Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Soul'-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Happy Summer! We are ready to get out eat on, healthfully, of course! To kick-off the season, we are excited to let you know about an awesome charity event where you can enjoy some delicious vegan eats and save puppies!  Held on Thursday, June 29 from 4:00 pm -11:30 pm to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project, the ‘Soul’-stice BBQ will include a 100% vegan-themed night, whipped up by Pamela Elizabeth. Check out how to score tickets, and the delicious menu below:

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Urban Vegan Kitchen
41 Carmine Street
Thursday, June 29
4:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Amuse bouche
Watermelon cubelet, ‘feta’ cheese, balsamic drizzle
Loaded Corn Salad:
grilled romaine, cornbread croutons, alabama white bbq drizzle

Rack-less BBQ ‘Ribs’:
smoky potato salad, collard greens, grilled artichoke hearts

Churros Split Sundae
cinnamon spiced ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, whipped cream, bourbon soaked cherry

Desserts by @COCOAVNYC & libations by @LALAVONRIOT

Tickets ($45) are available on Eventbrite.


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Awesome Green Festival Expo (and a Discount Code!)

Green Festival Expo in nyc

There are so many exciting things going on in the wellness community that it can be hard to be on top of everything. One way to meet brands that are doing their part to make a difference is at the upcoming Green Festival Expo in NYC.

Green Festival Expo at Jacob Javits Center
Connecting with green brands made way easier at the Green Festival Expo

As the largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, this year will also include the inclusion of some environmental organizations and local New York community groups–making it the first time New Yorkers will have an opportunity to utilize an environmental activism platform.

The annual festival will kick-off with the Farm Sanctuary’s Plant-Powered Run featuring a timed 10K Race, an untimed 5K Fun Run, a Kids Run and a Walk for Farm Animals, beginning at Pier 84 and ending at the Javits Center.

Green Festival Expo in nyc
Zen is the new black.

There will also be tons of interesting speakers in attendance such as Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!; Ricky Kej, Composer and Grammy® Award Winner, ‘Global Humanitarian Artist’ and US Billboard #1 Artist; Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary; Marianne Schnall, Journalist, Author, Co-Founder/Executive Director, What Will It Take Movement: Dayna Reggero, Director, Climate Listening Project and film The Story We Want and much more! Chandanni Miglino, Ayurvedic practitioner, Founder of Chandanni and Co-Founder of the Chandanni Scholarship Fund.

Additionally, attendees can expect to learn more about thousands of products and services to live a healthier, more sustainable life from the latest technology and all-natural products to chemical-free household supplies and a wide selection of non-GMO, organic and artisanal food and beverages. In addition to the Vegan / Vegetarian Food Court, attendees can enjoy hands-on demos, educational activities, and learn from inspirational speakers.

The expo will also featurepavilions and green-theme stages, such as the Kids for Positive Family Fun Pavilion, with interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids; the Activism & Advocacy Pavilion, featuring Collectively Free, World Progress Now and Vigil 4 Peace, among others; the Gita Nagari Yoga Pavilion, featuring dedicated free yoga and meditation sessions all weekend long; and the two main stages, the Green Festival Stage, sponsored by GoMacro and Rodale’s Organic Life, and the Sustainable Innovations Pavilion, both highlighting green business entrepreneurs, community leaders and environmental experts.

We are so excited to attend and think you’ll love it, too! The Green Festival Expo is incredible way to connect and learn more about some incredibly innovative companies that are doing their part to promote sustainable practices and living a healthier, happier life.

Green Festival Expo Details:

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Register today using the promo code: GF17X22P [20& off NYC Green Festival] when you register here:


We are excited to be partnering with the Green Festival for this event!

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Ready for a Challenge? Check out the 2017 UA Mountain Running Series

challenge yourself with the UA mountain running series

Ready for a challenge for 2017? Oh, we’ve sure got one for you with Under Armour Mountain Running Series! In partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO, the UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains with a peak elevation of 9,065 ft. The next stop in the series takes place in August at Killington, touting a peak elevation of 4,241 ft. and tucked in the Green Mountains of the Appalachians in Central Vermont. The series finished up at Copper Mountain, situated in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with a peak elevation of 12,313 ft.

challenge yourself with the UA mountain running series

UA trial mountain running series
Ever wanted to climb a mountain? Now’s your chance!

Ideal for trail running enthusiasts and professionals (or wannabes, like us!), this trail running series can be done individually or as a series. Each location offers diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations built to push athletes at every level to their personal limits. This includes a 5K, 10K, 50K, Half Marathon (we are doing this one!), Marathon, Marathon Relay and Vertical K. And if the accomplishment of reaching the top of a beautiful mountain and going down isn’t quite enough for you, think about the $5,000 prize purse that will be divided between the top 3 male and female 50K finishes at each event.

What is sure to be a competitive, challenging, and life-changing experience running on a beautiful mountain, we are so psyched for this incredible event that is sure to be a test of our mental and physical abilities.

2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series Schedule 

July 21-23: Mt. Bachelor

August 18-20: Killington – See ya there!

September 8-10: Copper Mountain

Registration for all races are open! Get in there by checking out

We are happy to partner with Under Armour to spread the word about this incredible event!

