Sept 17

09:00am –
09:50am

Chautari Hall
WHAT THE PANDEMIC!
As we are on the tail end of one of the greatest disasters of our time, a journey of food habits and their connection to pandemics and epidemics that have caused destruction on the world throughout history. All we need to begin with are the baby steps with the im- plementation of a basic plant-based journey for a week or a month before committing entirely. By doing that you can understand how to prevent a future global catastrophe like the one that each one of us were no doubt affected by just a year ago.

Speakers

  • Dr. Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Heal- ers and author)
  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)

Sept 17

10:00am –
10:50
am

Chautari Hall
PREVENTING, REVERSING & HEALING THE DISEASES THROUGH FOOD
It has been proven time and time again that a clean plant based diet of whole food, fruits and vegetables can lower your risk of heart diseases and other severe illnesses and can improve your immunity. In fact a whole foods plant based diet cannot only prevent but it can also reverse heart disease and many underlying conditions. Nutrition and medical experts from around the world show how you can eat to heal your body and keep it free of disease and help you to make a cleaner and healthier choice.

Speakers

  • Dr. Zeeshan Ali (Program specialist at the Physicians Comittee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Dr. Vidya Chakravarthy (Award-winning plant-based ayurvedic doctor)
  • Dr. Vythilingam Pillay (Physician doctor, plant-based lifestyle advocate)
  • Dr. Muhammad Umair Arshad (Vegan advocate and nutrition expert)

Rhino Hall
AHIMSA, YOGA AND VEGANISM

Yoga, a practice of mind and body which helps in attaining mental,physical and spiritual well-being, has gained prominence all over the world. One of the yamas (which roughly translates to restraint
or rules) of yoga is Ahimsa (non-violence). What does ahimsa mean and where does it extend to? Why do most practicing yogis live on a plant-based diet? Is there interrelation between yoga and veganism? Find your answers here.

Speakers

  • Prerana Shah (Yoga, sound healing and ayurvedic healing prac- titioner)
  • Rebeca Recatero (Founder For Them Foundation, Jivamukti Yoga Practitioner and Instructor)
  • Pradaini Surva (Certified Yoga Instructor, Content Creator)
  • Renee King-Sonnen (Rowdy Girl Sanctuary founder and advocate for compassionate farming)
  • Dr. Hari Prasad Pokharel (Head of department, Yoga & Naturopathy in Nepal Sanskrit University)

Chulho Hall
THE SOUTH KOREAN FOOD DEMYSTIFIED
Korean food tastes amazing but in this age, where time and conve- nience are everything, cooking Korean food doesn’t have to be a hassle. Discover how to make delicious food time efficiently when you’re in a rush, Ae-Sook Jeong and Yeonghee Lee will teach you to make Korean style grab and go food. Then learn from Dr. Chang-ho about different recipes with oriental herbs and the benefits of food ingredients used in the oriental practice of medicinal treatment.

Speakers

  • Yeonhee Lee (Ceramic/Pottery Artist, Founder Yeha Ceramics)
  • Ae-sook Jeong (Korean and Japanese Oriental Medicine Food Specialist)
  • Dr. Chang-ho Ahn (Adjunct professor at Semyung University, co-founder of Daebo Myungga Restaurant, Son Ae Son, director of the Fermented Food Research Institute)

Sept 17

11:00am –
11:50
am

Chautari Hall
PRESENTATION BY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER KEEGAN KUHN (USA)
Award-winning documentary filmmaker of such renowned docu- mentaries like Cowspiracy (produced by Leonardo Di Caprio) What The Health (produced by Joaquin Phoenix) and Running for Good, and The End of Medicine (produced by Joaquin Phoenix) talks about making social justice documentaries and the shocking truths revealed while making these groundbreaking movies about what we eat and the relation it has to our health, the environment, and the planet!

Speakers

  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)

Chulho Hall
PLANTING SEEDS THE RIGHT WAY – HOW TO BE A GENUINE “ACTIVIST”
To be a vegan is to be an activist because every vegan inspires those around them by simply living vegan. However, many of us choose to take our vegan experience beyond just that by becoming a professional activist and making it their life’s goal to change the world. There are, however, tips and tricks you could learn to make your mission to inspire and educate more successful. Learn from experienced expert vegan activists about their journeys and their experiences about how you could be more successful in planting seeds of compassion.

Speakers

  • Dr. Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Healers and author)
  • Renee King-Sonnen ( Rowdy Girl Sanctuary founder and advocate for compassionate farming)
  • Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (Animal activist, public speaker, and vegan documentary producer)
  • Deepak Raj Joshi (Vegan Writer)
  • Jessika Ava (Grants program director of ProVeg International)
  • Shara Ng (Vegan activist & founder of the Hong Kong Vegan Association)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS FOR PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES BROUGHT TO YOU BY VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly com- munities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more informa- tion about these exciting, free workshops!

