nutrition specialist, fitness trainer, and former NPC (National Physique Committee) fitness competitor, yet, a food lover and pastry chef at heart with an . . . amazing blog!  Audrey is also the proud wife of funny man, Jeff Dunham, mama to twin boys and step-mom to three grown girls. Her goal is simplify cooking and baking plant-based foods, while emphasizing the health related benefits. We all deserve to live happy, healthy lives and enjoy delicious food along the way.
In addition to creating a food and health blog, which is a fantastic resource of beautiful recipes, Audrey recently launched a new vegan, gluten-free & non GMO Cookie Kit from Peanut’s Bake Shop. (Peanut is a character in her husband, Jeff Dunham’s shows, who is a ventriloquist & comedian). 
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Bobby Sud – Cinematographer (NationEarth) Photographer (LA Animal Save)

Animal Rights Filmmaker & Activist

Get Involved

Vegspiration Tent – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Bobby Sud is a producer, director, and cinematographer currently working with “NationEarth” (Shaun Monson), and a photographer for LA Animal Save.
Bobby’s “vegan” life began 3.5 years ago, weighing . . . around 280-290lbs and suffered from type2 diabetes, high blood-pressure, high cholesterol, etc.  His brother Adam invited him to move to LA (from Austin) to live with him and adopt his vegan lifestyle.  In only 6 weeks Bobby had completely reversed and cured his type2 diabetes, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, and has currently lost 100 lbs.  It wasn’t until he decided to try his hand at activism that he was able to find his true calling.  Bobby majored in “Environmental Filmmaking” at Savannah College of Art & Design, so a friend of his, John-Pierre (a vegan trainer and activist) introduced him to Shaun Monson and thats how his life as a vegan activist began.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4839

Carey Kidd – Vegan Powerlifter

Vegan Powerlifter and Advocate

Vegan Nutrition and Powerlifting

Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Learning Kitchen – 5:00 PM to 5:40 PM

Mind Body Space – 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Carey Kidd is a powerlifter and has been vegan since birth. Growing up in the South, his vegan diet was tested constantly through societal and cultural southern norms, but he held true to his values, . . . proving that you can be a healthy, athletic vegan even in the face of adversity. Now as a father and family man, Carey is striving to spread the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle while with others, while also focusing on improving his own fitness to best represent the vegan strength-building community. Carey is the COO of Tru Supplements and an ambassador for Switch4Goood and the Vegan Strong team.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4803

Cena Vegan

Authentically Flavored Plant Based Meats

South of the Border with Ceña Vegan


Learning Kitchen – 12:00 PM to 12:40 PM

Mike Simms, Carmen Santillan and Gary Huerta are health-conscious foodies who founded Cena Vegan, a company with 66% Latin American ownership; thus, they know what authentic Latin American flavors . . . should taste like! As more people aspire to live a happier existence by their lifestyle and food choices, they are committed to the idea that by choosing Cena Vegan’s vegan meat products, there is no compromise or sacrifice in flavor.
Cena Vegan has become one of the most popular food vendors at many festivals in Southern California; notorious for the longest lines!  Now that their products are available in retail stores in Central and Southern California and can be shipped to California, Arizona and Nevada, people can make their favorite South of the Border meals at home using their Pollo Asada, Carne Asada, Al Pastor & Gluten-Free Barbacoa as a base.
These vegan meat products taste like home cooking, because they are home cooking. The flavors are crafted from family recipes that helps the home chef create authentic, home-cooked meals, with meatiness minus the guiltiness that is good for you and the planet.
At Cena Vegan, their guiding principles focus on contributing to a cleaner, more sustainable environment. They are always looking for solutions that are best for the environment, even if it costs them a little more such as compostable packaging, environmentally friendly business practices and using production materials that are locally sourced. 
Cena Vegan see the big picture which exemplifies what it means to think bigger than short-term gains. 
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Chef Babette – Chef

Vegan Chef


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Chef Babette is a world-class healthy chef, fitness enthusiast, and motivational speaker. She runs a successful restaurant, Stuff I Eat, and has a loyal fan base via social media outlets while . . . participating in health summit events around the country. Now at age 68, she  is a force of nature who seems to be able to do it all.
Chef Babette has appeared in several television shows including, The Chew, the HBO hit comedy series Insecure, Channel 7’ Eye On L.A., the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family and The Know It All Guide To… Nuts airing on the FYI channel.
Chef Babette’s life journey has been filled with challenges and opportunities. As a child she was a product of sexual molestation, diagnosed with severe asthma and suffered with many digestive related disorders. As an adult, the native of Los Angeles, was once addicted to crack cocaine, and lived through physical, and verbal abusive relationships. After reading the best seller “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, she initiated her journey towards self-healing and eventually turned her life around, mind, body and spirit. She made a conscious decision to eat for the sake of nutrition. Her passion lies in inspiring and exposing individuals who may not otherwise be acquainted with healthier lifestyles due to environmental and economic barriers or the simple lack of knowledge.
Becoming a self taught chemist in the kitchen, perfecting healthy food that taste out of this world allowed her to eat and enjoy the meals she loved without the guilt or associated “diseases” or ailments.
After becoming a Sunday food vendor at the City of Angels Church and Agape Spiritual Center, Chef Babette opened her own restaurant in the heart of downtown Inglewood, California. Opened in 2008, Stuff I Eat, brings much needed healthy soul food to a community that lacked such a culinary jewel.
She continues to fuel her body with the nutrients to allow her to continue the active lifestyle and body she proudly displays. It is her passion to help other embrace health and start today no matter how old you are.
Chef B’s motto “Life is not complete unless you move. Our journeys are constant and our transitions are infinite, our health is merely a vehicle to enjoy all that’s in between.”
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Dahlia Marin, RD – Plant Based Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist

