In-person Trainings

Our two-day, on-site trainings are led by Dr. Melanie Joy and Tobias Leenaert, who have over 30 years of combined experience. Our trainings aim to increase the impact of individual advocates and to provide participants with tools to increase the effectiveness of the organizations they may be affiliated with.

  • 5 Continents

    We’ve provided in-person trainings from Sao Paulo to Saint Petersburg and Barcelona to Bangalore—as well as many places in between!

  • 35 Countries

    We’ve visited 35 countries, and we’ll be adding to this number soon!

  • Over 400 Groups

    We have trained participants representing hundreds of groups around the world.

Our Workshops

  • Making a Difference for Animals

    Tobias Leenaert

    In this workshop, Tobias Leenaert presents some of the key choices we can make if we want to make a difference for animals. Whether we are working as an individual advocate or as part of an organization, we have many options to choose from—some which have more impact than others. What we do for animals is ideally a combination of what we love, what we are good at, and what is effective. Tobias also explains how individuals and organizations can measure their impact.

  • Effective Communication

    Melanie Joy

    In this workshop, Melanie Joy explains the principles and practices of effective communication, as they apply to our personal interactions with family and friends and to those to whom we are advocating. Improving our communication improves not only our ability to convey our message, but also our sustainability, since effective communication is essential for sustainable advocacy. Participants will learn the principles and tools for communicating clearly, directly, and compassionately.

  • Effective Vegan Advocacy

    Melanie Joy

    Building on the concepts introduced in Effective Communication, Melanie Joy explains the specific methods for advocating veganism. She discusses how to recognize and respond to defensiveness—in others and oneself—as well as ways to avoid getting caught up in unproductive or counterproductive communications about eating animals. She presents the basic principles of effective advocacy and applies them specifically to veganism, taking into account the carnistic mentality that often gets in the way of advocating effectively.

  • Making Compassion Easier: Normalizing Veganism

    Tobias Leenaert

    To be an effective vegan advocate, it’s important to look at what works, and not just follow personal theories and ideologies. Being pragmatic is not (just) about not offending people, and it certainly is not about compromising or selling out. It’s about doing what works. This workshop helps participants to think anew about strategy and to pick the best ideas and strategies for the current phase of the vegan movement.

  • Strategic Vegan Outreach

    Tobias Leenaert

    In this workshop, Tobias Leenaert builds on the points introduced in Making Compassion Easier, examining the implications of a pragmatic approach to vegan outreach. The focus of this workshop is the question, “Is what I’m doing having the impact I want?” Tobias discusses effective and ineffective communication styles and arguments for veganism, and helps participants learn new ways to approach advocacy.

  • Sustainable Vegan Advocacy

    Melanie Joy

    Unsustainable advocacy, which often leads to burnout, is widespread among vegans and can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the vegan movement. In this workshop, Melanie Joy discusses how to both prevent and reverse unsustainable advocacy and “secondary traumatic stress,” the stress that comes from witnessing violence. She also discusses ways that vegan advocates can increase their resilience, which increases both their sense of fulfillment and their effectiveness as advocates.

  • Relational Literacy

    Melanie Joy

    Relational literacy is the understanding of and ability to practice healthy ways of relating. Many of the most pressing problems in our lives and our world—from animal exploitation to war and domestic abuse—have a common denominator: relational dysfunction. Relational dysfunction is also a key impediment to the success of vegan organizations and the movement as a whole, as manifested in widespread infighting, toxic communication, and abuses of power among leaders. And a staggering number of individual vegans report that the breakdown of relationships in their personal lives is an obstacle to their sustainability. In this workshop, Melanie Joy explains the principles and tools for building relational literacy, to help vegans improve the quality of their relationships and advocacy and to help build a more resilient movement and a more compassionate world.

    Coming soon
  • Privilege and Inclusivity: How to Understand and Talk About Privilege to Build a More Empowered Vegan Movement

    Melanie Joy

    Like the broader culture, the vegan movement has been plagued by abuses of power, from discrimination to sexual harassment. Much of the problem is caused by unexamined privilege—privilege people aren’t aware of. However, attempts to raise awareness of privilege often lead to infighting and end up reinforcing the very problem they’re trying to transform. In this talk, Melanie Joy presents a straightforward explanation of what privilege is, why it matters, and how to talk about it in a way that helps create a more inclusive and powerful vegan movement.

    Coming soon

Upcoming Trainings

CEVA Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

This event has been postponed.

CEVA Cologne

Cologne, Germany

This event has been postponed.

CEVA Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

This event has been postponed.

CEVA London

London, UK

This event has been postponed.

CEVA Seoul

Seoul, South Korea

This event has been postponed.

CEVA Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan

This event has been postponed.

CEVA Vienna

Vienna, Austria

This event has been postponed.

Want to host a training in your area?

Let us know where you would like to host the training and what organization you are affiliated with, and we’ll provide you with more information.

Drop us an email at training@veganadvocacy.org