Chulho Hall
WANNA STILL EAT MEAT AND BE VEGAN? LEARN HOW TO MAKE VEGAN MEAT
Living vegan does not mean you have to give up on the tastes and flavours that you used to love. Learn about the incredible meat replacements available to vegans with an equal if not higher nutri- tional profile but without the toxins and hormones that come with traditional meat. These alternatives can be used to replace meat in all your favourite recipes without sacrificing texture, flavour or nutrients.

Speakers

  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl online meal delivery and recipe developer)
  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 17

12:00pm –
12:50
pm

Chautari Hall
SENSELESS SACRIFICES & CRUELTY TO COWS
To think that animal sacrifice still happens in the 21st century is shocking but to think that this cruelty in the name of God happens right here in Nepal is even more shocking! Not only that, the sacred cow has long been regarded as Nepal’s national animal, and the revered cow is even protected by law from being slaughtered. How- ever, below the surface, the story is very different as the government subsidizes the dairy industries and promotes consumption, even though this industry leads to cruelty to cows and promotes climate change. If this continues we will have a crisis bigger than the one we are facing now. Find out how to end animal sacrifice and how to genuinely treat animals respectively.

Speakers

  • Bikesh Shrestha (Vegan Activist & Chair SPCA Nepal)
  • Beena Pant (SPCA Nepal general secretary, animal rights activist & vegan advocate)
  • Dr. Govinda Tandon (Cultural anthropologist)
  • Sneha Shrestha (Founder of Sneha’s care)
  • Dr. Hari Prasad Pokharel (Head of department Yoga & Naturopathy in Nepal Sanskrit University)

Moderator

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)

Rhino Hall
RAISING VEGAN KIDS IN A NON-VEGAN WORLD
Raising vegan children can be extremely challenging in a non vegan world but not for the reasons you might think. As far as nutrition goes, it is extremely easy for a vegan child to get adequate nutrients and sustenance on a vegan diet, however the hardest part about raising vegan children is having to dodge questions and doubts that everyone, including doctors will throw at you at every given chance. Discuss how to raise a vegan child, the sources of nutrition they receive and the challenges vegan parents face and how to handle them.

Speakers

  • Dr. LeAnne Campbell (President of T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies)
  • Dr. Susianto Tseng (Co-founder of south-east Asia’s first vegan school and vegan nutrition for children and founder of the World Vegan Organisation)
  • Dr. Seto Mulyadi (Child psychologist, activist and vegan educa- tor)
  • Karin Olsen (Vegan promoter, writer and certified plant-based health coach)
  • Vinita Contractor (Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, Vegan Cooking Teacher)

Bodhi Hall
FAST FASHION AND SICK PLANET
People worry more about their looks than their surroundings which has led us to all these global warming and destruction. Cruelty towards animals and the environment is not the only way to look fashionable. Learn how you can dress in a way where there is no cruelty or harm to any beings.

Sept 17

01:00pm –
01:50
pm

Bodhi Hall
THE FUTURE OF FASHION
A fashion show where you see all the great dresses worn by models and the designers describing how they create the clothes and which materials and products they used – all cruelty-free and eco-friendly. From vegan bags and belts, to eco-friendly suits and sarees with Asmi Shrestha.

Speakers

  • Asmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016, fashion model)
  • Anjila Shrestha (fashion designer and makeup artist)

Chulho Hall
PLANT-BASED PERMACULTURE
Permaculture is an approach that focuses on designing human systems based on the flourishing natural ecosystem. It came as a reaction to industrial agriculture’s environmentally destructive use of plantings and chemicals. The plant-based permaculture is deemed unpracticable because it rejects the use of non-human animals or any animal-derived product. Our speakers will resolve any doubts related to plant-based permaculture and show how plant-based permaculture can be practiced.

Speakers

  • Dr. Lim Kyoungsoo (The Specialist of Permaculture in South Korea)
  • Aviram Rozin (Vegan Environmentalist & Founder of Sadhana Forest)

Sept 17

02:00pm –
02:50
pm

Chautari Hall
HOW TO DO CRUELTY-FREE WORSHIP & RITUALS
It goes without saying that worship should be in its very essence, cruelty-free and not harm any living being. There isn’t only one reli- gion where animal cruelty isn’t done. If we talk about Buddhism, it’s a religion that deeply preaches kindness and nonviolence to all life. “Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta “is a script that is often chanted in Buddhism which loosely translates to “May all beings be well” which is somehow connected to the principle of Veganism. Discuss the connection between veganism and cruelty-free worship to the path of their own spirituality.