Plant Based RD, Nutritionist, and Chef

Healing the Gut is Key to Healing the Body


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Learning Kitchen – 4:10 PM to 4:50 PM

Dahlia Marin is a Plant Based Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist, who has used food as medicine on a whole food plant based diet for the past 8 years to overcome pre-diabetes, PCOS, GI issues, . . . obesity, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, and have a healthy plant-based pregnancy.  She is passionate about healing the gut, as it is a key to healing the entire body. She uses her own health story and clinical experience working with clients from a multitude of backgrounds and health conditions to get to the root of what ails them, helping to find true healing and well-being.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4770
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Darbi Gwynn – Actress/Stunt Performer

Actress/Stunt Performer/Animal Activist

On panel


Vegspiration Tent – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Darbi Gwynn is a vegan and animal rights activist who works as an actress and stunt performer. She has made it her mission to normalize Veganism and be a voice for the voiceless. Darbi promotes being . . . vegan as a fun, inclusive lifestyle that can be adopted by anyone.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4872

Dave the Fantastic Magician

Wacky comedy magic for kids!


– 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

David could be the BEST magician ever… if only his tricks would work!  But he is great at covering up the mistakes… or so he thinks!  Just when things seem hopeless, the magic works fooling Dave . . . and the kids alike!  Dave’s show is filled with lots of fun, tons of magic, audience participation, and 37 laughs![frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=627

DisclosureFest Healing Tent

DisclosureFest Pure Love Santuary


Mind Body Space – 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM

DisclosureFest is Saturday June 22nd at the State Historic Park DTLA and is an initiative and community based nonprofit platform that unites like-minded people in an effort to raise consciousness, . . . education on health and wellness and to create awareness of global environmental and humanitarian initiatives with volunteer based programs. ​[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4017
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The purpose of life is yourself!

Mind Body Space – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


DJ Meliss FX

House Music: Move Your Body!


Mind Body Space – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Meliss FX has been DJing, writing music and singing in L.A. and touring around the country for over 10 years. She has never been able to be faithful to one genre as she is passionate about house, . . . bass, jazz, rock and so much more. She finds playing music to fit the mood to be spiritually orgasmic. FX has come full circle and evolved from raves and club days to healthy living and performing at and producing enlightened festivals and events.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2716
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DJ Woof

Get ready to move your feet!

Mind Body Space – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles in 1990, Isaac Yoon began his interest in DJing from a young age. He surrounded himself with DJs and always had his ears to the newest mixes from his favorite . . . Dance DJs. He got his first gig at an international Halloween party in South Korea. Since then, Isaac has gone deep into the music world and played music at a wide variety of private parties and special events in Southern California, including a residency spot at the famous Los Angeles Artwalk.
Having worked some of Southern California’s most esteemed event planners, Isaac is highly experienced in knowing how to navigate the ever-changing mood of a party, for every age group and any type of party. Whether it’s rocking the dance floor, or keeping the perfect background music for dinner or cocktail hour, Isaac has done it all. Additionally, Isaac is an accomplished art teacher, and is amazing with kids. Besides doing a large number of weddings and special events, he also is an incredible children’s entertainer.
Isaac also runs a popular YouTube channel under the moniker DJ Woof, which spotlights music from fresh new popular artists that have not hit the mainstream. His motto is to always go above and beyond. Isaac’s music collection contains everything from classics to 80s, 90s, rock, old school, current top 40, hip hop/ R&B and EDM. The study and appreciation of all music is something he has been cultivating for a long time, and it has yet to end.
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Dotsie Bausch – Olympic Medalist, Activist, Switch4Good.org founder

Olympic Medalist and Podcast Co-Host

Co Host: Health and Athlete Panels


Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Learning Kitchen – 5:00 PM to 5:40 PM

Having made history on the Olympic stage as a badass cyclist, silver medal-winner Dotsie Bausch has taken the next step to confirm that she’s also a badass off the bike. Furthering the message of her . . . powerful and persuasive TedEx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” that led to her selection as one of “The 20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History” by ChooseVeg, Bausch launched her non-profit animal protection organization, Compassion Champs, in March of 2017. Never one to shy away from facing staggering odds – just like she did in the 2012 London Games while riding for Team USA, whose unlikely and triumphant story is chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold” – her outfit’s latest initiative is the disruption of the dairy milk industry through an Olympic athlete-driven social campaign called Switch 4 Good. The inaugural Switch 4 Good commercial aired on NBC during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremonies and also on ABC during the Academy Award’s broadcast. View the commercial at www.Switch4Good.org.
A former world record holder, eight-time U.S. National Champion on the road and track, and a cycling color commentator on television, Bausch was compelled to adopt a compassionate plant-based lifestyle after seeing an exposé about the routine cruelty of factory farming. She trained for and competed in the Olympics on a plant-based diet. Now retired from professional cycling and armed with a degree in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell University, she speaks passionately around the world as the voice of farm animals, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating as a lifestyle choice for athletes and non-athletes alike.
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Soul Punk band from Seattle


