The Vegan Journey
Dear friends in music, meditation and life,
Welcome to my vegan page, launched 9/9/2020!
I'm here to support you on your Vegan Journey!
"15-Day Vegan Challenge! Moving Toward a Plan-Based Diet, Together!"
Mon May 3 - Mon May 17
Read below for all details, and hope to see you there!
"If you want to explore, or commit further to, a vegan diet within a friendly, easy going, supportive group, then I highly recommend Charity Kahn’s Vegan Challenge, which is full of great tips, recipes, and resources. Don’t hesitate to sign up for this life changing opportunity!"
~ Thanissara, Dharma Teacher & Author
15-Day vegan support journey!
for health, for earth, for the animals
Mon may 3 - mon may 17
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in plant-based living!
Have you considered transitioning to a plant-based diet for health, environmental, or ethical reasons? Are you curious about what eating more plants and less meat/dairy would look like for you and your family? Do you have questions about how and why you might make these changes? Are you inspired, or resistant, or somewhere in the middle?
Then this loving, fun and yummy no-judgement 15-day exploration in community is for you!
This experience is meant to be an inspiration to incorporate MORE plants and LESS meat/dairy for 15-days (rather than an all or nothing thing, although you could treat it that way if that’s what’s calling you), and an opportunity to look deeply and bear witness in a loving container.
This will be a safe and no-judgment space, and there will be opportunities to explore, our internal and societal beliefs/biases/habits/conditioning at the root of our food choices, and what it might look like to shift them.
During our three classes, I'll provide tons of practical knowledge like nutrition facts and my favorite recipes and techniques to strengthen your foundation for the journey. I’ll also weave in ethical teachings on interbeing and non-harming, plus various relevant mindfulness, compassion, inquiry, and body-based practices to hold us as we explore. And we'll have dance/stretch/party breaks!
This offering is also meant to be a celebration of every additional act of kindness we together as a group put into the world through our food choices over these 15 days. We live in a world where it's not always clear how to reduce the immense suffering that exists, yet our food choices have the potential to play a concrete and immediate role in alleviating some of that suffering. Now that’s good news!
To further support you on your journey, I’ll send out daily emails and journal prompts, and share my favorite (easy and cheap!) recipes, tips and tricks, and even some cooking videos. We'll also have a WhatsApp group and resources spreadsheet, and a 1:1 consulting session with me is included as well.
Our Vegan Journey will consist of:
1. THREE ZOOM CLASSES led by Charity Kahn:
Monday, May 3, 7:30-8:45PM (Kick-off)
Monday, May 10, 7:30-8:45PM (Mid-journey check-in)
Monday, May 17, 7:30-8:45PM (Celebration!)
(I'll will remain on Zoom for 15 minutes after each class for additional Q&A)
(These classes WILL be recorded and made available in case you miss one, but we encourage participation so we can all support each other, all the time!)
2. DAILY SUPPORT:
Each day, Mon May 3 - Mon May 17, I will send out daily support emails, including tips, suggested journal prompts, inspirations, cooking videos, and RECIPES, and be available to respond to your questions.
3. MID-JOURNEY SUPPORT:
In addition to the daily emails, we'll also have a buddy system so you have someone to check in and share with between our gatherings, and a WhatsApp group for sharing inspiration, asking questions, etc. Additionally, I'll suggest documentaries and articles for you to engage with if you want to go deeper. And you'll have access to a Google sheet collating all this good info for easy reference!
4. ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT SESSION:
Participation in the course includes one 45-minute private session with me where you can ask all your questions, and/or get mindfulness-based support for your journey. After registering, you’ll receive the link to schedule your 1:1 with me.
- Sliding Scale: $120-180 per household
- No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Charity Kahn at email@example.com to discuss.
I will donate a portion of the proceeds to the amazing Food Empowerment Project, whose mission is "to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices". The organization is composed of a team of activists from various animal rights, environmental and social justice organizations. They work on encouraging healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the lack of access to healthy foods in low-income areas.
Charity Kahn is a musician, teaching artist and mindfulness instructor based in San Francisco, CA. She has released seven albums of award-winning music for families with her band “Charity and the JAMband”, and a collection of guided meditations for kids and their grown-ups. She is the founder of The JAM Experience, sharing music, movement and mindfulness with families around the Bay Area and beyond through her beloved classes, camps and concerts. Charity also combines mindfulness and a passion for social and climate justice in recordings and meditation concerts for grown-ups with her band, "The Invisible Bee”.
Charity has been practicing Insight Meditation for fourteen years, and teaching meditation and mindfulness for the last seven. She’s currently studying with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield via SoundsTrue's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and has received training and inspiration from Mindful Schools, Gil Fronsdal, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thanissara, Susie Harrington, Vinny Ferraro, Matthew Brennsilver, Erin Selover and others.
Charity has been vegetarian since Mother's Day, 2011, and vegan since Mother's Day, 2012. She is committed to sharing inspiration and support for the practice of eating with kindness and compassion, and helping people transition, internally and externally, toward a plant-based diet. For the animals, for earth, for health, for kindness!
"Charity’s support and inspiration are just what we all need to move with conviction and grace into making life choices that better our planet and spread the love. Our group had a variety of reasons to come together and no matter what our goals or commitment to veganism was, everyone was welcome. Still eating vegan meals that were shared in the group and feeling great!"
~ Jackie Thurman, Sunset Co-Op PreK Teacher
"I joined the Vegan Celebration on a total whim. I found it to be so compelling, so eye-opening, so powerful, and completely inspiring. Charity and this experience changed my life. I have become a passionate vegan for life."
~ Laurie Pomeranz, Therapist, Beautycounter Director, singer in the JAMband
"I am super grateful for this workshop, the support from the group, the great easy recipes, and the caring and non-judging atmosphere. Before this workshop, I was eating meat and everything. I tried to stop several times but failed as I cook it for my family (I was only able to reduce). For now almost 6 months, thanks to this program, I am proud to be vegetarian (not vegan yet)! You are amazing! Thanks for your kindness and support!
~ Solange Emsallen, mom and teacher
"In Charity's Kahn's Vegan Celebration I received lots of practical information on why and how to go vegan (with joy!). Just as importantly, I found a community of support and encouragement to help me transition to a plant-based diet. It was a non-judgmental, loving environment and Charity is a warm and gifted teacher.
~ Sharon McClintock, Children's Librarian at Mt View Public Library
Like so many artists and teachers, my ability to work has shifted dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've moved my JAM and meditation programs online in an effort to provide continuity of programming, and I'm offering all these programs on a donation basis so the barrier to entry is less, as I know many are in difficult financial position these days.
I will need financial support in order to be able to continue offering programs. If you have the means, any donation you can offer helps immensely.
Ways to donate:
Please reach out if you'd like to donate but neither of these methods works for you.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Charity offers ongoing meditation gatherings, workshops and classes for grown-ups.
To learn more and stay up to date
on these public offerings,
or to book a private session or series,
visit the meditation page.