Speakers

  • Angphuri Sherpa (Author, plant-based health advocate & vegan monk)

Moderator

  • Suresh Prasad Sharma (Nepal chair of the World Vegan Organisation and vegan activist)

Rhino Hall
HOW ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS, VEGANISM AND ANIMAL
RIGHTS ALL CONNECTED?

Ecofeminism is the feministic lens towards environmental issues. It interlinks our relationship with nature and how patriarchy is the root of the repression of women and the environment. But non-human animals are not simply part of the environment, there is a deeper connection between feminism and speciesism: there is the presence of a similar systematic way of objectification and exploitation. Join this session to learn about feminism, speciesism and environmental- ism through an intersectional approach.

Speakers

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)
  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Shilshila Acharya (Environmental Activist)
  • Bindu Bhandari (Climate Change Communicator, Outreach and Engagement Manager at Climate Interactive)
  • Nivi Jaswal (Co-founder and CEO at Jiviniti, a Virsa Initiative)

Moderator

  • Renee King-Sonnen (Rowdy Girl Sanctuary founder and advocate for compassionate farming)

Chulho Hall
HAPPINESS IS… (VEGAN) COOKIES & DONUTS!
Cookies and donuts hold a special place in our hearts because of the memories and comfort they bring with them. Many vegans miss out on their childhood favourites as they begin their transition to plant- based living but Chef Jajah will help you bring back the nostalgia with this amazing demonstration of how to make your favourite cookies and biscuits from plants!

Speakers

  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 17

03:00pm –
03:50
pm

Chautari Hall
VEGAN ATHLETES DO EXIST – AND THEY THRIVE

Bust false myths about vegan living being expensive and out of reach to the average person as you learn to consume the best that the plant world has to offer within your budget. Get tips from vegan experts from all over the world on how to consume inexpensive, easily available whole food that offers the maximum amount of nutrition while limiting expensive processed food.

Speakers

  • Fiona Oakes (Global vegan marathon runner and animal sanctuary founder)
  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter)

Speakers

  • Dr. Zeeshan Ali (Program specialist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Rhino Hall
ECOFEMINISM: INTERSECTIONALITY IS THE SOLUTION
You’ve unlearnt the patriarchal values and learned about the inter- connection of feminism, environmentalism, and animal rights, and how oppression is underlying under every social problem. Now, let’s discuss how we can apply intersectionality in our life to attain justice and common good for all of us (human-animals and non-human animals alike).
Speakers

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)
  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Shilshila Acharya (Environmental Activist)
  • Bindu Bhandari (Climate Change Communicator, Outreach and Engagement Manager at Climate Interactive)
  • Nivi Jaswal (Co-founder and CEO at Jiviniti, a Virsa Initiative)

Moderator

  • Renee King-Sonnen (Rowdy Girl Sanctuary founder and advocate for compassionate farming)

Chulho Hall
VEGAN IN NEPAL: GOING LOCAL – MAKING NEPALESE FOOD VEGAN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

When you are in Nepal, live like the Nepalese do. Find out all about local cuisine, culture, tradition and learn how to veganise local traditional favourites like Nepalese Newari, Thakali khana set, khaja set, and Mo:mo from the locals themselves. Along with how to make tempeh in Nepali cuisine.

Speakers

  • Samu Yonjan (Restaurateur and vegan chef )
  • Niru Gurung (Vegan entrepreneur and restaurateur)

Sept 17

04:00pm –
04:50
pm

Chautari Hall
POSSIBILITY OF ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN NEPAL
Lek joins panel of key elephant rights activists and conservationiststo discuss the steps forward for elephants in Nepal. Sharing her experience and success in Thailand, Combodia, Myanmar and soon Laos,the possibility of an ethical sanctuary for all the captive elephants in Nepal and ways to achieve it will be discussed.

Speakers

  • Saengduean Lek Chailert (Founder at Save Elephant Foundation, Elephant Conservationist)
  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)
  • Dr. Deepani Jayantha (Leading elephant conservationist & veterinarian & human elephant conflict)
  • Surajan Shrestha (Co-founder of Animal Rights Club (ARC) and a founding member of World Vegan Organisation Nepal (WVON)

 

Rhino Hall
MIRACLE OF TEMPEH

Many of us have heard of tempeh but the dish remains a mystery
to most of us. Tempeh is an incredible time-honored Indonesian dish created through careful fermentation of soybeans to create a fantastic meat alternative that is both delicious and highly nutritious. Learn the intricate details of tempeh creation, its nutrition value and its benefits from two masters of tempeh.

Speakers

  • Dr. Susianto Tseng (Co-founder of south-east Asia’s first vegan school and vegan nutrition for children and founder of the World Vegan Organisation)
  • Seth Tibbott (Master tempeh maker, founder of Tofurky)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS FOR PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES BROUGHT TO YOU BY VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly com- munities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan-friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more informa- tion about these exciting, free workshops!