Main Stage – 3:50 PM to 4:50 PM

Introducing Live Nation artist Down North, the Seattle based band known for there high energy show, is “the perfect band for your event”!!!
This top act band blends Pop music with hard-edged Soul that . . . sounds like RHCP covering Prince and works the crowd into a frenzy.
Frontman Anthony Briscoe combines his vocal expressions and proudly steals the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing while psychedelic-jazz guitarist Nick Quiller dominates the fretboard with a limitless imagination. Bassist Brandon Storms blends slap/pop bass lines with deep synth and Drummer Conrad Real glues together a foundation through impeccable groove and powerful chops.
They’re a popular act for colleges and festivals and know how to rock a crowd harder than anyone else.  Perfectly suited for any age group of fans, Down North has 4 national tours and over 1000 shows under their belt and coming off a number of critically acclaimed performances aboard the Rock of Legends Cruise alongside legendary artists such as: Buddy Guy, Roger Daltry, Kansas,  Artimus Pyle, Eric Gales, 38 Special and Foghat. They have opened for critically acclaimed artists such as Snarky Puppy, Emily King, Robert Randolph, E40 and Gym Class Heroes and were a star feature at this years NAMM showcase.
 Below we’ve included video of there latest “JAM IN THE VAN” episode

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Dr Christian Gonzalez – doctor of naturopathic & functional medicine

Supporting the healing power of the body

Health Panel

Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Dr. Christian Gonzalez earned his Bachelor of Science at Rutgers University, where he studied Environmental Business Economics. Although he had planned to pursue dentistry, he was drawn to . . . Naturopathic Medicine and a holistic approach to patient care.
He then completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.He followed that up with a two-year residency position at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, earning a lot of experience in Integrative Oncology.
Dr. Gonzalez believes the body has an innate ability to heal itself when given favorable conditions to thrive. He now works at a holistic and integrative medicine center in West Los Angeles and has just started his own podcast, Heal Thy Self.
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Vegan children are the future


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Ellen Dent – President

Activist, Vegan, Lover of all beings

Wonder Women of Animal Rights Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Co-founder of the 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Animal Alliance Network activist group as part of the Save Movement. She helps organize weekly pig vigils outside of a slaughterhouse near Downtown Los Angeles. . . . She hopes to help raise awareness in her community and around the world about the victims of animal agriculture.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4848
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Elysabeth Alfano – Host

Author, Chef, Radio and Podcast Host

Wonder Women of Animal Rights Panel Host


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Learning Kitchen – 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM

Elysabeth Alfano is a Chicago/Los Angeles media personality. She is a plant-based radio host on WGN Radio, and has a podcast called Awesome Vegans on WGN Radio and and JaneUnChained in which she . . . interviews vegan athletes, celebrities, influencers, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs and more. She is also the Silver-Chic Chef, creating plant-based recipes and demos on TV (WCIU, WGN), on-line and at VegFests.  Elysabeth is featured on and is an Associate Producer of the upcoming movie, Gray Is the New Blonde which features Elysabeth (and other women) as a pioneer who has gone gray and never looked back.  Elysabeth created and hosted the Chicago TV shows, The Celebrity Dinner Party and Fear No Art and was a contributing author on the book, Slow Food Guide to Chicago: Restaurants, Markets, Bars. She occasionally contributes to VegNews. 
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Gene Baur – Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder

vegan activist best selling author

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life


– 3:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized . . . factory farming and our system of cheap food production.
A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.
Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, andThe Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in treatment toward animals and in our food system.
Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf.
Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted an Associate appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this prestigious position, Gene is focused on implementing courses related to evidence-based work on diet and farming as it aligns to Farm Sanctuary’s goals of shedding light on factory farming’s threat to public health, the environment and animal welfare.
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Gregory ‘G-Force’ Scott

Elementally Empower you inner Superhero

Mind Body Space – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Gregory Scott, founder and CEO of Elemental Empowerment is an elemental wizard. A teacher, student and philosopher of “elemental flow.” Gregory has been studying and training in flow states for over . . . 15 years. Starting off as a sponsored snowboarder going to nationals for boardercross in 2005. To becoming a surf and stand-up paddle board instructor working with top surf schools in LA for over 12 years. A professional fire dancer and flow arts instructor. Now he’s moved into the power of Certified Firewalking instructor and empowerment coach taught by the world renowned Tolly Burkan and Kevin Axtell. Gregory uses a blend of science and spirituality to attain a deeper connection to the Elemental Flow.
His Mission is to connect you to your inner fire, to live a more passionate, joyous and fulfilling life. He believes that a connection and awareness to the universal energy flow will bring about accelerated and lasting positive change. He accomplishes this by facilitating meaningful and elementally inspired experiences to access flow states and unlock the greatness within.
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Gwenna Hunter – Community Events Coordinator

Celebrating Urban Vegan Pop Culture

Increasing Our Awareness of Animal Consciousness


Vegspiration Tent – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

– 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

In 2016, Gwenna went from vegetarian to vegan after watching the video Dairy is Scary. As founder of Vegans of LA, and the Community Engagement & Events Coordinator for Vegan Outreach, Gwenna . . . enjoys bringing people together for social functions designed to create networking, mingling, dating, and a safe, fun space for non-vegans to experience new and delicious foods, while also learning that it’s unnecessary to eat animals[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2840
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Hannah Grasso

Amba Embodied Movement

Mind Body Space – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Embodied Movement


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Happy Healthy Vegan – YouTube Creators & Cookbook Author

Vegan YouTube and Instagram Creators

Thrive Market’s Social Media Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

– 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Ryan and Anji have been creating vegan focused content as Happy Healthy Vegan since 2013, with a current viewership of over 135 thousand on YouTube, 58 thousand on Instagram, and 24 thousand on . . . Facebook. This over 40 Long Beach based duo have created 700+ videos covering a wide range of topic including plant based news, health and fitness tips, product and restaurant reviews, recipes and vlogs. Anji released her debut vegan cookbook, ‘Keep It Carbed, Baby!,’ in 2016. In addition to vegan outreach, this creative duo also make music under the name of Lovespirals, which is how they began their social media career. They are currently completing their 5th full-length album for release later this year.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2526
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Vegan Superhero- Iron Man

Ricardo Franco is Latin Dance Performer, Fitness Enthusiast- aka gym freak- and Is the Vegan Iron Man… as in the Superhero from The Avengers… BUT Vegan!! For VegFest, Ricardo will inspire through . . . imagination as he suits up to become Iron Man. It will bring smiles to kids and adults alike and create a picture worthy moment.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=5013

James Marin – Holistic Registered Dietitian

R.D., E.N.

