Dr. Will Tuttle reveals crucial and empowering information that has been, until now, almost completely concealed. His best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, has been heralded as the harbinger of a new world where peace, freedom, wellness, and harmony are actually possible, and in it, he elucidates the hidden keys to positive individual and social transformation.
Will Tuttle will be presenting the ideas from his book to an Australian audience in February 2014 in Perth, Townsville, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Auckland. Here's an interview Will and I did recently:
Why are you coming to Australia & New Zealand for your speaking tour?
The main reason is to help contribute to the vegan movement of compassion and justice for both people and animals. And also because I’ve had many interesting and helpful email and Skype exchanges with Australians and New Zealanders since The World Peace Diet was published. I really enjoy the enthusiasm and commitment that many Aussies and Kiwis bring to the movement. In addition, I’ve heard for many years how beautiful your countries are, and I’m hoping to be able to learn more about our Earth and to see some of the unique wildlife and nature that you are fortunate to enjoy in the southern hemisphere. Though it’s my first time down under, it’ll be my spouse Madeleine’s fourth visit, and she’s also delighted that we’re able to make this visit.
What do you hope to achieve with the tour?
In my heart, I hope to be able to learn more about what most matters, to connect with people in a similar but also different culture, and to work together with local activists to help build a world where peace, freedom, justice, and sustainability are more possible than they seem to be today.
How many people are involved with putting this tour together?
It’s been a delight working with Carolyn Bailey and with the other people who are devoting so much energy to helping to make this lecture tour a reality There are anywhere from one to three local coordinators, and we’ll be putting on lectures in Perth, Townsville, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Byron Bay, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart, Daylesford, and Melbourne, as well as in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Kaitaia, and Waikato in New Zealand. So there are a good 30 people (and at least 30 good people!) and quite a few more who are also helping out with publicity, logistics, transportation, and so forth. It’s quite a symphony it seems to me.
What are the 2 main things you want to do or see when you’re in Australia?
Besides the main purpose of speaking and interacting on behalf of the vegan cause, two of the main things I’m also interested in are having a chance to explore the beauty of Western Australia a bit around Perth, and also seeing the penguins in Melbourne, plus visit a farmed animal sanctuary – and also visit some Australian veg restaurants. And the beaches!
What are the 2 main things you want to do or see when you’re in New Zealand?
Really looking forward to visiting Gentle World, the vegan community in northern NZ, and also to taking in the beauty of the southern island, as well as of course getting to know the Kiwis. Also hope to learn some of the indigenous cultures of both countries. We live on such a beautiful and precious Earth, and to me one of life’s most precious opportunities is to appreciate and understand the animals, nature, and other people here. The foundation of that of course is self-understanding, and looking deeply into our cultural programming, especially the cultural food program that disconnects us from nature and is causing such devastation,
What are your plans after you leave our shores?
We’ll be returning to California and diving into a project that is already well-underway – publishing a book that will be entitled Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice – I’m the editor of this book of essays that shows the interconnections of many of the justice issues we face today around the world, and how our routine mistreatment of animals for food and other products is a driving force behind all of them. And of course, it’ll be spring when we return, and I know we’re also looking forward to planting our garden, growing our food, and continuing the work to liberate animals and ourselves from the meat/dairy complex. We’re in a year-long drought, which is one of the many negative consequences of animal agriculture, so our job will be to continue to try to help folks awaken from the hypnotic trance of our culture’s food program that will destroy everything if we don’t wake up in time.
Will Tuttle has a master's degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the University of California, Berkeley. A professional pianist, composer, and teacher, he has for the last fifteen years presented at progressive churches, vegetarian and human potential conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, intuition development, and spiritual healing. He lives in Healdsburg, California.