Chulho Hall
LOVE DAIRY PRODUCTS? LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEM IN A PLANT-BASED WAY
Learn how to make all the incredible dairy products alternatives available to vegans. You do not have to give up on your favourite comfort food when you make the transition to veganism. While veganism is definitely about healthy living, it can also be wholesome and enjoyable. Learn to veganise milk, cheese, curd and butter in this programme so you can add them to your favourite recipes of all time without having to sacrifice the key components that make them delicious and comforting.

Speakers

  • Deepali Nichani (Founder of Aakaariyaa)
  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl
    online meal delivery and recipe developer)

Sept 17

05:00pm –
05:50
pm

Chautari Hall
DIET CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE
On the surface, many people may not even realize that diet and climate change are related but a deep look into the intricacies of climate change will show you that your diet and lifestyle do in fact play a role in the ever-worsening climate change issue that the earth is facing. Discuss ways in which you can not only change your own diet and lifestyle but also educate and create awareness about these changes so you can make greater changes within your own community to reduce the effects of climate change.

Speakers

  • Aviram Rozin (Vegan Environmentalist & Founder of Sadhana Forest)
  • Marly Winckler (President & founder of Brazilian Vegetarian Soci- ety, chair – International Vegetarian Union)
  • Dr. Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Heal- ers and author)
  • Prerana Shah (Yoga, sound healing and ayurvedic healing prac- titioner)

Moderator

  • Jessika Ava (Grants program director of ProVeg International)

Rhino Hall
HOW TO COOK ORIGINAL TEMPEH RECIPES
Seth Tibbott has been making his own Tempeh since 1980 and has become a master of the dish with his experience. Join Seth as he takes you back in time with stories and experiences of his tempeh journey and learn how to make tempeh the original way.

Speakers

  • Seth Tibbott (Master tempeh maker, founder of Tofurky)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS FOR PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES BROUGHT TO YOU BY VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly com- munities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!

Chulho Hall
YOU CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS BUT YOU CAN MAKE VEGAN ICE CREAM AND SMOOTHIE!

Ice cream really is one of the best things life has to offer, so is a smoothie and you don’t have to sacrifice it when you make the switch to veganism. Vegan ice cream is not just on par with non-veg- an ice cream, it is far better. Impress your vegan and non-vegan friends alike with your newfound ice cream making skills that you will learn at this workshop from culinary experts, Chef Jajah and Jayalaxmi Rai.

Speakers

  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl online meal delivery and recipe developer)
  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 17

06:00pm –
06:50
pm

Chautari Hall
STEP-BY-STEP MOVE TO ETHICAL SANCTUARY MODEL FOR ELEPHANTS IN NEPAL
Captive elephants are used for entertainment most specifically for back riding. These elephants have their wild spirit broken and are used to attract tourists. Reintegration to the wild for these captive elephants might not be possible but rehabilitation to a Ethical Sanctuary promotes the interest of these elephants. Step-by-step transformation to Sanctuary Model will be explored here.

Speakers

  • Saengduean Lek Chailert (Founder at Save Elephant Foundation, Elephant Conservationist)
  • Shristi Singh Shrestha((Animal rights advocate, vegan activist
    and vice-president, Animal Nepal)
  • Advocate Sanjay Adhikari (Lawyer)

    Chautari Hall

    STEP-BY-STEP TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT VEGAN TRAVEL ADVENTURE
    Join travel blogger Shivya Nath as she takes you on an adventure around the world through her narrations from her many experiences of traveling the word as a vegan. She will help you understand how you will need to prepare in advance for your trips as you embark on a vegan escapade in a seemingly non-vegan world while also noting tips and secrets to finding hidden vegan food anywhere in the world.

    Speakers

    • Shivya Nath (Award-winning vegan travel blogger and author of the bestselling travel memoir “The Shooting Star”)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS FOR PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES BROUGHT TO YOU BY VEGAN FIRST

Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly communities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B/B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!

Chulho Hall
THE ART OF FERMENTATION AND ITS UNTOLD BENEFITS

The benefits of fermented food are no secret and yet, many of us are afraid to try our hand at fermentation. Fermentation and nutrition expert, Vinita Contractor will take you through the steps of fermentation and educate you on important information that you need to keep in mind when fermenting plant food so you too can reap the astounding benefits of fermented food.

Speakers

  • Vinita Contractor (Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach)
  • Dr. Chang-ho Ahn (Adjunct professor at Semyung University, co-founder of Daebo Myungga Restaurant, Son Ae Son, director of the Fermented Food Research Institute)