Health Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

James is a Holistic Registered Dietitian who specializes in using whole plant-foods as a form of medical nutrition therapy. James has used his knowledge of food and the environment to help hundreds of . . . his patients prevent and reverse diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and a variety of gastrointestinal issues. His approach takes into account family, stress, nutrition habits, environment, and work life to come up with a tailored approach for each of his patients.”[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4769
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Jane Velez-Mitchell – JaneUnChained.com founder/Journalist/Author

Organization Leaders Panel Host

moderator of Animal Rights panel


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a digital news network focusing on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. #JaneUnChained’s video news feed airs LIVE . . . reports from around the country on facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell numerous times a day. 
Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA’s 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.
For six years Jane Velez-Mitchell hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Jane reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities. 
Previously, Velez-Mitchell was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy and a New York Emmy for her reporting. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. 
Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books. Her 2014 non-fiction New York Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias offers a detailed psychological analysis of a salacious trial that gripped the American public. Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. That work received the 2018 Experience, Strength and Hope award from Writers In Treatment. Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios. Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with co-author Sandra Mohr focuses on our culture’s addictive nature and our obsession with overconsumption. 
Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles. 
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John PIerre – Living with Harmony – Nutrition and Fitness Consultant, Personal Trainer, Author

Nutrition and Fitness Consultant, Author

How to Thrive on a Vegan Diet


Learning Kitchen – 5:50 PM to 6:15 PM

Nutrition and fitness consultant John Pierre has trained hard-core athletes, Hollywood celebrities, rock-stars, and Fortune 500 executives. Assisting a wide range of clientele and people of all . . . backgrounds and fitness levels, John’s passion is to help everyone. Credited as being one of the first pioneers in the U.S. to create “brain-building” classes that enhance cognitive fitness in our geriatrics community, 30 years of experience has provided John with a unique understanding and ability to help others with cognitive challenges.
John Pierre was recently inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society Hall of fame, and continues to contribute widely to magazines and publications in the area of health and fitness. John is the author of several books, including: The Pillars of Health, and Strong, Savvy, Safe, available at www.johnpierre.com, and has starred in numerous health-promoting DVD’s and online programs that reach countless individuals all over the world. He is also the co-founder of Living With Harmony, a nonprofit organization (livingwithharmony.org).
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Johnny Luv

Roots Reggae Cumbia


Main Stage – 2:25 PM to 3:15 PM

Johnny Luv original songwriter from the streets of Southern California. With bi-lingual  rhythms that will stimulate every bit of your pours from head to your feet! Johnny Luvs live energy alone is a . . . must feel! If you seen him live you know what I’m talking about. A MUST SEE artist . Blending Latino Spanish sounds of culture w his island reggae music trust me when I say , your in for a treat! -David Cruz- Austin Tx SXSW promoter[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4798
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Judie Mancuso – Founder/CEO/President of Social Compassion in Legislation

Political Animal Rights Leader

Leaders in Animal Rights Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Judie Mancuso is the Founder & President of Social Compassion in Legislation which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization that sponsors and supports legislation that promotes the care, . . . rights and protection of animals. She also founded the Pet Lover’s License Plate, a California specialty license plate available through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which was created to raise awareness regarding pet overpopulation and fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs throughout the state.
Ms. Mancuso was appointed as a public member to the California Veterinary Medical Board in July of 2010; she is now serving her second and final four year term. Following a successful 20-year career in the Information Technology industry, she now dedicates her life, skills and expertise through legislation, humane education, advocacy and program development.
Judie has been featured multiple times in the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, and also has been interviewed on: CNN, HLN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, NY Times, NY Post, SF Gate, Sacramento Bee, and many other periodicals, radio shows, on-line news, and all local major network stations.
Currently, Judie is a candidate for Laguna Beach City Council for the November 6th 2018 election. Find Judie at: www.judiemancuso.com and @judiemancuso
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Karen Seva’s Mystical Sound Journey

Breathwork & Shamanic Sound Journey


Mind Body Space – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Induce higher states of consciousness with sound, breath and movement to transform your relationship with yourself and your world. Be carried on a journey of sound and energy deep into your intentions . . . and heart’s desires in this live music and a vocal sound experience.
– Be led through guided visualization, sound meditation & breath work
– Connect with Source, the Earth, and your Inner World
– Learn to alchemize energy
– Relax and release
– Align with purpose.
– Enter your heart.
Karen Seva MDiv. MSW CPC is a best-selling author, singer, healer, teacher, life coach, musician, activist and mom. Karen holds 2 Master’s degrees – a Master of Social Work, as well as a Master of Divinity, in addition to studying multi-cultural philosophy and music at Binghamton University, and then indigenous culture, music and esoteric spirituality in West Africa, Ireland, and across North America.
Karen began singing before she could speak and became deeply connected with devotional practices and a profound love of the Divine from a young age – which lead her to meditation, psychology, mantra, shamanism, yoga, energy healing, sound healing, ancient wisdom practices and deep love of the earth & of the Divine Mother. Karen’s music is a synthesis of hauntingly beautiful melody & activating trance inducing lyrics.
Across the country, Karen has performed music concerts, taught yoga, classes & workshops, in addition to coaching & consulting with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has pioneered several children’s music & coping skills programs in conjunction with churches, schools, and grant-funded early childhood intervention programs. Karen is the founder of “Sing the World Awake!” – a motivational music, movement & yoga program for children of all ages. She has conducted children’s concerts for the Dalai Lama, for the Agape Spiritual Center, for native elders as well as spiritual leaders from around the world. Karen is also the Founder of the International Children’s Day event – “Children Sing for the Future” – which unites the children of the world in song for the healing of the Earth and for world peace.
​Karen’s new book, “The Awakening World: The Return of the Divine Feminine” was released in January of 2017.
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Katrina Zara