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FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

International Yoga Day 2017 at Battery Park City

International Yoga Day 2017 is quickly approaching! And to celebrate, the Consulate General of India, in collaboration with New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Parks Department, are presenting a celebration of mindfulness with 30-minute yoga and meditation sessions.

Led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of North America, Mallakhamb Federation, Urban Yogis, and the Arts of Living Foundation, among others, this free event will be held on June 19, 2017 from 5.00-8:30pm at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. While the admission is free, participants are encouraged to sign up, and the first 500 participants to register online will receive a free yoga mat!


Even more International Yoga Day Events

May 23 * 11am -12pm * New Beginning Nursery School, Tarrytown NY

June 10 * 10AM -12PM * Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, NY

June 7 * Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Edison, NJ
June 9 * South Plainfield Middle School, NJ
June 12 * Woodbridge Middle School, NJ
June 21 * Mallakhamb Studio, South Plainfield, NJ

June 12 * 10AM -2PM * Massachussetts State House, Boston

June 15 * 11AM -1PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

June 15 * 2PM -4PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

JAi HANUMAN SHAKHA, HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH USA June 18 * 6PM -7PM * 80 E Barclay St, Hicksville, NY

June 18 * 7AM -11AM * Liberty Park, Columbus OH

June 21 * 7:30AM -7:30PM * Times Square, New York NY

June 21 * 7AM -9AM * State house lawn, Columbus OH

June 21 * 6PM -8:30PM * Public Square/Community Hall, Mayfield Village OH

June 24 * 5AM -7AM * Yoga with Baba Ramdev, Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City NJ

June 24 * 5PM -8PM * Kensico Dam Plaza, Westchester County, NY

June 25 * 9:30AM -12PM * Woodbridge High school, Woodbridge NJ

June 25 * 9:30AM -1PM * Arya Samaj, Hillside Ave, Jamaica NY

June 25 * 9.30AM -1.30PM * Hindu Temple, Flushing, NY

June 25 * 10AM -2PM * State of Connecticut Capitol Building, Hartford CT

The admission to the event is free for to participate, but registration is encouraged at:

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First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

tri-state vegfest comes to the NY area

We just learned about an incredible vegan event coming to the NYC area with the first-ever Tri-State VegFest! Held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12-6PM, the Tri-State VegFest is an entirely vegan festival that showcases plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products that are part of a vegan lifestyle. This festival is all about food, community and entertainment and attendees will have the opportunity to experience over 100 national and local exhibitors.

tri-state vegfest

tri-state vegfest

Presented by Experience Expos, a multifaceted empowerment company founded by South Florida-based entrepreneur Kyle Michaud, there will literally be something for everybody at Tri-State VegFest including the best health-conscious food and beverages, children’s activities, happy hour wine sampling, live music, cooking demos and much more. The event will also be presented in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere where guests do not have to worry about asking about where food is from, as it’s a guarantee that everything is ethical and 100% vegan.

VegFest is a celebration of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There will be vegan food to sample and purchase, engaging speakers, exciting performers, and members from the local vegan community to answer questions and showcase what inspires them. As a participant, volunteer, or attendee, your presence assists us to achieve our mission in educating as many families and individuals as possible about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

National and local vendors participating at the Tri-State VegFest include:

• Harmless Harvest – Coconut water and organic tea
• Suja Juice – offers a variety of cold-pressed organic juices packed with fruits and vegetables.
• Daiya – give you the delicious joy of dairy, without any compromise.
• Rhythm Superfoods – an innovator in plant-based snacking. Rhythm’s organic, non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian snacks are high in nutrient
• Hippocrates Health Institute – Committed to fostering a natural lifestyle complemented by enzyme-rich, living-foods vegetarian cuisine
• Nature Has Flavor – specializes in teaching flavorful whole food cooking recipes for a plant based diet lifestyle. Learn to plan beneficial vegan meals.
• Macro Vegitarian – carefully crafted vegan meals for people who are tired of boring choices such as grilled vegetables and cardboard veggie burgers.
• Vegetarian Society of New Jersey
• And others

And to learn even more about the Tri-State VegFest, we had the honor to speak with founder, Kyle Michaud to learn more about how it started and what you can expect.

Kyle Michaud: founder of tri-state veg fest

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for the Tri-State VegFest come about?

Kyle Michaud: The Tri-State VegFest was born out of my love for food, and animals. The cruelty-free festival allows attendees to explore 100+ vendors that have made a commitment to being vegan. Unlike other events we welcome vegans and vegan wannabes to come explore the delicious and nutritionally dense entrees that are being served up!

Wellness Patterns: What about for families?

Kyle Michaud: We encourage families to attend, and we offer FREE admission to children under 12. In addition to food and education, the festival features booths promising to engage and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.

Wellness Patterns: How did you get into wellness?

Kyle Michaud: I started a cold-pressed juice company in 2014 and soon discovered that reaching ‘green consumers’ was more difficult then I had anticipated! I become motivated to connect eco-conscious consumers with green products and services. The festival was born!

Wellness Patterns: What are your goals for the Tri-State VegFest?

Kyle Michaud: My goal in 2017 is to become the largest event of it’s kind, promoting a plant-based lifestyle to as many people as possible. We are aiming to attract over 12,000 attendees to come explore what everyone is talking about!

Tri-State VegFest Info

Saturday, June 7, 2017
12:00PM – 6:00PM
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave,
Edison, NJ 00837

Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at


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