If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram lately, then you might know that I’m currently in Hawaii! I arrived midday on Monday to Gentle World, a non-profit sustainable veganic farmland where I’m volunteering for the next week, and yes, it is literally as magical as it sounds! I’m still trying to take it all in. The aura here is incredible; the other work-awayer’s are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever connected with in my entire life! The founders of this organization seem to come from another world themselves, having been on the vegan journey for well over 40 years! The values of Gentle World are built upon compassion and community; everyone here plays a role in caring for their almost fully self sustained land in such harmony and I’m incredibly thankful to become a part of it.
The work-exchange set up is based on picking tasks in the house or garden, and also things that fit your niche. Lucky for me, they found my blog and enjoyed it so part of my volunteering is working on their blog/social media! In exchange for volunteering our time, we are lucky enough to have access to fresh greens & fruits from their garden and help ourselves to what the kitchen offers, which is A LOT. ?
Here’s everything that I ate today! ?
oats w/ papaya & banana
For breakfast, I had some warming quick oats topped with bananas and papaya picked from the garden. ?
leftover rice w/ greens
Lunch is typically leftovers from last night’s dinner, so I split the remaining rice + green beans + steamed veggies with another volunteer for a very nutritious mid day pick me up. Loaded the bowl with fresh sprouts and nutritional yeast, of course!
raw salad w/ tahini dressing
Part 1 of dinner was a raw salad composed of fresh veggies and greens from the garden! So perfectly refreshing on a hot Hawaiian evening. I topped this off with a delicious homemade tahini dressing.
protein packed buddha bowl
Even 2,000 miles away from home, I still crave buddha bowls! Part 2 of dinner was a mix of veggies w/ veggies + steamed kale + baked tofu + rice w/ lentils. So, so high in protein and full of so much flavor. ?
I brought the evening to a close with some outdoor yoga alongside the other volunteers and then came inside to enjoy some homemade chocolate ice cream.
All in all, the food here is abundant and the good vibes ooze out of every corner – I can’t wait to share more of my adventures here!
now it’s your turn…
Have you ever done a work exchange for travel or visited the big Island? I’d love to hear your experiences, and suggestions on where to explore! ♥︎
Hope you enjoyed these meals!
‘Till next time,