Vegan Teen Performer


As a vegan for almost two years now, Katrina is an avid singer, nature lover, plant foodie, and aspiring expert in nutrition and wellness. With her ukulele, she loves uplifting others through the . . . immense power of music and the individuality of her own songs. She is the founder of the Vegan Peace Club at her high school, author of her vegan recipe e-book, Kat’s Plantiful Eats: How you can Live Plantifully with Nourishment, and a passionate songwriter of positivity.
Because of her immense interest in self-love and health, she plans on pursuing nutrition science at UC Davis this year to inspire the younger generations towards a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle. Although still young, she hopes to spread her message of consciousness, love, and sustainability and to impact the world for the better. Kindness for every kind! 🙂
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Kawani Brown – author

Where Does DInner Come From?

“Where Does Dinner Come From?” and/or “My Mamas Milk” book reading


“Kawani A.J Brown is a vegan mother, author and speaker. She lives in California with her two children, who have been vegan since birth. Kawani is committed to raising awareness about natural living . . . and veganism through her writing and holding community events. Her recently published children’s book, “Where Does Dinner Come From?” is the first in a series of books that highlight living a plant based lifestyle and encourages vegan and non-vegan families alike. The second title, “My Mama’s Milk”, explores how each mammal makes milk specifically for their babies.”
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Leah Garcés – President, Mercy For Animals

President, Mercy For Animals

Organization Leaders Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement. Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World . . . Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Leah is also on the advisory boards of Encompass and Seattle Food Tech.
Leah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.
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LoCo CoCo

Juggles, Face paints, balloon animals

Hi I’m LoCo CoCo the Clown, I juggle, face paint, make balloons animals, perform magic and play games. I’m 100% Trained and Professional from SLP MEXICO. I have 8 years experience making kids and . . . adults laugh. Creating a magical and joyful special day and thats will be memorable for ages to come. Clowning is what I love to do and What I can contribute to the World by making that frown upside down.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=3715
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Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

I have been training and racing as a Professional Vegan athlete for the past 7 yrs. My
goal is to share my journey and experiences as a female Vegan Athlete as I navigate through
each stage and . . . transition as I grow, learn and develop as an athlete and as a wife. I truly believe that if
we lead by example and support one another we can have a global impact on the planet
all species and on health and wellness
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Maggie Ortlieb – Founder, VegOut Los Angeles

Digital Marketer and Change Advocate

Get Involved L.A. Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Maggie Ortlieb is founder of VegOut Media, a vegan media company based in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Michigan State University and is dedicated to creating a . . . kinder planet through the platforms of social media and marketing. Maggie has extensive experience in both the corporate and nonprofit world as well as a foundation of volunteer hours helping impoverished communities eat healthier. You can find her on Instagram at @maggieeortlieb.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4617
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Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Two-Time Grammy Award Winning


Main Stage – 12:05 PM to 12:50 PM

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
P.O. Box €¢ Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Phone: (818) 554-5080 Email: mariachidivas@aol.com
Directed and founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, Mariachi Divas is an . . . all-female ensemble that continues expand the scope of mariachi music.  A two-time GRAMMY Award winner, with ten GRAMMY
nominations in total.  Mariachi Divas is a multicultural ensemble imbued with the unique musical flavor of Los Angeles. Celebrating twenty years, their discography includes 14 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records.
Awards and Recognitions
Rigoberto Alfaro (SACM) €œNo Me PlatiquesMás€ (Instrumental) €“ Divas Cantan Al Principe album, nominated for Best Arrangement, Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year (including Tejano), GRAMMY Awards.
€œDivaila€ in Tributo AJoan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro, official nomination for Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Latin (Traditional).
15 Aniversario, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year (including Tejano), GRAMMY Awards.
“MirandoHacia Arriba” in the 15 Aniversarioalbum, nominated for Best Regional Song of the Year, Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Premios Fox Music USA 2013 Awards for Best Mariachi, Mariachi Divas.
A Mi Manera, GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Mexican Album (including Tejano).
Oye, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year (including Tejano), GRAMMY Awards.
2012 – “Ay Mi Mexico” in the Oyealbum, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Song of the Year, Latin GRAMMYAwards.
2012 – Orale, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year, GRAMMY Awards.
2010 – 10th Aniversario, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year, GRAMMY Awards.
2009 – Canciones de Amor,GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Mexican Album; marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee and a winner.
(2018)Divas CantanAl Principe; (2017)Recordandoa Juan Gabriel; (2016)Tributoa Joan Sebastian y Rigoberto Alfaro€“ GRAMMY Nominated 2017; (2015)La CimaDel Cielo; (2014)15 Aniversario€“ GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Nominated 2015; (2013)A Mi Manera€“ GRAMMY Winner 2014; (2012)Oye€“ GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Nominated 2013; (2011)Órale€“ GRAMMY Nominated 2012; (2010)Viva La Diva; (2009)10 Aniversario€“ GRAMMY Nominated 2010; (2008)Cancionesde Amor€“ Grammy Award Winner 2009; (2005)My Grown Up Christmas List; (2005)Así Somos; (2005)Dulce Daño
For more information about the Mariachi Divas visit: <a href=”http://www.mariachidivas.com/”>www.mariachidivas.com
Facebook:<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/Mariachidivas/”>Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea</a>; Twitter:<a href=”https://twitter.com/mariachidivas_?lang=en”>@MariachiDivas</a>; Instagram:<a href=”https://www.instagram.com/mariachidivas/?hl=en”>@mariachidivas
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Mariana Tosca

Vegan Actor, Producer & Social Activist

Main Stage – 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Maya Moves

Hula Hoop Games & Tricks


MC Shamanatrix Missy Galore

Music + art galactivating hearts


Mind Body Space – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Coming from the Land of Love, meeting every breath as a cosmic hug! Shamanatrix Missy Galore creates music and art to galactivate hearts with Loveolution.

Pioneering the genre of psychedelic . . . devotional disco,
her self titled album Shamanatrix Missy Galore,
is cosmically designed to make the listener shine!

Winner of the 2016 Global Peace Song Award for best pop song: Love*o*lution & the FOWPAL: Federation of World Peace + Love Award,  her creations are dedicated to uplifting spirit and unifying hearts with peace, joy + justice for all.

Founder of FLUFF the GOODNESS: inspired by her song of the same name;  the AURA FLUFF experience includes Playshops, Comedy, Music + Interactive Art  designed for all ages to enjoy and take part.
Personal Aura Fluffing and 1 on 1 coaching available.

Fast with a freestyle as a singer, speaker and event MC
her cross cultural creations transcend generations and nations.
Performing at festivals like Sundance, Symbiosis, Burning Man and Bhakti Fest, as well as the United Nations, the Guggenheim + Warhol Museums and the Comedy Store her vibrant message of Love shines! Promoting heart centered living, emotional intelligence + the super hero within us all, Shamanatrix Missy Galore is a servant of Cosmic Love.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2497

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MC: Lisa Karlan (Learning Kitchen Coordinator) – Nutrition Educator/Health Consultant, JaneUnChained News Contributor, PCRM FFL Instructor,

Nutrition Educator/Health Consultant

Lisa Karlan – MC in the Learning Kitchen

Learning Kitchen – 10:30 AM to 6:15 PM

Lisa Karlan is a Heath Educator and Nutrition Consultant and has been the the Learning Kitchen Coordinator and MC for VegFest LA since 2016, an annual labor of love spreading the vegan message through . . . food demonstrations w/notable vegan chefs. She is a contributor/reporter for the JaneUnChained News Network (JNN), which focuses on animal rights news, health and the environment. JNN also hosts a daily live vegan cooking show where Lisa is either the behind the camera filming and sometimes in front of the camera sharing her culinary experience and nutrition knowledge as a plant-based educator/chef. Lisa is a certified Food for Life Instructor, with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine where she holds classes and teaches about plant-based nutrition.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=5070
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Melissa Breslow

Harness the Light to Heal


Mind Body Space – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Melissa Breslow teaches yoga, breath, and shares divine spiritual wisdom. She is an aromatherapist, energy, and sound healer.
Melissa focuses on helping people achieve that point of bliss through . . . tapping into their self-healing mechanism. Learn the tools to master the self to find joy and happiness in your life. Through positivity, breath, and movement, we can control our nervous system, blood chemistry, and overall health. Find physical healing in shifting your emotions through thought.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=3612

Mic the Vegan – YouTuber

Vegan Science YouTuber

Thrive Market Social Media Stars Panel Host


Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Mic the Vegan is a vegan science YouTuber that covers a variety of topics from the health benefits of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon . . . of casual animal exploitation. Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors – all with a drop of humor that only he thinks is funny. He is currently studying a Master’s in Public Health and his YouTube Channel has over 300,000 subscribers and 25,000,000 total views.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4791
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Nickie Mingarelli

Vegan Chef, Animal Sanctuary Director

How to Thrive on a Vegan Diet


Learning Kitchen – 5:50 PM to 6:15 PM

Nickie Mingarelli is the director of Love Always Sanctuary, a small sanctuary in the City of San Fernando, CA that specializes in hospice care. We believe all beings are different but equal and . . . deserve equal love & rights. We have lots of different fur, feather, and scale babies here at the sanctuary. Many of them come from animal shelters, cases of neglect, saved from slaughterhouses, and even animal testing laboratories. We are so grateful for our supporters, volunteers, and donors. Together we are showing the world what it means to respect all life.
Our goal is to expand the sanctuary so we can  help both humans and animals by providing psychotherapy at the sanctuary, by licensed therapist, where not only would the guidance of a therapist help heal humans but also adding some pig belly rubs and turkey cuddles.
Nickie is also Private Vegan Chef who specializes in weekly food prep and delivery of wholesome plant based comfort food.
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NikkiVegan – YouTuber

Vegan recipe + lifestyle blogger

Thive Market Social Media Stars


Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

– 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

My YouTube channel, NikkiVegan, is where I share easy vegan recipes, vegan lifestyle tips, and What I Ate Today videos. My hope is that these videos will give viewers healthy eating inspiration and . . . also spread the word that being vegan can mean eating tasty, easy to prepare, affordable food without harming animals or harming the environment! Easy, empowering, and extremely delicious. That’s what it’s all about 🙂[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=2606
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Peace Guardians

Inner, Outer and World Peace


Peace Guardians: KinFlow and Guardians Quest.
KinFlow is an exciting new flow sport utilizing Aerobie flying disks; a hybrid of Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Flow Arts and Quidditch from Harry . . . Potter.
Guardians Quest is an interactive inner journey into further exploring our deepest passions, curiosities and purpose. Inspired by Josheph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, the Quest leads participants through a series of 8 Values designed with the intention of unearthing our unique treasures and talents.
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Priya Sawhney – Organizer

Empowering Women, Fighting for animals

Wonder Women of Animal Rights Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Priya Sawhney is a co-founder of the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Her investigatory work has been featured in The New York Times and Washington Post, and has reached . . . tens of millions via social media. She is currently one of six investigators facing 7 felony charges in California related to mass open rescues, and hopes to use the case to establish the legal right to rescue animals in need while effectively banning factory farming statewide. She’s a proud mom of Oliver, a dog DxE rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. She’s passionate about using her experiences to empower women leaders across the globe to take action for animals.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4829
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Renee King-Sonnen – Executive Director & Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

Texas Ranchers Wife Gone Vegan

Organization Leaders Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Renee King-Sonnen – Rowdy Girl Sanctuary
Renee, a native Houstonian, is the Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, Texas.  She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a . . . multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to the ranch. She fell in love with farm animals, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn she became extremely depressed. In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country. As a result, the Ranchers Advocacy Program was developed as a way to transform farms and ranches into viable, compassionate, and productive farm enterprises without animal cruelty.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4819
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Rick Scott – Publicist/Vegan Athlete


Athlete Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Plant based for 29 years, Rick Scott is a hockey player and former bike racer based in Los Angeles who trains and competes daily – on and off the ice. He is a 54-year-old vegan athlete . . . (#veganhockeyplayer) who trains and competes with elite players more than 30 years younger, an average of six inches taller and 60-100 pounds heavier than him. Fitness is his super power. The athletes he trains with and competes against struggle to keep up with the vegan powerhouse. Whether on the ice, bike or in the gym, his training partners have always been elites, pros and Olympians because his energy, enthusiasm, heart and hustle enable him to push them to the limit. His passionate pursuit of greatness is plant powered and age does not define him.
“Rarely can I be the most-skilled player on the ice, but I can be the fittest. I outlast, outwork and out hustle my competition,” said Scott, who relies on his plant-based diet to keep him flying and recovering fast as well as to try to avoid the heart disease and cancers that run in his family.   
Professionally, Scott is a creative music, sports and entertainment public relations executive who began representing vegan/animal nonprofit organizations a couple years ago. “I live and work my passions 24/7 thus it’s important that my public relations practice be in alignment with my core values.” A captivating storyteller as a writer, he pens an informative monthly column for the Switch4Good website debunking myths and confronting issues common to vegan athletes.   
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Sound Bath Meditation


Mind Body Space – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Shanila is a sound alchemist based in Los Angeles using the vibrational powers of sounds for deep healing.

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Simone Reyes – Animal Rights Activist

The Gloria Steinem of the AR Movement

Wonder Women of Animal Rights Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Simone Reyes was the breakout star of Oxygen’s reality tv show “Running Russell Simmons” and became an overnight hero in the animal rights community. Vegan Lifestyle Magazine put Simone of their . . . cover, calling her The Gloria Steinem of the Animal Rights Movement. She is a sought after public speaker at events such as TedX, The Seed in NYC, Michigan Veg Fest, WorldFest and uses her many media opportunities to promote a fully vegan lifestyle. Simone is a 25+ year vegan and has been a grassroots animal rights activist for most of her adult life. Simone traveled to Taiji, Japan as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to report on and document the atrocities of the dolphin drives.  She shared her experiences there in various media outlets. She, along with Russell Simmons penned an open letter to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and President Obama urging them to consider attaching the plight of the dolphins who migrate through Japan to the passing of the Trans Pacific Partnership- this letter was signed by dozens of celebrities including Cher, Oliver Stone, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Cameron Diaz, Reverend Jesse Jackson and countless others. She has also been honored by Mercy For Animals for the work she has done to put the plight of farm animals in the public’s consciousness. Simone serves as Vice President of Communications at Social Compassion In Legislation where she uses her influence to change laws to protect animals, most recently stopping bobcat trapping in California, banning the sale of mill bred cats, dogs and rabbits in California, banning the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products tested on animals in CA, mandating Humane Education in the California school system and requiring vegan options at CA prisons and hospitals and many other life saving laws. PETA ‘s Animal Rahat Sanctuary in India was officially given a new name “Simone’s Place” in honor of Simone’s tireless dedication to the animal rights cause.  She resides in Laurel Canyon, with Bardot, her black rescue cat and the spirits of all the animals she has loved.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4854
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Sing the World Awake!

Vibrations for Global Transformation


“Sing the World Awake!”is a motivational music, movement, yoga and conversational experience to bring about inspired action for the transformation of our relationship with ourselves, with each other . . . and with our planet!
SING THE WORLD AWAKE! combines group singing, sacred sound, indigenous songs, mudras, yoga, dance and dialogue. Together, we create an “intention-based” group concert experience, in which YOU sing – and the energy generated by the collective shifts global consciousness in the direction of peace and sustainability — tailored specifically for groups of any age!
Karen Seva, CPC, MSW, MDiv. is the founder of “Sing the World Awake!” Karen is a life coach, healer, singer and motivational speaker. She teaches classes & workshops aimed at personal empowerment and global transformation; in addition to coaching & consulting with individuals, families and groups. She has pioneered several children’s music & coping skills programs in conjunction with churches, schools, and grant-funded early childhood intervention programs. She has conducted children’s concerts for the Dalai Lama, for the Agape Spiritual Center, for native elders as well as spiritual leaders from around the world.
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Alternative pop-rock singer-songwriter


Main Stage – 11:00 AM to 11:40 AM

Sooraj is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, and arranger from Mumbai, India.
Playing the keyboards since the age of one and a half, and the guitar and piano since age 9, Sooraj’s . . . musical journeys range from traditional Indian classical raags, to Mozart, to the likes of The Beatles and John Mayer.
Sooraj is also an arranger and composer of music and has composed/arranged for college a cappella choirs, college theater productions and recorded his own songs. His album “Here We Go,” releasing in February 2019 is a culmination of five years worth of musical learnings and explorations. His two music videos of singles from the album – “Nemesis” and “City Beat” – collectively gathered over 200,000 views on YouTube.
Sooraj currently studies at Musician’s Institute, Los Angeles, and continues to work tirelessly at making great music.
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Soundbath Haven

Vibrational healing of mind body soul


Mind Body Space – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

About Gina:
Gina is a sound healing alchemists based in Los Angeles, giving soundbaths, sound healing, and vibrational sound therapy to revitalize the mind, body, and spirit. She sets the stage for . . . deep mediation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Her instruments are ancient modalities – Crystal singing bowls, gongs, Tibetan bowls, sounds of natures, and planetary attunements. She encourages those who attend to be comfortable with blankets and pillows, and create a cozy environment to relax and let go. Soundbath Haven takes you through a truly immersive journey.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4540

Supreme Banana – YouTube

Youtuber/self-proclaimed “shit chef”

Thive Market Social Media Stars

Vegspiration Tent – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Switch4Good podcast – plant based podcast!

Stronger. Faster. Healthier.

The Health Panel


Vegspiration Tent – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch, alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based . . . eating.
Dotsie and Alexandra interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities about the benefits of going plant based, the cultural obstacles to eating a healthy, cruelty free diet and why so many Americans battle disordered eating. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.
So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.
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Tribal Markers

Uniting the Tribes, One Mark at a Time


Mind Body Space – 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The art of tribal body marking is an ancient practice of person-to-person adornment and ceremony. We at Tribal Markers hope to harness that innate sense of Tribe, that ancient intelligence, and . . . integrate it into our modern day lives.  A bridge to healing our relationships with connection, touch, creativity and expression.  As stewards of this practice, we stand to embody safe space and artistic remembrance, drawing influence for our origin cultures. This is a powerful and tangible reminder that we all came from tribe, and can all return to the feeling of belonging. Welcome home.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4762
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Trying Vegan with Mario

TV Show Host: Trying Vegan with Mario

What I Learned from the Top Vegan Chefs and Nutritionists in the World.


Learning Kitchen – 12:50 PM to 1:30 PM

Growing up in Chicago I worked for my dad’s Italian Sausage factory.
Before I became the host of Trying Vegan with Mario, on Roku, I started a company producing other people’s cooking shows. I became . . . interested in vegan food when my business partner lost 100 pounds by eating vegan. After that I started learning a ton about plant-based nutrition when I realized that there are no cooking shows about vegan food that I could relate to. That’s what inspired Trying Vegan with Mario. It’s a cooking show where I’m on a mission to learn how to cook from the most incredible plant-based experts. The viewers learn about vegan cooking and benefit through my experience. It’s about good food and taking steps for everyone.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4652
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Worthy Beyond Purpose

Yoga and Mindfulness by WBP


“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence in one generation” ~Dalai Lama 
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Yoga Groove

Yoga Groove Your Soul


Mind Body Space – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Karen Russell started her movement career at the age of six in Erie, Pennsylvania. By the time she was in her early twenties she performed professionally on stage, in feature films and on television. . . . She has worked with legends such as; Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Kenny Chesney and Alice Cooper. Karen started her passion for yoga in 1997 while studying Iyengar in NYC, but it was a dance injury in 2000 that guided her to a professional yoga career. She enhanced her knowledge of yoga while studying with top yoga professionals. Since 2005, Karen has been an active teacher, producer, community outreach representative, ambassador for Lululemon, CEO and owner of the Yoga Groove Studio. She contributed her business, management and creative skills for several successful companies (Corepower Yoga, Naam Yoga La, Tantris Yoga and Retail Center, Mandala Center, and Industry Venice) and is excited to be co-owner of the Yoga NoHo Center with Michelle Mirkovich (long time professional dance friend). Enjoy Karen’s 200 hour Teacher Training course, Restorative Immersions course, Yoga Groove DVD, Yoga Groove Meditation CD, Yoga Groove Conscious Yoga and Dance, and the launch of the Nirvana Wellbeing Channel (healthy online lifestyle show) soon to start shooting from the Yoga NoHo Center.  Karen looks forward to many adventures with Michelle and the Yoga NoHo Center, as they continue to collaborate with like- minded individuals as to enhance the lives of others to live to their fullest potential. Live, Love and Inspire Others.[frmmodal type=”view” id=3900 label=”…MORE INFO!” entry-id=4828
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Zoe Rosenberg & Emily DesJardins

Animal Rights Activists

Animal Rights Activism for Kids


Learning Kitchen – 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Zoe Rosenberg is a 16 year old animal rights activist. She founded Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary at age 11, which has now saved over 800 lives. Zoe is the social media coordinator for Direct Action . . . Everywhere and she travels the country speaking about the importance of taking action to help and save animals.
Emily DesJardins for the Animals is a blossoming animal rights activist and certified integrative health coach from San Luis Obispo, California. Her goal is to inspire individuals to not only embark on a voyage of life-style change, but begin demanding systematic change as well. Emily is the organizer of the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Save chapter, a co-organizer of the SLO Anonymous for the Voiceless chapter, and an active member of Direct Action Everywhere.
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